Bar Council chairman Mah Weng Kwai must redeem himself to get the Legal
Profession Qualifying Board to rescind its decision to nullify the Certificate
in Legal Practice (CLP) examination results this year or there would be
two powerful reasons for him to resign from the Board, viz:
In fact, if Mah cannot make amends and convince the Qualifying Board to admit the injustice of its indiscriminate annulment of the CLP results this year and to rescind the decision, there is no way Mah can continue as a member of the Qualifying Board as well as Bar Council Chairman for a single minute, for his appointment to the Qualifying Board is a statutory provision because of his position as Bar Council chairman and not in his personal capacity.
The resolution taken earlier by the Bar Council exco, as reported in the press, that the Qualifying Board has no power to rescind the CLP examination results and that it should review its earlier decision, and the call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the leak of CLP papers, is the right and proper one.
The Qualifying Board has created a double mess - firstly, in allowing the scandal of the CLP exam paper leaks to go on for several years without taking effective measures to tighten internal checks and balances to uphold the credibility and integrity of the examination; and secondly, in compounding its negligence and irresponsibility by inflicting further injustice and trauma on the innocent, honest and hardworking candidates. It should not now create a triple mess by refusing the undo its unfair and unjust decision.
It is most disappointing that the Qualifying Board has further delayed till Sunday in taking a right, proper and just decision to rescind its annulment of the CLP exam results this year.
There is no reason why the Qualifying Board must wait until a full Bar Council meeting is held on Saturday, as if it is right, proper and just that the Board decision to nullify the CLP examination results this year should be rescinded, it should be done immediately without having to wait for a meeting from any other body.
The Qualifying Board should not delay any further to adopt a five-point
formula to deal with the CLP exam paper scam: