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MY Legal History: Lecture on Traditions of The Bar by Dato Dr Peter Mooney – 28 February 2000

Last year, I found a box full of cassettes at the Kuala Lumpur Bar Secretariat. They were recordings of various Kuala Lumpur Bar events in the late 1990s and early 2000 where smartphones were not widely available yet (perhaps not even in existence).

One of the cassettes had the label “Lecture on Traditions of the Bar by Dato Dr. Peter Mooney”. The late Peter Mooney was a very well-known lawyer who, like many early lawyers of Malaya, came from the United Kingdom. Many of his contemporaries had left for home or had passed on. Peter Mooney served as the Attorney General of Sarawak and Vice President of the Bar Council. He was also one of the founding partners of Skrine. He passed on recently at the age of 92.

I have converted into a podcast using a device I bought online (above). Some parts of the podcast is a little bit fuzzy due to the age of the cassette (16 years old!).

This is my favourite part of the podcast:-

“The independent of the Bar is absolute essential if the system is to work properly and it essential to the liberty of the subject. Justice will be done only if there is a strong bar which is courageous and as well as independent”.

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