'I have not been declared bankrupt, I am still elligible to contest' - Jamal
Jamal Md Yunos (left) Teresa Kok (right).
This comes after Seputeh incumbent MP Teresa Kok asked Election Commission (EC) to reject Jamal's candidacy as Jamal has yet to pay RM300,000 compensation to her after losing a defamation suit for allegedly misusing Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds last July.
However, Jamal said: “As long as the bankruptcy order is not made by the court against me, then I’m eligible to contest in GE15."
Jamal further said his lawyer Rejinder Singh has told him he has yet to be subjected to any bankruptcy order that could prevent his candidacy in GE15.
“Now I am in the process of appealing to the Court of Appeal on the damages by Teresa through the High Court Judgment dated on July 26, 2022.
“I believe the appeal is meritorious and the damages allowed by the High Court will be reconsidered and assessed after my appeal is heard.
“As long as the bankruptcy order is not made by the court against me, then I’m eligible to contest in GE15,” he said in a statement on Friday.
He said Kok urging the EC to reject his candidacy as the BN Sungai Besar candidate was wrong and should be rejected.
“I state it here, Teresa’s action is an act of desperation and an attempt to remove me from becoming an election candidate even though clearly, I have yet to be subjected to any bankruptcy order in accordance with the Insolvency Act 1967.
“Therefore, I dispute her claim that the bankruptcy proceedings started on Aug 30, 2022 because the first case management of the bankruptcy proceedings was conducted on Nov 30, 2022, which my lawyer will challenge this bankruptcy action.
“I believe the eligibility as a candidate is still valid at the time of nomination and voting until a bankruptcy order is made and all appeals are disposed of in accordance with the nomination qualifications under Article 48 of the Federal Constitution,” he said.
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