Dedicated: (From left, anti-clockwise) Lawyers Jaspal Singh, Lee Guan Tong, HR Dipendra, Kevin Wong and Janet Chai with others at the recent extraordinary general meeting of the Malaysian Bar. — Photo provided
These students should also be assured that there is an independent judicial system in this country worth associating with and defending for. Together with an independent Bar, we are in the vanguard of preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution and upholding the rule of law. Otherwise, it is meaningless if at almost every National Day parade, our leaders and citizens raise hands, pledging aloud to uphold the five fundamental principles of Rukunegara which include the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law.
That said, the recent court decisions in some high-profile cases must have brought cathartic relief to some but probably caused others to feel livid. Be that as it may, we as the rule of law bearers (as so described by those UM students) must respect the decisions of our courts; otherwise it is a perfect recipe for anarchy and tyranny.
The writer with the President
of the Malaysian Bar, Karen Cheah,
at the Bar Council meeting recently.