Federal Constitution made easy

Malay Mail | A two-year nationwide MyConstitution Campaign has been planned and is ready to be launched by the Constitutional Law Committee (ConstiLC), formed in July 2009 and headed by Edmund Bon. The focus of the campaign is to explain important concepts and themes of the Federal Constitution, including the relationship between the federal government and state governments, and the rights and fundamental liberties protected under the Constitution.

Talking about a revolution

Off The Edge | Amer Hamzah Arshad on what is to be done. “We should have a revolution in our legal system. A revolution of the mindset: lawyers, judges, all of us have to go through it.”

Face to Face: Edmund Bon

Malaysia Today | Edmund Bon spoke to Imran Imtiaz Shah Yacob in a no-holds-barred interview about human rights, detention without trial, internet censorship, communal interests, the Bar Council, cultural relativism, and Malaysian politics.

High Court orders retrial

The Star | The Shah Alam High Court set aside the conviction of a woman whose car ploughed into several diners outside a restaurant in Petaling Jaya five years ago, killing a sales promoter, and ordered a retrial of her reckless driving charge. Counsel Edmund Bon sought an adjournment to seek instructions from his client.

Bar Council upset with arrests

The Star | The Bar Council will lodge a report at the Dang Wangi police station today against City Hall officers for manhandling human rights lawyer Edmund Bon, removing banners placed at the council’s premises, and trespassing. Edmund tried to stop the officers from removing the banners.

Edmund Bon and 4 other lawyers released on bail

The Malaysian Bar | At the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court where lawyers were charged over the Human Rights Day events, the entire Bar was kept apprised of the proceedings in court by minute-to-minute real-time reporting. Edmund Bon was released on RM1,000 bail while others, including Amer Hamzah Arshad, were released on RM2,000 bail.

Police arrest Bar Council rights committee chief over festival banners

Malaysiakini | The police have arrested the Bar Council Human Rights Committee chairperson Edmund Bon allegedly for preventing local authorities from removing banners outside the Malaysian Bar building. The Bar Council had put up banners and posters related to its “Festival of Rights” at a booth outside its building and around its premises.

Human rights march: 5 lawyers arrested

Malaysiakini | The police have arrested five lawyers — N. Surendran, Latheefa Koya, R. Sivarasa, Eric Paulsen, and Amer Hamzah — and three others, after a failed attempt by the organisers of the Human Rights Day march to negotiate with the police to allow them to finish. The police also arrested Edmund Bon for preventing the authorities from performing their duty outside the Malaysian Bar building.

Defiant lawyers to march on Sunday

Malaysiakini | The Human Rights Day march was called off but some lawyers will still march to send a message that Malaysians have the right to a peaceful assembly. Edmund Bon said the Bar Council will move its “Festival of Rights” to its own building due to police insistence that a permit be sought for the event at Central Market, which the lawyers cannot do, on a day meant to

When Lawyers Walk

Pusat KOMAS | The Malaysian Bar went on a “Walk of Justice” over the video clip showing a prominent lawyer purportedly brokering the appointment of judges with a senior judge. The march was organised by the then Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Malaysian Bar, Amer Hamzah Arshad, and the then Chair of the Human Rights Committee, Edmund Bon Tai Soon, among others.

Walk for Justice: “When lawyers walk, something must be very wrong”

The Malaysian Bar | “Lawyers don’t walk everyday. Not even every month. But when they walk, then something must be very wrong,” said Chairman of the Bar Council Ambiga Sreenevasan when addressing a strong crowd of more than 2,000 members of the Malaysian Bar and some concerned citizens at the Palace of Justice before the commencement of the walk to the Prime Minister’s office to hand over the Bar’s memorandum

Where are the young lawyers?

New Straits Times | Last July, the Legal Profession Act was amended to repeal section 46A, which prohibited lawyers with less than seven years’ standing from running for elections, but young lawyers are not running as candidates for the 2007–2008 Bar Council elections. National Young Lawyers Committee chairman Edmund Bon said it will take time for them to get in the council.

YL Personality: Amer Hamzah bin Arshad

Malaysian Bar | Amer Hamzah Arshad shared about criminal practice, legal aid, human rights, and the Bar Council. He believed in “being for the truth no matter who tells it; being for justice no matter who it is for or against; being a human being first and foremost, and as such he is for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”.

