|Why hire London legal firm, S’gor Govt asked|
|Wednesday, 21 March 2012 08:21am|
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KUALA LUMPUR: MCA has questioned the intentions of the Selangor Government in seeking the advice of a London-based legal firm to resolve the stalemate with the Federal Government over its water restructuring exercise.
The state government was “discarding the ability” of its own legal team, elected lawmakers as well as other lawyers who are ordinary members or office bearers in all the parties under the opposition PKR-DAP-PAS pact, said party legal bureau chairman Tay Puay Chuan.
Citing an example, Tay said that in 2006 when a request was made to the High Court for Cherie Blair, the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, to represent construction company Fawziah Holdings in the Federal Court, Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Wan Afrah Wan Ibrahim ruled that she had not satisfied Section 18 of the Legal Profession Act 1976 that requires special qualifications or experience of a nature not available among lawyers in Malaysia.
Tay said yesterday that apart from the Attorney-General, the Bar Council and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KLBC) also objected.
“The ruling by Justice Wan Afrah clearly indicates that Malaysian lawyers have the qualifications, experience and skills needed to represent the Selangor Government.
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