CLJ Bulletin, Issue 2010, Vol 17

30 April 2010

CLJ Law MALAYSIA

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New This Week 1. Legislation Highlights
2. Articles
    a) Legal Network Series Articles
  3. CLJ Volume 4 (Part 4) 2010

1. Legislation Highlights

PU (A)

NUMBER TITLE DATE COMING INTO FORCE PRINCIPAL ACT NO
PU(A) 117/2010 Factories And Machinery (Exemption To Petronas Penapisan (Melaka) Sdn Bhd, Psr 2, Sungai Udang, Melaka) Order 2010 22 April 2010 ACT 139
PU(A) 118/2010 Election Commission (Amendment Of Schedule) Regulations 2010 22 April 2010 ACT 31
PU(A) 119/2010 Income Tax (Industrial Building Allowance) (Building Under Privatisation Project And Private Financing Initiatives) Rules 2010 22 April 2010 ACT 53
PU(A) 120/2010 Stamp Duty (Exemption) Order 2010 22 April 2010 ACT 378
PU(A) 121/2010 Customs (Values) (Palm Oil) (No 17) Order 2010 26 April 2010 ACT 235

PU (B)

NUMBER TITLE DATE COMING INTO FORCE PRINCIPAL ACT NO
PU(B) 186/2010 Notice Of Proposed Revocation Of Reservation Of Land For Public Purpose - Federal Territory Of Kuala Lumpur: Town - Kuala Lumpur 15 April 2010 ACT 56/1965
PU(B) 187/2010 Notice Of Proposed Revocation Of Reservation Of Land For Public Purpose - Federal Territory Of Kuala Lumpur: Town - Kuala Lumpur 15 April 2010 ACT 56/1965
PU(B) 188/2010 Appointment Of Date Of Coming Into Operation 15 April 2010 ACT 696
PU(B) 189/2010 Appointment Under Section 3 - Selangor 15 April 2010 ACT 19
PU(B) 190/2010 Appointment Under Section 3 - Selangor 15 April 2010 ACT 19

Bills

NUMBER TITLE DATE COMING INTO FORCE PRINCIPAL ACT NO
DR 11/2010 Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (Amendment) Bill 2010 - ACT 334
DR 12/2010 Land Public Transport Bill 2010 - -
DR 13/2010 Direct Sales (Amendment) Bill 2010 - ACT 500
DR 14/2010 Stamp (Amendment) Bill 2010 - ACT 378
DR 15/2010 Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2010 - ACT 333

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2. Articles

a) Legal Network Series Articles

1. Promoting And Defending The Rule Of Law - The Role Of Professional Associations [Read excerpt]
By Ross Ray Qc, President, Law Council of Australia

2. Employment Law Matters: The "New" Industrial Relations Landscape: The Fair Work Australia Bill 2008 [Read excerpt]
By John Wilson, Williams Love & Nicol**

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3. CLJ Volume 4 (Part 4) 2010

COURT

FEDERAL COURT

Murugan Supparamaniam v. Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Malaysia & Ors
(Preventive detention - Habeas corpus) [2010] 4 CLJ 405

COURT OF APPEAL

Alaggandiran Vellu v. PP
(Murder - Evidence of interested witness and accomplice, whether credible) [2010] 4 CLJ 410

Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia v. Cahaya Baru Development Bhd
(Acquisition of land - Objection against compensation awarded) [2010] 4 CLJ 419

Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Bhd lwn. Choo Oh Kim & Yang Lain Dan Rayuan-rayuan Lain
(Jualan tanah - Pelupusan harta menurut Akta Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad 1998) [2010] 4 CLJ 450

HIGH COURT

Heng Siew Chiang Sdn Bhd v. Director General For The Control Of Padi And Rice & Anor
(Trade and industry - Search and seizure of rice) [2010] 4 CLJ 473

James Sloan v. Sarala Devi Sloan
(Divorce - Whether petitioner domiciled in Malaysia when petition presented) [2010] 4 CLJ 483

Ramlah Mukadis v. Ketua Pengarah Alam Sekeliling & Anor
(Application for renewal of approval rejected by Department of Environment) [2010] 4 CLJ 499

Sim Yaw Boon v. Chieng Tiong Chung
(Whether order of sessions court judge non-appealable as it did not come under definition of "decision" in s. 3 Courts of Judicature Act 1964) [2010] 4 CLJ 520

SUBJECT INDEX

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Exercise of administrative powers - Decision - Application for renewal of approval rejected by Department of Environment - Applicant blatantly failed to comply with certain conditions - Whether rejection was done unreasonably or in bad faith
Ramlah Mukadis v. Ketua Pengarah Alam Sekeliling & Anor
(Vernon Ong Lam Kiat JC) [2010] 4 CLJ 499 [HC]

Exercise of administrative powers - Legitimate expectation - Application for renewal of approval rejected by Department of Environment - Applicant blatantly failed to comply with certain conditions - Absence of prior complaints, warnings or inquiries against applicant - Whether applicant entitled to legitimate expectation that approval will be renewed
Ramlah Mukadis v. Ketua Pengarah Alam Sekeliling & Anor
(Vernon Ong Lam Kiat JC) [2010] 4 CLJ 499 [HC]

CIVIL PROCEDURE

Appeal - Appeal from sessions court - Whether order of sessions court judge non-appealable as it did not come under definition of "decision" in s. 3 Courts of Judicature Act 1964 - Principles applicable - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, ss. 3, 4 - Subordinate Courts Rules 1980, O. 1 r. 6, O. 49 r. 6(1) - Rules of the High Court 1980, O. 55, O. 56 r. 1 - Subordinate Courts Act 1948, s. 109
Sim Yaw Boon v. Chieng Tiong Chung
(Rhodzariah Bujang JC) [2010] 4 CLJ 520 [HC]

Declaration - Application for - Factors to be considered when exercising discretion - Whether there was an alternative remedy available and adequate - Land Acquisition Act 1960, s. 38(5), (7)
Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia v. Cahaya Baru Development Bhd
(Tengku Baharudin Shah, Abdul Malik Ishak & Jeffrey Tan JJCA) [2010] 4 CLJ 419 [CA]

Estoppel - Res judicata and issue estoppel - Whether res judicata must be pleaded - Earlier action for order of certiorari to quash decision of Department of Environment dismissed - Whether present action seeking damages based on same decision of Department of Environment is res judicata
Ramlah Mukadis v. Ketua Pengarah Alam Sekeliling & Anor

(Vernon Ong Lam Kiat JC) [2010] 4 CLJ 499 [HC]

Judgments and orders - Appeal against order of sessions court judge - Whether order non-appealable as it did not come under definition of "decision" in s. 3 Courts of Judicature Act 1964 - Principles applicable - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, ss. 3, 4 - Subordinate Courts Rules 1980, O. 1 r. 6, O. 49 r. 6(1) - Rules of the High Court 1980, O. 55, O. 56 r. 1 - Subordinate Courts Act 1948, s. 109
Sim Yaw Boon v. Chieng Tiong Chung
(Rhodzariah Bujang JC) [2010] 4 CLJ 520 [HC]

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Fundamental liberties - Preventive detention - Whether lawful - Habeas corpus - Detention under Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969 - Whether s. 6(2) of Ordinance not complied with - Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969, ss. 4(1), 6(1), (2) - Federal Constitution, art. 151
Murugan Supparamaniam v. Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Malaysia & Ors
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, Gopal Sri Ram & Mohd Ghazali Yusoff FCJJ) [2010] 4 CLJ 405 [FC]

CRIMINAL LAW

Penal Code - Section 302 - Murder - Appeal against conviction and sentence - Evaluation of evidence by trial judge - Standard of proof - Close of prosecution's case - Conclusion of trial - Evidence of interested witness and accomplice, whether credible - Defence of accused
Alaggandiran Vellu v. PP
(Suriyadi Halim Omar, KN Segara & Ahmad Maarop JJCA) [2010] 4 CLJ 410 [CA]

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

Defence - Explanation by accused - Whether a mere denial - Whether case proved beyond reasonable doubt
Alaggandiran Vellu v. PP
(Suriyadi Halim Omar, KN Segara & Ahmad Maarop JJCA) [2010] 4 CLJ 410 [CA]

Habeas corpus - Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969, detention under - Whether s. 6(2) of Ordinance not complied with - Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969, ss. 4(1), 6(1), (2) - Federal Constitution, art. 151
Murugan Supparamaniam v. Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Malaysia & Ors
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, Gopal Sri Ram & Mohd Ghazali Yusoff FCJJ) [2010] 4 CLJ 405 [FC]

Trial - Close of prosecution's case - Standard of proof applicable - Prima facie case
Alaggandiran Vellu v. PP
(Suriyadi Halim Omar, KN Segara & Ahmad Maarop JJCA) [2010] 4 CLJ 410 [CA]

Trial - Conclusion of trial - Evaluation of evidence adduced - Whether prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt
Alaggandiran Vellu v. PP
(Suriyadi Halim Omar, KN Segara & Ahmad Maarop JJCA) [2010] 4 CLJ 410 [CA]

EVIDENCE

Accomplice - Whether witness an accomplice - Corroboration - Whether evidence of accomplice credible - Whether safe to act on said evidence
Alaggandiran Vellu v. PP
(Suriyadi Halim Omar, KN Segara & Ahmad Maarop JJCA) [2010] 4 CLJ 410 [CA]

Burden of proof - Standard of proof for criminal prosecutions - Close of prosecution's case - Conclusion of trial - Evaluation of evidence at all stages of trial
Alaggandiran Vellu v. PP
(Suriyadi Halim Omar, KN Segara & Ahmad Maarop JJCA) [2010] 4 CLJ 410 [CA]

