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民青团支持阿扎丽娜警告外国团体勿干涉国内法律事务 杨锦成:政府和法律公会应针对修订1976年法律专业法令建议举行对话

21/07/2016

针对澳洲律师协会、英国、威尔士和德国相关的专业机构共同谴责修订1976年马来西亚法律专业法令,首相署部长阿扎丽娜警告外国团体勿干预国内法律事务一事,民青团署理团长杨锦成表示支持。

杨锦成律师呼应阿扎丽娜的言论,外国团体应避免干涉马来西亚的法律事务,因为这侵犯我国的主权和不尊重我国。

“政府当务之急是听取民众对于修订1976年法律专业法令建议的关注,政府的修订建议被视为没有必要地干预我国法律事务,因为将影响该法定机构的独立性。政府应重新考虑修订1976年法律专业法令的建议,同时政府或阿扎丽娜必须与律师公会针对修订1976年法律专业法令建议举行对话,以厘清当中的事项,”杨锦成律师说。

同时也是执业律师和律师公会成员的杨锦成律师强调,律师公会保持独立很重要,但更为重要的是民众视律师公会为独立机构。在更大的透明度和真正民主精神下,他支持只是修订有关律师公会常年大会和州律师公会直选委员的建议。他捍卫所有律师公会成员都是专业、成熟和见识广博的,因此有关没有经验的争论是没有根据的。

Andy Yong: Government and Bar Council should hold dialogue on proposed amendments to LPA 1976

Gerakan Andy Yong has voiced his support for Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Azalina Othman who warned against foreign parties not to intervene in local affairs after the Australian Bar Association (ABA) and the relevant professional bodies originating in England, Wales as well as Germany denounced the proposed amendments to Malaysia’s Legal Profession Act (LPA) 1976.

Andy Yong echoed Azalina’s statement that foreign parties should refrain from interfering in Malaysia’s legal affairs as it is an intrusion of sovereignty and lack of respect towards Malaysia as a country. 

“However, it is imperative that the government takes heed of increasing public concern over the proposed amendments to the LPA 1976, which is seen as unnecessary governmental interference to Malaysian Bar’s affairs affecting the independence of the statutory body. Government should reconsider the proposed amendments to LPA 1976, a serious dialogue session must take place between the Bar Council and the government or Azalina regarding the proposed amendments to LPA 1976 in order to clear the air,” said Andy Yong. 

Andy Yong who is a practicing lawyer and member of the Bar Council stressed that it is important that the Bar Council remains independent and more importantly being seen as independent by the people. He was supportive of the only amendment proposed in the Bill in relation to direct election of office bearers at the AGM of the Bar Council and at the State Bar in the spirit of greater transparency and true democracy. He also defended that members of the Bar Council are professional, mature, well-informed which makes the argument of no experience does not carry weight.

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