PETALING JAYA: Another three MPs who were nominated by Umno to contest in the 14th general election under the Barisan Nasional will challenge breach of contract suits filed against them by their former party.
The three are Abdul Latif Ahmad (Mersing) Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (Sabak Bernam) and Rosol Wahid (Setiu).
Their lawyer Ashok Kandiah said suits were filed against them at the High Court in Johor Baru, Kuala Terengganu and Shah Alam in late August.
“We have entered appearance to notify the plaintiffs that our clients will contest the suits,” he told FMT.
Ashok said he understood that Umno had filed a similar suit against Shabudin Yahaya (Tasek Gelugor) but the legal papers had yet to be served.
On Aug 13, Umno and BN office bearers Mohd Sumali Reduan and Abu Khamis, who are named as plaintiffs, filed suits against Mustapa Mohamed (Jeli), Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (Tanah Merah) and Hamzah Zainuddin (Larut).
The three have since applied for the suits to be heard at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.
The plaintiffs, who are the same in the latest suits, want the six MPs, who are currently PPBM members, to pay RM200,000 each in damages.
In their statement of claim, they said that Umno approved their membership applications and there existed a contractual relationship between them.
Umno said it had given RM200,000 each to the MPs to spend in the last general election.
The party is also seeking general and aggravated damages from all of them.
Umno president Ahamd Zahid Hamidi last month also said the party had filed suits against all MPs who had left the party after winning seats through different law firms.
Other MPs who left to join PPBM are Abdul Rahim Bakri (Kudat), Azizah Mohd Dun (Beaufort), Ronald Kiandee (Beluran), Zakaria Mohd Edris (Libaran), Noor Azmi Ghazali (Bagan Serai) and Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (Masjid Tanah),
Yamani Hafez Musa (Sipitang), Anifah Aman (Kimanis) and Syed Abu Hussin Syed Abdul Faisal (Bukit Gantang), who also quit Umno, have become Independents while Labuan MP Rozman Isli has joined Parti Warisan Sabah.
Umno is now left with 37 MPs after winning 54 parliamentary seats in the May 9 polls.