Court dismisses Najib’s bid to attend Parliament as it’s now academic, has no merit

KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court here today dismissed Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s (picture) legal challenge over the Prisons Department’s refusal to allow his request to attend Dewan Rakyat proceedings.

Judge Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid ruled that there is no live issue to be considered by the court as Najib is no longer a Member of Parliament after the dissolution of Parliament on Oct 10.

“Upon the dissolution of Parliament, the applicant (Najib) ceased to be a Member of Parliament. Unless and until the pardon is given or the conviction is quashed upon review, there is no possibility that the applicant will again be a Member of Parliament while simultaneously being a prisoner, as the law prohibits any convicted person to contest for election by virtue of Article 48(5) of the Federal Constitution.

“Therefore, the application is now academic and has no merit. 

“I hereby dismiss the application for being frivolous and vexations,” the judge said.

On Oct 5, Najib filed the application for leave for judicial review to challenge the Prisons Department’s refusal to allow his request to attend the Dewan Rakyat sitting. – Bernama