Penang State Government Will Appeal To The Court Of Appeal Against The High Court Decision Disallowing Leave To File A Judicial Review Against The Home Ministry’s Decision Banning The State’s Voluntary Patrol Team(PPS) As Illegal.(e/c)

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 8.10.2015.

The Penang state government will appeal to the Court of Appeal against the High Court decision disallowing leave to file a judicial review against the Home Ministry’s Decision banning the state government’s Voluntary Patrol Team(PPS) as illegal. The Penang state government is surprised by the Penang High Court decision today disallowing leave without the merits of the case being heard by the courts.

I have instructed the Penang state government lawyers, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and MP for Puching Gobind Singh Deo to file an appeal the soonest possible. The Penang state government maintains the PPS was properly constituted and had co-operated with all the relevant authorities, including police, to conduct community policing to assist the police in reducing crime. For 3 years, there were no problems, until the PPS was demonised by some BN supporters, who were then seen in the notorious racist red-shirt rally on 16.9.2015.

The Penang government filed for a judicial review on 27.1.2015 to challenge the ban on PPS as political victimization by the federal government. The police had arrested 158 PPS members, including several MPs and assemblymen, for taking part in the Merdeka parade last year. Penang is seeking a declaration that the PPS was legally established by the state government, based on Section 101 (v) of the Local Government Act 1976, that PPS is not a society as stated in the 1966 Societies Act.

Lim Guan Eng

—-Mandarin Version —-

槟城首席部长林冠英于2015年10月8日在乔治市发表声明:

针对内政部宣布禁止州政府志愿巡逻队为非法组织一事,槟城高等法院拒绝发出州政府进行司法审核(Judicial Review)的准令,槟城州政府将向上诉庭提出上诉。

针对内政部宣布禁止州政府志愿巡逻队为非法组织一事,槟城高等法院拒绝发出州政府进行司法审核(Judicial Review)的准令,槟城州政府将向上诉庭提出上诉。对于槟城高等法院今天在不允许法庭内听取有关案件内容的情况下做出判决,州政府感到惊讶。

我已经指示州政府律师拿督安美嘉及蒲种区国会议员哥宾星尽快提出上诉。槟州政府坚持志愿巡逻队是组织正当并在获得各个单位的合作下成立的,包括警方,志愿巡逻队协助警方进行巡逻、减少罪案。过去三年一直没问题,直到一些国阵支持者将它妖魔化,这些人也在2015年9月16日的红衫军大集会上展现声名狼籍的种族主义。

槟城政府在2015年1月27日申请司法审查,挑战槟城志愿巡逻队被联邦政府列为非法组织的决定,是政治的受害者。警方在去年逮捕了参加国庆日游行的158位巡逻队成员,包括数名国阵议会及州议员。槟城也寻求当局认可,因为上述巡逻队是州政府基于1976后地方政府法令第101(v)条文合法成立的,而巡逻队并不是1966年社团法令所指的社团。

林冠英

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