KOTA KINABALU: The RM147.9 million Kota Kinabalu Court Complex in Bukit Punai is expected to be running in full operations by end of this month.
So far, the Federal Court, High Courts and a Sessions court have already started proceedings in the new complex.
The remaining Sessions courts and Magistrate’s courts at the old building should be able to start its proceedings in the new complex by end of August, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
Speaking to reporters after witnessing the handing over of the complex from the Federal Government to the Sabah judiciary here today, he said the completion of such an iconic and majestic complex was a defining moment not just for the judiciary in Sabah but the whole people in the State.
Elements of three ethnic namely Kadazandusun, Bajau Laut and Murut were the basis in the building design that also incorporated motives of the national flower, Bunga Raya and Sabah official flower, Rafflesia.
Putting the icing on the cake was the fact the Federal Works Department managed to cut down the cost and save the government about RM1 million.
Liew commended Malaysia Chief Judge Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk David Wong Dak Wah for their commitment to oversee the project and ensure it was done properly.
Construction started in April 2014 and the building was fully completed in 45 months time.
It has six Magistrate’s Courts, six Sessions Court plus for Child Sexual Offence Court, three High Courts and one Federal Court.
To a question, Liew said the old courthouse would be turned into functional courts like City Court or perhaps for the revival of the Night Court.
Chief Judge of Malaysia, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum who was also at the press conference suggested that the old building could also be used to hear remand order applications during the weekends.
Earlier, Liew witnessed the handing over of a replica key to Malanjum from Legal Affairs Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department, Director General Datuk Jalil Marzuki.
Malanjum in turned handed the replica key to Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak, Datuk David Wong Dak Wah.-SabahNewsToday