Court backtracks, now says punishing rally organisers legal

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Last year’s May Day rally in Kuala Lumpur. The Court of Appeal has said that organisers of assemblies can be punished according to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, October 1, 2015.

The Court of Appeal today ruled that a provision in the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) that punishes organisers for holding assemblies is constitutional.

A three-man bench chaired by Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif said Section 9(5) of the PAA, which provides for a fine of up to RM10,000, did not run foul of Article 10 of the Federal Constitution.

“Section 9(5) is valid and enforceable,” Raus said of the unanimous judgment.

He said as such the bench had to depart from a previous Court of‎ Appeal ruling that Section 9(5) was unconstitutional.

Raus said this in allowing the appeal of the government against the acquittal of Johor PKR executive secretary R. Yuneswaran on a charge of unlawfully organising a “Blackout 505” rally in 2013. Read more

Rakyat Malaysia dapat kewarganegaraan bukan pendatang, kata Khoo Kay Kim

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Rakyat yang mendapat taraf warganegara Malaysia seharusnya bukan lagi dianggap pendatang, kata pakar sejarah Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 1 Oktober, 2015.

Rakyat yang mendapat taraf warganegara Malaysia seharusnya bukan lagi dianggap pendatang, kata pakar sejarah Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim yang menyifatkan polemik penggunaan istilah tersebut sebagai satu salah tafsir.

Profesor emeritus di Jabatan Sejarah Universiti Malaya itu berkata, istilah pendatang digunakan bagi mereka yang datang dari negara lain, tetapi keadaannya berbeza jika seseorang itu sudah lama menetap di sesebuah negara dan diberikan kewarganegaraan.

“Pendatang ialah satu istilah, seseorang yang datang dari negara lain. Contohnya di negara ini, jika dia warganegara negara lain, maka dia pendatang.

“Tetapi jika dia tinggal di sini sudah lama dan memohon kewarganegaraan, maka dia bukan lagi pendatang, dia adalah warganegara,” katanya pada forum Mempertahan Maruah Melayu anjuran Gabungan Merdeka Rakyat di Kuala Lumpur malam tadi. Read more