PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court ended three transgenders’ bid to declare an anti-cross dressing law unconstitutional, on a technicality.
The panel, led by Court of Appeal president Justice Md Raus Sharif, allowed the Negri Sembilan state government’s preliminary objection that the wrong mode was used to mount a legal challenge.
The three had filed a judicial review to the Seremban High Court for a declaration that Section 66 of the Syariah Criminal (Negri Sembilan) Enactment 1992 was unlawful.
“The Court of Appeal and High Court were in grave error in entertaining the respondents to question the validity of Section 66,” said Justice Md Raus.
He found that such an application could only be addressed by the Federal Court directly.
“For the reasons above, we allow the appeal solely on the preliminary issues raised,” ruled Justice Md Raus. Read more