I always find it amusing whenever I listened to people who have never even been to court talked about the country's justice system and its practitioners.
They always got the whole thing wrong in a funny way.
That's why I had a good laugh reading this article by the hilariously intelligent Amir Hafizi,
And none of the court stuff I have read in the papers ever play out like in Boston Legal, The Practice, LA Law, Ally McBeal or any of the K-dramas I have never watched.
Yup, the whole thing is not like in the movies or TV shows.
Especially, the lawyers.
People tend to think that most lawyers are extremely intelligent simply because they were supposed to know the laws, and this is definitely not true.
I have highlighted the stupidity of those who were supposed to be the best among them when they indulged in
And now they are even talking about holding a rally to protest the so-called attack against the judiciary as if they have forgotten that they themselves had been doing that for years by claiming that judges were cronies of past BN administrations.
Seriously, are they planning the rally because they wanted to protect the country's judicial system or it's because of their political affiliation?
And lawyers are street crusaders now, is it?
How about intelligently arguing their case on the issue befitting the noble status of their profession instead of throwing tantrums like a stupid mob?
So much for being lawyers, I would say.
In actual fact, many of them are just glorified clerks, and those were the more intelligent ones among them as they tend to make more money working for corporations than the court lawyers.
All those successful legal firms, how do you think they managed to get the big money? By representing drug crazed murderers and rapists?
My best friend in law school, who scored second class upper honours for his LLB is now a corporate lawyer.
He started by being idealistic and wanting to be a court lawyer like his father before he got smarter and joined an oil company.
Another good friend, who was a bachelor in his mid-40s when he managed to scrape through with third class honours became an actual court lawyer.
He was a teacher but always wanted to be a lawyer because he thought it was a noble profession and being one would elevate him to a higher level in society.
Poor stupid guy.
He was actually reduced from being a good teacher to become a mediocre lawyer, who doesn't earn really that much either, judging from the way he lives now.
Me, I just bailed out when I realised that the whole thing was not what I thought it is. Running out of money to do my CLP also helped me to make that decision.
Like Amir Hafizi, back then, I also thought being a lawyer is like in the movies and TV shows.
Well, I was young and stupid at that time, okay.
Anyway, having said all that, I have to stress that not all lawyers are stupid like those heading their Bar Council.
Many are indeed smart, including among the court lawyers.
Some were even truly idealistic such as an old friend who enjoys doing lots of pro bono services for poor folks in his hometown in Terengganu.
For me, it all boils down to the individuals.
It's not the profession that makes one noble because what really matter is the individual's sincerity and good heart.