Lawyer wants alcohol ban at all Bar events


PETALING JAYA: A lawyer who caused a stir last month in wanting to “Islamise” the Kuala Lumpur Bar, has taken his case a notch up with a new motion to ban alcohol at Malaysian Bar events.

Mohd Amir Sharil Bahari Md Noor filed a motion for debate at the Malaysian Bar annual general meeting calling for the ban.

He said Bar members came from diverse, multi-ethnic and multi-religious backgrounds, and that alcohol consumption was prohibited by almost all religions.

The lawyer, better known as Amir Bahari among friends and colleagues, said the budget for organising an event increased by up to 40% when beer and liquor were served.

“The excessive consumption of alcohol will harm a person bodily, medically and could lead to addiction in the long run,” he said in the motion to be debated on Saturday.

The lawyer, who also practises shariah law, said the intention of serving alcohol at Malaysian Bar functions remained questionable.

FMT understands that alcohol is served at state and national Bar events, but those who consume alcohol have to pay out of their own pockets, separate from the cost of the event itself.

Amir Bahari had said removing the practice of serving alcohol would make the biggest Bar shariah-compliant.

He also claimed that the serving of alcohol made Muslim lawyers uncomfortable to attend.

He was one of three candidates who contested for the KL Bar chairman’s post two weeks ago. Goh Siu Lin won the election, becoming the first woman lawyer to head the organisation.

He has also filed another motion to censure fellow lawyer Siti Kasim for uploading a video of the Kuala Lumpur Bar AGM proceedings.

He wants the incoming Bar Council to refer Siti Kasim to the disciplinary board for professional misconduct should the motion be approved by a majority of members.