The Kuching High Court has allowed two peninsula Malaysia lawyers to represent their Sarawakian clients in their suit against the Election Commission at the Court of Appeal this Thursday.
According to Star Online, High Court judge Yew Jen Kie granted Ambiga Sreenevasan and Cyrus Das the ad hoc practising licences for ad hoc admission under the state Advocates Ordinance.
Plaintiffs See Chee How (photo) and Pauls Baya had applied for the duo to represent them on special circumstances, owing to Cyrus' expertise on constitutional matters while details of a re-delineation notice will be argued by Ambiga.
Ambiga was once the head of electoral reforms watchdog Bersih.
The Attorney-General's Chambers had objected to See's application on grunds that the case was not unique and thus did not require specific expertise that local lawyers couldn't provide.
On May 15, the Kuching High Court had granted a declaration sought by See and Baya that the new electoral boundaries for Sarawak set by the EC were disproportionate and thus null and void.
However, Putrajaya had appealed against the decision.
The new boundaries would have resulted in 11 new seats being created, which critics argued benefited Parti Bangsa Bersatu Sarawak (PBB) the most.
See, who is the Batu Lintang state assemblyperson, said the Sarawak Advocates Association had no objections to his application because the outcome of the appeal will set a precedent for the rest of Malaysia.
"That's why we think it is necessary to get the best legal brains to assist in this case," he said.