Decision for PPBM suspension review fixed for Monday

Lawyer for PPBM Rosli Dahan leaves the High Court in Kuala Lumpur April 20, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The High Court here has scheduled its decision whether to hear Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) application for judicial review against its suspension for Monday, April 23, at 11am.

The hearing of PPBM’s leave application for judicial review of its temporary suspension order by the Registrar of Societies was done in chambers here, today.

Lawyer to PBBM Rosli Dahlan told media that evidence of then-home minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s bias leading to RoS taking action against the party making appeal to the Minister impossible had been presented to Justice Datin Azizah Nawawi.

“It was argued and evidence presented about the illegality making it irrelevant to appeal to the minister. We have given all the evidence that he has directed RoS to take action... all the press reports,” he said.

Meanwhile, senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan, lawyer for the RoS, raised preliminary objection.

“Once a notice is issued under Section 14(2) and it is not complied with, it automatically triggers Section 14(5),” he told reporters, referring to the Societies Act 1966.

Effective February 28, a notice under Section 14(2) of the Act was issued to the party after complaints were lodged by PPBM members to RoS that relevant documents had been furnished in order for the registrar to complete its probe.

“An appeal would need to be done to the minister under Section 18,” he added.

To challenge the respondent’s Section 14(5) decision, the party could appeal under Section 18 of the act, or on special circumstances (when there was no minister) could file a judicial review application.

PPBM filed the application last Friday against RoS’ decision to suspend the party for 30 days from April 5, as well as compel the latter to explain which provisions of the law it had violated.

In its suspension notice, the RoS said PPBM had violated Section 14(5) of the Societies Act 1966 for failing to submit information and documents pertaining to the minutes of branch meetings, divisions and centres, as well as party financial statements within the required timeframe.