KUALA LUMPUR: The Supreme Court has MCA Vice President Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong (pic) as the legitimate Ayer Hitam MP.
Court Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali was a preliminary complaint from Dr. Woe and rejected the election request of DAP's Liew Chin Tong, who lost in the election for the seat at the general election of May 9.
The judge said that the petition did not specify any facts to substantiate the claims of graft during the campaign period.
"The petitioner must prove that action has been taken in relation to his complaint and that failure to do so is serious.
"With this, I think that the respondent (Dr. Wee) has succeeded in his provisional objection.
"That's why I close the petition and declare the respondent the legitimate MP," Mohd Nazlan commented yesterday.
The court also ordered RM10,000 to pay the costs to each of the respondents.
Dr. Woe, who since 2004 Ayer Hitam MP, said he was relieved with the decision.
"What is more important is that the court refuted allegations that we have won with questionable votes.
"This decision justified me from the accusations," he later told reporters.
Dr. Wee was represented by the advisors Ng Chee Hor and Ang Boon Heng, while Zulhelmi Wagiman appeared before returning officer Mohd Hafiz Aliman and the election committee.
Liew, who was appointed Senator and Deputy Minister of Defense, was represented by Datuk Yeo Yang Poh.
In a statement issued later, he said that he respected the court's decision but was disappointed.
"The court has chosen to follow the more conventional approach to election petitions in general and election laws in general," he said to Dr. Woe.
Liew filed the petition on June 12 to challenge the outcome of the elections, claiming that several regulations had been broken during the campaign.
As respondents were named Dr. Woe, Mohd Hafiz and the EC.
Dr. Wee retained his seat with a majority of 303 votes in a triangular fight.