Govt, NSC file objections on summons filed by Anwar

Govt, NSC file objections on summons filed by Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government and the National Security Council (NSC) have submitted preliminary objections to the originating summons filed by Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to challenge the implementation of the NSC Act 2016.

This was disclosed by lawyer J Leela, representing Anwar, after the case management today in the chambers of High Court Judge Datuk Nordin Hassan, which was also attended by senior federal counsel Alice Loke Yee Ching, who was acting for the government and NSC.

Leela said the government and NSC as defendants had made the verbal preliminary objections at the case management and the court fixed June 4 to hear the objections.

“The court also set the same date, June 4, for hearing the originating summons filed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,” she added.

The Federal Court had on Feb 11 declined to answer constitutional questions raised by Anwar on the validity of the NSC Act 2016.

The seven-member panel, in a 5-2 majority decision, declared that it was not a proper case for the court to determine the questions of law as the questions referred were abstract and academic.

Federal Court Judge Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan, who delivered the majority decision, ordered that the case be remitted to the High Court.

In the originating summons filed on Aug 2, 2016, Anwar claims that the implementation of the NSC Act 2016 was unconstitutional, null and void.

He is seeking a declaration that the NSC Act violated the constitution in his effort to restore the power of assent to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong with regard to any laws.

Last year March 14, the Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed Anwar’s application under Section 84 of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964 to refer the matter to the Federal Court to determine four constitutional questions.