Au Meng Nam & Anor v Ung Yak Chew & Ors Summary of Decision 1

Au Meng Nam & Anor v Ung Yak Chew & Ors
[2007] 5 MLJ 136

Summary of the Court’s Decision

 

(1)                                   (per Raus JCA; Hasan JCA concurring)

The Federal Court should review its decision in Adorna Properties Sdn Bhd. By virtue of section 340(2)(b) of the Code, the title of Adorna Properties was not indefeasible as the registration was obtained by forgery. Section 340(3) does not apply to section  340(2). The proviso states ‘Provided that in this subsection’ and this subsection refers to s 340(3) and not section 340(2). Section 340(3)(a) refers to ‘to whom it may subsequently transferred’ which means that the intended purchaser is the subsequent purchaser and not the immediate purchaser. Similarly, in the instant case, the title of the first defendant was defeasible as the registration was obtained by forgery. The first respondent was the immediate purchaser and not a subsequent purchaser. Section 340(3) has no application as it refers to subsequent purchaser and not the immediate purchaser. Thus, the plaintiffs would have succeeded in this appeal if not for the Federal Court interpretation of section 340 of the Code in Adorna Properties Sdn Bhd. But this court is not ready to ignore or disregard the Federal Court’s decision in Adorna Properties SdnBhd (see paragraphs 34–35 of the Judgment in MLJ); Adorna Properties Sdn Bhd v Boonsom Boonyanit [2001] 1 MLJ 241 followed.

Meanings of the underlined words.

 

Federal Court Mahkamah Persekutuan
review its decision mengkaji semula keputusannya
By virtue of section 340(2)(b) of the Code Menurut seksyen 340(2)(b) Kanun tersebut,
does not apply tidak terpakai
the intended purchaser pembeli yang berhasrat
the subsequent purchaser pembeli seterusnya
the immediate purchaser pembeli secara langsung
in the instant case dalam kes ini
has no application tidak digunapakai
refers to merujuk kepada
would have succeeded mungkin telah berjaya
appeal rayuan
interpretation tafsiran
not ready belum bersedia
     
ignore tidak mengendahkan
disregard tidak mengambilkira

 

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