CLJ Bulletin, Issue 2010, Vol 29

23 July 2010

CLJ Law MALAYSIA

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New This Week 1. Legislation Highlights
  2. Articles
       a) Legal Network Series
3. Latest Cases
    a) Legal Network Series
    b) CLJ Volume 5 (Part 8) 2010

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1. Legislation Highlights

PU(A)

NUMBER TITLE DATE COMING INTO FORCE

PRINCIPAL ACT NO

PU(A) 193/2010 Double Taxation Relief (The Federal Republic Of Germany) Order 2010 8 June 2010 ACT 53 & ACT 543
PU(A) 194/2010 Exchange Control (Gold Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2010 10 June 2010 ACT 17
PU(A) 195/2010 Federal Roads (West Malaysia) (Amendment) (No 6) Order 2010 10 June 2010 ACT 376
PU(A) 196/2010 Fisheries (Maritime) (Licensing Of Local Fishing Vessel) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 10 June 2010 ACT 317
PU(A) 197/2010 Co-Operative Societies (Assumption Of Control) Order 2010 10 June 2010 ACT 502

PU(B)

NUMBER TITLE DATE COMING INTO FORCE

PRINCIPAL ACT NO

PU(B) 278/2010 Appointment Of Superintendent Registrars Of Births And Deaths 24 June 2010 ACT 299
PU(B) 279/2010 Appointment Of Registrars Of Births And Deaths 24 June 2010 ACT 299
PU(B) 280/2010 Appointment Of Registrars Of Births And Deaths 24 June 2010 ACT 152
PU(B) 281/2010 Temporary Exercise Of Ministerial Functions 24 June 2010 ACT 388
PU(B) 282/2010 Appointment Of Members Of The Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan 24 June 2010 ACT 505

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2. Articles

a) Legal Network Series Articles

1. Trade Unionism In Malaysia In The Knowledge Economy - Challenges And Opportunities [Read excerpt]
By Sharifah Suhanah Syed Ahmad*

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3. Latest Cases

a) Legal Network Series

CITATION TITLE SUBJECT
[2009] 1 LNS 1706 [HC] Lee Siew Tiong v. Saratogoa Sdn Bhd

COMPANIES AND CORPORATIONS: Debenture - Sale by debenture of charged land - Two competing sale and purchase agreements on same property by Receiver and Liquidator - Application by Receiver to validate sale under s. 223 Companies Act 1965 - Whether exercise of court's discretion warranted

COMPANIES AND CORPORATIONS: Winding up - Liquidator appointed by court - Sale of land - Two competing sale and purchase agreements on same property by Receiver and Liquidator - Receiver appointed by debenture holder after company wound up and appointment of liquidator - Whether Receiver entitled to dispose of property on behalf of company - Companies Act 1965, s. 233

COMPANIES AND CORPORATIONS: Winding up - Appointment of Receiver by debenture holder after company wound up and liquidator appointed - Whether appointment of Receiver valid

[2010] 1 LNS 366 [HC] PP v. Mohd Hanif Abdul Razak & Anor

CRIMINAL LAW: Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - Section 39B(1)(a) - Trafficking in dangerous drugs - Drugs found in the footwell of left rear seat - Whether accused had custody and control of drugs - Inference to be drawn from ownership of car and conduct of accused - Whether mens rea possession established - Whether presumption of trafficking under s. 37(da) applicable - Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, ss. 2, 37, 39B

CRIMINAL LAW: Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - Section 39B(1)(a) - Common intention - Ingredients -Whether established - Penal Code, s. 34

CRIMINAL LAW: Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - Section 39B(1)(a) - Trafficking in dangerous drugs - Whether reliance could be placed on double presumptions under ss. 37(d) and (da) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - Circumstances under which presumptions under ss. 37(d) and (da) may be applied

EVIDENCE: Common intention - Trafficking in dangerous drugs - Inference from conduct and circumstances of case - Whether any evidence that both accused acted pursuant to pre-arranged plan

EVIDENCE: Standard of proof - Beyond reasonable doubt - Trafficking in dangerous drugs - Accused's evidence corroborated - Failure of prosecution to call rebuttal evidence - Reasonable doubt - Whether prosecution able to satisfy burden and standard of proof - Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, s. 39B(1)(a)

WORDS & PHRASES: "prima facie case" - Definition - Test applicable - Criminal Procedure Code, s. 180

