Rang undang-undang MKN buka jalan kepada rampasan kuasa terbalik, kata peguam

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Peguam Matthias Chang mendakwa, perdana menteri boleh mengisytiharkan darurat dan menggunakannya untuk tidak mengadakan pilihan raya umum. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 18 Disember, 2015.

Rang undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) yang menjadi kontroversi ketika ini membuka jalan kepada sebuah “reverse coup d’etat” (rampasan kuasa terbalik) di mana kerajaan boleh mengawal tentera supaya ia dapat terus berkuasa selama-lamanya, peguam Matthias Chang memberi amaran malam ini.

Beliau yang merupakan salah seorang pengkritik Datuk Seri Najib Razak mendakwa, perdana menteri boleh mengisytiharkan darurat dan menggunakannya untuk tidak mengadakan pilihan raya umum.

“Satu-satunya matlamat undang-undang ini ialah untuk membolehkan satu ‘reverse coup d’etat’ dilakukan. Hujah undang-undang dan bantahan kita terhadapnya tidak relevan,” kata Chang yang sebelum ini ditahan di bawah undang-undang anti keganasan.

“Ini modus operandi kerajaan dan mereka tidak kira sama ada ia menyalahi undang-undang atau bertentangan dengan perlembagaan.

“Di bawah rampasan kuasa biasa, tentera mengambil alih kerajaan. Tetapi dengan undang-undang ini, tentera diambil alih dan digunakan kerajaan,” kata Chang pada sebuah forum mengenai rang undang-undang MKN di Kuala Lumpur malam ini. Read more

National security policy first before NSC Bill, says academic

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In his criticism of the Bill, REFSA senior fellow Lam Choong Wah (right) said that the NSC Bill weighed heavily on empowering the executive head while reform in securities agencies was completely absent. — Picture by Choo Choy May

In his criticism of the Bill, REFSA senior fellow Lam Choong Wah (right) said that the NSC Bill weighed heavily on empowering the executive head while reform in securities agencies was completely absent. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 — Research for Social Advancement (REFSA) senior fellow Lam Choong Wah today called for the halt to the National Security Council (NSC) Bill as Malaysia had no policy on national security matters in the first place.

He said that while he agreed on the need for the institutionalisation of a national security body, there was a lack of a security reform agenda to guide its formation.

“There must be a national security policy in the first place, otherwise we are just setting it up blindly,” he said while speaking at a public forum entitled “National Security Council Bill — Chain of Command Compromised?” organised by the Bar Council.

“There is a need to replace the NSC Bill with something that concentrates on security regime, and maintain our NSC as an advisory body only,” he added.

In his criticism of the Bill, he said that the NSC Bill weighed heavily on empowering the executive head while reform in securities agencies was completely absent.  Read more

Affirm and Respect the Human Dignity of Migrant Workers – Steven Thiru

Press Release

Affirm and Respect the Human Dignity of Migrant Workers

On this International Migrants Day — which is observed on 18 December annually — the Malaysian Bar acknowledges and salutes the indefatigable spirit and courage of all migrant workers.

Malaysia hosts more than two million documented migrant workers, and a large number of undocumented migrants, estimated at between two million and five million persons.

The increasing number of migrant workers in Malaysia indicates that Malaysia remains a popular destination for migrant workers in the region who seek a better life for themselves and their families.  It is indisputable that migrant workers have contributed tremendously to the development of our economy. Read more

NSC could undermine Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s command of the military

Source: The Rakyat Post

Prominent lawyer and electoral reforms activist Datuk Ambiga Srenevasan say the bill empowers the NSC to command the army, and that violates the Federal Constitution. — TRP pic Fernando Fong

Prominent lawyer and electoral reforms activist Datuk Ambiga Srenevasan say the bill empowers the NSC to command the army, and that violates the Federal Constitution. — TRP pic Fernando Fong

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18, 2015: 

Prominent lawyer and electoral reforms activist Datuk Ambiga Srenevasan says the recently-passed National Security Council (NSC) Bill 2015 is illegal and not workable.

