74th AGM of Bar records lowest turnout in history amid Covid-19 scare

A section of the lawyers who attended the 74th annual general meeting of the Malaysian Bar Council today.

KUALA LUMPUR: The 74th annual general meeting of the Malaysian Bar Council elected Salim Bashir as its new president despite recording the lowest turnout of 87 today.

The 12 motions that were supposed to be debated at the AGM today have been deferred and will be discussed during an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to be held at a later date.

The meeting, which was supposed to begin at 10am at Wisma MCA, failed to obtain its quorum of 500 lawyers. The AGM was then adjourned to 12.15pm.

“There were initially 12 motions proposed, but in view of the Covid-19 situation, the Bar Council members decided to withdraw the motions. They will be tabled at a later date,” Salim told a press conference after the AGM this afternoon.

Salim replaces former president Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor.

(From left) Newly elected Bar Council treasurer Mohamad Ezri Abdul Wahab, vice-president Surindar Singh Chain Singh, president Salim Bashir and secretary AG Kalidas Krishnan Gnanaprakasam.

Other newly elected office bearers were Surindar Singh Chain Singh as vice-president, Mohamad Ezri Abdul Wahab as treasurer, and AG Kalidas Krishnan Gnanaprakasam as secretary.

Salim said they did not expect any objections to the new appointments despite the AGM failing to achieve the quorum. “Under the Legal Professions Act, we do not perceive any problems.”

Under his leadership, Salim hoped to establish a good relationship with the government.

He hoped to get the government to abolish draconian laws such as the Sedition Act.

He also hoped to continue pushing for the setting up of the long-delayed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).