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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

KLBC Activities Report for March 2018

6 March 2018
Seminar on Key Tax Considerations in Investing in Malaysia
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Thenesh Kannaa at the KL Bar Auditorium from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 23 participants and covered, amongst others, “An Overview of Malaysia Tax System”; “Tax Incentives”; “ Withholding Tax”; “ Expatriate Taxation”; “Indirect Taxation”; and “Tax Issues in Merger and Acquisition”.


7 March 2018
Seminar for Lawyers on Understanding Clients’ Corporate Annual Reports & its Financial Statements 
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 55 participants and covered, amongst others, "Introductory on its importance"; "Accounting jargons made understandable for lawyers"; "What are the components of Annual Report?"; "What are these: ledger accounts, journal entries, double-entries, T-accounts?"; "Why this term “Trial Balance”?"; "Why this term “Balance Sheet”?"; "What are the salient features of a Balance Sheet?"; "What are and the types of Assets?"; "What are and the types of Liabilities?"; and " Are Balance Sheet’s liabilities an indication of “not good” financial position and/or poor financial management”.


10 March 2018
Workshop on Understanding Applications, Coding & Tech for Lawyers 
Organised by the Information Technology and Publications Committee, this workshop, presented by Yeap Yuen Lye and Gooi Liang Zheng at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, provided lawyers a glimpse into the world of coding and how computer languages operate which may later be levied to help lawyers with legal practice. The seminar was attended by 22 participants.


14 to 15 March 2018
2-Day Practical Workshop on Basic Conveyancing Practice 
Organised by the Corporate and Conveyancing Practice Committee, this workshop was presented by Lee Peck Ha, R. Yogeswari, Dennis Teoh, Susan Joseph, Chong Wai Kuan, Nahzatul Ain binti Mohd Khalid, Sarah binti Kambali and Daphne Lew Chah Yee at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The workshop was attended by 67 participants and covered, amongst others, “Options to Purchase”; “Crafting the Final SPA”; “Conditions, Precedents and Subsequent”; “Private Caveats”; “Cooperation from the Support Staff”; “Conflict of Interest”; “Clients Management”; “Clients’ Interest”; “Risk Management”; “Land Acquisition”; “RPGT (Act 169)”; “Completion Delays”; and “Conveyancing Process A-Z”.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

KLBC Activities Report for January and February 2018



6 January 2018
4th KL Bar Pool Open Competition - 10-Ball Singles
The 4th KL Bar Pool Open competition was held at 5ive Star Pool & Bar, SS15 Subang Jaya on Saturday, 6 January 2018. The format of play was 10-Ball in a mixed category, i.e. ladies and men play in the same draw. The players were ranked on their apparent abilities with the better ones giving the weaker ones a handicap of a certain number of frames in order to even out the competition.

10 Ball is not played as much as 8 Ball or 9 Ball. It requires a combination of strategies of the latter two formats. Some of the participants were playing 10 Ball for the first time, but to their credit, they got an understanding of the game really quick. None more so than when they only had to pot one ball to win the game, i.e. the 10 Ball itself, when their opponent had potted all 9 balls in sequence only to fail to pot the 10 ball!

The players were separated into two groups. After the round robin group stage, the top eight players qualified for the knock out rounds starting with the quarter-finals.

The competition was played in a genial spirit, with the players enjoying meeting new lawyer friends who shared a common interest in pool. That said, there were some very close and competitive matches that went to the wire. The one lady who entered, Leanne Kok, won against one of the men and came close to winning against another. Ankit Sanghvi defeated a couple of more fancied opponents en route to the final which he won 7-5 to become the overall winner.




9 January 2018
Conveyancing Workshop for Pupils
The Pupils Committee organised a Conveyancing Workshop specifically for pupils on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 focusing primarily on the practical aspects of handling a brief covering the following areas, "Overview of the Conveyancing Process"; "Essential clauses found in a Sale & Purchase Agreement"; "How to fill up the relevant NLC Forms"; and "Practical Pointers for the conveyancing lawyer". 56 pupils attended the workshop which was conducted by Michael Leow Yon Meng.




