Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Malaysia-Siri Pemikiran Kritis Forum - Change of Date to 31 Mar 2012

Siri Pemikiran Kritis Forum - Change of Date to 31 Mar 2012






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Circular No 017/2012
Dated 31 Jan 2012


To all Members of the Malaysian Bar

Siri Pemikiran Kritis Forum – Change of Date to 31 Mar 2012

We refer to Circular No 009/2012 dated 19 Jan 2012, in which we notified Members of the revival of the Bar Council National Young Lawyers Committee ("NYLC")'s  Siri Pemikiran Kritis ("SPK") project and the very first SPK forum for 2012.  Please be informed that the SPK forum has been moved to a later date, 31 Mar 2012 (Saturday).

The updated details of the SPK forum are as follows:


Topic:       Race Relation Laws: Are We Racists?
Date:        31 Mar 2012 (Saturday)
Time:       10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Venue:     Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium, First Floor, Bar Council
                No 15 Leboh Pasar Besar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur


Apart from Muhammad Faisal b Moideen and Edmund Bon, who have confirmed as speakers, we are proud to announce that we have secured an additional two speakers for the SPK forum.  They are:

(1)    Ambiga Sreenevasan, Member of the Bar; and
(2)    Dr Farish A Noor, Malaysian political scientist and historian

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required due to limited places.  For further information or to register, please contact Janet Nathan by telephone at 03-2050 2103, or by email at janet@malaysianbar.org.my.

Circular No 009/2012 dated 19 Jan 2012 has been reproduced below.

Thank you.

Richard Wee
Chairperson
National Young Lawyers Committee
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Circular No 009/2012
Dated 19 Jan 2012


To all Members of the Malaysian Bar

Siri Pemikiran Kritis

Back in 2007, the Bar Council National Young Lawyers Committee ("NYLC") launched a successful series of forums and lectures under the Siri Pemikiran Kritis ("SPK") project.  SPK served as a platform to discuss matters related to civil liberties and national policies.  It was well received and many events were organised between 2007 to 2008 under the SPK banner.

NYLC would like to announce the revival of SPK and invite Members and pupils in chambers to the revived SPK forum for 2012.  Admission is free, and the details of the upcoming forum are as follows:

Topic:       Race Relation Laws: Are We Racists?
Date:        9 Feb 2012 (Thursday)
Time:       8:00 pm
Venue:     Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium, First Floor, Bar Council
                No 15 Leboh Pasar Besar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur


The topic "Race Relation Laws: Are We Racists?" was selected in light of the recent proposal by YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri b Tan Sri Abdul Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, to implement a race relations bill.  This development was reported in the local dailies and YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri b Tan Sri Abdul Aziz indicated that the bill was being drafted to be tabled at Parliament soon.

The proposal for a race relations law in Malaysia has raised many questions.  What are the contents of the proposed law?  What will the bill be like?  Do we really need such a law?  Don't we already have sufficient laws on this area?  Many of these questions are left unanswered.  The upcoming forum aims to address some of these questions and provide answers to them.

The forum will feature Muhammad Faisal b Moideen and Edmund Bon, Members of the Bar, as speakers.  Muhammad Faisal b Moideen, a partner at Messrs Moideen & Max, was called to the Bar in 2004.  Edmund Bon, former Chairperson of NYLC in 2006, is currently advocating and promoting voter rights issues for the Undi Malaysia programme.  The forum will be moderated by Aston Philip Paiva, member of NYLC.  A few other prominent speakers have been approached as well, and NYLC is currently awaiting their confirmation.

Join us at the forum!  The forum is bound to be interesting, witty and engaging.  Come pose your questions to the speakers, and hopefully you will leave the event with some answers.

Please be informed that although this event is open to the public, pre-registration is required due to limited places.  For further information or to register, please contact Janet Nathan by telephone at 03-2050 2103, or by email at janet@malaysianbar.org.my.

Thank you.

Richard Wee
Chairperson
National Young Lawyers Committee




This circular may also be accessed here.







