Malaysian Bar expected to discuss delays in abolishing draconian laws, claims of judicial misconduct at AGM


KUALA LUMPUR: In its 73rd annual general meeting, the Malaysian Bar is expected to vote on resolutions regarding issues such as the delay in the abolition of draconian laws and the claims of judicial misconduct made by appellate judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

Outgoing Bar president George Varughese (pic) proposed two motions, one of which is related to the call for an immediate abolition or repeal of repressive laws in the country.

Such laws would include the Sedition Act, Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma), among others.

Charles Hector, Francis Pereira and Shanmugam Ramasamy also filed a separate motion on the dissatisfaction over the government’s delay in repealing draconian laws.

The second motion filed by George on behalf of the Bar Council is to call for the report by the Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) to be made public.

The IRC had submitted its report to the government in July last year but its contents have not been made known to the public.

Arguably one of the more closely watched motions at the AGM would be the move to discuss the “extremely serious and shocking” allegations of judicial misconduct made by Court of Appeal judge Hamid.

Hamid had previously made the claims in a 65-page affidavit filed in support of an application by famous lawyer Karpal Singh’s daughter Sangeet Kaur Deo to declare that the chief justice had failed to defend the integrity of the judiciary in two cases.

The motion to discuss the matter was proposed by Balwant Singh Sidhu.

The Bar has its AGM Saturday (March 16) at Wisma MCA here, with about 700 members in attendance as at 11.30am.