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INTHEHIGHCOURTOFMALAYAATKUALALUMPUR

REFERENCEPROCEEDINGSINMEMORYOFDEPARTEDMEMBERSOFTHEBAR WHOPRACTISEDINTHEFEDERALTERRITORYOFKUALALUMPUR SPEECHBYMRANANDPONNUDURAI,CHAIRMANKUALALUMPURBAR

REPRESENTINGTHEKUALALUMPURBARCOMMITTEE ANDTHEKUALALUMPURBAR

ATTHEREFERENCEPROCEEDINGSON10FEBRUARY2011 BEFOREY.A.DATO’AZIAHBINTIALI

Dengan Izin, Yang Arif

Pada hari yang penuh bermakna ini, saya Anand Ponnudurai mewakili JawatanKuasa Peguam Kuala Lumpur yang telah menyelenggarakan majlis ini. Rakan bijaksana saya Puan Hendon Mohamed mewakili Majlis Peguam Malaysia manakala Puan Jamhirah Ali mewakili Jabatan Peguam Negara Malaysia.

Dengan izin Yang Arif, saya pohon kebenaran untuk meneruskan dalam Bahasa Inggeris.

My Lady, we are gathered here this morning in solemn assembly to pay tribute to the memory of 7 members of the KL Bar who passed on in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and to express our heartfelt condolences to their bereaved families.

At the outset I must state that the Bar indeed is pleased that this tradition of reference proceedings was revived in KL in recent years. For that I thank the Courts at large and My Lady in particular for having agreed to have these proceedings today.

My Lady, we are gathered today not only in memory of our 7 departed members but also to honour their lives, what they stood for and believed in, their contribution to the legal fraternity, to society and to their beloved families. We are all bound to feel loss – as adults, children, husbands, wives, parents, colleagues and close friends. There is no exception. Though the passing of our dear colleagues may leave us saddened, we are at the same time full of gratitude that it was our privilege to have known and been associated with them.

Much as we know that death is inevitable, we are never quite prepared to deal with the loss of a loved one, be it a family member, friend or colleague. While grief often makes up much of the mourning process, it is also important that we remember and commemorate the lives of those lost, so that, memories of them live on forever. As the saying goes-when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

I think Singapore’s senior minister Lee Kuan Yew, in his eulogy for his wife, summed it up perfectly when he said that ancient people developed and ritualised mourning practices to express the shared grief of family and friends. Together they showed not fear or distaste for death, but respect for the dead one; and to give comfort to the living who will miss the deceased.

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My Lady, on behalf of the KL Bar, I am given the privilege to say a few words and to speak in tribute of our departed colleagues at the Bar. There is so much more that could be said about them but time only permits me to share a little of what they each were like.

Mohamed Bin Dato’ Mahbob 23 January 1947 - 31 October 2008

Mohamed Dato' Mahbob, popularly known by his friends and family as 'Bob' was born on 23 January 1947. He was the only son of Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dato' Mahbob Bin Dato' Ahmad, for a time Aide de Camp to several Yang DiPertuan Agong namely Terengganu, Kedah and Kelantan; and Datin Maimunah Binti Said, a renown educationalist. His father served in several States, Kedah and Pahang to mention a few, bringing his young family, Bob and his sister 'Mai' Datin Maznah Mahbob with him. Being educated throughout Malaya, Bob finally settled in the Royal Military College in 1960 and on completion he went to London, United Kingdom to pursue his law studies where he graduated as a Barrister at Law from the Inner Temple in 1975.

Bob met his wife, Siti Amira Binti Haji Ahmad in London in 1968(who incidentally is the sister of the late Justice Tan Sri Abdul Malek Bin Ahmad) and they married in 1972. She survives him, as does his four sons and one daughter who followed his footsteps in law by graduating with a LL.B (Honours) from Aberystwyth University, Wales in 2008.

Bob returned to Kuala Lumpur in 1975 to set up practice in the name of Bahari, Mohamed and Yong. Leaving practice in 1986, he turned to entrepreneurship for a couple of years. Bob delved into a variety of businesses including a theme park in Johore and property development. His love for the Law marked a return to practice with Mohamed Jargit & Partners in 2003.

Bob was a man of integrity and humour, who would brush aside adversity with humour. He was an avid reader satisfying his thirst for knowledge through non-fiction books in wide ranging subjects from history, physics, religion, philosophy, psychology, economics and politics. It therefore should not be a surprise why he was such an interesting company and popular with all who knew him. Even those who have known him for a long time would not be bored thanks to his constantly fresh anecdotes and alternative points of view, always with a humourous twist. You knew you could always have a 'good conversation' with Bob.

