Cameron Highlands MP Sivarraajh to appeal court decision nullifying election result

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  • Friday, 30 Nov 2018

IPOH: Cameron Highlands MP Datuk C. Sivarraajh will appeal to the Federal Court over the Election Court's decision to declare the parliamentary seat vacant.

The MIC vice-president said he accepted the judgement but would file an appeal over the matter “soon”.

“The judge in her judgment said that there was evidence showing money was given by agents, but there is no direct evidence pointing to me.

“I don't want to say much because it will then be prejudice,” he claimed.

Sivarraajh said that as a first-time parliamentarian, he did not have that kind of money to give to the orang asli.

“There are 84 villages under my constituency, and I definitely don’t have such cash,” he said.

On June 4, DAP candidate M. Manogaran filed a petition to nullify the general election result.

In his petition, he claimed that both Sivarraajh and Jelai assemblyman Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, who is also Pahang Mentri Besar, had met nine village heads and gave them money to distribute between RM30 and RM1,000 each to the orang asli community.

Earlier Friday, the Election Court nullified Barisan Nasional's victory in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat in GE14, paving a way for re-election.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Azizah Nawawi said the petitioner, Manogaran, had established beyond reasonable doubt that bribery was proven during the election.

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