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CASE(S) OF THE WEEK

TAN JYE YEE & ANOR v. PP
COURT OF APPEAL, PUTRAJAYA
MOHTARUDIN BAKI JCA, ROHANA YUSUF JCA, TENGKU MAIMUN JCA
[CRIMINAL APPEAL NO: W-09-327-12-2013]
6 AUGUST 2014

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: Interpretation - Pith and substance test - Section 298A of Penal Code - Whether a subject matter of religion or public order - Majority in Supreme Court case of Mamat Daud & Ors v. The Government of Malaysia that s. 298A a law on religion - Whether created binding precedent

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Judicial precedent - Stare decisis - Supreme Court decision in Mamat Daud & Ors v. The Government of Malaysia - Whether majority judgment created binding precedent - Whether dissenting judgment could be accepted as correct state of law over majority judgment



VOON LEE SHAN v. C/INSP I/14105 ANOI KIAN & ORS
HIGH COURT SABAH & SARAWAK, KUCHING
MAIRIN IDANG JC
[SUIT NO: 21-8-2010-II]
1 OCTOBER 2014

TORT: Malicious prosecution - Elements of action - Plaintiff charged under s. 216 Penal Code - Whether defendants acted with reasonable and probable cause in instituting charges against plaintiff - Delay in conducting investigation - Whether raised serious question on availability of sufficient evidence - Motive - Whether element of malice proved - Whether there was intention to punish, defame and embarrass plaintiff - Whether Government of Malaysia vicariously liable

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Damages - Assessment of damages - Malicious prosecution - Compensatory damages - Whether amount of damages proved - Whether evidence adduced to assist court in quantifying damages - Whether plaintiff suffered injury to reputation and feelings - Whether nominal and exemplary damages awarded

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