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HomeMalaysia NewsKuala Terengganu High Court Annuls Perikatan Nasional's Victory in Kemaman Parliamentary Seat:...

Kuala Terengganu High Court Annuls Perikatan Nasional’s Victory in Kemaman Parliamentary Seat: Report

The Kuala Terengganu High Court has nullified Perikatan Nasional’s electoral victory in the Kemaman Parliamentary constituency. The decision follows legal challenges, and the court ruled in favor of the opposition party, citing irregularities. This verdict has significant political implications, potentially affecting the balance of power in the Malaysian Parliament. The ruling party is expected to appeal the decision.

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In a significant ruling, the Kuala Terengganu High Court has nullified the November election results for the Kemaman parliamentary seat, resulting in a major setback for Perikatan Nasional. The decision was made after a petition, filed by a voter identified as Wan Mohamad Hisham Wan Abdul Jalil, was allowed by Judge Datuk Anselm Charles Fernandis. The court’s decision highlights allegations of corruption and bribery in the electoral process.

Judge Fernandis declared that corruption had taken place with the respondent’s knowledge and stated, “I find corruption was committed with the knowledge of the respondent. I declare the general election result for Kemaman which was held on 19th November (last year) is void… The money given was to induce votes.” The court further ordered the respondent to pay RM30,000 to the petitioner.

The petitioner was represented by Datuk Hafarizam Harun, while PAS was represented by Wan Rohaimi Wan Daud. Che Alias Hamid of PAS had originally won the Kemaman parliamentary seat with a substantial majority of 65,714 votes, defeating Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, PKR’s Hasuni Sudin, and Pejuang’s Rosli Ab Ghani.
This ruling follows a decision by the Federal Court on May 2, which ordered two election petitions challenging the results of the 15th general election for the Masjid Tanah and Kemaman parliamentary constituencies to be sent back to the high courts for a full hearing of the merits. Previously, the election courts in Melaka and Terengganu had struck out BN candidate Abdul Hakim Abdul Wahid’s petition and voter Wan Mohamad Hisham’s petition, respectively, after accepting preliminary objections raised by the respondents in both cases.
The petition alleged that PAS had bribed voters by distributing financial aid through state government initiatives, including i-Pencen, i-Belia, and i-Siswa, between November 15 and 17, 2022, just days before the general election. Terengganu Umno chief Ahmad Said highlighted these allegations as among the key points raised in the petition.

This decision has significant implications for the political landscape in Kemaman and the broader Malaysian context, as it calls into question the legitimacy of the previous election results and underscores the importance of upholding the integrity of the electoral process.