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17th AGM of the Kuala Lumpur Bar

26th February 2009, 17th Annual General Meeting of the Kuala Lumpur Bar - Anand Ponnudurai was today elected as the new Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee for 2008/09 defeating Colin Andrew Pereira. The incumbent Chairman, R. Ravindra Kumar who had served for two terms, did not seek re-election. Meanwhile, Brendan Navin Siva was elected unopposed as the new Kuala Lumpur Bar's Representative to the Bar Council. 9 members were nominated and declared elected to serve on the Committee. The 9 members were Datuk N. Sivananthan, Reggie Wong Mew Sum, Richard Wee Thiam Seng, Dipendra Harshad Rai, Lai Chee Hoe, Muhendaran Suppiah, Pushpa Ratnam, Saha Deva Arunasalam and Ravinder Singh Dhalliwal.

Bar Council Public Forum - Privacy: Does it exist in Malaysia? Is it time to legislate?

The recent circulation of photographs of a Selangor Executive Council Member and her subsequent resignation raise a plethora of issues regarding the right to personal privacy, the link between a politician’s private and public life and whether enough legal safeguards exist to protect an individual’s right to privacy. In order to examine these issues, the Bar Council is organising a public forum entitled “Privacy: Does it exist in Malaysia? Is it time to legislate?” The public forum will take place as follows: Date : 27 February 2009 (Friday) Time : 5.00 – 7.30 pm Venue : Bar Council Auditorium 13, 15 and 17 Leboh Pasar Besar 50050 Kuala Lumpur Speakers: a) YB Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, MP for Kuala Selangor b) Fui K Soong, CEO of INSAP (MCA’s Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research) c) Sonya Liew Yee Aun, Malaysian Bar d) Andrew Khoo Chin Hock, Malaysian Bar To register or make inquiries, kindly call (03) 2031 3003 and speak with Mazni (x101) or Faizal (x185) or email to mazni@ma

KLBC 2009/2010 Candidates (updated version)

Following from the invitation by the KLBC, the candidates below have submitted their election profile. Members may pose questions or queries to the respective candidates on issues of concern or interest but all comments will be subject to the terms of use of this Blog. The candidates may respond but are not obliged to do so. It is hoped this mechanism will promote awareness and a better understanding of the candidates in the lead-up to the Annual General Meeting on 26 February 2009. The Annual Report can be viewed online here . Candidates who wish to submit their election profile for publication on the KL Bar Blog can still email it to . CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION AS CHAIRMAN OF THE KUALA LUMPUR BAR ANAND PONNUDURAI I was called to the Bar in 1991 and have been in active practice since. I have been a member of the KL Bar Committee since 2004 and was its Honorary Secretary for 2007/2008. I have always been active in the Bar’s activities and I have been the Deputy Chai

Annual Report 2008/09 in CD-ROM

The KL Bar's Annual report is presented in CD-ROM format beginning from this term. It is part of the efforts of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee to prudently manage its costs and expenses and to help protect the environment. Nevertheless, limited hardcopies will be made available at the AGM or upon request (Tel: 2693 3585 / ). You may also view the Annual Report online by clicking on the image below. KL Bar Annual Report 2008/09


Effective date of commencement: 3.2.2009 Courts involved: Civil and Commercial Divisions of the Kuala Lumpur High Courts Courts excluded: Family; Appellate & Miscellaneous Matters; Bankruptcy; and Intellectual Property matters Rationale: Judges are to be freed from administrative matters such as dealing with adjournments, settlements and other miscellaneous matters so as to concentrate solely on hearing matters assigned to them after the matter has been “case managed” by a central Management Court for the respective divisions. The judges are to sit at 9am till 12.30pm and 2pm (or 2.30pm) till 4.30pm to solely to hear contested applications or the trial of the suit. This will enable speedier disposal of hearings and trials by the judges. Procedure: To implement this, Judges are designated as either trial judges or application judges to hear trial or applications respectively (“T-track” or “A-track” judges) with no merging or crossing-over. As such, for instance, if a pending in

