KUALA LUMPUR – The application filed by Lim Guan Eng to set aside the leave obtained by the Attorney-General (AG) to initiate committal proceeding against him will he heard on July 14.
High Court Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah set the date in chambers in the presence of senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan representing the AG, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, and lawyer Gobind Singh Deo representing Lim.
Speaking to reporters, Gobind said the application was initially scheduled to be heard today, but was postponed as they needed more time to change and scrutinise the affidavits pertaining to the application.
The AG as the plaintiff had filed an ex-parte originating summons regarding the matter on Aug 18 and had named Lim as the defendant.
In it, the AG had sought leave for the committal proceeding to have Lim jailed for contempt-of-court for allegedly issuing statements in the print and/or social media which were detrimental to the administration of justice, lead to erosion of the people’s confidence in the judicial system and questioned the dignity and integrity of the courts.
The AG is also seeking costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.
He said the action was taken to ensure the sanctity and integrity of the judiciary and the justice system in the country was always protected and not criticised, shamed and insulted according to one’s whims and fancies.
He added that contempt-of-court should be frowned upon failing which doubts could arise on the administration of justice in the country.
According to the AG, the statements made by Lim at a press conference in George Town, Penang, that the corruption charges against the Bagan MP were a conspiracy and that he (Lim) would be jailed, could be clearly interpreted as the courts were also being roped in on “trumped up corruption charges”.
Last Sept 21, the court granted leave for the AG to initiate committal proceeding against Lim.
On June 30, 2016, Lim pleaded not guilty at the Penang High Court to corruption charges relating to the changing of status of a parcel of land from agricultural zone to housing development zone and purchase of a bungalow at below market price. – BERNAMA