Counsel: Appeal not ruled out if Voon’s intervener application struck out

Lim commenting on the case outside of the Federal Courtroom.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Sept 7: Sarawak advocate Voon Lee Shan has the right to appeal if the case regarding his intervener application is dismissed, says his legal representative Lim Heng Choo.

“If the case is dismissed, Voon can appeal if he wants to. He is in his personal capacity and as a practising advocate applying the rights to be added as a party,” he said.

In stating this, Lim asserted that Voon is showing genuine interest to make sure that the petitions presented before the Court is accordance to Sarawak Advocates Ordinance 1953.

This was among the submissions raised by Lim in Court today, adding that Voon is applying for the rights to intervene in addition to the State Attorney-General (SAG) and Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS).

The hearing which was chaired by Chief Justice of Sarawak and Sabah Datuk Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim this morning followed Voon’s intervener application on Aug 26 regarding two non-Sarawakians who were rumoured to have intentions to practise law in Sarawak.

Former Chief Justice of Malaysia Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and former Chief Justice of Sarawak and Sabah Tan Sri David Wong Dak Wah are the two Sabahans who submitted the applications.

“The law has provided for them (SAG and AAS) to be heard under Section (5) Subsection (2) but it does not exclude an individual the right to apply to intervene and be given the opportunity to be heard in court.

“Voon is applying to intervene just to ask for the rights to address in court in addition to SAG and AAS, and also have a copy of the petitions.

“If the law is complied with, fair enough. There will be no issue and nobody can stop them (Richard and David) from practising law in Sarawak,” said Lim after a hearing in Kuching High Court today.

“Sarawak Advocates Ordinance 1953 particularly on Sarawak connections state that a person is deemed to be born in the state, have been a resident in Sarawak for continuously five years or more, and are domiciled in Sarawak.” — DayakDaily