Student seeks to have charge withdrawn

The Star | A student charged with causing the death of a restaurant patron with her dangerous driving is seeking to have the charge withdrawn by the AGC. Counsel Edmund Bon urged the court to postpone the trial pending the outcome of the request.

Irene Fernandez jailed for a year

The Star | A magistrate court found Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez guilty of maliciously publishing false news about eight years ago in a memorandum titled Abuse, Torture, and Dehumanised Treatment of Migrant Workers at Detention Camps. Defence counsel Edmund Bon said an appeal would be filed.

Fernandez allowed to reply from dock

The Star | Counsel Edmund Bon asked the court to allow Fernandez to reply to written submissions of the prosecution from the dock as lead counsel M. Puravalen was in Pakistan on a human rights fact-finding mission and could not submit a reply to the court. Amer Hamsah Arshad also appeared for the defence. 

KL Bar starts off campaign to repeal law

The Star | The KL Bar Committee started the ball rolling for young lawyers of the Malaysian Bar to serve in the Bar Council or any of the state bar committees. KL Bar’s Young Lawyers Committee secretary Edmund Bon said they would forward the nationwide petition, together with a memorandum and a working paper, to the AGC and the government at the end of the one-year campaign. 

Repeal S46A campaign not meant to challenge senior lawyers

Malaysiakini | Amer Hamzah Arshad, a Kuala Lumpur Bar Young Lawyers committee member, said the campaign to repeal section 46A of the Legal Profession Act 1976 is not an attempt by young lawyers to challenge their seniors. The campaign aimed to abolish the inequalities entrenched in the Act and allow lawyers the opportunity to decide who should lead the Bar.

Young lawyers lobby to remove unfair legal clause

Malaysiakini | Section 46A of the Legal Profession Act 1976 bars lawyers with less than seven years’ experience, among others, from being elected as Bar Council members. The KL Bar Committee will launch a campaign to have section 46A dropped. Edmund Bon explained the “Repeal Section 46A” campaign will kick off with a nationwide roadshow on the history of the Malaysian Bar.

Federal Constitution made easy

Malay Mail | A two-year nationwide MyConstitution Campaign has been planned and is ready to be launched by the Constitutional Law Committee (ConstiLC), formed in July 2009 and headed by Edmund Bon. The focus of the campaign is to explain important concepts and themes of the Federal Constitution, including the relationship between the federal government and state governments, and the rights and fundamental liberties protected under the Constitution.

Talking about a revolution

Off The Edge | Amer Hamzah Arshad on what is to be done. “We should have a revolution in our legal system. A revolution of the mindset: lawyers, judges, all of us have to go through it.”

Face to Face: Edmund Bon

Malaysia Today | Edmund Bon spoke to Imran Imtiaz Shah Yacob in a no-holds-barred interview about human rights, detention without trial, internet censorship, communal interests, the Bar Council, cultural relativism, and Malaysian politics.

High Court orders retrial

The Star | The Shah Alam High Court set aside the conviction of a woman whose car ploughed into several diners outside a restaurant in Petaling Jaya five years ago, killing a sales promoter, and ordered a retrial of her reckless driving charge. Counsel Edmund Bon sought an adjournment to seek instructions from his client.

Bar Council upset with arrests

The Star | The Bar Council will lodge a report at the Dang Wangi police station today against City Hall officers for manhandling human rights lawyer Edmund Bon, removing banners placed at the council’s premises, and trespassing. Edmund tried to stop the officers from removing the banners.

Edmund Bon and 4 other lawyers released on bail

The Malaysian Bar | At the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court where lawyers were charged over the Human Rights Day events, the entire Bar was kept apprised of the proceedings in court by minute-to-minute real-time reporting. Edmund Bon was released on RM1,000 bail while others, including Amer Hamzah Arshad, were released on RM2,000 bail.

Police arrest Bar Council rights committee chief over festival banners

Malaysiakini | The police have arrested the Bar Council Human Rights Committee chairperson Edmund Bon allegedly for preventing local authorities from removing banners outside the Malaysian Bar building. The Bar Council had put up banners and posters related to its “Festival of Rights” at a booth outside its building and around its premises.

