LAST_UPDATETue, 22 May 2018 11am

Decision On Sarawak Lawyers Tomorrow

KUCHING: The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) will refer the alleged involvement of two senior lawyers in the abuse of logging license cases to the Inquiry Committee only after the facts have been established.

AAS president Khairil Azmie Mohd Hasbie said today the decisions on the two lawyers are expected to be known within 48 hours.

He said this after an emergency meeting of AAS executive committee today.

The meeting was called to discuss the alleged involvement of Alvin Chong Chee Vun and Huang Lung Ong as shown in the video released by Global Witness earlier.

Chong, among others, was heard in the video telling a representative from international non-governmental organization (NGO) Global Witness, who was posing as an interested investor, how to evade real property gain taxes.

Huang was heard trying to sell land for his uncle, Datuk Hii Yii Peng, a close business associate of Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The video alleged abuse of logging licenses in Sarawak, implicating Taib, his close family members and business associates.

Meanwhile, AAS secretary Sarbjit Singh Khaira said members of the Inquiry Committee are appointed by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum.

"Today's meeting of AAS executive committee decided the steps to be taken within the next 48 hours," he said.

He said there are certain steps that needed to be taken before referring the matter to the Inquiry Committee.

He also said only the Inquiry Committee has the power to take action against errant lawyers under the Advocates Ordinance of Sarawak.

Sulok Tawie / theSun