KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — The Court of Appeal today unanimously dismissed the Home Ministry and government’s appeal against a High Court judgment that Malaysiakini portal operator Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd be issued a publication permit, the news portal reported today.
Malaysiakini quoted the chairperson of the three-member appellate court, Justice Alizatul Khair Othman, as saying, “We are in agreement with the High Court judge. Hence, we dismiss the appeal.”
Justice Alizatul also ordered that RM5,000 to be paid to Mkini Dotcom.
Lawyer K Shanmuga, who represented Malaysiakini, said the decision means the portal operator can re-submit its application for a publication permit.