Tuesday, 27 August 2013

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Malaysia-Roadmap to a Thriving Legal Practice (4 Sept 2013)

Roadmap to a Thriving Legal Practice (4 Sept 2013)








This circular may also be accessed here.


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Malaysia-Getting Started! Workshop (5 Sept 2013)

Getting Started! Workshop (5 Sept 2013)







This circular and the attachment may also be accessed here.



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Malaysia-Press Release: Implement Recommendations Made in SUHAKAM Report of the National Inquiry into Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Press Release: Implement Recommendations Made in SUHAKAM Report of the National Inquiry into Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples





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Press Release

Implement Recommendations Made in SUHAKAM Report of the National Inquiry into Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Malaysian Bar lauds the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia ("SUHAKAM")'s public release of the Report of the Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples ("SUHAKAM Report") on 5 August 2013.

The SUHAKAM Report is a culmination of the historic national inquiry into the land rights of indigenous peoples of Malaysia.  SUHAKAM conducted this nationwide inquiry between December 2010 and June 2012.  It was in response to numerous complaints from the Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia and natives of the states of Sabah and Sarawak (collectively, "Indigenous Peoples") of widespread violation and deprivation of their customary land rights.
The SUHAKAM Report is based on consultations, hearings, independent research and lengthy submissions involving Indigenous Peoples, government departments and agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organisations.  It is a comprehensive document that contains 18 critical recommendations under six main themes, namely:
(1)Recognition of indigenous customary lands;
(2)Remedy for loss of customary lands;
(3)The need to address land development issues and imbalances;
(4)Prevention of future loss of customary lands;
(5)The need to address land administration issues; and
(6)Recognition of land as central to the identity of Indigenous Peoples.
The Malaysian Bar supports these recommendations.  The recommendations strike at the heart of the many challenges faced by the Indigenous Peoples.  Many of these recommendations are consistent with the landmark decisions of our courts in cases such as Sagong Tasi, which have thus far been honoured more in breach, rather than in compliance, by the Government.  In this regard, the recommendations provide, inter alia, a timely reminder to the Government that it owes fiduciary duties to the Indigenous Peoples and it is primarily responsible for their well-being and protection of their rights.
The Malaysian Bar urges the Government to table the SUHAKAM Report for debate in Parliament for the purposes of adopting these recommendations and giving effect to them immediately.  In this regard, the Malaysian Bar notes that SUHAKAM intended to submit the Report as a Special Report to Parliament in accordance with section 21(3) of the SUHAKAM Act 1999.  However, it appears that the Government has instead decided to form a National Task Force ("Task Force") in lieu of tabling the SUHAKAM Report in Parliament.  This is regrettable, inasmuch as it deprives our elected representatives of the opportunity of examining and debating the recommendations in Parliament, particularly based on their peculiar experiences in dealing with the Indigenous Peoples in their constituencies.  The formation of the Task Force by the Government should be in addition to tabling the SUHAKAM Report in Parliament.
It would also appear that one of the terms of reference of the intended Task Force is to review and verify the truth of the allegations contained in the SUHAKAM Report.  This object of the Task Force is a fundamental misunderstanding of the purposes of the national inquiry, particularly when it involved all stakeholders including the Government (through the participation of the Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli).

The national inquiry by SUHAKAM came about because of the numerous complaints and allegations of lack of care, abuse, and inaction by the Government and its agencies with respect to the welfare and rights of Indigenous Peoples.  SUHAKAM was tasked as an independent body to inquire into and investigate these allegations and complaints.  SUHAKAM had done so and produced its findings and recommendations.  It is thus incongruous for the Government to now seek to duplicate or re-do the work of SUHAKAM with respect to the complaints or allegations against it.  This defeats the purpose of having had an independent body to inquire and investigate the complaints.

It will be superfluousif the entire national inquiry process and the SUHAKAM Report are to be unravelled by the Task Force set up by the Government, more so at the expense of public funds and resources.
The Malaysian Bar urges the Government to accept the SUHAKAM Report and its recommendations.  The Task Force by the Government should be solely focused on examining ways to implement the recommendations in the SUHAKAM Report.
The composition of the Task Force must be balanced.  The Malaysian Bar stands ready to assist and contribute our expertise to such a Task Force in order that the interests of Indigenous Peoples and other stakeholders are dealt with in a fair and equitable manner.
The Malaysian Bar further urges the Federal and State Governments to put a hold on any proposed amendment to laws and policies affecting indigenous customary lands and resources (including the controversial proposed amendment to the Aboriginal Peoples Act 1954), pending the implementation of the recommendations contained in the SUHAKAM Report.  In this regard, the Malaysian Bar also urges a moratorium on the alienation or acquisition of lands occupied by Indigenous Peoples, to prevent further loss of these lands.
The Malaysian Bar hopes that SUHAKAM's recommendations would be the platform for the formulation of a blueprint for the proposed reforms of indigenous land and resource rights laws and policies.  The exploitation of the customary lands of the Indigenous Peoples should not be allowed to persist and fester any longer.

Christopher Leong
President
Malaysian Bar
26 August 2013

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Malaysia-Regional Training Series 2013 | Workshop on Solicitors' Remuneration Order 2005, Terengganu (8 Sept 2013)

Regional Training Series 2013 | Workshop on Solicitors' Remuneration Order 2005, Terengganu (8 Sept 2013)








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Malaysia-Seminar on Defending Cases on Corruption (6 Sept 2013)

Seminar on Defending Cases on Corruption (6 Sept 2013)









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