Excerpts from the “National Security Council Act: To Protect or To Oppress?” public forum

Source: Media Rakyat

Recorded at the Public Forum – National Security Council Act: To Protect or To Oppress? held on 10 December 2015 featuring 6 speakers:

  • YB Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader, and Member of Parliament (Gelang Patah)
  • Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, HAKAM President
  • YB Hanipa Maidin, Member of Parliament (Sepang)
  • Assoc Prof Azmi Sharom, University Malaya Law Professor
  • Andrew Khoo, Co-Chair, Bar Council Human Rights Committee
  • Dr Aziz Bari, University Selangor Law Professor

Ambiga Sreenevasan: The NSC Bill is not about security Read more

Malaysian Bar raises doubt over seriousness to reform anti-graft body

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru has raised concerns over the recommendations to reform MACC. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 16, 2015.

The Parliament’s reaction to the proposed recommendations to reform the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) reflected how serious those in power were in tackling graft in the country, participants in a seminar were told today.

Steven Thiru, the president of the Malaysian Bar, said the way the recommendations were pitched would determine if they would survive the passage in Parliament.

He, however, admitted that “we may not get all that we ask for”.

Steven was answering a question raised by a participant in the seminar on reforming the anti-graft watchdog in Kuching, Sarawak.

What the Bar, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas), Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) and Citizens Network for a Better Malaysia were asking for was the creation of the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (IACC), expanding the definition of gratification and the power to investigate individuals living beyond their means, amending legislations such as the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010, the Witness Protection Act 2009, adoption of a Freedom of Information Act and an Asset Declaration Act. Read more

Dewan Negara president rejects request to postpone NSC Bill debate, says senator

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali says Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang has denied a request to postpone the debate on the National Security Council (NSC) Bill. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, December 16, 2015.

An opposition representative today expressed disappointment with Senate president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang for rejecting their request to postpone the debate on the National Security Council (NSC) Bill.

Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali said in the meeting that lasted 20 minutes, Abu Zahar also refused to meet with the coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in the #TakNakDiktator campaign.

“There was no discussion in the meeting. We only had time to convey our wish that the debate be postponed to the next Parliament session.

“But, it seems clear to us that this may not happen, although he did say that he will give a long and ample time for the debate in the Dewan Negara,” he told reporters after the meeting at the Parliament today. Read more

Mahkamah tolak pindah kes Azmi Sharom ke Mahkamah Tinggi

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen Kuala Lumpur pagi ini menolak permohonan profesor undang-undang Dr Azmi Sharom untuk memindahkan perbicaraan kes hasutannya ke Mahkamah Tinggi. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 16 Disember, 2015.

Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen Kuala Lumpur pagi ini menolak permohonan profesor undang-undang Dr Azmi Sharom untuk memindahkan perbicaraan kes hasutannya ke Mahkamah Tinggi. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 16 Disember, 2015.

Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen Kuala Lumpur Amernuddin Ahmad pagi ini menolak permohonan profesor undang-undang Dr Azmi Sharom untuk memindahkan perbicaraan kes hasutannya ke Mahkamah Tinggi.

Amernuddin berpandangan Mahkamah Sesyen mempunyai kuasa mendengar kes itu dan perbicaraan akan bermula esok jam 2.30 petang.

Pada 2 September tahun lepas, Azmi seorang pensyarah Universiti Malaya didakwa mengikut Seksyen 4(1)(b) dan Seksyen 4(1)(c) Akta Hasutan berhubung komen beliau dalam satu artikel bertajuk “Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Pakatan told” yang disiarkan sebuah portal berita.

Jika sabit kesalahan di bawah mana-mana satu dakwaan, beliau akan menghadapi hukuman denda maksimum RM5,000 atau penjara sehingga 3 tahun atau kedua-duanya.

Semalam, peguam Azmi, Gobind Singh Deo memfailkan permohonan agar kes Sharom, yang dibicarakan di Mahkamah Sesyen di bawah Akta Hasutan 1948, didengar di Mahkamah Tinggi. Read more

Azmi Sharom not a criminal – Mohd Nazari Ismail

Source: The Malaysian Insider

BY MOHD NAZARI ISMAIL

As an academician myself, I am greatly worried by the developments of the Azmi Sharom case.

In my area of International Business, many people have asked me whether the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) was actually good for the country or not.

I will then express my opinion on the matter, hoping to enlighten the public on the issue, regardless of whether my opinion is in line with the stance of the government.

What is important is that I will inform the public truthfully and I am very sure the public will not accept anything less than that from me.

In light of the above, I am therefore feeling very sad and apprehensive over the current legal case involving my colleague at University of Malaya, Assoc. Professor Dr. Azmi Sharom. He has been charged under the Sedition Act for simply expressing his honest opinion on what happened during the 2009 Perak Constitutional Crisis. Read more

Kerajaan digesa lindungi IKS dengan pelaksanaan TPPA

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Bekas senator DAP Dr S Ramakrishnan berkata kerajaan perlu cari inisiatif lindungi industri kecil dan sederhana yang dikhuatiri akan terpinggir dengan pelaksanaan Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans Pasifik (TPPA). – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 16 Disember, 2015.

