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Issue #43/2018
25 October 2018

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New This Week

  1. Case(s) of the Week

    1. TAN SRI DR MUHAMMAD SHAFEE ABDULLAH v. TOMMY THOMAS & ORS 

  2. Latest Cases

    1. Legal Network Series

  3. Articles

    1. LNS Article(s)

  4. Legislation Highlights

    1. Principal Acts

    2. Amending Acts

    3. PU(A)

    4. PU(B)

    5. Legislation Alert

CASE(S) OF THE WEEK

TAN SRI DR MUHAMMAD SHAFEE ABDULLAH v. TOMMY THOMAS & ORS
COURT OF APPEAL, PUTRAJAYA
DAVID WONG DAK WAH CJ (SABAH & SARAWAK), UMI KALTHUM ABDUL MAJID JCA, AHMADI ASNAWI JCA
[CIVIL APPEAL NO: W-02(NCVC)(W)-1066-06-2016]
11 OCTOBER 2018
[2018] CLJ JT (5)

LEGAL PROFESSION: Malaysian Bar – Bar Council – Whether President of Bar Council has legal identity within Legal Profession Act 1976 – Whether President could be sued Whether rightful party to be sued is Bar Council

LEGAL PROFESSION: Practice and etiquette  Professional etiquette – Appellant appointed as lead counsel for Public Prosecutor – Whether appellant allowed himself to be part of political agenda of political party – Whether appellant willingly and knowingly lent himself to political event to attack and diminish reputation of accused person – Whether intended to demean accused person – Whether appellant’s conduct was improper

TORT: Defamation – Defences – Justification, qualified privilege and fair comment – Filing of motion in relation to conduct of appellant in context of breach of etiquette and publicity rules of Legal Profession Act 1976 – Whether there was malice – Whether motion amounted to complaint – Whether defences proven

TORT: Breach of statutory duty – Duties imposed by statute – Filing of motion in relation to conduct of appellant in context of breach of etiquette and publicity rules of Legal Profession Act 1976 – Whether Malaysian Bar legally bound to receive motion – Whether motion was direction from members to lodge complaint with Disciplinary Board if and when motion was carried – Whether an attempt by members to usurp statutory duties of Disciplinary Committee and Disciplinary Board


LATEST CASES

Legal Network Series

[2018] 1 LNS 91

PP lwn. RUTHIRAKUMAR MUNIANDY

PROSEDUR JENAYAH: Pendakwaan - Kes pendakwaan - Keraguan - Pindaan dibuat kepada tarikh rakaman percakapan kenyataan s. 122 Kanun Tatacara Jenayah ('KTJ') - Keraguan dalam keterangan pegawai serbuan - Sama ada wujud keraguan pada kesahan kewujudan kenyataan s. 122 KTJ - Sama ada wujud keraguan berkenaan cara pasukan serbuan memasuki rumah dan keadaan tertuduh semasa ditahan - Sama ada keterangan saksi sokongan diperlukan - Sama ada kegagalan memanggil mana-mana anggota serbuan bagi menyokong keterangan pegawai serbuan melebarkan jurang keraguan

UNDANG-UNDANG JENAYAH: Dadah berbahaya - Pengedaran - Milikan - Dadah dijumpai di dalam rumah - Tertuduh berada di dalam rumah ketika serbuan - Sama ada elemen milikan dadah telah dibuktikan

 Bagi pihak pendakwaan - Harris Ong Mohd Jeffrey Ong; Timbalan Pendakwa Raya
 Bagi pihak pembelaan - Charan Singh Kartar Singh & Jagdave Singh Kuldeep Singh; T/n Nurul & Charan

[2017] 1 LNS 1803

KELANA MEGAH DEVELOPMENT SDN BHDv. PEJABAT TANAH DAERAH KOTA TINGGI

LAND LAW: Land acquisition - Compensation - Enquiry conducted without benefit of private valuer's presence and report - Absence of award given for severance and injurious affection - Determining two lands with similar characteristics in all aspects - Whether possible - Buffer zone within scheduled lands and no other buffer zone to be provided elsewhere - Whether adjustments to be expected - Whether claim for injurious affection and/or severance were justified