She said the bill did not provide for the issue of chain of command, except in contravention with the Federal Constitution.

Ambiga pointed out that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, but under Clause 21 of the new bill, the Prime Minister had command of the armed forces.

“Someone who shouldn’t be issuing command to the armed forces would be doing so.

“Command is a very sensitive thing for the army, key to the way in which the army functions,” she said during a forum on NSC Bill and security reform agenda. Read more

Pesara tentera dihalang bercakap mengenai rang undang-undang MKN

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Pengerusi bersama hak asasi manusia Majlis Peguam, Andrew Khoo, memberitahu hadirin, Leftenan Kolonel (B) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman diarahkan TUDM supaya tidak menjadi ahli panel dalam forum bertajuk ‘Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara – rantaian arahan dikompromi?’. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 18 Disember, 2015.

Pengerusi bersama hak asasi manusia Majlis Peguam, Andrew Khoo, memberitahu hadirin, Leftenan Kolonel (B) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman diarahkan TUDM supaya tidak menjadi ahli panel dalam forum bertajuk ‘Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara – rantaian arahan dikompromi?’. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 18 Disember, 2015.

Angkatan Tentera Malaysia bertindak menghalang seorang pegawai bersara daripada bercakap pada sebuah forum mengenai Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN), undang-undang kontroversi yang menurut kumpulan masyarakat sivil akan meletakkan pasukan tentera di bawah kawalan perdana menteri.

Penganjur forum itu berkata, Leftenan Kolonel (B) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman menerima arahan pada saat akhir untuk tidak berucap pada program anjuran Majlis Peguam itu di Kuala Lumpur malam ini.

Daud, bekas penasihat undang-undang dan dasar Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM), dijadualkan menjadi ahli panel pada forum bertajuk “Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara – rantaian arahan dikompromi?”.

Rang undang-undang itu diluluskan Dewan Rakyat dan akan dibahaskan di Dewan Negara pada sesi kali ini.

Pengerusi bersama hak asasi manusia Majlis Peguam, Andrew Khoo, memberitahu hadirin, Daud diarahkan TUDM supaya tidak menjadi ahli panel untuk program itu malam ini. Read more

Military bars retired officer from speaking at security bill forum

Source: The Malaysian Insider

(From left) President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru, Lam Choong Wah, Andrew Khoo and Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan seen during a forum on the National Security Council in Kuala Lumpur today. Lt-Col (Rtd) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman of the Royal Malaysian Air Force was supposed to be part of the panel today but was ordered at the last minute not to speak at the forum. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, December 18, 2015.

(From left) President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru, Lam Choong Wah, Andrew Khoo and Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan seen during a forum on the National Security Council in Kuala Lumpur today. Lt-Col (Rtd) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman of the Royal Malaysian Air Force was supposed to be part of the panel today but was ordered at the last minute not to speak at the forum. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, December 18, 2015.

The Malaysian military has barred a retired officer from speaking at a forum on the National Security Council (NSC) Bill, a controversial law which civil groups claim would give control of the armed forces to the prime minister.

Lt-Col (Rtd) Mohamad Daud Sulaiman of the Royal Malaysian Air Force received last minute orders not to speak at the forum organised by the Bar Council in Kuala Lumpur tonight, the organisers said.

Daud, who is a former legal and policy adviser to the air force, was scheduled to be a panellist at the forum titled “National Security Council Bill – chain of command compromised?”.

The bill has passed through Dewan Rakyat and will be debated at the current session of the upper house Dewan Negara.

Bar Council human rights committee co-chairperson Andrew Khoo told the audience that Daud was commanded by the service to not attend as a panellist.

