It was indeed a sad day when the Bar Council opposed Sivarasa Rasiah's application on mere technical grounds. In its desperate attempt to look 'independent', the Bar Council has decided to take a 'neutral' stand regarding issues of fundamental rights and liberties.
With cries for democracy, liberty and justice being suppressed further, one cannot remain neutral. How can one not take a stand? So what if the stand happens to be similar to opposition voices; especially when it comes to issues which deal with fundamental rights and liberties?
It is simplistic and naive for the Bar Council president to say that the Bar is not to be mistaken for an NGO or human rights body.
As a junior lawyer, my hopes to get the notorious Section 46A of the Legal Profession Act repealed have now been dashed.