Legal action filed over ban of book ‘Gay is Okay!’

Malaysiakini | The Home Minister and the Malaysian government have been hauled to court over a book ban that applicants claimed was irrational and disproportionate, as no untoward incidents had been triggered by the book since its publication over seven years ago. Counsel Michael Cheah said the High Court has granted leave to his clients to commence with the judicial review.

‘Undi18 can be done now through existing system, don’t delay’

Malaysiakini | Undi18 and Muda plan to secure a mandamus order to compel the government to implement voter registration for those aged 18 to 20. Lawyer New Sin Yew explained that if the lawsuit succeeds, the government would be forced to amend the Federal Constitution and lower the voting age.

PKR duo file bid to support NGOs’ legal challenge on emergency

Free Malaysia Today | Two PKR representatives filed an application to become interveners to support a suit by seven NGOs seeking a declaration on the role of Parliament and the judiciary during a state of emergency. They said the suspension of Parliament under the emergency had no effect under the Federal Constitution. Edmund Bon represented the NGOs.

PAS trio seek to oppose NGOs’ challenge over state of emergency in court

Free Malaysia Today | Three PAS representatives filed an application to oppose the suit by seven NGOs regarding the state of emergency. Representing the NGOs, lawyer Edmund Bon said his clients filed several legal questions for the Federal Court to determine, including whether the 1981 constitutional amendment to entirely oust the jurisdiction of the courts is unconstitutional.

Reviewing the decision of Myanmar nationals’ deportation

Astro Awani | New Sin Yew shared how the decision of the DG of the Immigration Department could be considered procedural non-compliance as his actions were illegal and inconsistent with Federal Constitution and the Child Act 2001, among others.

Malaysia court allows rights groups to challenge Myanmar deportations

Reuters | The KL High Court ruling paves the way for a full hearing on the deportations of Myanmar nationals and extends a stay barring the removal of 114 more people to Myanmar. Lawyer New Sin Yew lauded this important decision because it recognises the functions and standing of NGOs in bringing judicial review to hold the authorities accountable.

After Agong’s remarks, lawyers say still Muhyiddin’s prerogative to choose when Parliament meets

Malay Mail | While Section 14(1)(b) of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 empowered the YDPA to convene Parliament, it does not suspend Article 40 of the Federal Constitution which requires him to act on the advice of the PM. Nevertheless, New Sin Yew urged the PM to reconvene Parliament as soon as possible given that most activities in the country are allowed to resume operations.

Should public officials file defamation suits?

BFM | Ding Jo-Ann and New Sin Yew warn that allowing public officials to sue for defamation, going against the common law Derbyshire principle, will have a chilling effect on the freedom of speech.

Court extends order against deportation of remaining Myanmar refugees

Malaysiakini | KL High Court Judge Mariana Yahya allowed the extension of the order until March 9 against the deportation of Myanmar nationals back to the country currently facing a military coup and deadly protests. Lawyer New Sin Yew, among others, is acting for Amnesty International and Asylum Access.

Ex-TH chairman Azeez’s employment at company does not constitute graft, argues defence

The Edge Markets | Baling MP Abdul Azeez was working for the company he was accused of taking a bribe from, receiving a monthly salary of RM10,000. Lawyer Amer Hamzah and his team sought to strike out Azeez’s criminal charges of three counts of bribery involving RM5.2 million, and nine counts of money laundering involving nearly RM140 million.

Charges against Azeez are in bad faith, says lawyer

Free Malaysia Today | In his submission to strike out the charges against former TH chairperson Abdul Azeez, lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad said the MACC officers arrested and detained Azeez for investigations over TH matters but he was later charged with something else.

NGOs seek court intervention to stop deportation of 1,200 to Myanmar

Malaysiakini | Amnesty International Malaysia and Asylum Access Malaysia filed a judicial review to stop the deportation of 1,200 people, including asylum seekers and refugees, back to Myanmar. They were represented by Ambiga Sreenevasan, Lim Wei Jiet and Gokul Radhakrishnan of Sreenevasan Advocates & Solicitors, and New Sin Yew of AmerBON.

Para Tokoh ASEAN Kecam Kudeta Militer di Myanmar

Sindonews.com | Para mantan Perwakilan Komisi Antar Pemerintah ASEAN untuk Hak Asasi Manusia (AICHR), termasuk Edmund Bon dari Malaysia, menyeru Myanmar supaya mematuhi Piagam ASEAN yang termasuk prinsip-prinsip demokrasi, pemerintahan yang baik, dan perlindungan hak asasi manusia.

Puncak Niaga’s suit against Khalid Ibrahim, Selangor government to go for full trial

The Sun Daily | Former Selangor MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said Puncak Niaga’s action against him was an allegation of misfeasance in public office. He said he was not a public official under relevant laws such as the Government Proceedings Act 1956, Interpretation Act 1948 & 1967, Selangor State Constitution 1959, and the Federal Constitution. Edmund Bon appeared for Abdul Khalid.

