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KUCHING, July 9: The High Court has today granted the ad hoc admission of a senior advocate in Peninsular Malaysia Tan Sri Dato Cecil Wilbert Mohanaraj Abraham to practise in Sarawak in a Federal Court case that involved complex issues of law never previously argued.
The Federal Court case was concerning Amalgamated Plant Engineering Sdn Bhd.
In the hearing of petition for the ad hoc admission, counsel for Amalgamated Plant Engineering Plant Sdn Bhd, Shankar Ram Asnani together with Yu Ting Ying and Russel Lim argued that there are issues of great public importance, complex in nature, and novel issues of law that were never previously decided by the Federal Court to be ventilated in the case.
As such, the counsel pointed out that Cecil Abraham, who is a leading counsel and expert in Malaysia concerning arbitration matters and with his international standing will bring great benefit to the development of the law and jurisprudence in this area for Malaysia as a whole.
There were no objections from the Sarawak State Attorney General Chambers, which was represented by Supian Tarmizi Mohd Tazuddin and counsel for the respondent Amy Lo Mei Chin.
However, Jacqueline Hii who represented the Advocate Association of Sarawak (AAS) objected strenuously to the application for the Ad Hoc Licence and argued that the matter does not concern any complex issues.
After the conclusion of oral arguments, His Lordship Justice Dr Alwi Abdul Wahab granted the application for Ad Hoc Licence on the basis that it is in the interest of justice to do so. — DayakDaily