March 28, 2013
Government Renews KLRCA Director’s Contract
Kuala Lumpur, 28 March 2013 – The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) today announced that the Government of Malaysia has renewed the appointment of Datuk Sundra Rajoo as the Director of the Centre for another three-year term.
Datuk Sundra, who was first appointed in 2010, is the first practising, professional arbitrator to become the Director of KLRCA. The Centre was first set up in 1978 as part of a Host Country Agreement between Malaysia and the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO). The host country agreement was also renewed for five years on 26 March 2013 in a signing ceremony between the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Dato’ Seri Mohamad Nazri Aziz and the Secretary-General of AALCO, Professor Dr Rahmat Mohamad.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, the Attorney-General of Malaysia who is also the Chairman of the KLRCA Advisory Board, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said that the “indefatigable and indomitable Datuk Sundra has succeeded in reinvigorating the KLRCA through his sheer commitment and dedication to this institution and passion for Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a whole.”
Under Datuk Sundra’s leadership, KLRCA has updated its Arbitration Rules as well as produced new products such as the Fast Track Rules and the i-Arbitration Rules, the world’s first Islamic arbitration rules which won Global Arbitration Review’s award for “Innovation By An Institution or Individual in 2012”. He had also successfully engaged stakeholders such as the Malaysian Bar, Judiciary and the local arbitral community to create a thriving arbitration centre in Kuala Lumpur. KLRCA is also the official adjudication authority in Malaysia, where statutory adjudication will come into force later this year.
Commenting on his appointment renewal, Datuk Sundra said, “I am honoured by the confidence that the Malaysian Government and AALCO has in me, the Centre and staff. I hope to continue on the work that we have built over these past three years and make KLRCA and Malaysia the preferred alternative dispute resolution hub in the Asia-Pacific region.”
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