Court strikes out Warisan’s bid to declare former member’s seat vacant

The High Court in Kota Kinabalu has struck out Warisan secretary-general Loretto Padua Jr’s suit to proclaim the Sebatik state seat empty after its officeholder agent quit the party a year ago.

Judge Wong Siong Tung decided that a chosen assemblyman ought to be allowed to act as per the best of his capacity while his judgment ought not be lawfully compelled by commitments to his party.

“Any game plan that chains or denies such opportunity of chosen individuals from the lawmaking body will be in opposition to public arrangement and (is) unlawful.

“Any reasons for activity in light of such game plan to deny such opportunity can’t be supported in regulation,” Wong said.

In his suit, Loretto tried to eliminate Sebatik assemblyman Hassan A Gani Pg Amir after he quit the party in February last year.

Lorreto’s suit likewise looked to uphold a vow or “vow of unwaveringness” made by Hassan, as well as an undated, pre-marked letter of abdication.

He guaranteed that Hassan, who has since joined Bersatu, was under an extraordinary commitment to clear his seat in the occasion he quit the party.

Wong permitted Hassan’s application to strike out Loretto’s suit and granted expenses for Hassan of RM5,000.

Tengku Fuad Ahmad and Wilson Chang showed up for Hassan while Loretto was addressed by Goldam Hamid and Syful Sufyian Sidin.

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