In this article we discuss a novel issue in respect of the interpretation and meaning to be given to the term “desertion” under Section 54(1)(a) of the Armed Forces Act 1972.

We make disclosure that Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham, Rishwant Singh and Jules Khor Weizhen of Messrs Cecil Abraham & Partners appeared as counsel for Colonel Dr Faiz Bin Abdul Aziz before the Federal Court of Malaysia (“Federal Court”) in successfully appealing against the decision handed by way of a court martial convened by the Malaysian Armed Forces in convicting him of desertion and dishonourably discharging him.