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Malaysia-Press Release: Desecration of Orang Asli graves is another blow to the ancestral land rights of the Orang Laut of Seletar

Press Release: Desecration of Orang Asli graves is another blow to the ancestral land rights of the Orang Laut of Seletar





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Press Release


Desecration of Orang Asli graves is another blow to the ancestral land rights of the Orang Laut of Seletar
The Malaysian Bar is concerned by the recent reports of desecration of two Orang Laut of Seletar burial sites, in Kampung Bakar Batu and Kampung Sungai Tenom, near Johor Bahru.  These sites are located within the Iskandar Malaysia development area, which is under the purview of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority ("IRDA"), a Malaysian Government statutory body.  This is yet another blow to the ancestral land rights of, and respect for, the Orang Asli.

As a traditional fishing community, the Orang Laut of Seletar have historically occupied the coastal mangrove areas of Johore as their ancestral lands.  This area is the subject of continuing encroachment by the Johore state government and occupation by entities, including IRDA, as it is now prime land amidst rapid development.  Through the years, the Orang Laut have consistently maintained that the areas they occupy and forage (both on land and sea) are customary ancestral areas.  The authorities have paid scant regard to their claims.  As such, these Orang Laut have lost much of their land and their livelihood has been seriously diminished, if not completely wiped out, through decimation of the mangrove swamps and pollution of the coastal seas.  Many of these Orang Laut live in abject poverty amidst thriving development on their lands, from which they do not benefit.  Government agencies like the Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli have failed the Orang Laut of Seletar.

In the days leading up to Chinese New Year, a sizeable area of burial grounds shared by the Orang Laut of Seletar communities of Kampung Bakar Batu and Kampung Sungai Temon, were reported to have been desecrated and destroyed by contractors purportedly under the purview of IRDA.  Police reports were quickly lodged, appeals were sent to the Malaysian Human Rights Commission ("SUHAKAM"), and work has been temporarily halted.

The Orang Asli, like any other community in Malaysia, are important members of our society.  Their numbers may not be large, but they represent a heritage-rich link with the early peoples of Peninsular Malaysia which, once destroyed, would be lost forever.  It is incumbent upon the Malaysian Government to protect and safeguard their way of life.  Development goals for Iskandar Malaysia must be carried out in a socially-sustainable and caring manner, and with the utmost respect for the rights of the Orang Asli.  These are principles that the Malaysian Government agreed to when it voted in favour of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ("UNDRIP") in 2007.  The Malaysian Government also voted in favour of the concept of "free, prior and informed consent" of the indigenous peoples on any policies or projects that may affect their livelihood.  

For the Orang Laut of Seletar who live within Iskandar Malaysia, there was every reason for them to expect a new model of governance in respect of Orang Asli rights over customary areas.  The Prime Minister himself said, in his capacity as Co-Chairperson of IRDA, "The development in Iskandar Malaysia is geared towards being inclusive and sustainable, providing a multitude of prospects for growth and prosperity to be enjoyed by all stakeholders."[1]   The Malaysian Bar urges the Prime Minister and the Malaysian Government to do the honourable thing and give effect to the UNDRIP principles and the words in this quote, in a real and meaningful way.
Indeed, the incidents involving Kampung Bakar Batu and Kampung Sungai Temon are by no means isolated affairs.  There appears to be a systemic pattern of rampant encroachment of Orang Asli-occupied areas throughout Malaysia, both in the peninsula as well as in Sabah and Sarawak.  The continuous violation of the land rights of the Orang Asli is a breach of their fundamental liberties.  It has to stop.
The Malaysian Bar calls upon the federal and state governments to immediately observe a moratorium on proposed development on lands and other areas claimed by indigenous peoples, pending the completion of the National Inquiry into the Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Malaysia currently being undertaken by SUHAKAM.  Once its report is ready by September 2012, the full scale of the issue can be properly understood and appropriately addressed, in an inclusive, and environmentally- and socially-sustainable, manner.  
The Malaysian Bar will continue to support Orang Asli communities by holding various programmes geared towards legal empowerment.  We have called for lawyers to provide pro bono services to the Orang Asli, and are actively advocating for their voices to be heard.  We have also launched a defence fund to assist in defraying the costs of litigation, where necessary.  

