Activities/Stories

THE CASE OF THE OLD MAN IN THE STORM


I opted to join the Legal Aid Clinic (LAC) to complete the compulsory legal aid duty as it involves matters I have interest and experience in. It did not feel like a duty I had to do just to cross another task off my “pupillage to-do list”. The days at LAC were opportunities to serve people and baby steps towards my intentions in the future - to lend my assistance to the LAC in any way possible as a practicing lawyer.
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JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER


Let me share with you a story. I came across this migrant worker where I had to make a police report and he had this Excel sheet perfectly with all the unpaid wages. The language that he spoke was very good Bahasa Malaysia and English. I said, “Encik, kamu construction worker sahaja, macam mana kamu boleh cakap BM dengan fasih?” He was in Malaysia only for 3 months and he can speak very good BM and I am here 2 years and still struggling with my BM.
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HUMANITY LOST AND FOUND


There is a hand written sign on the wall at Ms. Lubna Sheikh Ghazali's desk that reads: "SNAP BACK TO YOUR HUMANITY". At the UNHCR Legal Aid programme, I came with my humanity, lost my humanity, and found it back again. At the Exit Review for Legal Aid, the common theme I found was that most people learnt to find empathy with other members of society which were 'less fortunate' (I loathe that term). I was already aware and ready to feel at a loss referring to the arbitrariness of life (why would it be, that the woman across the table from me had to have the worst lot, while I got
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