Office Bearers 2009/2010

On 14 February 2009, the Kuala Lumpur Legal Aid Centre held its Annual Review and Election for the year 2008 at Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee Auditorium, Wisma Kraftangan, Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur Legal Aid Centre Anuual Review and Election was chaired by Tuan Haji Sulaiman. Mr Ravi Nekoo, Chair of KLLAC delivered his introductory speech on overall report of 2008 activities run by the KLLAC followed by the presentation of detailed reports by Project Heads of all existing committees under the KLLAC. The chairperson then opened up the floor for Question and Answers session allowing volunteer lawyers to ask questions on reports presented by Project Heads of all existing committees under the KLLAC. After the Question and Answer session was concluded, the Chairperson proceeded with election of four Office Bearers positions namely Chair, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer by opening up the floor for nomination. The four elected Office Bearers for the year 2009/2010 are :- C

Parking at Malacca Court Complex

Dear members, Kindly take note - The Malacca Bar Committee has made this announcement regarding the car parking arrangement at Malacca Court Complex . Members should not park their vehicles on the road shoulder outside the Malacca Court Complex as the authorities have started to issue summons from 12th January 2009 . They can park their vehicles in JAYA JUSCO car-park, the gate is opened from 8.00 a.m onwards.   Guide to Jaya Jusco from Ayer Keroh toll: Go straight (past the Court complex) until the first traffic light after Melaka Mall (opposite Jaya Jusco) and make a U-turn to go to Jaya Jusco.  

KLBC Elections at the KL Bar AGM on 26 February 2009

The KLBC will be implementing a system whereby candidates who are intending to stand for election at the AGM will be announced on the KL Bar Blog . Members may thereafter pose questions or queries to the respective candidates on issues of concern or interest. The candidates may respond but are not obliged to do so. It is hoped this mechanism will promote awareness and a better understanding of the candidates who wish to seek election at the AGM on 26 February 2009. The KLBC would like to invite all candidates who are intending to run for the position of Chairman, Kuala Lumpur Bar's Representative to the Bar Council and Committee Member, to email the following information to before 5pm, 18 February 2009 : (i) Name; (ii) Photograph; and (iii) Brief particulars of themselves in not more than half an A4 sized page Subject to the moderation by the KLBC, the above information will be posted on the KL Bar Blog on 19 February 2009. Candidates who are intending to stand

Notification of Bar Council Legal Aid Centre (Kuala Lumpur) Annual Review and Elections 2008/2009

We wish to inform that the BCLAC (KL) annual review and elections for year 2008/2009 has been scheduled as follows: i) Date: 14th February 2009 (Saturday) ii) Time: 9.00 am - 12.30 pm iii) Venue: Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KLBC) Auditorium,10th Floor, Wisma Kraftangan, Jalan Tun Perak, 50050 Kuala Lumpur The agenda for the meeting is as follows: 1) To review and evaluate the programs for 2008 2) Elections of the Office Bearers for 2009.

Online version of Relevan

The Publications Committee would like to introduce the online edition of Relevan. we have uploaded the latest issue of Relevan, being No. 2/2008. The printed copies of Relevan are being printed and sent out even as you read this. Do check out the online version below though and do leave your feedback in the comments section of the blog. > We're sorry, your browser doesn't support IFrames. You can still visit this item. , however. Lee Shih Chair Publications Committee

Donations handed over to Mercy

After almost a month of fund raising, the Malaysian Bar collected RM31,495.25 from the members of the Bar; for it’s Palestine Humanitarian Fund . The Fund was initiated after the attacks by Israel over Palestine, causing the death of many people and injuries to many more.   On 6 th February 2009, the Malaysian Bar handed over a cheque for the above said amount to Mercy Malaysia, a body which we have been liaising since the setting up of the Fund. Mercy have sent many doctors and medical equipment to Gaza via Egypt, and they continue to sent the same over. The National Young Lawyers Committee was instructed to handle the fund-raising and led by Roger Tan and a team of lawyers, they went out to garner as much donations as possible. But at the end of the day, it was the joint effort of many other lawyers who helped the Fund took off.   Again, Lawyers showed that when it matters, they stood up and helped. Kudos to those who donated.