Court throws out Anwar’s bid to challenge emergency proclamation

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KUALA LUMPUR : Anwar Ibrahim has failed in his bid to challenge the proclamation of emergency when the High Court here dismissed a leave application by the parliamentary opposition leader to commence judicial review of the advice to the King to declare the emergency.

This is the second such challenge to be thrown out by the courts.

Anwar’s lawyer Ramkarpal Singh said that among the reasons given was that the ouster clauses in Articles 150(6) and (8) of the Federal Constitution were valid and excluded judicial review of matters relating to the proclamation of an emergency and resulting ordinances by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

This included the advice to the king by the prime minister and his Cabinet to promulgate such ordinances.

Anwar had sought a declaration that the decision by the Cabinet, led by Muhyiddin Yassin, to advise the King to suspend Parliament was unconstitutional.

“The judge also considered that the said advice of the prime minister did not amount to a decision which was amenable to judicial review as a ground in dismissing the application,” he said of judge Mariana Yahya’s written judgment delivered via zoom this afternoon (April 22).

Ramkarpal said he was unable to provide further comments until he had read the full grounds of the decision.

“However, we have been instructed to file an appeal,” said the lawyer, who is also Bukit Gelugor MP.

In an application filed on Jan 25, Anwar sought a court declaration that the decision by the Cabinet, led by Muhyiddin Yassin, to advise the King to promulgate Section 14 of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021, which had resulted in the suspension of Parliament, was unconstitutional, unlawful, had no effect and was ultra vires.


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