KUALA LUMPUR: Two Sarawak National Party (SNAP) leaders obtained leave from the Court of Appeal yesterday to seek a judicial review to annul the Registrar of Societies (ROS) decision to deregister the party.
A three-man bench, in allowing an appeal by SNAP president Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min and secretary-general Datuk Justine Jinggut, gave them permission to apply for a certiorari order to quash the ROS decision given on Nov 5 last year.
Justice Gopal Sri Ram, who sat with Justices Mohd Saari Yusoff and Mohd Ghazali Mohd Yusoff, also stayed the ROS decision to deregister the 41-year-old party.
Justice Sri Ram, in his verbal judgment, said the leave application was granted on grounds that it was not vexatious or frivolous.
Wong and Jinggut had appealed to the appellate court after a High Court, on Nov 29 last year, refused to grant them leave to apply for a review of the ROS decision.
ROS chief Datuk Ismail Dollah Harun deregistered SNAP under Section 16 of the Societies Act following the partys failure to resolve a leadership crisis that had dragged on since April last year.
Formed in 1961, SNAP was one of four BN component parties in Sarawak, the others being Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, Sarawak United Peoples Party and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak.
Following the latest court ruling, Wong and Jinggut were expected to file their notice of motion for the judicial review at the High Court within two weeks from yesterday.
Counsel Wong Chong Wah, Khoo Guan Huat and Benson Foo argued for Wong and Jinggut, while senior federal counsel Datuk Abdul Aziz Rahim and Azizah Nawawi appeared for ROS.