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Monday, 07 May 2012

The Star
By Regina Lee


PETALING JAYA: A heated debate is expected to dominate the Malaysian Bar's extraordinary general meeting on Friday to discuss issues concerning the recent Bersih 3.0 rally.

While Bar Council chairman Lim Chee Wee hopes that the EGM will pass several resolutions, including seeking a public apology from the Home Minister and Inspector-General of Police for alleged use of excessive force, a senior lawyer questioned if there was a need for an EGM since it was “premature”.

The EGM is being called to discuss issues relating to the rally last month, notably the alleged use of excessive force by the police as reported by council observers.

However, senior lawyer and former Bar Council member Roger Tan said he was surprised with the need for an EGM, pointing out: “There is not even a final report by the Bar observers, no investigation by Suhakam or the independent panel as announced by the Home Minister.”

He noted that when an EGM was held so soon after the rally, there would be some anger among its members.

“Why should the Bar Council get involved in this, especially when it is still highly emotional and political?” he said.

Based on the wording of the resolution alone, Tan said the Bar Council could count him out for support.

“The decision to pass the resolutions will definitely not be unanimous,” he said.

When asked if he would “fight it out” in the EGM, he declined to elaborate.

Lim defended his proposal, saying that the EGM is for the members to debate.

“In so doing, (we) understand what happened as observed by our monitoring team, and arrive at a conclusion on what it wants to do for the future. As to members who comment it is premature, I urge them to attend the EGM to air their views,” he said.


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