Malaysia's High Court denies application to stay ruling that sets aside suspension for The Edge


KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's High Court has refused an application by the Home Ministry to stay a ruling which set aside a three-month suspension order against two publications of The Edge Communications.

Justice Asmabi Mohamad denied the application on the grounds that there were no special circumstances which allowed for it.

She made the ruling after hearing submission by parties in chambers.

This means that The Edge can go on with their printing of both publications.

The court also ordered the minister and the Home Ministry's secretary-general, who are the respondents, to pay RM4,000 (S$1,352) in costs.

The court had on Sept 21 quashed the Home Ministry's decision to suspend the two publications published by the company - The Edge Financial daily and The Edge Financial weekly.

It also ordered the Home Ministry to pay RM15,000 (S$5,000) in costs to the company.

The Ministry had suspended the publishing permit for three months from July 27.

The financial publication said in a statement that it had received a letter from the Ministry due to its reporting on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The letter stated that the two publications' reporting of 1MDB were "prejudicial or likely to be prejudicial to public order, security or likely to alarm public opinion or is likely to be prejudicial to public and national interest", according to The Edge.