Section 47(2) LPA - The Bar Council shall consist of the following -
(a) the immediate past President and Vice-President of the Malaysian Bar;
(b) the chairman of each State Bar Committee and the members elected to represent each State Bar Committee pursuant to subsection 70(7);
(c) members elected pursuant to section 50.[12 by postal ballot]
Putrajaya seeks to curb Malaysian Bar with government appointees
BY BOO SU-LYN
Friday May 27, 2016
03:30 PM GMT+8
(1) Two Members of the Bar would be appointed — by the Minister in charge of legal affairs — as members of the Bar Council, for the purpose of representing the Government. However, these two members would not be eligible to contest any position as Office Bearer of the Malaysian Bar (ie President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer).(2) The quorum requirement for general meetings (ie Annual General Meeting and any Extraordinary General Meeting) of the Malaysian Bar would be increased from 500 Members to 25% of the membership of the Malaysian Bar or 4,000 Members, whichever is less. There are currently just under 17,000 Members of the Bar.The quorum requirement for general meetings of each State Bar would also be increased, from 5% to 25% of its membership.
(3) The number of members of the Bar Council would be increased from the current 38 members, to 40 members.(4) Annual election of Bar Council
(a) The annual election by postal ballot — currently for 12 members of the Bar Council — by Members of the Malaysian Bar would be abolished.(b) Instead, the election would be conducted at the State Bar level once every two years.Three members from each State Bar — the Chairmen of the State Bar Committees, and two State Bar Representatives — would be elected directly to the Bar Council by secret ballot at the State Bar’s Annual General Meeting. One of the State Bar Representatives must be a member with more than 10 years in practice, and the other must have less than 10 years in practice. As there are 12 State Bars, this process would result in the election of 12 State Bar Committee Chairmen and 24 State Bar Representatives as members of the Bar Council, totalling 36 members.The remaining four members of the Bar Council would consist of the immediate past President and immediate past Vice-President of the Bar, and the two Members of the Bar appointed by the Minister in charge of legal affairs to represent the Government.
(5) Election of Officer Bearers
(a) The annual election of the Officer Bearers of the Malaysian Bar — conducted by secret ballot at the first Bar Council meeting of each term, held at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting of the Bar — by members of the Bar Council would be abolished.(b) Instead, the Office Bearers would be elected directly by Members of the Bar, at the Annual General Meeting of the Bar or at the premises of the State Bar Committees.Only the 24 members elected as State Bar Representatives at the annual general meetings of the State Bars are eligible to be elected as Office Bearers. The immediate past President, immediate past Vice-President, and 12 Chairmen of the State Bar Committees are expressly precluded from contesting any Office Bearer position.
(6) The Office Bearers of the Bar and the members of the Bar Council would serve for a fixed term of two years, instead of the current one-year term.(7) The Minister in charge of legal affairs would be empowered to make rules and regulations in respect of the conduct of the elections to the Bar Council and of the Office Bearers of the Bar.