KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 24): The High Court (Appellate and Special Powers division) has on Thursday (Aug 24) granted leave (permission) to Cekap Urus Sdn Bhd, a joint venture (JV) company owned by tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun’s Berjaya Group and Naza Group, to officially mount a legal challenge over the termination of a vehicle fleet project by the government.
Judge Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid ordered the matter to be heard on its merits after federal counsel Mohammad Sallehuddin Md Ali, who appeared for the Finance Ministry (MOF) and government, did not object to the JV company's application.
Counsel Chuar Kia Lin, who appeared with Liew Wei Shing for Cekap Urus, told Ahmad Kamal that the plaintiff is withdrawing the application for a stay of the government's decision.
Cekap Urus is 51% owned by Berjaya, 29% owned by Naza Corp Holdings Sdn Bhd and 20% owned by Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim Ismail.
The company filed the application on April 20, through Messrs Pierre Chuah and Associates, where it sought leave for a declaration that the MOF and government’s decision to cancel or terminate the letter of intent (LOI) for the supply and management of government vehicle fleet, awarded to Cekap Urus via a letter dated Dec 11, 2019, is invalid, null and void, and has no effect.
It also sought a declaration that the government and the ministry’s decision to award Spanco Sdn Bhd the fleet project through direct negotiation is invalid, null and void, and has no effect.
Besides this, Cekap Urus is seeking a certiorari order to quash the government and ministry’s decision on Jan 25 this year in dismissing Cekap Urus' appeal against the decision to terminate the LOI.
It is also seeking a mandamus order to compel the government and MOF to carry out the necessary action in the letter awarded to Cekap Urus on Dec 11, 2019.
Ahmad Kamal fixed Sept 21 for case management for the matter.