Constituency grants: Judgment deferred to 25 Feb

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The High Court has requested more time to deliver the judgment on the application by Sungai Siput Member of Parliament and Parti Sosialis Malaysia Central Committee Member Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, who is seeking an order to compel the government to specify the procedure in disbursing funds from the special constituency allocation.

Initially the court had fixed 8 February 2011 to deliver the judgment; however, Jeyakumar’s counsel were informed by the Judge’s chambers on 31 January 2011 that Judge Datuk Aziah Ali requires more time to make her decision. She has therefore fixed a new date for delivery of her decision on 25 February 2011 at 11.30am.

On 29 October 2010, the Parti Sosialis Malaysia MP officially filed an application for a judicial review on the government and two others, which, among other things, sought a declaration that the electoral constituency special allocation must be given to all MPs fairly according to Article 8 (1) of the Federal Constitution.

Jeyakumar is seeking a writ of “quo warranto” to be used against the respondents and for each of them to show cause and give information as their authority to exercise, vest and/or delegate the discretion to approve and disburse funds from the Federal Consolidated Funds which are allocated in the Federal Budget 2010 and any annual Federal Budget to the Prime Minister’s Department. Jeyakumar also wants a declaration that the Special Constituency Allocation must be provided fairly to all members of Parliament in accordance with Article 8 (1) of the Federal Constitution.

In his application, Dr. Jeyakumar had named the Director-General of the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) of the Prime Minister’s Department, the Perak State Development Director and the government as respondents.

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In earlier proceedings, Ambiga, Dr Jeyakumar’s counsel, said that Senior Federal Counsel Suzana Atan, who is representing the government had presented objections on the grounds that the application should not have been heard as it actually has no merit at all.

We now have to wait and see what the court will decide on 25 February. PSM has all along said that the reason for the suit is to expose the system which is unfair and discriminatory. Over the years, the ruling party has denied the opposition any allocation of money. This seems to be a form of punishment to the people for voting for the opposition. – PSM

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