High Court dismisses judicial review bid over Umno's legality


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  • Friday, 27 Apr 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has dismissed an application for leave for a judicial review filed by 16 now-former Umno members who are challenging the legality of the party for not having internal elections for almost five years.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Kamaludin Md Said made the order after allowing preliminary objections by the Attorney- General's Chambers Friday.

Met after the decision, the 16 applicants' counsel Mohammed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said they would file an appeal.

In their lawsuit, the 16 applicants from 11 Umno branches in six states, named the RoS and Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh, who is being sued in his capacity as Umno's public officer, as respondents.

The applicants are seeking a certiorari order to revoke any RoS decision granted an extension for Umno to hold its elections.

The extension was given to Umno via a media statement dated March 5.

However, the 16 claim that this RoS extension did not comply with Umno's own constitution.

Salihudin Ahmad Khalid, one of the 16 former Umno members, claimed that the elections at all party levels – Supreme Council, division and branch – had been delayed twice.

He stated that this exceeded the maximum 18 months allowed for postponements of party elections, as stipulated by the Umno constitution.

They are also seeking a declaration that Umno is illegal and is effectively dissolved as of April 20, 2018.

The 16 applicants are former Seri Merpati Pandan Indah branch chief Salihudin Ahmad Khalid, 51; Noor Halimi Yahya, 53; Mariam Mohd Ishak, 55; Mohd Hafami Hanif, 49; Saharudin Tukiman, 42; Azaid Jani, 34; Normalawati Hassan, 30; and Radiana Abd Manaf, 35.

Others are Mohd Rafeek Rahim, 37; Nurul Hanna Mohd Suhot, 37; Kamarul Abd Wahid, 45; Mohd Hikamal Md Hassim, 49; Muzamzamir Abd Wahab, 41; Norizam Jamaludin, 50; Rohani Ahmad, 40; and Muhamad Hafizi Hashim, 30.

 

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