SYARIKAT SEBATI SDN BHD v. PENGARAH JABATAN PERHUTANAN & ANOR  3 CLJ 157
FEDERAL COURT, PUTRAJAYA
HASAN LAH FCJ, AZAHAR MOHAMED FCJ, BALIA YUSOF WAHI FCJ, JEFFREY TAN FCJ, ALIZATUL KHAIR OSMAN
[CIVIL APPEAL NO: 01(f)-29-06-2017(B)]
10 JANUARY 2019
TRADE & INDUSTRY: Forestry – Logging concession – Agreement – Whether there was valid and binding contract – Doctrine of res judicata – Whether arose – Whether defendants entitled to invoke para (j) of letter of approval to terminate logging contract – Issue estoppel – Whether applicable – Whether defendants precluded from re-arguing its right to withdraw concession area – Whether there was mandatory requirement for contract made on behalf of Government or State Government to be reduced into writing – Whether plaintiff entitled to claim for compensation or damages – Government Contracts Act 1949, ss. 2 & 3
CONTRACT: Agreement – Forestry – Logging concession – Whether there was valid and binding contract – Doctrine of res judicata – Whether arose – Whether defendants entitled to invoke para (j) of letter of approval to terminate logging contract – Whether applicable – Whether defendants precluded from re-arguing its right to withdraw concession area – Whether there was mandatory requirement for contract made on behalf of Government or State Government to be reduced into writing – Whether plaintiff entitled to claim for compensation or damages – Government Contracts Act 1949, ss. 2 & 3
STATUTORY INTERPRETATION: Government Contracts Act 1949, ss. 2 & 3 – Intention of Parliament – Whether there was mandatory requirement for contract made in Malaysia on behalf of Government or State Government to be reduced into writing – Whether to safeguard Government against unauthorised contracts – Whether lack of formal contract could serve as loophole – Whether Government Contracts Act 1949 could be used by Government as cloak for denial of responsibilities
CHONG CHIENG JEN v. DATO SRI FONG JOO CHUNG  3 CLJ 380
HIGH COURT SABAH & SARAWAK, KUCHING
SUPANG LIAN J
[CIVIL APPEAL NO: KCH-12A-5/5-2018(HC 1)]
27 NOVEMBER 2018
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