Monday, August 13, 2018

The Legal Lion of the Commonwealth: Judgments

The 2-volumed limited edition work, The Legal Lion of the Commonwealth: Judgments Vols. 1 & 2 is indeed a very special book on Eusoffe Abdoolcader. 

An impressive collection of legal judgments that are informative, illustrative and insightful. A vast treasury of impactful commentaries that are thought-provoking. A necessary compendium to the legal fraternity and even it is said to anybody “interested in the confluence, intertwining and interdigitating of literature especially English literature with the law”. 

Boldly hailed as works of literature, “Eusoff’s judgements merge law, Latin and social commentary with legendary wit” – so, I guess this makes them essential reading for Malaysians, especially those who are serious readers. 

The editors, Angela Yap and Ritchie Ramesh had invited me to this Tribute held last Friday @ Kinokuniya. 

As a person who loves the English language, I was intrigued by this commentary by Aslam Zainuddin, Deputy Chief Registrar (Policy), Federal Court of Malaysia, July 2017 about one of his judgments pertaining to the case of Re Pengkalan Kota By-election, which was an election petition from Penang: “…while delivering oral judgment, he recited a lengthy grammatically correct sentence sprinkled with numerous alliterations prompting the then Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Chong Eu to remark that it was ‘the longest sentence I’ve ever heard in perfect English’”. 

Anyway, British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell was there too at Level 4, Suria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur to pay tribute to the ‘Legal Lion of the Commonwealth’. 

As she said: “I can assure you not everyone is given the key to the City of London – he must have stood out”. 

Treadell shares a word with Perak's Sultan Nazrin Shah before the event. Akasaa pic

There was also a video clip of Attorney-General Tommy Thomas on Eusoffe Abdoolcader – an excerpt Tribute he delivered on December 10, 2017:

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