3 acts to be amended, resolving conflict between shariah and civil courts, says minister

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) will amend three acts to resolve the conflict of jurisdiction between the shariah and civil courts, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.

“The issue arising from the conflict of jurisdiction between the Shariah Court and civil court when one spouse converts his or her religion is expected to be resolved when the amendments to the three acts are made.

“For example, the government’s effort in dealing with sensitive issues including religious conversion, where in this case, the proposed amendments of three acts; Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) 1976 (Act 164), Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993 (Act 505) and Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 (Act 303) are now being taken into consideration.”

Nancy said the government always improved and introduced new laws in the country so that the stability and unity among the people would be maintained.

“In the proposed amendment, if a non-Muslim spouse converts into Islam, he should first settle all the obligations and liabilities under the law governing his or her civil marriage, Act 164, such as marriage dissolution, granting alimony to the ex-wife and children, child custody and division of marital assets.” – Bernama, September 4, 2015.

Restricting speech gets you Arab Spring, Amnesty International warns Malaysia

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Amnesty International secretary-general Salil Shetty today warned Malaysia that it would see an “Arab Spring” if it continued to clamp down on the people’s freedom of expression.

He said Amnesty International was “deeply concerned about the rapid deterioration of basic freedom and human rights” in Malaysia.

“When I speak to the government here, they’ve been saying ‘we can’t just give freedom of expression to the people, you could have an Arab Spring-like situation’,” said Shetty (pic) in his speech at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2015 in Putrajaya. Read more

‘Corruption crisis’ label on Malaysia unfair, Pemandu anti-graft chief says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 4 ― It is unfair to label Malaysia as facing a “corruption crisis” given the work that the government has put into combat graft, Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu)’s Ravindran Devagunam said today.

Ravindran, who heads Pemandu’s anti-corruption unit, pointed out the government has been consistent in its efforts to fight graft.

“That’s a very unfair assessment in my mind because given the fact that in the last six years, it’s the government which has been driving a lot of the efforts to eradicate corruption.

“So I think it’s a very unfair comment to say we are going through a corruption crisis. I think every government is faced with all kinds of issues, I think we will overcome this,” he told reporters here when met after a session at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Commission.

Ravindran pointed out that Malaysia was the first country to use Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index as a measure of its anti-corruption efforts. Read more

Activist: Joint action needed on link between human trafficking, corruption

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Transparency International chief Jose Ugaz delivers a speech at the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Putrajaya, September 2, 2015. — File pic

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 4 ― The international fight against corruption must work in tandem with efforts to root out modern slavery since corruption is a key driver of human trafficking, the head of the world’s largest anti-corruption organisation said yesterday.

Many of the world’s estimated 36 million slaves are trafficked because corrupt police, customs, judicial and other officials take bribes from traffickers, according to government and think-tank research.

“In all parts of the human trafficking chain, corruption is present from the start because you need to bribe a lot of people in order to move the victims of trafficking from one place to another,” said Jose Ugaz, chair of Transparency International (TI).

However, the impact of corruption has been neglected in the development of policies and measures to tackle human trafficking, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Read more