Political party

Armed forces veterans file for judicial review to register as political party

KUALA LUMPUR (July 7): A group of veterans of the armed forces founders of the Kemakmoran Negara Party filed a legal challenge with the High Court by Thursday July 7 to compel the Minister of Home Affairs to make a decision on the group’s appeal against the rejection of the party’s registration.

The veterans, led by former Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officer Brigadier General (Rtd) Datuk Abdullah Mohamed and seven others, have named the Home Secretary and the Registrar of Companies (RoS) as defendants. in the application for judicial review filed by Messrs. Lim Wei Jiet lawyers and prosecutors.

A statement released by the law firm says the application was filed due to the Home Secretary’s delay in deciding on the party’s appeal against the RoS’ March 16 decision to reject its registration.

The founders had applied for the party’s registration on March 9, 2021, and this was rejected a year later. They then appealed the decision on March 25 of this year.

Some 113 days, or nearly four months, have passed since the appeal was filed and no decision has been taken by the minister (Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin) since.

Therefore, under the judicial review, they are asking for a court order to compel the minister to render a decision within seven days of the appeal, if the veterans’ application is successful.

Abdullah, who leads the group as a provisional committee, is a decorated former RMAF officer who was involved in various counterinsurgency measures against communists in the 1970s and 1980s and holds a master of arts degree in studies. strategies at Lancaster University. , UK and an MBA from Oklahoma City University, USA.

The other founders are veterans of the Malaysian Armed Forces, Royal Malaysian Navy and RMAF.

In the affidavit in support of Abdullah’s claim, he said that after the group filed the appeal, his lawyers followed up by sending a letter on April 20 this year.

“However, we were informed by the RoS via a letter dated April 27 this year that they had not yet delivered our letter to the minister as they needed to make comments or notes with the letter.

“Another letter was sent by Messrs. Lim Wei Jiet on June 9 for a decision to be made, but till today, for some 113 days, no decision has been made by the minister in our appeal. “Abdullah said. Following this, this judicial review was filed.