[2010] 1 LNS 634 [HC] Government Of The State Of Sabah v. Syarikat Raspand

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Appeal - Appeal to Court of Appeal - New ground of appeal raised - Issue not raised in High Court nor included in memorandum of appeal - Whether court empowered to consider issue - Principles applicable - Rules of the Court of Appeal 1994, r. 18 (1), (2)

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Government proceedings - Suit against Government - Omission by plaintiff to name government officers who carried out alleged tortious act as defendants to action - Effect thereof - Whether action could be maintained - Government Proceedings Act 1956, ss. 5, 6

EVIDENCE: Burden of proof - Seizure of logs by public officers - Plaintiff unable to provide documents at time of seizure to show logs imported from Indonesia - Whether plaintiff discharged burden of proving seizure was made without reasonable and probable cause - Forest Enactment 1968 (Sabah), s. 37A

TORT: Damages - Negligence and breach of statutory duty - Seizure of logs by public officers - Whether action of officers malicious, fraudulent or grossly negligent - Whether plaintiff discharged burden of proof - Forest Enactment 1968 (Sabah), s. 40

TRADE AND INDUSTRY: Forestry - Possession of logs without lawful authority - Seizure of logs by public officers - Whether any reasonable and probable cause for seizure - Whether appellant could seek protection under ss. 37A and 40 of the Forest Enactment 1968 (Sabah) - Burden of proof on respondent - Whether discharged

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b. CLJ Volume 5 (Part 8) 2010

COURT

FEDERAL COURT

Ahmad Jefri Mohd Jahri v. Pengarah Kebudayaan & Kesenian Johor & Ors
(Judicial review - Remedies - Declaration) [2010] 5 CLJ 865

Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia v. DW Margaret David Wilson
(Appearance - Body corporate) [2010] 5 CLJ 899

COURT OF APPEAL

DW Margaret David Wilson v. Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia
(Whether a body corporate had power to appoint solicitors to conduct or institute a legal proceeding on its behalf) [2010] 5 CLJ 921

Jamaludin Md Kassim v. PP
(Corroboration - Drug trafficking offence) [2010] 5 CLJ 928

HIGH COURT

Arbainah Othman v. CIMB Bank Bhd
(Sale of land - Public auction) [2010] 5 CLJ 955

Bee Bak Leng v. Menteri Dalam Negeri, Malaysia & Ors
(Detention order - Application for habeas corpus) [2010] 5 CLJ 961

Lam Soon Edible Sdn Bhd v. Hup Seng Perusahaan Makanan (M) Sdn Bhd
(Registered trade mark - Expungement, application for) [2010] 5 CLJ 975

United Development Company Sdn Bhd v. The State Government Of Sabah & Anor
(Acquisition of property by government) [2010] 5 CLJ 986

SUBJECT INDEX

ADMINSTRATIVE LAW

Judicial review - Remedies - Declaration - Appellant filed writ of summons and statement of claim seeking declaration that his dismissal by respondents void and of no effect - Decision to dismiss appellant made under statutory law by respondents acting within scope of such statutory power - Appropriate procedure for use in judicial review - Whether challenge to respondentís decision can only be commenced by way of judicial review under O. 53 Rules of the High Court 1980
Ahmad Jefri Mohd Jahri v. Pengarah Kebudayaan & Kesenian Johor & Ors
(Arifin Zakaria CJ (Malaya), Richard Malanjum CJ (Sabah & Sarawak), James Foong FCJ) [2010] 5 CLJ 865 [FC]

CIVIL PROCEDURE

Appearance - Body corporate - Legal representatives - Whether a body corporate may appoint private solicitors to appear on its behalf when it decides to either institute or defend itself in any civil proceeding - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35 - Legal Profession Act 1976, s. 35(1)
Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia v. DW Margaret David Wilson
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Heliliah Mohd Yusof FCJJ) [2010] 5 CLJ 899 [FC]

Appearance - Body corporate - Whether a body corporate had power to appoint solicitors to conduct or institute a legal proceeding on its behalf - Locus standi of solicitor - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35
DW Margaret David Wilson v. Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia
(Raus Sharif, Hasan Lah & Sulong Matjeraie JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 921 [CA]

