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.


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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  • 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)


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.


The Son of the Fallen Stars

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  • August 17, 2007
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(Original Poem Written in Burmese)
By Min Ko Naing*

Recited By Min Ko Naing at the funeral of the Burmese poet Tayar Min Wai**

Translated by Dr Myint Zan
Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law
Multimedia University

Friend, you have nurtured
your belief as
though it is your own child

Friend, you have lighted
your wounds
as though they were wick-lamps

Friend, you have licked your
wounds with your own tongue
and have already learned how to be alive

Friend, you have
already peeled
your own skin:
sharpen your own bones
as though they were needles
and perfectly beautify yourself
by knitting your own clothes

Friend, tarry along my friend:
to remedy, to the best of our ability,
the hurts and wounds of
this Earth on which many stars fall
we will stay behind

go ahead my friend :
in order to protect with our palms
the heat of the Earth where many Suns
send their fury
we will stay behind

proceed first my friend
to prepare the contents page
for your poems inside
the Earth’s
sorrowful gramophone
we will stay behind

move on my friend
when the Peacock flag***
is raised again
on the walls of our Universities
we will …

** Min Ko Naing is a pseudonym for the most prominent Burmese student leader during the August-September 1988 uprising. For his role in the failed or ‘still-born’ student-led uprising Min Ko Naing was imprisoned by the Burmese authorities for more than 15 years from 1989 to 2004.

*** Tayar Min Way is a prominent Burmese poet, writer and fellow student struggler of Min Ko Naing in what is known as the 8888 generation of Burmese students uprising of 1988 (which started on 8 August 1988). Tayar Minway died in August 2007 at the age of forty-one.

**** The Peacock flag is a symbol of Burmese sovereignty and strength and is used by generations of Burmese students in their various struggles against unjust rule. As a symbol of resistance, strength and victory the Peacock Flag was first used by Burmese students in their struggle against British colonialism from the 1930s onwards. Since the 1960s the use of the Peacock Flag has been banned by the authoritarian Burmese governments. Throughout all these years where the Flag is banned Burmese students activists have displayed, talked and wrote about the Peacock Flag if not always openly then at least clandestinely as a defiance against unjust authority and as a symbol of victory. Read in the original, for the translator this moving eulogy and tribute poem –which the translator may not be able to do justice in the translation- is as much an elegy of Min Ko Naing’s departed colleague as it is a message of hope, strength and courage symbolizing the Burmese students’ and the Burmese people’s struggles and aspirations.



  • By AdminL
  • August 17, 2007
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Kindly be informed that the Federal Court will be sitting in Malacca from 28th to 30th August 2007. There will be a dinner for the Federal Court Judges on 28th August 2007. Details will be provided in due course.

Wong Fook Meng


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