Malaysia’s deadly connection – by Ambiga Sreenevasan

Source: New Mandala  |  Secondary Source: The Malay Mail Online

(President, HAKAM)

Remains found in a mass grave at a human trafficking camp in Malaysia. Photo by Al Jazeera.

Turning a blind eye to the links between corruption and human trafficking is costing lives.

In Malaysia, corruption kills. Recent casualties include the victims of the human trafficking trade conducted across the border with Thailand.

In May this year, Thai authorities discovered human trafficking death camps in the jungles of southern Thailand. Reports were rife that similar death camps existed on the Malaysian side of the border.

The Home Ministry on 10 May dismissed these reports saying their investigations had found no such camps nor graves.

But, two courageous journalists from Malay Mail, S Arulldas and Sayuti Zainuddin, risked life and limb to search out the death camps and proved the Ministry wrong. After covering difficult terrain, they arrived at a clearing where they were shocked to see 40 mounds of soil with freshly dug graves. They also found a deserted camp that could have housed over 1,000 people. Read more

KDN suspends The Edge Weekly and Daily for 3 months over 1MDB reporting

Source: The Edge Markets

One of the 1MDB reports that the The Edge Financial Daily had carried. This was on the front page of its July 20, 2015 copy.

One of the 1MDB reports that the The Edge Financial Daily had carried. This was on the front page of its July 20, 2015 copy.

KUALA LUMPUR (July 24): The Malaysian Home Ministry (Kementrian Dalam Negeri – KDN) has suspended the publishing permit of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months from July 27.

A letter from KDN stated that the two publications’ reporting of 1MDB were “prejudicial or likely to be prejudicial to public order, security or likely to alarm public opinion or is likely to be prejudicial to public and national interest”.

Failure to stop publication for three months will result in the withdrawal of the publishing permits, the KDN letter said. Read more

Sarawak Report blockage shines light on ‘abusive’ MCMC powers

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Sarawak Report blocked for Malaysian netizens by MCMC. — MMO File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 ― Putrajaya’s decision to block access to Sarawak Report without proof of wrongdoing has directed attention on a law allows the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to arbitrarily censor the Internet.

Senior criminal lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad said a clause in the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 was of concern as it permits the commission to be “prosecutor, judge and executioner” when applying bans on websites even before an offence is committed.

“It’s just like ISA. It’s open to abuse,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted, referring to the now-abolished Internal Security Act 1960 that had allowed the government to detain individuals arbitrarily and indefinitely without trial.

“The section is also open to abuse because of the word ‘prevention’. As long as the authority is of the view that a website is a potential threat, it has the power and can block a particular website, despite the fact that no offence has been proven to have been committed,” he said. Read more