Ipoh court dismisses Gombak Setia election petition appeal

KUALA LUMPUR: Perikatan Nasional's Muhammad Hilman Idham will remain as Gombak Setia assemblyman after the Ipoh High Court dismissed an election petition brought by Mohd Shaffie Omar.

Shaffie, a registered voter claimed that an inducement of RM150 was offered to several voters during the state election between Aug 4 and Aug 5 this year.

In a statement today, Muhamad Hilman said Judge Datuk Abdul Wahab Mohamed found that the allegations raised by the petitioner were baseless.

"This decision holds significant meaning for me and all voters in Gombak Setia, where justice has been upheld.

"This petition, particularly on the issue of political funds and corruption, is a slander and malicious defamation aimed at tarnishing my reputation as assemblyman.

"This is an attempt to betray and manipulate the mandate given by the voters in Gombak Setia," he said.

Hilman said he is considering legal action against those who are responsible for trying to tarnish his reputation and undermine democracy.

"I already identified these individuals.

"I have discussed with my lawyer to take subsequent legal action against them," he said.

In the Selangor state polls on Aug 12, Muhamad Hilman, who obtained 30,299 votes, won the Gombak Setia seat, defeating BN's Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin (30,241 votes) and Independent candidate Mohamed Salim Mohamed Ali (1,076 votes).

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