Malayan killings families lose UK Supreme Court appeal

Source: BBC News

Relatives of the dead men lost a case at the Court of Appeal last year

Relatives of 24 rubber plantation workers killed by British troops almost 70 years ago in Malaya have lost an appeal for an official investigation.

Five justices in the Supreme Court dismissed the challenge for an inquiry into the shootings at Batang Kali in 1948 by a four to one majority.

The families, who say the men were “massacred”, had their case rejected by the UK Court of Appeal last year.

British forces at the time of the killings said the men were insurgents.

In the Supreme Court panel’s judgement, one of the justices, Lord Kerr, described the case as “shocking” and said the “overwhelming preponderance of currently available evidence” showed “wholly innocent men were mercilessly murdered”.

He said it was “with regret” that he dismissed the appeal. Read more

Anugerah kebebasan media kepada Zunar bukti Malaysia perlu perubahan

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Kartunis Amerika Syarikat, pemenang anugerah Pulitzer Matt Wuerker (kiri) bersama Zunar di luar Kedutaan Malaysia di Washington DC. – Gambar ihsan Kean Wong, 25 November, 2015.

Bagi kartunis Zunar yang sering mengembara antara London, Cambridge, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Washington DC dan New York, beliau percaya reputasinya sebagai aktivis pencetus kemarahan, sering melakar tanah air kita dalam hitam dan putih, percikan warna hanya untuk menyerlahkan perbezaannya dengan kerajaan pemerintah Barisan Nasional.

Di sebalik penampilan reputasinya yang menakutkan hingga menyebabkan beliau mendapat 9 pertuduhan kerana menghasut dan kemungkinan 43 tahun dalam penjara, Zulkifli Anwar Haque ialah seorang yang santun dan lucu, bertentangan dengan cara menteri Malaysia.

Sama seperti kartun satiranya yang sering menggambarkan kepincangan negara, simetri penjahat merampas hak rakyat, minggu lalu memaparkan keseimbangan senario sama apabila Presiden Amerika Syarikat (AS) Barack Obama teruja hadir ke Kuala Lumpur sementara Zunar mendesak perubahan Malaysia dengan segera di hadapan Kaukus Hak Asasi Manusia Senat AS di Washington DC dan Misi US ke Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu di New York. Read more

Eliminating violence against women – United Nations

Sources: The Malaysian Insider & UN News; UNiTE

Across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious – and the most tolerated – human rights violations, both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination.

Its continued presence is one of the clearest markers of societies out of balance and we are determined to change that.

On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women we say again:
It is not acceptable.
It is not inevitable.
It can be prevented.

Although there is no single solution to such a complex problem, there is growing evidence of the range of actions that can stop violence before it happens, especially if they are implemented in parallel. Read more

Home for expectant orang asli mothers rundown, filthy and ill-equipped

Source: The Star Online

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Poor condition: The transit centre for expectant mothers in Gua Musang has no proper furniture and is in a mess.

EXCLUSIVE

GUA MUSANG: He was expecting a place where his family could rest as they awaited the arrival of their second son.

But Temiar farmer M. Remy, 21, was in for a shock. The orang asli found the government centre for the community to be filthy, neglected and in the kind of conditions that are far from hygienic.

One can smell the stench from Rumah Transit Kuala Bertis from quite a distance. There is rubbish everywhere. The toilets stink and there doesn’t seem to be anyone maintaining them.

The place is infested with flies and the pests can be seen on sleeping children and would-be mothers. The children and mothers sleep on cold floors, with no mattresses and in many cases, no blankets.

The closest thing to a bed are wooden planks on which some of the orang asli mothers-to-be sleep. Read more

Hypocrisy in international relations – Azmi Sharom

Source: The Star Online

BY AZMI SHAROM

Issues of good governance, democracy and human rights will always be low on the agenda of any country when dealing in foreign affairs.

