It stood as a separate and distinct ground for refusing registration at the

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predominant reason for the Minister’s decision. It stood as a separate and distinct ground for refusing registration at the national level, and was not entangled with the other reason. It did not therefore materially affect the decision based on the grounds of departmental policy. Accordingly, this was a case in which the Minster’s decision to deny PSM registration at the national level may and should be upheld. (para 29) (5) What was refused by the Minister and the ROS was registration at the national level. The ROS granted PSM registration in the State of Selangor and as advised by counsel on both sides, this did not prevent PSM from contesting in national elections. Neither was PSM prevented from seeking registration at national level if it was able to meet the ROS’
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22 [2007] 1 CLJ A B C D E F G H I Current Law Journal requirement. So, even if the ROS and the Minister were wrong in refusing PSM national level registration (which they were not), no injustice had been occasioned. This underpins the nature of judicial review. It is not enough that a decision of a public decision-maker is not in accordance with law. The error must be one that has caused an applicant for judicial review some harm of injustice in a broad and general sense. (para 30) Bahasa Malaysia translation of headnotes Perayu dan dua belas yang lain, yang bertemu untuk menubuhkan Parti Sosialis Malaysia (‘PSM’) dan seterusnya menubuhkan satu jawatankuasa tujuh orang untuk tujuan itu, telah memohon kepada Pendaftar Pertubuhan (‘ROS’) untuk mendaftarkan diri mereka sebagai sebuah pertubuhan politik. ROS enggan membenarkan pendaftaran di peringkat nasional tetapi bersetuju mendaftarkan pertubuhan tersebut di Negeri Selangor. Tidak berpuashati, perayu merayu kepada responden, Menteri Halehwal Dalam Negeri (‘Menteri’), yang menolak rayuan. Semakan kehakiman telah dipohon dan ditolak, dan perayu merayu ke mahkamah ini. Keterangan menunjukkan bahawa ROS tidak membenarkan pendaftaran di peringkat nasional disebabkan jawatankuasa PSM tidak mengandungi ahli-ahli yang datang dari sekurang-kurangnya tujuh Negeri di Malaysia. Kebanyakan mereka mempunyai alamat di Selangor. Adalah menjadi dasar ROS untuk tidak membenarkan pendaftaran di peringkat nasional kecuali jawatankuasa parti politik itu menunjukkan representasi dari sekurang-kurang tujuh Negeri di Malaysia. Menteri menolak rayuan atas dua alasan. Pertama, apa yang diutarakan oleh ROS dan, kedua, kerana pendaftaran, berdasarkan maklumat yang diberikan oleh polis kepada Menteri, adalah tidak selaras dengan keselamatan nasional. Oleh kerana keputusan ROS telah diserap ke dalam keputusan Menteri, keputusan yang terkemudian tersebut menjadi sasaran utama semakan kehakiman. Maka itu, menjadi tanggungjawab mahkamah ini untuk menentukan sama ada hak asasi perayu untuk menubuhkan PSM telah dilanggar oleh ROS dan Menteri. Perayu, yang mana kesnya tertakluk kepada s. 7(1) Akta Pertubuhan 1966 (‘Akta’), berhujah bahawa pengenaan syarat pendaftaran oleh ROS adalah pembuatan undang-undang tak sah oleh ROS kerana hanya Parlimen boleh berbuat demikian. Apapun, soalan utama yang
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