CLJ Bulletin, Issue 2009, Vol 06

06 March 2009

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New This Week -  1. CLJ February (Part 4) 2009
  2.CLJ March (Part 1) 2009

1. CLJ February (Part 4) 2009

ARTICLE

Judicial Methods For Ascertaining Nature Of Charges
by Yusfarizal Yussoff [2009] 1 CLJ li

COURT

FEDERAL COURT

Badan Peguam Malaysia v. Kerajaan Malaysia
(Federal Court - Jurisdiction to review own decision - Injustice on face of record) [2009] 1 CLJ 833

Selvaratnam Vellupillai v. Dr Jayabalan Karrupiah
(Advocate and solicitor - Utilising stakeholder monies to settle legal fees owed him arising from unrelated transactions - Professional discipline) [2009] 1 CLJ 872

COURT OF APPEAL

Dato' Ting Cheuk Sii v. Datuk Hj Muhammad Tufail Mahmud & Ors And Another Appeal
(Advocate and solicitor - High Court in Malaya - Whether could appear in appeals against decision of High Court in Sarawak sitting at Putrajaya) [2009] 1 CLJ 899

Sanmaru Overseas Marketing Sdn Bhd & Anor v. PT Indofood Interna Corp & Anor
(Stay of proceedings - Estoppel by conduct) [2009] 1 CLJ 907

HIGH COURT

Dayapi Holdings Sdn Bhd & Anor v. Arab-Malaysian Finance Bhd & Anor
(Action - Disposal on point of law - Rules of High Court 1980, O. 14A) [2009] 1 CLJ 916

Re Ann Joo Steel Bhd
(Company - Capital reduction - Whether could reduce capital on selective basis) [2009] 1 CLJ 935

Segamat Parking Services Sdn Bhd v. Majlis Daerah Segamat Utara & Another Case
(Award - Challenge to award of arbitrator - Applicable statute) [2009] 1 CLJ 942

SUBJECT INDEX

ARBITRATION

Award - Challenge to award of arbitrator - Challenge made after final award handed down - Whether constituting "other related proceedings" - Applicable law - Whether Arbitration Act 1952 - Whether Arbitration Act 2005 - Application pursuant to 1952 Act - Whether fatally flawed - Arbitration Act 1952, ss. 23, 24 - Arbitration Act 2005, ss. 34, 42, 50, 51 - Rules of High Court 1980, O. 69 r. 4
Segamat Parking Services Sdn Bhd v. Majlis Daerah Segamat Utara & Another Case
(Ahmad Asnawi JC) [2009] 1 CLJ 942 [HC]

CIVIL PROCEDURE

Action - Disposal of case on point of law - Rules of the High Court 1980, O. 14A - Application, when to be made - Order 14A application may only be invoked at an early stage of proceeding - Order 14A application made 16 years after commencement of suit - Case management procedure completed and case set down for trial at time when O. 14A application made - Order 14A to be read in conjunction with O. 33 rr. 2, 3 and 5 - Right to invoke an O. 14A application ceases once case reaches final stage of case management and case is set down for trial - Order 14A application dismissed
Dayapi Holdings Sdn Bhd & Anor v. Arab-Malaysian Finance Bhd & Anor
(Mohd Hishamudin Yunus J) [2009] 1 CLJ 916 [HC]

Action - Disposal of case on point of law - Rules of the High Court 1980, O. 14A - Question posed to court for determination and interpretation - Whether suitable and appropriate to be considered within scope - Issues too numerous and hence not suitable to be determined merely by way of O. 14A proceeding - No affidavit evidence tendered - Insufficient evidence for court to make ruling - Plaintiffs' written submission not before the court - Application under O. 14A dismissed
Dayapi Holdings Sdn Bhd & Anor v. Arab-Malaysian Finance Bhd & Anor
(Mohd Hishamudin Yunus J) [2009] 1 CLJ 916 [HC]

Jurisdiction - Federal Court - Inherent jurisdiction of Federal Court to review earlier decision - Application for Federal Court to review its decision upholding the validity of appointment of Judicial Commissioner - Grounds on which review can be done - Rule 137 of the Rules of the Federal Court 1995 - Applicant to demonstrate that wrongful exercise of power has produced injustice in a broad and general sense - No bias shown in judgment - No unfairness in empanelling of judges - No procedural injustice suffered by applicant
Badan Peguam Malaysia v. Kerajaan Malaysia
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, Abdul Aziz Mohamad FCJ, Gopal Sri Ram, Mohd Ghazali Yusoff & Tengku Baharudin Shah JJCA) [2009] 1 CLJ 833 [FC]