 For the appellant - M/s Zaid Ibrahim & Co, Celine Chelladurai; M/s Celine & Oommen
 For the respondent - Vijay Raj & Tan Hui Wen; M/s Skrine

[2017] 1 LNS 1602

IRUDAYAMARY SANTHANASAMY v. MURUGAN SUPPARAMANIAM & ORS

TORT: Conspiracy - Conspiracy to defraud - Fraudulent deprivation of proprietorship over land - Plaintiff alleged defendants conspired to defraud her property under guise of accepting a loan - Inconsistencies in statement of claim - Plaintiff signed blank documents - Plaintiff admitting signature in sale and purchase agreement belongs to her - Whether plaintiff was misled into believing that sale and purchase agreement and transfer form were actually loan documents - Whether there was any element of dishonesty

 For the appellant/plaintiff - Swinder Singh & Kiranjit Kaur; M/s Kiranjit Randhawa & Co
 For the respondent/first defendant - Khu Kim Guat; M/s Shukor Baljit & Partners
 For the respondent/second - fourth defendants - Baljit Singh Uppal Jeswan Singh; M/s Baljit & Co
 For the respondent/fifth defendant - Meor Hafiz Salehan & Harjinder Singh Sandhu; M/s Akberdin & Co

[2017] 1 LNS 694

CHONG YOON SENG lwn. LOW FONG MOY & YANG LAIN

PERWARISAN: Harta pusaka - Pembahagian - Tindakan untuk membatalkan perintah pembahagian oleh Pentadbir Tanah Daerah ('PTD') - Tuntutan untuk pembahagian harta pusaka mengikut Akta (Pembahagian) Harta Pusaka Kecil 1955 - Plaintif menghadiri perbicaraan di hadapan PTD dan tidak membantah terhadap permohonan pembahagian - Ketiadaan rayuan terhadap keputusan PTD - Sama ada perintah PTD adalah sah - Sama ada harta pusaka telah dipindah milik kepada defendan dengan pengetahuan dan persetujuan plaintif - Sama ada waris-waris kadim lain telah bersetuju dengan transaksi yang berlaku

HAD MASA: Tanah, pengembalian - Kelewatan - Tindakan difailkan selepas 26 tahun - Sama ada tindakan untuk mendapatkan semula tanah boleh diambil selepas 12 tahun - Sama ada tuntutan plaintif adalah diluar tempoh masa - Sama ada terdapat kelewatan yang tidak terhingga tanpa alasan-alasan yang kukuh - Akta Had Masa 1953, ss. 9, 23, 32

 Bagi pihak plaintif-plaintif - Francis Tan & Nurhamiza Mustafa; T/n Rosni, Francis Tan & Ho
 Bagi pihak defendan-defendan - Richard Bong; T/n Bong & Co

[2017] 1 LNS 658

SUBRAMANIAM PARAMASIVAM lwn. WONG KOOI FONG & SATU LAGI; MAJLIS PEGUAM MALAYSIA (INTERVENER)

PROFESION GUAMAN: Prosiding tatatertib - Prinsip dan prosedur - Butiran aduan - Sama ada pengadu perlu menyatakan secara spesifik salahlaku di dalam surat aduan kepada lembaga tatatertib

PROFESION GUAMAN: Prosiding tatatertib - Prinsip dan prosedur - Hak untuk didengar tidak diberikan - Sama ada lembaga tatatertib telah mematuhi keperluan prosedural di bawah s. 103D(4) Akta Profesion Undang-Undang 1976 - Sama ada lembaga tatatertib perlu memberikan peluang kepada perayu untuk membuat pembelaan dan memberikan penjelasan

PROFESION GUAMAN: Prosiding tatatertib - Prinsip dan prosedur - Lembaga tatatertib memberikan hukuman yang berbeza dengan hukuman yang disarankan oleh jawatankuasa tatatertib - Sama ada lembaga tatatertib mempunyai bidangkuasa untuk memberikan hukuman yang berbeza - Sama ada hukuman yang dikenakan adalah lebih berat

 Bagi pihak perayu - Jeremy Khalif & Olivia Lee; T/n Lee Lam & Tan
 Bagi pihak responden pertama - P Sevam & M Manoharan; T/n Adliza Subra Siti & Partners
 Bagi pihak responden ke-2 & ke-3 - Lai Kwan Kam; T/n KK Lai & Co

