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The Return of RELEVAN – A Publication of the Kuala Lumpur Bar (Issue 1 | August 2019)

The first publication of the Kuala Lumpur Bar named, KLBC Newsletter, was published in December 1994. Thereafter in September 1999, the name was changed to RELEVAN to reflect a continuing effort by the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (“KLBC”) to highlight matters and news relevant to members of the Bar, while also giving members a platform to voice their views on issues relevant to the public, i.e. matters of national interest. In 2009, the production of the hardcopy RELEVAN ceased due to the high cost in printing and mailing out the publication to members. Eventually, the production of RELEVAN as a newsletter ceased altogether, and articles and reports were transitioned into blogposts published on the KL Bar Blog launched in 2008. However, 10 years later, we are happy to announce that RELEVAN is back! While it continues to be as informative as it was, this new RELEVAN is designed to be readable on your monitor, laptop, tablet, and even handphone. It is also sent straight to you via e-mail or…
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KLBC Activities Report for March and April 2019

2 March 2019 5th KL Bar Pool Open Competition – 8 & 9-Ball Doubles  Organised by the Sports Committee, this competition was held at 5ive Star Pool & Bar, SS15 Subang Jaya. 10 pairs of pool playing lawyers participated, with many new faces. A mixed-doubles pair even turned up with a group of supporters. The competition was a very friendly one and played in good spirit. The results were as follows:
Champions:Peter-Douglas Ling & Brian Law
Runners-Up:Mah Zhun Kit & Isaac Chee Tung Shern
Semi Finalists: Sean Yeow Huang-Meng & Jason Tan Jia Xin                     Eugene Teo & Lum Man Chan

11 March 2019
Seminar on A Sea Change in Malaysian Competition Law and Anti-Trust  Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Anand Raj, Haniza Abdul Ghani and Jess Ngo Hui Zhong at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm, attracting 64 participants. The seminar covered, amongst others, ‘Essential principles of competition law’; ‘Malaysian…

5th KL Bar Pool Open Competition

5ive Star Pool & Bar, SS15 Subang Jaya, Saturday, 2 March 2019 – 20 Pool amateurs from the legal profession showed up in pairs to vie for the trophy of the 5th KL Bar Pool Open Competition. The rules were definitely made interesting for the annual event. The team that scored the break was to make the choice for the tournament to be played in accordance with either the rules of 8-Ball or the rules of 9-Ball. The format was based on double-elimination; the players had to lose two rounds before getting knocked out. A handicap system and alternate breaks were included to even out the competition.

The traditional view is that 8-Ball is a game of tactics which requires more precise moves. In this type of game, the player has to nominate which pocket he or she intends to pot each ball into. On the other hand, a 9-Ball game is fast-paced and is apt for strategic players where “lucky pots” are counted instead. That means that no nomination of any pocket is required prior to potting a ball.…

KLBC Activities Report for February 2019

15 February 2019
Reference Proceedings
A Reference Proceedings was held for nine departed members of the Kuala Lumpur Bar on Friday, 15 February 2019 at 9:30 am. Presided by Y.A. Datuk Hajah Azizah binti Haji Nawawi, the Reference Proceedings was in honour and memory of Teoh Eng Keat, Khu Kim Guat, Dato’ Hj. Sabarudin bin Hj. Othman, Dato’ Abdullah bin Mohd Yusof, Michael Lim Hee Kiang, Ho Hon Mun, Patrick Michael Dass and Tina Cheah Yee Teen. Click here to view the photos.

15 February 2019
Pupils Introduction Session
A monthly tradition, the February’s Pupils Introduction Session was held on 15 February 2019. The session, attended by 103 pupils, was led by Alvin Oh. The purpose of the session is to introduce pupils to the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the Kuala Lumpur Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (“KLBC”) and the highlights of the Malaysian Bar. It included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their p…

KLBC Activities Report for January 2019

7 January 2019
Corporate Workshop for Pupils
The Pupils Committee organised a Corporate Workshop specifically for pupils on 7 January 2019 focusing primarily on the practical aspects of handling a brief covering the following areas, "Overview: Negotiation, Due Diligence and Drafting Process"; "Commercial Considerations"; "Practical Pointers including Common Mistakes when Drafting"; "Salient Clauses including Consideration, Conditions Precedent, Completion, etc"; "Covenants and Warranties by both Vendors and Purchasers"; "Boiler Plate Clauses"; and "Remedies for Breach of Contract". 82 pupils attended the Workshop which was conducted by Sheba Gumis.

13 January 2019
5th KL Bar Run
The 5th KL Bar Run was successfully held on Sunday, 13 January 2019 at the Lake Gardens. A record breaking of 175 teams with 700 runners participated in the said Run. To commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Run, a Children’s Run was introduce…

KLBC Activities Report for October 2018

2 October 2018 Seminar on Legal Due Diligence: The Necessary Evil of Merger and AcquisitionOrganised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Addy Herg at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 94 participants and covered, amongst others, "Purpose of Legal Due Diligence"; "Understanding the objectives"; "The various aspects of legal due diligence investigations"; "Connecting the dots"; "Legal analysis and legal opinion"; "The applicable law and legal documents"; "Risk management and documentation"; "Accomplishing the objective"; and "Updates and improvement".

4 October 2018 Seminar on Understanding the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Report  Organised by the Criminal Law Practice Committee, this seminar was presented by Amidon Anan, former Bukit Aman Forensic Laboratory’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit Chief, at the KL Bar Executiv…

GEDC Forum on Reaching Beyond Boundaries: Transcending Disability Beyond Law's Boundaries, Transcending Law’s Disabilities by Low Hong Ping (James)

The following was presented by James Low Hong Ping at a forum organised by the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee Gender Equality and Diversity Committee on 15 October 2018. The forum was titled “Reaching Beyond Boundaries: Transcending Disability.”


Thank you very much for the kind introduction.

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. First of all, I would like to thank the KLBC Gender Equality and Diversity Committee for inviting me to speak today. The title of my sharing today is “Beyond Law's Boundaries, Transcending Law’s Disabilities.”

Sorry if you came here expecting me to lament on my or my peers’ disabilities. We are not the problem. We have problems as much as all of us do in life generally. But we are not the problem. The problem partly lies in the law.

So I will be speaking from the legal perspective, looking at how disability rights have been bound by the deficiencies in law, and how we can reach beyond law’s boundaries and transcend law's disabilities.

My sharin…