Petronas’ bid to recuse judicial commissioner in Sarawak suit fails

March 22, 2020

Dateline 2020-01-23, FMT:

Petronas today failed in its attempt to disqualify Judicial Commissioner Christopher Chin from hearing the case over Sarawak’s suit for unpaid state sales tax.

Petronas had earlier applied for Chin to discharge himself from hearing the case.

The national oil company claimed that Chin would decide the case to favour the prime minister as his tenure as a judicial commissioner was temporary and was subject to confirmation by the prime minister, who is also the person with ultimate control over Petronas.

Chin, however, said that during his nine months on the bench, he had never been instructed, hinted or urged by his “bosses” — the chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak, the chief justice, or any judge or person for that matter — on how he should decide any dispute.