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Thursday, 15 June 2017
The Star

PETALING JAYA: The Government is stepping in to defuse the problem caused by a controversial change to the Criminal Procedure examination paper for external law graduates sitting for their Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP).

Attorney-General Tan Sri Moha-med Apandi Ali also expressed dismay at the last-minute notice and vowed action.

 “I am extremely upset about this and will be taking action.

“However, I cannot disclose now what specific action I will be taking,” he told The Star.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said she would meet the Bar Council to find out more on the issue.

She noted that the Government is in the process of proposing amendments to the Legal Profession Act 1976 aimed at ensuring the welfare of those in the legal sector, particularly the Bar.

“The Bar will send some representatives to meet with us.

“We will sit down with them and the common Bar exam will be discussed in detail,” she said yesterday.

Senior lawyer Datuk Roger Tan (pic) said the students’ concern is legitimate.

“This is a major change in the exam format and sufficient notice should have been given,” said Tan.

An attempt was made to get clarification from Legal Profession Qualifying Board director Haslina Mansor by telephone calls to her office, but her assistant said to submit any enquiries by e-mail.

Lecturers and students are up in arms over the change to the format of the Criminal Procedure paper in the CLP examination this August.

Notice of the change was posted on the board’s portal on May 25 although the board decided on the matter six months ago, on Dec 7.