I have just received a notice from the Kuching branch of the AAS informing me that it will be holding its AGM on this Saturday, 11 October 2008. This AGM is significant because it is an election year. Elections are held bi-annually. I have also received a number of calls and emails expressing support for me if I decide to offer myself as a candidate.
I believe it is because the members are fed up with the reticence of the AAS in speaking up against injustice and the attacks on the integrity and independence of the judiciary. The West Malaysian Bar under the strong leadership of Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan regularly and boldly speaks up on issues that affect justice and the independence of the judiciary. Our Sabahan counterpart occasionally speaks up. Our AAS is so quiet that you'd think we don't exist. It is time for change. The Sarawak Bar cannot continue to be the rearguard in the fight against injustice.