Presumption - Adverse inference - Evidence Act 1950, s. 114(g) - Failure to produce documents - Blanket request made by plaintiff for all letters without stating materiality - No order for discovery or production of documents - Whether evidence withheld or suppressed - Explanation given for non-production of documents - Whether proper to draw adverse inference
Ramlah Mukadis v. Ketua Pengarah Alam Sekeliling & Anor
(Vernon Ong Lam Kiat JC) [2010] 4 CLJ 499 [HC]

Standard of proof - Prosecution to prove elements of offence beyond reasonable doubt - Evaluation of evidence at conclusion of trial
Alaggandiran Vellu v. PP
(Suriyadi Halim Omar, KN Segara & Ahmad Maarop JJCA) [2010] 4 CLJ 410 [CA]

Witness - Interested witness - Whether witness an interested witness - Corroboration - Whether trial judge exercised sufficient caution in accepting evidence of said witness
Alaggandiran Vellu v. PP
(Suriyadi Halim Omar, KN Segara & Ahmad Maarop JJCA) [2010] 4 CLJ 410 [CA]

FAMILY LAW

Divorce - Petition - Domicile - Whether petitioner domiciled in Malaysia when petition presented - Whether petitioner shown to have abandoned domicile of origin and acquired domicile of choice - Section 48 Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976
James Sloan v. Sarala Devi Sloan
(Suraya Othman J) [2010] 4 CLJ 483 [HC]

LAND LAW

Acquisition of land - Objection against compensation awarded - Entitlement of appellant to file a Form N under Land Acquisition Act 1960 - Whether appellant a person interested within meaning of s. 37 of Act - Whether said Form N invalid and of no legal effect - Land Acquisition Act 1960, ss. 2, 37(1), (3)
Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia v. Cahaya Baru Development Bhd
(Tengku Baharudin Shah, Abdul Malik Ishak & Jeffrey Tan JJCA) [2010] 4 CLJ 419 [CA]

PREVENTIVE DETENTION

Detention - Whether lawful - Habeas corpus - Detention under Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969 - Whether s. 6(2) of Ordinance not complied with - Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969, ss. 4(1), 6(1), (2) - Federal Constitution, art. 151
Murugan Supparamaniam v. Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Malaysia & Ors
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, Gopal Sri Ram & Mohd Ghazali Yusoff FCJJ) [2010] 4 CLJ 405 [FC]

STATUTORY INTERPRETATION

Construction of statutes - Conflicting statutes - Appeals from lower courts - Inconsistencies between provisions of statutes - Whether provisions of parent Act must prevail - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 3 - Subordinate Courts Rules 1980, O. 49 r. 6(1)
Sim Yaw Boon v. Chieng Tiong Chung
(Rhodzariah Bujang JC) [2010] 4 CLJ 520 [HC]

TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Import and export - Search and seizure of rice - Whether such seizure unlawful - Warrant of search and seizure - Whether import licence required for transhipment of rice - Statutory provisions, whether must prevail over administrative sanctions - Liability for loss arising from seizure - Control of Padi and Rice Act 1994, s. 13(1), (4)
Heng Siew Chiang Sdn Bhd v. Director General For The Control Of Padi And Rice & Anor
(Abdul Rahman Sebli JC) [2010] 4 CLJ 473 [HC]

WORDS & PHRASES

"decision" - Courts of Judicature Act 1964, s. 3 - definition of
Sim Yaw Boon v. Chieng Tiong Chung
(Rhodzariah Bujang JC) [2010] 4 CLJ 520 [HC]

"person interested" - Land Acquisition Act 1960, ss. 2, 37 - Definition of
Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia v. Cahaya Baru Development Bhd
(Tengku Baharudin Shah, Abdul Malik Ishak & Jeffrey Tan JJCA) [2010] 4 CLJ 419 [CA]

UNDANG-UNDANG TANAH

Jualan tanah - Pelupusan harta menurut Akta Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad 1998 - Kerugian dan kerosakan - Tanggungan - Kewajipan Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Bhd dan Pentadbir Khas dalam menjalankan kuasa jualan atau pelupusan - Sama ada mereka bertanggungan - Kecuaian melampau yang menghampiri fraud - Perwakilan - Akta Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad 1998, ss. 23, 24, 30, 31, 32, 66
Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Bhd lwn. Choo Oh Kim & Yang Lain Dan Rayuan-rayuan Lain
(Tengku Baharudin Shah, Abdul Hamid Embong & Sulaiman Daud HHMR) [2010] 4 CLJ 450 [HC]

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CASE OF THE WEEK

PEMUNGUT DUTI SETEM v. BASF SERVICES (MALAYSIA) SDN BHD

REVENUE LAW: Stamp duty - Assessment - Sale and purchase of property - Whether development fee and infrastructure fee attracted stamp duty - Whether stamp duty imposed on instrument or transaction - Stamp Duty Act 1949, s. 12(b), First Schedule item 32(a)


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