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Abim Fails To Get Leave To Stop Signing Of TPPA

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KUALA LUMPUR: Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim) and two other NGOs have failed in their bid to stop the Government from signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Hanipah Farikullah refused leave to the three NGOs to initiate judicial review proceedings.

In addition, no order as to costs was made.

The ruling was made after hearing submissions by the parties in chambers.

Speaking to reporters here later, Abim’s lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said that the judge held that there was no reason to grant leave since the agreement had yet to be signed.

Senior Federal Counsel Shamsul Bolhassan, who confirmed the details, said the court had allowed the objection by the Attorney-General’s Chambers that the matter was “non justiciable” or not proper for judicial consideration.

SFC Shamsul argued that the court was not in a position to decide the matter as it related to policy and it involved a treaty between concerned countries.

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