Circular No. 47 of 2007 : Meeting with Chief of Police, Malacca

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  • September 11, 2007
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11th September, 2007

To: ALL MEMBERS OF MALACCA BAR & CHAMBERING PUPILS

CIRCULAR NO. 47 OF 2007

On 6th. September, 2007, the Malacca Bar Committee called on Dato’ Mortadza Nazerene as a courtesy visit and the grouses of members of the Malacca Bar in the course of their dealings with the Royal Malaysian Police Force, Malacca. (“RMP”)

General : Delay

One of the principal concerns raised was the issue of delay in general, whether arising generally or specifically – from investigations, charges being made out against accused or in the supply of police reports.

While investigations and/or charge can take some time, members are advised that at least in relation to the supply of police reports there is a benchmark of 3 days for police reports to be supplied.

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Legal Aid Awareness Campaign 2007 : Launching and On the Campaign Trail

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  • September 7, 2007
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Launching at ACS on 3rd SeptOn 3.09.2007, the Chairman of the Malacca Bar, Mr. Ng Kong Peng launched the Legal Aid Awareness Campaign (themed Next Generation Rights), at the Malacca level, at the Anglo-Chinese School in Tranquerah, Malacca. In his speech to commemorate the event, the Chairman highlighted that 2007 was a signal year for the nation. After all, it had just celebrated its golden jubilee.

Nevertheless, the Chairman gently reminded everyone that the milestone was not purely reserved for walks down memory lane. The milestone also serves as an opportune time to remind ourselves that the hope of this nation’s future lies in the hands of its youths. More so, when it is considered within the backdrop of a recent census which confirms that 1/3rd of the nation’s population were below the age of 15 years old. For that reason, it was important to realize the rights of our next generation in a more significant manner as it would further cement the democratic ideals and aspirations of our forefathers.

In the finest traditions of speeches delivered in the good old days of Malacca, the Chairman then ended his speech by thanking everyone and delivered the following pantun:

Buah Rambutan Buah Pulasan,
Dimakan oleh anak kera,
Undang-undang kita jadikan landasan,
Supaya hidup aman sejahtera

Kasih dianyam bersulam sayang,
Hati terpaut tidak keruan,
Remaja kini tunggak wawasan,
Ke arah negara cemerlang, gemilang, dan terbilang.”

Following this launching, the Malacca Legal Aid Sub-Committee hit the proverbial “campaign trail” and gave talks at a number of schools. Thus far, talks have been given at the following schools i.e. the Anglo-Chinese School (3/9), the Methodist Girls High School (5/9) and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Muhammad (4/9) with topics ranging from individual rights against the police, traffic rules and sexual abuse.

The events would reach its apex on the 8th. and 9th. of September whereby the Malacca Legal Aid Sub-Commitee will be holding a legal aid clinic from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm in Tesco Melaka. Members of the public are invited to turn up and avail themselves of the free advice provided on that day.

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Malacca Bar Committee to work together with the police

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  • September 7, 2007
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MALACCA, Thurs: The Malacca Bar Committee, led by Ng Kong Peng, paid a courtesy call to the Malacca Police Chief, Datuk Mortadza Nadzerene. Some high ranking members of the Malacca police force were also present at the meeting.

In his welcoming address, Datuk Mortadza said that lawyers are part of the criminal justice system and that the police and members of the Bar should work together to fight crime in Malacca. At the moment, Malacca ranks 6th in the country in terms of crime rate.

On that note, Datuk Mortadza said that the police will support the Legal Aid Sub Committee’s programme in conducting talks in secondary schools on issues of crime prevention. He said that it is important to educate school children and encourage them to stay away from crime.

During the brief meeting, Fatima Tahir Ali, the Chairperson of the Legal Aid Sub Committee, presented a plaque to Datuk Mortadza as a token of the Bar’s appreciation for the support and contribution by the police to school projects during the recent Legal Aid and Law Awareness campaign.

