My blogger sister, Nuraina A. Samad, once said to me, “you blog about the things closest to your heart.” I took heed of her advice until today. Therefore, please allow me to once again do that.
I remember three happy occasions in my life: the day I went to the mosque to marry Jefree, the day Luqman was born and the day I was called to the Malaysian Bar. For every lawyer, she/he earns a day in the High Court after nine months of pupilage in a law firm.
That day is a big day for every lawyer; all the headaches endured in law school and the impossible-to-pass bar examination or the hideous C.L.P’s examination would finally be paid off. He/she will be admitted as an advocate & solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and subsequently become a member of the Malaysian Bar.
You must be asking, “so, what’s a big deal about it?” My answer: it is a big deal where the High Court of Appellate and Special Powers Division will convene for the day in the presence of a residing High Court Judge, representatives from the Bar Council, Attonery General’s Chamber and KL Bar Committee to admit the pupil as a lawyer.
Masters of the pupils will be sitting in the bench of the court waiting to robe their pupils with proud parents looking out from the public gallery. Senior members of the Bar will be called to move the pupil’s petition before the Court and the environment will be festive; contrary to the normal subdued environment of the courtrooms.
Today, I was honoured to move the petition of Izyan Darlina Balia Yusof to be admitted as an advocate & solicitor of the High Court of Malaya before Her Lordship Justice Lau Bee Lan in Kuala Lumpur High Court. It’s not a norm for me to move pupil’s petition therefore today marks another milestone in my practice of law.
Nine months ago, Izyan commenced her tutelage in my husband’s law firm – Messrs Zairul Zain & Syed – in the chamber of her master, Zairul Hisham Datuk Zubir. I owed Zairul, or Jeal as he is fondly known as among friends, my life. Jeal introduced me to my husband and when the firm requested me to move Izyan’s call; it’s something that I could not possibly refused. It’s pay-back time you see.
So this morning I put my robe on and met Jeal who was donned in his immaculately-tailored dark suit and neck tie. The Court convened shortly after 9 a.m. and I found myself in the presence of “who’s who” in the legal fraternity; senior counsels Tuan Haji Sulaiman Abdullah, Puan Hendon Mahmood and old friend Puan Zarina Ismail Tom to name a few.
Also present in Court today is Izyan’s father, His Lordship Dato’ Balia Yusof Haji Wahi and his wife Datin Faridah Datuk Haji Amiruddin. Yang Arif Dato’ Balia Yusof is curently Penang’s High Court Judge. The only difference is that; he is not here today to listen to counsels arguing before him but to witness his daughter’s admission as a lawyer. It must have been quite a change for the senior Judge.
During my course of practice, I haven’t been privileged to appear before Yang Arif Dato’ Balia Yusof but I have, from time to time, read his judgments. Despite his serious look, I found him to be a fair and reasonable judge. I cannot dwell on this subject further as any communications between the bar and the bench would be seriously frowned upon.
After having waited patiently for her petition to be heard before the Court, Izyan was admitted as an adovate & solicitor of the High Court of Malaya at approximately 11 a.m.. Traditionally, her master will be called to robe her at the end of the hearing; as a mark that the pupil is now a lawyer. But for Izyan, her Honourable father took the duty from Jeal’s hand to robe his daughter to the pleasure of the Court. In the words of Her Lordship Justice Tan Bee Lan “this is not an everyday-thing.”
Izyan is now a lawyer and a member of the Bar.
I have known Izyan for nine months; we had dinner and attended the firm’s function from time to time. I believe Izyan has what it takes to be a sound lawyer. Izyan, I wish you luck in your career and may you endevour to be a good and ethical lawyer.
Of course, I take this opportunity to congratulate Yang Arif Justice Dato’ Balia Yusof and his wife Datin Faridah on their daughter’s call to the Bar. It is indeed an honour for me to move Izyan’s petition this morning.
My heartiest congratulation is also extended to my learned friends: Zairul Hisham Datuk Zubir, Ezhar Fahim Mohamed Fahim and my husband Jefree Zain Affendi. To the rest of the firm, have a good lunch today!