Petronas fails again to recuse judge in sales tax dispute

Dateline 2020-03-06, FMT:

Petronas has failed again in its move to disqualify Judicial Commissioner (JC) Christopher Chin from hearing Sarawak’s suit for unpaid state sales tax amounting to RM1.3 billion.

A three-member Court of Appeal bench chaired by Badariah Sahamid said the prime minister had no influence in the elevation of JCs to become High Court judges under the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) Act.

Notwithstanding the provisions in the Federal Constitution, Badariah said, the prime minister was required under the law to uphold the independence of the judiciary.

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