Stay of proceedings - Pending appeal - Notice of motion to stay trial in High Court pending appeals to Court of Appeal - Special circumstances - Nugatory principles - Whether defendants estopped by conduct to stay proceedings - Whether trial to proceed without further delay
Sanmaru Overseas Marketing Sdn Bhd & Anor v. PT Indofood Interna Corp & Anor
(Gopal Sri Ram, James Foong & Zulkefli Makinudin JJCA) [2009] 1 CLJ 907 [CA]

COMPANY LAW

Shares - Capital reduction - Petition for reduction of capital held by minority shareholders - Whether could reduce capital on selective basis - Companies Act 1965, s. 64
Re Ann Joo Steel Bhd
(Kang Hwee Gee J) [2009] 1 CLJ 935 [HC]

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Courts - Federal Court - Jurisdiction of Federal Court - Whether Federal Court has inherent jurisdiction to review its earlier decision - Grounds on which review can be done - Rule 137 of the Rules of the Federal Court 1995 - Applicant to show injustice on face of record - Error must be obvious on face of record - Contradictions in interpretation of law not a case for review - Inconsistent judgments on same issue not a case for review
Badan Peguam Malaysia v. Kerajaan Malaysia
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, Abdul Aziz Mohamad FCJ, Gopal Sri Ram, Mohd Ghazali Yusoff & Tengku Baharudin Shah JJCA) [2009] 1 CLJ 833 [FC]

LEGAL PROFESSION

Practice of law - Advocates and solicitors - Right of audience - Appeals before Court of Appeal sitting at Putrajaya against decision of High Court in Sarawak - Appellant represented by advocate of High Court in Malaya - Whether counsel had no standing to appear for appellant - Governing legislation - Advocates Ordinance (Cap 110) of Sarawak ss. 8, 10, 16 - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 39 - Legal Profession Act 1976
Dato' Ting Cheuk Sii v. Datuk Hj Muhammad Tufail Mahmud & Ors And Another Appeal
(Gopal Sri Ram, Mohd Ghazali Yusoff & Tengku Baharudin Shah JJCA) [2009] 1 CLJ 899 [CA]

Professional discipline - Conviction of offence - Whether hearing unfairly conducted - Whether advocate & solicitor prejudiced - Disciplinary Committee report not signed by chairman - Errors in order issued by Disciplinary Board - Errors very obvious and patent - Advocate & solicitor not misled by errors - Oversight could be rectified - Order valid and enforceable
Selvaratnam Vellupillai v. Dr Jayabalan Karrupiah
(Zaki Tun Azmi Cj, Abdul Aziz Mohamad & Hashim Yusoff FcjJ) [2009] 1 CLJ 872 [FC]

Professional discipline - Suspension - Token period of suspension - Advocate & solicitor found guilty of misappropriating funds in client's account - Advocate & solicitor utilised stakeholder monies to set-off legal fees owed to him by one party arising from unrelated transactions - Advocate & solicitor had sought advice of Bar Council prior to the setting-off and Bar Council ignored him - Advocate & solicitor did what he thought was his right - Suspension of six months imposed by Disciplinary Board set aside and substituted with a token suspension of one month
Selvaratnam Vellupillai v. Dr Jayabalan Karrupiah
(Zaki Tun Azmi Cj, Abdul Aziz Mohamad & Hashim Yusoff FcjJ) [2009] 1 CLJ 872 [FC]

Stakeholder - Sale and purchase agreement - Monies received by advocate & solicitor from purchaser and held for payment towards redemption of property from vendor's financier - Sale and purchase agreement not terminated - Whether advocate & solicitor holding monies as stakeholder - Whether advocate & solicitor may utilise such monies towards settlement of legal fees owed to him by purchaser arising from unrelated transactions
Selvaratnam Vellupillai v. Dr Jayabalan Karrupiah
(Zaki Tun Azmi Cj, Abdul Aziz Mohamad & Hashim Yusoff FcjJ) [2009] 1 CLJ 872 [FC]

