Right to information

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this note is reference for student of Administrative Law (LAW506) in Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. It's prepared by Puan Normawati Hashim

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Right to information

  1. 1. Right to information. (Open government)• Introduction Modern democratic world emphasis on open government. Opengovernment can check on inefficiency an improper exercise of powers by the administration. Citizens have right to know. However there can be circumstances government withhold informations on the ground of interest to defence or for security of country.• Public interest immunity. In England before 1973( Crown Privilege) there is public interest immunity to prevent disclosure of ev. in court on the grd of public interest to ensure no prejudice / injured nation if certain documents shown. On the other hand public interest must not be frustrated by government with holding document.
  2. 2. Public Interest.• Cases.• England Duncan v Cammell Laird and Co.(1942) AC 624. Conway v Rimmer (1968) 2 Ac 910 Burmah oil. Australia. Robinson v South Australia(1931) AC 704 India. State of Punjab v Sodhi Sukhdev Singh AIR 1961 SC 493. Amarchand Butail v Union of India AIR 1964 SC 1658.
  3. 3. Public Interest• Malaysia. S.123 Evidence Act. S.124 S.162 Cases. B.A. Rao V Sapuran Kaur (1978) 2 MLJ 146 Toh Kong Joo V penguasa Perubatan Hospital Sultanah Aminah Johor Bahru (1990) 2 MLJ 235

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