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Pahang seeks to set aside RM37 mln judgement

KUANTAN, 21 April 2009: The Pahang government’s application to set aside a high court judgement of RM37,127,471.60 and eight percent interest per annum from 31 Dec 2000 awarded in favour of logging company Seruan Gemilang Sdn Bhd will be heard on 24 April.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said today the application was filed in the High Court on 22 Dec last year.

Adnan was commenting on the mandamus order granted by the High Court yesterday to compel the Pahang Menteri Besar to pay the logging company RM63 million within 14 days.

Seruan Gemilang sought the order after failing to get the state government to pay the 25 May 2007 judgement sum with interest for an alleged breach of contract relating to the extraction of timber from a 4,000-hectare concession in Mukim Bebar, Pekan.

Adnan said the state government had been denied the right to bring up the earlier case to the Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

“The state government’s case has been dismissed on technical grounds and we have not had the opportunity to properly present our case,” he said.

He said that following this, the state government filed the new application and since the case had not finished, the state government could not settle the payment to Seruan Gemilang.

“The legal proceedings will continue,” he said.

Adnan also explained that the suit involved the logging company and the state government and not him personally.

“I have received many text messages expressing sadness for not being able to help pay the suit whose amount was too big,” he said.

Meanwhile Pahang Legal Adviser Datuk Mat Zara’Ai Alias said his office would file an application for a stay of execution of yesterday’s judgement tomorrow. — Bernama



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