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Court orders Hamzah to approve Muda registration

The home ministry has also been ordered to pay costs of RM10,000.

Staff Writers
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The High Court in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AP
The High Court in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AP

The Kuala Lumpur High Court today ordered the home minister to approve Muda’s registration as a political party within 14 days’ time.

The court also ordered the ministry to pay costs of RM10,000, Muda said in a post on its official Twitter account.

High Court judge Noorin Badaruddin made the order after allowing a judicial review application by Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and 12 others against a decision by the home minister and Registrar of Societies (RoS) rejecting their appeal to register Muda as a political party.

Bernama reported that members of the media were informed of the court’s decision today by lawyer Lim Wei Jiet, representing Syed Saddiq and the others.

“Judge Noorin allowed the application and revoked the decision by the home minister in rejecting Muda’s registration as a political party,” said Lim.

When contacted by Bernama, federal counsel Mohammad Sallehuddin Ali, representing the home minister and RoS confirmed the court’s decision.

Muda applied to the RoS to be registered as a political party on Sept 17, 2020. However, the RoS, which is under the purview of the home ministry, rejected its application on Jan 6.

Muda appealed to Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin on Feb 4 and filed its first judicial review to challenge the RoS decision on April 26.

Hamzah however rejected the application, following which Muda filed a fresh application challenging the minister’s decision.

The court granted Muda leave to file the application on Sept 21, the hearing of which was granted today.