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Court postpones decision on 40% judicial review,  judges will meet for case management on May 24

Justices Datuk Ravinthran N. Paramaguru led a three-members bench.

KOTA KINABALU: The Court of Appeal in Kota Kinabalu here on Thursday reserved its decision on the Federal Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) appeal against leave granted to the Sabah Law Society (SLS) regarding the State’s special grant.

A three-member bench led by Court of Appeal judge, Justice Datuk Ravinthran N. Paramaguru, fixed May 24 for case management.

The other members of the panel were Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, and Datuk Dr Choo Kah Sing.

On Thursday (May 16), the Sabah Law Society, the Federal Attorney’s Chambers, and the Sabah government completed their submissions at the Kota Kinabalu Court Complex.

The SLS first applied for judicial review in June of 2022 and in November the same was granted leave by the High Court. However, the federal government obtained a stay order pending the appeal.

Outside the courthouse, politicians from both sides of the divide gathered along with hundreds of activists and the public to show their support and send a message that the entire state was united in their stand review Sabah’s 40% revenue entitlement

Three former Sabah chief ministers were also among the politicians present at the Kota Kinabalu court complex.

They were Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, and Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee.

Other notable figures at the complex were former deputy chief minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, former Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin, and former Sabah agriculture minister Datuk Junz Wong.

More than a hundred police officers were deployed to beef up security at the court complex early this morning.

Politicians from opposing sides in Warisan, Sabah Progressive Party, Upko, Liberal Demokratik Party, Parti Bersatu Sabah, and United Sabah National Organisation also showed up along with state and indigenous rights groups. – The Vibes

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