Amar­jit told to carry on

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - Front Page - By Neil Brian Joseph

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.


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