GEORGE TOWN, Nov 22: The Penang state government today failed in its bid to challenge the Home Ministry’s order declaring its voluntary patrol unit (PPS) an illegal society.
Justice Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail in rejecting the judicial review application filed by the state government on Jan 27 last year, said the Home Minister was empowered to declare PPS as illegal under Section 5(1) of the Societies Act 1966.
“The voluntary patrol team is a society and should be registered with the Societies Act 1966,” the judge said.
Meanwhile, counsel Eric Augustin who stood in for Datuk Ambiga, the lawyer representing the state government in the case, told reporters that he would seek further instruction from the applicant on the decision.
“I have informed Datuk Ambiga and we will see on the next course of action.
I have informed state Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh who acted for the state government in this application, and he will brief the media further,” said Augustine.
On March 3, the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya granted the Penang state government leave for judicial review to challenge the Home Ministry’s order that declared PPS as illegal.
The state government had filed the appeal after the Penang High Court on Oct 8, last year rejected the application in which it named Home Minister, Inspector General of Police and the Malaysian government as respondents.
It had sought among others, a certiorari order to reverse the order made by the Home Minister on Nov 3, 2014.
The state government had also sought a declaration that PPS was set up legally under Section 101(v) of the Local Government Act 1976.
The respondents were represented by senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan.
(The Malaysian Times)