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THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. MENTERI SUMBER MANUSIA & ORS AND ANOTHER APPEAL
Federal Court, Putrajaya
Azahar Mohamed CJM, Zabariah Mohd Yusof, Hasnah Mohammed Hashim FCJJ
[Civil Appeal Nos: 01(f)-18-10-2021(W) & 01(f)-19-10-2021(W)]
20 June 2022
[2022] 5 MLRA 134

JUDGMENT

Azahar Mohamed CJM:

Introduction

[1] The two related appeals before this Court raise an important issue in relation to the principle of restrictive doctrine of sovereignty immunity in an employment dispute.

[2] In essence, under the restrictive doctrine of sovereign immunity, immunity would not be granted if a sovereign state performs certain private acts or transactions which are commercial in nature. If the dispute brings into question for instance executive or governmental policy of the sovereign state, the court or tribunal should grant immunity if asked to do so, because it offends the dignity of a foreign sovereign to have the merits of such a dispute canvassed in the domestic courts or tribunal of another country (see Rahimtoola v. HEH The Nizam of Hyderabad and Others [1958] AC 379 at p 422, The 'I Congreso Del Partido [1981] 2 All ER 1 1064, Commonwealth Of Australia v. Midford (M) Sdn Bhd & Anor [1990] 1 ML

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CASE HIGHLIGHTS

PRESS METAL SARAWAK SDN BHD v. ETIQA TAKAFUL BERHAD
Federal Court, Putrajaya
2016] 5 MLRA 529
[Civil Appeal No: 02(i)-27-04-2015(W)]
15 August 2016 [+]
TAN POOI YEE v. KETUA PENGARAH JABATAN PENDAFTARAN NEGARA
High Court Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
[2016] 5 MLRH 501
24NCVC-1306-08-2015
18 July 2016 [+]
ILANGOVAN KRISHNAN v. SHIYA SDN BHD
Industrial Court, Johor
[2016] 2 MELR 374
16/4-157/15
27 April 2016 [+]
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