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Najib prefers out-of-court settlement for Mazu case

By Monday May 4th, 2009 No Comments

KOTA KINABALU, May 5 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today expressed the hope that the ongoing civil suit over the construction of the aborted Goddess of the Sea (Mazu) statue in Kudat will be settled out of court.

“I always hope for settlement out of court,” he told a news conference here.

He was asked whether there was a need to settle the case amicably in light of his 1Malaysia concept.

“The door is always open for us to sit down dan talk about it,” said Najib.

The issue turned into a court battle when former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat filed a suit against current Chief Minister Musa Aman and three others over the state’s decision to rescind the approval given to build the statue.

In his originating motion filed on Dec 12 last year, Chong is seeking a court order to revoke the withdrawal of the letter of approval issued by the Kudat Town Board on Nov 15, 2007.

He is also seeking a declaration that the letter of approval issued by the Kudat Town Board on Feb 8, 2006, is valid and binding on all the parties.

Source : The Malaysian Insider

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