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CLJ Bulletin, Issue 2016, Vol 20
19 May 2016


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New This Week

1. Case(s) of the Week

  1. DATO' SUKRI HJ MOHAMED v. WAN MUHAMMAD AZRI WAN DERIS [2016] 4 CLJ 654

  2. ROSLEE JALAL v. ZAINAL ABIDIN ABDULLAH [2016] 4 CLJ 909

2. Latest Cases

  1. Legal Network Series

  2. CLJ 2016 Volume 4 (Part 5)

  3. CLJ 2016 Volume 4 (Part 6)

3. Articles

  1. LNS Article(s)

4. Legislation Highlights

  1. Principal Acts

  2. Amending Acts

  3. PU(A)

  4. PU(B)

  5. Legislation Alert


CASE(S) OF THE WEEK

DATO' SUKRI HJ MOHAMED v. WAN MUHAMMAD AZRI WAN DERIS [2016] 4 CLJ 654
COURT OF APPEAL, PUTRAJAYA
ABDUL AZIZ ABDUL RAHIM JCA, TENGKU MAIMUN TUAN MAT JCA, ABANG ISKANDAR JCA
[CIVIL APPEAL NO: D-02(NCVC)(W)-783-05-2014]
8 MARCH 2016

TORT: Defamation - Defamatory statements - Publication of defamatory articles on blog - Whether respondent's identity as blogger proved - Whether statements in blog referred to appellant - Whether statements in articles defamatory in nature - Whether defence of qualified privilege, justification and fair comment established

EVIDENCE: Witness - Witness statement - Oral testimony - Failure to provide documentary evidence in support of oral testimony - Whether rendered oral evidence of witness not be believed - Whether trial judge failed to consider ss. 59 and 60 of Evidence Act 1950


ROSLEE JALAL v. ZAINAL ABIDIN ABDULLAH [2016] 4 CLJ 909
HIGH COURT MALAYA, IPOH
HAYATUL AKMAL ABDUL AZIZ JC
[ORIGINATING SUMMONS NO: 24NCVC-278-06-2015]
28 MARCH 2016

LAND LAW: Caveats - Competing caveats - Removal - Sale of property - Sale and purchase agreements with two purchasers on different occasions - Purchasers entered caveats resulting in competing caveats - Priority over property - Whether applicant was aggrieved party - Whether applicant had caveatable interest - Determination of which private caveat should be removed - National Land Code, s. 327


LATEST CASES

Legal Network Series

[2014] 1 LNS 1699

ASIATIC CONTAINER SERVICES SDN BHD lwn. MISC BERHAD

KONTRAK: Ganti rugi - Kerugian pendapatan - Penamatan perjanjian perkhidmatan secara unilateral - Perjanjian pemberian perkhidmatan penyimpanan kontena untuk suatu tempoh masa yang telah dipersetujui - Dakwaan penamatan perjanjian sebelum penamatan tempoh masa yang telah dipersetujui - Representasi - Sama ada tempoh masa perjanjian telah dipersetujui - Sama ada defendan telah memberi representasi bahawa tempoh perlantikan plaintif adalah untuk dua tahun - Sama ada tuntutan plaintif boleh dibenarkan berdasarkan anggapan semata-mata

KETERANGAN: Keterangan dokumentari - Dokumen disandar sebagai bukti fakta yang diplidkan - Pertimbangan mahkamah apabila terdapat percanggahan keterangan pihak-pihak - Penentuan niat pihak-pihak dalam kontrak - Sama ada mahkamah terikat untuk mempertimbangkan dokumen-dokumen semasa untuk menentukan niat pihak-pihak - Sama ada keterangan lisan saksi-saksi boleh mengatasi keterangan dokumen semasa

[2014] 1 LNS 1731

PP lwn. CHANDRAN MOHAN SUPRAMANIAM

UNDANG-UNDANG JENAYAH: Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 - s. 39B(1)(a) - Pengedaran dadah - Milikan eksklusif - Dadah dijumpai di dalam beg bersama barang peribadi tertuduh - Jagaan dan kawalan terhadap beg dimana dadah dijumpai - Kewujudan akses orang lain selain tertuduh - Sama ada tertuduh mempunyai jagaan dan kawalan eksklusif terhadap dadah yang dijumpai - Sama ada terdapat akses orang lain selain tertuduh di tempat dadah dijumpai

KETERANGAN: Percakapan - Kebolehterimaan - Percakapan dibawah s. 112 Kanun Tatacara Jenayah - Saksi tidak berjaya dikesan - Usaha mencari saksi utama - Pengiklanan dalam surat khabar - Sama ada kehendak s. 32(1) Akta Keterangan 1950 telah dipatuhi bagi memakai percakapan saksi - Sama ada terdapat kelewatan dalam usaha mencari saksi - Sama ada kegunaan s. 32(1) Akta Keterangan 1950 harus dibuktikan secara ketat

PROSEDUR JENAYAH: Mens rea - Inferen daripada fakta - Perlakuan tertuduh ketika tahanan - Keadaan resah dan kelam kabut tertuduh ketika tahanan - Sama ada perlakuan-perlakuan tertuduh boleh memberi inferen berkenaan pengetahuan tertuduh berkenaan dadah

[2015] 1 LNS 608

DATUK SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM v. MENTERI HAL-EHWAL DALAM NEGERI & ANOR

