Kumpulan penentang dakwa kedaulatan Malaysia tergadai dengan TPPA

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Pengerusi Bantah TPPA Nizam Mahshar berkata, kedaulatan negara dalam bahaya jika Putrajaya meneruskan juga Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPPA). – Gambar The Malaysian Insider Afif Abd Halim, 30 November, 2015.

Bantah TPPA menyifatkan perlindungan yang diberikan dalam Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPPA) masih tidak mencukupi dan hanya lebih menjaga kepentingan pelabur asing.

Pengerusi Bantah TPPA Nizam Mahshar berkata, kedaulatan negara dalam bahaya jika Putrajaya meneruskan juga perjanjian kontroversi itu.

“Kita akan letak negara tidak dapat mempertahankan undang-undang sendiri dan kedaulatan kita direndahkan,” kata Nizam semasa sesi pembentangan mengenai Bab Pelaburan dalam TPPA di Kuala Lumpur hari ini.

Dalam sesi pembentangan hari ini, Bantah TPPA mendedahkan beberapa kelemahan terdapat dalam Bab Pelaburan yang sudah selesai dibincangkan antara kerajaan Malaysia dengan Amerika Syarikat (AS).

Kelemahan-kelemahan yang dikenal pasti itu bakal memberi implikasi teruk pada masa depan di mana kerajaan bakal berdepan tindakan diheret ke tribunal Penyelesaian Pertikaian Pelabur Negara (ISDS) jika melanggar syarat dalam TPPA. Read more

EAIC finalises proposed amendments to regulate MACC

Source: The Star Online

BANGI: The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) has finalised its proposed amendments to EAIC Act 2009 (Act 700), among which is for it to regulate the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC).

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said the planned amendments were completed recently following a meeting with the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Public Service Department.

It is hoped that the amendments to Act 700 will be tabled during the coming parliamentary meeting.

“Hopefully, the final version will be presented to the Cabinet before being taken to Parliament,” Yaacob told the press after EAIC’s last dialogue session of the year with non-governmental organisations as well as media and civil society organisations.

EAIC was set up on April 1, 2011, through the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission Act 2009 (Act 700) to receive complaints and investigate misconduct of officers or irregularities involving enforcement agencies. Read more

Islamists can’t fight violence while suppressing rights, says Marina

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir says Islamists reject liberalism without understanding that it includes a process leading to greater understanding, compassion and justice. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, November 29, 2015.

Fighting Islamist violence while suppressing the rights of women and others is contradictory, says social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir about Islamisation in Malaysia.

“I agree that there is an Islamisation process… Some of us have been talking about it. We can’t define an Islamist just as a person who takes up arms. That person doesn’t just pop up overnight. There is a process that leads to that.

“You want to fight Islamist violence and but at the same time, you are not letting people talk and suppressing women’s rights, other people, Shia and whatever. Read more

Worker protections under TPPA just window dressing, says opposition MP

Source: The Malaysian Insider

“TPPA: Malaysia Is Not For Sale” books sits on display during its launching at the Karangkraf Complex in Shah Alam on July 11, 2014. The Malaysian Insider/Najjua Zulkefli

“TPPA: Malaysia Is Not For Sale” books sits on display during its launching at the Karangkraf Complex in Shah Alam on July 11, 2014. The Malaysian Insider/Najjua Zulkefli

Worker protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) actually amount to nothing, an opposition lawmaker said, as Putrajaya seeks to play up these widely lauded aspects of the contentious pact.

Klang MP Charles Santiago said a big reason for this is because the TPPA would legalise labour sub-contractors and out-sourcing companies, which are notorious for the way they treat workers.

In fact, legally, the Malaysian government currently does not allow labour contracting except in the plantation sector due to problems in how they operate and treat workers. Read more

At UN general assembly, Malaysia says yes to protection for human rights fighters

Source: The Malay Mail Online

United Nations General Assembly – pic taken from FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — Malaysia voted in favour of a United Nations resolution to protect human rights activists worldwide at the general assembly yesterday, even as civil society leaders back home kick up a storm over a raft of reforms on politics, socio-economics and elections.

Malaysia was one of the 117 countries that gave its nod, amid a global crackdown on civil societies in several countries.

