Political party

Court: Minister of the Interior must rule on veterans’ request to register a political party

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has allowed an application by eight army veterans to challenge the home minister’s delay in deciding their appeal of an application to register the Kemakmuran Negara Party as a political party.

Lawyer Lim Wei Jiet, representing all plaintiffs, said Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid made the decision after a hearing on the judicial review application on Tuesday, September 20.

“The court also ordered the interior minister to make a decision on the appeal (on the party registration) within 14 days from Tuesday,” he said when he was contacted on Wednesday 21 September.

On July 18 this year, Judge Ahmad Kamal allowed the eight people’s request to initiate judicial review proceedings.

Brigadier General (Rtd) Datuk Abdullah Mohamed, Commander (Rtd) Yasin Hamzah, Captain (Rtd) Ab Manan Mansor, Abdull Rahim Hashim, Major (Rtd) Kaha Othman, Sazali Ramli, Alias ​​Abd Wahab and the Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Jalil Ithnin filed the application for judicial review on July 7, naming the Home Secretary and the Registrar of Companies (RoS) as defendants.

They seek an order of mandamus for the Minister to make a decision, under section 18 of the Companies Act 1966, on their appeal against the March 16 RoS decision rejecting the party’s registration, within seven days from the date of the order.

The eight, who are the sponsors of the party, filed the petition for review on the grounds, among other things, that the defendants’ delay in deciding their appeal was unreasonable and against their right to freedom of expression and association under of article 10 of the federal law. Constitution.

They also claim that the respondents’ delay violated the right to vote enshrined in Section 119 of the Federal Constitution. – Bernama