TUARAN : The United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation is supporting an online petition to award former chief justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum the Tun title for his contributions to the country.

Its President Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau said that the award would be apt for Malanjum.

“His other associates have been given the recognition, it is befitting that he be awarded the title as expected by most people, especially Sabahans.

“He was the first East Malaysian to be appointed as chief justice. He must be recognised for his contributions and legacies on bringing justice to the ground,” he said in support of Malaysia First, an NGO which planned to start the online petition for Malanjum’s Tunship.

Tangau who is also Tuaran MP said that the implication of this would trigger the perceptions of exclusion for a fair Malaysia.

“Sabah and Sarawak are equal partners in Malaysia. It is time for us to speak for our right. We are not just some after-thought states in Malaysia,” he said in a press statement, here, today.

Richard Malanjum was the chief justice for nine months from July 2018. He retired after serving 27 years in the judiciary and was known for his effort to reach out to the underprivileged by bringing the judiciary to the rural communities.-

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