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CASE(S) OF THE WEEK

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Appeal - Leave - Leave to appeal to Federal Court - Minister imposing condition barring applicant from using word "Allah" in newsletter - Court of Appeal overruling High Court and disallowed judicial review of Minister's decision - Whether Minister's decision reasonable, constitutional and in accordance with law - Whether Court of Appeal applied correct test - Whether questions posed to Federal Court met threshold of s. 96 (a) or (b) Courts of Judicature Act 1964

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: Judicial review - Applicable test - Whether the objective test - Whether open for reviewing court now to question the process as well as substance of decision - Minister imposing condition barring applicant from using word "Allah" in newsletter - Exercise of discretion by Minister - Whether reasonable, constitutional and in accordance with law - Federal Constitution, arts. 3, 10, 11, 12 - Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, ss. 6, 12

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: Legislation - Validity and constitutionality - Control and Restriction of the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religions Enactment, s. 9 - Proceedings by individual to declare law as invalid on ground that legislature had no power to make such law - Whether could only be commenced with leave of judge of Federal Court - Challenge to validity of law made in judicial review proceedings in High Court without leave - Whether incompetent - Decision of High Court invalidating the law - Whether rightly set aside by Court of Appeal - Federal Constitution, arts. 4(3), (4)


TITULAR ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF KUALA LUMPUR v. MENTERI DALAM NEGERI & ORS
FEDERAL COURT, PUTRAJAYA
ARIFIN ZAKARIA CJ, RAUS SHARIF PCA, ZULKEFLI MAKINUDIN CJ (MALAYA), RICHARD MALANJUM CJ (SABAH & SARAWAK), SURIYADI HALIM OMAR FCJ, ZAINUN ALI FCJ, JEFFREY TAN FCJ
[CIVIL APPLICATION NO: 08-690-11-2013]
23 JUNE 2014
[2013] CLJ JT(6)




LIMITATION: Striking out action on ground of time bar - Appeal against - Acknowledgement of debt - Requirements of - Whether complied with - Whether short messaging service (SMS) constituted valid acknowledgement - Whether electronic message was as good as in writing - Whether there was acknowledgement of debt which fell within meaning of s. 27(1) Limitation Act 1953 - Whether defence of appellant's case being time barred unsustainable - Electronic Commerce Act 2006, ss. 5, 6, 8 & 9 - Whether applicable - Interpretation Acts 1948 and 1967, s. 3

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Pleadings - Acknowledgement of debt - Judicial admission - Admission by a party willing to repay debt in pleading - Whether stands on a higher footing than evidentiary admission - Whether there was a clear judicial admission of debt owed - Whether respondent failed to avoid legal liability

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Action - Claim for outstanding sum - Acknowledgement of debt - Requirements of - Whether complied with - Whether short messaging service (SMS) constituted valid acknowledgement - Whether electronic message was as good as in writing - Whether there was acknowledgement of debt which fell within meaning of s. 27(1) Limitation Act 1953 - Whether appellants' action exceeded six years period - Whether defence of appellant's case being time barred unsustainable - Electronic Commerce Act 2006, ss. 5, 6, 8 & 9 - Whether applicable - Interpretation Acts 1948 and 1967, s. 3


YAM KONG SENG & ANOR v. YEE WENG KAI
FEDERAL COURT, PUTRAJAYA
RICHARD MALANJUM CJ (SABAH & SARAWAK), ABDULL HAMID EMBONG FCJ, SURIYADI HALIM OMAR FCJ, ZALEHA ZAHARI FCJ, ABU SAMAH NORDIN FCJ
[CIVIL APPEAL NO: 02-22-05-2013(W)]
19 MAY 2014




CIVIL PROCEDURE: Appeal - Appeal to Federal Court - Application for leave to file notice to appeal - Appeal of criminal matter emanating from subordinate court - Whether applicant had standing to make application - Whether application for leave known in law - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 87(1)

JURISDICTION: Courts - High Court - Original criminal jurisdiction - Whether appeal could reach Federal Court via Court of Appeal only if criminal matter decided by High Court as trial court - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 22


SIOW CHUNG PENG v. PP
FEDERAL COURT, PUTRAJAYA
ZULKEFLI MAKINUDIN CJ (MALAYA), ZAINUN ALI FCJ, JEFFREY TAN FCJ, MOHAMED APANDI ALI FCJ, RAMLY ALI FCJ
[CRIMINAL APPEAL NO: 07-20-2013]
13 JANUARY 2014




LALULINTAS JALAN: Memandu secara berbahaya - Menyebabkan kematian akibat pemanduan secara berbahaya - Faktor-faktor untuk dipertimbangkan - Sama ada pemanduan secara berbahaya telah menyebabkan kematian - Sama ada satu kes prima facie dibuktikan - Akta Pengangkutan Jalan 1987, ss. 41(1) & 43(1)

PROSEDUR JENAYAH: Mitigasi - Pengakuan bersalah - Tertuduh dituduh di bawah s. 41(1) Akta Pengangkutan Jalan 1987 - Kesalahan memandu secara berbahaya hingga menyebabkan kematian - Pengakuan bersalah atas pertuduhan terpinda di bawah s. 43(1) - Sama ada faktor-faktor mitigasi mewajarkan pengurangan hukuman - Sama ada tertuduh wajar dipenjarakan


PP lwn. MOHAN BATUMALAI[2014] 6 SMC 423
MAHKAMAH MAJISTRET, SEREMBAN
SITI KHAIRIAH ABDUL RAZAK MJ
[KES NO: 83-1225-07-2011]
5 APRIL 2013

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