10 January 2018
Pupils Introduction Session
A monthly tradition, the January’s Pupils Introduction Session was held on Wednesday, 10 January 2018. The session, attended by 104 pupils, was led by Alvin Oh. The purpose of the session is to introduce pupils to the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the Kuala Lumpur Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (“KLBC”) and the highlights of the Malaysian Bar. It included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their pupillage period. The other executive committee members of the KLBC were also present to provide input and possible solutions. As in previous sessions, the pupils were shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar.

Also included in the Pupils Introduction Session is a session on “Diversity & Inclusion” which experimental module was launched in the December’s Pupils Introduction Session. The session was conducted by Goh Siu Lin and Yu Ren Chung.




17 January 2018
Seminar on Limited Liability Partnerships
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Dato’ Richard Abas at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 63 participants and covered, amongst others, “What is an LLP?”; “Why use LLPs?”; “How to form, manage and comply”; “Practical examples”; “Statistics”; “Problems and pitfalls”; “Accounting firms experience”; and “Opportunities”.


 18 January 2018
Reference Proceedings
A Reference Proceedings was held for 10 departed members of the Kuala Lumpur Bar on Thursday, 18 January 2018 at 9:00 am. Presided by Y.A. Datuk Wira Kamaludin bin Md. Said, the Reference Proceedings was in respect and memory of Paramanathan s/o Kathegasu, Santha Bhaskara Menon, Balwant Singh, V.T. Nathan s/o Vallipuram, Gopenathan Raman Nair, Sanmugam Ponmugam Ponnan, Muhammad Zayd bin Bohorudin, Jonathan Yoon Weng Foong, Perry Tan Teck Meng and Dato’ Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah.


20 January 2018
YLC-eLawyer Workshop on Habits of a Highly Effective Lawyer
Co-organised by the Young Lawyers Committee and eLawyer, this workshop was presented by Lau Kee Sern, Shawn Ho and Eddie Law at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 54 participants.



21 January 2018
4th KL Bar Run
The 4th KL Bar Run was held on Sunday, 21 January 2018 at the Lake Gardens. This year, the KL Bar Run collaborated with Care2Run, a sports mentoring programme for youths aged 8-18 years with special focus on children with higher learning needs who come from different social economic backgrounds. A record breaking total of 130 teams with 520 runners participated in the Run of which 125 teams were lawyers' teams comprising of members of the Bar, pupils-in-chambers and law graduates whilst five teams were Care2Run teams. The Run was flagged off at 7:00 am by the Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Bar, Goh Siu Lin.

The results were as follows:

Fastest Team
Champion - Zen Runners 
1st runner-up - Speedy Gonzales
2nd runner-up - Running From The Law
3rd runner-up - CLO Mean Machine
4th runners-up - VO2 the Max

Fastest Male Runner
Champion - Neo Chi Chyn
1st runner-up - Lim Choo Hooi
2nd runner-up - Amer Hamzah Arshad
3rd runner-up - Yau Yee Ming
4th runner-up - Lee Guan Tong

Fastest Female Runner
Champion - Eunice Ong Huey Shen
1st Runner-up - Melissa Lim Yi Xin
2nd Runner-up - Lim Yam Poh
3rd runner-up - Khor Hsu Ann
4th runner-up - Ng Ai Li

Fanciest Dressed
Champion - The Pussycat Dolls
1st Runner-up - Lari Hutan Lari
2nd Runner-up - Larry. Huat Ah!
3rd runner-up - JustRunLa18
4th runner-up - Pigs Might Fly

Best Team Name
Scrambled Legs








24 January 2018
Reference Proceedings
A Reference Proceedings was held for nine departed members of the Kuala Lumpur Bar on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 at 9:00 am. Presided by Y.A. Datin Hajah Azizah binti Haji Nawawi, the Reference Proceedings was in respect and memory of Sadacharam Raman, Rajkumar Mathusuthanan, Haji Nik Mohd Rasdi bin Haji Nik Daud, Muhammad Syaharudin bin Azmi, Lim Soh Wah, Kupparedy Gopal, Shaari bin Haji Md Nor, Woo Wei Kwang and Zainal Abidin bin Abdul Rahman.


