Article contributed by Mazni Ibrahim, Officer, and photos by Adi Irman, Administrative Assistant, Bar Council
The “Seminar on Competition Laws and Policies”, organised by the Bar Council Intellectual Property Committee, took place on 24 Jan 2011 at the Bar Council Auditorium. The event, which featured local and foreign speakers discussing competition laws and policies, was attended by approximately 100 participants.
The seminar began with a talk on “Basic Understanding of the Competition Act 2010” by Member of the Bar, Chew Phye Keat. Drawing on his extensive experience, Chew gave a good introduction on competition laws and related issues. His speech, enriched with relevant examples, was received positively by the participants. Chew’s talk was followed by a descriptive presentation from Brian Law, another Member of the Bar, on the Competition Act 2010 (“Act”). The participants gained a better understanding of the Act from the presentation.
After a tea break, Mohd Aidil Tupari, representative of the Interim Competition Unit of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism, presented a paper entitled “Implementation of the Malaysian Competition Law and Policy, and Functions of the Commission”. He provided a historical overview of the Act and highlighted its necessity and benefits. Furthermore, he compared the situation in Malaysia with that of other countries.
The final speaker for the seminar, Ken Chia, a legal practitioner in Singapore, gave a talk on “Getting Started – Basic Moves to Comply with Competition Requirements”. As Singapore is a few years ahead of Malaysia in dealing with competition laws, Chia was able to share his knowledge based on his experiences in the country.
The seminar was followed by a question-and-answer session that raised valid enquiries from the participants. At the moment, Malaysia has yet to enforce the Act that was gazetted in 2010. The majority of participants commented that they were keen to have another discussion once the Interim Competition Unit releases the guidelines on the Act.