Winding Up vs Arbitration: No to Stay but Court has Discretion to Dismiss the Winding Up

The Malaysian Courts continue to tackle the issue of the effect of an arbitration agreement on the litigant’s ability to present a winding up petition based on a debt. This is in the context of a purported debt arising from a contract containing the arbitration clause. There have been conflicting High Court decisions on this point, especially on the issue of whether the Court can stay the winding up pursuant to section 10 of the Arbitration Act 2005 (AA 2005).

The recent High Court decision in Awangsa Bina Sdn Bhd v Mayland Avenue Sdn Bhd (Grounds of Judgment dated 2 May 2019) decided that it would not stay the winding up proceedings under the AA 2005. Nonetheless, the Court agreed with the authorities from the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong to apply the test of whether there is a prima facie dispute of the debt. Since there was, the winding up petition was dismissed. The decision provides a useful summary of the cases in Malaysia and other jurisdictions. Continue reading

Case Update: Federal Court Confirms Jurisdiction to Set Aside a Winding Up Order

The Federal Court in grounds of judgment dated 22 November 2018 in the SKS Foam decision confirmed the Court’s jurisdiction to set aside a perfected winding up Order in certain limited instances.

The Court is able to exercise its jurisdiction under the Federal Court case of Badiaddin to set aside its own Order where the defect is of such a serious nature that there is a need to set aside the Order in the interests of justice. Continue reading