KUALA LUMPUR: Morib assemblyman Hasnul Baharuddin denies he is a bankrupt despite being issued a notice of insolvency by the Shah Alam High Court.
Hasnul, 52, said there was a “mistake” as the matter was still being resolved and the asset was a strata shop unit which had been auctioned off.
“The bank and lawyer had made a mistake which led to the court notice (on bankruptcy). Bank Islam (the lender) had already promised to annul the notice.
“I had bought the asset in 1999 but it did not yield any returns. The asset's location, however, was no longer strategic after the developer amended the arrangement (project layout).
“As of now, businesses cannot be carried out (at the unit) or for it to be rented out. The unit has already been auctioned off,” Hasnul said in a statement tonight.
Earlier, Parti Amanah Negara deputy president Datuk Salahuddin Ayub confirmed that one of the party's state assemblymen had been declared bankrupt by the high court.
In a separate report, Hasnul said the confusion could affect his position as an assemblyman.
“I even made a check on the latest bankruptcy list and my name is not there. The bank will issue a notice on bankruptcy annulment, and an amended notice to demand payment of unsettled debts.”
Under Article 64 (1) (b) of the Selangor State Constitution, an assemblyman will be disqualified from the legislative assembly if he is an undischarged bankrupt (disqualified from holding certain public and private offices).
In 2017, the Nenggiri state seat in Kelantan was declared vacant after its state assemblyman Datuk Mat Yusof Abdul Ghani was declared bankrupt.
In the 14th general election, Hasnul won the Morib state seat by a 2,117 vote-majority against Rozana Kamarulzaman from Barisan Nasional and Mohd Sallehuddin Hafiz from Pas.