SHAH ALAM, Jan 23: The absence of detailed information such as the address and not living at the address specified are among the factors causing the State Government to set aside the suit filed by single mothers who claim they did not receive the allowance promised by the State Government.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, however, abided by the Shah Alam High Court’s decision but will appeal to set aside the case.
“We felt that for several reasons, the basic needs of a case for trial were not met. Among them there are a few names that do not have full information such as addresses, and some of which are found not to be living at the address specified and not even in the area.
“The State Government is of the opinion that such matters will not be able to solve the problem because even if it were brought to court, it is not fair to have a trial unless they meet the criteria specified for recipients,” said Abdul Khalid in a press conference after the Exco Meeting at the State Secretariat Building this afternoon.
On 22 November last year, a total of 2,020 single mothers filed a suit to recover the arrears amounting to RM10.9 million.
They named the State Government, consisting of PKR, PAS and DAP as the first defendant and Abdul Khalid as Chief Executive of the State Government as the second defendant.
Subsequently, on December 12 last year, the defendants filed an application to strike out the claim on the ground of the claim being based on a manifesto that can not be enforced because it is not recognized in the law.
The defendants also claimed that the plaintiff sued the wrong party because PKR, PAS, and DAP were not the State Government when the manifesto was made during the General Elections (GE) campaign in 2008.