KOTA KINABALU: A legal bid by Datuk V.K. Liew to take back the presidency of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) failed with his successor Datuk Teo Chee Kang making reconciliatory overtures.
High Court judge Justice Stephen Chung threw out Liew’s application for a judicial review on the Registrar of Societies’ decision to declare Teo, who is state Special Tasks Minister, the legitimate president of the party that plunged into a leadership crisis in September.
However, Liew instructed his lawyer Datuk Rakhbir Singh to appeal against the High Court decision to turn down the judicial review that had sought a declaration that ROS had acted against the Societies Act when it confirmed that the extraordinary general meeting and its election of office bearers held on Oct 19 by Teo’s group was legal and that the ROS letter dated Jan 7 recognising Teo and the new committee was unlawful.
Justice Chung made the decision on Monday after hearing preliminary objections raised by the respondents ROS, Teo and Senator Datuk Chin Su Phin, whose lawyers argued that Liew was using the court for adjudication of disputes within a political party which is barred by Section 18C of the Societies Act.
Following the court decision, Teo said Liew had his legal right to appeal but hoped he would abandon it and return to the LDP through an amicable solution.
“I have conveyed to Liew through third parties my desire for an amicable settlement of the matter on terms which I prefer not to disclose at this juncture,” he said.
“I am still willing to work on a settlement,” Teo added.