Contributed by Liew Kok Heng, Writer/Editor, Bar Council Secretariat; and photo by Roslan Mahamud, Senior Administrative Assistant, Bar Council Secretariat
A meeting took place on 17 Sept 2020 between representatives from the Persatuan Peguam Syarie Malaysia (“PGSM”), the Office Bearers of the Malaysian Bar and Officers from the Bar Council Secretariat.
PGSM informed the Office Bearers that they have been tasked to bring into effect the recently enacted Syarie Profession (Federal Territories) Act 2019 (“Syarie Profession FT Act 2019”), which has been modelled after the Legal Profession Act 1976 (“LPA”).
The objective of the meeting was for PGSM to seek the views of the Bar Council on various aspects of its functions and operations.
The representatives from PGSM were Tuan Musa b Awang, President of PGSM and Puan Suriany bt Awaludin, Secretary of PGSM. Also in attendance were PSGM Committee Members Puan Faridah Ahmad, Datin Rosfinah bt Rahmat, Puan Norrasyada Osman, Puan Roswadya bt Roslan, Noor Amalina Zulkifli, Muhammad Amirul Ashraf, and Fara Azida bt Mohd Bakri, a representative from Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (“JAKIM”).
Among the matters discussed were as follows:
(1) Admission requirements for Syarie lawyers;
(2) Mandatory professional indemnity insurance;
(3) Annual subscription and levies to be imposed on Syarie lawyers; and
(4) Disciplinary matters.
The meeting also touched upon matters such as pupillage requirements, the setting up and regulation of law firms, signage requirements, efforts to reduce touting, and proposed amendments to the LPA.
The President of the Malaysian Bar remarked that the Syarie Profession FT Act 2019 is a suitable model for other states.
The meeting ended with an exchange of commemorative tokens, and both parties expressed their intent to work together in moving forward.