Category Archives: Bar Council

Bar questions premise for ‘Allah’ judgement

Christopher Leong COMMENT The Malaysian Bar is deeply concerned by the decision of the Court of Appeal delivered on October 14, 2013 in what is commonly referred to as the ‘Herald’ or ‘Allah’ case. The concerns arise from the court’s … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Court case, Religion

Bersih invites EC to probe on electoral fraud in GE13

Ahmad Fadli KC The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih) has invited the Election Commission (EC) to participate in the people’s tribunal on the 13th general election. Its purpose is to investigate allegations of electoral fraud and irregularities. The … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Election Commission

Is this the beginning of Prime Minister Muhyiddin’s tenure?

By Stephanie Jacob If Barisan Nasional wins this elections by a narrower margin Najib Abdul Razak will likely face a challenge to his leadership of Umno and the nation, from his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin’s issues date back to a … Continue reading

Posted in 13th General Election, Bar Council, UMNO

‘Enough proof to reopen Altantuya case’

Anisah Shukry Recent revelations by businessman Deepak Jaikishan, lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu, and private investigator P Balasubramniam constitute as ‘new evidence’, says the Bar Council. PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar Council today established there was sufficient new evidence for the … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Crime

Gani Patail to consider reopening Altantuya case

Hafiz Yatim   The Attorney-General’s Chambers will consider the Bar Council’s proposal for the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case to be re-opened, Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail said today. However, he said there must be new evidence that the prosecution considers justifiable … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Crime

The dilemma of PI Bala’s lawyer

During the Bar Council annual general meeting yesterday, lawyer Americk Sidhu dropped a bombshell that could well shake Malaysia’s corridors of power. Americk was debating a motion on setting up an independent committee to investigate the author of P Balasubramaniam’s … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Crime

Najib instructed Cecil on SD2, Bar AGM told

By Hafiz Yatim Senior lawyer Cecil Abraham has allegedly admitted acting on Najib Abdul Razak’s instructions to prepare the late private investigator P Balasubramaniam’s controversial second statutory declaration (SD). Bala’s lawyer Americk Sidhu revealed this during the Malaysian Bar annual … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Najib Abdul Razak

Bala’s passing won’t affect debates on probing lawyer

By Hafiz Yatim The sudden demise of P Balasubramaniam will not affect the debating of a motion at the Bar Council’s annual general meeting (AGM) tomorrow over the mystery surrounding his second statutory declaration (SD). The motion for the Bar … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Obituary | 1 Comment

12 reasons why Philippines can’t claim Sabah

Christopher Leong, Malaysian Bar The Malaysian Bar is extremely concerned by reports of the armed intrusion by foreign elements and ongoing conflict in the areas of Lahad Datu and Semporna, in Sabah. We are deeply saddened by the deaths of … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Lahad Datu standoff, Sabah

Chinese see Psy, Malays see May-13 film

Najib is playing a dangerous game in using ‘Tanda Putera’ to try to swing support for Umno. The similarities between 1969 and 2013 are uncanny. COMMENT By Mariam Mokhtar As we approach the 13th general election (GE13), Prime Minister Najib … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Special Interest

Bar Council: RCI cannot be lawful excuse to defer polls

Despite the damning testimonies emanating from the Sabah royal commission of inquiry (RCI) over the issue of foreigners being made citizens last week, one thing is certain that the current RCI is not a lawful excuse to postpone elections. What … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Sabah

Chief Justice Arifin: Stop corrupting judges and court officials

Arifin launching a book “The Civil Trial Guidebook” at a recent function. PUTRAJAYA: Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria has called on lawyers and the public to stop corrupting the judges and court officials. He reaffirmed the judiciary’s commitment to uphold … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Corruption

Cecil Abraham refuses to comment on SD2 allegations

Senior lawyer Cecil Abraham, who is allegedly embroiled in allegations of being involved in private investigator P Balasubramaniam’s second statutory declaration, has refused to say anything on the matter. When approached by Malaysiakini today following the conclusion of a court … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Court case

Activist Haris Ibrahim dares Cecil Abraham to sue him

Human rights activist Haris Ibrahim has challenged lawyer Cecil Abraham to sue him to clear his name. Haris (left) had previously lodged complaints to the Bar Council, urging it to investigate Cecil for professional misconduct in preparing private investigator P … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Civil Society | 1 Comment

Senior lawyer latest ‘player’ in Bala’s SD2

Lawyer-activist Haris Ibrahim said the senior lawyer allegedly involved in drafting the SD had committed “the gravest of sins”. PETALING JAYA: A senior lawyer is the latest “player” allegedly involved in the drafting of the second statutory declaration (SD2) by … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Crime, Police

‘I am disappointed with Nurul’

By Leven Voon The lawyer who posed the sensitive question on religious freedom is disappointed that the PKR leader has changed her stand. PETALING JAYA: A lawyer who posed the question on religious freedom to PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, PKR Updates, Religion

Serdang MP objects to disciplinary probe

By Athi Shankar Teo Nie Ching says the rental kickbacks allegation is under the jurisdiction of MACC and the police, so the Bar’s disciplinary board should not pursue the matter. GEORGE TOWN: DAP’s Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching has raised … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, DAP Updates, MACC

The Malaysian deck of cards

By Mariam Mokhtar Passions may run high, but for ordinary Malaysians, revenge is to see justice being served. There are people to be held to account for previous wrongdoings. The list of political and financial scandals is long. People have … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Pakatan Rakyat

Convictions even without Evidence Act amendment’

By Nigel Aw The conviction of an engineer this month for insulting the Perak sultan via online comments is proof that prosecutors can succeed in such cases without resorting to the hotly-disputed Section 114(a) of the Evidence Act 2012. “It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Constitutional Bills, Court case, Crime

Sarawak lawyers oppose bid to extend Act

By Joseph Tawie KUCHING: Lawyers from both sides of the political divide here are against any move to extend the federal-initiated Legal Profession Act to Sarawak. Bandar Kuching MP Ching Chien Jen, who is also a lawyer, said the local … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, DAP Updates, Sarawak

‘PM must explain Shafee’s secret mission abroad’

By S Pathmawathy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak must divulge the purpose of engaging senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah to embark on a “confidential” assignment overseas, said the PKR lawmaker who had revealed the matter. “(He) has appointed a lawyer … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Najib Abdul Razak, PKR Updates

Bar Council wants Rela disbanded, police prioritised

By Leven Woon The Bar Council has recommended that the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) be dissolved so that its financial resources can be transferred to the police force to strengthen the men in blue. Bar Council chairperson Lim Chee Wee … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council

An open letter to MPs on Peaceful Assembly Bill

By Lim Chee Wen Dear Wakil Rakyat, You may have heard that the Malaysian Bar opposes the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 (“PA 2011”) on the grounds that it imposes unreasonable and disproportionate fetters on the freedom of assembly that is … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Constitutional Bills

Lawyers to march against Assembly Bill

    Four years after the 2007 “Walk for Justice”, the Malaysian Bar is again calling on its members to march in Kuala Lumpur to protest against the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 which has been presented to Parliament.The march is … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Parliament | 1 Comment

Foul-mouth Ibrahim Ali calls Bar Council “bastard”

Datuk Ibrahim Ali called the Bar Council today a “bastard council” and accused it of playing double standards for attacking the Barisan Nasional (BN) government. “They are hypocrites…I don’t respect at all the Bar Council,” said the Perkasa chief at … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Bersih, Perkasa, UMNO