Never too late to be an activist

Source: FMT News

The first woman to head the KL Bar Committee says she was introduced to activism late in her career. Pic from FMT News.

The first woman to head the KL Bar Committee says she was introduced to activism late in her career. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Goh Siu Lin, who recently became the first woman to head the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee, describes herself as a “late bloomer” in the world of activism.

In an interview with FMT, she said she decided to become an activist only in 2009. By then, she had been practising law for more than 12 years.

The decision came after a flight to Johor Bahru.

“During the flight, I was seated next to an executive committee member of AWL (Association of Women Lawyers). She invited me to become a member.

“Joining AWL was an eye-opener for me. I attended a talk on feminist perspectives of the law, which transformed my thinking and how I viewed my role as a lawyer, a mother and wife.” Read more

KL Bar election: First female lawyer elected as chairman

Source: Malay Mail Online

Goh had contended against outgoing KL Bar committee members Alex Anton Netto and Mohd Amir Sharil Bahari Md Noor or Amir Bahari. ― Picture courtesy of Goh Siu Lin, taken from MMO

Goh had contended against outgoing KL Bar committee members Alex Anton Netto and Mohd Amir Sharil Bahari Md Noor or Amir Bahari. ― Picture courtesy of Goh Siu Lin, taken from MMO

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — Lawyer Goh Siu Lin today became the first female to win the chairman post in the Kuala Lumpur Bar committee, besting two other contenders for the position.

Outgoing KL Bar chairman Ravinder Singh Dhalliwal, who is better known as Ravin Singh, confirmed that Goh was elected to the position today based on the results of the polls during the KL Bar’s 25th annual general meeting (AGM) this afternoon.

When contacted, he told Malay Mail Online that Goh is the “first female” in the Kuala Lumpur Bar’s history to be voted into the position. Read more

Putrajaya must be serious over ‘sex offenders registry’

Source: FMT News

Association of Women Lawyers says knee-jerk reactions not enough, as two cases in past 7 months highlight urgent need to monitor movement of such criminals.

The Association of Women Lawyers' (AWL) President Goh Siu Lin. Pic taken from FMT News.

The Association of Women Lawyers’ (AWL) President Goh Siu Lin. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) wants more consistency in the government’s commitment towards the establishment of a sex offender registry.

Calling any efforts or statements out of Putrajaya currently as mere knee-jerk reactions to issues in the media, AWL said two cases in the past seven months highlight the more urgent attention that is required on the matter.

“So far, the government’s responses appear to be knee jerk reactions to issues in the media with an ‘international’ flavour to it.

“First, it was Richard Huckle whose conviction last June in the UK sparked off the sexual grooming laws and now, Malaysian Selva Kumar Subbiah’s imminent deportation from Canada has revived discussions on the need for a sexual offender registry,” AWL president Goh Siu Lin said in a statement. Read more