Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah said the law must be upheld without fear or favour, especially in the fields of civil and criminal laws. (NSTP/ MOHD YUSNI ARIFFIN)

KUALA LUMPUR: The law fraternity should enjoy the freedom to provide legal services for the people without the fear to do so, said the Sultan of Perak today.

Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah said the law must be upheld without fear or favour, especially in the fields of civil and criminal laws.

Quoting former Malaysian Bar president Raja Aziz Addruse, the sultan said: "Nobody is above the law.

"The efforts to uphold the law often trigger challenges or risks which require sacrifices.

"The law, that is not fair and equitable, will fail to fulfill its noble purpose, and will remain as a text without life – a piece of paper without spirit," he said in his speech during the Certificate of Legal Practice’s 23rd Convocation ceremony at the Putra World Trade Centre here today.

Present was Attorney-General Tan Sri Apandi Ali.

During the convocation, 592 graduates received their certificates.

Sultan Nazrin said the strength and stability of the country was due to the leadership and administration which were based on just and transparent laws.

He said for the survival of a sovereign state as well as to ensure peace and safety, the aspect of supremacy of constitution and rule of law must be defended.

"It cannot be misused by those who have been entrusted with duties and responsibilities as legal practitioners," he said.