Yesterday was case management of the Kg Buah Pala villagers’ application to the Federal Court. The villagers are seeking a stay of demolition and a review of an earlier decision that they had no legal standing in the matter. This excerpt from a Bernama report:
PUTRAJAYA, August 18 (Bernama) — The Federal Court is set to hear on Friday the second application by the Kampung Buah Pala residents for leave to appeal to the Federal Court relating to their eviction order.
Federal Court registrar Surita Budin fixed the date to today after the case came up for case management.
The residents are seeking leave to appeal for the second time to raise the issue of whether they have the locus standi (legal standing) to institute legal proceedings against Koperasi Pegawai Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang Berhad and developer Nusmetro Venture (P) Sdn Bhd.
They claimed that the locus standi issue was not brought up at the earlier hearing.
They also want an extension of time to file the leave application as well as an order to stay the demolition of their houses in the cattle-raising village, dubbed the Penang High Chapparal, to make way for development projects.