SNAP case over deregistration postponed to Feb 7

  • Nation
  • Friday, 05 Dec 2003

KUCHING: Sarawak National Party (SNAP) members have to wait for at least two more months to know the outcome of its application to the High Court to quash the Registrar of Societies’ decision to deregister the party. 

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur, which was supposed to start hearing the case on Tuesday, has postponed it to Feb 7.  

SNAP secretary-general Stanley Jugol said the party was informed by its lawyers that the case could not proceed as earlier scheduled. 

Former party president Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min and former secretary-general Datuk Justine Jinggut had jointly applied to quash the deregistration order over a year ago. 

The registrar's decision was made due to the party's failure to resolve its leadership crisis. 

Wong, now SNAP’s patron and life president, and Jinggut, now the party’s deputy president, were then locked in a leadership dispute with a rival group led by deputy president Datuk Peter Tinggom and vice-president Datuk William Mawan. 

After SNAP was deregistered, Mawan and his group formed Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), which is now a Barisan Nasional component party. 

However, SNAP was given a lifeline in early April when the Court of Appeal allowed it to apply for an order to quash the deregistration order. 

Jugol said the party was in full gear to prepare for the coming parliamentary election and had identified candidates for the four seats it won for the coalition in the 1999 polls. 

All its MPs are now with SPDP.  

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