WWF-Malaysia congratulates the appointment of new Chief Justice of Malaysia
“He has always been a champion for effective enforcement, more prosecution and tougher penalties against wildlife offenders,” said Dr John Tay, WWF-Malaysia Sabah Head of Conservation. “Thanks to him, a special environmental court has been operating in Sabah since 2015 to hear environment-related cases at the magistrate, Sessions and High Court levels. And just last year, he spurred the organising of a workshop with judiciary officials to establish Sentencing Guidelines on wildlife crime to further strengthen the implementation of the environmental court in Sabah.”
As the immediate past Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, Yang Amat Arif Tan Sri has been instrumental in establishing better awareness among court staff, including magistrates and judges, on the importance of environmental conservation through a series of workshops conducted prior to the establishment of the environmental court. The workshops also included training the prosecuting officers and investigating officers on how to investigate and handle exhibits, as well as reviewing existing laws with the purpose of enhancing capacity in producing quality judgments.
“His actions kick-started an amendment bill under the Sabah’s Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 in 2016 which seeks to set higher minimum and maximum penalties, and include two new wildlife species as ‘fully protected’,” Dr John continued. “Not only that, he also initiated the One Heart One Tree campaign in 2017 involving all judges, judicial officers and staff of the courts in Sabah and Sarawak, to plant one million trees all over Sabah.”
“We are privileged to have had the opportunity to work with him on environmental law issues. We are confident that he will continue to better serve the country on environmental matters now that he is the incoming Chief Justice of Malaysia.” Dr John concluded.
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For more information, please contact:
Sabrina Melisa Aripen
Communications Officer, Sabah Office, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 262 420