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: Judicial review - Application for - Order of certiorari and mandamus - Application to quash decision of Commissioner General of Prisons in refusing a prisoner's liberty to attend Dewan Rakyat sittings - Right to attend sittings at Dewan Rakyat after petition for pardon had been dismissed by Pardons Board - Whether a prisoner was disqualified to be a member of Dewan Rakyat and to attend sittings of Dewan Rakyat - Whether judicial review application ought to be dismissed - Whether requirement for leave had been satisfied - Federal Constitution, Art 48(1)(e)

[2015] 1 LNS 610

BANK PERTANIAN MALAYSIA BERHAD v. UNITED TRADE ARENA (M) SDN BHD & ORS

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Summary judgment - Banking - Islamic banking - Non-payment of Al-Bai Bithaman Ajil financing facility - Issues to be tried - Allegation of inaccurate release of progress payment - Imposition of compensation for late payment - Whether there was non-compliance of syariah banking principle - Whether plaintiff was allowed to claim compensation for any delay in payments from defendant until full and final settlement - Whether there were bona fide triable issues which required a trial of plaintiff's claim

BANKING: Banks and banking business - Islamic banking - Ta'widh - Imposition of late payment charges - Whether imposition of compensation for late payment amounts to interest or riba - Whether imposition of compensation for late payment allowed under syariah principles

[2015] 1 LNS 611

RHEA ZADANI CORPORATION SDN BHD & ORS v. BANK ISLAM MALAYSIA BERHAD

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Striking out - Writ and statement of claim - Fresh action to impeach original judgment - Original judgment affirmed by appellate court - Special circumstances - Res judicata and estoppel - Whether there were any special circumstances to justify commencement of fresh action - Whether judgment was obtained by fraud - Whether a judgment affirmed by appellate court could be set aside in a fresh suit - Whether filing of a fresh action was an abuse of the court process

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Res judicata - Application to set aside judgment - Judgment had been perfected - Whether court becomes functus officio once a regularly obtained judgment had been perfected - Whether issues in fresh action were similar to previous action


CLJ 2016 Volume 4 (Part 5)

FEDERAL COURT

Hap Seng Plantations (River Estates) Sdn Bhd v. Excess Interpoint Sdn Bhd & Anor
Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin CJ (Malaya), Suriyadi Halim Omar, Ahmad Maarop, Hasan Lah, Abu Samah Nordin FCJJ
(Constitutional Law; Civil Procedure; Words & Phrases - High Court - Jurisdiction - Jurisdiction to transfer case from one High Court to another) [2016] 4 CLJ 641 [FC]

COURT OF APPEAL

Dato' Sukri Hj Mohamed v. Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris
Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Abang Iskandar JJCA
(Tort; Evidence - Defamation - Defamatory statements - Publication of defamatory articles on blog) [2016] 4 CLJ 654 [CA]

MMC Oil & Gas Engineering Sdn Bhd v. Tan Bock Kwee & Sons Sdn Bhd
Alizatul Khair Osman, Abang Iskandar, Nallini Pathmanathan JJCA
(Civil Procedure; Contract - Privity - Subcontract - Consortium agreement) [2016] 4 CLJ 665 [CA]

Ng Chin Chai v. Pentadbir Tanah Segamat & Other Appeals
Mohd Hishamudin Yunus, Alizatul Khair Osman, Anantham Kasinather JJCA
(Land Law; Civil Procedure - Acquisition of land - Award of compensation - Appeal against quantum) [2016] 4 CLJ 693 [CA]

Public Bank Bhd v. Johan Shipping Sdn Bhd & Another Appeal
Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, Rohana Yusuf, Prasad Sandosham Abraham JJCA
(Banking - Securities for advances - Charge - Company in liquidation) [2016] 4 CLJ 707 [CA]

RA Gunaseharan Appoo v. Shaifulbahari Zakaria & Anor
Mohd Hishamudin Yunus, David Wong Dak Wah, Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid JJCA
(Legal Profession - Disciplinary Committee - Findings of - Client lodged complaint against solicitor for mismanagement of claim) [2016] 4 CLJ 717 [CA]

HIGH COURT

Ho Min Hao & Anor v. Ho Yee Chin & Anor
SM Komathy JC
(Trusts - Illegality - Recovery of trust property - Constructive trust) [2016] 4 CLJ 726 [HC]

Noor Shariful Rizal Noor Zawawi lwn. PP
Hassan Abdul Ghani PK
(Prosedur Jenayah; Undang-Undang Jenayah; Keterangan - Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 - Seksyen 15 (1) - Penyalahgunaan dadah) [2016] 4 CLJ 743 [HC]

Nooralina Mohd Shah & Anor v. PP
Nordin Hassan JC
(Company Law; Criminal Law; Words & Phrases - Insider trading - Offence of - Charges under s. 89E(2)(a) and punishable under s. 89E(4) of Securities Industry Act 1983 ('SIA')) [2016] 4 CLJ 757 [HC]

PP v. Dharma Raj Ballurajah & Anor
Collin Lawrence Sequerah JC
(Criminal Law; Evidence - Penal Code - Section 302 - Murder - Identification parade - Conduct of) [2016] 4 CLJ 773 [HC]

United Allied Empire Sdn Bhd v. Pengarah Tanah Dan Galian Selangor & Ors
Azimah Omar JC
(Administrative Law; Land Law - Acquisition of land - Acquisition for public purpose) [2016] 4 CLJ 796 [HC]

