Paul Low: MACC to be removed from civil service, made answerable to Parliament

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 10, 2015.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 10, 2015.

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 2 — Plans are being considered to take the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) out of the civil service and Prime Minister’s Department, and make it answerable to Parliament.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said a special committee had been set up to look into the plans.

“Making the MACC a separate service will require an amendment to the constitution for which two-thirds majority support in Parliament is necessary,” he told reporters after opening the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) 2015, here, today. Read more

A look back at the sedition persecution in Malaysia — Vince Tan

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY VINCE TAN

Malaysia Sedition Act - cartoon by Zunar

Malaysia Sedition Act – cartoon by Zunar

SEPT 2 — A year ago, one of my lecturers Associate Professor Dr Azmi Sharom was charged with sedition. He was not the only one as many others from academics to lawyers, students to activists and not to mention opposition politicians were caught in the sedition dragnet.

The charge against Dr Azmi Sharom in particular was seen as an attack on academic freedom as he was commenting on the Perak Constitution Crisis back in 2009 and it was reported online.

Such prosecution would undoubtedly leave an unwanted precedent in academia which would lead to a culture of fear where self-censorship is practised in our speech, writing, performance and many other kinds of expression.

The reason I am writing this piece is so that we do not forget easily the crimes that were committed against democracy and human rights. In a country where many of such violations against human rights and undemocratic practices prevail, we move on from one issue to another too fast thus allowing us to forget the injustice that happened in the past. I hope this article will allow its readers to take a look at the Sedition Act from a different perspective. Read more

Anti-terrorism law comes into effect, says Zahid

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota) officially came into effect yesterday.

He said the enforcement of Pota was in line with the tabling of the White Paper by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on November 26, 2014 entitled “Towards Handling the Threat of the Islamic State Militant Group’ at the Dewan Rakyat. Read more