The MMA and Bar Games 2007

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  • August 13, 2007
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Report by Terence Chan, Gillian Tay and Jocelyn Chong

The annual games between the Malacca Bar and the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) Malacca Branch was held on Saturday, 28.7.2007 at the Malacca Club Sports Complex in Tanjung Kling, Melaka. Among the games played were badminton, table tennis, squash, netball, snooker and soccer. Netball was called off eventually due to the lack of players from MMA.

The Malacca Bar started the ball rolling with an emphatic win through our first doubles in badminton where the pair of Kelvin and Muhamad Faizal won with a score of 15-9, 15-5. Malacca Bar easily thumped the MMA 6-1 and MMA won the only consolation point after defeating our last double of T.S Moi and Aloysius.

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Important Announcement

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  • August 13, 2007
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Kindly be informed that all cases fixed in Malacca High Court 1 before the learned High Court Judge from 8th to 12 th September 2007 will be postponed due to a Judges’ Conference.

Please be guided accordingly.

Wong Fook Meng

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The Need for Intellectual Property Protection for Inventors

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  • August 8, 2007
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Talk presented by Damian Yeo at a Seminar on Building Industry Solution’s To Sustainable Development held on 7th August 2007 in Putra World Trade Centre organized by CIDB Malaysia.

I must take this opportunity to thank the organizers for allowing me to deliver this piece. This topic is of great importance but unfortunately there is a lack of awareness of its importance.

What is Intellectual Property?

We protect our tangible properties in our daily life. We install alarms in cars and houses to deter ‘breakins’. We lodge caveats in the land office when we purchase property to avoid unauthorized dealings with our property. We know the boundaries and limitations in protecting our tangible properties because we are able to see, touch and feel them. So what about intellectual property then?

Almost everyone in society is a user and potential creator of intellectual property. Its protection, through a system of national and international rules called intellectual property rights, is necessary to provide incentives and financing for innovation and creation, which in turn leads to economic, cultural and social progress. Protection for intellectual property also encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge and a wide range of quality goods and services. As such Intellectual property rights add value for consumers and can provide a guarantee of where it comes from and its quality.

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Announcement: Criminal Law Training

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  • August 8, 2007
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PUSAT BANTUAN GUAMAN MAJLIS PEGUAM (KUALA LUMPUR)
BAR COUNCIL LEGAL AID CENTRE (KUALA LUMPUR)
Telephone: 26913005, 26932072. Fax: 26930527 Email: lacklb@streamyx.com
Tingkat 6, Wisma Kraftangan, No. 9, Jalan Tun Perak, 50050 Kuala Lumpur

Bil. Kami: LAC-SKILS DEV – TRAINING 2/2007
Bil. Tuan:
5 July 2007

Dear Friends at the Bar,

CRIMINAL LAW TRAINING

The Skills Training Committee has made great efforts in organising a training session for those of you who may be interested in getting started as a criminal law practitioner. The selection of speakers, conductors of the moots, moderators and special invites to introduce and conclude the training session reflects the quality of training that we have put together for you.

We have lined-up lawyers who are exceptionally skillful and highly specialised in their respective areas of criminal practice. The team led by Mr Jagjit Singh will share their knowledge in conducting criminal trials and the issues involved. This team of lawyers, in spite of their demanding schedule would be there at the Law Faculty, University of Malaya on 24th and 25th August 2007 to share their knowledge, experience and expertise.

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Circular No. 38 of 2007 : Malacca Bar Legal Directory

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  • August 6, 2007
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3rd August, 2007

To: ALL MEMBERS OF MALACCA BAR.

CIRCULAR NO. 38 OF 2007
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Malacca Bar Legal Directory 2007

Attached herewith is a list of changes and additions for the period 1st April, 2007 – 31st July, 2007, to the Malacca Bar Legal Directory 2007, which was issued to all Malacca Bar members in April, 2007. Kindly update your copy of the directory accordingly.

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Kurt Waldheim: A Comparative ‘Reminiscence’

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  • August 1, 2007
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contributed by Dr Myint Zan

With the death of Kurt Waldheim (1918-2007) the world now has (only) three instead of four former UN Secretaries-General alive. For nearly six months when Kofi Annan retired on the last day of 2006 after serving two terms as the seventh UN Secretary-General there were an unprecedented four former UN Secretaries-General. The obituaries of Dr. Waldheim that the writer has read deals mainly with his Nazi past and in comparison not much mention is made of Waldheim’s achievements and failures when he was at the helm of the United Nations from 1972 to 1981.

It is not for me to further add to what Time magazine obituary has called the ‘Waldheim affair’ i.e. the ‘discovery’ and publicity of his Nazi past, his evasions and to put it diplomatically ‘untruths’ or partial truths he had made when this issue came to the fore in 1986. The discovery and controversy regarding Waldheim’s Nazi past took place nearly five years after he was forced to retire from the helm of the United Nations in December 1981 when he successfully campaigned for the Austrian presidency. (Waldheim had also unsuccessfully campaigned for the presidency of Austria in 1971 – the year he became UN Secretary-General.)

Instead, I intend to discuss the issue of campaigning for the UN Secretary-General position which, roughly, started in what can now being called the Waldheim era. It is now established practice within and outside UN circles that when a UN Secretary-General retires (as in the case of voluntary retirements of U Thant, the third UN Secretary-General, Javier Perez de Cuellar, the fifth, Kofi Annan, the seventh as well as in the ‘involuntary retirements’ of Waldheim himself in 1981 and Boutros Boutros-Ghali in 1996) there is from both within and outside the UN circles ‘campaigning’ for the job. The first three Secretaries-General of the UN did not ‘campaign’ for the job and there was, during those times of the selection for the Secretary-General position, much less –if any- ’campaigning’ at all by the candidates whose names have been mentioned as possible UN Secretaries-General. In those good old days it was the office that sought the person rather than the other way around.

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