SUBJECT INDEX

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Judicial review - Application for - Acquisition of land for public purpose - Allegation of deception and deprivation of land - Whether procedural impropriety involved in acquisition process - Whether use of land to build mosque with complete amenities derailed from essence that acquisition was for public purpose - Whether sufficient notice given to land owner - Whether procedural impropriety arose
United Allied Empire Sdn Bhd v. Pengarah Tanah Dan Galian Selangor & Ors
(Azimah Omar JC) [2016] 4 CLJ 796 [HC]

BANKING

Securities for advances - Charge - Company in liquidation - Fixed and floating charge created in favour of bank over vessels during pendency of restraining order - Vessels sold by liquidators - Whether charges were fixed charges - Whether vessels could only be sold with consent of bank - Failure to obtain consent - Whether bank entitled to proceeds of sale - Failure to file discharge of charge over vessel - Whether fixed charge valid and binding against chargor - Res judicata - Whether applicable
Public Bank Bhd v. Johan Shipping Sdn Bhd & Another Appeal
(Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, Rohana Yusuf, Prasad Sandosham Abraham JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 707 [CA]

CIVIL PROCEDURE

Appeal - Decision of High Court - Acquisition of land - Order of compensation issued by High Court Judge - Whether appealable - Calamas Sdn Bhd v. Pentadbir Tanah Batang Padang - Applicability - Land Acquisition Act 1960, ss. 40D(3), 49(1)
Ng Chin Chai v. Pentadbir Tanah Segamat & Other Appeals
(Mohd Hishamudin Yunus, Alizatul Khair Osman, Anantham Kasinather JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 693 [CA]

Transfer of proceedings - From one High Court to another - Jurisdiction - Whether High Court in Malaya could transfer proceedings before it to High Court in Sabah and Sarawak, and vice versa - Federal Constitution, art. 121 - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, ss. 23, 25(1) & (2), para 12 of Schedule thereto - Rules of Court 2012, O. 57 r. 1
Hap Seng Plantations (River Estates) Sdn Bhd v. Excess Interpoint Sdn Bhd & Anor
(Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin CJ (Malaya), Suriyadi Halim Omar, Ahmad Maarop, Hasan Lah, Abu Samah Nordin FCJJ) [2016] 4 CLJ 641 [FC]

Trial - Finding of fact - Main contractor entered into consortium agreement for project involving crude storage tanks - Consortium agreement expressly provided for appointment of subcontractor by main contractor - Subcontractor undertook works under project - Main contractor faced financial difficulties and encountered problems in paying subcontractor's claims for works done - Subcontractor carried out and completed works based on assurance that monies would be set aside to pay claims - High Court held that consortium liable to subcontractor for unpaid monies for works done - Whether subcontractor party and privy to consortium agreement - Whether trial judge misread documentary evidence - Whether conclusion erroneous
MMC Oil & Gas Engineering Sdn Bhd v. Tan Bock Kwee & Sons Sdn Bhd
(Alizatul Khair Osman, Abang Iskandar, Nallini Pathmanathan JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 665 [CA]

COMPANY LAW

Insider trading - Offence of - Charges under s. 89E(2)(a) and punishable under s. 89E(4) of Securities Industry Act 1983 ('SIA') - Whether s. 89E(4) of SIA infringes art. 8(1) of Federal Constitution - Whether penal provision of s. 89E(4) of SIA exists side by side with ss. 90 and 90A of SIA - Civil liability - Whether discriminatory in nature - Guideline for classification - Whether reasonable and permissible
Nooralina Mohd Shah & Anor v. PP
(Nordin Hassan JC) [2016] 4 CLJ 757 [HC]

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

High Court - Jurisdiction - High Court of Malaya and High Court of Sabah and Sarawak - Jurisdiction to transfer case from one High Court to another - Whether High Court in Malaya could transfer proceedings before it to High Court in Sabah and Sarawak, and vice versa - Federal Constitution, art. 121 - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, ss. 23, 25(1) & (2), para 12 of Schedule thereto - Rules of Court 2012, O. 57 r. 1
Hap Seng Plantations (River Estates) Sdn Bhd v. Excess Interpoint Sdn Bhd & Anor
(Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin CJ (Malaya), Suriyadi Halim Omar, Ahmad Maarop, Hasan Lah, Abu Samah Nordin FCJJ) [2016] 4 CLJ 641 [FC]

CONTRACT

Privity - Subcontract - Consortium agreement - Main contractor entered into consortium agreement for project involving crude storage tanks - Consortium agreement expressly provided for appointment of subcontractor by main contractor - Subcontractor undertook works under project - Main contractor faced financial difficulties and encountered problems in paying subcontractor's claims for works done - Subcontractor carried out and completed works based on assurance that monies would be set aside to pay claims - Whether subcontractor party and privy to consortium agreement - Whether consortium liable to subcontractor for unpaid monies for works done
MMC Oil & Gas Engineering Sdn Bhd v. Tan Bock Kwee & Sons Sdn Bhd
(Alizatul Khair Osman, Abang Iskandar, Nallini Pathmanathan JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 665 [HC]

CRIMINAL LAW

Penal Code - Section 302 - Murder - Defence - Mistaken identity - Allegation of - Whether accused persons properly and positively identified as perpetrators of crime - Whether conviction safe
PP v. Dharma Raj Ballurajah & Anor
(Collin Lawrence Sequerah JC) [2016] 4 CLJ 773 [HC]

