Under the law, an MP who is jailed for a year or more and slapped with a fine of RM2,000 or more will be disqualified and a by-election will be held.
4 May 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: As Tian Chua is no longer able to defend his Batu parliamentary seat, the PKR vice president now says he will support the constituency’s independent candidate P Prabakaran.
Speaking to reporters at the High Court today, Tian Chua said he will accompany Prabakaran to introduce him to voters in Batu.
Online portal Free Malaysia Today reported Tian Chua as stating that the PKR leadership had endorsed the move.
Apart from that, Prabakaran also agreed to subscribe to the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto, according to Tian Chua.
At 22, Prabakaran is the youngest candidate to contest in the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14).
This turn of events follows the High Court’s decision to dismiss Tian Chua’s originating summons against the Returning Officer (RO) and the Election Commission (EC) for not allowing him to contest in the Batu Parliamentary seat.
Tian Chua endorses, says will campaign for independent candidate
GE14 | PKR vice-president Tian Chua said Pakatan Harapan has endorsed independent candidate P Prabakaran to contest and defend the Batu parliamentary seat for the opposition in the 14th general election (GE14).
Tian Chua, whose real name is Chua Tian Chiang, said the decision to choose Prabakaran has been relayed (to) and approved by Harapan leaders.
“Prabakaran is young and energetic and I will help mentor him as he faces the general election.
“We will be printing pamphlets so that the people of Batu will choose him, and the key symbol. It is important for the Batu seat to remain with Pakatan (Harapan),” said the incumbent Batu MP, who earlier today failed in his bid to defend the seat after his originating summons was rejected by a court.
Prabakaran, 22, is a law student and is the youngest candidate to contest in GE14.
Tian Chua fails bid for a place in GE14 as court throws out case
Incumbent Batu MP Tian Chua cannot contest in the 14th general election and defend his seat, as the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today rejected his originating summons.
Justice Nordin Hassan in allowing the preliminary objection by the Attorney-General Chambers said the application is mainly a challenge on the process of elections, where the filing of nomination papers is part of an election.
He further cited Article 118 of the federal constitution where any challenge on the election results should be by way of an election petition and the matter should be heard before an election judge.
“Therefore, as he is challenging the acceptance of the nomination paper, it should be by an election petition. This is an election matter.
“I also do not have the jurisdiction and power to hear election petition cases.
“The filing of this originating summons contravenes Article 118. Based on this, the application is dismissed with no order as to costs, ” he said.
In election petition cases, the Chief Justice will hear the case or he will appoint an election judge.
30 April 2018
PKR members and supporters gather at a candlelight vigil in Kuala Lumpur to show their support for Tian Chua, following his disqualification from standing in Batu for the 14th general election.
The Election Commission had barred him from defending the parliamentary seat on nomination day on the basis that he was fined RM2,000 by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in March.
A similar fine from 2010, however, did not disqualify the PKR vice-president from the 2013 polls.
Tian Chua has filed a challenge at the High Court against the EC’s decision.
Hundreds show their support for Tian Chua at vigil
GE14 | More than 200 PKR members and supporters gathered at candlelight vigil in Kuala Lumpur tonight in a show of solidarity for Tian Chua, who was disqualified as PKR candidate for the parliamentary seat of Batu.
The expectant crowd was waiting for Tian Chua to deliver his message on his plans for the May 9 polls.
Tian Chua was seen chatting with supporters while the other leaders were delivering their speeches.
Wong informed the crowd that the two-term incumbent Batu MP stands a good chance of getting the courts to quash the Election Commission’s decision to disqualify him.
“We were told it is highly possible for us to win the case on Thursday, thus to include Tian Chua’s name on the ballot paper,” she said to the cheers of the crowd.
Thus, she urged the crowd to show up at Kuala Lumpur Court Complex to show Tian Chua their support.
Not mincing her words, Wong also accussed the EC of being Umno’s hired “thug.”
“The EC’s action was not that of a free and fair institution, but an institution that acted as a branch of Umno.
29 April 2018
Kuala Lumpur High Court judgment in 2010 in PP v Tian Chua’s case: “To disqualify him, the fine must be RM2,001 or above.” On what authortiy the Returning Officer of Batu overruled the judgment of a court and disqualified Tian Chua?
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How can SPR disqualified Tian’s candidacy on the ground of fine of RM2,000 in a court case when his candidacy was accepted in last election despite the same situation? This is clearly a manipulation of rules by SPR and a clear injustice!!
2 March 2018
@tianchua s fine in the sec 509 Penal Code conviction reduced to RM2000 & he is therefore able to contest in the next GE.
High Court rules Tian Chua can run in GE14
1 March 2018
TMRW: 9am, 2 March, Shah Alam High Court J5, decision of
@tianchua s appeal against conviction of ‘insulting’ modestly of a senior police officer.