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Shanmuga K sometimes sees a purple banana emerging in his sub-conscious. An article seems to then be magically written. He is @shanmuga_k on Twitter. When he does not see those purple bananas, he practices as a lawyer at www.kanesalingam.com

Litigation Lawyer Wish List

Litigation Lawyer Wish List

In this 3rd instalment of LoyarBurokking for the Bar, some modest requests are made which ought not be too difficult to fulfil. If sorted out, practising law as a litigation lawyer may be a little bit more comfortable.

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Bar Council: Scared of Banks?

Bar Council: Scared of Banks?

The Bar Council bans lawyers from accepting fees from developers to pay for the legal fees of homebuyers. But it does not stop lawyers accepting fees from borrowers to pay for the legal fees of banks. Why this disparate treatment for two entities who are both in superior bargaining positions?

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“Peruntukan” challenge: Leave granted

The grounds of judgment of Aziah Ali J in granting leave to Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj to challenge the “Special Constituency Allocation” given by the Federal Government only to Barisan Nasional MPs.

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Seriously: What Is LoyarBurok And What Does It Do?

Seriously: What Is LoyarBurok And What Does It Do?

Welcome Speech delivered on behalf of LoyarBurok at Remember | Review | Reclaim on 12th December 2010 at the Annexe Gallery, Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur at the launch of Perak: A State of Crisis. On behalf of LoyarBurok and all LoyarBurokkers, welcome to “Remember, Review, Reclaim” 1212 LoyarBurok began as a forum by 6 […]

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UKM 4 Judgment: Students can be barred from politics

UKM 4 Judgment: Students can be barred from politics

A commentary of the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s dismissal of the challenge mounted by the infamous UKM 4 against the constitutionality of Section 15(5)(a) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 (Act 30).

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Sedition held Unconstitutional

Sedition held Unconstitutional

Uganda in August held that its law of sedition is unconstitutional. Malaysia, on the eve of Merdeka investigated local rapper Namewee for sedition.

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Go to jail for posting offensive annoying comments online

On Thursday, 26 August 2010, the Shah Alam High Court dismissed a challenge by Nor Hisham Osman on the constitutionality of the charge against him under section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988. The impact of this decision is very wide: any “offensive” communication online made with intent to annoy another person can now be criminalised.

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Harrumph. Tell us something new, Ed.

Harrumph. Tell us something new, Ed.

LoyarBurokker Shanmuga K. critiques Edmund’s “Biting Interview” as critiquing what lawyers and the rakyat already know. Old news, really.

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[DIKEMASKINIKAN] Peguam Kian Diancam

[DIKEMASKINIKAN] Peguam Kian Diancam

Tahun yang lalu 5 orang peguam ditahan kerana “berkumpul secara haram” setelah dinafikan peluang untuk berjumpa dengan anak guam. Minggu lalu Suruhanjaya Sekuriti cuba menjadikan peguam saksi bertukar menjadi saksi. Hari ini peguam, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri dijadikan saksi oleh MACC.

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Lawyers now harassed by Securities Commission

Lawyers now harassed by Securities Commission

Not content with harassing journalists, the Securities Commission now hops on the bandwagon of other law enforcement agencies by trying to harass lawyers accompanying the journalists.

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[UPDATED] Lawyers to waste more time waiting in Court – WWBCD?

[UPDATED] Lawyers to waste more time waiting in Court – WWBCD?

What is the Bar Council going to do to ensure that lawyers are not made to waste their time in Courts waiting for their cases to be called, especially as Courts will now start sitting from 8.30a.m. and not 9.00a.m. as before.

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Non Muslims as Syariah Loyars?

Non Muslims as Syariah Loyars?

In its press statement about non Muslims as Syariah lawyers, the Bar Council got the wrong end of the stick when it talks about a “dual” legal system in Malaysia, and that the Syariah system is “established” by the Constitution.

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Bangladesh Yes, Nepal Maybe, Lao PDR Maybe, Malaysia?

Bangladesh Yes, Nepal Maybe, Lao PDR Maybe, Malaysia?

A consideration of Malaysia’s “wait and see” approach to accession to the Rome Statute that governs the International Criminal Court (ICC) as Bangladesh acceded on Mar 23, 2010 and other developing nations are actively considering ratification.

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Malaysians who voted in UK: Beware!

Malaysians who voted in UK: Beware!

An interesting aspect of the recently concluded UK elections was that Malaysians living there could also vote, since they are Commonwealth citizens. Many of them may well have done so. What they probably did not realise was that they could now lose their Malaysian citizenship as a result.

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Penjara kerana miskin & bujang?

Adakah patut seorang yang miskin, yang tidak mampu membayar denda, sebaliknya dipenjarakan untuk 1 tahun dan disebat 6 kali kerana kesalahan pertama meminum arak di khalayak ramai?

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Book Ban Decision No. 2 – March 8

The grounds of decision of Ariff Yusof J in upholding the ban on K. Arumugam’s Tamil book, “March 8” regarding the violent clashes in Kampung Medan on 8th March 2001.

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UN Minorities Forum: Will it do any good?

UN Minorities Forum: Will it do any good?

The final instalment, where the cynical writer finds that maybe he did not waste him 3 days in Geneva.

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UN Minorities Forum: What about Judges?

Malaysians making oral interventions on the Judiciary again. No amusing repetitions of “correct, correct, correct” this time, though.

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UN Minorities Forum: Malaysian Oral Interventions

The oral interventions at the United Nations by our intrepid Malaysian duo cause some excitement.

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UN Minorities Forum: Malaysians in Geneva

UN Minorities Forum: Malaysians in Geneva

Was the UN Minorities Forum held in Geneva in November 2009 useful or just set piece theatre? K Shanmuga attended, and this is Part 1 of his report.

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