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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

KLBC Activities Report for July 2015

1 July 2015
PDC Seminar on Goods and Services Tax: Some Issues Arising on Implementation
Organised by the KLBC Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Dr. Arjunan Subramaniam on 1 July 2015 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 97 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Registration; Sales of Commercial land, is there GST?”; “Must or can a purchaser of Commercial land register for GST?”; “When can a purchaser of Commercial land recover input tax incurred?”; “Land Transactions”; “When is land “goods” and when “services”?”; “Tax consequence of the difference in concept: Joint Venture in land; development – Issues and Analysis”; “Is SOHO exempt as residential premises?”; “Is rent from service apartment subject to GST: Meaning of “residential”?”; “The Gift Rule and GST Implications; Purchase of houses and gifts”; “Paragraph 5(1), First Schedule, Goods and Services Tax Act 2014: Implications for business”; “Exports - Legal Services, Consultant Services: Zero Rated: Conditions for Zero Rating and Penalty or Extra Fee for Goods and Services Purposes? Characteristics of Penalty as Opposed To Fee or Further Sales".


2 July 2015
Pupils Introduction Session
As a monthly tradition organised by the KLBC Pupils Committee, the Pupils Introduction Session for July was held on 2 July 2015. The session, attended by 73 pupils, was led by its Chairperson, Shashi Devan. 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 pupillage period and other members of the KLBC were also present to provide input and possible solutions. Similar like previous sessions, the pupils were also shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar.


7 July 2015
PDC Seminar on Memorandum of Understanding
Organised by the KLBC Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai on 7 July 2015 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 56 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: “Introduction regarding the use of an MOU in the business, commercial and corporate world”; “The legal nature”; “Why is an MOU not legally binding?”; “How could an MOU be made legally binding?”; “Under what circumstances could an MOU be legally binding or not legally binding?”; “Drafting an MOU”; “With full practical illustrations of drafting a non-legally binding or a legally binding MOU”; “Even if the MOU itself is not legally binding, to obtain a critical understanding of an MOU and whether it has the force of the law to protect your client’s business interests and Other formalities, notwithstanding its non-legal nature".


14 July 2015
YLC Seminar on The Construction of the Payment and Adjudication Act
Organised by the KLBC Young Lawyers Committee (YLC), this seminar was presented by Anilraj Verdamanickam on 14 July 2015 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 16 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: “A review of the salient provisions of CIPAA"; "Discussion on the ‘lacunas’ of CIPAA"; and "Brief examination of the case laws".


24 July 2015
Meeting with the IPD Sentul
A meeting with the police officers from IPD Sentul was held on 24 July 2015 at 3:00 pm. KLBC was represented by its Chairman Ravin Singh, Honorary Secretary Goh Siu Lin and Criminal Practice Committee Chairperson Lim Chi Chau. Similar issues which were raised at the meeting with IPD Dang Wangi were discussed and IPD Sentul had agreed to adopt the similar arrangements that we had made with IPD Dang Wangi. IPD Sentul had just provided us with the contact numbers of their respective officers-in-charge and a notification would be issued out to members shortly.


25 July 2015
Hike to Chilling Waterfalls, Kuala Kubu Bahru
Organised by the KLBC Pupils Committee, 11 pupils and lawyers participated in the hiking trip to Chilling Waterfalls, Kuala Kubu Bharu. Everyone had good time. Click here to read the full report.



26 July 2015
YLC Raya Visit to Pusat Jagaan Baitul Amal
The KLBC Young Lawyers Committee organised a visit to Pusat Jagaan Baitul Amal Petaling Jaya ("Home") which is located in Petaling Jaya on 26 July 2015 to have a small Hari Raya celebration with the children residing there. The home currently houses about eight children ranging from the ages of 2 to 11 years old and they are well taken care of by a small team of caretakers and a part-time resident cook. The children staying at the safe home came mainly from broken homes, were subjected to neglect or abuse, and/or single parent households who are poor and unable to support themselves and their child. Click here to read the full report.

31 July 2015
PDC Seminar on Business Development for Young Lawyers
Organised by the KLBC Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Foong Cheng Leong on 31 July 2015 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. The seminar was attended by 31 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Building your practice"; "Getting your first client and expanding your clientele"; "Specialisation"; "Networking skills"; "Improving presentation skills" and "Client management".

Edited by Munirah Maarof

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