High Court orders Home Minister to register Muda as a political party

KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Secretary must now register the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) as a political party within the next 14 days, the High Court ruled.

Judge Noorin Badaruddin issued the order after allowing a judicial review application from Muar Syed Saddiq MP Syed Abdul Rahman and 12 others who challenged the decision of the Home Secretary and the Registrar of Companies (ROS) to reject their call to register Muda as a political organization. party.

Lawyer Lim Wei Jiet, who represented Syed Saddiq and the 12, said the court also awarded Muda RM 10,000 in costs.

“The court ruled that the reason why the interior minister rejected Muda’s appeal for undermining national security was unfounded,” he told reporters on Tuesday (December 14th).

Federal Councilor Mohammad Sallehuddin Ali represented the Respondents.

On September 21, Syed Saddiq and the 12 others were granted permission to initiate legal proceedings against the interior minister and the ROS for rejecting their call to register Muda as a political party.

The plaintiffs had filed a new application for judicial review on August 24 and appointed the Minister of the Interior and the ROS as first and second defendants, respectively.

They are asking for a declaration that their application to register Muda as a political party was in good standing and in compliance with all the requirements of the Societies Act 1966.

They also seek a mandamus order for the two respondents to register Muda as a political organization within 14 days from the date of the order, as well as aggravated and exemplary damages and other remedies and orders. deemed appropriate by the court.

On August 18, Muda withdrew her application for judicial review and filed a new one on the grounds that she had become academic because the Minister of the Interior had rendered a decision on their appeal on August 12.

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