Bankruptcy Amendment Bill Passed by Malaysia’s Lower House of Parliament

On 29 March 2017, it has been reported (see Bernama and the New Straits Times) that the Bankruptcy (Amendment) Bill 2016 has been passed by the Dewan Rakyat, being the lower house of Parliament of Malaysia. The changes to the law will not be in force just yet. The Bill will now be sent to the Dewan Negara and then subsequently receive Royal Assent. The coming into force of the new law will then be on a gazetted date.

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The Malaysian Lawyer and Legal Logic Asia: Companies Act 2016 Talk

As earlier posted, TheMalaysianLawyer.com is partnering up with Legal Logic Asia for this upcoming Companies Act 2016 talk. It will be on 4 April 2017 at Pullman Hotel Bangsar. Click on the image below for the registration form.

Set out below is a preview of some of the topics that will be covered at the talk. I highlight below 6 common areas I come across frequently in practice.

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Sports Doping: Positively Negative

Guest writers Richard Wee and Samuella Kong shed light on doping tests in sports. How does the international sports community monitor athletes and investigate doping cases?

Doping

The Rio Olympics 2016 have come and gone. Once again, the spirit of human passion to achieve greatness and to accomplish what was once deemed to be impossible, has been illustrated repeatedly at the Rio Olympics. In the midst of all this competition, a constant reference to fair play was made with regards to doping in sports. Due to the Russian doping scandal that first broke out in November 2014, a great suspicion has hovered over any athlete from Russia throughout the competition. Seeing a Russian athlete on the podium may have invoked suspicion among some spectators, an unfair situation for athletes not involved in the scandal. This highlights the importance of modern day athletes not only staying clean and above drugs but being perceived to be clean and above drugs.

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The Malaysian Lawyer in the Media

Early on in my legal practice, I thought to myself that I would like to one day be featured in one of the business dailies. I wanted to work hard so that I had enough knowledge to share my views.

Coincidentally, I was already following Marcus’ Counsel column in The Edge. I did not know my fellow The Malaysian Lawyer back then. He was one of the few lawyers (if not, only lawyer) writing regularly on corporate-related matters at that time. I was thinking this relatively young lawyer, with the ang moh surname, already had his own column in a leading financial newspaper.

Marcus and I of course eventually met in person, became good friends, and then on a whim, set up The Malaysian Lawyer website. We wanted to continue to share our writing. Specifically, cutting out unnecessary legalese and use clear effective language in our legal articles.

From our small platform, the number of readers of The Malaysian Lawyer has exploded and it has been picked up by media outlets. Bloomberg TV, BFM radio and Focus Malaysia have all come across this website and invited me to speak with them.

More recently, I was featured on the cover story for Malaysia SME newspaper for their 11 June 2016 edition. I was interviewed on the impact of the new Companies Bill on SMEs in Malaysia. Continue reading