AG objects to Zuraida’s legal action to be declared as PBM president

KUALA LUMPUR (April 12) : The Attorney General (AG) has objected to former Ampang member of Parliament Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin’s leave application to initiate judicial review against the Registrar of Societies (ROS) where she is seeking a declaration that she is the rightful president of Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM).

During leave (permission) hearing before High Court judge Datuk Amarjeet Singh on Wednesday (April 12), federal counsel M Kogilambigai informed the court that this was an internal party issue and the court has no jurisdiction over it.

She argued that Section 18(C) of the Societies Act bars political parties from seeking legal remedy in court.

Zuraida’s counsel Mohamed Ashmeer Ashrof argued that their case is not based on an internal dispute.

He said that to them, the internal dispute was settled and a notice was sent to ROS in October last year informing them that Zuraida was the party president but the ROS had failed to recognise the settlement.

Amarjeet then set May 11 for further clarification and to deliver his decision.

In judicial review proceedings, leave (permission) has to be gained first before the full merits of the application is heard, to ensure the application is not frivolous, vexatious or an abuse of the court process.
In her application filed last month, the former plantation industries and commodities minister is also seeking a declaration that the ROS’s action declaring Datuk Larry Soon @ Larry Sng Wei Shen as the party’s president was unlawful and unreasonable.

In her application Zuraida said that PBM had legally appointed her as the party president last Oct 7 and subsequently the ROS was informed of this on Oct 27.

She claimed that ROS’s failure to recognise the contents of the Oct 27 letter, resulted in her unconstitutional expulsion from the party.

She also claimed that on Dec 27 last year, she learned that she was sacked from the party president’s post and Soon was retained as the party president.

Zuraida and 12 other supreme council members were suspended in October last year for allegedly undermining the party’s interests and leadership.

Later in December, she and 10 others were sacked. In February this year, Soon announced the party’s new supreme council while he remained as president.

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