Solicitor - Appointment - Whether a body corporate may appoint private solicitors when it decides to either institute or defend itself in any civil proceeding - Legal Profession Act 1976, s. 35(1) - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35
Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia v. DW Margaret David Wilson
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Heliliah Mohd Yusof FCJJ) [2010] 5 CLJ 899 [FC]

Solicitor - Locus standi - Whether solicitor had locus standi to represent a body corporate - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35
DW Margaret David Wilson v. Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia
(Raus Sharif, Hasan Lah & Sulong Matjeraie JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 921 [CA]

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Fundamental liberties - Preventive detention - Application for habeas corpus - Whether there was procedural non-compliance - Validity of detention order - Whether Minister correctly applied his mind in issuing detention order - Whether applicant deprived of his personal liberty not in accordance with law - Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969, s. 4(1) - Federal Constitution, art. 5(1)
Bee Bak Leng v. Menteri Dalam Negeri, Malaysia & Ors
(Sofian Abd Razak J) [2010] 5 CLJ 961 [HC]

Fundamental liberties - Right to counsel - Plaintiff a body corporate established under Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979 - Whether plaintiff may appoint private solicitors when it decides to either institute or defend itself in any civil proceeding - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35 - Legal Profession Act 1976, s. 35(1)
Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia v. DW Margaret David Wilson
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Heliliah Mohd Yusof FCJJ) [2010] 5 CLJ 899 [FC]

Fundamental liberties - Right to counsel - Whether a body corporate had power to appoint solicitors to conduct or institute a legal proceeding on its behalf - Locus standi of solicitor - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35
DW Margaret David Wilson v. Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia
(Raus Sharif, Hasan Lah & Sulong Matjeraie JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 921 [CA]

Legislation - Legislation establishing statutory corporations - Legal representatives - Whether would need to be ascertained from exact provisions found in each legislation - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35
Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia v. DW Margaret David Wilson
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Heliliah Mohd Yusof FCJJ) [2010] 5 CLJ 899 [FC]

Right to property - Acquisition of property by government - Compulsory acquisition - Whether ultra vires s. 3 Land Acquisition Ordinance (Cap 69) (Sabah) and/or art. 13 Federal Constitution - Whether plaintiff still owner of land - Land Acquisition Ordinance (Cap 69) (Sabah), s. 3(2), 6(2), 7(1), (3) - Federal Constitution, art. 13(1)
United Development Company Sdn Bhd v. The State Government Of Sabah & Anor
(Abdul Rahman Sebli JC) [2010] 5 CLJ 986 [HC]

CRIMINAL LAW

Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - Sections 6 & 12(2) - Possession of 3.99 grams of methamphetamine and 2.02 grams of cannabis - Affirmative finding of possession - Accusedís defence a mere afterthought - Failure of accused to raise reasonable doubt on prosecutionís case
Jamaludin Md Kassim v. PP
(Zainun Ali, Ahmad Maarop & Jeffrey Tan JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 928 [CA]

Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - Section 39B(2) - Trafficking in 32.6 grams of monoacetylmorphine - Affirmative finding of possession - Knowledge of dangerous drugs proven - Presumption of trafficking under s. 37(da) Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 invoked - Failure of accused on a balance of probability to rebut presumption - Accusedís defence a mere afterthought - Failure of accused to raise reasonable doubt on prosecutionís case
Jamaludin Md Kassim v. PP
(Zainun Ali, Ahmad Maarop & Jeffrey Tan JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 928 [CA]

EVIDENCE

Corroboration - Drug trafficking offence - Whether evidence of police officer involved in drug raid requires corroboration - Whether evidence was corroborated by evidence of other police officer
Jamaludin Md Kassim v. PP
(Zainun Ali, Ahmad Maarop & Jeffrey Tan JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 928 [CA]

Documentary evidence - Admissibility of - Reports derived from survey evidence - Whether complied with "minimum criteria" governing admissibility of such evidence
Lam Soon Edible Sdn Bhd v. Hup Seng Perusahaan Makanan (M) Sdn Bhd
(Azahar Mohamed J) [2010] 5 CLJ 975 [HC]

Witness - Failure of prosecution to call witness - Discretion of prosecution in calling witnesses - Whether a person must be called as a witness just because his name is raised by defence during cross examination - Whether non-calling of witness resulted in procedural unfairness or miscarriage of justice
Jamaludin Md Kassim v. PP
(Zainun Ali, Ahmad Maarop & Jeffrey Tan JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 928 [CA]