Statutory offences - Securities Industry Act 1983 - Charges under s. 89E(2)(a) and punishable under s. 89E(4) of Securities Industry Act 1983 ('SIA') - Whether penal provision of s. 89E(4) of SIA exists side by side with ss. 90 and 90A of SIA - Civil liability - Whether discriminatory in nature - Guideline for classification - Whether reasonable and permissible
Nooralina Mohd Shah & Anor v. PP
(Nordin Hassan JC) [2016] 4 CLJ 757 [HC]

EVIDENCE

Identification parade - Conduct of - Identification of accused persons - Whether accused persons properly and positively identified - Whether identification made in ideal circumstances - Whether prima facie case established - Turnbull guidelines - Whether complied with - Whether conviction safe
PP v. Dharma Raj Ballurajah & Anor
(Collin Lawrence Sequerah JC) [2016] 4 CLJ 773 [HC]

Witness - Witness statement - Oral testimony - Failure to provide documentary evidence in support of oral testimony - Whether rendered oral evidence of witness not be believed - Whether trial judge failed to consider ss. 59 and 60 of Evidence Act 1950
Dato' Sukri Hj Mohamed v. Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris
(Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Abang Iskandar JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 654 [CA]

LAND LAW

Acquisition of land - Acquisition for public purpose - Allegation of deception and deprivation of land - Whether purpose of acquisition fell within s. 3 of Land Acquisition Act 1960 - Whether use of land to build mosque with complete amenities fell within the ambit of 'public purpose' - Whether acquisition within knowledge and awareness of land owner - Whether procedural impropriety arose
United Allied Empire Sdn Bhd v. Pengarah Tanah Dan Galian Selangor & Ors
(Azimah Omar JC) [2016] 4 CLJ 796 [HC]

Acquisition of land - Award of compensation - Appeal against quantum - Whether appellant precluded from appealing against order of compensation issued by High Court Judge - Calamas Sdn Bhd v. Pentadbir Tanah Batang Padang - Applicability - Land Acquisition Act 1960, ss. 40D(3), 49(1)
Ng Chin Chai v. Pentadbir Tanah Segamat & Other Appeals
(Mohd Hishamudin Yunus, Alizatul Khair Osman, Anantham Kasinather JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 693 [CA]

LEGAL PROFESSION

Disciplinary Committee - Findings of - Client lodged complaint against solicitor for mismanagement of claim - Disciplinary Committee considered additional charges against solicitor - Whether solicitor informed about additional charges - Disciplinary Committee made findings not within terms of complaints made by complainant - Whether solicitor accorded full opportunity to defend himself - Whether solicitor denied rights to due notice of additional charges, to present evidence and to cross-examine
RA Gunaseharan Appoo v. Shaifulbahari Zakaria & Anor
(Mohd Hishamudin Yunus, David Wong Dak Wah, Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 717 [CA]

TORT

Defamation - Defamatory statements - Publication of defamatory articles on blog - Whether respondent's identity as blogger proved - Whether statements in blog referred to appellant - Whether statements in articles defamatory in nature - Whether defence of qualified privilege, justification and fair comment established
Dato' Sukri Hj Mohamed v. Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris
(Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Abang Iskandar JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 654 [CA]

TRUSTS

Illegality - Recovery of trust property - Constructive trust - Whether existed - Whether trust created for benefit of trustees - Whether trust created to defeat creditors in event of bankruptcy - Whether transaction tainted with illegality - Whether trust could only be created by person who owned trust property - Whether trust registered - Whether there was certainty as to identity of beneficiaries - Whether plaintiffs had locus standi to institute claim - Whether claim barred by doctrine of laches - Tinker v. Tinker - Whether applicable
Ho Min Hao & Anor v. Ho Yee Chin & Anor
(SM Komathy JC) [2016] 4 CLJ 726 [HC]

WORDS & PHRASES

'information' - Securities Industry Act 1983 - Section 89 - Meaning of - Statutory definition includes 'matters relating to the future' - Whether plain and unambiguous - Whether s. 89 infringes art. 5(1) of Federal Constitution
Nooralina Mohd Shah & Anor v. PP
(Nordin Hassan JC) [2016] 4 CLJ 757 [HC]

'Local jurisdiction' - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 3 - Local jurisdiction of High Court of Malaya and High Court of Sabah and Sarawak - Power to transfer proceedings from one High Court to another
Hap Seng Plantations (River Estates) Sdn Bhd v. Excess Interpoint Sdn Bhd & Anor
(Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin CJ (Malaya), Suriyadi Halim Omar, Ahmad Maarop, Hasan Lah, Abu Samah Nordin FCJJ) [2016] 4 CLJ 641 [FC]

'Without prejudice' - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 25(1) & (2) - Jurisdiction and powers of High Court - Whether denoting that additional powers of High Court as in Schedule to Act should not be inconsistent with art. 121 of Federal Constitution that there should be two separate High Courts with their own territorial jurisdiction
Hap Seng Plantations (River Estates) Sdn Bhd v. Excess Interpoint Sdn Bhd & Anor
(Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin CJ (Malaya), Suriyadi Halim Omar, Ahmad Maarop, Hasan Lah, Abu Samah Nordin FCJJ) [2016] 4 CLJ 641 [FC]

INDEKS PERKARA

KETERANGAN

Terima masuk - Spesimen air kencing - Prosedur pengambilan dan penganalisaan - Sama ada teratur - Sama ada memenuhi s. 31A(1A) Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 - Sama ada kegagalan mematuhi IGSO Bab F arahan administratif oleh Ketua Polis Negara menjejaskan keputusan ujian air kencing - Sama ada mandatori bagi pihak polis menyediakan dua botol sampel air kencing - Sama ada pengambilan satu sampel air kencing memprejudiskan perayu
Noor Shariful Rizal Noor Zawawi lwn. PP
(Hassan Abdul Ghani PK) [2016] 4 CLJ 743 [HC]

