Opposition lawmakers, member seek to challenge constitutionality of Peaceful Assembly Act

Source: The Malaysian Insight

TWO opposition assemblymen and a party worker who were charged for violating the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) by participating in a street protest two years ago, have applied to refer their case to the Federal Court on constitutional grounds.

Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Azman Abdullah stayed the proceedings today and said he would decide on December 13 whether the case would be referred to the Federal Court.

Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang, 37, Semambu assemblyman Lee Chean Chung, 36, and former political secretary to PKR vice-president Tian Chua, Rozan Azen Mat Rasip, 40 were ordered to by the magistrate’s court to enter their defence in August.

They were charged under Section 4(2c) of the PAA for participating in the “Kita Lawan” rally in March 2015 to call for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to be released and for Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down. Read more

Anwar’s legal challenge on National Security Council Act dismissed

Source: FMT News

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today dismissed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal to declare the National Security Council (NSC) Act as unconstitutional.

A three-man bench chaired by Rohana Yusuf said Anwar should have gone straight to the Federal Court as he was challenging the competency of Parliament to pass the law.

The ruling affirmed the decision of the Kuala Lumpur High Court in October last year.

Justice Hanipah Farikullah threw out the case as the High Court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Lawyer Gopal Sri Ram, who represented Anwar, today submitted that the NSC Act was unconstitutional for two reasons. Read more