TRUSTS

Trust property - Stakeholder monies - Monies held by advocates & solicitors for benefit of purchaser and vendor in sale and purchase transaction - Monies held in trust for benefit of both parties - Advocate & solicitor cannot utilise such monies towards settlement of legal fees owed to him by purchaser arising from unrelated transactions
Selvaratnam Vellupillai v. Dr Jayabalan Karrupiah
(Zaki Tun Azmi Cj, Abdul Aziz Mohamad & Hashim Yusoff FcjJ) [2009] 1 CLJ 872 [FC]

WORDS AND PHRASES

"Arbitral proceedings" - Section 51(2) Arbitration Act 2005 - Whether only confined to proceedings before the arbitrator or arbitral tribunal
Segamat Parking Services Sdn Bhd v. Majlis Daerah Segamat Utara & Another Case
(Ahmad Asnawi JC) [2009] 1 CLJ 942 [HC]

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2. CLJ March (Part 1) 2009

COURT

FEDERAL COURT

Karya Lagenda Sdn Bhd v. Kejuruteraan Bintai Kindenko Sdn Bhd & Anor
(Banker's guarantee - Demand for payment) [2009] 2 CLJ 1

Meidi-Ya Co Ltd, Japan & Anor v. Meidi (M) Sdn Bhd
(Appeal to Federal Court - Conditions of appeal) [2009] 2 CLJ 15

Munawar Ahmad Anees v. PP
(Federal Court - Exercise of power of review) [2009] 2 CLJ 42

Sulaiman Takrib v. Kerajaan Negeri Terengganu; Kerajaan Malaysia (Intervener) & Other Cases
(Islamic law - Constitutionality - Impugned regulations) [2009] 2 CLJ 54

HIGH COURT

Lim Hong Siang v. PP
(Appeal against sentence - Whether statement of facts supported charge against accused) [2009] 2 CLJ 88

PP lwn. Ng Woon Chieh
(Kes prima facie - Pertuduhan mengedar dadah berbahaya) [2009] 2 CLJ 96

The Board Of Trustees Of The Sabah Foundation & Ors v. Datuk Syed Kechik Syed Mohamed & Anor
(Injunction - Setting aside) [2009] 2 CLJ 107

SUBJECT INDEX

BANKING

Securities for advances - Guarantee - Demand for payment - Terms of performance bond - Whether bank guarantee unconditional and "on demand" - Whether demand sufficient to trigger payment - Whether "on demand" guarantee independent of underlying contract - Validity of demand - Liability under bank guarantee
Karya Lagenda Sdn Bhd v. Kejuruteraan Bintai Kindenko Sdn Bhd & Anor
(Ahmad Fairuz CJ, Hashim Yusoff & Azmel Maamor FCJJ) [2009] 2 CLJ 1 [FC]

CIVIL PROCEDURE

Appeal - Appeal to Federal Court - Conditions of appeal - Appeal and cross-appeal pertaining to issue of registration of trade marks - Nature and manner in which questions ought to be framed for purpose of such appeal - Whether questions posed defective and need not be answered - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 96(a)
Meidi-Ya Co Ltd, Japan & Anor v. Meidi (M) Sdn Bhd
(Arifin Zakaria CJ (Malaya), Augustine Paul & Zulkefli Makinudin FCJJ) [2009] 2 CLJ 15 [FC]

Appeal - Leave to appeal - Whether ought to have been granted - Whether questions posed questions of law or fact - Whether involved a question of importance - Whether there was no necessity or purpose for court to answer questions
Karya Lagenda Sdn Bhd v. Kejuruteraan Bintai Kindenko Sdn Bhd & Anor
(Ahmad Fairuz CJ, Hashim Yusoff & Azmel Maamor FCJJ) [2009] 2 CLJ 1 [FC]

Injunction - Setting aside - Compensation sum for land compulsorily acquired - Undertaking to pay damages - Beneficial interest or entitlement to compensation sum - Breach of fiduciary duty - Res judicata - Discharge of injunction - Whether necessary - Whether undertaking must be enforced forthwith
The Board Of Trustees Of The Sabah Foundation & Ors v. Datuk Syed Kechik Syed Mohamed & Anor
(Abdul Rahman Sebli JC) [2009] 2 CLJ 107 [HC]