 

ARTICLES

LNS Article(s)

  1. VALUE-BASED INTERMEDIATION (VBI): THE NEXT BIG SHIFT IN ISLAMIC FINANCIAL LANDSCAPE IN MALAYSIA* [Read excerpt]
    APNIZAN ABDULLAH [2018] 1 LNS(A) cviii

  2. [2018] 1 LNS(A) cviii
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    MALAYSIA

    VALUE-BASED INTERMEDIATION (VBI): THE NEXT BIG SHIFT IN ISLAMIC FINANCIAL LANDSCAPE IN MALAYSIA*

    APNIZAN ABDULLAH

    Islamic banking and finance in Malaysia marked another milestone through its notable growth with a newly introduced strategic intermediation concept, named as 'Value-Based Intermediation' (VBI). According to Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) strategy paper on VBI issued on 20th July 2017, VBI is an intermediation function which aims at delivering the intended outcomes of Shariah through practices, conduct and offerings that generate a positive and sustainable impact on the economy, community and the environment, without compromising financial returns to shareholders. This concept is seen as a crucial strategy towards actualising and reflecting the true essence of the Islamic finance paradigm.

    . . .

    * Published with kind permission of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia. (www.iais.org.my).


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  3. ANGER AND SENTENCING IN ANCIENT GREECE* [Read excerpt]
    CHIEF JUSTICE HELEN MURRELL [2018] 1 LNS(A) cix

  4. [2018] 1 LNS(A) cix
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    AUSTRALIA

    ANGER AND SENTENCING IN ANCIENT GREECE*

    CHIEF JUSTICE HELEN MURRELL

    A new year is an opportunity for us to reflect on our personal lifestyles and aspirations and make improvements (or, at least, resolve to do so).

    At a professional level, it is a time to recalibrate our perspectives, to reflect on broader justice issues and to renew our commitment to the rule of law and to delivering justice in the wider sense.

    Anger and criminal justice in Ancient Greece

    Over the summer break, some of you will have seen “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. Many months after her daughter was raped and murdered, the enraged protagonist utilises three disused roadside billboards to voice her anger and frustration. The first billboard proclaims: “Raped while dying”. The second: “Still no arrests”. The final billboard: “How come, Chief Willoughby?” The movie traces how this public expression of anger plays out, both destructively and cathartically.

    . . .

    * Published with kind permission of the Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory. See Ethos No. 247 March 2018.


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  5. AN EXAMINATION OF THE PRINCIPLE OF LOCUS STANDI TO BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION IN NIGERIA [Read excerpt]
    IJAIYA BASHIR LEKE (Ph. D)* [2018] 1 LNS(A) cx

  6. [2018] 1 LNS(A) cx
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    NIGERIA

    AN EXAMINATION OF THE PRINCIPLE OF LOCUS STANDI TO BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION IN NIGERIA

    IJAIYA BASHIR LEKE (Ph. D)*

    ABSTRACT

    In Nigeria, the power to institute, initiate and discontinue criminal cases is vested in either the Attorney-General of the Federation or Attorney- General of any of the States of the Federation.[1] Where an individual desires to right a wrong having criminal ingredients, there is the need to obtain the consent of either the Attorney-General of the Federation or the Attorney-General of the State where the criminal act is committed. It is a common phenomenon in Nigeria that biodiversity degradation is mostly caused by human activities. Thus, where it is committed on individual land, the individual requires the consent of the Attorney General to commence an action against the defaulting party. Also, the consent of the Attorney-General to commence an action for biodiversity degradation is rarely given predicated on political affiliations and patronage. To this end, the aim of this article is to examine the extent of the right of an individual and its limitations to commence an action against degradation of biodiversity species on his land.

    . . .

    * Senior Lecturer in the Department of Private and Property Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. E-mail: ijaiya.bl@unilorin.edu.ng, bashirijaiya48@gmail.com. Mobile No: +2347030440221- +2348056716425.


