Tighter Internet laws needed to ‘preserve country’s harmony’, says new minister

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In a picture taken on August 27, 2012, students prepare for an exam in front of their computers at Kuala Lumpur-based Asia e University. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Putrajaya’s move to tighten Internet controls is needed to “preserve Malaysia’s harmony”, newly-appointed Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said.

Salleh also admitted that the amendments is needed since Putrajaya has failed to fully stop the public from accessing sites such as whistleblowers Sarawak Report, despite the block put in place by the Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission (MCMC). Read more

Trafficking in Persons report on Malaysia watered down?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A policeman watches over abandoned human trafficking camp in the jungle close the Thailand border at Bukit Wang Kelian in northern Malaysia May 26, 2015. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 — In the weeks leading up to a critical annual US report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse.

The State Department’s senior political staff saw it differently – and they prevailed.

A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen sources in Washington and foreign capitals, shows that the government office set up to independently grade global efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior American diplomats and pressured into inflating assessments of 14 strategically important countries in this year’s Trafficking in Persons report. Read more

MACC RM2.6 billion probe states the obvious, yet says nothing – Jahabar Saqid

Source: The Malaysian Insider

COMMENTARY BY JAHABAR SADIQ

The Malaysian Insider filepic, August 4, 2015.

The Malaysian Insider filepic, August 4, 2015.

Malaysians wound down their first working Monday of August only to be wound up by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) confirming that RM2.6 billion or nearly US$700 million had indeed been found in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s private bank accounts in 2013.

But the vast sum of money was from donors, which it did not identify, and not the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Here’s the thing. The original Wall Street Journal (WSJ) expose on July 2 never said that amount of money ever came from 1MDB. Read more