Kelantan Barisan Nasional (BN) will continue to provide the best service to voters in Nenggiri despite its incumbent from Umno being disqualified as state assemblyman, said its chairman Mustapa Mohamed.
Mustapa, who is also State Umno Liaison chairman, said the party accepted the decision by the Kelantan State Assembly (DUN) Speaker Abdullah Ya’kub who declared that incumbent Mat Yusoff Abdul Ghani will not be eligible to continue as a state assemblyman due to his status as a bankrupt.
“During his tenure as the state assemblyman, Mat Yusoff had given the best service to the people and remained fully committed to the voters of Nenggiri. I sympathise with his misfortune and at the same time, I hope such an incident will be a lesson to other BN elected representatives,” he said in a statement last night.
In a press conference at his office at the Kota Darul Naim Complex, Abdullah had said the Kelantan State Assembly received a notification from the Selangor branch of the Malaysian Insolvency Department on May 28, to inform that Mat Yusoff from BN is a bankrupt.
He said the Article 31(1)(b) of the Kelantan state government Constitution says that a bankrupt who is still unresolved is not eligible to be a Member of the (Kelantan) Legislative Assembly.
Abdullah also said he will inform the Election Commission (EC) on the vacancy to the Nenggiri seat on Sunday for further action.
In the 13th General Election (GE13), Mat Yusoff beat Mohammad Azihan Che Seman of PKR and independent candidate Abdul Aziz Mohamed with a majority of 3,849 votes.
Abdullah said he was informed by the Department of Insolvency that Mat Yusoff was declared bankrupt by the Shah Alam High Court on Nov 9, 2016 at the request of a bank and the department.
However, he said he just received a letter from the High Court on the matter on May 28 and from the State Legal Adviser on May 21.
Kelantan EC director Fakhrul Razi Ab Wahab said he is waiting for the notice of notification on the vacancy of the seat from the Speaker.
He said the Kelantan state assembly has reached a three-year mandate after the last general election on May 13, 2013, and normally a by-election is not necessary.
“However it is up to the discretion of the Kelantan State Assembly Speaker to hold a by-election or not,” he said earlier, when contacted by Bernama. – Bernama