High Court rejects Tian Chua’s bid to reverse disqualification from election

PKR vice-president Tian Chua has failed in his bid to reverse a decision by the Election Committee that disqualified him from defending his parliamentary seat.
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A High Court rejected Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president Tian Chua’s bid to reverse the Election Committee’s (EC’s) decision to disqualify him from defending his parliamentary seat in the upcoming general elections.

Chua had been disqualified from contesting Malaysia’s 14th General Election after the EC rejected his nomination form last Saturday (April 28).

High Court judge Justice Nordin Hassan dismissed Chua’s suit on grounds that the court has no jurisdiction on the validity of the returning officer’s decision to reject the nomination, reported The Star.

Justice Nordin said Chua should have filed a suit by the way of an election petition and not by an originating summons.

Chua had his nomination for the Parliamentary seat of Batu rejected by returning officer Anwar Md Zain.

Chua then took the matter to the High Court, filing a suit to reverse the rejection.

He has held the seat for the last two terms, and his nomination was rejected due to a fine imposed in 2007 in relation to his conviction for verbally abusing a police officer four years ago.