Court to hear petitions to challenge BN victories in Kimanis, Sipitang

Anifah Aman (left) and Yamani Hafez Musa.

KOTA KINABALU: The election petitions for Sabah’s Kimanis and Sipitang parliamentary seats won by Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th general election have been fixed for mention at the High Court here on March 1.

Sibu-based judge Lee Heng Cheong will be hearing the Kimanis petition while Azhahari Kamal Ramli, from the Kuching High Court, will hear the Sipitang case.

Earlier, the Federal Court ordered a trial for election petitions challenging the results in Kimanis and Sipitang parliamentary seats.

Kimanis was won by Anifah Aman and Sipitang was won by his nephew Yamani Hafez Musa, who is also the son of former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman.

Anifah defeated Warisan’s Karim Bujang by a thin margin of 156 votes. Hafez won with an 852-vote majority after defeating Warisan’s Noor Hayaty Mustapha and Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah candidate Dayang Aezzy Liman.

A five-member bench led by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak David Wong Dak Wah had said the merit of the Kimanis election should be heard as Karim had complied with the Election Petition Rules 1954.

Another five-member bench chaired by Ahmad Maarop allowed a trial for the Sipitang seat filed by Noor Hayaty.

The court also allowed Noor Hayaty’s application for the trial to be heard before a new judge.