“117 Member States voted yes on the resolution, entitled ‘Recognising the role of human rights defenders and the need for their protection’ calls for accountability for attacks on human rights defenders (including attacks on their family members) and urges states to release defenders who have been arbitrarily detained for exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association,” the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders said in a statement, commending the UN for getting the resolution passed.

The group added that the resolution would be an “important tool” to offer protection to human rights activists that have been “unjustly targeted” for their work. Read more

Mixed emotions in Kelantan as monsoon season looms

Source: The Star Online

Many still scarred by floods of 2014

KUALA KRAI: The scars of last year’s devastation are everywhere. Houses are still caked with mud, shops stay closed – just as they were almost a year ago – and some damaged homes lie abandoned. The floods last year were very harsh on the people here.

The victims cannot bear to imagine what would happen if floodwaters were to rise once more as the monsoon season lashes the east coast again.

Md Nawi Hadi, 50, whose restaurant was under 12 feet of water last December, said he could not bear to even think about flood preparations.

“We have left it to Allah. We cannot think about it and have to accept fate,” said the owner of Kedai Makan Nawi along Jalan Guchil 1. Read more

RM468,000 facility for pregnant orang asli will be ready in February

Source: The Star Online

In a sad state: The Kuala Bertis Transit Centre in Gua Musang is in bad shape after being hit by floods last December.

In a sad state: The Kuala Bertis Transit Centre in Gua Musang is in bad shape after being hit by floods last December.

PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Betis Transit Centre for pregnant orang asli women in Gua Musang is in poor shape because it was badly affected by the floods last December.

But the good news is that a new RM468,000 transit centre is now being built and will be ready for use in three months.

The Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) said the pregnant women were now staying at the old centre.

“All the equipment there such as beds, mattresses, cupboards, blankets, toiletries and medicines were completely destroyed in the flood,” Jakoa said in a statement.

It was responding to a report in The Star that pregnant orang asli women were being ignored, living in harsh conditions and sleeping on cold floors in a dilapidated and non-conducive centre. Read more

Catching flies while hornets fly free – Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

DEATH penalty for the illegal import, export, sale or possession of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances is known to the legal systems of 33 countries. Among them are China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Malaysia, Singa­pore, Indonesia, the United States, Yemen, Pakistan, North Korea and Japan. In 13 of these countries, the death sentence is mandatory.

Since 1983, Malaysia has been within the group of 13. However, Nancy Shukri, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, recently announced that the Government intends to repeal the provision for mandatory death for drug offenders and give the judiciary discretion to impose imprisonment or the gallows.

This heartening proposal will neutralise many criticisms of the current Malaysian legal position. Read more

GHAH: MEMORANDUM kepada Peguam Negara mengenai penyalahgunaan Akta Hasutan 1948

Sumber: Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan, melalui SUARAM

GHAHSejak beberapa bulan yang lalu, terdapat peningkatan yang membimbangkan dalam siasatan dan pendakwaan di bawah Akta Hasutan 1948, yang mana sasarannya termasuk wakil-wakil rakyat dan aktivis-aktivis hak asasi manusia yang mempunyai tanggungjawab awam untuk bersuara mengenai perkara-perkara yang melibatkan kepentingan awam.

Sejak 27 Julai 2015, dua orang Ahli Parlimen pembangkang dan lima orang aktivis telah didakwa di bawah undang-undang tersebut. Sejak tahun 2013, terdapat peningkatan sebanyak 1,700 peratus dalam pertuduhan hasutan berbanding tempoh di antara 2007 dan 2012.

Tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa Akta Hasutan juga ditakrifkan secara luas dan ianya terbuka kepada penyalahgunaan. Di bawah Akta Hasutan, hampir apa sahaja yang disuarakan atau diterbitkan yang menjurus kepada perbalahan boleh dianggap sebagai menghasut. Read more

Suhakam wants definition of marital rape to be clarified

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Suhakam acting chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee wants Putrajaya to clarify marital rape under the Penal Code. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 25, 2015.

The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has urged Putrajaya to amend the the exception to marital rape from the definition of rape stated in the Penal Code.

“This is to reflect the reality of sexual abuse suffered by women, either they are married or not,” acting Suhakam chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee said. Read more