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MIRI, April 23: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) is relieved that the proposed relocation of the High Court registry from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu come May 1 will not be implemented after all.
The Chief Registrar of the Federal Court, Datuk Seri Latifah Mohd Tahar, issued a letter dated today stating that the move would be deferred, but no reason was given.
SUPP secretary-general-cum-Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting reiterated that he had planned to file an originating summons to bring the matter to court. He had planned to sue de facto Law Minister Datuk Liew Vui Kiong, the Government of Malaysia and even the prime minister.
“The quick and immediate response by the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court, Datuk Seri Latifah, is indeed commendable. We thank her for that,” Ting said in a statement.
“Upon receipt of a copy of the abovementioned letter dated April 23 through WhatsApp,
my legal team and I immediately held a discussion. We agreed that in view of the change of circumstances as mentioned in the said letter, we will KIV (keep in view) our intended court action.”
Perhaps, he added, it would also be appropriate for Liew to issue a statement regarding this blatant breach of Article 121(4) of the Federal Constitution.
Yesterday, Ting urged Liew to apologise to the Chief Minister of Sarawak and Sarawakians because as the de facto law minister, he is the ‘protector of the constitution’ and must not allow it to be violated.
“Today, we still want the law minister to apologise to the Chief of Sarawak and the people of Sarawak for his failure to safeguard our constitution and to ensure that no blatant breach of our constitution, as in this case, should ever happen,” demanded Ting. — DayakDaily