“There was an order by his superiors not to be part of the panel, so unfortunately he cannot speak to us,” Khoo said as the forum began. Read more

Is the NSC Najib’s ‘silent’ self-coup? – Wong Chin Huat

Source: Malaysiakini

BY WONG CHIN HUAT

NSC-mkiniANALYSIS The National Security Council (NSC) that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak seeks to establish perhaps should be understood as a tool of ‘self-coup’, not just another piece of draconian law like the Internal Security Act (ISA) or the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

A coup is a seizure of power by elites employing unconstitutional or illegitimate means. While most coups are staged by those seeking power, those in power may also stage a ‘self-coup’ against the existing rules of the game to expand or extend their power.

Cabinet’s power, not Agong’s, usurped?

Whose power does Najib intend to usurp with the NSC?

A popular view sees the NSC usurps the power of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to declare emergency under Article 150 of the federal constitution. Read more

Cops yet to arrest anyone linked to mass graves in Perlis

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The site of a former human-trafficking camp in Wang Kelian, Perlis. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 18, 2015.

Almost seven months after mass graves believed to be of human trafficking victims were discovered at Wang Kelian in Perlis, Malaysian police have yet to arrest anyone.

SAC Goh Kok Liang, head of the team investigating the case, said last month that six foreign suspects had been identified, but they were still at large today.

“No development, we are still tracking them down,” he said when contacted in Kuala Lumpur. Read more

High Court allows leave application for judicial review of apostasy case

Source: The Borneo Post Online

Chua (left) and Azmi @ Roneey’s elder sister, Skeeter Joana Gri, after the court hearing. Skeeter represented her brother to attend the court case.

Chua (left) and Azmi @ Roneey’s elder sister, Skeeter Joana Gri, after the court hearing. Skeeter represented her brother to attend the court case.

KUCHING: The High Court here yesterday allowed leave of application for judicial review (JR) of a case involving apostasy in the state.

Said to be a landmark case for Sarawak, the issue of the case is whether the Syariah Court or the High Court has the jurisdiction to hear the matter involving apostasy.

High Court Judge Datuk Yew Jen Kie fixed Inter Partes Hearing at 9am on Jan 15 next year.

According to a brief summary of the case, the JR applicant Azmi Mohamad Azam @ Roneey Rebit, a Bidayuh, was born in 1975 and had been given the name ‘Roneey Anak Rebit’.

Both of his parents are also Bidayuh and were Christians by religion. His father was a soldier and both of his parents were attracted to Islam when his father was on duty in Kuala Lumpur.

The applicant’s parents converted into the religion of Islam in Sarawak. At that time, the applicant was only eight years old, hence he had no choice but to follow his parents. Read more

Siasat Noor Farida cetuskan lebih banyak bahaya, kata aktivis perundangan

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Penyelaras Kempen Lawyers for Liberty Michelle Yesudas (dua dari kiri) berkata, tindakan polis menyiasat Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin berbanding bertindak ke atas lelaki yang mengancam beliau sebagai sangat ‘memalukan’. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 18 Disember, 2015.

Tindakan polis menyiasat Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin kerana menghasut tetapi tidak bertindak ke atas lelaki yang memberikan ancaman rogol kepadanya, hanya akan membuka pintu kepada lebih banyak ancaman dan gangguan terhadap jurucakap G25 itu, kata kumpulan peguam hak asasi Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) hari ini.

Kumpulan itu berkata, sangat “memalukan” apabila polis menyiasat tokoh terkemuka orang Melayu itu kerana kenyataan dikeluarkannya berbanding ugutan rogol oleh pengguna Facebook bernama Shahrul Nizam Ab Rahim.

“Keputusan pihak berkuasa menyiasat Noor Farida berkenaan kenyataannya berbanding ugutan serangan seksual Shahrul Nizam, sangat mengejutkan serta memperlekehkan idea (yang sering kali dilaungkan kerajaan) yang Akta Hasutan ‘diperlukan’ untuk melindungi keamanan dan kesejahteraan negara ini.

“Ini kerana siasatan itu kini boleh digunakan pengkritiknya untuk ‘menghalalkan’ kempen awam yang mengganggu dan mengancam beliau,” kata penyelaras kempen LFL Michelle Yesudas dalam 1 kenyataan hari ini. Read more