COURT OF APPEAL
LEAVE TO ENTER JUDGMENT IN ARBITRATION – INDONESIAN LAW – EXCESS OF JURISDICTION – PLEADINGS – OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT CASE – PUBLIC POLICY
The issue in this Appeal was whether the Supreme Court correctly gave leave to the Respondents to the Appeal to enter judgment against the Appellant in the terms of a Consolidated Final Award dated 27 June 2013 (the “Award”) issued by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”). The Appellant was a Bermudian company named Sampoerna Strategic Holdings Ltd. The Respondents (the Claimants in two arbitrations against the Appellant) were Huawei Tech Investments Co Ltd (a Hong Kong company) and Huawei International Pte Ltd (a Singapore company).
In short, the Arbitral Tribunal had awarded the sums claimed by the Respondents, not on the grounds advanced in the Statements of Claim, which were rejected, but under the provisions of Article 1316 of the Singapore Civil Code, which was not expressly pleaded. The Appellant now contended that: 1. the Award dealt with disputes not contemplated by and not falling within the terms of the submission to arbitration; 2. the Award contained decisions on matters beyond the scope of the submissions to arbitration; 3. the Respondent was unable to present its case; and 4. the enforcement of the Award would be contrary to public policy.