Malaysia-Press Release | Swift and Decisive Appointment of AIAC Acting Director is Commendable

Press Release | Swift and Decisive Appointment of AIAC Acting Director is Commendable


Press Release

Swift and Decisive Appointment of AIAC Acting Director is Commendable
The Malaysian Bar commends the swift and decisive action of the Government, through the Attorney General, in preserving the integrity and credibility of the Asian International Arbitration Centre ("AIAC") by immediately appointing Vinayak Pradhan as the AIAC's Acting Director, following the resignation of Datuk Professor Sundra Rajoo as the Director.
We congratulate Vinayak Pradhan — a Member of the Malaysian Bar — on this esteemed appointment.  We wish him all the very best in his vital new role and responsibilities, and assure him of our fullest support.
Under Datuk Professor Sundra Rajoo's leadership, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre became a leading arbitration centre on the world map, eventually evolving into what is now the AIAC.
We are confident that, under Vinayak Pradhan's able leadership, the AIAC will continue to soar to greater heights.  Vinayak Pradhan graduated with an LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of Singapore in 1973 and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in August 1974.  He has vast legal experience, particularly in the field of arbitration, including having served as President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) in 2013, and as its Deputy President and Vice President prior to that.  Asia-Pacific Legal 500 has named him "top arbitrator" for many years, and he was ranked "senior statesman" in dispute resolution and construction by Chambers Asia-Pacific for the last three years.
With regard to the allegations against the former Director of the AIAC, the Malaysian Bar trusts that our Government will waive the privileges and immunity granted to him, to enable a comprehensive investigation of any alleged wrongdoing to be conducted and to afford all implicated persons an opportunity to clear their names. 
Such a waiver would be in line with our Government's emphasis on upholding the rule of law, and would stand in direct contrast to, for example, the fact that the Government of Saudi Arabia declined to waive the immunity enjoyed by the alleged perpetrators of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has thwarted the efforts by the Turkish Government to bring the wrongdoers to justice. 
We also trust that the AIAC will extend its fullest cooperation to the relevant authorities, in the interest of facilitating compliance with all domestic legislation and the proper administration of justice.
George Varughese
Malaysian Bar
22 November 2018

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