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Public Forum on the Importance of a Strong Opposition for a Vibrant Democracy

June 9, 2018 @ 10:00 - 12:00

Public Forum on the Importance of a Strong Opposition
for a Vibrant Democracy (9 June 2018)

The Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee and the Bar Council National Young Lawyers and Pupils Committee are co-organising a forum to discuss the importance of having a strong Opposition in order to build a vibrant democracy.

As Lord Acton observed, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  It is in the nature of human beings to become complacent if not checked.  We therefore need an effective Opposition in Parliament, to ensure that members of the Executive are made accountable to the people for all decisions they make.

The nation has seen a change of government for the first time since its inception.  A powerful Opposition was a key factor leading to this change.  However, the then-Opposition was also oppressed in many ways.

The public is watching the various developments with regard to the current Opposition, and to see how this Opposition will function, and be treated.

The details of the forum are as follows:

Date:                 9 June 2018 (Saturday)
Time:                10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Venue:              Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium, Wisma Badan Peguam (formerly known as Wisma Straits Trading), Unit 2-02A, 2nd Floor, 2 Leboh Pasar Besar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur

Admission is free but advance registration is required.  To attend the forum, kindly register online here on or before 8 June 2018 (Friday).

The forum aims to:

(1)    provide a platform to hear a range of views on the importance of a strong Opposition;

(2)    discuss the requirements for a strong Opposition, and how the Government plays a role in ensuring that there is an effective Opposition; and

(3)    discuss the balance between the freedom of association, a functioning democracy, and the expectations of the public, in relation to party hopping.

The confirmed speakers are:

(1)    Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, Founding President, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (“IDEAS”);
(2)    YB Maria Chin Abdullah, Member of Parliament (Petaling Jaya);
(3)    Dr Azmi Sharom, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya; and
(4)    Andy Yong Kim Seng, Gerakan Youth Deputy Chief.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Anusha Gopala Krishnan, Officer, by telephone at 03-2050 2097, or by email at

Thank you.

Andrew Khoo Chin Hock and Surendra Ananth
Constitutional Law Committee

Khaizan Sharizad Ab Razak
National Young Lawyers and Pupils Committee


June 9, 2018
10:00 - 12:00
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Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium
Straits Trading Building, Unit 2-02A, 2nd Floor, 2 Leboh Pasar
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50050 Malaysia
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