Gov't files application to strike out Pua's 1MDB misfeasance suit

Shanti Gunaratnam

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government today filed an application to strike out Petaling Jaya Utara member of Parliament Tony Pua's lawsuit on misfeasance in public office, in relation to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Senior Federal Counsel Zureen Elina Mohd Dom, who acted for the government of Malaysia, told reporters outside the court that the application, which was filed on March 2, states that there is no cause of action in misfeasance in public office matters.

Pua's lawsuit, which was filed on Jan 16, 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur High Court Registry, names Najib as the first defendant and the government of Malaysia as the second defendant.

Najib had filed the application to strike out the suit because the suit filed by Pua is a 'collateral suit that had been filed for political purposes.'

The DAP lawmaker is seeking a declaration that Najib had committed misfeasance in public office, and is seeking another declaration that Najib abused his public office to personally benefit from 1MDB’s funds.

Pua is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages, interest and costs among others, deemed necessary and appropriate by the court.

Najib was represented by Nik Alia Hanafi, while Pua, by Joanne Chua.

Judge John Louis O'Hara fixed May 22 to hear the government and Najib's striking out applications.