We refer to Circular No 065/2012 regarding the upcoming Siri Pemikiran Kritis ("SPK") forum scheduled for 31 Mar 2012 (Saturday). Please note that there has been a change in the line-up (moderator and speaker), details of which are provided below. In addition, the registration deadline has been extended to 30 Mar 2012 (Friday).
Circular No 068/2012
Dated 29 Mar 2012
To Members of the Malaysian Bar and pupils in chambers
Update on Siri Pemikiran Kritis:
Forum on Race Relation Laws — Backward or Forward? (31 Mar 2012)
After the success of previous events under the Siri Pemikiran Kritis ("SPK") project, the Bar Council National Young Lawyers Committee ("NYLC") is proud to present the latest episode under the SPK banner: a forum that will focus on the proposed race relations bill. Like its predecessors, the upcoming SPK forum aims to provide a platform for interactive engagement and discourse for the development of the nation's future.
NYLC invites Members and pupils in chambers to attend the SPK forum. Admission is free, and the details of the forum are as follows:
Topic: Race Relation Laws — Backward or Forward?Date: 31 Mar 2012 (Saturday)Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pmVenue: Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium, First Floor, Bar CouncilNo 15 Leboh Pasar Besar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
The event will feature a line-up of interesting and knowledgeable speakers, and will be moderated by Ambiga Sreenevasan. YB Senator Gan Ping Siew, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, will deliver the opening address. The welcome speech will be delivered by Lim Chee Wee, President of the Malaysian Bar. The invited panellists are Associate Professor Dr Azmi Sharom, Faisal Moideen and Syahredzan Johan.
The need to regulate race relations in Malaysia was mooted by the Government about four years ago. This came about after several incidents involving politicians and civil servants who had made statements that allegedly touched on racial sensitivities. In December 2011, it was reported that YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, had said that the Government would table the race relations bill in Parliament in March this year.
The SPK forum will explore a range of issues, including the core question of whether race relations can, or should, be legislated. Some have opined that Malaysians do not need the race relations bill as we have lived together harmoniously for the past 55 years, and we have enough laws to govern race-related issues. Other questions include: How does a nation ensure amicable race relations, which arguably cannot be forced on anyone? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the United Kingdom's Race Relations Act 1976 ("RRA"), on which the proposed Malaysian race relations bill will be modelled? What impact has the passage of the RRA had on race relations?
The SPK forum is open to the public, and we hope you and your friends will be able to join us.
Kindly complete and return the attached registration form by fax to 03-2032 2043, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by 30 Mar 2012 (Friday). Please be informed that pre-registration is required, as places are limited.
For further information, kindly contact Janet Nathan by telephone at 03-2050 2103, or by email at email@example.com.
Richard Wee Thiam Seng
National Young Lawyers Committee