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TO TRANSFORM is to “alter or be altered radically in form, function, etc”. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/transform

Which is why the fictional Tranformers are called as such because of their unique ability to alter forms radically, turning into vehicles or beasts.

To reform is to “make changes in (something, especially an institution or practice) in order to improve it.” (See Oxford English Dictionary)

That’s what the law needs. The law needs to be reformed.

Law reform is a serious matter. In fact, it is too serious a matter to be left to the government alone.

Reform is a process and in law, it is the process of analysing current laws and advocating and carrying out changes in a legal system, usually with the aim of enhancing justice or efficiency.

Changes to the law may be ad hoc and piecemeal, or comprehensive. Comprehensive revisions oftentimes resulted from recommendations made by an independent law reform commission.

And that’s what the country needs – a law reform commission (LRC).

An independent LRC, which undertakes research and reasons itself based on such research, has much to contribute to law reform. It can outline the basic criteria that must be met before a proposed rule of law will operate satisfactorily, and recommend the rejection or re-examination of those proposals which do not meet them.

It can clarify the arguments put forward by the disputing sides, and verify the factual assertions that have been advanced in support of them. It can supply an impartial account of the history of the existing legal position, which a long and heated debate may have obscured. (see R. J. Sutton, “The English Law Commission: A New Philosophy of Law Reform” (1967) 20 Vanderbilt Law Review, 1009)

Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamudin Yunus identifies seven benefits of an independent LRC, namely (1) quality of work; (2) respect and confidence; (3) the best brains; (4) support of public officials, academics, experts and members of the public alike; (5) expertise; (6) focus; and (7) continuity. https://www.lh-ag.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/8_Benefits-of-an-Independent-Law-Reform-Commission.pdf

Law reform cannot be left to a government department to study and review existing laws, including the obsolete ones. It needs an independent law reform commission.

(This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of BebasNews)

— BebasNews

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