Michael Cheah

Publisher, author win bid to quash ban on ‘Gay is OK’ book

Free Malaysia Today | In her ruling, KL High Court judge Noorin Badaruddin said the government “failed to show evidence of actual prejudice to public order that had occurred”, and that the book publisher and author were never given the right to be heard by the government to counter the allegations against them. Edmund Bon and Michael Cheah represented the applicants.

Mahkamah batal larangan buku ‘Gay is OK’

Free Malaysia Today | Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi membenarkan semakan kehakiman membatalkan larangan buku dan menyeru Menteri “memberi alasan atas keputusannya, lebih-lebih lagi dalam perkara yang menyaksikan kebebasan bersuara disekat dan prinsip keadilan yang dijamin di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan dicabuli”. Penerbit dan penulis buku diwakili Edmund Bon dan Michael Cheah.

Ban on ‘Gay is OK’ lifted

New Straits Times | Gay is OK! publisher Gerakbudaya Enterprise and author Ngeo Boon Lin filed a judicial review leave application to revoke the ban order dated Nov 27 last year, represented by lawyers Edmund Bon and Michael Cheah.

High court quashes ban on book ‘Gay is Okay! A Christian Perspective’

The Sun Daily | The High Court judge said the government failed to show evidence of prejudice to public order by the book. A total ban under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, without the author being given the right to be heard to counter the allegations against the book, is irrational and a violation of freedom of expression and fairness. Lawyers Edmund Bon and Michael Cheah represented the author.

Court quashes govt ban of book ‘Gay is OK!’

Malaysiakini | Lawyer Michael Cheah confirmed that judge Noorin Badaruddin allowed the judicial review application by his two clients. He said the court ruled that there was no evidence and/or factual basis for the home minister’s justification for the ban, and the government failed to give the author the right to be heard.

Mahkamah batal perintah larangan ke atas buku ‘Gay is OK!’

Malaysiakini | Peguam Michael Cheah mengesahkan bahawa Hakim Noorin Badaruddin membenarkan permohonan semakan kehakiman oleh pengarang buku Ngeo Boon Lin serta penerbit Gerakbudaya Enterprise untuk membatalkan perintah larangan ke atas buku Gay is OK!.

Court quashes Home Ministry’s ban on ‘Gay Is OK!’ book

Malay Mail | According to the grounds of judgment shared by lawyer Michael Cheah, the KL High Court found that there was no “evidence or legal factual basis for the minister’s justification which forms the basis of the ban”. The court awarded RM5,000 in costs to the applicants.

High court overturns ban on ‘Gay is OK!’ book

The Vibes | The KL High Court allowed a legal challenge to the government’s prohibition of the book and ordered the Malaysian government and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin to pay RM5,000 in costs to the applicants. Lawyer Michael Cheah acknowledged tha the book can technically be sold again in the Malaysian market.

Feb 22 decision for legal challenge against ‘Gay is OK’ book ban

Malaysiakini | Counsel Michael Cheah Ern Tien confirmed that the KL High Court has fixed Feb 22 for a decision on the judicial review bid by Ngeo Boon Lin and Gerakbudaya Enterprise over a book ban. The book’s author and publisher contended that the ban was irrational as there have been no untoward incidents since its publication eight years ago.

Aker Engineering manager given discharge not amounting to acquittal for cheating charge

The Edge Markets | An Aker Engineering Malaysia Sdn Bhd manager was initially charged under section 417 of the Penal Code for cheating Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd. The Sessions Court granted a DNAA, agreeing that the charge was vague and does not fulfil the provisions under section 154 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The manager was represented by Amer Hamzah Arshad, Michael Cheah, and Joshua Tay.

‘Gay is Okay’ book could harm public order 7 years after publication: Filing

Malaysiakini | The Home Minister contented that the prohibitory order issued under section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 was valid as the book could jeopardise public order, despite no untoward incidents since its publication seven years ago. Counsel Michael Cheah confirmed that the High Court had set Jan 26 next year to hear the merits of the judicial review.

