LOSES STATE SEAT
Datuk Yong Teck Lee
BN preparing for Gaya by-election: CM|
14 September, 2002
Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) is preparing for a by-election in the Gaya parliamentary seat, its Chairman Datuk Chong Kah Kiat said Friday.
Chong, who is Chief Minister, said it was highly likely that a by-election would be called following the Federal Court’s verdict on the incumbent Gaya MP Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
With the Federal Court’s decision he had exhausted all legal avenues over his case, he said.
“There should be a by-election for Gaya parliamentary seat,” he told reporters after presenting medals to winners of the Optimist competition of the Malaysia Games 2002 at the Kinabalu Yacht Club, near here.
Asked about the possibility of a royal pardon for Yong, the Chief Minister said, “Based on the advice of the State Attorney-General and the Federal Attorney-General, the question of a royal pardon does not apply to cases such as Yong’s.”
“The question of the King giving a pardon is not applicable in Yong’s case,” he added.
Legal adviser to the Election Commission, Badariah Hassan, was reported to have confirmed that a by-election would be held for the Gaya parliamentary seat.
The date for the by-election was expected to be announced soon.
On Sept 3, the Federal Court turned down Yong’s application for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss his appeal against the Election Court’s finding that he committed corrupt practices during the 1999 state election.
Yong, the President of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), was on Wednesday declared no longer the Assemblyman for Likas.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tun Dr Mohamed Zahir Ismail said Yong would automatically cease to be the Gaya MP two weeks after Sept 3, the day the Federal Court made known its decision.
Asked about the likely BN candidate, Yong said it would be announced when the time came.
“We have to wait for the Election Commission to make the announcement... we have the candidate, no problem with candidates. Obviously there will be discussions and we will be expecting a number of parties to request for the seat,” he said.
Chong said he was confident that the people would continue to show confidence in the BN.
He also said the people in Likas need not worry over the fact that they no longer had a representative in the State Assembly because “we will make sure that the whole State looks after Likas,” he said. - Bernama
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