Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak today launched a foundation which will provide legal aid to the poor.
People from households with an annual income of less than RM25,000 can seek aid from this National Legal Aid Foundation.
The foundation has 12 members on its board of directors, with
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail as the chairman and Malaysian Bar Council President K. Ragunath as the deputy chairman.
Its assistance will cover criminal, civil and Syariah court cases.
At the launch at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) here, Najib said justice was a prerequisite in a progressive and successful nation.
He said the foundation, set up under the initiative of the government and the Bar Council, would meet the desire of the government to ensure that justice was for all.