The ex-parte application to stop Abdul Taib Mahmud from becoming Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak (governor) will be heard tomorrow morning at the High Court in Kuching.
The application was filed this morning by Sarawak DAP Youth leader and Padungan state assemblyperson Wong King Wei.
Yesterday, he filed a writ of summons to stop the outgoing chief minister from becoming governor.
Wong (right) wanted the court to stop Abdul Taib, who is expected to resign as chief minister this Friday, from taking office as Yang di-Pertua Negri Sarawak on reasons that he might violate Article 2(2) of the state constitution, pending the full and final disposal of the main action herein.
He is also seeking costs, as well as further interim orders and reliefs that the court deems just and necessary, pending the disposal of the application herein and pending the disposal of the main action.
Wong said that the grounds of this application are inter alia as follows:
that the defendant was, and is at all material times, actively engage in commercial enterprise and the defendant’s acceptance on the appointment as Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak violates Article 2(2) of the state constitution;
that through various recent press announcements, particularly on Feb 12 and Feb 21, 2014, the defendant has publicly stated that if he is to be appointed as the next Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak, he will be available to accept and/or will accept the appointment;
that there is high and real possibility that the Defendant will accept the appointment as Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak, in violation of the Constitution of the State of Sarawak;
that the appointment of the defendant as Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak will affect and prejudice the constitutional rights of the plaintiff and the citizens of Sarawak; and
Other grounds as stated in his affidavit.
Meanwhile, in Geneva, Switzerland, non-governmental organisations in Europe are planning to urge the European Union and the European Free Trade Association to stall trade talks with Malaysia if the federal government should be backing Abdul Taib to become governor of Sarawak.