KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4, 2015:

Three non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), have filed a judicial review against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and two others pertaining to the much-debated Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

The judicial review was filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court Registry this afternoon through law firm Messrs Haniff Khatri.

The judicial review with two other NGOs – Urusetia Menangani Gejala Sosial (Unggas) and Persatuan Teras Pendidikan dan Kebajikan Malaysia (Teras) also named Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and the government as respondents.

The seven-page application seeks for a mandamus order compelling the respondents to reveal and make public the contents of the agreement.

The plaintiffs also seek a declaration that signing the agreement will amount to a breach of the Federal Constitution as TPPA provisions contravene it.

They also seek a prohibition order from the High Court to prevent the respondents from signing the TPPA until the disposal of the review.

At a Press conference at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex, Abim president Mohamad Raimi Abd Rahim said they filed the application because the NGOs believed that the agreement was bound to affect national sovereignty, upset the founding structure of the Federal Constitution and also belittle the law and justice system.

“We will serve the documents to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) once they (papers) are extracted,” said lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla.

In recent days, the TPPA that aimed at creating a regional free trade agreement among 12 Asia Pacific countries including Malaysia and the United States had elicited mixed responses from Malaysians.

It was reported that second International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ong Kah Chuan would reveal the agreement details in two weeks.

It would then be brought before a special parliamentary session in January for a debate and vote by the 222 parliamentarians.

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