Azmi Sharom - file pic

Azmi Sharom – file pic

THE first American president to visit us was Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s. His reasons for visiting were probably the same as President Barack Obama’s: security (although in those days it was about the “threat” of Vietnam and the feared domino effect of nations falling under the thrall of Communism, whereas now it’s Islamic State) and economy (although then it was probably more about ensuring we keep on supplying tin and rubber whereas now it’s about keeping us from being too influenced by China).

Whenever the President of the United States visit another country, he is bound to make waves of some sort. According to oral history (i.e. my mum and dad), when LBJ came here all sorts of craziness ensued, like the inexplicable chopping-down of strategic trees; as though some renegade monkey was going to throw himself at the presidential convoy.

Our Prime Minister at the time, Tunku Abdul Rahman, wasn’t too fussed about the visit, saying that Johnson needn’t have come at all. Read more

Address illegal land clearing, locals tell Penang govt

Source: The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 25 — Residents of Teluk Bahang and Sungai Ara hope the state government would take stern action against those who have destroyed Penang’s greenery.

Farmers in Teluk Bahang alleged that the illegal land clearing activities in Bukit Laksamana had caused mudslides and landslides, which frequently blocked the only access way to their farms. Read more

First of three-stage Parliamentary changes to be presented soon

Source: The Star Online

Malaysian Parliamentary sitting - Pic from The Star Online

Malaysian Parliamentary sitting – Pic from The Star Online

PARLIAMENTARY reforms will comprise three phases, with the initial one expected to be presented to lawmakers during the current sitting.

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee, who revealed this, said amendments to Parliament’s Standing Orders that did not involve changes to the Federal Constitution would be proposed first.

“This will include creating a Second Chamber and a Ministers’ Question Time.

“The second phase is to bring back the Parlia­ment­ary Ser­vices Act to ensure parliamentary independence in terms of staffing and budget, while the third phase is to create a Law Commission,” he said in a Facebook posting yesterday. Read more

Report highlights weaknesses in Terengganu’s mining sector

Source: The Star Online

Room for change: The 2014 Auditor-General’s Report (Third Series) has several recommendations to improve Terengganu’s mining industry.

Room for change: The 2014 Auditor-General’s Report (Third Series) has several recommendations to improve Terengganu’s mining industry.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Tereng­ganu’s mining sector has weak monitoring and ineffective enforcement, leading to procedures and regulations being violated.

This was stated in the 2014 Auditor-General’s Report (Third Series), which was released on Monday.

It pointed out several weaknesses in the state’s booming mining sector. Read more

Jahai folk refuse treatment from health officers and run away

Source: The Star Online

A child suffering from a disease known to the Jahai tribe as ‘serawan’, taken during a previous trip to the Royal Belum State Park. The child has since fully recovered. — ELROI YEE/ The Star

IPOH: The Jahai tribe in Kampung Sungai Kejar in the Royal Belum rainforest complex believe strongly in their pantang larang (superstitions) and reject modern medicine.

The villagers prefer to rely on traditional methods of curing diseases and shy away from medical officers of the Perak Health Department.

Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said this way of life was hindering the department from helping them.

“They refuse treatment from our health officers and run away from us,” he said.

It was reported by The Star‘s R.AGE team that there have been multiple child deaths among the Jahai tribe, related to “serawan” – a strange disease which the villagers said starts with white spots in the mouth and kills within days. Read more

Jakoa to check claims of 200 orang asli deaths

Source: The Star Online

A child suffering from a disease known to the Jahai tribe as ‘serawan’, taken during a previous trip to the Royal Belum State Park. The child has since fully recovered. — ELROI YEE/ The Star

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry would have raised the alarm if there were a high number of deaths due to thrush (oral infection) even among the orang asli community in remote areas, says the Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa).

Jakoa deputy director general Suhaimi Mahmud said he was taken aback over reports in The Star in which the orang asli claimed that many had died in Royal Belum State Park in Perak.

“We are going down to the ground to check. It is impossible that such a high number of deaths had gone unnoticed,” he said.

The orang asli claimed that some 200 people have died of the disease.

Suhaimi said they would check the number of new graves in the area. Read more