The Kedah government’s decision to ban gaming by not renewing the business licences of such outlets is unconstitutional, a lawyer said.
Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar al-Mahdzar said this was because the PAS-led state government would be infringing on the legitimate livelihood of businessmen operating by way of licensing.
“Not to renew their licences is actually acting contrary to Article 5 (right to livelihood) and Article 13 (right to property) of the constitution,” he told FMT, adding that the constitution was supreme because Malaysia is a secular state.
The lawyer said an adversely affected businessman running a gaming outlet could file for a judicial review in line with a recent Federal Court ruling (Anwar Ibrahim v The National Security Council).
The majority held that no action could be brought against the state — federal or state governments — on constitutional grounds unless he/ she is an aggrieved party.
Syed Iskandar said this in response to the recent announcement by Kedah menteri besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor that the state would ban the operation of all gaming shops in the state by not renewing their business licences issued by the local authorities.
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