08 May, 2012

Malaysian Bar Should Assist All Malaysians Affected By Bersih 3.0 Street Demo

I refer to the Malaysian Bar upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 11 May, 2012.

The EGM will discuss 12 motions proposed by the Bar Council in relation to the street demostration of Bersih 3.0, including:-

1.        The Malaysian Bar calls on the Government to pay just and proper compensation to members of the public, media professionals and lawyers who were assaulted; and

2.         The Bar Council will look into how it can assist those denied their constitutional rights and those who were assaulted to pursue claims against the relevant parties for just and proper compensation.

I welcome the proposal by Malaysian Bar to assist those that may have been assaulted during the street demonstration of Bersih 3.0.

However, in doing so, the Malaysian Bar should also provide legal assistance to all Malaysians affected by the street demonstration, whether they are participants of Bersih 3.0 or otherwise.

As such, the legal assistance by the Malaysian Bar should include assistance to pursue compensation against the relevant parties by:-

1.       local traders, business premises, taxi drivers and others who suffered financial losses as a result of the street demonstration by Bersih 3.0;

2.         policemen who were assaulted by the participants of Bersih 3.0;

3.       those whose property, including vehicles that were damages by the participants of Bersih 3.0; and

4.         any other person who may be affected by the street demonstration of Bersih 3.0.

I believe that the Malaysian Bar should uphold the principles of Justice For All and not limit its assistance to a selected group of people.

As such, I hope that the Bar Council would revise their motion before being tabled at the EGM.