Downward spiral? Malaysia’s limits on human rights in line with UN charter, foreign minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 7 — The allegation that Malaysia’s human rights record is on an alarming downward spiral is unwarranted as it is based on unsubstantiated and selective information, says Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

He said it was unfortunate that Amnesty International was too fast in judging Malaysia’s human rights record on the basis of misconceptions of the circumstances of recent events.

“It failed to give due credit to recent and ongoing efforts by the Government of Malaysia in the promotion and protection of human rights for its citizens.

“It also failed to acknowledge the progress that Malaysia is making in the promotion and protection of the rights of women, children and persons with disabilities in Malaysia as well as in fulfilling the economic, social and cultural rights of its citizens,” he said in a statement, here, today. Read more

Umno wrong about people power and elections, experts say

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Umno leaders are wrong in saying the people’s power to choose a government is only valid during elections, political observers said, adding that this was a “perverse” interpretation of parliamentary democracy.

Responding to Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s statement that the people’s right to change the government was only applicable during elections, Dr Wong Chin Huat said the prime minister was “usurping Parliament’s powers” and should in fact be referred to the house’s privileges committee.

Wong, a Penang Institute fellow, said a prime minister in a parliamentary democracy had much less job security and protection than a president in a presidential democracy.

Najib, therefore, did not enjoy any legal immunity and his fate was dependent on votes in the Dewan Rakyat, which is the Malaysian Parliament’s house of representatives, Wong said.

“He has no legal immunity and the Parliament can sack him any time on the ground that he has lost the confidence of majority of the parliamentarians.

“Parliament is exercising the people’s power on their behalf.  Read more