|Law academy to go ahead|
|Friday, 15 June 2012 09:17am|
©The Star (Used by permission)
by MAZWIN NIK ANIS, MARTIN CARVALHO and YUEN MEIKENG
THE Government will proceed with its proposal to set up a law academy without seeking the approval of the Bar Council, the House was told.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the academy will not engage members from the Bar Council but will be an organisation that represents the law profession as a whole, to include academicians and former judges.
“We tabled the proposal for the first reading 10 years ago. What right has the Bar Council to hinder academicians and those who work in banks, the Attorney-General’s Chambers, and former judges from having their own association? The academy will not engage members from the Bar Council. That would not be right.”
He said there should not be a necessity for consultation with the Bar Council on other people’s rights.
“The issue does not arise. If the Bar Council is to restrain it, it will be infringing on people’s rights,” he told Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah).
Fong had wanted to know if the decision to set up the academy had been made and if the Government wanted to consult the Bar Council on the matter.
Nazri said the Government would go ahead with the setting up of the academy but would do so at the right time.
Nazri said the freedom of association of every Malaysian citizen was guaranteed under the Federal Constitution and the Bar Council had no right to prevent it.
“If they oppose this freedom of association, it will mean that they are the ones who are trampling on the fundamental rights of others,” he said.
To another question from Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena), he said the Government could not control the academy as it was going to be set up through legislation, just like the Bar Council.
He denied that the revival of the Bill was in response to the Bar’s opposition towards the Government’s stand on Bersih.
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