The application is against the federal government withholding RM1 million entitled to the opposition-held parliamentary constituency.
Other than Jeyakumar (right), several Pakatan Rakyat MPs were also present holding watching briefs, as the case also affects their constituencies.
They include Nurul Izzah Anwar (Lembah Pantai), Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli (Kuala Krai), Khalid Samad (Shah Alam), Tian Chua (Batu), Dzulkifli Ahmad (Kuala Selangor), Mohd Yusmadi Yusof (Balik Pulau) and Liew Chin Tong (Bukit Bendera).
Jeyakumar was represented by former Bar Council chairperson S Ambiga. Lawyers holding watching brief for the Pakatan Rakyat MPs included Ranjit Singh and K Shanmuga.
Ambiga (left) refused to divulge details of what was submitted as it was a chambers matter.
After the submissions, Jeyakumar told journalists outside the courtroom that the money was public funds which MPs are entitled to.
“The federal government in its response said RM2 million had been given to my constituency, but it could not reveal where the money had gone, with the exception of saying it was given to two schools and an orphanage,” he said.
“This is improper as it is public funds, and I as the elected representative should be informed as to where the money has gone to.”
Jeyakumar said the senior federal counsel told the court it was the prime minister's prerogative to disburse the funds as he so chose and the court could not interfere in the process.
Every year, he said, the government allocated more than RM222 million to the 222 parliamentary constituencies for their development.
“Every BN MP got it but why not the Pakatan Rakyat MPs? All this should be done transparently.”
For judicial review applications, leave (permission) had to be gained before the application can be heard. If leave is not granted, then the whole application will not be heard.
First MP to file suit against federal gov't
In October last year Jeyakumar, from Parti Sosialis Malaysia, became the first elected representative to take the federal government to court for withholding funds allocated to his constituency.
In his application, Jeyakumar, who wrested the seat from former MIC president S Samy Vellu in 2008, said he had not seen any of the funds allocated to Sungai Siput since he took over.
He also claimed that by withholding the funds, the respondents were going against Article 8(1) of the Federal Constitution, which provides that all persons are equal before the law and entitled to its equal protection.
In his application, he noted that in this context, Article 8 (1) provided that the Special Constituency Allocation be exercised equally and equitably among all Members of Parliament regardless of political affiliation.
He named the director-general of the Implementation Co-ordination Unit of the Prime Minister's Department, the director of the Perak State Development Office and the government of Malaysia as respondents.
Jeyakumar is applying for the respondents to explain their authority in disbursing the funds from the Special Constituency Allocation at their discretion and to specify the procedure for allocation of funding since 2008.
He is also applying for the disbursement of funds to be done equitably among all parliamentarians, and for damages and costs, which are to be assessed.