The 25th LAWASIA Conference was held at the Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali from the 18-21 November 2012.

The prestigious Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali again had the privilege of being chosen as the official venue of the LAWASIA Conference 2012. This event was officially opened by Indonesia’s Minister of Law and Human Rights, HE. Amir Syamsudin and was attended by a strong delegation of Lawyers and Advocates within Asia Pacific.

MahWengKwai & Associates was represented by its Managing Partner, Mr Raymond Mah who also delivered a speech entitled “Internet and The Law: Current Issues” under the main topic of Communications and Technology. The paper presented was entitled “Prove your innocence online – the new Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950 (Malaysia)”.

Mr Mah Weng Kwai & Mr Raymond Mah

Raymond’s speech gave a broad insight on the new Section 114A which was introduced into the Evidence Act 1950. This amendment will significantly impact the law governing internet publications by persons in Malaysia, including news reporting, blogging and interactions in the social media. The amendment will allow the prosecution or a plaintiff to rely on a presumption of fact to prove the identity of the person responsible for an internet publication. Essentially, the internet user identified in the amendment is deemed to be the publisher of content, unless the user proves otherwise. The burden of proof has shifted.

This amendment to the law of evidence in Malaysia has far reaching consequences for internet users. It will facilitate the proving of offences under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, the Computer Crimes Act 1997 and the Sedition Act 1948 against internet users. It will also ease the proving of defamation claims on internet publications. While the Malaysian government has defended the amendment as being necessary to protect the public interest, the internet community in Malaysia has reacted in an uproar. In the paper, Raymond analysed the effects that the amendment is likely to have on internet users in Malaysia and the debate on whether or not the amendment better serves the people.

from left to right: Gordon Hughes (Ashurst, Australia), John Lambrick (RMIT, Australia), Marke Silalahi Nuth (WNLP, Indonesia), Raymond Mah (MahWengKwai & Associates, Malaysia) John Rundell (John Rundell & Co, Australia)

Mr Choi Chung Hwan (Lee & Ko, Korea) & Raymond Mah

The Conference came to a close with a lavish cultural dinner at the grandeur of Mangupura Hall at Bali International Conventional Center. As always, this premier legal conference had provided an invaluable opportunity for delegates to network with colleagues from around the world.  The conference covered many important and current areas and trends affecting the legal profession in the Asia Pacific region.

Please click on the link below to view the presentation slides.

2012-11-16 Prove your innocence online_Raymond Mah_s