PUTRAJAYA, June 23 (Bernama) -- The Sarawak National Party (Snap) on Wednesday succeeded in getting the Court of Appeal to set aside its de-registration by the Registrar of Societies (ROS), eight years ago.
The court also ordered ROS to pay RM10,000 costs.
Justices Datuk Zainun Ali, Datuk Ramly Ali and Datuk Zaharah Ibrahim unanimosly allowed the appeal brought by Snap's then deputy president Datuk Justine Jinggut against a High Court dismissal of his bid to quash the ROS decision.
The ROS de-registered Snap on Nov 5, 2002, following the party's failure to resolve its protracted leadership crisis since April that year, and was dissatisfied with the office-bearers constituted because of the internal dispute.
Jinggut then filed a judicial review of the ROS ruling but that was dismissed by the High Court on Sept 15, 2006.
He, however, obtained a stay of the decision, pending the disposal of his appeal to the Court of Appeal.
The party leadership was split by its former president Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min heading one faction, and the late Datuk Seri Peter Tinggom, the party's former deputy president who subsequently formed a new political party called the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).
Set up in 1961, Snap was once a Barisan Nasional component in Sarawak.
Its current president is Edwin Dundang.