Appeal by 33 people including Sabah CM over dissolution of state assembly withdrawn

KOTA KINABALU: The appeal by 33 individuals including Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor (pic) against the dissolution of the Sabah assembly in July this year has been withdrawn according to their legal counsel.

A Notice of Discontinuance was filed on Thursday (Dec 3) in the Federal Court over the case challenging the consent given by Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin to dissolve the state legislative assembly in July this year.

Messrs F.T. Ahmad & Co - the solicitors for Hajiji and 32 others - confirmed that they have received instructions from Hajiji as the eighth applicant, to withdraw the Notice of Motion for leave to appeal to the Federal Court.

"Our clients stand by their contention that the dissolution of the state legislative assembly was wrong both in terms of the Sabah Constitution, and due to the risks of a Covid-19 outbreak.

"However, we have advised them that in view of the recent Sabah state elections and subsequent Covid-19 outbreak, it is in the best interests of all concerned if the matter was withdrawn," said lawyer Wilson Chang Khai Sim who acts on behalf of the 33 applicants.

Following the Sabah elections on Sept 26, many of the 33 applicants were either re-elected to the Sabah state assembly, or now hold positions in the state government.

Previously, the applicants were led by Tan Sri Musa Aman who did not seek re-election during the polls.

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