Kerajaan perlu mencari inisiatif bagi melindungi industri kecil dan sederhana (IKS) yang dikhuatiri akan terpinggir dengan pelaksanaan Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans Pasifik (TPPA) kelak, kata bekas senator DAP Dr S Ramakrishnan.

Profesor kewangan dan perakaunan itu berkata, keadaan sebaliknya berlaku terhadap syarikat multinasional (MNC) yang mempunyai kelebihan dengan pelaksanaan TPPA apabila perlindungan terhadap IKS seperti tarif dihapuskan.

“Bagaimanakah kerajaan boleh membantu? Pada masa ini kerajaan sebenarnya tidak banyak membantu. IKS kini bersendirian.

“Satu cara kerajaan boleh membantu adalah dengan membantu mereka meningkatkan pengeluaran serta kepakaran.

“Jika kerajaan tidak membantu, banyak IKS ini akan lenyap,” katanya pada forum ‘TPPA: Bagaimana ia akan memberi kesan kepada komuniti perniagaan?’ malam tadi. Read more

HAKAM Celebrates Human Rights Day 2015

IHumanRightsDay2015

10 December 2015

Since 1950, the world marks 10th December as Human Rights Day.  It is a day to create awareness to  fundamental human rights, in particular as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

This year, the National Human Rights Society (HAKAM),  in collaboration with The Malay Mail Online, is pleased to gift you 7 articles, daily from 10 to 16 December 2015 in celebration of Human Rights Day 2015, aimed at bringing attention to selected and specific interest areas concerning human rights in Malaysia.

Happy reading!

#HAKAM-MMO Human Rights Day 2015 project

 


TakNakDiktator

10 December 2015

IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY
(The National Security Council (NSC) 2015 Bill)
DEMI KEPENTINGAN KESELAMATAN NEGARA
(Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015)
By Robyn Choi, Secretary-General, HAKAM

 

“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

11 December 2015

TPPA: TRADING HUMAN RIGHTS
TPPA: MEMPERDAGANGKAN HAK-HAK ASASI MANUSIA?

By Karina Yong, Member of HAKAM, and Legal Consultant to Third World Network Malaysia

Image: “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

 

capital punishment12 December 2015

THE INEVITABILITY OF ERROR
KESILAPAN YANG TIDAK DAPAT DIELAKKAN

By Abdul Rashid Ismail, Immediate Past President, HAKAM

 

 

rosie-riveter

13 December 2015

51% OF THE MALAYSIAN BAR ARE WOMEN, SO WHY WON’T THEY SPEAK UP?
51% BADAN PEGUAM MALAYSIA TERDIRI DARIPADA PEGUAM WANITA, JADI KENAPA MEREKA TIDAK BERSUARA?

By Animah Kosai, Member of HAKAM, and Founder of Surya Women, a group of women who seek to mentor and motivate women in the working world

 

“Another Yin-Yang-Yuan Butterfly TransGender-Symbol” - By ParaDox, Creative shared under Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany license.

14 December 2015

TRANSPERSONS: RIGHT TO LIVE YOUR LIFE
INSAN TRANSGENDER: HAK UNTUK MEMILIH JALAN HIDUP
By Ivy Josiah, Member of the HAKAM Executive Committee

Image: “Another Yin-Yang-Yuan Butterfly TransGender-Symbol” – By ParaDox, shared under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany license, drawn from Wikipedia

 

preschool-children-playing-clip-art-i4

15 December 2015

CHILDREN: SEEN BUT NOT HEARD
KANAK-KANAK: JELAS KELIHATAN TETAPI USAH DIDENGAR?
By Robyn Choi, Secretary-General, HAKAM

 

HumanRightsUniversalDeclarationPoster16 December 2015

A MODEST PROPOSAL: A CALL FOR MALAYSIA TO SIGN ON TO THE ICESCR
SATU CADANGAN YANG DIKEMUKAKAN DENGAN RENDAH DIRI

By Edmund Bon, Member of HAKAM, and former Chairperson of the Bar Council’s Human Rights and Constitutional Law Committees

 

 

 

#HAKAM-MMO Human Rights Day 2015 project

 

Salahkah buat salinan fotokopi buku teks di bawah TPPA?

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Putrajaya digesa beri penerangan lanjut mengenai perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPP) di Malaysia, berhubung salinan fotokopi bahan bacaan yang melanggar hak cipta. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 16 Disember, 2015.

Putrajaya digesa beri penerangan lanjut mengenai perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPP) di Malaysia, berhubung salinan fotokopi bahan bacaan yang melanggar hak cipta. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 16 Disember, 2015.

Ketika gesaan dibuat supaya Putrajaya menerangkan dengan lebih baik kesan daripada perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPP) di Malaysia, pelajar Fatin Amalina bimbang terpaksa berbelanja lebih untuk buku teks jika dia tidak lagi boleh membuat salinan fotokopi bahan bacaan kerana pelanggaran hak cipta.

Ketika ini pun, dia sememangnya bergantung kepada salinan fotokopi buku teks dan membelanjakan lebih RM350 satu semester.

Pelajar sarjana di sebuah universiti awam itu berkata dia tidak mampu membeli buku teks baharu untuk setiap mata pelajaran kerana harganya lebih RM300 setiap satu.

Sebaliknya, buku salinan fotokopi, menjimatkan kos perbelanjaan keseluruhan buku teksnya lebih 70%. Read more