February 11, 2015

Judge in the Jessup Moot 2015 Competition

I was invited and given the opportunity to be one of the panel of judges in the Jessup Moot 2015 Competition last Saturday, 07.02.2015.

It was an experience I would always remember because the only other time I was involved in the competition was nearly 20 years ago in 1995 when I was a second year student in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia handling the same competition in ILKAP, Institut Latihan Kehakiman dan Perundangan, the training center for those in the judiciary. At that time ILKAP was in Wisma Sime Daby in Kuala Lumpur and not in its current sprawling campus in Bandar Baru Bangi.

How time have changed.

It was a great experience as I was partnered with Session Court Judge, Tuan Hakim Timothy Finlayson and Encik Saiful Izan, the legal officer for Malaysian Red Crescent.

The competing teams were quite good in their submissions of the case and one of them, the UiTM mooting team went on to the finals but was beaten by the eventual winner from University Malaya.

Congratulations to the winner and hope they'll be as good in Washington for the world finals.




June 17, 2014

Why a housing bubble will always happens again and again. All over the world

If you read the news around the world, there are people keep saying a housing bubble is imminent in their county. Although it has just happened, like in the United States when the last housing bubbles brought down a few investment banks which had been hit by the sub-prime scandals, people who are smart enough say a housing bubble is in the making there. China is another country people is expecting to have its property bubble burst anytime soon. Why does this keep happening again and again?
It is due to the nature of housing. People keep on buying houses to live in it and to try to make a lot of money out of it by selling it at a higher margin. The question is, why don't people learn that they will drag down the economy due to their greed to make a profit? Why do they keep on doing the same thing again and again? Aren't the governments around the world doing anything about it?
Here's the thing about housing. There are genuine buyers who want to have a roof above their head and there are those who think houses as an investment. They are mixed together without any borders separating them in the same space. When you see a long line queuing up at a property launch, you cannot determine who are the genuine buyer and who are the speculators. The speculators who buy and want to make money out of the property want the same treatment the genuine house buyers are getting. It will make the profit higher as the housing developers will throw in so many things into the sale. Including cheaper housing loans.
Governments around the world have been trying to control speculative buying of property by imposing tax on the profit anyone makes when a property is sold. In Malaysia it is known as Real Property Gain Tax. The current tax regime impose tax on property sold within 5 years of the property being bought. The tax imposed is a withholding tax where the seller will have to pay the Internal Revenue Department and only get it back once it is checked out there was no profit made on the property transaction. The withholding tax for Malaysian property sellers is 2%.
Does this current withholding tax stop or reduce the property transactions or sales of houses? Does it stop the speculative buying of houses? No. It does not.
Here's why.
Any good property speculator will know you only have to factor in the cost of the Real Property Gain Tax into the margin that you will make from the sale of the property. This Real Property Gain Tax is not the only thing the property speculator has to contend with. The Malaysian government has imposed in 2010 a maximum margin of 70% on any third housing loan taken by any one buyer. That is already a deterrent factor there. Still people buys houses speculatively and try to make huge profits out of it.
Banks are also culprits in the making of housing bubbles. Why? Because they make so much money out of giving out housing loans to people who want to buy houses, whether they need it or not. A speculators adage has always been "If you can use other people money, do not use your own money." This has also been the adage that fueled a few of economic crisis in the world.
Another factor why housing bubble will visit the world every few years in this modern era is due to the property gurus that keep teaching people to buy and sell property to make a profit out of it. While these property gurus go running and laughing to the bank thanking the gullible students for paying them an arm and a leg trying to learn how to make money from property speculation, new property speculators are born and play the property speculation game all over again
So, as the sun keeps on shining and people keeps on needing a house, a housing bubble will keeps on visiting each property hot spot.
Again and again...

April 29, 2014

Blog ini sebagai manuskrip

Aku diminta menulis oleh Dubook Press, syarikat buku indie yang menerbitkan beberapa buku indie non-fiction. Sebenarnya aku tak at nak tulis apa sebab siri buku Ask the Lawyer! atau Tanyalah Peguam! yang aku terbitkan bawah True Wealth, syarikat Azizi Ali tu macam indie jugaklah. Cuma bahasa dalam buku-buku tu tak indie sangat. Dia proper sikit.

