KOTA KINABALU — Sept. 2, 2020: Peninsular-based lawyer Cyrus Das will represent the Sabah government and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal in an appeal by 33 assemblymen against Governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin’s consent to dissolve the state assembly a few weeks ago.
Das, a former Bar Council president, today gained ad-hoc admission to the state Bar before Justice Ismail Brahim in the High Court here.
Lawyers from the peninsular can only practise in Sabah or Sarawak with permission from the local Bar.
According to the Free Malaysia Today online portal, state Attorney-General Brenndon Keith Soh confirmed that Das had gained admission to represent Shafie and the state in the Court of Appeal on Monday.
Another lawyer Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin, also gained admission to appear for former chief minister and Sungai Sibuga assemblyman Tan Sri Musa Aman and 32 others.
Tengku Ahmad Fuad Tengku Ahmad Burhanuddin, also a lawyer for Musa, said there was no objection to Firoz’s admission.
The Court of Appeal will on September 7 hear a stay of a proclamation by Juhar to hold the state elections which was gazetted on July 30. The dissolution paves the way for an election, with nominations on Sept. 12 and polling 14 days later.
On Aug 21, Judicial Commissioner Leonard David Shim struck out the assemblyman’s leave application for a judicial review on the grounds that Juhar’s actions were not justiciable in a court of law.
Tengku Fuad later said that the court however found that Shafie had lost the majority.