CLJ Bulletin, Issue 2010, Vol 33

20 August 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 6 (Part 4) 2010

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1. Legislation Highlights

PU(A)

NUMBER TITLE DATE COMING INTO FORCE

PRINCIPAL ACT NO

PU(A) 230/2010 Protection Of Wild Life (Close Season) Order 2010 8 July 2010 ACT 76
PU(A) 231/2010 Food Hygiene (Amendment) Regulations 2010 8 July 2010 ACT 281
PU(A) 232/2010 Customs (Values) (Palm Oil) (No 28) Order 2010 12 July 2010 ACT 235
PU(A) 233/2010 Extradition (Republic Of India) Order 2010 15 July 2010 ACT 497
PU(A) 234/2010 National Heritage (Declaration Of National Heritage) (Historical Object) (No 3) Order 2010 15 July 2010 ACT 645

PU(B)

NUMBER TITLE DATE COMING INTO FORCE

PRINCIPAL ACT NO

PU(B) 299/2010 Appointment Of Place Of Refuge 22 July 2010 ACT 611
PU(B) 300/2010 Appointment Of Place Of Detention 22 July 2010 ACT 611
PU(B) 301/2010 Notice To Third Parties 22 July 2010 ACT 613
PU(B) 302/2010 Appointment Of Member Of The Advisory Board 29 July 2010 ACT 190
PU(B) 303/2010 Appointment Of The Chairman Of The National Kenaf And Tobacco Board 29 July 2010 ACT 692

Latest Bills

NUMBER TITLE DATE COMING INTO FORCE

PRINCIPAL ACT NO

DR 26/2010 Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia Bill 2010 - -
DR 27/2010 Malaysian Timber Industry Board (Incorporation) (Amendment) Bill 2010 - ACT 105
DR 28/2010 Moneylenders (Amendment) Bill 2010 - ACT 400
DR 29/2010 Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Bill 2010 - -
DR 30/2010 Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents (Amendment) Bill 2010 - ACT 242

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2. Articles

a) Legal Network Series Articles

1. Injustice Within The Law - An Update: Blackburn Lecture 2010* [Read excerpt]
By Julian Burnside QC (Victorian Barrister)

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3. Latest Cases

a) Legal Network Series

CITATION TITLE SUBJECT
[2010] 1 LNS 395 [HC] Wong Yeng Mun v. CIMB Bank Berhad

BANKING: Banks and banking business - Confidentiality obligations - Bank sending statement of accounts to customer's home address instead of stipulated correspondence address - Statement of accounts viewed by unauthorized party - Whether bank breached confidentiality of plaintiff's account

[2010] 1 LNS 401 [HC] PP v. Patrick Chau Fook Henn

CRIMINAL LAW: Murder - Intention - Victim attacking accused with knife - Accused grabbing knife and inflicting multiple stab wounds on victim - Whether injuries showed intention of accused to cause injuries which in the natural course would cause death - Penal Code, s. 300

CRIMINAL LAW: Murder - Circumstantial evidence - Claim of self defence - Reliance on exculpatory cautioned statement - Whether evidence in cautioned statement could be verified - Accused's failure to report incident to police - Effect thereof - Whether prima facie case established

[2010] 1 LNS 424 [HC] Wong Poh Huat v. Thoo Wei Loong & Anor

ROAD TRAFFIC: Negligence - Collision between two motorcycles - Appellant omitting to state material facts in police report - Effect thereof

TORT: Negligence - Contributory negligence - Collision between two motorcycles - Conflicting versions - Whether appellant's conduct contributed to accident

EVIDENCE: Credibility - Discrepancies in evidence - Appellant omitting to state material facts in police report - Effect thereof - Whether court compelled to accept appellant's version in toto

EVIDENCE: Inference - Trial court's entitlement to draw inference from facts - Collision between two motorcycles - Failure of first respondent to give evidence - Whether court compelled to accept appellant's version in toto

