Article contributed by Parvinder Kaur, Officer, National Young Lawyers Committee, Bar Council
The Bar Council National Young Lawyers Committee (“NYLC”) organised a casual event with the President of the Malaysian Bar, Steven Thiru, on 30 May 2015, at the Straits Food Company in Bangsar.
Simply called “Teh Tarik Session with Steven Thiru”, the event which took place from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, allowed young lawyers, pupils in chambers and law students to have an informal session with the President himself. The event began with an opening address by the Co–Deputy Chairperson of the NYLC, Yeoh Tung Seng, before the question–and–answer session with Steven Thiru commenced.
The participants posed many questions to Steven Thiru, including his personal motivation to take up law as a profession, as well as his personal experiences in practice. The participants also queried about the Common Bar Course and Continuing Professional Development as well as the Bar’s stand on the Prevention on Terrorism Act 2015 (“POTA”) and the amendments to the Sedition Act 1948.
The interactive session was attended by some 27 participants, and all of them had the opportunity to speak to the President and address issues that concern them. Steven Thiru himself had a few words of advice for the young lawyers, telling them that “life is an experience and not a textbook. The more you put yourself into it, the more mistakes you make, and the better you become.”
NYLC would like to thank Scribe Transcribing Services for sponsoring the food and drinks, and Straits Food Company for hosting the event.