High Court throws out suit against PM over Tamil schools
KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — The High Court today struck out a suit filed by two lawyers against the prime minister, deputy prime minister and the government for a declaration that all 523 Tamil primary schools in the country be fully aided.
High Court judge Datuk V.T. Singham in his decision held that M. Manoharan and P. Uthayakumar had no locus standi to file the suit.
Justice Singham said he agreed with the submission by senior federal counsel Effandi Nazila Abdullah, representing the defendants, that both plaintiffs had failed to show that they had locus standi to file the suit.
He said Manoharan in his submission today submitted his rights were not affected over the issue of Tamil schools and conceded that there was no special injury caused to him, but that he was acting in the interest of the Tamil community as a whole.
The judge ordered Manoharan and Uthayakumar to pay RM1,000 each as costs to the defendants.
Justice Singham made the ruling after allowing the application by the defendants to strike out the suit.
The defendants had on April 5, filed the striking out application on the grounds that the writ of summons was frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of court process.
On February 9, Manoharan and Uthayakumar filed the suit naming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Government of Malaysia as defendants.
They sought, among others, for a declarations that all 523 Tamil primary schools in the country be fully aided. — Bernama