Lawyers Never Lose Their Appeal
This year's Bench & Bar Games saw many firsts. Being held for
the first time in Kota Kinabalu and hosted by Sabah, The Eco Games
2002, as the Games was dubbed, also saw Sabah lawyers being allowed
to advertise their firms for the first time - thanks to a special
clearance granted by the Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Chong Kah Kiat,
himself a lawyer.
And Obiter's winner for the top prize for original apt e-mail
address goes to the firm of Marcel Jude Joseph (2000) & Co,
whose e-mail address reads: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This appears to be one lawyer (amongst the many we are sure) who
believes that with 20-20 vision, there is no such thing as a lost
Men in Black Seeing Red
Competition was tough on the field as
much as it was off the field, and passions got heated in the
course. We are not just talking about the World Cup 2002
either. Unfortunately, this year's Bench & Bar Games also
saw an unprecedented number of red cards having been issued by
the referees during the soccer games. Perhaps, it is time for
a donation of a Fair Play Trophy to the Games to mellow the
Or a reminder that aggression, if
any, should be reserved for the battles in court rather than
on the soccer field.
Running in the Family II
More evidence of family participation has
been spotted since the Law Society's commitment as a Family Life
Ambassador. This time, the Bench & Bar Games in Kota Kinabalu
saw a three-generation contingent; Vice-President Mrs Arfat Selvam
was seen with her 4-month old grandson and his parents in tow, at
the Veteran's soccer pitch in Kepayan, Kota Kinabalu. The youngster
was one of the youngest Singapore supporters - since the inception
of the Games in April 1969 - and rumours have it that whilst he
gamely survived his maiden flight, it was the antics of the older
folks around him that traumatised the poor child.
Having the distinct honour of doing this,
quite apart from
traumatising the opposing players in the field, was none other than
Law Society President, Mr Palakrishnan, SC, with partners-in-crime,
former President, Mr Chandra Mohan Nair, and Mr Samuel Dhoraisingam
(aka CEO Ms Yasho Dhoraisingam's father). Armed with kompangs,
bribed from the Hotel's entertainers, these gentlemen were seen
heartily jeering and cheering the opposing and home teams
respectively, in a crescendo, until they were hoarse - with swollen
palms pounding to the beat of these traditional drums.
Victory was truly drummed in when the
Singapore teams rose to the occasion by bringing back The Judge's
Orders are no doubt already being placed
for tablas and gamelans in anticipation of the next Games scheduled
to be in Kuching, Sarawak, next year.
The Face of Victory
Actions speak louder than words: so all together now ...
‘Singapore pun Boleh ...’.