Amarjit told to carry on
KOTA KINABALU: State Water Department director Datuk Amarjit Singh will continue working as usual despite the High Court's recent declaration that his appointment as director was illegal.
Amarjit said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, and Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony had instructed him to continue carrying out his duties as the director.
“I was advised by the State Cabinet to continue. Actually, the Chief Minister even called me twice last night (Wednesday). He told me to go to work and I said ‘okay'.
“Even the minister (Peter) told me to go on since the official judgment has not been released yet,” Amarjit told a press conference here yesterday.
He was informed by the State Attorney-General's Chambers that the ruling would only be made official on Friday (today).
Amarjit, who did not want to divulge too much information regarding the case, revealed that the next course of action would only be determined once the official ruling is out.
On Wednesday, Justice Ravinthran Paramaguru had granted the declaration sought by two plaintiffs, namely former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee and businessman Pang Thou Chung, both of whom claimed that Amarjit's appointment had contravened Section 3 of the Sabah Water Supply Enactment 2003 on the grounds that Amarjit was allegedly not a member of the State Public Service prior to his appointment.
In view of this, Amarjit claimed that the judge had never said that he should be removed from his post; the judge had only ruled that his appointment contravened the said Section.
“It's logic. He (Ravinthran) never said that I should be dismissed. The power of dismissal lies with the Public Service Commission alone.
“Only they can suspend me. But let's not talk about that. If you want to get more comments, you should talk to Datuk Peter,” he said.
The two plaintiffs had named Amarjit and the Sabah Government as the first and second defendants respectively.