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Appeal - Appeal against decision of sessions court - Collision between two motorcycles - Failure of first respondent to give evidence - Sessions judge finding appellant 75% liable - Whether trial judge erred on the issue of liability - Whether absence of first respondent vitiated the hearing

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b. CLJ Volume 6 (Part 4) 2010

COURT

FEDERAL COURT

Abdul Razak Dalek v. PP
(Murder - Defence - Grave and sudden provocation) [2010] 6 CLJ 357

COURT OF APPEAL

Ketua Pengarah Buruh v. Britania Brands (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
(Administrative Law - Judicial Review - Certiorari - Right to legal representation) [2010] 6 CLJ 370

Nik Asmawi Nik Daud v. PP
(Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - Section 39B) [2010] 6 CLJ 400

Ouseng Sama-Ae v. PP
(Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - Section 39B(1)(a) - Trafficking in cannabis) [2010] 6 CLJ 416

PM Securities Sdn Bhd v. Tan Hock Leong
(Contract - Sale and purchase - Shares - Force selling of shares) [2010] 6 CLJ 430

HIGH COURT

Commission Of The City Of Kuching North v. Chonglin Plaza Sdn Bhd
(Local Government - Rates - Arrears of assessment - Whether rates excessive) [2010] 6 CLJ 438

PP v. Dennis Francis Billun
(Charge - Amendment of) [2010] 6 CLJ 451

PP v. Haron Mukri
(Criminal Law - Dangerous drugs - Statutory presumption) [2010] 6 CLJ 458

SUBJECT INDEX

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Judicial Review - Certiorari - Right to legal representation - Rules of natural justice - Whether the respondent has the common law right to appear and be heard through counsel at the hearing of the inquiry - Whether the appellant had wrongly exercised its discretion in refusing to grant an adjournment and in doing so had also restricted the respondentís common law right - Whether respondent was legally entitled to obtain the services of a lawyer
Ketua Pengarah Buruh v. Britania Brands (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
(Abdul Malik Ishak JCA, KN Segara & Hishamuddin Mohd Yunus JJCA) [2010] 6 CLJ 370 [CA]

CONTRACT

Sale and purchase - Shares - Disposal of shares notwithstanding respondent had deposited shares of substantial value to obtain appellantís indulgence - Whether there was a breach of contract on part of the appellant - Whether respondent suffered losses
PM Securities Sdn Bhd v. Tan Hock Leong
(Gopal Sri Ram, Ahmad Maarop JJCA & Kang Hwee Gee J) [2010] 6 CLJ 430 [CA]

Sale and purchase - Shares - Force selling of shares - Failure to force sell shares on eighth day of transaction - Whether in contravention of KLSE rules - Whether appellant in breach of term and condition of agreement
PM Securities Sdn Bhd v. Tan Hock Leong
(Gopal Sri Ram, Ahmad Maarop JJCA & Kang Hwee Gee J) [2010] 6 CLJ 430 [CA]

CRIMINAL LAW

Dangerous drugs - Statutory presumption - Trafficking in dangerous drugs - Custody and control of drugs - Knowledge - Possession - Prosecution relied on statutory presumption under s. 37(da)(iii) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 on first charge - Prosecution made out prima facie case on first and third charges - Defence essentially of bare denial - Whether created a reasonable doubt on prosecutionís case - Defence failed to rebut statutory presumption on first charge
PP v. Haron Mukri
(Ahmadi Asnawi JC) [2010] 6 CLJ 458 [HC]

Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - Section 39B - Trafficking 29,345.5 grams cannabis - Appeal against conviction and death sentence - Failure to call witnesses - Whether warranted invocation of adverse inference - Failure to clarify ownership of vehicle used to transport drugs - Failure to show exclusivity of possession of drugs - Whether unsafe to uphold conviction of trafficking - Whether ample ground for appellate interference - Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, ss. 6, 39A(2)
Nik Asmawi Nik Daud v. PP
(Suriyadi Halim Omar, Hasan Lah & Ahmad Maarop JJCA) [2010] 6 CLJ 400 [CA]

Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - Section 39B(1)(a) - Trafficking in cannabis - Appeal against conviction and sentence - Whether judge made proper appraisal of evidence - Whether defence failed to raise reasonable doubt
Ouseng Sama-Ae v. PP
(Zainun Ali, Hishamudin Mohd Yunus & Ramli Ali JJCA) [2010] 6 CLJ 416 [CA]

Murder - Actus reus - No eye witness to the actus reus - Whether deceasedís death caused by appellantís act
Abdul Razak Dalek v. PP
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Raus Sharif FCJJ) [2010] 6 CLJ 357 [FC]

Murder - Defence - Automatism - Non-insane automatism - Whether there was sufficient evidence to show appellant in state of non-insane automatism
Abdul Razak Dalek v. PP
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Raus Sharif FCJJ) [2010] 6 CLJ 357 [FC]

Murder - Defence - Grave and sudden provocation - Applicant cut deceasedís throat - Whether clearly out of proportion to alleged provocation - Penal Code, s. 300
Abdul Razak Dalek v. PP
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Raus Sharif FCJJ) [2010] 6 CLJ 357 [FC]

Murder - Defence - Sudden fight - Whether proved - Penal Code, s. 300
Abdul Razak Dalek v. PP
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Raus Sharif FCJJ) [2010] 6 CLJ 357 [FC]

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

Appeal - Conviction, against - Penal Code, s. 302 - Whether conviction and sentence affirmed
Abdul Razak Dalek v. PP
(Zaki Tun Azmi CJ, James Foong & Raus Sharif FCJJ) [2010] 6 CLJ 357 [FC]

Charge - Amendment of - Introduction of amended charge in written submission of prosecuting officer - Whether improper and prejudicial to accused - Criminal Procedure Code, ss. 158, 159 & 162
PP v. Dennis Francis Billun
(Rhodzariah Bujang JC) [2010] 6 CLJ 451 [HC]

Charge - Amendment of - Whether changes sought for material - Whether allegation against accused remained the same - Fresh consent - Whether required
PP v. Dennis Francis Billun
(Rhodzariah Bujang JC) [2010] 6 CLJ 451 [HC]

EVIDENCE

Witness - Discrepancy in evidence - Omission - Whether witness no longer credit worthy - Whether a minor discrepancy
PP v. Haron Mukri
(Ahmadi Asnawi JC) [2010] 6 CLJ 458 [HC]

LABOUR LAW

Judicial Review - Certiorari - Right to legal representation - Labour officer refused to allow adjournment in order to allow the respondent to engage counsel - Labour officerís order dated 15 November 2002 directed respondent to pay interest retrospectively - Whether the order contravened s. 69(3A) of the Employment Act 1955 - Employment Act 1955, s. 69(3A) does not confer inherent jurisdiction on labour officer to impose interest retrospectively - Nullity
Ketua Pengarah Buruh v. Britania Brands (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
(Abdul Malik Ishak JCA, KN Segara & Hishamuddin Mohd Yunus JJCA) [2010] 6 CLJ 370 [CA]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Rates - Arrears of assessment - Whether rates excessive - Whether court has jurisdiction to hear complaint of defendant on annual rateable value - Late payment fee - Whether not a penalty and imposed only once
Commission Of The City Of Kuching North v. Chonglin Plaza Sdn Bhd
(Ravinthran Paramaguru JC) [2010] 6 CLJ 438 [HC]

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CASE OF THE WEEK

FORMOSA RESORT PROPERTIES SDN BHD v. BANK BUMIPUTRA MALAYSIA BHD

BANKING: Cheques - Forged cheques - Customer claimed reimbursement for unauthorised drawn cheques - Whether forgery proved on a balance of probabilities


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