PETALING JAYA: PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has lamented the loss of the Batu parliamentary seat by the disqualification of Tian Chua, who was seeking this third term.
“I am sad. We have lost this chance,” Wan Azizah told reporters in Pandan, after her nomination was accepted.
She was shocked by PKR vice-president Tian Chua’s disqualification.
Tian Chua said the returning officer had refused to accept a High Court judgment that he submitted together with his nomination and had instead asked him to “file a petition”.
“It is a dirty tactic,” Tian Chua said. “The returning officer says he is using his powers and does not have to refer to the attorney general or the court judgement,” he told FMT’s Minderjeet Kaur.
In March, the High Court had ruled that Tian Chua was eligible to contest after reducing to RM2,000 a fine of RM3,000 imposed by the Sessions Court last year for insulting a policeman.
The Federal Constitution disqualifies anyone from standing as an election candidate for five years on being sentenced to more than a year’s jail, or a fine of more than RM2,000.
“I showed him the judgement but he does not want to take it into account,” Tian Chua said. “It clearly states that the case does not jeopardise me standing in elections.”
He is now working with a team of lawyers to decide on the next move.