RM120 million allocated for upgrade of court buildings

Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali.

KUALA LUMPUR: The economic affairs ministry has allocated RM120 million for the upgrade and repair of court buildings throughout the country.

Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali said this is to ensure that the courts can carry out their functions and responsibilities in an effective manner.

In a statement, he said the funds would be a one-off allocation in the Fourth Rolling Plan 2020 under allocations for buildings, with an implementation period of two years.

“The economic affairs ministry pays serious attention to applications for the upgrade and repair of court buildings, many of which are old and in dire need of repair.

“This situation not only affects court operations, but also poses a safety risk to users, especially judges, court staff, lawyers and the public,” he said.

The project will involve 120 court buildings, with close attention given to critical repairs such as for roofing, walls, piping, air conditioning and fire prevention systems.

The court buildings in question are in Johor (13), Melaka (three), Negeri Sembilan (eight), Selangor (12), Putrajaya (one), Perak (18), Penang (five), Kedah (10), Kelantan (10), Terengganu (six), Pahang (nine), Sarawak (five), Sabah (19) and Labuan (one).