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KLBC Activities Report for December 2012

4 December 2012 Meeting with the Registrar of the High Court of Malaya (PMT) The Civil Court Liaison Committee (CCLC) met up with the Registrar of the High Court of Malaya (PMT) and 3 other Court Officers on 4 December 2012. The meeting was called by the PMT to discuss matters pertaining to the filing of documents. The CCLC however took the opportunity to raise other issues amongst which were: Lack of proper space for file searches to be conducted; Need to have a proper procedure/manual for file searches; No-smoking policy to be strictly enforced at the KL Court Complex; Problems relating to the e-filing system; and Rejection of Documents without grounds/explanations. The Court too raised a number of other issues such as Payment of deposit for execution; Improvement on the rules/law of execution; and Public Auction. The PMT also indicated that the Court is currently conducting a survey on how to improve the Malaysian Courts' ranking at the World Bank and would want to get feedback…

PDPA: Businesses have responsibilities and burdens

Contributed by Foong Cheng Leong

Without a doubt, 2013 will be an interesting year for businesses. Many new laws and regulations will be introduced, and the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA) is one of them.
It was reported that the PDPA would come into force on Jan 1, 2013. Businesses have three months from the date of enforcement to comply with the Act. Similarly, Singapore will have its own Personal Data Protection Act 2012 coming into force on Jan 2, 2013.
Notwithstanding the reported enforcement date of Jan 1, 2013, there is no official government gazette confirming this as I write this column. Thus, the PDPA would still not be in force until such a government gazette is published.
What is the PDPA?
The PDPA provides that any information that directly or indirectly relates to a data subject (i.e. individual) who is identified or identifiable from that information, is personal data. This information may take various forms, such as your name, passport number, telephone number …

IT Tip for January 2013 - Calendar Sharing Among Your Colleagues Through Smart Phones

(iOS devices like iPad and iPhone)

Step 1 – Create An iCloud Account

First of all, you need an iCloud Account. If you do not have one (or if you are not sure whether you have one) you can check your smart devices by going to SETTING > iCloud. Then go to “Account”, your account details will appear if you have an account. If you do not have an account, you can create one there. An account under your firm’s name is preferable.

Step 2 – Create & Share A Calendar

To share your calendar, sign in to your iCloud account at https://www.icloud.com/ through your desktop.

Go to calendar and click the ‘Share’ button to the right of the ‘Work’ calendar. Choose ‘Public Calendar’ and to add your colleagues to view the calendar, click Email Link. Type your colleagues email address in the ‘To’ column, then click Send.

Your colleague will automatically receive an invitation email that includes the calendar’s URL. Your colleague doesn’t need to be an iCloud user to accept an invitation to view a sh…

Land Acquisition Act, 1960 (Act 486) - the right of appeal, if any, pursuant to s. 49 and the role of the assessors in land reference proceedings.

Contributed by Su Tiang Joo, Advocate & Solicitor, High Court in Malaya
Introduction The Land Acquisition (Amendment) Act, 1997 (Act A999) which came into force on 1st February 1998 introduced various provisions on how land reference proceedings in the High Court are dealt with.
This article discusses how the [constitutional] right of appeal to the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court arising from the aforesaid Amendment Act seem to have been lost and that the procedure currently adopted by the High Court in dealing with land reference proceedings results in any person interested including the Land Administrator and any person or corporation on whose behalf the land acquisition proceedings were instituted being deprived of their right of pursuing an appeal to the Court of Appeal and to the Federal Court.
As statutory relief by Parliament against the perceived loss of the right of appeal would most probably be slow in coming, suggestions are made on how various procedural safeguards…