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By K.W. Mak
Photo by Sam Tham
LEGAL advice is given free to the public every Friday except public holidays
from 8pm to 10pm at PJ Utara MP Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun’s service centre in
Taman Mayang, Petaling Jaya.
A panel of lawyers runs the legal aid clinic and will take turns to give legal
The panel of volunteer lawyers are Lai Chee Hoe, Thong Weng Hon, Agnes Chow,
Christina Hew Chong Chee Yin, Suzzane Tang and Sree Kant Pillai.
“The public’s perception when it comes to legal advice is that you have to pay
lawyers to consult them but we want to help the public who are not well off or
do not know where to turn to for advice,” Lai said.
While this is not the first time that the panel has volunteered their services,
this is the first that the service is being formalised into a regular
consultation service made available to the public.
The team: (From left) Lai, Tang, Hew, Chong, Chew, Chow, and Thong.
The group is expecting the bulk of the issues that the public
would seek advice on are property and family related, based on the experience at
legal aid clinics organised by the National Bar Council’s National Young Lawyers
and the KL Young Lawyer committee and at the Women and Children Aid Unit under
Chew Mei Fun’s office.
Chew meanwhile commended the group for taking the initiative to offer free legal
advice to the public.
“They are setting a good example for young lawyers and they are already helping
some of my constituents, like the land issue problem in Sungei Way,” Chew said.
“In fact, we have the need for more professionals like architects and engineers
to come forward, to do the same – to give advice regardless of race and
“There are many other issues in PJ that requires their knowledge and expertise
and it would be of great help to the public if we have more such individuals
Chew added that the panel would also be helping her with research functions on
laws related to local governance and community-related issues.
Persons seeking aid from this panel do not have to provide information on their
income, savings or properties owned, as is the practise of legal aid schemes
provided by the Legal Aid Bureau (service provided by the government) and the
Legal Aid Centre (service provided by the Bar Council).
The consultation service will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis to
walk-in residents and are advised to bring all the relevant documents for the
Information will be kept strictly confidential. Lawyers and other professionals
who would like to offer their services and the public who would like to know
more about the legal aid clinic can call 03-7805 5282.