Friday, March 4, 2016

Anwar Ibrahim Denied Proper Access to Lawyers

It is a matter of grave concern that jailed Anwar Ibrahim (left) is compelled to act as his own legal representative in court cases beginning today.
According to PKR vice-president N Surendran (who is also one of Anwar’s lawyers), Anwar made the decision after the Prison Department reduced the latter’s visitation hours to once each week – in fact, since August 2015 – preventing his legal team to provide adequate counsel with regard to his outstanding court matters.
Surendran said that prior to August, the Prison Department had allowed Anwar to meet his lawyers twice a week.
And he added that the additional restriction was imposed despite repeated appeals to the Prison Department, the Home Ministry and the Sungai Buloh Prison director to allow Anwar more access to his lawyers considering that the latter has 16 pending court cases.
He lamented: “In fact it is ridiculous to allow lawyers to meet twice a week. Lawyers should be given access to their clients”.
O Justice, Justice! Wherefore art thou, Justice?
And in the US of A, what an honor to have Oregon Governor, Kate Brown proclaim the Month of March 2016: "Toastmasters Month"!

I was in Menara 2 at the Petronas Twin Towers yesterday afternoon to attend the Pesona Toastmasters meeting. I took on a double role – as the General Evaluator as well as a speech evaluator for CC#10.

The meeting was indeed a good one because unlike previous meetings, everybody – whether members and/or guests – actually stayed for the whole duration of the meeting! And I heard some good speeches too.
Well done, Pesona Toastmasters!

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