• Mei Mei Chu makes her debut on the blawg to challenge the stereotype that homeless people are lazy and uneducated.

    “You’re going to buy N95 facemasks at RM7.50 per piece for the homeless? Aiyerr, homeless people give the cheap, normal facemasks enough already la.”

    I was rudely taken aback by my friend’s remark when I sincerely told her of my intention to help the homeless people of Klang and Port Klang have a better night’s sleep as the hazardous haze started to choke us.

    The Air Pollution Index in the Klang area had shot up to as high as 358. Schools were closed to protect the fragile lungs of our children.

    In the comfort of my four walls, I could still taste smog at the back of my throat. On Friday morning, I woke up to the smell of a smoker’s breath.

    The beautiful tree-lined view of the NKVE highway that I faithfully take to work every morning looked like a seedy lounge. No matter how many times I rubbed my eyes, the grey filter would not go away.

    If I could not stand the smell of

    Read More »from The Haze and the Homeless (Mei Mei Chu)
  • So many things have happened in the last few days; yet again I’ve been mind-controlled by the spirit of His Supreme Eminenceness Lord Bobo Barnabus (HSE) to write about the Kajang by-election.

    Let’s start with the most not-so-cool story starring Ridhuan Tee who is an infamous Islamic-Malay scholar in Malaysia. He has been giving his comments on everything – Anwar going to a Kajang church to talk about his manifesto and about the Chinese asking for more development. It appears Tee is against Pakatan Rakyat (PR) for wasting the rakyat’s money on the by-election.

    Few days later, he asked the Chinese in Kajang not to demand anything from the government. He asked Barisan Nasional (BN) to pick a Malay-Muslim as its candidate because he does not want the Chinese to keep trampling on the Malays. BN did not listen and has now fielded Chew Mei Fun to appeal to the Chinese voters. Lord Bobo’s vision transcended upon me in my sleep, and I recite it here: ‘Too bad Ridhuan can’t see that BN does not

    Read More »from #LordBoboForKajang: He Is Winning! (Aida Anuar)
  • LoyarBogel is generally patient. But these are five surefire ways to piss off a lawyer. And no, you’re not supposed to actually go and do these things.

    1. Ask for a discount on the stamp duty

    For the love of God, you are only entitled to a 50% discount on the stamp duty of your loan documents provided —

    1. you are a first time buyer; and
    2. your property purchase price is below RM400,000.

    Or if you are taking an Islamic loan.

    Other than that, YOU CANNOT HAS DISCOUNT!

    Stop having the idea that we are trying to overcharge you. You can check how much we paid for your stamp duty by asking for a copy of your original Facilities Agreement. The stamp will actually show how much we paid on your behalf.

    Here, I will teach you how to calculate the stamp duty payable for yourself:

    Facilities Agreement (Original): Loan sum (excluding MRTA/MRTT/Legal fees) x 0.5% = RMX

    Facilities Agreement (Duplicate): RM10.00.

    Facilities Agreement (Copies x 2): RM10.00 x 2 = RM20.00.

    Deed of Assignment (x 4): RM10.00 x

    Read More »from 5 Ways To Piss Off A Lawyer (LoyarBogel)
  • I’m writing this piece in the spirit of His Supreme Eminence Lord Bobo Barnabus (tremble upon his fiery name!). As one of his many new minions, I’ve been moved by him to write on why all voters in Kajang should vote for Lord Bobo in the Kajang by-election.

    On January 27, the incumbent assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh from PKR announced his sudden resignation as the assemblyman for Kajang. It was said that this was planned to give way to Anwar Ibrahim. The decision was made because apparently Pakatan Rakyat (mostly PKR) is planning something big! Something called the ‘Kajang Move’.

    I couldn’t help but to ask Lord Bobo for his opinion regarding the matter; being one cool supreme lord, his answer was simple — “The big plan is to help reduce the price of Kajang Satay, thus use it to heal the inner party struggle, obviously.” Charmed by his wisdom and eloquence, we minions have decided to ask him to contest in the Kajang by-election. This of course, was graciously accepted by Lord Bobo.

    So I am

    Read More »from Why You Should Vote for Lord Bobo! #LordBoboForKajang (Aida Anuar)
  • Pepper Lim stumps for Lord Bobo for the Kajang state seat.

    Dear Paprika,

    Just when I thought the hullabaloo of the last elections had died down, I was wrong. No sooner had the results of the GE13 been announced and the winners sworn into power, many of the promises made during the elections were broken. For example, PM Najib, looking for his first mandate from the rakyat, blatantly announced that there would be no increase of petrol prices or any other prices so as not to burden the people.

    Barang Naik

    After winning the elections, he casually announced that the price of petrol would increase (September 2013), the price of sugar would increase (October 2013), and electricity would go up (January 2014). Huh, so much for “rakyat didahulukan” (people first).

