By Lian Cheng
SIBU, Aug 17: Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) will be offering free legal consultations for disputes arising from the Covid-19 pandemic during its Mediation PMC-19 roadshow from August 19 to 22, 10am to 10pm daily, at Wisma Sanyan here.
In a press conference here today, AAS vice-president Tonny Hii said contractual disputes arising from the spread of Covid-19 can be quickly resolved at the PMC-19 Mediation Centre, which involves out-of-court dispute resolution handled by competent mediators with closed-door negotiations.
“AAS is taking this initiative to inform the public that actually we have a mediation centre in Sarawak whereby we can provide free services to the public for the problems or the disputes arising because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Hii.
There are requirements to be fulfilled to be eligible for the services.
“There are two types of applications. If you are an individual of Malaysian citizenship and you have a problem, you have to apply under the individual category application. If you are a business or company affected by Covid-19, then you may apply under the business entity category. And the amount being disputed should not exceed RM500,000.
“And if a person or a company is bankrupt, he or she may need the consent from the Director of the Department of Insolvency to be eligible for the services,” said Hii.
Meanwhile, Hii who is also the AAS Sibu chairman said AAS Sibu will also be taking the opportunity to offer free legal advice services for disputes or matters not relating to Covid-19 during the Mediation PMC-19 roadshow, as part of its annual event.
While the date and venue are the same as that of Mediation PMC-19 roadshow, the time set for these free services is from 10am to 7pm.
Also present at the press conference were AAS assistant secretary Christine Lim, AAS Sibu committee member William Ting and Terrence Tiong. — DayakDaily