We strongly urge the Malaysian Government to join us in preserving the way of life of the Orang Asli as a living national treasure and civilisational heritage.


Christopher Leong
Vice-President
Malaysian Bar

31 Jan 2012

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[1] Foreword from the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Iskandar Malaysia Five Year Progress Report (2011).



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Monday, 30 January 2012

Malaysia-Workshop on Applying Business Techniques to Your Practice (19 Mar 2012)

Workshop on Applying Business Techniques to Your Practice (19 Mar 2012)








This circular and the attachment may also be accessed here.




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Malaysia-Press Release: Malaysian Bar deplores arrest of Orang Asli and lawyer, and abuse of police powers, in Gua Musang

Press Release: Malaysian Bar deplores arrest of Orang Asli and lawyer, and abuse of police powers, in Gua Musang





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Press Release


Malaysian Bar deplores arrest of Orang Asli and lawyer,
and abuse of police powers, in Gua Musang
The Malaysian Bar condemns the arbitrary arrest, in Gua Musang on 28 January 2012, of 13 Orang Asli of the Temiar tribe who had gathered peacefully to protest and blockade the alleged incessant illegal encroachment onto, and logging of, their ancestral lands.  Although the Temiar had been assured that the state authorities would resolve their grievances by mid-January, the alleged intrusion and logging activities had continued unabated.  The police reportedly burned down the blockade, detained/arrested the Temiar, and prevented family members of those arrested from accompanying them to the detention centre.  The detained Temiar were said to have been denied food and legal representation, and questioned for several hours before being released.  

This example of irresponsible policing reflects poorly on the police.  Furthermore, if how we treat the marginalised and less fortunate in our society is a reflection of the health of our nation, then this incident serves to confirm that we are crippled by infirmity.

The Malaysian Bar calls on the Kelantan state government to respond to the plight of the Temiar community with the urgency and importance it deserves, and to fulfil its fiduciary duty to preserve the Temiar's ancestral lands, livelihood and heritage.  As a government elected by the people, it is under an obligation to protect the Temiar, and all Orang Asli.

The Court of Appeal in the Sagong Tasi case made it absolutely clear that non-gazetted Orang Asli land that is native customary land must nonetheless be protected in the same way as gazetted Orang Asli reserve land.  The Malaysian Bar urges the Kelantan state government to follow this landmark decision and accept that the lands of the Temiar people in Gua Musang are native customary lands, and therefore deserving of protection.  Development on native customary lands must conform to the principle of "free, prior and informed consent" as laid down in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007, for which the Malaysian government voted in favour. 

The Malaysian Bar also strongly denounces the unjustifiable and illegitimate arrest of lawyer Siti Zabedah Kasim of the Bar Council's Committee for Orang Asli Rights, who was in Gua Musang as legal counsel representing the Temiar community.  The police impeded Siti Zabedah Kasim from executing her duties as a lawyer, as her movements were restricted and she was not permitted to meet or advise the 13 arrested Temiars, despite repeated requests. She was instead detained by the police.

As a result, the arrested Temiars were deprived of legal representation and endured hours of interrogation without the benefit of legal counsel, which was a clear breach of their rights under Article 5 of the Federal Constitution.  The deprivation of liberty, denial of the right to legal representation, and detention of a lawyer in the course of her duties are gross violations of the rule of law and of constitutionally-protected fundamental liberties. The Malaysian Bar considers the actions employed by the police as being disproportionate, unnecessary and unlawful.  

We call on the police to put an immediate stop to this unacceptable, yet frequent, practice of interfering with lawyers who are carrying out their professional duties.  This exhibition of utter disrespect for the important role lawyers play in the administration of justice in this country must not be allowed to continue with impunity.  