Puncak Niaga pursuing RM13.5bil suit against ex-MB, state govt, says lawyer

Free Malaysia Today | Puncak Niaga’s suit will still be pursued four years after being filed. Edmund Bon, representing former Selangor MB Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, had submitted that the suit was time-barred, but the Federal Court ruled that this needed to be properly ventilated during trial. Michael Cheah explained that this suit was delayed awaiting the outcome of a Federal Court ruling on abuse of power in public office, involving former PM Najib Razak.

Puncak Niaga’s RM14b suit against Khalid to go on trial

The Edge Markets | Counsel Edmund Bon, appearing with New Sin Yew and Michael Cheah, argued that the suit was time-barred; a claim for misfeasance must be filed within three years under the Public Authorities of Protection Act 1948. The Federal Court judge noted that the questions of law posed are of general importance and need to be properly ventilated in the trial.

Author, publisher of ‘Gay is OK!’ gets green light to challenge book ban

New Straits Times | The publisher and author of the book have succeeded in obtaining leave to proceed with their legal challenge over the banning of the book. They claimed that the Home Minister had no legal and factual basis to impose the ban. Lawyer Michael Cheah Ern Tien represented the applicants.

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.

After Federal Court win, Buddhist-raised Malaysian woman declared non-Muslim to take steps to have government records amended, says lawyer

Malay Mail | Rosliza Ibrahim started her legal bid back in 2015, filing an originating summons in the High Court to have official recognition that she is actually not a Muslim. Lawyers who had represented Rosliza included Michael Cheah Ern Tien. They had argued that the application form for Rosliza’s identity card cannot be considered as proof of her actual religion.

Court to decide if members of Ahmadiyya are Muslims

Free Malaysia Today | The High Court fixed 19 March to determine whether 39 individuals who professed the Ahmadiyya belief are Muslims by original faith or otherwise, which would decide whether the religious court had authority over them. In 2018, the High Court ruled that JAIS had no jurisdiction over the Ahmadiyya community. Lawyer Michael Cheah represented the individuals.

Publisher, author win bid to quash ban on ‘Gay is OK’ book

Free Malaysia Today | In her ruling, KL High Court judge Noorin Badaruddin said the government “failed to show evidence of actual prejudice to public order that had occurred”, and that the book publisher and author were never given the right to be heard by the government to counter the allegations against them. Edmund Bon and Michael Cheah represented the applicants.

Mahkamah batal larangan buku ‘Gay is OK’

Free Malaysia Today | Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi membenarkan semakan kehakiman membatalkan larangan buku dan menyeru Menteri “memberi alasan atas keputusannya, lebih-lebih lagi dalam perkara yang menyaksikan kebebasan bersuara disekat dan prinsip keadilan yang dijamin di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan dicabuli”. Penerbit dan penulis buku diwakili Edmund Bon dan Michael Cheah.

Ban on ‘Gay is OK’ lifted

New Straits Times | Gay is OK! publisher Gerakbudaya Enterprise and author Ngeo Boon Lin filed a judicial review leave application to revoke the ban order dated Nov 27 last year, represented by lawyers Edmund Bon and Michael Cheah.

High court quashes ban on book ‘Gay is Okay! A Christian Perspective’

The Sun Daily | The High Court judge said the government failed to show evidence of prejudice to public order by the book. A total ban under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, without the author being given the right to be heard to counter the allegations against the book, is irrational and a violation of freedom of expression and fairness. Lawyers Edmund Bon and Michael Cheah represented the author.

Court quashes govt ban of book ‘Gay is OK!’

Malaysiakini | Lawyer Michael Cheah confirmed that judge Noorin Badaruddin allowed the judicial review application by his two clients. He said the court ruled that there was no evidence and/or factual basis for the home minister’s justification for the ban, and the government failed to give the author the right to be heard.

Mahkamah batal perintah larangan ke atas buku ‘Gay is OK!’

