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Life's a sufferance. Lawyering a bore. As Edmund continues various escape techniques to be rid of Lord Bobo’s influence, he crusades with UndiMsia! movers to build strange youth love movements around the country. And so he tweets @edmundbon and practises the black magic art of advocacy at www.BONadvocates.com

Where are the Malaysian Public Intellectuals?

Who is a “public intellectual”? Hitchens explains. In 2008, the top 100 public intellectuals in the world were listed. Why was no Malaysian included whereas they were?:

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Full Grounds of Judgment by Aziz Rahim J. in MB v MB suit

… it is my view that the genius in our Constitution is that we have chosen a system of Government anchored on the principles and practices of Constitutional Monarchy and parliamentary democracy whereby the Yang di Pertuan Agong and the Rulers constitutional roles are set out in the Constitution and the people is given the […]

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Tell us why, please?

We hope that Judges should endeavour to write their grounds of decision and take delight in this aspect of judicial work as a matter of personal pride and satisfaction and not as a burden. Failure on the part of Judges to write their grounds of decision will certainly undermine their authority to insist upon Magistrates […]

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Notes of Grounds of Judgment in Nizar v Zambry Case

Notes of Grounds of Judgment in Nizar v Zambry Case

These are the handwritten notes of the High Court’s draft Grounds of Judgment in the MB v MB matter delivered orally on 11.5.2009, and recorded by my colleagues, Joanne Leong and Daniel Cheong, which I have vetted and edited. The learned Judge indicated that His Lordship’s full Grounds will be delivered soon. There may be […]

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Bias, Public Perception and Recusal: Judicial Consistency at LAST?

Bias, Public Perception and Recusal: Judicial Consistency at LAST?

One certain lesson we learnt at law school was that the law must be certain. The law must apply and be applied across the board fairly. Lawyers should be able to make a good assessment of the case based on the prevailing law, and be able to advise their clients accordingly. Uncertainty in the interpretation […]

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Perjuangan Peguam-Peguam: Cara dan Pengaruh Biasa v Berlainan?

Dalam temuramah “Cross Talk: Making of the hybrid lawyer of tomorrow” yang diaturkan oleh Aniza Damis (New Straits Times, 31 Januari 2009) dan disalin di bawah, kita dapat menilai bahawa bukannya visi atau objektif Badan Peguam yang bercanggah, tetapi cara menyuarakan mesej Badan Peguam yang berbeza. Outside of court, what should lawyers be doing with […]

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Kugan dan Kamunting – Lambat, Seperti Biasa

Dulu, pihak polis dan Kerajaan sering menafikan bahawa suspek-suspek yang ditahan dipukul dan didera semasa siasatan. Dulu, Menteri Dalam Negeri dan Kerajaan selalu menjustifikasikan kewujudan Kamunting dan undang-undang ISA dengan kewujudan Guantanamo Bay (GBay) dan undang-undang Patriot Act di Amerika Syarikat (AS). Kedua-dua kedudukan ini sering dicabar oleh NGO-NGO dan Badan Peguam atas dasar fakta-fakta, […]

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Arrogance Revisited

Recently, the Bar Council quietly delivered its “Discussion Paper on the Need to Separate the Posts of the Attorney General and the Public Prosecutor” to the Government. This was off the back of public discussions on the position of the AG, and a passionate write-up by Mohamad Ramli Abdul Manan, a former senior ACA officer […]

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Bar In Brief (B.I.B) Series: 11th Bar Council (BC) meeting 2008/09, 3 January 2009 (10am – about 4pm)

Bar In Brief (B.I.B) Series: 11th Bar Council (BC) meeting 2008/09, 3 January 2009 (10am – about 4pm)

In an initiative to complement BC’s efforts to expedite the delivery of information to members of the Bar and/or the public, the “Bar In Brief” series will document a summary of BC decisions/discussions/updates at its monthly meetings. This is not an exhaustive list as there are some matters/decisions which cannot be revealed or discussed in […]

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Is GOD dead?

First posted as draft-test version on 20 April 2006. Just edited for clarity and language. Thank you Yvonne Young for your insightful comment on 26 December 2008 which compelled this. Re-posted below. Relevant, I think, as the year 2008 draws to an end but atrocities in Gaza escalate.

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Isu anak-anak muda JERIT: Hentikan penindasan rakyat tertindas

Isu anak-anak muda JERIT: Hentikan penindasan rakyat tertindas

Terdapat beberapa pendapat dan ulasan dalam media massa baru-baru ini yang menyuarakan perasaan tidak menyelesakan berkenaan peranan seramai lebih dari 20 anak-anak muda JERIT yang telah mengayuh basikal-basikal mereka sempena kempen basikal JERIT ‘Rakyat Pengayuh Perubahan’. Pendapat-pendapat dan ulasan-ulasan ini telah menimbulkan perasaan yang amat tidak menyenangkan kerana ia sama sekali tidak memberi perspektif yang […]

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Loyar Buruk Loyar Burok Loyar Beruk LB

Memang benar bahawa selalunya terdapat golongan kecil atau minoriti dalam setiap profesion yang akan memburuk-burukkan nama dan reputasi profesion tersebut. Tingkahlaku minoriti akan dilihat sebagai satu representasi profesion tersebut secara amnya.

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Beware, new collective in town – introducing MALSA!

Beware, new collective in town – introducing MALSA!

20 December 2008 saw the launch of a new rights-based collective of law students. Numbering more than 100 already from over five private colleges, it will grow in strength very fast very soon.

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Majlis Peguam dibubarkan menjadi parti politik?

Ia amat menyedihkan apabila kenyataan semacam ini oleh Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang dibuat, jika benar seperti dilaporkan lebih kurang 1 bulan yang lalu: The Bar Council should opt to dissolve itself if it wanted to dabble in politics. … He also advised Muslim lawyers in the country to be united as Muslims were “under […]

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