    Mininum Wage

    There have been proposals to get the government to approve a decent minimum wage for the rakyat. After a long time pushing them, the government approved a minimum wage of RM900 in July 2012. It was supposedly implemented

    Read More »from Dear Paprika: Lord Bobo For Kajang! (Pepper Lim)
  • Kwan Wan Hong ponders whether economics works in the real world.

    A synergy between law and economics that is often overlooked is the application of the Coase theorem. The Coase thorem, referred to by some as a ‘theoretical curiosity’, is an economic explanation of achieving equilibrium between two parties with contesting interests.

    Some modules in law school might have introduced this theorem in the laws of land, rights and property, while economics students will have come across it in public sector economics and environmental economics. More interestingly, the real life application of this theorem has far reaching implications in policy making that is worth a ponder — implications that lead to notions of soul searching for the socioeconomic welfare.

    The theorem

    Say that there is a single quantity ‘good’ that is demanded by two different parties, Party A and Party B. The acquisition of this ‘good’ — be it a consumer product, service or even something of a more abstract form, the right

    Read More »from An Economic Theorem: Application, Implication, and Fallacies (Kwan Wan Hong)
  • Lee Shih continues his analysis on the upcoming changes to the insolvency regime. He writes on the modifications to the scheme of arrangement and the introduction of judicial management and corporate voluntary arrangement. Read Part One here.

    In Part 1, I covered how the Companies Bill intends to update the provisions relating to receivership and winding up. Receivership essentially protects the repayment of outstanding debts by the company to the secured creditor by allowing for the appointment of a receiver or receiver and manager over the company. Winding up, on the other hand, is to bring an end to the company and to allow for an orderly distribution of its assets to its creditors.

    I now move on to the sections of the Companies Bill 2013 (“Bill”) which covers more on the corporate rehabilitation mechanisms. The utilisation of the scheme of arrangement, judicial management and corporate voluntary arrangement (“CVA”) offers flexibility to resuscitate and rehabilitate a financially

    Read More »from The Companies Bill 2013 (Part 2): New Corporate Rehabilitation Provisions (Lee Shih)
  • A Brief Comment on the Court of Appeal’s Judgment in the Case of the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.

    The unanimous decision of the Court of Appeal in Minister for Home Affairs and others v Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur (Civil Appeal No.W-01-1-2010, 14 October 2013) discusses some issues of fundamental importance in Malaysian constitutional law. The burden of this comment is that the court was fundamentally mistaken on a number of issues.

    The case, known colloquially as the ‘Allah’ case, concerns the disputed right of a Catholic publication circulating in Malaysia, the Herald — the Catholic Weekly (‘the Herald’) to use ‘Allah’ as the word for the Christian God in its Bahasa Malaysia version. The Minister used the licensing procedure under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, section 26(2)(d), which includes the power to impose conditions on licensed publications, to prohibit the Herald from using the word ‘Allah’ to denote the Christian

    Read More »from Language, Religion, and the Law (Andrew Harding)
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to… lawyers.

    So last week I heard this story from a former classmate of mine. It is something she had to go through during her first year as a lawyer.

    Tony Stark: I am very upset. How come you all keep changing my appointment? Your colleague ah. Very terrible! I must complain!

    Maria Ozawa: I apologise. There was a problem with your Letter of Offer.

    Tony: Rubbish. Do you know who I am? Did you Google me before you came to meet me today?

    Maria: Err… no?

    Tony: Hmph! Let me tell you. I am the CEO of Stark Industries. I have an iron suit at home and I am not afraid to use it. *hands over his namecard*

    Maria: … oh… okay…

    Tony: You please go back and tell your colleague who I am. I do not appreciate such treatment!

    Maria: Okay… sorry again.

    Tony: Anyway. I wanted to ask. Can I turn my unit into an entertainment place?

    Maria: No you can’t. It is a residential property.

    Tony: Who say cannot? Do these people know who I am?

    Maria: I doubt it.

    Tony: I KNOW THE

    Read More »from I Own You! (LoyarBogel)
  • Is it all talk?

    All around the whole, people have risen against dictatorship, cruelty and injustice. They have started to use words like ‘freedom’, ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’. They have found hope in these words — it is after all their right to dig in and find out for themselves the meanings behind these words.

    Here in Malaysia, we’re slowly adapting ourselves to those words. We have come a long way from the time when it was considered treasonous to question the government’s handling of national affairs.

    The Federal Constitution (‘FC’) protects our rights against (not so) many things, and NGOs work to ensure that we can enjoy our rights to its full capacity.

    But if we pause for a while and pay closer attention, we may see some real questions that need to be answered.

    For whom do we really fight for? Do we really need to scream the word ‘freedom’ every single time to justify what we do?

    Freedom of speech

    It is guaranteed in Article 10 of the FC that we have freedom of speech — ie to

    Read More »from What Do Our Freedoms Really Mean? (Aida Anuar)

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