PROSEDUR JENAYAH

Perbicaraan - Kes prima facie - Sama ada terbukti - Penyalahgunaan dadah - Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952, s. 15(1) ('Akta') - Sabitan dan hukuman - Rayuan terhadap - Prosedur pengambilan dan penganalisaan spesimen air kencing - Sama ada teratur - Sama ada memenuhi s. 31A(1A) Akta - Sama ada kegagalan mematuhi IGSO Bab F arahan administratif oleh Ketua Polis Negara menjejaskan ujian air kencing - Sama ada sabitan boleh diketepikan - Sama ada mandatori bagi pihak polis menyediakan dua botol sampel air kencing - Sama ada pengambilan satu sampel air kencing memprejudiskan perayu - Sama ada kes prima facie dibuktikan terhadap tertuduh berasaskan kepada s. 37(k) Akta - Sama ada sabitan dan hukuman harus dikekalkan
Noor Shariful Rizal Noor Zawawi lwn. PP
(Hassan Abdul Ghani PK) [2016] 4 CLJ 743 [HC]

UNDANG-UNDANG JENAYAH

Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 - Seksyen 15 (1) - Penyalahgunaan dadah - Sabitan dan hukuman - Rayuan terhadap - Prosedur pengambilan dan penganalisaan spesimen air kencing - Sama ada teratur - Sama ada memenuhi s. 31A(1A) Akta - Sama ada kegagalan mematuhi IGSO Bab F arahan administratif oleh Ketua Polis Negara menjejaskan ujian air kencing - Sama ada sabitan boleh diketepikan - Sama ada mandatori bagi pihak polis menyediakan dua botol sampel air kencing - Sama ada pengambilan satu sampel air kencing memprejudiskan perayu - Sama ada kes prima facie dibuktikan terhadap tertuduh berasaskan kepada s. 37(k) - Sama ada sabitan dan hukuman harus dikekalkan
Noor Shariful Rizal Noor Zawawi lwn. PP
(Hassan Abdul Ghani PK) [2016] 4 CLJ 743 [HC]


CLJ 2016 Volume 4 (Part 6)

FEDERAL COURT

Lucy Wong Nyuk King & Anor v. Hwang Mee Hiong
Md Raus Sharif PCA, Ahmad Maarop, Mohamed Apandi Ali, Ramly Ali, Azahar Mohamed FCJJ
(Contract; Words & Phrases - Sale and purchase agreement - Termination) [2016] 4 CLJ 813 [FC]

COURT OF APPEAL

Christopher Bandi v. Tumbung Nakis & Anor; Jamil Sindi (Third Party)
Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, David Wong Dak Wah, Abdul Rahman Sebli JJCA
(Civil Procedure - Writ and Statement of claim - Application to amend - Dismissal of application - Whether appealable) [2016] 4 CLJ 831 [CA]

Lim Tee Keong v. HLG Securities Sdn Bhd
Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, Mohamad Ariff Yusof, Mah Weng Kwai JJCA
(Bankruptcy - Discharge - Failure to file statement of affairs within 21 days after receiving order - Whether an offence under Bankruptcy Act 1967) [2016] 4 CLJ 840 [CA]

Mascon Rinota Sdn Bhd & Ors v. Rinota Construction Sdn Bhd
Zaharah Ibrahim, Mohamad Ariff Yusof, Varghese George JJCA
(Company Law - Oppressive acts to shareholder's interest - Action brought under s. 181 of Companies Act 1965 - Whether proceedings should be brought by way of derivative action under s. 181A of Companies Act 1965) [2016] 4 CLJ 854 [CA]

United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd v. Lee Yaw Lin & Anor
Lim Yee Lan, Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, Nallini Pathmanathan JJCA
(Tort - Negligence - Efficacy of exclusion clause) [2016] 4 CLJ 871 [CA]

HIGH COURT

Datuk Ir Hj Amran Mohd Yusoff & Ors v. Pengarah Penyelesaian Tanah Kelantan & Ors
Azman Abdullah J
(Land Law - Interest in property - Indefeasibility of title and interests) [2016] 4 CLJ 883 [HC]

PP v. Tay Ee Hung
Alwi Abdul Wahab JC
(Criminal Law; Evidence - Murder - Flaws in identification parade - Inconsistencies in evidence of witnesses) [2016] 4 CLJ 897 [HC]

Roslee Jalal v. Zainal Abidin Abdullah
Hayatul Akmal Abdul Aziz JC
(Land Law - Competing caveats - Determination of which private caveat should be removed) [2016] 4 CLJ 909 [HC]

Tanjung Langsat Port Sdn Bhd v. Trafigura Pte Ltd & Another Case
Lau Bee Lan J
(Arbitration - Application to set aside partial award - Excess of jurisdiction - Reliance on novation and rescission - Breach of rules of natural justice) [2016] 4 CLJ 927 [HC]

SUBJECT INDEX

ARBITRATION

Award - Setting aside - Application to set aside partial award granted by majority tribunal of arbitration - Whether majority tribunal acted in excess of jurisdiction - Whether decision involved 'new difference' - Whether application amounted to challenging decision on effect of agreements under guise - Whether permissible in law - Arbitration Act 2005, s. 37
Tanjung Langsat Port Sdn Bhd v. Trafigura Pte Ltd & Another Case
(Lau Bee Lan J) [2016] 4 CLJ 927 [HC]

