‘Activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy’: a new crime – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Malaysian Insider

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

When Datuk Ambiga voiced Hakam’s proposal that the PM go on leave pending the outcome of investigations into the disclosure of billions in his personal bank account, and in the interim, parliamentarians convene a special session to form a national government, Hakam was advancing the role of Parliament, says professor of law, Gurdial Singh Nijar. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, August 6, 2015.

A new threat looms large over Malaysians. It is the recently-minted 2012 amendment to the Penal Code – a new section 124B. It says that anyone carrying out, by any means, directly or indirectly, any “activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy” can be jailed up to 20 years if convicted.

Several students and activists have been arrested and investigated for offences under this provision. So was an investigation initiated against Ambiga Sreenevasan, the President of the National Human Rights Society – Hakam – founded by our first two prime ministers?

Now MACC officials are also reported to have been hauled up for investigation under this section.

What kind of offence is this “activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy”?

The Penal Code defines it as “an activity carried out by a person or a group of persons designed to overthrow or undermine parliamentary democracy by violent or unconstitutional means.”

But this still does not clarify the kind of acts that ‘undermine parliamentary democracy by unconstitutional means’.

Ambiga had earlier voiced Hakam’s proposal that the PM go on leave pending the outcome of three separate official investigations into the disclosure of billions in his personal bank account. Read more

John Kerry: Malaysia’s human trafficking ranking upgrade nothing to do with TPPA

Source: The Malay Mail Online

US Secretary of State John Kerry says Putrajaya earned points for significant improvements made last year in its war against human trafficking, having passed amendments to an anti-trafficking law. ― Picture by Zurairi AR

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 — US Secretary of State John Kerry denied today that Malaysia’s upgrade in its human trafficking ranking to Tier 2 was a deliberate move to help speed along negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Instead, Kerry said Putrajaya earned points for significant improvements made last year in its war against human trafficking, having passed amendments to an anti-trafficking law and consulting the civil society on the issue.

“The reason I made this decision was based on the recommendations of my team,” Kerry told reporters here, explaining that he did not consult anybody else in the US administration to affect the ranking upgrade.

“Malaysia has passed additional legislation in 2014. They consulted with civil society, drafted amendments to anti-trafficking law in order to allow the country’s flawed victim protection regime to change.”

Despite the upgrade, Kerry insisted that Malaysia still has a “long way to go”, and the move did not mean a “gold seal of approval” from Washington. Read more

Govt considers registering portals

Source: The Star Online

EXCLUSIVE: PUTRAJAYA: Online news portals may have to be registered in the future under proposed amendments to the cyber laws, expected to be tabled in October.

Newly appointed Communica­tions and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the ministry was looking at several models, including one adopted by Singapore.

“I’ve been meeting Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) officials to study the proposals.

“We are also looking at the structural aspects of MCMC and at amendments to tackle issues such as pornography, online gambling and Islamic State (IS) threats, among others.

“This is being done in the national interest,” said Dr Salleh in an exclusive interview withThe Star yesterday.

Dr Salleh said the changes would include the MCMC having the power to block sites deemed as “threats to national security and stability”.

However, he gave the assurance that the Government had no plans to restrict the usage of social media.

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Portal berita perlu berdaftar di bawah cadangan pindaan akta, kata menteri

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Portal berita perlu berdaftar di bawah cadangan pindaan undang-undang siber sedia ada, lapor The Star, memetik Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 6 Ogos, 2015.

6 OGOS — Portal berita mungkin perlu berdaftar di bawah cadangan pindaan kepada undang-undang siber sedia ada, lapor The Star hari ini, memetik menteri komunikasi dan multimedia yang baru dilantik.

Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak memberitahu akhbar itu dalam satu temubual, cadangan pindaan itu mungkin akan dibentangkan Oktober, pada sidang Parlimen akan datang.

Beliau berkata, kementerian itu melihat kepada beberapa opsyen, termasuk sistem yang digunakan negara jiran, Singapura, dalam membuat cadangan pindaan kepada Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998 itu.

“Saya bertemu dengan pegawai Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) untuk mengkaji cadangan itu.

“Kami melihat kepada aspek struktur SKMM dan pindaan bagi menangani isu seperti pornografi, judi atas talian dan ancaman militan Negara Islam Iraq dan Syria (Isis).

“Ini sedang dilakukan demi kepentingan negara,” beliau dipetik sebagai berkata. Read more

Terror’s many dimensions – Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Counter-terrorism measures must be accompanied by a holistic approach that promotes prevention and peaceful resolution of prolonged conflicts.

LAST Saturday, a seminar was held at the Multimedia University in Malacca on “The Threat of Global Terrorism in the 21st Century”. It explored the many dimensions of this challenge to civilisation.

Participants were reminded that terrorism has existed throughout the ages. No nation and no region have escaped its evil. No race, religion or region is without guilt in perpetrating it. Read more

Educating indigenous children on their rights

Source: The Star Online

JOAS says it is vital to inculcate proper knowledge of the rights of indigenous people to the children when they are still young.

MIRI, 5 August: Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS), which is fighting for the rights and welfare of native communities nationwide, will establish a special wing for children during the national conference in Kuching this weekend.

JOAS media coordinator Sze Ning said it was vital to inculcate proper knowledge of the rights of indigenous people to the children when they were still young so that they would grow up with a proper understanding of their position in society.

“The indigenous communities from throughout Sarawak, peninsula Malaysia and Sabah will converge in Kuching city in a show of unity to reassert their rights and status and discuss latest issues affecting them,” she told Sarawak Metro.

“The gathering from Aug 7 to 9 will culminate with the celebration of the national-level World Indigenous Day 2015 that will be hosted by Kuching this year. Read more