CLJ Bulletin, Issue 2010, Vol 26

02 July 2010

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New This Week 1. Legislation Highlights
   
2. Articles
     a) Legal Network Series Articles
   
  3. Latest Cases
       a) Legal Network Series
       b) CLJ Volume 5 (Part 5) 2010

1. Legislation Highlights

Principal Acts

NUMBER TITLE DATE COMING INTO FORCE

REPEALING

ACT 710 Credit Reporting Agencies Act 2010 Not Yet In Force - Nil -
ACT 711 Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 Not Yet In Force - Nil -
ACT 712 Competition Act 2010 Not Yet In Force - Nil -
ACT 713 Competition Commission Act 2010 Not Yet In Force - Nil -
ACT 714 Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat Act 2010 3 June 2010 [PU(B) 262/2010] - Nil -

Amending Acts

NUMBER TITLE DATE COMING INTO FORCE

PRINCIPAL ACT NO

ACT A1374 Tourism Vehicles Licensing (Amendment) Act 2010 11 February 2010 [PU(B) 61/2010] ACT 594
ACT A1375 Educational Institutions (Discipline) (Amendment) Act 2010 1 December 2010 [PU(B)524/2010] ACT 174
ACT A1376 Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (Amendment) Act 2010 31 January 2011 [P.U.(B) 44/2011] ACT 334
ACT A1377 Railways (Amendment) Act 2010 15 September 2010 [PU(B) 386/2010] ACT 463
ACT A1378 Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Act 2010 Not Yet In Force ACT 593

Latest Bills

NUMBER TITLE DATE COMING INTO FORCE

PRINCIPAL ACT NO

DR 20/2010 Judicial Appointments Commission (Amendment) Bill 2010 - ACT 695
DR 21/2010 Subordinate Courts (Amendment) Bill 2010 - ACT 92

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2. Articles

a) Legal Network Series Articles

1. Employment Termination Payments: The Taxing of Damages for Non-Economic Loss* [Read excerpt]
By John Wilson, Williams Love & Nicol**

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3. Latest Cases

a) Legal Network Series

CITATION TITLE SUBJECT
[2010] 1 LNS 563 [HC] Jamet Enggu v. Teong Nging Chiong & Ors

ROAD TRAFFIC: Negligence - Tanker colliding into multiple vehicles and persons - Injury to appellant - Appellant suing drivers and owners of vehicles involved - Facts - Whether raised reasonable doubt as to party(s) to be sued

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Appeal - Costs - Party to party costs - Whether "Sanderson Order" or "Bullock Order" more appropriate - Discretion of judge- Whether order on costs should be varied

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b. CLJ Volume 5 (Part 5) 2010

COURT

FEDERAL COURT

Low Kian Boon & Anor v. PP
(Penal Code - Section 302 - Whether issue of common intention given proper consideration by High Court) [2010] 5 CLJ 489

COURT OF APPEAL

Bandar Eco-Setia Sdn Bhd v. Yiap Beow Soon & Anor And Another Appeal
(Housing developers - Withdrawing of offer to sell property after 10% deposit paid) [2010] 5 CLJ 556

Murugapillai Rengasamy v. PP
(Penal Code - Section 302) [2010] 5 CLJ 563

Robin Tan Pang Heng Abdullah (Mendakwa Sebagai Pegawai Awam Penang Turf Club) v. Ketua Pengarah Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia & Anor
(Trade union - Registration - Whether members casual workers and therefore could not be represented by union) [2010] 5 CLJ 574

HIGH COURT

Development & Commercial Bank Bhd & Ors v. Loke Theen Fatt
(Bankruptcy - Discharge) [2010] 5 CLJ 583

Fortune Pacific Engineering Co Ltd v. Gajatakraw Industries Sdn Bhd
(Patents - Infringement - Breach of consent order - Committed by company - Application for committal) [2010] 5 CLJ 590

PP lwn. Wong Ah Kean
(Kanun Keseksaan - Seksyen 312 - Kesalahan menggugurkan kandungan mangsa) [2010] 5 CLJ 599

