Decision to demand RM10 million from Zuraida not final, says Azmin

24 Jun 2023 03:47pm
Mohamed Azmin Ali - FILE PIX
Mohamed Azmin Ali - FILE PIX

SHAH ALAM - The High Court's decision to grant PKR the right to demand RM10 million in compensation from its former vice-president Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin is not the final decision yet.

Selangor Perikatan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said this was because the former PKR vice president has the right, as stated in the Constitution, to appeal in court.

"So let's not get ahead of the court's decision; there are two more levels of court, namely the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.

"All parties should respect the court process," he said during the Selangor Perikatan Nasional 2023 Election Convention at Ideal Convention Centre, Seksyen 15, here today.

PKR previously filed a claim against 19 MPs and assemblymen for violating the terms of the party bond.

Besides Zuraida, others were Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (Gombak), Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (Indera Mahkota), Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar (Bandar Tun Razak), Datuk Mansor Othman (Nibong Tebal), Datuk Rashid Hasnon (Batu Pahat), Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar (Segamat), Ali Biju (Saratok), Jonathan Yasin (Ranau), and Baru Bian (Selangau), as well as Datuk Willie Mongin (Puncak Borneo).

Also Dr Chong Fat Full (Pemanis), Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis (Rembia), Datuk Abdul Yunus Jamahri (Kuala Krau), Muhammad Hilman Idham (Gombak Setia), Azman Nasrudin (Lunas), Dr Robert Ling Kui Ee (Sidam), Haniza Mohamed Talha (Lembah Jaya), Daroyah Alwi (Sementa), and Zulkifli Ibrahim (Sungai Aceh).

On June 23, it was reported that PKR would proceed to take legal action against 10 former MPs who had breached the party's bond.

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PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the facts of the case were similar to the suit that the party had submitted against Zuraida.

Yesterday, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that Zuraida was obligated to compensate PKR RM10 million for betraying the party after winning the Ampang seat for the third time in the 14th General Election (GE14).

The Kuala Lumpur High Court granted PKR the right to claim RM10 million from the former minister, who lost the Ampang seat to PKR candidate Rodziah Ismail in the 15th General Election (GE15) last year.

The party's lawyer, Navpreet Singh as reported by the media, confirmed the ruling made by Judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir in the online proceedings.

Navpreet said the court found that the bond was a valid contract, binding the former Ampang MP to the party.

Azmin added that, as a Malaysian, he also has the right to defend his decision to leave the party and Pakatan Harapan (PH) to form an independent bloc in Parliament in 2020.