Hope e-PG system to be expanded to Sabah earlier

Kota Kinabalu, 3 February 2021: Yong Yit Jee, member of SAPP Supreme Council welcome the introduction of e-PG system by Malaysian Judiciary. The Malaysian judiciary has commenced a pilot project at Shah Alam Magistrate’s Court in Selangor to use e-PG system for traffic cases from 2 February until 5 February. This is to expedite the guilty plea of those with traffic summonses through remote communication technology.

Yong Yit Jee, also a lawyer, is of the view that this new platform is beneficial to the public given the current Covid-19 pandemic as it can effectively reduce the crowded places. Yong also praises the judiciary for keeping abreast with the times by simplifying court procedures. By allowing people who violate traffic regulations to pay fines using mobile devices reduces the hassle of going to court for hearings. This in turn also reduces the burden on the court’s operations. There are 43 offences involved under this e-PG system and the public can visit www.kehakiman.gov.my for more information.

The Malaysian judiciary hoped that the system will be expanded throughout Peninsular Malaysia by April 1, and in Sabah and Sarawak by June, this year. The fly in the ointment is that it is not confirmed when the courts in Sabah and Sarawak will be fully implementing this e-PG system. Yong hopes that the Malaysian judiciary could consult with Sabah Law Society and implement this beneficial initiative soonest.

Author: Johnny Chin