Sabah’s second child witness room
Published on: Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Kota Kinabalu: The Kota Kinabalu High Courts is now the fourth nationwide to have a child witness room at its new premises here.
In fact Sabah now has two with the others being in Sarawak and peninsula (Selangor).
Meant to record child victims’ testimony so as to avoid them from facing the accused in trial cases, it is decorated and filled with toys to make children testifying in cases comfortable.
Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Seri David Wong Dak Wah said he is very pleased and commended the effort of Sawo for volunteering to beautify the rooms.
“I salute Sawo for making time to do the voluntary work in beautifying the child witness rooms in the Kota Kinabalu High Court. We named it ‘Sawo-So Wonderful Room’.
“This is the fourth such room in Malaysia after Putrajaya in Selangor, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu, in Sabah and one in Kuching, Sarawak,” said David after visiting the room with Sawo President Winnie Yee, some Court officials and lawyers at the Kota Kinabalu High Court.
Sabah Action Women Organisation (Sawo) led the two-day initiative with nine young volunteers’ painting one side of the walls with trees, Rafflesia flower, banana tree, and animals such as squirrels, monkey, a lady bug and butterfly, among others. It also donated various toys from Sawo’s play therapy room.
With such colourful decoration David said he is optimistic that the child involved in trial cases would feel less pressure when testifying and answering questions from prosecution and defence counsels.
According to him, any decoration to beautify the child witness rooms in the court would need funding approval but Sawo’s initiative is voluntary and commendable.
Winnie said Sawo and its “warriors” volunteered to decorate and beautify the room as they want the child victims to feel compose when testifying and facing trial that is held in the room.
She said Sawo hoped the wonderful room would make the child more relaxed and use the toys to relate their feelings if necessary. – Hayati Dzulkifli