Award - Setting aside - Grounds to set aside - Breach of rules of natural justice - Whether breaches would ipso facto mean that arbitral award would be in conflict with public policy - Whether breach of natural justice caused actual prejudice - Failure to give reasons for decision - Whether formed valid ground for setting aside - Arbitration Act 2005, s. 37
Tanjung Langsat Port Sdn Bhd v. Trafigura Pte Ltd & Another Case
(Lau Bee Lan J) [2016] 4 CLJ 927 [HC]

Award - Setting aside - Reliance on novation and rescission to set aside award - Failure to raise novation and rescission during arbitration proceeding - Whether plaintiff could raise novation and rescission in present application - Arbitration Act 2005, s. 37
Tanjung Langsat Port Sdn Bhd v. Trafigura Pte Ltd & Another Case
(Lau Bee Lan J) [2016] 4 CLJ 927 [HC]

BANKRUPTCY

Discharge - Application for - Exercise of court's discretion - Whether Director General of Insolvency ('DGI') conducted thorough investigations into assets of bankrupt - Failure by bankrupt to file statement of affairs within 21 days after receiving order - Whether an offence under Bankruptcy Act 1967 - Whether non-compliance tantamounted to breach of statutory provision - Whether discharge ought to be allowed - Bankruptcy Act 1967, ss. 16(3) & 33(3)
Lim Tee Keong v. HLG Securities Sdn Bhd
(Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, Mohamad Ariff Yusof, Mah Weng Kwai JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 840 [CA]

CIVIL PROCEDURE

Amendment - Writ and statement of claim - Application to include additional claim - Whether application could be made at any stage of proceedings - Decision of sessions court to dismiss application - Whether appealable - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 3 - Whether fell under definition of 'decision'
Christopher Bandi v. Tumbung Nakis & Anor; Jamil Sindi (Third Party)
(Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, David Wong Dak Wah, Abdul Rahman Sebli JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 831 [CA]

COMPANY LAW

Members' rights - Minority shareholders - Action brought under s. 181 of Companies Act 1965 - Allegation of oppressive acts to shareholder's interest - Delay in filing petition - Whether amounted to acquiescence - Whether court should deny relief to interested party who sat on his rights
Mascon Rinota Sdn Bhd & Ors v. Rinota Construction Sdn Bhd
(Zaharah Ibrahim, Mohamad Ariff Yusof, Varghese George JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 854 [CA]

Members' rights - Minority shareholders - Action brought under s. 181 of Companies Act 1965 - Whether oppressive acts to shareholder's interest existed - Whether shareholder barred from directly relying on losses of company to seek relief - Whether proceedings should be brought in name of company by way of derivative action under s. 181A of Companies Act 1965 - 'Reflective loss principle' - Whether remedies under s. 181 of Companies Act 1965 should be granted to shareholder
Mascon Rinota Sdn Bhd & Ors v. Rinota Construction Sdn Bhd
(Zaharah Ibrahim, Mohamad Ariff Yusof, Varghese George JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 854 [CA]

CONTRACT

Agreement - Construction of clauses - Sale and purchase of property - Whether contract to be construed as a whole - Deeming provision in cl. 5 of SPA that vacant possession of property delivered to purchaser upon signing of agreement - Whether conclusive or rebuttable - Whether vacant possession delivered to purchaser before occurrence of fire - Whether cl. 16 of SPA implied delivery of vacant possession not deemed conclusive upon signing of SPA - Whether purchaser could rely on cl. 15 of SPA to terminate contract
Lucy Wong Nyuk King & Anor v. Hwang Mee Hiong
(Md Raus Sharif PCA, Ahmad Maarop, Mohamed Apandi Ali, Ramly Ali, Azahar Mohamed FCJJ) [2016] 4 CLJ 813 [FC]

Sale and purchase agreement - Sale and purchase of property - Breach - Allegation of - Property damaged by fire before payment of balance purchase price - Delivery of vacant possession - Deeming provision in sale and purchase agreement ('SPA') that vacant possession of property delivered to purchaser upon signing of agreement - Whether rebuttable or conclusive - Whether vacant possession delivered to purchaser before occurrence of fire - Whether purchaser's termination of agreement justified
Lucy Wong Nyuk King & Anor v. Hwang Mee Hiong
(Md Raus Sharif PCA, Ahmad Maarop, Mohamed Apandi Ali, Ramly Ali, Azahar Mohamed FCJJ) [2016] 4 CLJ 813 [FC]

CRIMINAL LAW

Penal Code - Section 302 - Murder - Witnesses saw accused stabbing deceased - Inconsistencies in evidence of witnesses - Whether raised serious doubts on prosecution's case - Hearsay - Whether admissible - Whether there were serious flaws in conduct of identification parade - Whether accused wrongly implicated - Failure to call material witnesses - Whether prosecution exercised discretion objectively - Prima facie case - Whether established
PP v. Tay Ee Hung
(Alwi Abdul Wahab JC) [2016] 4 CLJ 897 [HC]

EVIDENCE

Witness - Credibility - Prosecution's witnesses - Inconsistencies in evidence of witnesses - Whether raised serious doubts on prosecution's case - Whether accused wrongly implicated - Failure to call material witnesses - Whether prosecution exercised discretion objectively
PP v. Tay Ee Hung
(Alwi Abdul Wahab JC) [2016] 4 CLJ 897 [HC]

