Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Inanam seat is safe
Sabah Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy chief Daniel John Jambun today withdrew his election petition filed on April, 29 seeking court declaration that Johnny Goh Chin Lok (pix) of Barisan Nasional - Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS)win in the Inanam state seat in the March 8, 2008 was null and void.
Hearing of the case in the Kota Kinabalu Election Court began on July 14, this year.
The trial was scheduled to continue today before Judge Datuk Zulkifili Bakar but Jambun's lawyer Datuk Chau Chin Tang informed the court that the petitioner was not proceeding with the case.
Chau told the court that after calling 14 witnesses, the petitioner was unable to served subpoenas to another 19 of his witnesses.
Goh's counsel Peter Jino Allion did not object and the judge fixed Sept 22, this year to hear the application proper for the petitioner to withdraw the petition.
Jambun was seeking declaration that the election result in Inanam was void due to various breaches of the Election Offences Act 1954 and Elections (Conduct of Elections) Regulations 1981.
He claimed, amongst others, that Goh was involved in the distribution of cash ranging from RM450 to RM700 to parents of poor school children in schools in Inanam during the campaign period.
Jambun wanted the court to declare that the election is null and void due to general bribery and intimidation and/or election not conducted in accordance with election law declare that the 2nd Respondent not duly elected and declare that he committed bribery and illegal practice