The Malaysian Bar calls on the police to respect and abide by the rule of law or risk further losing the respect and confidence of the public.  The police must obey the law while enforcing the law.  Anything less amounts to tyranny and an abuse of police powers.


Christopher Leong
Vice-President
Malaysian Bar

30 Jan 2012





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Saturday, 28 January 2012

WE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 23.01.2012 TO 27.01.2012

Please be informed that we will be closed from 23.01.2012 to 27.01.2012.

Have a blessed Chinese New Year to those who are celebrating.

Thank you.

Regards,
Tieh Siaw Siong (Cell phone: 019-271 1812)
Messrs S. S. Tieh
Advocates & Solicitors
Unit No. C907, Level 7, Centre Wing 2,
Metropolitan SQ,
Jalan PJU 8/1,
Bandar Damansara Perdana,
47820 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia
Tel: 03-7722 1812/7726 1812
Fax: 03-2050 2737

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Malaysia-Siri Pemikiran Kritis

Siri Pemikiran Kritis





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Circular No 009/2012
Dated 19 Jan 2012

To all Members of the Malaysian Bar

Siri Pemikiran Kritis

Back in 2007, the Bar Council National Young Lawyers Committee ("NYLC") launched a successful series of forums and lectures under the Siri Pemikiran Kritis ("SPK") project.  SPK served as a platform to discuss matters related to civil liberties and national policies. It was well received and many events were organised between 2007 to 2008 under the SPK banner. 

NYLC would like to announce the revival of SPK and invite Members and pupils in chambers to the revived SPK forum for 2012.  Admission is free, and the details of the upcoming forum are as follows: 

Topic: Race Relation Laws: Are We Racists? 
Date: 9 Feb 2012 (Thursday)
Time: 8:00 pm 
Venue: Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium, First Floor, Bar Council
                No 15 Leboh Pasar Besar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur

The topic "Race Relation Laws: Are We Racists?" was selected in light of the recent proposal by YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri b Tan Sri Abdul Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, to implement a race relations bill.  This development was reported in the local dailies and YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri b Tan Sri Abdul Aziz indicated that the bill was being drafted to be tabled at Parliament soon. 

The proposal for a race relations law in Malaysia has raised many questions.  What are the contents of the proposed law?  What will the bill be like?  Do we really need such a law?  Don't we already have sufficient laws on this area?  Many of these questions are left unanswered.  The upcoming forum aims to address some of these questions and provide answers to them.

The forum will feature Muhammad Faisal b Moideen and Edmund Bon, Members of the Bar, as speakers.  Muhammad Faisal b Moideen, a partner at Messrs Moideen & Max, was called to the Bar in 2004. Edmund Bon, former Chairperson of NYLC in 2006, is currently advocating and promoting voter rights issues for the Undi Malaysia programme.  The forum will be moderated by Aston Philip Paiva, member of NYLC.  A few other prominent speakers have been approached as well, and NYLC is currently awaiting their confirmation.

Join us at the forum!  The forum is bound to be interesting, witty and engaging.  Come pose your questions to the speakers, and hopefully you will leave the event with some answers.

Please be informed that although this event is open to the public, pre-registration is required due to limited places.  For further information or to register, please contact Janet Nathan by telephone at 03-2050 2103, or by email at janet@malaysianbar.org.my

Thank you.


Richard Wee
Chairperson
National Young Lawyers Committee 



This circular may also be accessed here.




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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Malaysia-Press Release: Judges’ declaration of assets will enhance public confidence in Judiciary

Press Release: Judges' declaration of assets will enhance public confidence in Judiciary






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Press Release

Judges' declaration of assets will enhance public confidence in Judiciary
The Malaysian Bar applauds the Chief Justice's announcement that superior court judges will be required to declare their assets, as well as his reminder to judges to uphold the independence of the Judiciary and reject interference of any kind.
The involvement of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission ("MACC"), a third party, will enhance the perception of impartiality in the verification of the declaration of assets.
These are important steps towards increasing public confidence in the Judiciary, which the Bar supports.