LAND LAW

Caveats - Competing caveats - Removal - Sale of property - Sale and purchase agreements with two purchasers on different occasions - Purchasers entered caveats resulting in competing caveats - Priority over property - Whether applicant was aggrieved party - Whether applicant had caveatable interest - Determination of which private caveat should be removed - National Land Code, s. 327
Roslee Jalal v. Zainal Abidin Abdullah
(Hayatul Akmal Abdul Aziz JC) [2016] 4 CLJ 909 [HC]

Interest in property - Indefeasibility of title and interests - Portion of land registered under owners' names transferred to claimants - Penolong Pentadbir Tanah Jajahan ('PPTJ') made order under s. 7 of Kelantan Land Settlement Act 1955 resulting in land divided into two - Whether order valid - Whether PPTJ acted in accordance with law - Whether order binding on registered owners - Whether title conferred under registered owners indefeasible - Whether claimants successfully proved interest in land - Whether registered owners suffered damages
Datuk Ir Hj Amran Mohd Yusoff & Ors v. Pengarah Penyelesaian Tanah Kelantan & Ors
(Azman Abdullah J) [2016] 4 CLJ 883 [HC]

TORT

Negligence - Liability clause - Exclusion of - Bank's agreement for hire of safety box - Efficacy of exclusion clause - Whether exclusion clause comprised part of contract governing legal relationship between parties - Whether customer bound by contract - Whether lawful for bank to limit its liability
United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd v. Lee Yaw Lin & Anor
(Lim Yee Lan, Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, Nallini Pathmanathan JJCA) [2016] 4 CLJ 871 [CA]

WORDS & PHRASES

'shall be deemed' - Provision of clause in agreement - Whether a rebuttable presumption - Whether application of deeming provisions limited to extent needed to avoid injustice or absurdity
Lucy Wong Nyuk King & Anor v. Hwang Mee Hiong
(Md Raus Sharif PCA, Ahmad Maarop, Mohamed Apandi Ali, Ramly Ali, Azahar Mohamed FCJJ) [2016] 4 CLJ 813 [FC]


ARTICLES

LNS Article(s)

  1. REVAMPED MERGER CONTROL REQUIREMENTS IN SINGAPORE - A CRITICAL CHECKLIST ITEM WHEN CONTROL PASSES* [Read excerpt]
    by: ** KALA ANANDARAJAH
    *** DOMINIQUE LOMBARDI
    [2016] 1 LNS(A) xliii

  2. [2016] 1 LNS(A) xliii
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    SINGAPORE

    REVAMPED MERGER CONTROL REQUIREMENTS IN
    SINGAPORE - A CRITICAL CHECKLIST ITEM WHEN CONTROL PASSES*

    by
    ** KALA ANANDARAJAH
    *** DOMINIQUE LOMBARDI

    In February 2012, the Competition Commission of Singapore ("CCS") issued various documents for consultation seeking public feedback on proposed amendments to the current Singapore merger regime. The proposed amendments put forth for consultation had taken into account the almost five years of practical experience acquired by the CCS since the merger regime was implemented in July 2007.

    Following the consultation, the CCS eventually issued a new set of Guidelines on Merger Procedures 2012 ("Revised Guidelines"), which took effect from 1 July 2012. Whilst the Revised Guidelines do not depart from the voluntary notification system, they introduce important changes in the self-assessment process. In addition, the Revised Guidelines highlight the risks of not notifying a merger to the CCS where certain thresholds are crossed by the merger parties, reminding all of the CCS' enforcement powers vis-à-vis mergers and affirming the CCS' position that it has and will not hesitate to use these powers. Last, the Revised Guidelines provide for a more business-friendly notification process, with the introduction of the possibility for merger parties to obtain a confidential opinion from the CCS on a contemplated merger.

    . . .

    * This article was originally published in the (August/2012) issue of the Singapore Law Gazette (www.lawgazette.com.sg), the official publication of the Law Society of Singapore, published by LexisNexis. Reproduced with permission.

    ** Partner & Head, Competition of Antitrust and Trade, Rajah & Tann LLP. E-mail: kala.anandarajah@rajahtann.com.

    *** Partner (Foreign Lawyer), Rajah & Tann LLP.


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  3. JUSTICE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CAROLINE WEATHERILL LECTURE* [Read excerpt]
    by: SIR BRIAN LEVESON [2016] 1 LNS(A) xlv

  4. [2016] 1 LNS(A) xlv
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    UNITED KINGDOM

    JUSTICE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CAROLINE WEATHERILL LECTURE*
    by
    SIR BRIAN LEVESON

    (1) Introduction[1]

    1. It is a real pleasure to be back in the Isle of Man and to a jurisdiction for which I have a real affection. Not only have I sat as a deputy Judge of Appeal, standing in for Ben Hytner when he was unavailable but, in addition, I sat as a deputy Deemster to re-try a young man charged with murder in the first case on the Island which followed the formal abolition of the death penalty: the weeks that I spent here were challenging and a very real responsibility but also fulfilling: they provided part of the impetus which led me to pursue a judicial career in England. It is also a real honour to have been asked to give this year's Caroline Weatherill lecture and in doing so, I reflect on the tragedy that was her death in 2006. In the circumstances and given all that is happening on the legal scene in the UK, I thought I would take as my subject Justice for the 21st Century. Some might say that in 2015 I may be a little behind the times. I would not, however, be the first judge to be described as being behind the times and neither would such a comment be the most offensive thing that had ever been said about me!