Tee Wee Kok v. Teh Liang Teik & Ors
(Application under ss. 3, 5 Mental Disorders Ordinance 1952) [2010] 5 CLJ 605

SUBJECT INDEX

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Judicial review - Registration of trade union - Members of union were workers of Penang Turf Club - Whether members casual workers and therefore could not be represented by union - Whether Director General of Trade Union acted ultra vires in registering union - Whether judicial review premature given alternative remedy under s. 71A Trade Unions Act 1959
Robin Tan Pang Heng Abdullah (Mendakwa Sebagai Pegawai Awam Penang Turf Club) v. Ketua Pengarah Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia & Anor
(James Foong, Zainun Ali & Sulong Matjeraie JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 574 [CA]

BANKRUPTCY

Discharge - Discharge of bankrupt - Whether discharge proper as bankrupt paid only 2% of outstanding debt - Whether bankrupt committed an offence under Bankruptcy Act 1967 and discharge could not be allowed under s. 33(4) of same - Whether report by Director General of Insolvency flawed - Bankruptcy Act 1967, s. 33 - Bankruptcy Rules 1969, r. 194
Development & Commercial Bank Bhd & Ors v. Loke Theen Fatt
(David Wong Dak Wah J) [2010] 5 CLJ 583 [HC]

CIVIL PROCEDURE

Action - Judicial review - Registration of trade union - Members of union were workers of Penang Turf Club - Whether members casual workers and therefore could not be represented by union - Whether Director General of Trade Union acted ultra vires in registering union - Whether judicial review premature given alternative remedy under s. 71A Trade Unions Act 1959
Robin Tan Pang Heng Abdullah (Mendakwa Sebagai Pegawai Awam Penang Turf Club) v. Ketua Pengarah Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia & Anor
(James Foong, Zainun Ali & Sulong Matjeraie JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 574 [CA]

Contempt of court - Order of committal, application for - Breach of consent order pertaining to patent infringement- Committed by company - Whether director of company liable - Whether breach proved beyond reasonable doubt - Whether reasonable explanation offered - Whether terms ambiguous and clarification should have been sought - Contemnor not defiant or scornful - Whether breach serious enough to allow application
Fortune Pacific Engineering Co Ltd v. Gajatakraw Industries Sdn Bhd
(Ho Mooi Ching JC) [2010] 5 CLJ 590 [HC]

Injunction - Interlocutory injunction - Appeal against - Injunction to restrain housing developer from selling or dealing with land - Developer withdrew letter of offer to sell on the ground that its offer to compensate for misrepresentation not accepted by purchaser within date given - Whether developer justified in withdrawing offer - Whether balance of convenience in favour of developer
Bandar Eco-Setia Sdn Bhd v. Yiap Beow Soon & Anor And Another Appeal
(Low Hop Bing, Heliliah Mohd Yusof & Kang Hwee Gee JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 556 [CA]

CRIMINAL LAW

Penal Code - Section 302 - Appeal against conviction and sentence - Court of Appeal reinstated original s. 302 charge reversing conviction by High Court on lesser s. 304 charge - Whether issue of common intention given proper consideration by High Court - Whether Court of Appeal had justification for intervention
Low Kian Boon & Anor v. PP
(Richard Malanjum CJ (Sabah & Sarawak), James Foong & Heliliah Mohd Yusof FCJJ) [2010] 5 CLJ 489 [FC]

Penal Code - Section 302 - Appeal against conviction and sentence - Whether learned judge properly appraised and evaluated direct and circumstantial evidence - Whether defence of intoxication and self defence rightly rejected - Evidence Act 1950, ss. 27, 134 - Penal Code, s. 100
Murugapillai Rengasamy v. PP
(Zaleha Zahari, KN Segara & Hishamudin Mohd Yunus JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 563 [CA]

LABOUR LAW

Trade union - Registration - Judicial review - Members of union were workers of Penang Turf Club - Whether members casual workers and therefore could not be represented by union - Whether Director General of Trade Union acted ultra vires in registering union - Whether judicial review premature given alternative remedy under s. 71A Trade Unions Act 1959
Robin Tan Pang Heng Abdullah (Mendakwa Sebagai Pegawai Awam Penang Turf Club) v. Ketua Pengarah Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia & Anor
(James Foong, Zainun Ali & Sulong Matjeraie JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 574 [CA]

