Anwar files judicial review application to challenge govt decision over Emergency proclamation

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Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has filed an application for leave to initiate judicial review to challenge the government’s decision in advising the King to declare an Emergency proclamation.

His lawyer Ramkarpal Singh said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 26) that the application for leave to initiate judicial review was filed through Messrs Karpal Singh & Co at the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday.

The application named the Prime Minister and the government respondents.

“It must be stressed that we are not challenging the Emergency proclamation but the decision by the Prime Minister (through the Cabinet) to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to approve the Emergency ordinance that suspends parliamentary sittings throughout the Emergency period,” Ramkarpal said.

The lawyer claimed that the Prime Minister’s advice to the King was “against the law”.

“The ordinance also includes the suspension of Parliament sittings during the emergency,” he said.

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“It is hoped that a hearing date for the application could be fixed as soon as possible,” Ramkarpal added.

Last week, former Umno leader Khairuddin Abu Hassan filed a lawsuit against Muhyiddin, claiming that he did not have the legitimacy to advise the King to declare an emergency.

He posed legal questions to be answered by the courts on whether Muhyiddin, whom he claimed had lost his majority support in the Dewan Rakyat, could still advise Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to proclaim an emergency.

Khairuddin cited that Umno’s Machang MP, Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub, had withdrawn his support for Muhyiddin on Jan 9.

“As a consequence, Muhyiddin only has the support of 110 MPs from the total 220 MPs.

“Muhyiddin needs minimum support from 111 MPs to command a majority in the Dewan Rakyat,” he said, adding that both Gerik MP Hasbullah Osman and Batu Sapi MP Liew Vui Keong had died and their seats remain vacant.