Lawyer, businesswoman withdraw case in opposition to Sabah governor after courtroom choice

Lawyer, businesswoman withdraw case against Sabah governor after court decision

KOTA KINABALU: A lawyer and a businesswoman who had earlier filed a judicial review to stop the Sabah state election in view of the current Covid-19 threat have withdrawn their case against the governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

Lawyer Marcel Jude made the withdrawal in view of recent developments which saw the High Court throwing out a case filed by 33 assemblymen against the Tuan Yang Di-Pertua with regard to the dissolution of the state assembly on Friday (Aug 21).

This decision was made during the mention of the case at the High Court here.

Now, Marcel’s case is only against the Election Commission (EC), whereby they are seeking an order to stop the EC chairman from conducting the polls during the movement control order (MCO) period.

High Court judge Ismail Brahim set Sept 14 for the hearing.

Earlier this month, Marcel and two businesswomen had filed for a High Court order to quash the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin’s decision to dissolve the state assembly on July 30.

They also sought an order to stop the Election Commission chairman from conducting the Sabah state election unless all movement control orders (MCO) were lifted or provisions were made to allow for the holding of the election under the MCO.

They want a declaration that holding the Sabah state election during the recovery MCO is unlawful, as well as null and void.