Why I am against institutionalised religion – Shafiqah Othman Hamzah

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY SHAFIQAH OTHMAN HAMZAH

APRIL 20 — I think I have, on many occasions, explained that I do not like using the term “religion” all that much. I prefer to substitute it with “spirituality” for very personal reasons. But today, I’d like to explain some of the many reasons why the word “religion” plays little to no role in my life, and why I feel like it is irrelevant.

I can already hear people calling me blasphemous. Read more

Putrajaya dragging Malaysia off democratic path with mass arrests, watchdog says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

People gather at Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur holding up placards and banners as they get ready to march in support of an anti-Goods and Services Tax (GST) Rally, May 1, 2015. ― File pic

People gather at Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur holding up placards and banners as they get ready to march in support of an anti-Goods and Services Tax (GST) Rally, May 1, 2015. ― File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 ― Putrajaya’s mass arrest of protesters rallying against the Goods and Services Tax (GST) yesterday should trigger alarm internationally over how the country is veering off the democratic path, global rights group Human Rights Watch said today.

Human Rights Watch’s Phil Robertson said the arrests are “nothing short of outrageous”, demanding that the federal government “immediately and unconditionally release all the peaceful May 1st anti-GST protesters”.

“This wave of arrests should raise alarm bells among international friends of Malaysia about just how far the powers that be in Putrajaya are dragging the country off the path of democratic, rights-respecting governance,” the deputy director of the watchdog’s Asia division said in a statement today. Read more

Kumpulan hak asasi kecam polis salah guna kuasa tangkap Ambiga

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Persatuan Kebangsaan Hak Asasi Manusia (Hakam) mengutuk keras penahanan presidennya Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan dan beberapa aktivis lain susulan perhimpunan Hari Pekerja di Kuala Lumpur semalam, menyifatkan tindakan polis itu sebagai salah guna kuasa.

Hakam berkata, Ambiga cuma memenuhi hak kebebasan bersuara mengikut Perlembagaan Persekutuan apabila turut bersama menyertai perhimpunan itu, yang tidak dianggap perhimpunan haram. Read more

Adopt effective and humane policies, police told

Source: The Rakyat Post

KUALA LUMPUR 15 April 2015. Chairman SUHAKAM Tan Sri Hasmy Agam (right) and Vice Chairman SUHAKAM Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee during press conference Annual Report SUHAKAM 2014 at Menara TH Perdana. NSTP/Rosela Ismail

Chairman SUHAKAM Tan Sri Hasmy Agam (right) and Vice Chairman SUHAKAM Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee during press conference Annual Report SUHAKAM 2014 at Menara TH Perdana. NSTP/Rosela Ismail

KUALA LUMPUR, May 2, 2015 — The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has called on police to act with courage, composure, tolerance, impartiality and respect constitutional rights of all every time.

In a statement issued yesterday, Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam said while the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the police had issued 125 recommendations in its Royal Commission Report, the most significant one was the proposal to establish an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).

The IPCMC is charged to receive and investigate complaints of alleged misconduct by the police force.

The Royal Commission was established in 2004 in response to widespread concerns regarding the high incidence of crime, perception of corruption in the police force and improve services provided by the men in blue.

The report, Hasmy recalled, noted high deaths in police custody, with 20 recorded in 2013 and 10 in 2014.

To date, he added,complaints involving alleged disproportionate use of force by the police, abuse of power and delays in acting on reports lodged are among the highest number of complaints received by Suhakam. Read more

Arrest of Ambiga abuse of police powers, says human rights group

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The National Human Rights Society (Hakam) is appalled that its president, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, and several others were arrested over the Workers Day rally and held overnight, calling it a blatant abuse of police power.

In a strongly worded statement, the movement said Ambiga’s participation in the rally – which was not an unlawful assembly – was an exercise of her right to freedom of expression as enshrined in the Federal Constitution. Read more

STATEMENT: Arrest of HAKAM President & Others [2 May 2015]

STATEMENT DATED 2 MAY 2015
ARREST OF HAKAM PRESIDENT & OTHERS

HAKAM President Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan in custody. Photo: The Malaysian Insider

HAKAM President Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan in custody. Photo: The Malaysian Insider

The police had this morning made an application to the Magistrate’s Court in Jinjang for a 4 day remand of HAKAM’s President Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, PSM’s Secretary-General Mr Arulchelvam, MP Mr Anthony Loke and MP Dr. Mohd. Hatta Bin Ramli, arising from ongoing investigations against them in respect of the May 1st Workers’ Day Rally. The Magistrate had upon hearing submissions from parties, refused the grant of the remand order. The refusal was on the ground that the Investigating Officer (IO) was unable to produce any cogent ground or justification for the remand. The Magistrate had asked the IO to submit on why investigations by the police could not be done without a remand order in place. The Magistrate also noted that all four detainees had availed themselves for questioning when asked by the police and as such, the detainees have shown that they were willing and ready to cooperate with police investigations. Read more