Pembatalan RM74 Juta Ganti Rugi yang Dianugerahkan oleh Mahkamah

Pembatalan RM74 Juta Ganti Rugi yang Dianugerahkan oleh Mahkamah

Write Off RM74 Million Court Awarded Damages Reduced to Nothing

 

LGB Engineering v Saiful Rais and Ors

“Penguamcara adalah terkenal bagi mencari kes-kes di tempat yang paling mustahil, terutamanya anugerah ganti rugi yang jumlahnya berpotensi besar.”

― Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

“Lawyers were notorious for finding cases in the most unlikely places, especially ones with huge potential damages awards.”
― Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

 

74 Juta Ringgit. Itulah jumlah ganti rugi yang kami diperintahkan untuk membayar plaintif untuk kehilangan nilai saham dalam sebuah syarikat. Pemegang saham lain syarikat tersebut adalah Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor. Kami juga diperintahkan untuk membayar kos sebanyak RM30,000.

 

74 Million Ringgit. That was the amount of damages for which we were ordered to pay to the plaintiffs for the loss of value of some shares in a company. The other shareholder of the said company was Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor…. We were also ordered to pay costs of RM30,000.

 

 

Emosi terganggu tidak cukup sebagai kata adjektif untuk menggambarkan kami. Rasa tidak berdaya lebih menepati situasi tersebut.

 

Distraught was not quite sufficient an adjective. Devastation was closer.

 

Master Houdini dan Master David Copperfield terlintas dalam minda kami kerana saya berharap agar kami adalah murid-murid mereka untuk melenyapkan RM74 Juta!!!

The thoughts of Master Houdini and Master David Copperfield flashed in our minds as I wish we should have been their disciples to make RM74 Million disappear!!!!

 

Oleh kerana kedua-dua Ahli silap mata bukan warganegara Malaysia, kami mencari bantuan Encik Chang melalui pejabat Encik Harun Mustapha. Reaksi pertama Encik Chang selepas mendengar)penjelasan kami yang panjang adalah bahawa kaedah yang telah digunakan oleh Mahkamah untuk penilaian saham bukanlah yang paling tepat. Beliau berpendapat bahawa kami sepatutnya membuat rayuan terhadap keputusan tersebut.

 

Since both the master magicians were not Malaysians we sought the assistance of Mr Alex Chang through the good office of Mr Harun Mustapha. The first reaction of Mr Chang after listening to our lengthy explanation was that the method adopted by the Honourable Court for the valuation of shares was not the most accurate. He felt that we should mount an appeal against the decision.

 

Kami terkejut apabila beliau memberitahu kami tentang ini dan berfikir secara senyap-senyap, “Adakah ini mungkin?”

 

We were stunned when he told us this and very quietly thought, “…is this even possible?”

 

Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur

Setelah Hakim mendengar hujah daripada kedua-dua parti, penangguhan telah diperintahkan sementara menunggu keputusan mahkamah. Sebenarnya, penangguhan selanjutnya telah diperintahkan sebelum Hakim memberikan perintah. Tempoh selepas penangguhan adalah tegang kerana kami asyik berfikir apakah keputusan yang bakal diberikan kepada rayuan itu. Meskipun terdapat hanya lima penangguhan pendek yang telah disebabkan oleh perkara yang tidak dapat dielakkan, tempoh yang berlalu itu dirasakan seperti berdekad-dekad lamanya.

 

The High Court of Kuala Lumpur
Once the learned Judge heard the argument of both parties, an adjournment was ordered pending the decision of the hearing. In fact, further adjournments were made before the Judge gave the order. The period following the postponement was tense as we often found ourselves pondering what the outcome of the appeal would be. Even though there were only 5 very short adjournments due to some unforseen circumstances, it felt like decades.

 

Kami lega apabila Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi bersetuju dengan kami dan membuat keputusan bahawa RM74 juta sebagai ganti rugi tidak dapat disokong dari segi undang-undang, dan mestilah diketepikan. Puan Hakim juga membuat keputusan bahawa parti yang menuntut ganti rugi ada beban untuk membuktikan fakta dan kuantum ganti rugi.

 

To our relief, the learned High Court Judge agreed with us and held that the finding of the RM74 million as damages could not be supported in law, it must be set aside she also held that the party claiming for damages has the burden of proving the fact and the quantum of damages.

 

Ia tidak cukup bagi parti untuk semata-mata merayu ganti rugi sahaja. Dia turut mestilah membuktikan kerugian benar yang telah dialami sebelum Mahkamah boleh menganugerahkan ganti rugi.

 

It is not sufficient for the party to merely plead damages. He must also prove the actual losses he had suffered before the court can award damages.

