Shabudin remains MP after consensus reached with Marzuki in election petition

Marzuki Yahya has agreed not to pursue his petition to challenge Shabudin Yahaya’s victory in Tasek Gelugor.

GEORGE TOWN: The Election Court has quashed Marzuki Yahya’s petition to challenge the election results of the Tasek Gelugor parliamentary constituency, following a consensus reached between the deputy foreign minister and incumbent Shabudin Yahaya.

This followed Shabudin’s recent entry into PPBM, where Marzuki is the secretary-general.

Marzuki’s spokesman Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali said the petition was cancelled based on “recent events” and the deliberation on final tallied results based on Form 14 from each polling district.

“After discussions with all the other counsels, it is best that the petition is cancelled, so as to not waste the time and costs borne by the judiciary. The judge then agreed to cancel the petition and as such Shabudin is still the MP for Tasek Gelugor,” he said.

The judge ordered Marzuki to pay RM5,000 in costs to the Election Commission.

Shabudin’s lawyers Simon Tan and Loo Shin Yee said the judge also took into account Shabudin’s entry into PPBM.

Shabudin was among seven Umno MPs who crossed over to PPBM. Marzuki had then said he would not give up on his petition.

Marzuki, who was made a senator in July last year, filed the petition to recount 689 spoilt votes and 297 unreturned postal votes.

Marzuki’s petition was shot down in September last year due to technicalities. He then appealed the decision at the Federal Court.