Lim Chee Wee
President
Malaysian Bar

16 Jan 2012


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Monday, 16 January 2012

Malaysia-The Star Online: Chong Wei wins 8th Malaysia Open title

The Star Online: Chong Wei wins 8th Malaysia Open title


This article is from The Star Online (http://thestar.com.my)
URL: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/1/15/sports/20120115162814&sec=sports

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KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei defeated Japan's Kenichi Tago 21-6, 21-13 in just 36 minutes to win the Maybank Malaysia Open badminton championships crown Sunday.


The win was the World No. 1 shuttler's eighth home title.


 Spurred on by a vociferous home crowd, Chong Wei was simply in smashing form as he easily took the first game 21-6 in just 13 minutes.


 In the second game, a shell-shocked Tago provided stiffer resistance but Chong Wei was not to be denied and ended the match at 21-13 with a jumping smash that sent the Japanese player sprawling.


 With the win, the 29-year-old Chong Wei has now equalled Wong Peng Soon's record of eight home Open titles.

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http://thestar.com.my

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Malaysia-The Star Online: Chong Wei downs Chen Long to set up final meeting against Tago

Subject: The Star Online: Chong Wei downs Chen Long to set up final meeting against Tago


This article is from The Star Online (http://thestar.com.my)
URL: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/1/14/sports/20120114215650&sec=sports

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KUALA LUMPUR: World No.1 Lee Chong Wei defeated China's Chen Long 21-18, 17-21, 21-13 to qualify for the final of the Maybank Malaysia Open badminton championships at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.


The victory was sweet revenge for the Malaysian, who had lost three times to Chen Long last year - at the final of the Japan and Denmark Opens, and the semi-finals of the World Superseries Finals in Liuzhou.


Chong Wei, who is gunning to win the home title for the eighth time, will now take on Japan's Kenichi Tago, who had an easier passage to the final, with Chen Jin of China conceding a walk-over while trailing 2-3 in the first set.

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The Star Online
http://thestar.com.my

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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Malaysia-Press Release: Government’s respect for the constitutional right of freedom of assembly is welcomed

Press Release: Government's respect for the constitutional right of freedom of assembly is welcomed





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Press Release

Government's respect for the constitutional right of freedom of assembly is welcomed
The Malaysian Bar welcomes the recent announcement, by the Minister of Home Affairs and the Inspector General of Police, that the Government will allow and facilitate the proposed assembly on 9 January 2012 in connection with the decision of the trial for sodomy of Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim.  Today's statement by the Kuala Lumpur police chief that the proposed gathering can be held at the car park of the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex is also commendable. 

This approach reflects a positive change in the mindset of the Government, and is an outlook that the Malaysian Bar hopes will continue and be expanded further. It is crucial that the Government learns from its past mistakes in responding to public assemblies, and clearly acknowledges that the rakyat's desire to exercise the fundamental freedom of assembly guaranteed under the Federal Constitution must be recognised and respected.

The announcements reflect a correct understanding of the law – that protesting against a court decision, in itself, is not wrong, nor tantamount to contempt of court.  Subject to a restriction described below,assembling in anticipation of a court decision is also not wrong. In other words, the courts themselves do not prohibit expression of discontent or objection against their decisions.

As Lord Atkin so eloquently said in Ambard v Attorney-General for Trinidad and Tobago [1936] AC 322, at page 355:

… whether the authority and position of an individual judge, or the due administration of justice, is concerned, no wrong is committed by any member of the public who exercises the ordinary right of criticising, in good faith, in private or public, the public act done in the seat of justice.  The path of criticism is a public way: the wrong headed are permitted  to err therein: provided that members of the public abstain from imputing improper motives to those taking part in the administration of justice, and are genuinely exercising a right of criticism, and not acting in malice or attempting to impair the administration of justice, they are immune. Justice is not a cloistered virtue: she must be allowed to suffer the scrutiny and respectful, even though outspoken, comments of ordinary men.

