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Law Society members seek clarification from Council on treatment of M Ravi

Posted by temasektimes on September 22, 2012

A storm is brewing in the horizon for the Law Society as some 50 members filed a motion calling for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to discuss the treatment of prominent human rights lawyer M Ravi.

Some 50 members of the Law Society of Singapore have sought full clarification from the society’s Council on its conduct and protocols.

The controversy arises after a Law Society council member, Mr Wong Siew Hong, appeared in High Court in July to hand over a letter from lawyer M Ravi’s psychiatrist, stating that he was medically unfit to practise.

At that time, Mr Ravi was in court to argue the Hougang by-election case.

In a strongly-worded letter dated 20 September to the President of the society, “seven matters of principle” were raised, asking for defined guidelines to deal with similar situations.

Among the questions raised in the letter – whether the council condoned the disclosure of confidential information given to the society, especially about its members and if the Secretariat had agreed for Mr Wong to intervene in Mr Ravi’s case.

It added that if Mr Wong has no express authority of the Council to tender the letter, he should be barred from holding office in the Council or any sub-committee for at least two years.

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13 Responses to “Law Society members seek clarification from Council on treatment of M Ravi”

  1. Pink Panty Long said

    Great. This will stem out future bootlickers like Mr Wong “CHEE HONG” who will go all the way out to please the major power (whoever that may be) and to gain political points for his own benefits.

  2. Naivety said

    The current President of the Singapore Law Society should take full responsibility for this fiasco & resign from his post with immediate effect to show that he still has some integrity & dignity!

  3. Yo Man Wassup said

    The Law Society is a J_O_K_E

  4. Tan Yan Ren said

    they should STRIP him from membership and this is because had made a fool of the society. A Disgrace!!!!!Cheers to those lawyers who signed that petition, well done!at least you guys are salvaging the image of the society if nothing is done to send the right Signal…a LITTLE late but at least better late than never…cheers!

  5. spotlessleopard said

    Law Society? Since they ran Francis Seow out of town and did JB Jeyaratnam in; the Law Socienty had become the “LOW society”

    It is time the remaining true Lawyers save the “Low Society”

    • True BLUE Sinkie said

      As incompetent as the Singapore Medical Council, they have a bunch of idiots sitting in the committee and are the eyes and ears of the PAP, Singapore Police Force, ISD, and Ministry of Home Arsefairs

  6. Ren said

    The law society has become a boys club…

  7. Cover up n disciplined said

    The Law Society reputation is tarnished by just one black sleep. I hope there is no ‘cover up’ by council members if there is a wrong n the member has to be disciplined; otherwise, nobody would respect the society.

  8. bar Mr Wong said

    Should “bar” Mr Wong from the law practice.
    Why law society did not do it?

  9. True BLUE Sinkie said

    The Singapore LAW-less society is a joke and is being made use of by the powers that may be

  10. Mr Wong has brought the Law Society 2 a bismal moral “low” in the public eye with his clownish and unwarranted court interruption and public dismissal by the presiding judge.
    The Society was brought a further peg down with its ‘lame duck’ flip-flop on his bootlicking wayang show that wld make any man on the street laugh at the crop of lawyers making up the Society’s ex co.
    But surely Mr Wong and the Law Society’s ex co do not represent the creme-de-la-creme of lawyers in our little red dot, or do they?? :-)
    Given the comedy of lawyers as played out by Mr Wong et alia and the flip-flop by the Law Society, the Govt’s move 2 recruit FT lawyers is a commendable move.

    • compatriot said

      The Law Society of Singapore was established by the Legal Profession Act in 1967
      Every lawyer who has a valid practising certificate is automatically a member of the Law Society.

      The Council also has the power to elect honorary members.The Senior Minister LKY is one of the Honorary (Life) Members

      Only practising lawyers are eligible to attend and vote at general meetings

  11. Sorry, ‘bismal low’ in my post above shd be ‘abyssmal low’.

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