“Justice is not only for the rich but for the Poor too”
From time to time I received phone calls from friends or friends’ friends seeking for free legal advice. Of course, being a friendly and helpful man I am, I always feel more than happy to help them.
At the end of a long conversation, sometimes I just feel that what I can help is really so little, I can only help them in “theory” but not in “practical”. I can only give them my 2 cents thought but I cannot represent them.
What make me even frustrated was that when I found out that they had a good case and encouraged them to engage a lawyer to represent them in that matter, the next question they will definitely asked was, how much will the legal fees be? When I told them the estimated legal fees, most of their replies were “Wah! SO expensive ah?!!!” (For your information, Malaysian average legal fees is actually one of the lowest in the region).
When I know they have not enough mean to engage a lawyer, the next thing I will suggest to them is to turn to the Legal Aid Center to obtain free legal advice and representative. Surprisingly 80% of them never heard of legal aid programme untill I told them. 20% of them heard the same before but did not know the contact of the relevant centers.
In fact, there are 2 main organisations offering legal aid in Malaysia. The 1st body is , The Bar Council Legal Aid Center, which is set up by Malaysian Bar and the 2nd body is The Legal Aid Bureau under the Prime Minister Department.
Click on the links below to see the relevant FAQ:
Of course, not everyone is entitled to seek for legal aid from the 2 abvoementioned legal aid centers. In fact, only those who are qualified under the stringent “Means Test” are eligible for the free legal aid. (Most of my friends can never pass the Means Test.)
Anyway, so next time if you need any free legal aid you should know where to turn to now, right?