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LEGISLATION HIGHLIGHTS

Principal Acts

Number Title In force from Repealing
ACT 807 Service Tax Act 2018 1 September 2018 [PU(B) 508/2018] -
ACT 806 Sales Tax Act 2018 1 September 2018 [PU(B) 506/2018] -
ACT 805 Goods and Services Tax (Repeal) Act 2018 1 September 2018 [PU(B) 510/2018] -
ACT 804 Dental Act 2018 Not Yet In Force -
ACT 803 Anti-Fake News Act 2018 11 April 2018 [PU(B) 174/2018] -

Amending Acts

Number Title In force from Principal/Amending Act No
ACT A1573 Supply (Reallocation of Appropriated Expenditure) Act 2018 2 July 2018  
ACT A1572 Free Zones (Amendment) Act 2018 1 September 2018 [PU(B) 512/2018] ACT 438
ACT A1571 Customs (Amendment) Act 2018 1 September 2018 [PU(B) 511/2018] ACT 235
ACT A1570 Sports Development (Amendment) Act 2018 Not Yet In Force ACT 576
ACT A1569 Arbitration (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2018 8 May 2018 [PU(B) 265/2018] ACT 646

PU(A)

Number Title Date of Publication In force from Principal/ Amending Act No
PU(A) 267/2018 Offences Relating To Awards (Amendment of First Schedule) Order 2018 19 October 2018 20 October 2018 ACT 787
PU(A) 266/2018 Loans Guarantee (Bodies Corporate) (Remission of Tax and Stamp Duty) (No. 5) Order 2018 18 October 2018 19 October 2018 ACT 96
PU(A) 265/2018 Minimum Wages Order 2018 17 October 2018 1 January 2019 ACT 732
PU(A) 264/2018 Federal Roads (West Malaysia) (Amendment) (No. 9) Order 2018 16 October 2018 17 October 2018 PU(A) 401/1989
PU(A) 263/2018 Strategic Trade (Strategic Items) (Amendment) Order 2018 15 October 2018 31 October 2018 PU(A) 485/2010

PU(B)

Number Title Date of Publication In force from Principal/ Amending Act No
PU(B) 584/2018 Notification of Values of Palm Kernel Under Section 12 22 October 2018 1 November 2018 to 30 November 2018 ACT 235
PU(B) 583/2018 Notification of Values of Crude Petroleum Oil Under Section 12 22 October 2018 25 October 2018 to 7 November 2018 ACT 235
PU(B) 582/2018 Notice To Third Parties 17 October 2018 18 October 2018 ACT 613
PU(B) 581/2018 Notice To Third Parties 17 October 2018 18 October 2018 ACT 613
PU(B) 580/2018 Notice Under Section 70 16 October 2018 17 October 2018 ACT 333

Legislation Alert

Updated

Act/Principal No. Title Amended by In force from Section amended
PU(A) 485/2010 Strategic Trade (Strategic Items) Order 2010 PU(A) 263/2018 31 October 2018 Schedule
ACT 787 Offences Relating to Awards Act 2017 PU(A) 267/2018 20 October 2018 First Schedule
PU(A) 214/2018 Service Tax Regulations 2018 PU(A) 255/2018 9 October 2018 First Schedule
PU(A) 221/2018 Sales Tax (Rates of Tax) Order 2018 PU(A) 254/2018 9 October 2018 First Schedule
PU(A) 219/2018 Sales Tax (Goods Exempted From Tax) Order 2018 PU(A) 253/2018 9 October 2018 Schedule A

Revoked

Act/Principal No. Title Revoked by In force from
PU(A) 116/2016 Minimum Wages Order 2016 PU(A) 265/2018 1 January 2019
PU(A) 461/1997 Fees (National Planetarium) Order 1997 PU(A) 177/2018 30 July 2018
PU(A) 349/2016 Price Control and Anti-Profiteering (Mechanism to Determine Unreasonably High Profit For Goods) Regulations 2016 PU(A) 130/2018 6 June 2018
PU(A) 184/2013 Ministers of the Federal Government (No. 2) Order 2013 PU(A) 125/2018 10 May 2018
PU(A) 187/2014 Goods and Services Tax (Imposition of Tax For Supplies in Respect of Designated Areas) Order 2014 PU(A) 123/2018 1 June 2018