I'm not sure whether the Bar Council issued this press release to clarify the posting I made here or the articles that appeared in The Star or/and Utusan Malaysia. No reference is made in the press release to any of the above.
The explanation does not explain why the Bar refused to give dispensation to Salleh Abas and apply its discretion through Rule 62 when it had done so with KC Vohrah. It is this apparent unwillingness to apply the same privilege to the former Lord President that has brought about the perception that the Bar practises double-standards.
If there had been a "mistake" in giving KC Vohrah dispensation, why is that mistake not being admitted here?
But then again, the precedence in the form of KC Vohrah is not even mentioned in the press release!
If the Bar Council is hoping to close the issue with this sorry excuse of a press release, I'm really disappointed with it.