Hence, where criticism against a court decision is malicious, ascribes improper motive or impairs the administration of justice, then it may amount to contempt of court for scandalising the court. However, courts these days rarely, if ever, wield their powers in this manner, for the simple reason that they recognise the need for freedom of expression and that upholding such freedom serves the greater good.

In respect of the argument that a rally may constitute undue and illegal pressure on the Judiciary, professional judges –who decide on law and facts, as opposed to a jury system –must not be influenced by any external pressure, whether by way of demonstration, executive influence or criticism, when discharging their judicial duty.The Malaysian Bar is confident that our Judiciary will remain steadfast,and be indifferent to the proposed public gathering.

In Attorney-General v Times Newspapers Ltd [1974] AC 273, at page 301, Lord Reid examined the pressure that publication of comments of court decisions may impose on the Judiciary and said:

But I must add to prevent misunderstanding that comment where a case is under appeal is a very different matter. For one thing it is scarcely possible to imagine a case where comment could influence judges in the Court of Appeal or noble and learned Lords in this House. And it would be wrong and contrary to existing practice to limit proper criticism of judgments already given but under appeal.

The Malaysian Bar therefore calls on the Government,police and other law enforcement agencies to work together with the organisers of any proposed assemblies on 9 January 2012, to ensure that the rakyat's constitutional right to peaceful assembly will be honoured, protected and upheld.

Lim Chee Wee
President
Malaysian Bar

6 January 2012   



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Malaysia-Closure of registration for the talk on 13.01.2012

Closure of registration for the talk on 13.01.2012
To:



SBC/CIR/105/11
11th January, 2012


Dear Members and Chambering Pupils,

Kindly note that all the seats for the Talk on 'Guardianship Of Infants Act 1961' scheduled on Friday, 13th January, 2012 have been allocated to participants who have registered and paid for the same.

As such, we will not be accepting any new registrations for the aforesaid Talk. For the avoidance of doubt, please note that seats have not been allocated to those who have forwarded their registration forms but have not paid for the aforesaid Talk.

Kindly call secretariat @ 03-55196219 for clarification.

Thank you

Secretariat,
Selangor Bar Committee.


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Malaysia-Press Release: Acquittal on charge of consensual sex between adults is in accord with evidence

Press Release: Acquittal on charge of consensual sex between adults is in accord with evidence





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Press Release

Acquittal on charge of consensual sex between adults is in accord with evidence
The Malaysian Bar welcomes the decision of the High Court in acquitting Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim.  The principles of natural justice call for nothing less, in light of the grave concerns over whether the accused's right to a fair trial was preserved.
Based on news reports of the trial, it is clear that the High Court decision is in accord with the evidence for, amongst others, the following reasons:

(1) The lack of full disclosure: Both prior to and during the trial itself, the legal team for the defence was denied access to certain documents and physical evidence in the possession of the prosecution, which disadvantaged the accused in the preparation of his defence.

(2) Unreliable DNA evidence: There were obvious concerns that the DNA sample submitted as evidence was unreliable or may have been compromised.

(3) Certain unusual findings during the trial proceedings: 

(a) The trial judge made an unprecedented finding at the end of the prosecution's case that the complainant was a truthful and credible witness, without the benefit of having heard the defence.

(b) While the court allowed the Prime Minister and his wife to be interviewed by the defence legal team, the subpoena issued by the defence compelling the attendance of the Prime Minister and his wife was set aside by the High Court upon the application of the prosecution.  The absence of curiosity in this regard casts grave concerns on the credibility of the complaint in the first place. 

(4) The unrefuted relationship between the complainant and a member of the prosecution team, which raised serious questions whether the complainant had access to investigation papers, which would have enabled him to tailor his evidence at trial.

The charge against Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim, which is based on an archaic provision of the Penal Code that criminalises consensual sexual relations between adults, should never have been brought.  The case has unnecessarily taken up judicial time and public funds. 

The Malaysian Bar hopes that the Attorney General would not pursue any appeal, and will instead focus the valuable resources of the Attorney General's Chambers on more serious crimes.


Lim Chee Wee
President
Malaysian Bar

9 January 2012
  



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