Malaysiakini | Peguam Michael Cheah mengesahkan bahawa Hakim Noorin Badaruddin membenarkan permohonan semakan kehakiman oleh pengarang buku Ngeo Boon Lin serta penerbit Gerakbudaya Enterprise untuk membatalkan perintah larangan ke atas buku Gay is OK!.

Court quashes Home Ministry’s ban on ‘Gay Is OK!’ book

Malay Mail | According to the grounds of judgment shared by lawyer Michael Cheah, the KL High Court found that there was no “evidence or legal factual basis for the minister’s justification which forms the basis of the ban”. The court awarded RM5,000 in costs to the applicants.

High court overturns ban on ‘Gay is OK!’ book

The Vibes | The KL High Court allowed a legal challenge to the government’s prohibition of the book and ordered the Malaysian government and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin to pay RM5,000 in costs to the applicants. Lawyer Michael Cheah acknowledged tha the book can technically be sold again in the Malaysian market.

Feb 22 decision for legal challenge against ‘Gay is OK’ book ban

Malaysiakini | Counsel Michael Cheah Ern Tien confirmed that the KL High Court has fixed Feb 22 for a decision on the judicial review bid by Ngeo Boon Lin and Gerakbudaya Enterprise over a book ban. The book’s author and publisher contended that the ban was irrational as there have been no untoward incidents since its publication eight years ago.

Aker Engineering manager given discharge not amounting to acquittal for cheating charge

The Edge Markets | An Aker Engineering Malaysia Sdn Bhd manager was initially charged under section 417 of the Penal Code for cheating Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd. The Sessions Court granted a DNAA, agreeing that the charge was vague and does not fulfil the provisions under section 154 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The manager was represented by Amer Hamzah Arshad, Michael Cheah, and Joshua Tay.

‘Gay is Okay’ book could harm public order 7 years after publication: Filing

Malaysiakini | The Home Minister contented that the prohibitory order issued under section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 was valid as the book could jeopardise public order, despite no untoward incidents since its publication seven years ago. Counsel Michael Cheah confirmed that the High Court had set Jan 26 next year to hear the merits of the judicial review.

Puncak Niaga pursuing RM13.5bil suit against ex-MB, state govt, says lawyer

Free Malaysia Today | Puncak Niaga’s suit will still be pursued four years after being filed. Edmund Bon, representing former Selangor MB Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, had submitted that the suit was time-barred, but the Federal Court ruled that this needed to be properly ventilated during trial. Michael Cheah explained that this suit was delayed awaiting the outcome of a Federal Court ruling on abuse of power in public office, involving former PM Najib Razak.

Puncak Niaga’s RM14b suit against Khalid to go on trial

The Edge Markets | Counsel Edmund Bon, appearing with New Sin Yew and Michael Cheah, argued that the suit was time-barred; a claim for misfeasance must be filed within three years under the Public Authorities of Protection Act 1948. The Federal Court judge noted that the questions of law posed are of general importance and need to be properly ventilated in the trial.

Author, publisher of ‘Gay is OK!’ gets green light to challenge book ban

New Straits Times | The publisher and author of the book have succeeded in obtaining leave to proceed with their legal challenge over the banning of the book. They claimed that the Home Minister had no legal and factual basis to impose the ban. Lawyer Michael Cheah Ern Tien represented the applicants.

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.

After Federal Court win, Buddhist-raised Malaysian woman declared non-Muslim to take steps to have government records amended, says lawyer

Malay Mail | Rosliza Ibrahim started her legal bid back in 2015, filing an originating summons in the High Court to have official recognition that she is actually not a Muslim. Lawyers who had represented Rosliza included Michael Cheah Ern Tien. They had argued that the application form for Rosliza’s identity card cannot be considered as proof of her actual religion.

Court to decide if members of Ahmadiyya are Muslims

Free Malaysia Today | The High Court fixed 19 March to determine whether 39 individuals who professed the Ahmadiyya belief are Muslims by original faith or otherwise, which would decide whether the religious court had authority over them. In 2018, the High Court ruled that JAIS had no jurisdiction over the Ahmadiyya community. Lawyer Michael Cheah represented the individuals.