JUSTICIABILITY OF LEGISLATIVE PROCEEDINGS: A LEGAL ANALYSIS OF THE MALAYSIAN COURTS’ APPROACH

Authors

  • Hunud Abia Kadouf Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Abdulfatai O. Sambo AIKOL, IIUM & Lecturer, Public Law Dept., University of Ilorin-Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v21i2.103

Keywords:

Justiciability, legislative proceedings, courts, kebolehadilan, prosiding perundangan, mahkamah, Malaysia

Abstract

The issue of whether courts can review legislative processes has always been at centre stage in constitutional discourse. Sometimes, some members of the legislature, being aggrieved on certain decisions or procedures the leadership of the House adopts in a situation, approach the courts for its intervention. Yet, Malaysian legal and constitutional frameworks seem to be that proceedings of the legislature are not justiciable. Based on this premise, the paper is intended to analyse the Malaysian courts’ approach towards actions brought to challenge certain proceedings of the legislature by the aggrieved members. To achieve this, the paper analyses issues relating to suspension of legislative members; removal of legislative members from committees or as principal members; disqualification of legislative members; injunction to stop the proceedings of the legislature; and confirmatory proceedings of the legislature. It uses provisions of Malaysian Constitution, courts’ decisions and opinions of experts to enrich this study. The paper finds that courts’ attitude has been largely that of the hands’ tied approach despite sufficient constitutional stings in members’ actions which should have justified the courts’ intervention.


ABSTRAK

Isu sama ada mahkamah boleh mengkaji semula proses perundangan sentiasa berada di pentas utama dalam wacana perlembagaan. Kadangkala, sesetengah ahli badan perundangan, yang terkilan dengan keputusan atau prosedur tertentu yang diambil oleh kepimpinanan Dewan dalam sesuatu keadaan, akan meminta agar mahkamah campur tangan. Namun, kerangka perundangan dan perlembagaan Malaysia menampakkan yang prosiding perundangan tidak boleh diadili. Atas dasar ini, penulisan ini adalah bertujuan menganalisa pendekatan mahkamah Malaysia terhadap tindakan yang diambil untuk mencabar prosiding tertentu badan perundangan oleh ahli yang terkilan. Bagi mencapai maksud tersebut, penulisan ini menganalisa isu-isu berkaitan dengan penggantungan ahli badan perundangan; penyingkiran ahli dewan perundangan daripada jawatankuasa atau sebagai ahli utama; pengisytiharan ketaklayakan ahli dewan perundangan; tindakan injunksi bagi menahan prosiding badan perundangan; dan prosiding pengesahan oleh badan perundangan. Ia menggunakan peruntukan Perlembagaan Malaysia, keputusan mahkamah dan pendapat pakar bagi memperkayakan hasil kajian ini. Penulisan ini mendapati bahawa sikap mahkamah, secara umumnya, adalah mengambil pendekatan ‘tangan terikat’ walaupun terdapat sengat perlembagaan yang mencukupi dalam tindakan ahli badan yang sepatutnya mewajarkan campurtangan mahkamah.

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Kadouf, H. A., & Sambo, A. O. (2014). JUSTICIABILITY OF LEGISLATIVE PROCEEDINGS: A LEGAL ANALYSIS OF THE MALAYSIAN COURTS’ APPROACH. IIUM Law Journal, 21(2). https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v21i2.103

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