PETALING JAYA: The Bar Council’s Conveyancing Practice Committee has called politicians to put aside their differences for the sake of the country to pass a Covid-19 bill in the coming May 18 Parliamentary sitting.
At a webinar meeting yesterday “Adequacy of our laws on stratified properties during and post-MCO”, president and panellist Datuk Roger Tan said without this bill, there would be massive litigation, done on a piecemeal basis, for failure to perform contractual obligations after the lifting of the MCO.
To avoid that situation, the enactment of such a bill would at once cover all contractual obligations to be performed on or before a certain time.
“Singapore, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Scotland and even Hungary have done it, ” Tan said.
“This bill would provide ‘a legal shield’ to all businesses big and small, and across all sectors of the economy.
Tan said these measures were temporary and should be in place for a prescribed period.
“In other words, the non-performing party’s liabilities will be suspended and non-enforceable during the prescribed period, ” he said.
The enactment of such a bill is to “safeguard” against any unfair outcomes, Tan said.