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Mediation & Mediators

An Alternative To Going To Court

mediation and mediators

Mediation is a potentially underrated area of law. Instead of getting into litigation and going to court straight away, it’s a good way of resolving disputes at a lower cost. A person who practices mediation is called a mediator. Here, we have a separate body that oversees mediators in Malaysia – the Malaysian Mediation Centre (MMC).

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Assault With A Dead Chicken

An Unusual Weapon & A Look At Assault As A Crime In Malaysia

chicken

FYI not actual chicken from the news reports – just a random clucker doing its thing. (That’s a pretty evil looking bird but then again, I’m a chicken around chickens. -ed)

Every morning as we head to the office, the staff at the lobby’s front desk always greets us with a copy of theSun. It’s nice to skim through daily news for legal issues to blog about as we endure lame music-less elevator rides up but it’s usually pretty uninteresting. Today however, the front page had a small headline about assault that caught our eye.

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The Essential Ingredients Of A Contract

A Basic Recipe For Contracts
(and a smelly wizard)

The Essential Ingredients Of A Contract

Today we’re going to get down and dirty with some basic law of contracts. Sure, sure, you’re not a lawyer but contracts are part of our daily lives to varying degrees. From that software update where you click ‘I Agree’ (be honest, do you actually read it? All of it?), to other more complicated contracts like shareholders, employment etc. etc. If you learn to recognise these elements, it’ll not only help your business, it can also help you avoid potential legal mistakes. Of course it’s always best to hire a lawyer but basic legal knowledge is always an advantage – forewarned is forearmed.

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What The Hell Is Identity Theft?

And Why You Should Be Wary Of It

Identity Theft Prevention

Identity theft cases are on the rise and many Malaysians are still unaware of its dangers. Identity theft is a type of crime where the thief uses your personal information such as NRIC details or credit card information to purchase merchandise, get credit and obtain services in your name. Essentially, identity thieves are imposters who pose as someone else for their own personal gain.

There are many types of identity theft but they can be primarily categorised under true name fraud, account takeover and criminal identity theft.

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Know Your Consumer Protection Rights In Malaysia!

Malaysian Consumer Rights & Consumer Protection

Consumer Rights and Consumer Protection

The Consumer Profile Research, conducted by the Domestic Trade, Cooperative & Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) last year, revealed that only 58% of Malaysian consumers were properly aware of their rights.

It’s important to be aware of your rights as a consumer so you know what you’re entitled to including refunds for faulty or dangerous goods.

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Consumer Protection: Complaints!

Consumer Protection Laws: How To File A Consumer Complaint

Imagine this: you’re in a shop and spot a something you want.  As you pick it up and head to the check out, you see a large sign indicating the item is Buy One Get One free so you grab another one. After you’ve paid, you notice a mistake on your receipt – the cashier charged you for the second item that was part of the Buy One Get One free deal instead of waiving the price! You calmly march back into the store and ask the cashier for a refund. The cashier insists that your total sum is correct despite your clear indication that the second item was part of a promotional offer. Eventually, a manager appears but they too insist that the total sum of your receipt is correct! Frustrated, waste another hour filling in official complaints forms to the store before going home without your refund.

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Bibliophilia #15 | Rethink?

Bibliophilia: the reading list for book lovers

Bibliophilia is a weekly post of recommended reading for law students and lawyers. The list will comprise both fiction and non-fiction books with as much variety as possible. We’re also happy to take reader submissions from you so get reading!

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Bibliophilia #13 | Trouble Afoot!

Bibliophilia: the reading list for book lovers

Bibliophilia is a weekly post of recommended reading for law students and lawyers. The list will comprise both fiction and non-fiction books with as much variety as possible. We’re also happy to take reader submissions from you so get reading!

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Criminal Law Basics 101

Charge and Bail

POST-ARREST: After you have been arrested, you may be detained up to a maximum of 14 days – depending on the remand order granted by the Magistrate – for investigation purposes. You are remanded in the police lock-up.

After the expiry of the remand order, the police must release you, otherwise you could sue them for illegal detention.

That being said, although you are released, whether before or after the expiry of the remand order, you may be released on police bail. This means that you maybe required to report to the police station from time to time to ensure you will not for example flee from the country.  A surety (aka bailor) may be needed but usually further conditions (ie. a bail sum) will not be needed.

The role of the surety aka bailor will be explained further.

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