A hearing in Federal Court will fall on 6-9-2012 (Thurday), 9:00am at Palace of Justice.
Please come to support us!
• 13 Jan 1997, DoE approved the PEIA submitted by RAGM without the residents’ knowledge.
• 4 Dec 2006, residents learned about the usage of cyanide in the nearby gold mine and formed the “Bukit Koman Action Committee Against the Use of Cyanide in Mining of Gold” (Committee).
• 21 March 2008, the Committee through its lawyers filed an application for leave for judicial review to request among others the following:
a) The setting aside of the approval of the PEIA given on 13-1-1997 by the Director General (DG) of the DoE;
b) The setting aside of the DG’s decision that a Detailed EIA is not necessary;
c) Submission of a fresh DEIA by RAGM including the requirement for public participation.
• 1 June 2009, High Court dismissed the application with no order as to costs on the ground: "The application for leave for judicial review should have been brought within 40 days from the date of the approval of the PEIA or the date the villagers knew about the approval of the PEIA."
• On 3August 2011, the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court decision in holding that the residents were out of time in seeking for leave for judicial review (the decision). The appeal was dismissed with no order as to costs.
• On 7 August 2011, the villagers decided to appeal to the Federal Court.
• On 11 Jan 2012, a three-man Federal Court panel chaired by the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum allowed the residents' application for leave to appeal against the High Court's decision. The appeal will be heard by the Federal Court on 6 September 2012.