His numerous weekly luncheon groups, from Old Puteras to fellow lawyers, would testify to his ability to 'spin a good yarn' with luncheons marked by uproarious laughter. This trait was shared with his late brother-in-law, Justice Tan Sri Abdul Malek Haji Ahmad. Both alumni of the Inner Temple, they would best be remembered for the 'very British wit'.

Reputed for his enthusiasm, gusto and great love for food, Bob was a connoisseur of everything from Nasi Bryani Gam (which was his own speciality as a Chef) to a 'good steak'.

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Bob was a kind and decent man, generous to a fault, often misunderstood but never one to hold a grudge. His strength came from the Almighty, and even as his health deteriorated, he found solace in the message of his Maker. Within a few months his health worsened and he passed away surrounded by those who loved him. He was greatly loved by friends and family, in evidence by the sizeable turnout at his funeral. May the Almighty bless his soul.

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Mohamed Yusoff Bin Haji Mohamed

6 June 1927 - 4 March 2009

Yang Arif, I believe the late Tan Sri’s son - Harmy Yusoff will speak on behalf of his late father and I intend to associate myself with the sentiments and tributes that will be expressed by him in these proceedings but it will be remiss if I do not say a few words on the late Tan Sri.

Born on 6 June 1927 in Kuala Terengganu, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Mohamed Yusoff had a long and illustrious career in the judicial and legal service. He started work during the last years of the British Colonial era in the Terengganu Civil Service in 1949 as an Assistant District Officer and later as District Officer until 1956 when he was seconded to the judicial and legal service as a magistrate.

In 1958, Tan Sri was awarded a scholarship to read law at Lincoln’s Inn and qualified as a Barrister-at-Law in 1960. He returned to Malaysia and was appointed as President, Sessions Court, Raub. In 1962, he was called upon by the State of Terengganu to serve as the State Secretary, Terengganu. In 1965, he returned to the judicial and legal service and served as President, Sessions Court, Johor Bahru.

In 1968, Tan Sri was promoted to the post of Senior President, Sessions Court, Kuala Lumpur from where he was transferred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers where he served as Acting Senior Counsel, Deputy Parliamentary Draftsman and later on as Senior Federal Counsel heading the Advisory Section. In 1971, he was appointed as State Legal Advisor, Selangor and held the post from 21 June 1971 until his elevation to the Bench of the High Court on 16 January 1974.

Between 1974 and 1992, Tan Sri served as Judge of the High Court of Borneo/East Malaysia at Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. He subsequently served as Judge of the High Court of Malaya at Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur.

Following a long and distinguished career on the Bench at the High Court, Tan Sri was elevated to the Supreme Court of Malaysia on 29 October 1988 where he retired at the pinnacle of the judicial profession in September 1992. Having been in practice only since 1990, I regret that I never had a chance to appear before Tan Sri who I am told by senior practitioners was a very likeable and patient judge.

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Not content to slide into a well-earned rest and spend time with his children, grand children and hobbies, Tan Sri instead plunged into the corporate world. He served as Chairman and Director for several companies both in Malaysia and Singapore including NTI International Ltd. (a Singapore Stock Exchange SESDAQ listed company), Dataprep Holdings Berhad, Dunham-Bush Berhad, Hwa Tai Industries Berhad and Berjaya Sports Toto Berhad (companies listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange). He was also the Executive Chairman of Zenecon-Kumagai Sdn Bhd, a joint venture Japanese-Malaysian construction company, and Chairman of New Technology & Innovations Sdn. Bhd. (an MSC Status) IT based company.

Tan Sri was also an active member of The Royal Lake Club (Kelab Taman Perdana DiRaja) Kuala Lumpur and the Royal Selangor Golf Club Kuala Lumpur. His principal hobbies were travelling, writing, trap-shooting, fishing and golf.

Tan Sri had always wanted to be called to the Malaysian Bar but his total commitment and dedication to the service had prevented him from making an application earlier. On 9 August 1997, he had his wish fulfilled - he was called to the Malaysian Bar. It was a day of double joy, as on the very same day and before the very Court, his son, Harmy Yusoff was also called to the Malaysian Bar together with him.

Tan Sri was married to Puan Sri Datin Hajjah Rosita Harisun Binti Haji Daud and was blessed with eight children. Tan Sri passed away peacefully on 4 March 2009 with his children and wife at his bedside. He was 81.

Leong See Ming 4 July 1961 - 12 June 2009

Mr Leong See Ming graduated with a 2nd Class Honours LL.B from the University of London in 1999. He completed his CLP (Certificate on Legal) from the Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia in 2001.

See Ming pursued his chambering and later practised at Lopez & Woon-Chee between 2002-2003. He later joined Peter Goh & Nor Jaswa between 2003-2005. His last employment was with Tee, Tan & Partners from 2005 to 2008.

