KUALA LUMPUR: The American Bar Association has written to the Malaysian prime minister to voice its opposition to a proposal to appoint two government nominees to the Bar Council.
Its president Linda Klein in a letter to Najib Razak last week, said there was no justification for mandating government appointments.
“It is unclear what legitimate purpose the government is seeking to fulfill, by mandating government appointment of bar leadership,” she said in the letter dated Sept 23.
The letter has since been published on the Malaysian Bar website.
She said such appointments would inherently undermine the independence of the Bar.
“The proposed law would therefore create an unjustified infringement upon the right of association of members of the legal profession as enshrined in the Malaysian Constitution, international law and required by the UN Basic Principles,” she said. Read more