KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has dismissed Zuraida Kamaruddin’s application for leave to commence judicial review proceedings against the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
Zuraida, a former Ampang MP, is seeking a court declaration that she is the rightful president of Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM).
Justice Amarjeet Singh said the court cannot make inquiries into the affairs of political parties under Section 18C of the Societies Act 1966.
“Moreover, this court (High Court) is also bound by the binding precedent set by the Court of Appeal,” he said in a brief oral ruling.
On April 12, federal counsel M Kogilambigai submitted before Amarjeet that the dispute in PBM was an internal matter for the parties to resolve.
“The court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter due to the ouster clause in Section 18C of the Societies Act 1966,” she told Amarjeet, stating that the attorney-general was objecting to Zuraida’s application to get leave before the merit of her case could be heard.
Lawyer Ashmeer Ashrof, appearing for Zuraida, claimed that the dispute had been settled, as was notified to the RoS on Oct 22 last year.
“However, the RoS did not recognise her as the party president,” he said.
Zuraida, 65, filed the application through Messrs Ashmeer Ashrof on March 24, naming the RoS as the sole respondent.
The former minister sought several declarations, including that a decision by the RoS to maintain Julau MP Larry Sng as party president was invalid and unreasonable.
She also sought a mandamus order to compel the RoS to acknowledge and register her as PBM president effective from Oct 7 last year.
Zuraida left Bersatu in May last year to join the newly-formed PBM.
In December, Zuraida was sacked by PBM along with 10 other party leaders after they failed to respond to show cause letters that were issued following their suspension from the party in October.
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