24 January 2018
Seminar on Common Issues and Pitfalls Arising from the PAM Contract
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Chan Kheng Hoe at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 54 participants.



26 January 2018
Seminar on Budget 2018 for Lawyers
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 39 participants and covered, amongst others, “Income tax, changes affecting individuals”; “Income tax, changes affecting companies”; “Stamp duty”; and “Real Property Gains Tax”.


27 January 2018
Seminar on Business Development for Young Lawyers: Building Your Career Beyond Legal Skills
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee, this seminar was presented by Foong Cheng Leong and Lee Shih at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 94 participants and covered, amongst others, “Building your practice as a young lawyer”; “Getting your first client and expanding your clientele”; “Client management”; “Specialisation: Is it necessary?”; “Improving your presentation skills”; “Utilising social media”; “Business development as a young associate”; and “Road to partnership”. The seminar included a discussion session and role play.



27 January 2018
3rd KL Bar Bowling Tournament
This Tournament was held at U Bowl, One Utama, Bandar Utama Damansara on Saturday, 27 January 2018. A total of eight teams participated in the event and the results were as follows:

Overall Champion: Order 18
1st Runner-up - ZRP Bowlers
2nd Runner-up - Punchbowl

Best Male Player
Alvin Neo

Best Female Player
Sia Siew Mun

Best Firm Team
ZRP Bowlers




29 January 2018
Seminar on Unseen Valuables
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Siti Munirah Maarof at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 17 participants.


30 January 2018
Seminar on Insolvency Act 1967 | Revamping the Bankruptcy Act 1967
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Trevor Jason Mark Padasian at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 108 participants and covered, amongst others, “"Bankruptcy (Amendment) Bill 2016 – Insolvency Act 1967"; "Government’s Objectives"; "Subordinate Legislation – Insolvency Rules 2017 and Insolvency (Voluntary Arrangement) 2017"; "Minimum Threshold Increase (RM30,000 to RM50,000)"; "Single Order Bankruptcy"; "Voluntary Arrangement"; "Substituted Service"; "Social Guarantors and Other Guarantors"; "Prohibited Objections to Discharge of Bankrupt"; "Automatic Discharge of Bankrupt"; and "Effective Dates of the Amendments".


3 February 2018
17th KL Bar vs Selangor Series 2018
The 17th Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Bar Games was held on 3 February 2018 at University Malaya Kuala Lumpur and Forum 19, Petaling Jaya with the Kuala Lumpur Bar playing hosts. Kuala Lumpur Bar beat the Selangor Bar 5-1 winning at golf, netball, volleyball, badminton and ladies futsal and drew at soccer to become the overall champion lifting the Lall Singh Muker Challenge Trophy. Selangor Bar won men’s futsal. The post games dinner and prize-giving ceremony was held in the same evening at the Pavilion Sports Bar & Brasserie, Royal Lake Club Kuala Lumpur.






5 February 2018
Seminar on Solicitors Remuneration Order
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Hj Abdul Murad bin Che Chik at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 13 participants.


6 February 2018
Seminar on An Introduction to Sports Law
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Richard Wee and Lesley Lim at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 31 participants and covered, amongst others, “An Overview of Sports Law”; “General framework of Sports Law”; “Sports Contracts”; “Doping”; and “Branding and Intellectual Property in Sports”.


6 February 2018
Seminar on Practical Insights and Tips on the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Darshendev Singh and Aainaa Liyana Abd Manaf at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 59 participants and covered, amongst others, “"What is CIPAA?"; "Does CIPAA apply to every construction contract?"; "Can you be exempted from CIPAA?"; "Insight to the adjudication process"; "Can you raise defences not contained in a Payment Response?"; "What are the powers of an Adjudicator?"; "What are your rights as the Winner?"; "What are your rights as the unsuccessful party?"; "In what circumstances can you challenge an Adjudication Decision?"; "Is it easier now for you to stay the enforcement of the Adjudication Decision?"; "Do you need to wait until the conclusion of the Adjudication before making a Jurisdictional Challenge in Court?"; "Can you as a third party be made to pay the Adjudicated Amount?"; "Can you as the Winner suspend or reduce the rate of progress of performance of your works?"; "Can you refer your dispute to both arbitration and adjudication concurrently? What happens if one is concluded before the other?"; "Can you make a claim for loss and expense under CIPAA?"; "Can you make a claim for Liquidated Damages under CIPAA?"; "Are conditional payment provisions in construction contracts still enforceable?"; "Default provisions in the absence of terms of payment in construction contracts"; "What are the recent development in the Malaysian courts?"; and "The Federal Court’s decision in View Esteem Sdn Bhd v Bina Puri Holdings Berhad".


