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Legality of Sabah Assembly dissolution to be determined on Aug 17

07 Aug 2020 / 14:11 H.

KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here today set Aug 17 to determine whether the recent decision of the Sabah Yang Dipertua Negri to dissolve the State Legislative Assembly is justiciable, meaning subject to trial in a court of law.

Judicial Commissioner Leonard David Shim set the date after hearing an application for leave for judicial review of the decision to dissolve the state assembly.

The matter was brought before the court by Tengku Fuad Ahmad, counsel for former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman and 32 other assemblymen who are seeking the leave for the judicial review.

Tengku Fuad said afterwards that the court has also set Aug 10 for a written submission from Sabah Attorney-General Brenndon Keith Soh and Aug 12 for his (Tengku Fuad’s) side to file a reply submission.

He said the application for leave for the judicial review was to determine whether Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, as the first respondent, had acted lawfully in dissolving the state assembly on the advice of Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, the second respondent. - Bernama

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