KOTA KINABALU: A bankruptcy notice has been served on Bingkor assemblyman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, four days before the April 28 nominations for GE14.
In the notice published in the New Sabah Times and Daily Express on Tuesday (April 24), Dr Jeffrey was given seven days from Tuesday (April 24) to pay the amount of RM480,408.50 to businessman James Lee Yau Cheong in line with the Sessions Court judgment on March 9, 2018.
The notice of bankruptcy was issued to the name of Datuk Dr Gapari Bin Katingan @Geofrrey Kitingan, the name in Dr Jeffrey's MyKad.
When contacted Dr Jeffrey, who is Sabah STAR president, said that he has asked his lawyers to take necessary action to set aside the notice of bankruptcy.
"I don't believe it would affect my plans to contest in the election. My lawyers are taking the necessary action.
"This sort of thing happens before election," he said, adding that his party was all set for the polls.
Meanwhile, Dr Jeffrey’s lawyer Tengku Fuad Ahmad said that they have applied to the court Tuesday to set aside the default judgement and the bankruptcy notice.
“We believe that the court process has been deliberately misused and the timing of it just before elections is questionable,” he said, adding that the debt claims were doubtful in the first place and were over 15 years old.
Dr Jeffrey has said that he plans to move from the Bingkor state seat to contest the Tambunan seat held by his brother Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is Parti Bersatu Sabah president, since 1976.
He also intends to contest the Keningau parliamentary seat.
Sabah STAR is part of the four-party local Opposition coalition Gabungan Sabah that will be challenging Barisan Nasional.