    . . .

    * Sir Brian Leveson, President Of The Queen's Bench Division (Isle Of Man, 9 October 2015). Published with kind permission of the Judicial Communications Office, Judiciary of England and Wales (https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/pqbd-caroline-weatherill-lecture-2.pdf).


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LEGISLATION HIGHLIGHTS

Principal Acts

Number Title In force from Repealing
ACT 775 Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act 2016 Not Yet In Force -
ACT 774 Allied Health Professions Act 2016 Not Yet In Force -
ACT 773 Finance Act 2015 The Income Tax Act 1967 [Act 53] see s 3; The Petroleum (Income Tax) Act 1967 [Act 543] see s 33; The Real Property Gains Tax Act 1976 [Act 169] see s 39; The Labuan Business Activity Tax Act 1990 [Act 445] see s 44; The Goods and Services Tax Act 2014 [Act 762] see s 47; The Promotion of Investments Act 1986 [Act 327] see s 57 -
ACT 772 Animal Welfare Act 2015 Not Yet In Force -
ACT 771 Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 1 March 2016 [PU(B) 88/2016] -

Amending Acts

Number Title In force from Principal/Amending Act No
ACT A1506 Tabung Angkatan Tentera (Amendment) Act 2016 8 March 2016 except s 2, para 4(c), ss 5 and 6, para 7(a) and ss 9 and 11; 1 January 2016 - s 2, para 4(c), ss 5 and 6, para 7(a) and ss 9 and 11 ACT 101
ACT A1505 Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation (Amendment) Act 2016 8 March 2016 ACT 720
ACT A1504 Employees Provident Fund (Amendment) Act 2016 1 April 2016 [PU(B) 136/2016] - ss 2, 4, 12, 16, 19 and 23, and para 24(b) and (c) ACT 452
ACT A1503 Supply Act 2016 24 December 2015 -
ACT A1502 Development Financial Institutions (Amendment) Act 2015 31 January 2016 [PU(B) 46/2016] ACT 618

PU(A)

Number Title Date of Publication In force from Principal/ Amending Act No
PU(A) 128/2016 Customs (Amendment) Regulations 2016 17 May 2016 18 May 2016 PU(A) 162/1977
PU(A) 127/2016 Medical (Amendment of Second Schedule) Order 2016 17 May 2016 18 May 2016 ACT 50
PU(A) 126/2016 Capital Markets and Services (Prescription of Securities and Islamic Securities) (Investment Note and Islamic Investment Note) Order 2016 13 May 2016 16 May 2016 ACT 671
PU(A) 125/2016 Customs (Prohibition of Exports)(Amendment) Order 2016 12 May 2016 1 June 2016 PU(A) 491/2012
PU(A) 124/2016 Customs (Prohibition of Imports) (Amendment) Order 2016 12 May 2016 1 June 2016 PU(A) 490/2012

PU(B)

Number Title Date of Publication In force from Principal/ Amending Act No
PU(B) 221/2016 Determination of Electoral Roll For The By-Election of P. 067 Kuala Kangsar 17 May 2016 18 May 2016 PU(A) 293/2002
PU(B) 220/2016 Notice Regarding The Principal Electoral Roll of The Year 2015 That Has Been Updated 16 May 2016 17 May 2016 PU(A) 293/2002
PU(B) 219/2016 Determination of Electoral Roll For The By-Election of P. 093 Sungai Besar 16 May 2016 17 May 2016 PU(A) 293/2002
PU(B) 218/2016 Notification of Registration of New Plant Variety and Grant of Breeder's Right 16 May 2016 17 May 2016 ACT 634
PU(B) 217/2016 Notice Regarding The Principal Electoral Roll of The Year 2015 That Has Been Updated 13 May 2016 14 May 2016 PU(A) 293/2002

Legislation Alert

Updated

Act/Principal No. Title Amended by In force from Section amended
ACT 50 Medical Act 1971 PU(A) 127/2016 18 May 2016 Second Schedule
PU(A) 491/2012 Customs (Prohibition of Exports) Order 2012 PU(A) 125/2016 1 June 2016 Second Schedule
PU(A) 490/2012 Customs (Prohibition of Imports) Order 2012 PU(A) 124/2016 1 June 2016 First Schedule, Second Schedule and Fourth Schedule
PU(A) 248/2014 Customs Duties (Goods Under the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Co-Operation Between Asean and China) (Asean Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature) Order 2014 PU(A) 115/2016 28 April 2016 Paragraph 3, 3A and Second Schedule
PU(A) 474/2012 Capital Markets and Services Regulations 2012 PU(A) 111/2016 27 April 2016 Regulation 2 and Schedule 2

 

Revoked

 

Act/Principal No. Title Revoked by In force from
PU(B) 168/2013 Polling Districts, Polling Centres and Polling Hours (Amendment) (No. 15) PU(B) 197/2016 30 April 2016
PU(B) 167/2013 Polling Districts, Polling Centres and Polling Hours (Amendment) (No. 14) PU(B) 197/2016 30 April 2016
PU(B) 164/2013 Polling Districts, Polling Centres and Polling Hours (Amendment) (No. 11) PU(B) 197/2016 30 April 2016
PU(B) 163/2013 Polling Districts, Polling Centres and Polling Hours (Amendment) (No. 10) PU(B) 197/2016 30 April 2016
PU(B) 162/2013 Polling Districts, Polling Centres and Polling Hours (Amendment) (No. 9) PU(B) 197/2016 30 April 2016