KUALA LUMPUR, Sat.: The Bar Council today decided to ask Councillor Charles Hector (picture) to form and chair an ad hoc committee to look into the implementation of the resolution on elimination of all forms of discrimination proposed by him and passed by the general body in the 19 March annual general meeting.
The resolution which was unanimously carried resolved that:
(a) the Malaysian Bar acknowledges the inherent dignity and equality of all human persons irrespective of ethnicity, race, religious belief, colour, gender or language;
(b) the Malaysian Bar condemns any institution and/or person who uses, practises, propagates and/or encourages any form of discrimination;
(c) the Malaysian Bar shall actively take whatsoever necessary steps with the object of ending any/all forms of discriminatory practices;
(d) the Bar Council shall cause to comply a list of institutions/firms which takes into consideration racial/ethnic quotas of law firms before considering to retain a particular law firm or a particular lawyer, and shall thereafter take the necessary and appropriate action against such institutions who practise and/or propagate such discriminatory practices; and
(e) the Malaysian Bar call on the Malaysian government to immediately ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
When approached, Hector said those who wish to join the ad hoc committee may get in touch with him directly.
In a separate development, Vice-President Ambiga Sreenevasan informed the Council that the Court of Appeal will now hear the Malaysian Bar's appeal in Louis Edward Van Buerle v Malaysian Bar at 9.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 5 July 2005.
In the same meeting, the Council was also told that the Ipoh Court will hear the Malaysian Bar's application to strike out lawyer W.E Balasingam's originating summons challenging the validity of the AGM of the Perak State Bar on 29 August 2005.