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Courts - Federal Court - Jurisdiction - Exercise of power of review Inherent powers of court - Rules of the Federal Court 1995, r. 137 - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 87
Munawar Ahmad Anees v. PP
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, Nik Hashim & Zulkefli Makinudin FCJJ) [2009] 2 CLJ 42 [FC]

Legislature - Impugned regulations - Legislative enactments - Whether impugned provisions null and void - State legislative powers - Making and issuing of fatwas - Precepts of Islam - Hukum Syarak - Principles applicable - Syariah Criminal Offences (Takzir) (Terengganu) Enactment 2001, ss. 10, 14 - Administration of Islamic Religious Affairs (Terengganu) Enactment 2001, s. 51
Sulaiman Takrib v. Kerajaan Negeri Terengganu; Kerajaan Malaysia (Intervener) & Other Cases
(Abdul Hamid Mohamad CJ, Zaki Tun Azmi PCA & Zulkefli Makinudin FCJJ) [2009] 2 CLJ 54 [FC]

CONTRACT

Guarantee - Banker's guarantee - Demand for payment - Terms of performance bond - Whether bank guarantee unconditional and "on demand" - Whether demand sufficient to trigger payment - Whether "on demand" guarantee independent of underlying contract - Validity of demand - Liability under bank guarantee
Karya Lagenda Sdn Bhd v. Kejuruteraan Bintai Kindenko Sdn Bhd & Anor
(Ahmad Fairuz CJ, Hashim Yusoff & Azmel Maamor FCJJ) [2009] 2 CLJ 1 [FC]

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

Jurisdiction of court - Federal Court - Exercise of power of review - Inherent powers of court - Rules of the Federal Court 1995, r. 137 - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 87
Munawar Ahmad Anees v. PP
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, Nik Hashim & Zulkefli Makinudin FCJJ) [2009] 2 CLJ 42 [FC]

Sentence - Appeal against sentence - Accused charged under s. 411 Penal Code with offence of retaining stolen property - Plea of guilty - Whether statement of facts supported charge against accused - Whether plea of guilty ought to be substituted with one of not guilty
Lim Hong Siang v. PP
(Zamani A Rahim JC) [2009] 2 CLJ 88 [HC]

Statements - Statement of facts - Whether supported charge under s. 411 Penal Code of retaining stolen property against accused - Duty of magistrate to verify facts of case with charge - Concise and relevant facts to support elements of charge
Lim Hong Siang v. PP
(Zamani A Rahim JC) [2009] 2 CLJ 88 [HC]

ISLAMIC LAW

Constitutionality - Impugned regulations - Legislative enactments - Whether impugned provisions null and void - State legislative powers - Making and issuing of fatwas - Precepts of Islam - Hukum Syarak - Principles applicable - Syariah Criminal Offences (Takzir) (Terengganu) Enactment 2001, ss. 10, 14 - Administration of Islamic Religious Affairs (Terengganu) Enactment 2001, s. 51
Sulaiman Takrib v. Kerajaan Negeri Terengganu; Kerajaan Malaysia (Intervener) & Other Cases
(Abdul Hamid Mohamad CJ, Zaki Tun Azmi PCA & Zulkefli Makinudin FCJJ) [2009] 2 CLJ 54 [FC]

INDEKS PERKARA

PROSEDUR JENAYAH

Pendakwaan - Kes prima facie - Pertuduhan mengedar dadah berbahaya - Sama ada pihak pendakwaan telah mengasaskan kes prima facie terhadap tertuduh - Pertimbangan "maximum evaluation"
PP lwn. Ng Woon Chieh
(Zainal Azman Aziz PK) [2009] 2 CLJ 96 [HC]

UNDANG-UNDANG JENAYAH

Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 - Seksyen 39B(1)(a) - Mengedar 131.9 gram campuran heroin dan monoacetylmorphines - Sama ada pihak pendakwaan telah mengasaskan kes prima facie terhadap tertuduh - Pertimbangan "maximum evaluation"
PP lwn. Ng Woon Chieh
(Zainal Azman Aziz PK) [2009] 2 CLJ 96 [HC]

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CASE OF THE WEEK

PP v. DENISH MADHAVAN

CRIMINAL LAW: Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - Section 39B(1)(a) - Trafficking in cannabis - Appeal by prosecution against lesser conviction and sentence of possession - Admissibility of statements - Defence - Proof of knowledge - Presumption of trafficking under s. 37(da)(vi) - Whether correctly invoked

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