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Friday, June 23, 2017

CLP candidates relieved over AG’s intervention in CLP exam format

The Legal Profession Qualifying Board has announced that it has scraped a last-minute change in the question format for the crucial Criminal Procedure paper.
apandi-ali_law_600_newPETALING JAYA: The Legal Profession Qualifying Board has announced that it has scraped a last-minute change in the question format for the crucial Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP) examination this August.
Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali, who had said he would look into the complaint by more than 1,000 law graduates, intervened to resolve the matter.
“I was just trying to help change the mindset … we are supposed to facilitate things for the students,” Apandi told The Star yesterday after the board announced that it would revert to the original format for the Criminal Procedure paper.
CLP candidates recently voiced their dissatisfaction over the board’s six-month delay in announcing the format change on its portal, just two months before the examination in August.
According to the new format, candidates are required to answer one mandatory question and three others out of seven questions under the Criminal Procedure paper.
Under the original format, candidates could answer any four out of seven questions for the paper.
Candidates taking the CLP examination need to sit for the Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, General Paper, Professional Practice and Evidence papers.
Many of the CLP candidates have praised the board’s decision to revert to the original format for the Criminal Procedure paper.
Candidate Candice said the earlier notice of the format change had caused her a lot of worry. She said she was so happy and wanted to thank the AG for looking into their plight.
Another candidate, who wished to be known only as Christine, said she was relieved at the board’s decision.
“The AG’s intervention was timely. It is a load off my heart as I was going to go through the Criminal Paper again after my general revision.”
Baljit Singh Sidhu, an adjunct professor with a private college in Kuala Lumpur, said the board should engage stakeholders in the future before deciding to make changes.
Brickfields Asia College managing director and senior lecturer Raja Singham said it was good that the AG reacted and rectified what would have been an injustice to the candidates.
He lauded the AG’s intervention as it had brought relief to those taking the examination.
“Apandi should look at appointing the right people to manage the board,” he said. -FMT

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