Thursday, 10 November 2011

Malaysia-Seminar on Rights Denied - The Orang Asli Struggle Continues! (19 Nov 2011)

Seminar on Rights Denied - The Orang Asli Struggle Continues! (19 Nov 2011)


Circular No 260/2011
Dated 10 Nov 2011

To all Members of the Malaysian Bar

Seminar on Rights Denied – The Orang Asli Struggle Continues! (19 Nov 2011)

The Bar Council Committee on Orang Asli Rights ("COAR") is organising a seminar on the land rights and other challenges currently faced by the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia.  The seminar will be held at Bar Council on 19 Nov 2011 (Saturday).  

The aim of the seminar is to increase awareness of the critical issues that continue to threaten the Orang Asli's customary way of life and their very existence as indigenous people of the land – and to provide an avenue by which lawyers can address this situation.

Time and again we read reports and public statements on the protection of the Orang Asli and their rights.  However, the reality is that their rights are, more often than not, trampled upon and ignored.  There are many cases where the Orang Asli are forced to vacate their ancestral lands and give up their livelihood and heritage due to indiscriminate logging, and arbitrary and unwelcome "development".  The predicament of the Orang Asli is a matter of grave concern and must be brought to light.
Apart from the awareness aspect, lectures and training will also be conducted at the seminar to equip Members of the Bar to represent the Orang Asli in the many disputes and cases that are either pending or already in court.  To this end, there will be an open invitation at this seminar for Members of the Bar to come forward and volunteer their services to be part of the COAR's pro bono legal team that handles these matters for the Orang Asli.

At the seminar, Lim Chee Wee, President of the Malaysian Bar, will also launch the Bar Council Orang Asli Defence Fund, which aims to help defray the expenses (for disbursements and travel) incurred by lawyers who take up such cases.

This is a clarion call for a worthy cause that is central to the calling of all lawyers who aspire to advocate the rights of the poor, downtrodden and marginalised members of our society.  If you want to know more about issues affecting the Orang Asli, and want to be involved in the pursuit of justice for them, please do not miss the opportunity of attending this seminar.

Details of the seminar are as follows:

    Date:                           19 Nov 2011 (Saturday)
    Time:                           9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Venue:                        Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium
                                        First Floor, Bar Council
                                        No 15 Leboh Pasar Besar
                                        50050 Kuala Lumpur
    Registration Fees:    Members RM30 | Pupils in Chambers RM10 | Non-Members RM50

The highlight of the seminar will be case presentations by lawyers, and Orang Asli representatives from different settlements, whose lands are being threatened or are encroached upon.  They will share their experiences and the many struggles they have to overcome in espousing and protecting the fundamental rights of the Orang Asli.

COAR will invite the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia ("SUHAKAM") to speak on the ongoing historical national inquiry on indigenous land rights.  We will also invite experienced lawyers and academicians to conduct practical training on the basic elements, practice, procedure and evidence of native title law.

The constitutional fundamental right to life means more than mere existence.  It includes the right to land, the right to dwelling and the right to livelihood.  These rights must be protected for all peoples of our land, including the Orang Asli.  So, we urge you to come join us in this endeavour to work with, defend and empower the Orang Asli to realise their just rights.

For more information on the seminar, please refer to the attached programme and registration form.  Should you have any enquiries, please contact Christina Gomez by telephone at 03-2050 2087, or by email at

Thank you.

Ambiga Sreenevasan and Steven Thiru
Committee on Orang Asli Rights

This circular and the attachments may also be accessed here.


Malaysia-Talk on 'Using Mediation In Employment Disputes'

Talk on 'Using Mediation In Employment Disputes'

10th November, 2011

Dear Members and Chambering Pupils,


Friday, 18th November, 2011  |  5.00 p.m. Selangor Bar Committee Auditorium
Registration Fee:    Members of the Bar RM35.00 Pupils in Chambers RM20.00 Non-Members RM50.00

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Name of Firm :_____________________________________
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Registration must be accompanied with payment to guarantee your place
and is on a first-come first-serve basis

Cheques should be crossed and made payable to SELANGOR BAR COMMITTEE
Please complete and forward this form together with the total registration fee to:-
Selangor Bar Committee
No. 41, Jalan Bola Jaring 13/15, Seksyen 13
40100 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Fax : 03-55199037

·          The Organisers reserve the right to make any changes deemed to be in the best interest of the Seminar.
·          Registration must be accompanied with payment to guarantee your place.
·          Fee paid is non-refundable unless the Seminar is cancelled by the Organisers. If a participant is unable to attend, a replacement is allowed provided the Selangor Bar is notified in writing of the name of the new participant(s) at least 48 hours prior to the commencement of the Seminar.
·          Registration is strictly on a First-Come, First-Served basis.
·          Certificate of attendance will be given to participants.
·          The registration counter will be opened for registration at 4.00pm on the day of the event. The Workshop will start at 5.00 p.m. sharp. Please be punctual.
·          Certificate of attendance will be given upon completion of the whole workshop. However, certificate of attendance shall not be awarded to those participants who attend this workshop after 15 minutes upon its commencement.
·          Certificates will be awarded to the participants personally and no representatives shall be entertained

This form may be duplicated for additional participants *
The Speaker will cover and discuss:

1.       The speaker's definition of "Mediation"

2.       Mediation by the Authorities

3.       Private Mediation

4.       Advantages of Mediation in employment disputes

5.       Challenges in Mediation

6.       Getting the employees and employers to use Mediation

7.       A general overview of the Mediation Process

8.       Some tips and techniques in mediating employment disputes

9.       Some challenges faced by Mediators

10.   The Settlement Agreement
The Seminar's objective is to provide the participants an overview of Mediation and also to discuss the practical approach in mediating employment disputes. The speaker will share with you his experiences and stories in getting the parties to communicate with the aim in resolving employment disputes. The Seminar will also look at some of the challenges faced by Mediators and lawyers.

About the Speaker:-
Seumas Tan is an Advocate & Solicitor and a Mediator practising in Messrs. S. Tan & Co. He has served in the Bar Council's Industrial Law Committee and the Arbitration & Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee for several terms. He is also a Panel Mediator with the Bar Council's Malaysian Mediation Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and the Olympic Council of Malaysia. Seumas is also a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and has been certified and trained in hypnosis and Language and Behaviour Profile. He also blogs and writes on employment matters, human resources and human relations.

Thank you,


Selangor Bar Committee.


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