TPP’s impact on Malaysian industries still vague

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Even as 12 Pacific Rim member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement reached consensus over contentious areas covered in the sweeping trade pact, its impact on sectors and industries in Malaysia remains vague.

The TPP, in which Malaysia joins ranks with Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, the United States, Mexico, Canada and others, aims to liberalise trade and set common standards in these countries which produce 40% of global economic output.

All member countries have up to two years to ratify the agreement.

Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, in a posting on his Facebook account last Tuesday, said that the contents of the agreement and a cost benefit analysis would be tabled in Parliament in two months, whereby parliamentarians would debate and decide to agree or disagree to the TPP.

While some quarters have argued that the TPP will offer developing countries like Malaysia and Vietnam greater access to markets across the world, others argue that it will open the door to biased arbitration favouring corporate interests above the government’s and restrict access to important goods such as cheaper medication.  Read more

Khairuddin, Chang charged with sabotaging Malaysian economy

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Matthias Chang in a defiant mood outside the magistrate’s court in Kuala Lumpur today, after being charged with sabotaging the economy over their police reports on 1MDB. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 12, 2015., October 12, 2015.

Former Umno branch leader Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang were charged today with attempting to sabotage the Malaysian economy and the country’s financial and banking system.

They are accused of committing the offence in France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore, between June 28 and August 26 this year‎.

No plea was taken when both were brought before magistrate Siti Radziah Kamarudin, as she has no authority to hear the case since it is a security offence under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, or Sosma.

Khairuddin and Chang were charged under Section 124L of the Penal Code, which upon conviction carries a jail term of up to 15 years.

However, procedures under Sosma will be used instead of the Evidence Act, as this is not considered a normal criminal proceeding.

Radziah gave the prosecution, led by deputy public prosecutors Masri Mohd Daud and Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar, until October 26 to get the attorney-general’s approval for the case to be transferred to the High Court.

Until then, both Khairuddin and Chang will remain in remand since security offence cases are not bailable. Read more

Justice must prevail – Akhbar Satar

Source: The Malaysian Insider

BY AKHBAR SATAR

Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) views with grave concern the recent arrest of former Umno Batu Kawan division deputy chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang, the newly appointed attorney-general’s (A-G) refusal to press charges against 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) officials despite two appeals from Bank Negara, and the Conference of Rulers’ statement issued by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal over 1MDB.

Khairuddin and Matthias were both scheduled to leave for New York and then London on September 18. However both were blacklisted and prohibited from leaving the country by the Immigration Department on police orders.

Later, Khairuddin was arrested and then released, but he was subsequently rearrested under a different act. This was followed by Matthias’s arrest.

Khairuddin was accused of sabotaging the country after it was discovered that he had lodged reports with investigators in Hong Kong, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom over the 1MDB scandal. Both Khairuddin and Matthias are now arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

TI-M strongly condemns the use of this law to detain whistle-blowers without trial. If the police have strong reasons to believe the duo are a threat to national security, they should be charged and tried accordingly. Detaining them for 28 days without trial is an abuse of power by the authorities. What has happened to all the government’s promises of non-abuse when Sosma was first introduced? Read more

Freedom Fund sedia bantu mangsa pendakwaan Akta Hasutan

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Freedom Fund yang ditubuhkan bagi membantu mereka terbabit dalam perhimpunan dan menyokong hak kebebasan bersuara kini sedia beri bantuan susulan keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan menyatakan Akta Hasutan bertepatan dengan Perlembagaan. – Gambar Facebook, 12 Oktober, 2015.

Freedom Fund yang ditubuhkan bagi membantu mereka terbabit dalam perhimpunan dan menyokong hak kebebasan bersuara kini sedia beri bantuan susulan keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan menyatakan Akta Hasutan bertepatan dengan Perlembagaan. – Gambar Facebook, 12 Oktober, 2015.

Freedom Fund yang ditubuhkan awal tahun ini bagi membantu mereka terbabit dalam perhimpunan dan menyokong hak kebebasan bersuara bersedia menyalurkan bantuan pada bila-bila masa susulan keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan menyatakan Akta Hasutan bertepatan dengan Perlembagaan.

Keputusan dibuat Mahkamah Persekutuan pada 7 Oktober lalu terhadap bantahan seorang pensyarah undang-undang Profesor Dr Azmi Sharom sekali gus akan meneruskan semula perbicaraan 30 kes di bawah Akta Hasutan yang ditangguhkan menunggu keputusan berkenaan. Read more

Families of missing Orang Asli children say authorities kept them in the dark [UPDATED]

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Families of four of the children wait for news at the Goa Hotel in Gua Musang. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

GUA MUSANG, Oct 12 — The families of the missing pupils have not only been emotionally drained by the tragedy but left feeling neglected.

“Welfare is one thing but the fact that we were not informed of the latest updates has angered us,” Nora Tegeu, 39, mother of Ika Ayel, whose body was found by search and rescue (SAR) personnel on Friday, said.

“It is our children who have gone missing and we deserve to be informed first and not those not directly concerned.”

Latip Aban, 45, grandfather of Sasa Sobrie, eight, said they did not receive a formal briefing by authorities on rescue activities.

“Most of the times we asked other villagers to find out if there were any leads,” he said.

He said that when the families arrived from Kampung Simpul, Kampung Gawen and Kampung Penad — 50km and four hours away from Pos Tohoi — after receiving news of the children, they were not even provided with a place to stay.  Read more