—(1) A person aggrieved by —
any decision of the Authority in the exercise of any discretion vested in it by or under this Act, except for section 27(12); or
any direction issued by the Authority under this Act,
may, except where provision has been made under this Act for an appeal to be made to an Appeal Panel, appeal to the Minister, together with adequate details of the grounds for the appeal.
(2) Unless otherwise provided in this Act, an appeal under subsection (1) shall be lodged within 14 days of the receipt of the decision or direction.
(3) An appeal under subsection (1) shall not suspend the effect of a decision or direction to which the appeal relates unless —
otherwise provided in this Act or allowed by the Minister; or
the appeal is against the imposition or the amount of a financial penalty.
(4) Where the Minister considers that an appeal lodged under subsection (1) involves issues of such nature or complexity that it ought to be considered and determined by persons with particular technical or other specialised knowledge, he may establish by direction an Appeal Panel, comprising one or more of such persons with particular technical or other specialised knowledge and such other persons as the Minister considers appropriate, to consider and determine the appeal.
(5) Any person who has lodged an appeal under subsection (1) shall provide such information and documents as may be required by the Minister (whether for the purpose of deciding if an Appeal Panel should be established or for determining the appeal) in such manner and within such period as may be specified by the Minister.
(6) The Minister may determine an appeal under this section by —
confirming, varying or reversing any decision or direction of the Authority; or
directing the Authority to reconsider its decision or direction,
and the decision of the Minister shall be final.
(7) The Minister may make regulations in respect of the manner in which an appeal may be made to, and the procedure to be adopted in the hearing of any appeal by, the Minister under this section.
[24/2007 wef 11/06/2007]