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Legal Aid Campaign 2007

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  • September 3, 2007
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The Legal Aid Subcommittee will be conducting a Legal Aid Awareness week from 3.09.2007 till 9.09.2007. Members who are interested to participate in the events are advised to contact the Chairman of the Subcommittee i.e. Puan Fatima Tahir Ali if they wish to volunteer their services for the same.

The events planned for the duration of the campaign are as follows:

  • 3.09.2007 – Launching Ceremony and Talks at Anglo-Chinese School, Tranquerah, Malacca (11.20 am onwards)
  • 4.09.2007 – Talks at SMK Sultan Muhammad (2.30 pm onwards)
  • 5.09.2007 – Talks at MGS and radio show at Radio Melaka (10.40 am onwards)
  • 8.09.2007 – Legal Aid Clinic at Tesco Melaka (9.30 am – 5.30 pm) *
  • 9.09.2007 – Legal Aid Clinic at Tesco Melaka (9.30 am – 5.30 pm) *

* lunch will be provided to the volunteers on duty for the day

The Legal Aid Subcommittee welcomes the participation of volunteers in particular for the events on 8th. and 9th. of September as a large crowd is expected to turn up and avail themselves of the free advice provided throughout the campaign.

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Announcement

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  • September 3, 2007
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The Malacca Bar Committee Professional Practice & Development Sub Committee presents a talk on “Give Me My Share” – Handling Contested Probate Matters. The details are as follows:

Speaker : Puan Hendon Mohamed Advocate & Solicitor
Date: 14.9.2007
Time: 4.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.V
enue: Melaka Straits Hotel
Charges : RM15-00 for those who register and pay on or before 7.9.2007
RM20.00 for those who register and pay on or before 12.9.2007
RM50.00 for those who register and pay after 12.9.2007 (subject to availability of seats)
FOC for chambering students (attendance is compulsory)

Please register with Mr Lawrence Ang at the Malacca Bar office.

About the Speaker : Puan Hendon Mohamed . She was called to the Bar on 18.4.1963. She was the first female president of the Malaysian Bar from 1995 to 1997. She is currently practicing in Rastam Singa & Co.

Future talk
Date : 9.11.2007
Topic : “Here comes the white knight” – reviving abandoned housing projects

Speaker: To be confirmed(from Deloitte Corporate Solutions Sdn Bhd)

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Lawcare: Beneficiary Gets RM30,000.00

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  • August 27, 2007
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Cheque PresentationThe Malacca Bar Committee presented a cheque for the sum of RM30,000.00 to the beneficiary of Balakrishnan a/l Krishnan in a simple ceremony held at the Malacca Bar Secretariat on 2208.2007. The RM30,000.00 was the entitlement to a death benefit from the LawCare insurance scheme which covers all members of the Malaysian Bar.

In his short speech, Ng Kong Peng, the Chairman of the Malacca Bar, said that death, like taxes, is a certainty. However, in times of sorrows, we can cling on to the God given gifts of cherished memories. Ng said the Malacca Bar has cherished memories of the deceased both as a friend and lawyer. While the RM30,000.00 is no replacement for the loss of the late Mr Balakrishnan, Ng said it is an expression of the love and care of the Malaysian Bar for one of its members.

Present at the ceremony was the son of the deceased, Dr. Chandraa Shekar. He thanked the Malaysian Bar for the cheque and said that the insurance scheme implemented by LawCare is a worthy programme. He also added that the Bar Council had handled all the follow up work in obtaining the death entitlement on behalf of the family of the deceased.

Dr Chandraa described the deceased as a very principled, optimistic, motivating and patient man. The deceased left behind his wife, Vimala Devi, 61, son Dr Chandraa and daughter Miss Premlatha Balakrishnan.

With effect from 01.07.2006, all members of the Malaysian Bar in active practice, with a valid Sijil Annual for the current year are automatically covered under an insurance scheme. Members with a valid Practicing Certificate are entitled to claim Partial and Permanent Disability as well as Death Benefits under the said insurance scheme. Apart from the insurance scheme, the Lawcare fund also takes care of members who require financial assistance for medical bills or illnesses, subject to a means test.

Members of the Bar are advised to ensure that they have completed and returned to the Bar Council the nomination forms in respect of the said insurance scheme.

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