Farmers group seeks review on suspension of ops


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  • Friday, 20 Jul 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: National Farmers' Organisation of Malaysia (Nafas) has filed leave for a judicial review challenging the decision by the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister to suspend their operations since May 28.

Nafas named the Farmers’ Organisation registrar, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub and the Government as the respondents in their application, filed on July 6.

The nine directors seeking the judicial review are Sylvester Entri Anak Muran, Mohd Nazri Abdullah, Mustaffar Kamal Ab Hamid, Ali Shikh Ahmad, Ibrahim Jahaya, Abd Lateh Mohd Saman, Ramli Norani, Ismail Omar and Nazilah Abd Latif.

The application was fixed for case management yesterday.

Their lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla told reporters High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Nordin Hassan had set July 30 to hear the application.

Senior Federal Counsel Natrah Idris acted for Salahuddin and the Government.

The directors said in their affidavit and statement of claim that the respondents did not have solid and reasonable foundation to suspend Nafas.

They claimed that the suspension order was made on allegation that the organisation was facing serious problem within the board of directors and management leadership.

The applicants are seeking a declaration that Salahuddin's action for not responding to their appeal in relation to the suspension was against the law and failed to follow statutory responsibility as a minister. They want an order to quash the suspension directive.

Other than that, they are also seeking a mandamus order to compel Salahuddin to reply or make a decision on their appeal.

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