On 27 May 2016, the President of the Malaysian Bar issued a Circular to members of the Malaysian Bar (“Proposal to Amend the Legal Profession Act 1976 is a Severe Threat to the Independence of the Malaysian Bar“). The Circular informed members that the Bar Council had been notified by the Attorney General’s Chambers that the Government intends to pursue drastic amendments to the Legal Profession Act 1976 (“LPA”), and that those amendments “pose a serious threat to the independence of the Malaysian Bar, and are an unwarranted interference into the self-regulation and internal management of the Malaysian Bar”.
The Bar Council has been taking, and will continue to take, various measures to oppose the proposed amendments. The Bar Council has received numerous letters, press statements and other expressions of support by foreign bars, law societies, and civil society organisations on this issue, which can be viewed at this link.
The following flyers have been prepared by the Bar Council to summarise the proposed amendments as an easy reference for those interested. The PDF version is available here.