KUCHING: A robe worn by Sarawak’s first Federal Court Judge will be the latest artifact to be displayed at the Sarawak Museum.
Former Federal Court Judge Tan Sri Sulong Matjeraie yesterday handed over his robe which he wore during his service in the Federal Court from 2012 to 2013, before his retirement from the judiciary.
“This is the robe which was given to Sulong and now he is giving it to the Sarawak Museum so that all of us can see the robe and regalia of a Federal Court Judge,” said Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah during a press conference after receiving the robe from Sulong on behalf of the Sarawak Museum.
Sulong started his career in the judiciary when he was appointed Judicial Commissioner in September 1998 in the High Court of Malaya in Johor Baharu. Two years later, he was a High Court Judge in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
In 2007, he was appointed Court of Appeals judge in Putrajaya and in April 2012, he was appointed a Federal Court Judge at the Palace of Justice.
In addition to handing the robe worn during his time as Federal Court Judge, Sulong also handed over the robes worn by him during his stint as High Court and Court of Appeals judge.
On a separate matter, Abdul Karim also fielded questions from reporters on the state level New Year eve celebrations.
He said that, traditionally, there will be a countdown happening at Kuching Waterfront along with other activities such as cultural dances and an appearance from renowned Sarawak singer Dayang Nurfaizah.
“We will also conduct a fireworks display, it will be very beautiful. The preparations will commence on 29 December for the 2020 New Year’s eve celebrations.
Abdul Karim said that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will be among those in attendance and urged all Kuching residents and those nearby to come and celebrate the event together.