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Govt mulls setting up law reform commission

KOTA KINABALU, 17 April 2009: The government is considering setting up a law reform commission, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk VK Liew said here today.

“We (the Prime Minister’s Department) have been entrusted to look into this. The commission will be an independent body to conduct law reform in the country

We will consider the state of laws and make recommendations or proposals for legal changes or restructuring,” he said.

The ministry would look into the various proposed functions that might include drafting revised versions of confusing laws, preparing consolidated versions of laws, and making recommendations on updating outdated laws and repealing obsolete or spent laws, he told Bernama.

He also said that he had been tasked by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to deal with the administration of the law and parliamentary affairs.

Liew, who is Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president, said the de facto law minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, and he, as his deputy, would touch base with the administrators of the courts, the Bar Council and the law associations.

“It is our utmost concern that the administration of justice in the country will continue to be seen to be done,” he said. — Bernama


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