Law Awareness Campaign 2018

The Malacca Bar Committee together with the Malacca Legal Aid Sub-Committee recently organized a Law Awareness Campaign at Mahkota Parade Shopping Centre, Melaka on 24 – 25 November 2018.

The Campaign is a project by the Malacca Bar Committee to promote legal awareness and inform the public of their law, and was first held in 2002. During this Campaign, volunteer members of the Malacca Bar provide members of the public with legal advice on various areas of the law without any consultation charges. Over the years, the Campaign has been regularly held almost every year at different locations to reach out to a wider section of the public.

The Campaign this year was especially significant, as for the first time ever, it was graced and launched by the Honourable Chief Minister of Malacca, Yang Amat Berhormat Tuan Haji Adly bin Zahari. Also present during the launch were Yang Berhormat, Datuk Abazafree bin Mohd Abbas, the Malacca State Legal Adviser, and Yang Berhormat Tuan Damian Yeo, the Malacca State Assemblyman for Duyong and Chairman of MELCAT.

The official launch was held at 2.30pm on Saturday, 24 November 2018. The Malacca Bar Chairman, Mr Jaspal Singh Gill, in his welcome speech, thanked the Honourable Chief Minister for being present to launch the Campaign, and expressed hope that future law awareness campaigns would receive the support and assistance from the Malacca State Government.

The Honourable Chief Minister was then invited to give a speech, and he thanked members of the Malacca Bar for volunteering their time to give legal advice to the people of Malacca. He then officially declared the Campaign open. Mr Amritpal Singh, the Malacca Legal Aid Subcommittee Chairman, invited Mr Jaspal on stage to give a token of appreciation to the Chief Minister.

After the official opening, Mr Jaspal and Mr Amritpal led the Honourable Chief Minister to the registration counter, which was manned by the chambering pupils, and explained how the legal clinic operated. Each person requiring advice was requested to provide his name and what area of law he required advice on. The pupil would then scroll through a list of lawyers on duty for that day, and upon finding a lawyer with that expertise, lead the person to an available table where the lawyer would then meet the person and give legal advice.

The Campaign ran smoothly for 2 days from 10.00am to 6.00pm, and advice was given on criminal law and civil law, including land matters, divorce and matrimonial disputes, employment issues, and making wills. Advice was also given on Syariah matters by lawyers qualified in the area. At an adjacent area, legal officers from the Malacca State Legal Adviser’s Office gave advice and distributed pamphlets to the public to create awareness on sexual crimes against children which has become prevalent of late.

A total of 35 volunteer lawyers and 25 pupils were involved in the Campaign, and advice was given to approximately 112 members of the public throughout the 2 days.

The Malacca Bar Committee wishes to record its appreciation and thanks to the Honourable Chief Minister for attending and launching the Campaign this year. We also wish to thank all volunteer lawyers who sacrificed their time away from their families to give advice to members of the public throughout the 2 days, and the chambering pupils who manned the registration counters. Special thanks must be made to the Malacca Bar Executive Secretary, Mr Kennies Cheong, and the rest of the Malacca Bar Committee staff, for working tirelessly right up to the final day to make the Law Awareness Campaign 2018 a huge success.

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