LAND LAW

Acquisition of land - Acquisition by government - Compulsory acquisition - Whether ultra vires s. 3 Land Acquisition Ordinance (Cap 69) (Sabah) and/or art. 13 Federal Constitution - Whether government acted mala fide by not putting land to use for purpose it was acquired - Whether plaintiff still owner of land - Land Acquisition Ordinance (Cap 69) (Sabah), s. 3(2), 6(2), 7(1), (3) - Federal Constitution, art. 13(1)
United Development Company Sdn Bhd v. The State Government Of Sabah & Anor
(Abdul Rahman Sebli JC) [2010] 5 CLJ 986 [HC]

Sale of land - Public auction - Appeal against reserve price fixed by Land Administrator for property set for auction - Criteria and factors to be considered - Valuation reports
Arbainah Othman v. CIMB Bank Bhd
(Umi Kalthum Abd Majid JC) [2010] 5 CLJ 955 [HC]

LEGAL PROFESSION

Practice of law - Representation, right of - Right of advocates and solicitors to represent a body corporate in a civil proceeding - Legal Profession Act 1976, s. 35(1) - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35
Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia v. DW Margaret David Wilson
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Heliliah Mohd Yusof FCJJ) [2010] 5 CLJ 899 [FC]

Solicitors - Locus standi - Whether solicitor had locus standi to represent a body corporate - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35
DW Margaret David Wilson v. Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia
(Raus Sharif, Hasan Lah & Sulong Matjeraie JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 921 [CA]

PREVENTIVE DETENTION

Detention order - Application for habeas corpus - Whether there was procedural non-compliance - Validity of detention order - Whether Minister correctly applied his mind in issuing detention order - Whether applicant deprived of his personal liberty not in accordance with law - Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969, s. 4(1) - Federal Constitution, art. 5(1)
Bee Bak Leng v. Menteri Dalam Negeri, Malaysia & Ors
(Sofian Abd Razak J) [2010] 5 CLJ 961 [HC]

STATUTORY INTERPRETATION

Construction of statutes - Harmonious construction - Intent of legislation - Whether a body corporate may appoint private solicitors when it decides to either institute or defend itself in any civil proceeding - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35
Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia v. DW Margaret David Wilson
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Heliliah Mohd Yusof FCJJ) [2010] 5 CLJ 899 [FC]

Construction of statutes - Mandatory or directory - Use of word "may" in provision of statute - Legislative intent - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35
DW Margaret David Wilson v. Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia
(Raus Sharif, Hasan Lah & Sulong Matjeraie JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 921 [CA]

TRADE MARKS

Registered trade mark - Expungement, application for - Whether applicant a "person aggrieved" - Whether there was non-use in good faith of trade mark for continuous period of time - Trade Marks Act 1976, ss. 45, 46(1)
Lam Soon Edible Sdn Bhd v. Hup Seng Perusahaan Makanan (M) Sdn Bhd
(Azahar Mohamed J) [2010] 5 CLJ 975 [HC]

WORDS & PHRASES

"may" - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35 - Interpretation - Whether mandatory or directory
DW Margaret David Wilson v. Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia
(Raus Sharif, Hasan Lah & Sulong Matjeraie JJCA) [2010] 5 CLJ 921 [CA]

"may" - Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia Act 1979, s. 35 - Interpretation of - Whether directory in nature
Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia v. DW Margaret David Wilson
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Heliliah Mohd Yusof FCJJ) [2010] 5 CLJ 899 [FC]

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CASE OF THE WEEK

PP v. CHAI MEI LIAN

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: Jurisdiction of court - Magistrate's Court - First Class Magistrate - Whether competent to hear offences under Customs Act 1967 - Section 111, Subordinate Courts Act 1948 - Phrase "Reference to Magistrate's Court to be substituted with reference to Sessions Court" - Whether applicable as to render hearing before Magistrate a nullity - Customs Act 1967, ss. 118, 135(1)(d) - Subordinate Courts Act 1948, s. 111

STATUTORY INTERPRETATION: Construction of statutes - Legislative intent - Jurisdiction of First Class Magistrate - Section 118 Customs Act 1967 - Whether conferring jurisdiction on First Class Magistrate to hear offences under Customs Act 1967 - Whether caught by provisions of s. 111 Subordinate Courts Act 1948


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