12 cops arrested over Perlis migrant mass graves

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A police forensic team transport body bags with human remains at Bukit Wang Burma in northern Malaysia May 27, 2015. ― Reuters pic

A police forensic team transport body bags with human remains at Bukit Wang Burma in northern Malaysia May 27, 2015. ― Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 ― A dozen police officers have been arrested over suspected collusion with human traffickers who used smuggling camps in Padang Besar, Perlis, as a transit point to hold migrants.

Deputy home minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar told Parliament this during an emergency motion on the matter, saying authorities were currently investigating the extent of the involvement of the police officers in human trafficking after 139 mass graves were uncovered in the northern state close to the Thai border.

“12 police officers have been arrested, four by the police and eight by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC),” Wan Junaidi told a press conference later.

“Investigations are still underway to determine whether they (police officers) are directly involved or just facilitators..this has yet to be determined,” he added.

The discovery in Padang Besar of nearly 140 mass graves and nearly 30 suspected people smuggling camps came after repeated denials of their existence by government officials. Read more

Nigeria: New Nigerian Law Outlaws Female Circumcision, Forceful Ejection of Widows

Source: AllAfrica

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signing into law, a bill which prohibits female circumcision.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signing into law, a bill which prohibits female circumcision. – Nigeria Channels TV

President Goodluck Jonathan has signed two bills recently passed by the National Assembly into law, one of which prohibits female circumcision.

The new Acts are the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 and the Immigration Act, 2015.

Spokesman for the President, Reuben Abati, confirmed the development to reporters in Abuja on Monday. Read more

Putrajaya to bar Bibles with ‘Allah’ in West Malaysia under proposed SOP

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Malay-language Bibles containing the word 'Allah' may be restricted under new proposed guidelines shown to Christian leaders. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.

Malay-language Bibles containing the word ‘Allah’ may be restricted under new proposed guidelines shown to Christian leaders. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.

A new set of guidelines being proposed by Putrajaya could see Malay-language Bibles with the word “Allah” being barred from Peninsular Malaysia, going against the pledge by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in April 2011 to allow the holy books to be distributed nationwide.

The draft standard operating procedure (SOP) was unveiled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, to Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak in April, and to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on May 18.

The general principle in the new rules is that Christian publications with the word “Allah” cannot be imported into Peninsular Malaysia, and if brought in, can only pass through with Sabah and Sarawak as their final destinations. Read more

Making Parliament more effective – Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Decisions in which people participate are decisions they are likely to respect.

RECENTLY, no less a person than the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, expressed anguish at public perceptions of the state of affairs in our premier legislative institution.

Role: To begin with, what are the functions of a democratic legislature? From a long gilt-edged list, one can specify four premier functions:

> Enacting appropriate laws;

> Overseeing executive policy and performance to ensure responsibility and accountability;

> Allocating finances in an optimum manner and keeping tabs on how money is spent; and

> Improving the well-being of citizens by engaging with them and redressing their grievances. Read more