Lim (left) responds to Ranjit's (right) who questioned the Bar Council's decision to act as observers during last week's HKR/KL112 rally in Stadium Merdeka. (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee said the decision to mobilise a monitoring team during the Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (HKR) KL112 at Stadium Merdeka is the council’s decision.
In an email reply to The Mole, Lim said: “The decision to mobilise a monitoring team is a Bar Council decision.”
He was responding to a statement made by lawyer Ranjit Singh Dhillon who questioned whether the decision made by the Bar Council to act as observers during last weekend’s KL112 rally led by Pakatan Rakyat had been endorsed by all Bar members.
Ranjit wanted to know if it was agreed upon by its members, when and where was the meeting held and how many members were present.
Lim in the email replied stated: “Decisions made are those of the Bar Council. If Ranjit disagrees with any decision of the Bar Council, he is at liberty to write to the Bar Council to object, and/or attend the Annual General Meeting of the Bar on March 16 to complain.”
The council president said Ranjit has not objected in the past when the Bar Council sends monitoring teams to rallies as early as in 2007.
“Such monitoring teams at rallies are not unusual, Suhakam (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) too deploys monitoring teams to rallies,'' Lim added.
Ranjit had also asked the Bar Council why it did not participate as observers during the Umno, MCA and Gerakan annual general assemblies.
Lim in his email said: “Ranjit Singh Dhillon appears to be a less than well-informed person who does not appreciate the obvious difference between ruling political party meetings and the exercise by the people of constitutional right to assemble in circumstances where the government in the past have clamped down on such exercises."
“Ranjit should consider attending a Compulsory Professional Development course conducted by the Bar Council on the law of association and constitutional law,’’ Lim said.
Lim added that he looked forward to meet Ranjit at the council's coming annual general meeting as the latter failed to show up over his objection to police brutality during Bersih 3.0.
"I look forward to seeing Ranjit at the coming AGM because on the last occasion when he objected to the Bar condemning police brutality during Bersih 3.0, he spoke out to the press but failed to show up at the EGM (extraordinary general meeting) where this was discussed,'' Lim said.
On May 9, 2012, Ranjit in a seven-minute You Tube video had demanded that the council explain its interim report what caused the violence during Bersih 3.0.
Lim also claimed that Ranjit was not a member of the Bar Council.