7 February 2018
Seminar on Ship Registration and Ship Mortgages
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Clive Navin Selvapandian at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 29 participants and covered, amongst others, “"The changes that will be made by the Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act 2017”; “The law governing the enforcement of ship mortgages in Malaysia."; "The creation of a new bareboat charter registry (as opposed to a mere ownership registry) by the MSAA 2017"; "The changes to qualifications to own ships registered at the Malaysian domestic registries and the Malaysia International Ship Registry, also brought about by the MSAA 2017"; and "The different methods of enforcing ship mortgages in Malaysia and the pros and cons of each method".


8 February 2018
Seminar on Sexual Harassment
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Janice Leo at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 20 participants and covered, amongst others, "The recent and differing views of the Industrial Court on what constitutes sexual harassment and also, the present legislative recourse available to victims of sexual harassment and the legal obligations imposed on employers in dealing with complaints of sexual harassment within the workplace"; "The practical aspects of dealing with sexual harassment and good workplace policies and practices to educate, manage and minimise incidences of sexual harassment"; and “The recent development in the recognition of the new tortuous category by the Federal Court, tort of sexual harassment, in Mohd Ridzwan Abdul Razak v Asmah Hj Mohd Nor”.


9 February 2018
Pupils Introduction Session
A monthly tradition, the February’s Pupils Introduction Session was held on 9 February 2018. The session, attended by 80 pupils, was led by Alvin Oh. The purpose of the session is to introduce pupils to the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the Kuala Lumpur Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (“KLBC”) and the highlights of the Malaysian Bar. It included a brief session on “Diversity & Inclusion” and a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their pupillage period. The other executive committee members of the KLBC were also present to provide input and possible solutions. As in previous sessions, the pupils were also shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar.


9 February 2018
Appreciation Dinner
An Appreciation Dinner was held on 9 February 2018 at Precious Old China Café at Central Market for all members and non-members of the Bar who have selflessly sacrificed their time for the Kuala Lumpur Bar. These volunteers have contributed by giving lectures, conducting or moderating seminars/workshops, representing the KLBC at hearings of Admissions to the Bar, sitting in subcommittees and rendering any other form of assistance to the KLBC.

27 February 2018
Seminar on Tax Savings for Partners
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai on 27 February 2018 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 37 participants.   


28 February 2018
26th Annual General Meeting
The 26th Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of the Kuala Lumpur Bar was held at the Auditorium at Wisma MCA, Jalan Ampang. The office-bearers of the KLBC for 2018/19 elected at the AGM were: Chairman - Goh Siu Lin; Committee members - Muhendaran Suppiah, Atan Mustaffa Yussof Ahmad, Foong Cheng Leong,
Alex Anton Netto, Alvin Oh Seong Yew, Shashi Devan Thalmalingam,
New Sin Yew, Jacky Loi Yap Loong, Vivekananda Sukumaran and Chen Yu Szen Khaizan Sharizad Ab Razak was elected as the KL Bar’s Representative on the Bar Council. It was also confirmed at the AGM that the subscription for the year 2018 was to remain at RM125 per member.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Charity Night 2017 Web Report

Introduction

For the past 13 years, Charity Night has been organised as an annual event by the Kuala Lumpur Young Lawyers Committee (‘KLYLC’) to raise funds for worthy social causes.



Previous beneficiaries include the National Autism Society of Malaysia, the National Kidney Foundation, Project Light A Home, Mercy Malaysia, and the Selangor and the Federal Territory Association for the Mentally Handicapped.

This year’s Charity Night 2017 was held on 10 November 2017 at MAKESPACE @ QUILL CITY MALL and the beneficiary this year is the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Malaysia (CLAPAM).



