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Election petition withdrawn, Zulkifli Noordin keeps seat

ALOR STAR, 13 Oct 2008: The Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Kulim/Bandar Baru Parliamentary constituency, Datuk Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir today withdrew his petition to nullify the result of the 12th general election won by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate Zulkifli Noordin.

“I have discussed with the BN top leadership and was instructed not to proceed with the petition due to several factors including the national economy,” he told reporters at the Alor Star High Court grounds after withdrawing the case, leaving the court to strike out the petition.

Abdul Aziz, who was represented by lawyer Mohd Hafarizam Harun, had filed the petition seeking for the nullification of the general election result won by Zulkifli as it was alleged that the PKR candidate had not submitted his statement of expenditure for the 2004 general election.

Zulkifli obtained 22,255 votes, beating Abdul Aziz who polled 16,672 votes in the last election on 8 March.

He said the decision was made after taking into consideration the global economic instability and the price hikes caused by the erratic oil price, the increasing depression felt by the people and various other problems that needed attention.  

“In the interests of the Kulim/Bandar Baru residents and the country, I’m willing to sacrifice and forego my right to challenge the victory of the PKR candidate,” said Abdul Aziz. — Bernama


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