We have today only about 90 living members out of which only about 20 percent are active to perform their role as Justices of the Peace. The remaining 80 percent are above 75 years of age.
This is due to the fact that Penang has not appointed any JP’s since the past 20 over years. Today many people are not aware of the role and functions of JP’s.
Justices of the Peace have powers vested in them equivalent to a Second Class Magistrate and can sign and witness on documents such as Power of Attorney, Applications for Business Registration, certifying True Copies which are recognized by commonwealth countries, etc.
The Penang Justices of the Peace had also been appointed to the Board of Visiting Justices to the Penang Prisons.
Today there are many people particularly students wanting to certify their documents for overseas universities, etc but are unable to locate suitable Justices of the Peace to endorse their documents.
The Council notes that other States in Malaysia continue to appoint between 8 to 15 Justices of the Peace annually.
Once again we call upon the Penang State Government to seriously consider starting appointing Justices of the Peace in the State of Penang so that the Penangites could also benefit from the services of the JP’s.
The Council will seek to meet Chief Minister Yang Amat Berhormat Tuan Lim Guan Eng to justify the need to appoint new JP’s in Penang and will also submit nominations of respectable and suitable persons having knowledge of the Judicial process to be considered as JP’s.
In concluding I would like to thank Messrs Chop Tuan Gong for the wholehearted donation of the Mandarin Oranges.
DATO’ MARKEND JOSHI, JP
President - Council of Justices of the Peace, State of Penang.
1ST February 2011D