12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 (Bernama) -- Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria today expressed his confidence that Malaysian adjudicators are well trained and prepared for the responsibilities entailed to perfom their duties.

He said it was pertinent to the adjudicators to carry themself with dignity, honor, integrity and a high level of professionalism as their responsibilities were great.

"You are now part and parcel of a dispute resolution mechanism. A mechanism that is although untested in this country, but it promises great things," Arifin said in his opening speech when launching the Malaysian Society Of Adjudicators (MSA) here, organised by the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA).

His speech was read by Federal Court Judge Tan Sri Ahmad Maarof.

He said the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 would have an effect on the workings of the construction industry, and everyone hoped that it was successful in ironing out the creases.



He said the Act was aimed to facilitate cash flow in the industry and ensure a swift administration of justice and this could only happen if all of the dynamics involved in the process were in place and ready.

"I have every trust that the adjudicators here are well trained and are well prepared for the responsibility they entail," he said

He said the launch of the MSA was also important to this cause as there was a need for a body that regulated the adjudicator and make certain that these adjudicators performed to a high level of professionalism.

He also stressed that adjudicators must also be kept abreast of the latest developments in law and therefore MSA’s role in maintaining and enhancing the knowledge of adjudicators was essential.

"Likewise for the judges, the Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILKAP) is tasked with training the judges, and I see MSA playing a similar role when it comes to providing systematic, relevant and progressive training to the adjudicators," he said.