High Court to decide Aug 21 whether to hear case involving TYT's decision to dissolve Sabah state assembly

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  • Thursday, 20 Aug 2020

KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here is expected to determine on Friday (Aug 21) whether to hear a case involving head of state (TYT) Tun Juhar Mahiruddin's decision to dissolve the state assembly.

The decision was supposed to have been made on Monday (Aug 17) but the High Court allowed for an adjournment after Tan Sri Musa Aman’s counsel Tengku Fuad Ahmad applied for more time to respond to new points raised by the defence counsel.

The case was filed by Musa challenging the power of the TYT who had allowed for dissolution to make way for snap polls.

Judicial Commissioner Leonard David Shim will decide on this matter.

Musa and 32 other state assemblymen applied for the leave for judicial review, maintaining that Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin was not properly advised to dissolve the state assembly.

They have named Juhar as the first respondent, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as the second respondent, the Election Commission as the third respondent and the Sabah Government as the fourth respondent.

Sabah Attorney General Brenndon Keith Soh is representing the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, the Chief Minister and the Sabah Government.

Shafie announced on July 30 that he had Tun Juhar's consent for the dissolution of the state assembly with immediate effect to pave the way for a state election within 60 days.

The Chief Minister had sought the consent for the dissolution of the state assembly after Musa announced at a press conference on July 29 that he had 33 assemblymen on his side to form a new state government to take over from Mohd Shafie's government.

Sabah’s snap polls will fall on Sept 26.

Meanwhile the same day, the High Court is also expected to hear the leave application for judicial review filed by a lawyer who is seeking to stop the snap elections due to, among others, Covid-19.

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