 

Mahkamah Rayuan

Ia bukanlah di luar jangkaan kami bahawa rayuan akan dibawa Peguam membangkitkan dan mengulangi hujah mereka, hakim-hakim mengambil nota dan mendengar dengan penuh minat. Suasana tersebut boleh dirasai dan kami berpeluh walaupun penghawa dingin dipasangkan untuk menyejukkan suhu ke 16C. Kebanyakan perkara yang didengar pada hari tersebut telah ditolak hampir segera selepas mendengar penghujahan daripada peguam.

 

The Court of Appeal
It was not beyond our contemplation that an appeal would be on the cards. Counsel raised and reiterated their points, the judges took note and listened intently. The atmosphere was so palpable that we perspired even though the air conditioner set to cool us down to 16 C. Most of the matters heard that day was disposed almost immediately after hearing submissions from counsel. 

 

Seperti yang telah ditakdirkan, kami terpaksa menunggu keputusan kerana perkara ini ditangguhkan sebentar. Dalam 15 minit yang berlalu, kami rasa seperti masa telah berhenti.

 

As fate would have had it, we had to wait for the decision as the matter stood down for a short while prior to pronouncing the decision. That 15 minutes, felt as if time had stood still.

 

15 minit yang diambil untuk menunggu keputusan tersebut amat berbaloi.

 

That 15-minute wait was very well worth it.

 

Mahkamah Tertinggi

Namun begitu, rasa kemenangan hanya dirasai seketika sahaja kerana plaintif telah memfailkan permohonan untuk membenarkan rayuan kepada Mahkamah Persekutuan. Dalam Mahkamah Tertinggi, Peguam yang mewakili Plaintif tidak berjaya meyakinkan Mahkamah bahawa rayuan mereka mempunyai merit. Tambahan pula, tidak terdapat isu-isu baru. Permohonan untuk membuat rayuan itu telah ditolak oleh Mahkamah Persekutuan.

 

The Apex/ Federal Court
However, this taste of victory was short-lived  as the plaintiff filed an application for leave to appeal to the Federal Court. Our Apex Court… At the Apex Court, learned Counsel for the Plaintiffs could not convince the Honourable Court that there was any merits in the appeal nor were there any novel issues their leave application was dismissed by the Federal Court.

 

Salah satu Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan membuat gurauan, “… dan klien anda, iaitu Plaintif telah kehilangan RM 74 Juta selama ini?”

 

Memang benar.

 

One of the learned Federal Court judges quipped softly to the learned Plaintiffs’ Counsel “…and your clients the Plaintiffs lost RM74 million along the way?

Indeed they have.

 

Kesimpulanya,

Encik Chang, Encik Harun dan pasukan mereka telah meluangkan berbulan-bulan bekerja keras menyediakan hujah mereka, ketika kes tersebut didengar mereka menonjolkan kefasihan dan kecerdasan. Kami amat berterima kasih kepada mereka untuk bantuan mereka ketika tempoh mencabar ini.  Tiada perkataan yang boleh menerangkan penghargaan keluarga kami terhadap bantuan kamu.

 

Terima kasih banyak-banyak Tuan.

 

 

Postscript

Mr Chang, Mr Harun and their team spent months to diligently prepare their submission, during the hearing they displayed wit and eloquence. We were grateful for the assistance they had provided in these challenging times.

No words could describe my family’s appreciation towards your help.

Thank you very much Sirs. 

 

 

 

Keputusan ini dilaporkan dalam Malayan Law Journal: [2015] 9 MLJ 349. Alasan rayuan asal boleh didapati di sini.

 

This decision  was reported in the Malayan Law Journal: [2015] 9 MLJ 349. The original grounds of judgment may be found here

 

 

Keputusan ini disahkan oleh Mahkamah Rayuan vakum W-03(IM)-77-07/2014 pada 11 November, 2014.

Pada 18 Jun, 2015 Mahkamah Persekutuan melupuskan permohonan untuk membenarkan rayuan daripada Plaintif.

 

 

This decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeal vide W-03(IM)-77-07/2014 on November 11, 2014.
On June 18, 2015 the Honourable Federal Court dismissed the application for leave to appeal by the Plaintiffs.

 

 

Maka RM74 Juta telah dihilangkan dalam rekod buku saya. Terima kasih.

 

So the RM74 millions were written off my books… and I saved RM74 millions thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

“The Malay Version is a translation to the best efforts and if there is a conflict between the translation and the English version, please refer to the English version.”

 

“Versi Bahasa Melayu ini adalah penterjemahan berpandukan usaha-usaha kami yang terbaik dan seandainya terdapat konflik di antara terjemahan dan versi Bahasa Inggeris, sila rujuk kepada versi Bahasa Inggeris.”

 

Original Translation by June

Amendment by Khairunnisa
2nd Amendment by Alicia

Cross checked by Jessie

 

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