An email from Azman Thaiyub Khan, a member of the Malaysian Bar, sent to the “Lawyerstalk” email forum, comprising more than 8,500 Malaysian lawyers. Azman had prepared a “Statement On Members’ Complaints With Regards Current Court Proceedings” leading up to a press conference held by the Bar Council on 4 March 2011. The email below was sent after the press conference, and press release. You can view Azman’s statement in full here.
The press conference in relation to the issue of KPI was held today. Personally I would classify it as wholly unsuccessful.
My justifications are as follows:
First and foremost, despite a whole lot of noise, the lawyers have once again proven that we are all talk and no action. Despite my invite and e-mails and SMSes, hardly seven members of the Bar actually turned up to support (but never mind I am sure you will all get old and get sick and get ill and have family members passing away and you won’t be able to get adjournments from courts and AT THAT TIME you shall remember me and my attempt). Also not seen were those who promised to stand by me.
It is my personal view that while the Bar Council gave face to me and my effort, they are still hiding behind their fear of repercussions and therefore did distance themselves from my statement by handing it out separately from their own statement and subsequently only uploading their (as usual) mildly worded statement on the web. This was contrary to the agreement that my statement shall form part of the press statement by the Bar Council.
Although the media turnout was actually full force, after an hour of speech they had no idea what was trying to be conveyed to them. And when they did ask “what do you want?” the answer should have been “for the CJ to stop saying we are the cause for the delay and backlog.”
But never mind. I am quickly turning into one of those people who don’t give up easily these days so I shall take further steps now as I deem fit.
Anyway, I attach herewith a copy of the statement that I spent days researching and working on for ALL YOUR BENEFIT, for your reading pleasure as you continue to wait long hours in court, conduct trials into the night and weekends and gripe and whine in the court corridors (and of course the corridors of Bar Council!).
Azman is silly person who thinks that the world should conform to some sort of accepted worldly law of fairness and justice only to find this belief being eroded more and more each tiring and resentful day.
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