LAND LAW

Housing developers - Withdrawing of offer to sell property after 10% deposit paid - Developerís offer to compensate for misrepresentation not accepted by purchaser within date given - Whether developer justified in withdrawing offer to sell property
Bandar Eco-Setia Sdn Bhd v. Yiap Beow Soon & Anor And Another Appeal
(Low Hop Bing, Heliliah Mohd Yusof & Kang Hwee Gee JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 556 [CA]

MENTAL DISORDERS AND TREATMENT

Inquiry - Application under ss. 3, 5 Mental Disorders Ordinance 1952 - Whether application made in the 1st defendantís best interest - Whether application made to protect plaintiffís commercial interest
Tee Wee Kok v. Teh Liang Teik & Ors
(Prasad Sandosham Abraham JC) [2010] 5 CLJ 605 [HC]

PATENTS

Infringement - Breach of consent order - Committed by company - Whether director of company liable - Whether breach proved beyond reasonable doubt - Whether reasonable explanation offered - Whether terms ambiguous and clarification should have been sought - Contemnor not defiant or scornful - Whether breach serious enough to allow application for committal
Fortune Pacific Engineering Co Ltd v. Gajatakraw Industries Sdn Bhd
(Ho Mooi Ching JC) [2010] 5 CLJ 590 [HC]

UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS

Clubs - Registration of trade union - Members of union were workers of Penang Turf Club - Whether members casual workers and could not be represented by union - Whether Director General of Trade Union acted ultra vires in registering union - Whether judicial review premature given alternative remedy under s. 71A Trade Unions Act 1959
Robin Tan Pang Heng Abdullah (Mendakwa Sebagai Pegawai Awam Penang Turf Club) v. Ketua Pengarah Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia & Anor
(James Foong, Zainun Ali & Sulong Matjeraie JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 574 [CA]

WORDS AND PHRASES

"may" - Section 71A Trade Unions Act 1959 in para after provision (l) - Interpretation of - Whether appellant given option to appeal to relevant Minister against decision of Director General of Trade Unions and not a right to apply for judicial review
Robin Tan Pang Heng Abdullah (Mendakwa Sebagai Pegawai Awam Penang Turf Club) v. Ketua Pengarah Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia & Anor
(James Foong, Zainun Ali & Sulong Matjeraie JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 574 [CA]

INDEKS PERKARA

UNDANG-UNDANG JENAYAH

Kanun Keseksaan - Seksyen 312 - Kesalahan menggugurkan kandungan mangsa - Hukuman denda RM6000 atau enam bulan penjara - Sama ada hukuman setimpal dengan kesalahan - Sama ada perbuatan di luar batasan moral dan serius di sisi undang-undang - Sama ada hukuman deteren patut dikenakan
PP lwn. Wong Ah Kean
(Zainal Azman Abdul Aziz PK) [2010] 5 CLJ 599 [HC]

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CASE OF THE WEEK

GS GILL SDN BHD v. DESCENTE, LTD

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Anton Piller order - Damages - Whether plaintiff entitled to claim damages for goods seized and removed from its premises by defendant who gave undertaking as to damages when Anton Piller orders set aside - Discretion of trial judge whether to order inquiry as to damages - Whether there were special circumstances for trial judge to refuse ordering such inquiry - Anton Piller orders set aside on defective affidavit rather than on merits - Defendant's conduct in continuing to sell products in violation of injunction orders taken into account - Defendant exported products outside its territorial restriction - Whether discretion of trial judge should be disturbed

SALE OF GOODS: Goods sold and delivered - Whether defendant's transaction was an over the counter sale or an export sale which was prohibited by third licence agreement - Defendant's customer was a foreigner - Purchaser transacted in foreign currency - Defendant assisted in freighting goods to Hong Kong - Confirmation of balance of payment to defendant was by an overseas bank - Whether reasonable man taking all these elements in their entirety would conclude this was an export sale


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