Judge to rule on confidentiality of megamall explosion documents on Sept 8

The court complex in Kuching.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, July 29: The Sessions Court here fixed September 8 to rule on whether the Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) should produce requested information and documents in relation to the CityOne Megamall explosion incident as requested by a victim.

Counsel for one of the victims, David Hii Chin Loung, had requested several documents from Bomba to assist the victims in their civil action.

Hii and his legal team are assisting some of the victims of the said explosion to investigate what actually happened that day and how the explosion occurred.

The legal team had requested several documents from Bomba including the investigation report, sketch plan, layout plan and photographs. Bomba rejected the request on the basis that the requested documents were classified as “SULIT” (confidential) under the Official Secrets Act 1972.

On February 17, on behalf of one of the victims, the legal team filed an Originating Summons for the Court Order for Bomba to produce the requested documents to assist the applicant to pursue justice.

During today’s hearing at the Sessions Court, Hii and his team tendered written submissions as among the contentions is that the requested documents are not classified as confidential under the Official Secrets Act 1972.

After hearing the applicant’s submissions today, the Sessions Court directed Bomba to tender their written submission before August 12, 2020, and fixed August 24 for the final reply on submission.

Judge Marutin Pagan also fixed September 8 to rule on whether the originating summons will be allowed, and whether the requested information and documents are classified as official secrets.

If the originating summons is allowed then Bomba must relay the information and documents to the applicant within 14 days from the date of the order.

Bomba was represented by Jessica Lee Suk Kiun. — DayakDaily