In his course of work, See Ming had acquired experiences in banking, general and criminal litigations, conveyancing and corporate works. He had translated affidavits and statements of claims from Bahasa Malaysia to English and vice-versa. He had also conducted a seminar on "Execution Proceedings".

See Ming was a resourceful team player, conscientious and diligent with lots of initiatives. He believed in courteous and considerate approach towards fellow colleagues. See Ming enjoyed a variety of sports which included jogging, martial arts and squash. He was a holder of the Bronze Medal in life saving (swimming) and a certified scuba diver. He enjoyed all spicy food especially curry fish head and Thai food.

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See Ming is survived by his parents, his brother See Keong, his wife Cassy and son Ian Leong.

He is now resting peacefully at Nirwana Memorial Park Shah Alam, Selangor. We will miss See Ming.

Sng Kim Kuay

27 September 1942 - 1 January 2010

Mr Sng Kim Kuay (KK Sng) was born on 27 September 1942 and the eldest of five brothers and two sisters. He studied in English College Johor Bahru. In 1962, he joined the Royal Malaysian Customs Department as an Assistant Superintendent and was soon promoted to Superintendent.

KK Sng was married in 1967 and had three sons Sng Eu Jin, Sng Eu Kim and Sng Eu Sun. In 1968, he was transferred to join the newly formed Anti Corruption Agency and in 1973, he was transferred back to the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

In 1974, with the recommendation of His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah (the Lord President at that time), he left for United Kingdom to pursue his law studies. He completed his law degree and Bar exams in 18 months which was an excellent achievement. The reason he could do this was that at that time there was no need to complete the degree before enrolling for the Bar exams. That was a loop hole which was subsequently amended wherein one must finish one’s law degree before one could enroll for the Bar exams.

Upon his return to Malaysia in 1976, KK Sng chambered in Shook Lin & Bok and thereafter started the firm of Sng & Mathew in 1978. He was a well respected practitioner in Kuala Lumpur and liked by everyone. In 1996, he helped his two sons Sng Eu Kim and Sng Eu Sun set up the firm of Sng & Co.

KK Sng had led a full and lustrous life and is missed by family and friends. He passed away on 1January 2010 and his passing is indeed a great loss.

Ngae Koh Hieng

8 January 1954 - 15 May 2010

Ngae Koh Hieng or Edwin Ngae as he was popularly known was born in Engkilo, Sibu Sarawak along the Rejang River on 8 January 1954. He had his primary education in Engkilo and would always reminisce about having gone to school barefooted. He then studied at the Methodist High School in Sibu and obtained the Sarawak Junior School Certificate with Distinction. He completed his Higher School Certificate in 1973 and thereafter pursued a degree in Economics at the University of Malaya.

Edwin was a symbol of youth and vitality and had lots of passion for life and was always hungry for knowledge. After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Economics, Edwin

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started work with a developer. But soon after, his quest for further knowledge motivated him to read law as an external student of the University of London on a part-time basis, juggling part-time with his family and work. He completed his LL.B degree with Honours in 1989 and Certificate of Legal Practice in the year 1990. Soon after, he quit the commercial sector and commenced full time legal practice.

Edwin was steadfast in his beliefs of right and wrong and he practised with zest and passion. Legal practice however was not his only passion in life. Edwin always a keen sportsman, soon discovered his love for running and began pursuing this hobby on a serious note. He took part in many marathons, triathlons, iron-man events and his biggest achievement was his participation in the Sahara desert run in the year 2007 which he successfully completed. Apparently, he was only one of the 3 men from Malaysia who completed this humanly difficult feat. His self-belief and determination knew no bounds and should be an example for the young ones to emulate.

Illness struck Edwin in 2008 and after a short struggle Edwin passed away on15 May 2010 leaving behind his beloved wife Koh Pin Pin who is also a member of the Bar and three lovely children Min Yin, Min Sheng and Min Xian. Edwin will always be remembered by those who missed him.

Rajasingam A/L Ratnasingam 28 March 1961 - 19 June 2010

Rajasingam was born on 28 March 1961 in Kuala Lumpur. He obtained his early education at Pasar Road School and later at Cochrane Secondary School and College Tuanku Abdul Rahman. He then graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 1995. He is a Barrister at Law and was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn (London) in 1995 and called to the Malaysian Bar in early 1997.

Rajasingam began his early days in his legal profession by chambering in the firm of Sidek Teoh Wong and Dennis under the guidance of Mr Dennis Appaduray. He worked closely with Mr Dennis and gained invaluable experience in all areas of major litigation matters and corporate work. He later joined the firm of Kitson Foong as a partner and in December 1998, he joined Syed Paul & Co. also as a partner before joining Zainudin Wan Nadzin Chua & Mazlinda, and forming the Kuala Lumpur Branch with Karminder Kaur. He worked very closely with the partner of his branch, partners of the other branches and also with his staff who had been with him since the formation of the branch.