Legal action filed over ban of book ‘Gay is Okay!’

Malaysiakini | The Home Minister and the Malaysian government have been hauled to court over a book ban that applicants claimed was irrational and disproportionate, as no untoward incidents had been triggered by the book since its publication over seven years ago. Counsel Michael Cheah said the High Court has granted leave to his clients to commence with the judicial review.

‘Undi18 can be done now through existing system, don’t delay’

Malaysiakini | Undi18 and Muda plan to secure a mandamus order to compel the government to implement voter registration for those aged 18 to 20. Lawyer New Sin Yew explained that if the lawsuit succeeds, the government would be forced to amend the Federal Constitution and lower the voting age.

PKR duo file bid to support NGOs’ legal challenge on emergency

Free Malaysia Today | Two PKR representatives filed an application to become interveners to support a suit by seven NGOs seeking a declaration on the role of Parliament and the judiciary during a state of emergency. They said the suspension of Parliament under the emergency had no effect under the Federal Constitution. Edmund Bon represented the NGOs.

PAS trio seek to oppose NGOs’ challenge over state of emergency in court

Free Malaysia Today | Three PAS representatives filed an application to oppose the suit by seven NGOs regarding the state of emergency. Representing the NGOs, lawyer Edmund Bon said his clients filed several legal questions for the Federal Court to determine, including whether the 1981 constitutional amendment to entirely oust the jurisdiction of the courts is unconstitutional.

Reviewing the decision of Myanmar nationals’ deportation

Astro Awani | New Sin Yew shared how the decision of the DG of the Immigration Department could be considered procedural non-compliance as his actions were illegal and inconsistent with Federal Constitution and the Child Act 2001, among others.

Malaysia court allows rights groups to challenge Myanmar deportations

Reuters | The KL High Court ruling paves the way for a full hearing on the deportations of Myanmar nationals and extends a stay barring the removal of 114 more people to Myanmar. Lawyer New Sin Yew lauded this important decision because it recognises the functions and standing of NGOs in bringing judicial review to hold the authorities accountable.

After Agong’s remarks, lawyers say still Muhyiddin’s prerogative to choose when Parliament meets

Malay Mail | While Section 14(1)(b) of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 empowered the YDPA to convene Parliament, it does not suspend Article 40 of the Federal Constitution which requires him to act on the advice of the PM. Nevertheless, New Sin Yew urged the PM to reconvene Parliament as soon as possible given that most activities in the country are allowed to resume operations.

Should public officials file defamation suits?

BFM | Ding Jo-Ann and New Sin Yew warn that allowing public officials to sue for defamation, going against the common law Derbyshire principle, will have a chilling effect on the freedom of speech.

Court extends order against deportation of remaining Myanmar refugees

Malaysiakini | KL High Court Judge Mariana Yahya allowed the extension of the order until March 9 against the deportation of Myanmar nationals back to the country currently facing a military coup and deadly protests. Lawyer New Sin Yew, among others, is acting for Amnesty International and Asylum Access.

Ex-TH chairman Azeez’s employment at company does not constitute graft, argues defence

The Edge Markets | Baling MP Abdul Azeez was working for the company he was accused of taking a bribe from, receiving a monthly salary of RM10,000. Lawyer Amer Hamzah and his team sought to strike out Azeez’s criminal charges of three counts of bribery involving RM5.2 million, and nine counts of money laundering involving nearly RM140 million.

Charges against Azeez are in bad faith, says lawyer

Free Malaysia Today | In his submission to strike out the charges against former TH chairperson Abdul Azeez, lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad said the MACC officers arrested and detained Azeez for investigations over TH matters but he was later charged with something else.

NGOs seek court intervention to stop deportation of 1,200 to Myanmar

Malaysiakini | Amnesty International Malaysia and Asylum Access Malaysia filed a judicial review to stop the deportation of 1,200 people, including asylum seekers and refugees, back to Myanmar. They were represented by Ambiga Sreenevasan, Lim Wei Jiet and Gokul Radhakrishnan of Sreenevasan Advocates & Solicitors, and New Sin Yew of AmerBON.

Para Tokoh ASEAN Kecam Kudeta Militer di Myanmar

Sindonews.com | Para mantan Perwakilan Komisi Antar Pemerintah ASEAN untuk Hak Asasi Manusia (AICHR), termasuk Edmund Bon dari Malaysia, menyeru Myanmar supaya mematuhi Piagam ASEAN yang termasuk prinsip-prinsip demokrasi, pemerintahan yang baik, dan perlindungan hak asasi manusia.

Puncak Niaga’s suit against Khalid Ibrahim, Selangor government to go for full trial

The Sun Daily | Former Selangor MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said Puncak Niaga’s action against him was an allegation of misfeasance in public office. He said he was not a public official under relevant laws such as the Government Proceedings Act 1956, Interpretation Act 1948 & 1967, Selangor State Constitution 1959, and the Federal Constitution. Edmund Bon appeared for Abdul Khalid.