‘Govt cannot claim for damage’

Source: The Star Online

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (left) and Maria Chin Abdullah speak to the media after the polls reform group's victory at the Court of Appeal, August 23, 2016. ― Picture by Ida Lim

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (left) and Maria Chin Abdullah speak to the media after the polls reform group’s victory at the Court of Appeal, August 23, 2016. ― Picture by Ida Lim

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal has ruled in a landmark judgment that the Government has no right under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) to claim for damage to public property.

Yesterday, judge Justice Rohana Yusuf held that Section 6(2) of the Act, which outlined the responsibi­lities of the assembly organiser, did not give the Government a right to civil claims.

“We also find that Section 3 of the Government Proceedings Act does not entitle the Government to sue for negligence or claim for damages under common law,” said Justice Rohana, who chaired a three-man panel.

Others on the Bench were Court of Appeal judges Justices Varghese George Varughese and Mary Lim Thiam Suan.

“We have no reason to intervene with the findings of the trial judge who found that the appellant had failed to prove its case of negligence against the respondents based on evidence before him,” Justice Rohana said in reading out their unanimous decision. Read more

Bersih 2.0 selamat, mahkamah tolak tuntutan kerajaan RM110,543.27

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

 

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (tiga, kanan) bersama puluhan ribu penyokong demonstrasi Bersih 4 di Kuala Lumpur pada 29 Ogos 2015. — Foto oleh Choo Choy May

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (tiga, kanan) bersama puluhan ribu penyokong demonstrasi Bersih 4 di Kuala Lumpur pada 29 Ogos 2015. — Foto oleh Choo Choy May

PUTRAJAYA, 24 Ogos — Mahkamah Rayuan menolak rayuan kerajaan dalam saman sivil difailkannya terhadap jawatankuasa pemandu Bersih berhubung kerosakan ke atas harta benda awam dalam perhimpunan Bersih 3 pada 2012.

Dalam keputusan sebulat suara, panel tiga hakim dipengerusikan Hakim Datuk Rohana Yusuf mengekalkan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi pada 30 Januari tahun lepas yang menolak saman kerajaan bagi menuntut ganti rugi.

Beliau berkata mahkamah mendapati tiada peruntukan dalam Akta Perhimpunan Aman (PAA) yang secara jelas menetapkan hak kerajaan untuk membuat tuntutan.

Katanya, Seksyen 6(2) PAA tidak mewujudkan “satu hak tuntutan sivil oleh kerajaan” dan kerajaan persekutuan pada masa sama juga tidak diberikan hak untuk menyaman bagi kecuaian di bawah undang-undang lain.

“Kami juga mendapati Seksyen 3, Akta Prosiding Kerajaan, dibaca bersama-sama Seksyen 39 akta sama, tidak memberikan hak kepada kerajaan untuk menyaman bagi kecuaian atau menuntut ganti rugi di bawah ‘common law’,” kata Rohana. Read more