Rajasingam was a man of great charisma, jovial, friendly and ever ready to help anyone at all times. He had put everyone in his life before himself and had touched many hearts. He had never expected any recognition in return and will always be remembered and treasured. He was adored by his loved ones, his staff and people who knew him well. We will miss Rajasingam.

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Satish P.S. Nair

4 February 1961 - 24 October 2010

Mr Satish P.S. Nair (affectionately known as ‘Satish’ to family and friends) was called home to his rightful place to be with the Almighty in the early evening on 24 October 2010. His peaceful demise came as a sudden shock to his loved ones and friends, none of whom expected this jewel of a person to leave so suddenly and without saying goodbye.

His loved ones, family and close friends are still trying to come to terms accepting that he no longer remains amongst us as none of us ever imagined a life without Satish in it. They say time heals all wounds but the pain of his loss will always be felt by those he left behind.

Satish was born on 4 February 1961 in Petaling Jaya and is the third child of Mr P.S. Nair and Madam Gomathy Nair. He completed his primary education at the Vivekananda School, Brickfields, and later went on to La’Salle PJ where he completed his secondary education by sitting for the Malaysian Certificate of Education (M.C.E) in 1978.

Satish then enrolled himself at the Stamford College PJ where he sat for the ‘A’ level Examination in 1979 before proceeding to read Law in London, England, where he graduated from the University of London with an Honours Degree in Law (LL.B) in 1986. Satish was later admitted as a Barrister at the prestigious Lincolns Inn, London in 1988, after which he returned home to Malaysia and completed his chambering and was called to the Malaysian Bar on 22 September 1989.

Satish first set up a partnership under the name of Vincent and Satish, Kuala Lumpur but later preferred to be an Editor at the Malaysian Current Law Journal from 1993 to 1996. Satish then resumed his legal practice and joined the firm of S.N. Fong from 1997 to 2002, after which he set up his own firm under the name of Satish P.S. Nair, Kuala Lumpur until his untimely demise on 24 October 2010.

Satish left behind his beloved wife, Geeta Jothilingam of Matthew Thomas & Co. Kuala Lumpur and 3 lovely children, Laveen Nair, Taysher Nair and Kaeshini Nair. He met the love of his life, Geeta, in 1981 on a flight to London and there was no turning back on their romance which blossomed during their time together in London as students and which was later further strengthened when they tied the knot in January 1990.

Satish was a devoted and loving husband and a dedicated and responsible father. Satish had the gift of being able to interact well with adults and children alike. Satish was also a devoted son, a reliable brother and brother-in-law and a much adored uncle to his nephews and nieces.

Satish’s hobbies included reading, travelling, playing pool and collecting train sets. His strong command of the English Language and Shakespearean Literature and his witty nature were some of his admirable qualities, not to forget his romantic side where his poetic love letters combined with his persistence won over Geeta’s heart. Satish’s other

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notable quality was his frankness when asked about his opinion on issues ranging from current affairs to religion and politics.

As a friend, Satish always believed in quality over quantity. He chose his friends very carefully and those who had the privilege of being close to him will attest to the fact that Satish treated his friends like family and that they could always count on him in times of need. Satish’s demise has left a void in the life of his close friends, and one particular gentleman by the name of Ravindran, who was Satish’s best friend, is still trying to come to terms with his loss. Such is the impact that Satish has had on the lives of his friends. Those who knew Satish will always remember him as a very likeable, kind, generous hearted and honest person.

As an Advocate and Solicitor, Satish was an active litigator and his integrity is beyond reproach. His sense of commitment and duty to the Court and clients was unquestionable. Satish was well liked and earned the respect from fellow members of the Bar.

Satish has left us with a lifetime of memories to cherish and he will always live on in our hearts. His demise at the tender age of 49 is indeed a great loss. May his soul rest in peace.

May it please, Yang Arif.

Death is a natural part of life. It permits our spirit to move on to whatever lies beyond death.

In the words of William Shakespeare,

“All that lives must die. Passing through nature to eternity.”

Similarly, the words of Thomas Campbell is indeed apt when he said, “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die”

If I may be permitted to end by quoting a poem by Henry Scott Holland, Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral - London entitled “Death is Nothing At All.”

Death is nothing at all.

I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you.

Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are.

Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same that it ever was.

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Why should I be out of mind Because I am out of sight?

May we all find solace in the inspiring memories of the exemplary life of our departed colleagues.

My Lady, the legacies of the members in today’s reference proceedings ought to be preserved forever and as customary, I move for the record of these proceedings to be kept in the archives of this Court and a copy to be extended to the beloved family and relatives of each or our deceased friends that we honour today.

I am much obliged, Yang Arif.

ANAND PONNUDURAI 10.2.2011

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