KENYATAAN: Berkenaan Penggunaan SOSMA & Penangkapan Kritik 1MDB

pdfKENYATAAN BERTARIKH 25 SEPTEMBER 2015
PENGUNAAN SOSMA & PENANGKAPAN KRITIK 1MDB

Termasuk ADDENDUM BERTARIKH 26 SEPTEMBER 2016 *

The Rakyat Post file pic

The Rakyat Post file pic

Pada 24 September 2015 bekas pemimpin UMNO Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan telah ditangkap dibawah Akta Kesalahan Keselamatan (Langkah-langkah Khas) 2012 (SOSMA). Datuk Khairuddin telah ditangkap dipercayai disebabkan oleh laporan-laporan yang telah dibuat olehnya dengan penyiasat-penyiasat di luar negara terhadap 1MDB. Beliau telah ditangkap dan direman dahulu pada 18 September 2015 di bawah Seksyen 124C Kanun Keseksaan kerana didakwa terlibat dalam aktiviti-aktiviti yang menjejaskan demokrasi berparlimen. Selepas beliau dilepaskan beliau telah ditangkap semula dibawah SOSMA.

Datuk Khairuddin kini ditahan untuk siasatan di bawah Seksyen 124K dan Seksyen 124L Kanun Keseksaan, dipercayai untuk kesalahan-kesalahan “sabotaj” atau “percubaan untuk sabotaj negara”.

HAKAM mengambil pendirian yang sama dengan Majlis Peguam dan banyak lagi badan-badan bukan kerajaan lain dan juga semua warga Malaysia yang berfikiran munasabah dalam mengkritik dan mengecam tindakan-tindakan ini sebagai tindakan yang menindas dan bertentangan dengan kedaulatan undang-undang. SOSMA merupakan satu akta yang bersifat autoritarian dan menindas dan ia kini digunakan pula untuk melindungi Perdana Menteri (yang sepatutnya bertanggungjawab kepada rakyat) daripada penelitian. Dalam perbandingan yang begitu ketara, individu yang mengugut untuk mengadakan rusuhan di Petaling Street pula dipandang ringan dan tidak berdepan dengan tidakan polis. Ini menyerlahkan lagi penyalahgunaan kuasa dan tindakan-tindakan penguatkuasaan ini yang mempunyai agenda politik. Read more

STATEMENT: On Use of SOSMA & Arrest of 1MDB Critic

pdfSTATEMENT DATED 25 SEPTEMBER 2015
ON THE USE OF SOSMA & ARREST OF 1MDB CRITIC

Incorporating ADDENDUM DATED 26 SEPTEMBER 2015 *

On 24 September 2015 former Umno leader Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan was arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA). Datuk Khairuddin was arrested allegedly over reports which were lodged with investigators abroad against 1MDB. He was first arrested and remanded on 18 September 2015 under section 124C of the Penal Code, on alleged activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy. Upon his release, he was rearrested under SOSMA.

Datuk Khairuddin is now detained for investigations under Sections 124K and 124L of the Penal Code, allegedly for offences of “sabotage” or “attempting to sabotage the State“.

HAKAM stands with the Bar Council and many other civil society organisations and all right thinking Malaysians in condemning these actions as being oppressive and contrary to the rule of law. SOSMA is in itself an authoritarian and oppressive piece of legislation that is now being abused to protect a Prime Minister (who ought to be accountable to the people) from scrutiny. In stark contrast a member of the public who threatens a riot in Petaling Street is treated with kid gloves and faces no police action. This underscores the gross abuse of power and the political nature of these enforcement actions. Read more

Tiada garis panduan khusus untuk media atas talian, kata menteri

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

25 SEPT — Kementerian komunikasi dan multimedia tidak akan mewujudkan garis panduan khusus bagi media atas talian, dalam langkah yang dilihat lebih lembut berbanding cadangan asal untuk mengetatkan undang-undang Internet.

Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak berkata, ini kerana pengamal media atas talian sudah sedia maklum undang-undang tertentu melibatkan mereka.

“Tidak ada garis panduan yang khusus bagi media portal.

“Ini kerana saya rasa semua media baik media cetak ataupun portal-portal berita memahami terdapat undang-undang tertentu yang mengawal selia operasi mereka,” katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider dalam satu wawancara emel baru-baru ini.

Tambahnya, apa yang penting bagi kementerian, pengamal media sentiasa telus dalam membuat pemberitaan dengan penuh etika kewartawanan.

“Apa yang penting, media portal yang lebih berani dari segi pendekatan kewartawanan mereka tidak menyalahgunakan kebebasan akhbar yang sedia ada. Read more

No special rules for online media, says new minister

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Putrajaya accuses Sarawak Report of malice in its reporting on the 1MDB scandal and has blocked the UK-based site. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 25, 2015.

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry will no longer draw up guidelines specifically for online news websites, in what seems to be a softening of tone on earlier proposals to have more Internet regulations.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, said this was because media practitioners were aware of the laws regulating their industry.

“There will be no specific guidelines for media portals.

“I feel all media, be it print or news portals, understand that there are laws governing their operations,” he told The Malaysian Insider in an email interview recently.

What was more important to the ministry, he said, was for media practitioners to be transparent in their reporting and to practise the highest standards of journalism ethics. Read more

SOSMA powers can be tacked on to any security law, lawyer says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Syahredzan Johan — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Syahredzan Johan — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 — Preventive detention from an anti-terrorism law may be applied to any offence that authorities deem to be against national security, said a lawyer when explaining its broad powers.

Civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan explained that Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) is unlike usual laws in that it prescribes procedures for arrests and detentions that may be used with other legislation dealing with threats to national security.

“SOSMA doesn’t provide or predicate offences. So you don’t commit an offence under SOSMA,” he said in a text message to Malay Mail Online.

“So if a person is charged under S.124B for example, the prosecution can invoke SOSMA. If invoked, the procedures and rules will differ from normal criminal trials under the Criminal Procedure Code,” he added.

Section 124B of the Penal Code criminalises activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, although what such activities are is not specifically stated in the law.

Although introduced ostensibly to provide Putrajaya powers to counteract terrorism, which it lost when it repealed the Internal Security Act (ISA), Syahredzan explained that the way SOSMA was framed allowed it to be used in instances beyond terrorism. Read more

EC chief gives e-voting the thumbs down

Source: The Star Online

SEREMBAN: Malaysia may be one of the leaders among nations that embraced the digital revolution but it is likely to say a resounding “no” to electronic voting or e-voting.

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said it was better for the country to stick to the conventional method of voters having to physically cast paper ballots at polling stations nationwide.

He said the system used in Malaysia had been time tested and there was no reason for the country to follow in the steps of nations that had introduced e-voting.

“There is no concrete evidence as yet to suggest that e-voting is a fool-proof system and cannot be manipulated.

“The current system is still the best. There is no need for us to go e-voting because it is not only unnecessary but highly risky in terms of security,” he told The Star. Read more