Musa Aman, others’ appeal for review of Sabah assembly dissolution to be heard Sept 7

Musa (centre) and the other Sabah lawmakers applied for judicial review of Yang Dipertua Negri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin’s consent for the dissolution of the state assembly, alleging the latter was wrongly advised on the matter. ― Bernama pic
Musa (centre) and the other Sabah lawmakers applied for judicial review of Yang Dipertua Negri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin’s consent for the dissolution of the state assembly, alleging the latter was wrongly advised on the matter. ― Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 26 — The Court of Appeal will only hear on September 7 Tan Sri Musa Aman and 32 other Sabah assemblymen’s challenge against the dismissal of their bid for judicial review of the state assembly’s dissolution.

The Election Commission has already set September 12 for nomination and September 26 for polling in the premature state election.

The hearing date was proposed by both sides after they said they needed more time to submit the relevant documents and affidavits, which the three-judge bench headed by Datuk Yaakob Md Sam accepted.

“We’ll fix September 7, 2020, as a hearing date for the judicial review and also, for the stay application which will be fixed on the same day on September 7 for all parties to submit their cause papers,” said Yaakob

Aside from the appeal, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Tengku Fuad Ahmad, said they were also seeking for a stay of the gazette of the dissolution and proclamation of election.

Musa and the other Sabah lawmakers applied for judicial review of Yang Dipertua Negri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin’s consent for the dissolution of the state assembly, alleging the latter was wrongly advised on the matter.

Last week, the High Court dismissed the application when concluding that it was Juhar’s prerogative as the head of state to give his consent for the dissolution and that such decisions were outside of the judiciary’s ambit.

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