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Too Expensive To Pursue Najib Lawsuit

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PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang confirmed that an appeal has not been filed and PKR will NOT pursue Najib lawsuit

PKR's lawsuit against Najib and BN related to a RM2.6 billion fund and alleged elections overspending was dismissed on the 21st of January.



Section 19 of the Election Offences 1954 Act


(1) Subject to such exception as may be allowed in pursuance of this Act, no sum shall be paid and no expense shall be incurred by a candidate at an election or by his election agent, after the date of publication of the notice of the election in the Gazette, during or after an election, on account of or in respect of the conduct or management of such election, in excess of--

(a) two hundred thousand ringgit in the case of an election to the Dewan Rakyat;

(b) one hundred thousand ringgit in the case of an election to a Legislative Assembly;

(c) ten thousand ringgit in the case of an election to a local authority other than a local council;

(d) three thousand ringgit in the case of an election to a local council:


Provided that paragraphs (c) and (d) shall have no application in Sabah and Sarawak.

(2) Any candidate or election agent who knowingly acts in contravention of this section shall be guilty of an illegal practice. Certain expenditure to be illegal practice


PKR's lawsuit claimed BN had breached the elections laws for overspending and the results of the 13th general election should be nullified.

The time period for when election petitions could be filed had passed, and PKR's remaining option was to file a general lawsuit on the 12th of August challenging the validity of the 13th general elections rather than individual petitions for each of the 222 parliamentary seats.



“We lost and it doesn’t look like there’s any means for us to pursue because looking at the ruling, you don’t want to go up there and they dismiss immediately and add to the cost,” .....
“In a way, there’s no way to challenge the legitimacy of the election after they had dismissed our case,” PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang
(MalayMailOnline)




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