The Bar Council has neither sought these proposed amendments, nor has there been any resolution by Members of the Malaysian Bar for these amendments.In its wide sweep, the proposed amendments pose a serious threat to the independence of the Malaysian Bar, and are an unwarranted interference into the self-regulation and internal management of the Malaysian Bar. - see Malaysian Bar - BN government seeking to weaken the Bar by proposed amendments?
The EGM is needed for the Malaysian Bar to discuss and decide on the course of action with regards these proposed amendments to the Legal Profession Act, which the government says will be tabled in the upcoming October 2016 sitting. Discussions with the Attorney General's Chambers and the de facto Law Minister are good, but is useless without the expressed mandate of the general membership. Until after the EGM, the Bar Council can only take one position - No to any amendments of the LPA as a matter of principle. It is hoped that the Bar EGM is held soonest in August 2016 - failing which it may be too late to stop proposed amendments. This current government has a history of suddenly tabling amendments and passing it speedily if it wants to, and assurance of a Minister or some public officer cannot really be relied upon as being the position of the government. The Bar Council need to be careful that it is not deceived into a state of complacency resulting in procrastination until it maybe too late...
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Monday August 1, 201602:28 PM GMT+8