CLAPAM is a non-profit, non-government organisation and a support group consisting of volunteers from parents with children born with cleft lip and/or palate, adults with cleft lip and/or palate and healthcare professionals who manage such individuals. Although cleft lip and palate are common, public’s awareness about it remains low. CLAPAM serves as a one stop centre to assist children born with cleft lip and/or palate and raise public awareness about it. It is a privilege and an honour for KLYLC to be able to assist CLAPAM in its noble cause.

The Night

Unlike previous years of Charity Night which were held either at clubs or at well-lit and grand places, this year’s venue was situated in an underground space with a bare interior. The atmosphere was dim and smoky, the floor was rugged. The choice of venue was made on purpose, to fit the theme of ‘underground rock and roll’.


Attendees were informed of the punk / rock dress code and many kept to it. Lawyers substituted their daily penguin suit to chains, chequered apparels, boots, and eye liners. The vibe was excellent.

Attendees started trickling into the venue from 7:30 p.m. and were greeted by a photo booth at the entrance. Most posed with the various props available and had their photos taken. Those who did so received an instant printout of their photos as souvenir.

As a considerable crowd gathered, the masters of ceremony of the night – Kelvesh Deshenraj and Chew Jiar Li kick-started the party.



As tradition dictates, Goh Siu Lin, the KLBC Chairperson gave the opening speech. Her speech was followed by a ‘call to action’ speech by CLAPAM’s President Mr. Zainal Ahmad.



After the opening, the party began.

Performers took the stage one by one, performing their best in hope to woo the attendees to donate. Donations were collected through donation boxes carried around the venue by box ambassadors. Each performance was assigned a donation box and two box ambassadors. At the end of the night, the top 3 performances that amass the most donations would be announced and be given a trophy.

There were a total of 10 performances - Umar, Mani, Iman, Angel Lee, Collin and Dev (also known as Back to the Streets), Andrea, Izzat, CLOPLAY (Band from Christopher & Lee Ong), Larissa & Joseph Cheah, Nicola & John, and finally the band of Neo, Jessie, Jeremy Ong, and Sam.











  



During the intermission, the KLYLC Chairperson, New Sin Yew, took the stage and addressed the crowd on KLYLC’s proud tradition of organising the Charity Night annually. In his words, ‘once every year we gather to do two things lawyers do best, do good and have fun!’.



The attendees were treated with a variety of performances, from Bollywood dance, singing with guitar, duets, street dancing, live band and more. At one point, the crowd surrounded the performers of CLOPLAY as they belted out the timeless crowd favourite Cantonese song of Hoi Fut Tin Hong and started head-banging and singing along.



Unsurprisingly, CLOPLAY emerged as the best performance for this year as they collected the most donation in excess of RM10,000.00 on the night itself.



Regardless of who is the winner, every cent counts as it brings a child one step closer to healing from cleft lip and palate condition, regaining speech ability, and self-esteem.

Once the 10 performances were over, the crowd was treated to the guest performance by two former KLYLC Chairperson, Alex Netto and Choo Dee Wei, feat Chen Yu Szen.




Perhaps as a testament to the success of that night, many remained at the venue after the end of the event at about 11:00 p.m., drinking and chatting away.

The Committee would like to record its heartfelt gratitude to all of our sponsors. Most importantly, this event would not have been possible without the undying work by those behind the scenes - Melissa Linda Dass, Shugan Raman, Louis Liaw, Beatrice Chin, Daniel Annamalai, Davey Wan, Sylvester Low, Ashwinna Perkas, Alvin Oh, Rachel Tan, Faye Lim, Chew Jiar li, Kelvesh Deshenraj, Khaizan Sharizad, Chua Hui Chee, Lee Pui Yee, William Ch’ng, Wong Kar Ling, and Chen Yu Szen,

Overall, Charity Night 2017 raised RM 44,508.67 and received the following feedback:

"Best in recent years..."

"Abundance of food and drinks, hardly we didn't run out of food and alcohol..."

"Unorthodox leading to an extraordinary night..."

"Did you all pay for the performances?"

Thank you once again and we hope to see you at Charity Night 2018!!