So, aku nak mulakan menulis buku untuk Dubook Press ni menggunakan blog ini. Mungkin taktik aku ni akan mengurangkan ke'laku'an buku tu nanti tapi aku rasa masih ada market. Kalau blog post aku yang aku nak gunakan sebagai manuskrip ni ramai yang baca, aku rasa aku boleh jual buku tu. Kalau tak ramai, Dubook masih nak publish, aku ok je.

Apa yang diorang mintak aku tulis adalah tentang pembelian rumah oleh remaja. Macam a ke cakap tadi, aku rasa buku 40 Soalan Yang Patut Anda Tanya Peguam Anda Sebelum Membeli Rumah di Malaysia tu dah cover mostly everything yang patut orang pertama kali beli rumah tahu.

Mungkin ada market untuk pembeli belia kut? Aku ingat nak tulis tentang benda yang lebih basic. Contohnya bagaimana nak kumpul deposit 10%. Trick-trick macamana nak mark-up. Tentang bagaimana nak mintak lawyer tolong buat SPA yang bagus. Benda-benda macam tu.

Nanti korang komen lah kalau nak tau lagi. Boleh aku baiki manuskrip aku sebelum publish.

Kala korang tak tau kenapa aku sekarang nak jadi 'indie' sikit kerana aku dah ada buku terbitan Fixi. Nama buku : PINJAM. Nama pena : Anuar Shah. Kenapa Anuar Shah? Nama penuh aku Khairul Anuar. Shah tu sebahagian nama bapak aku.

Make, entri selepas ini akan jadi entri buku aku yang belum ada title. Mungkin title dia 'Senangnya Beli Rumah' atau 'Baiti'. Tengoklah camne.

September 17, 2013

Lawyer Hartanah : 40 Lagi Soalan Yang Patut Anda Tanya Peguam Anda Sebelum Membeli Rumah di Malaysia




Buku eBook saya Lawyer Hartanah : 40 Lagi Soalan Yang Patut Anda Tanya Peguam Anda Sebelum Membeli Rumah di Malaysia mula dijual pada hari ini. Pemasaran affiliate boleh didapati di JomNiaga : http://www.jomniaga.com/affiliate/tools/17104/go. Pra-pelancaran untuk buku ini adalah dari 17hb September 2013 sehingga 29hb September 2013. Pelancaran penuh akan dilakukan pada 30hb September 2013.



eBook Bahasa Malaysia ini adalah terjemahan dari buku saya : 40 More Questions You Should Ask Your Lawyer Before Buying A Residential Property in Malaysia. Saya telah menterjemahkan buku ini sendiri untuk memastikan maksud yang saya cuba sampaikan tidak hilang. Dapatkannya sekarang di pasaran atau melalui web di www.bookplanet.com.my.


July 6, 2013

Nomad Offices : The office away from home office for lawyers

       
                                                Kompleks Mahkamah Kuala Lumpur

As a lawyer, when I was practicing as a litigation lawyer, speed is everything. You sometimes need to amend or use the facilities you have at your office as soon as possible but your office is just too far away. Even if your office is within Kalng Valley, when you have only a few hours to spend before you go back to court.

Of course you have the Bar Room which has nearly everything you need as a lawyer. However, wouldn't it be more convenient if you can drive just around the corner where you can have all the convenience of your own office at your fingertips?



       
                                         Kompleks Mahkamah Syariah Wilayah Persekutuan

       
                                                               MATRADE building

An office like Nomad Offices is the perfect alternative for an office away from home office for lawyers.

The new Nomad offices Is located at Soalris Mont Kiara within the area of MATRADE, Kompleks Mahkamah Kuala Lumpur and Mahkamah Syariah Wilayah Persekutuan.

With other Nomad offices in Pavilion KL, the Gardens and Menara Hap Seng, it is perfect for anyone to use it as a base. Nomad has hotel and residences. With branches in Manila, Jakarta, Bangkok, Ho Chin Minh, it is perfect as a satellite office.

Nomad offices has meeting rooms for 3 to 6 people, charging stations, waiting areas, hot desks, a big room for 5 people with a manager's room and even a Playstation to unwind.

Located at Level 7 of Block L, Solaris Mont Kiara, it is just perfect as an office away from your home office in Kuala Lumpur.


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