|Clearing the Bar of ‘misplaced fears’|
|Thursday, 12 July 2012 09:02am|
©The Sun Daily (Used by permission)
by Hemananthini Sivanandam
KUALA LUMPUR (July 11, 2012): The perception that the proposed law academy will replace the Bar Council is merely a “misplaced fear” played up by the opposition, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said.
Each of them serves different purposes, he said while stressing that the academy is also different from the council in terms of its membership eligibility and objectives.
“The council was formed under the Legal Profession Act 1976 and cannot be simply replaced unless a motion is brought to Parliament. You need to understand this and not be confused,” he said in reply to a supplementary question by Dr Ariffin S.M. Omar.
Ariffin asked the actual purpose of the academy and expressed fear that its formation may divide the legal fraternity.
Liew said the proposal for the academy was made more than 10 years back, but was dropped in 2002 as the government wanted to review it.
“The government believes that by expanding its membership, it will attract more legal practitioners, judicial and legal officers, scientists and other individuals related to the field,” he said in reply to Datuk Mohd Olian Abdullah.
Liew said at present, there are individuals with legal background who do not belong to any institution, thus, the government hopes to establish the academy to provide a forum for them.
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