Human rights march: 5 lawyers arrested

Malaysiakini | The police have arrested five lawyers — N. Surendran, Latheefa Koya, R. Sivarasa, Eric Paulsen, and Amer Hamzah — and three others, after a failed attempt by the organisers of the Human Rights Day march to negotiate with the police to allow them to finish. The police also arrested Edmund Bon for preventing the authorities from performing their duty outside the Malaysian Bar building.

Defiant lawyers to march on Sunday

Malaysiakini | The Human Rights Day march was called off but some lawyers will still march to send a message that Malaysians have the right to a peaceful assembly. Edmund Bon said the Bar Council will move its “Festival of Rights” to its own building due to police insistence that a permit be sought for the event at Central Market, which the lawyers cannot do, on a day meant to

When Lawyers Walk

Pusat KOMAS | The Malaysian Bar went on a “Walk of Justice” over the video clip showing a prominent lawyer purportedly brokering the appointment of judges with a senior judge. The march was organised by the then Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Malaysian Bar, Amer Hamzah Arshad, and the then Chair of the Human Rights Committee, Edmund Bon Tai Soon, among others.

Walk for Justice: “When lawyers walk, something must be very wrong”

The Malaysian Bar | “Lawyers don’t walk everyday. Not even every month. But when they walk, then something must be very wrong,” said Chairman of the Bar Council Ambiga Sreenevasan when addressing a strong crowd of more than 2,000 members of the Malaysian Bar and some concerned citizens at the Palace of Justice before the commencement of the walk to the Prime Minister’s office to hand over the Bar’s memorandum

Where are the young lawyers?

New Straits Times | Last July, the Legal Profession Act was amended to repeal section 46A, which prohibited lawyers with less than seven years’ standing from running for elections, but young lawyers are not running as candidates for the 2007–2008 Bar Council elections. National Young Lawyers Committee chairman Edmund Bon said it will take time for them to get in the council.

YL Personality: Amer Hamzah bin Arshad

Malaysian Bar | Amer Hamzah Arshad shared about criminal practice, legal aid, human rights, and the Bar Council. He believed in “being for the truth no matter who tells it; being for justice no matter who it is for or against; being a human being first and foremost, and as such he is for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”.

Student seeks to have charge withdrawn

The Star | A student charged with causing the death of a restaurant patron with her dangerous driving is seeking to have the charge withdrawn by the AGC. Counsel Edmund Bon urged the court to postpone the trial pending the outcome of the request.

Irene Fernandez jailed for a year

The Star | A magistrate court found Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez guilty of maliciously publishing false news about eight years ago in a memorandum titled Abuse, Torture, and Dehumanised Treatment of Migrant Workers at Detention Camps. Defence counsel Edmund Bon said an appeal would be filed.

Fernandez allowed to reply from dock

The Star | Counsel Edmund Bon asked the court to allow Fernandez to reply to written submissions of the prosecution from the dock as lead counsel M. Puravalen was in Pakistan on a human rights fact-finding mission and could not submit a reply to the court. Amer Hamsah Arshad also appeared for the defence. 

KL Bar starts off campaign to repeal law

The Star | The KL Bar Committee started the ball rolling for young lawyers of the Malaysian Bar to serve in the Bar Council or any of the state bar committees. KL Bar’s Young Lawyers Committee secretary Edmund Bon said they would forward the nationwide petition, together with a memorandum and a working paper, to the AGC and the government at the end of the one-year campaign. 

Repeal S46A campaign not meant to challenge senior lawyers

Malaysiakini | Amer Hamzah Arshad, a Kuala Lumpur Bar Young Lawyers committee member, said the campaign to repeal section 46A of the Legal Profession Act 1976 is not an attempt by young lawyers to challenge their seniors. The campaign aimed to abolish the inequalities entrenched in the Act and allow lawyers the opportunity to decide who should lead the Bar.

Young lawyers lobby to remove unfair legal clause

Malaysiakini | Section 46A of the Legal Profession Act 1976 bars lawyers with less than seven years’ experience, among others, from being elected as Bar Council members. The KL Bar Committee will launch a campaign to have section 46A dropped. Edmund Bon explained the “Repeal Section 46A” campaign will kick off with a nationwide roadshow on the history of the Malaysian Bar.