2015: The year of laws against the Rule of Law – Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online

BY SYAHREDZAN JOHAN

The Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. It is the courts that should decide the best sentence to be imposed on a convicted person, taking into account the aggravating and mitigating factors of the case. - File pix

The Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. It is the courts that should decide the best sentence to be imposed on a convicted person, taking into account the aggravating and mitigating factors of the case. – File pix

THIS column will usually explore the legal events of the past year. But this year would be different. The focus of this article would instead be on the three controversial legislations passed by Parliament in 2015.

These legislations arguably are contrary to the Federal Constitution and breached the sacrosanct principles enshrined in the concept of the Rule of Law.

We start first with the amendments made to the Sedition Act. One would recall that a few years ago, the Government made a promise to repeal the Sedition Act.

However, it was retained, and this year, Parliament passed a law to amend the Sedition Act.   Read more

Importance of civil society organisations — Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim

Source: The Malay Mail Online

An opinion piece - file pic

An opinion piece – file pic

BY MOHD SHERIFF MOHD KASSIM

DECEMBER 28 — The role of civil society in bringing about social and political change through peaceful means has been recognised as an important part of the democratic process throughout the world.

However, in Malaysia, this recognition is sadly lacking. On top of it all, there is a concerted effort being made by certain agencies both within and outside the government to defile those civil society organisations that have progressive views especially on matters of race, religion, human rights and constitutional freedoms.

Because their views are different , they have been described as liberal and pro western, with threats of being charged under the Sedition Act. Read more

EC should serve Malaysians, not worsen trust deficit – Ramon Navaratnam

Source: The Malaysian Insider

BY RAMON NAVARATNAM

The Election Commission (EC) should serve us Malaysians – the rakyat, the voters and our country, much better and be more dutiful in discharging its onerous duties.

The current trust deficit in our country will deepen if EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof takes the line that the Automatic Electoral Registration system cannot be implemented since the Barisan Nasional does not have a two-thirds majority in Parliament.

Why does he have to get involved in politics and degrade the independence and integrity of the EC? Read more

Polis tahan aktivis PSM mengikut Akta Hasutan

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Setiausaha Agung PSM Sivarajan Arumugam berkata, Khairul Nizam Abd Ghani sepatutnya hadir di Ibu Pejabat Daerah Dang Wang (IPD) untuk memberi keterangan bagaimanapun pihak berkuasa memaklumkan akan menahan aktivis tersebut. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 28 Disember, 2015.

Polis menahan aktivis Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) Khairul Nizam Abd Ghani mengikut Akta Hasutan di Kuala Lumpur hari ini.

Setiausaha Agung PSM Sivarajan Arumugam berkata, Khairul sepatutnya hadir di Ibu Pejabat Daerah Dang Wang (IPD) untuk memberi keterangan bagaimanapun pihak berkuasa memaklumkan akan menahan aktivis tersebut.

Menurut Sivarajan, apa yang mengelirukan polis hanya memaklumkan menahan Khairul di bawah Akta Hasutan dan Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia tetapi tidak menyatakan di atas kesalahan apa.

“Kita tidak diberitahu atas kesalahan apa dan siasatan yang dijalankan ke atas Khairul.

“Pada mulanya kami (Khairul) diserbu oleh polis ketika menghadiri forum di Kuala Terengganu, untuk membawa Khairul.

“Namun setelah rundingan dilakukan polis akhirnya bersetuju untuk Khairul sendiri secara sukarela hadir di Bukit Aman sebelum ditukar di IPD Dang Wangi hari ini,” katanya kepada pemberita di hadapan Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Dang Wangi di Kuala Lumpur hari ini. Read more

Ibu bapa terbeban kelengkapan persekolahan meningkat 30%

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Ibu bapa terpaksa membayar sehingga lebih 30% daripada perbelanjaan tahun lepas untuk membeli keperluan dan kelengkapan persekolahan anak-anak mereka, seperti kasut dan pakaian seragam. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 28 Disember, 2015.

Wan Amri Wan Noridan bersyukur dengan perniagaan atas talian dilakukannya secara separuh masa kerana tanpanya, beliau tidak tahu apa yang boleh disediakan untuk kelengkapan persekolahan dua anaknya tahun ini.

Eksekutif Akauntan berusia 34 tahun itu adalah antara ibu bapa yang memberitahu The Malaysian Insider bagaimana harga kelengkapan sekolah seperti pakaian seragam, kasut dan beg meningkat sebanyak 30% tahun ini berbanding 2014.

Peruncit mengakui perkara ini dan mendakwa kemerosotan nilai ringgit, ditambah cukai barangan dan perkhidmatan (GST) serta harga kain yang meningkat – komponen utama pakaian seragam sekolah – menyumbang kepada kenaikan harga keperluan asas persekolahan itu.

“Tanpa perniagaan sampingan saya, adalah sangat sukar untuk berjimat sehingga akhir bulan bagi membeli keperluan dan kelengkapan persekolahan anak-anak,” kata Wan Amri, yang tinggal di Kelana Jaya. Read more

2 murid Orang Asli mahu keluar dari SK Tohoi

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Dua murid Orang Asli iaitu Norieen Yaakob, 10, dan Miksudiar Aluj, 11, tidak lagi berminat meneruskan persekolahan di SK Tohoi kerana masih trauma dengan kejadian menimpa mereka. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 28 Disember, 2015.

Dua murid Orang Asli Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tohoi yang ditemui selamat dalam kejadian 7 murid hilang Ogos lepas, menyuarakan hasrat mahu berpindah ke SK Kuala Betis, di Gua Musang.

Norieen Yaakob, 10, dan Miksudiar Aluj, 11, tidak lagi berminat meneruskan persekolahan di SK Tohoi kerana masih trauma dengan kejadian menimpa mereka.

Ibu Norieen, Midah Angah, 40, berkata anaknya sudah menyatakan hasrat untuk kembali ke sekolah, tetapi tidak mahu ke SK Tohoi.

“Saya harap akan ada perbincangan dengan Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah Gua Musang dan Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli untuk menyelesaikan perkara ini.

“Saya tahu SK Tohoi banyak melakukan penambahbaikan, tetapi anak saya tidak mahu bersekolah di situ lagi dan mahu dihantar ke SK Kuala Betis kerana ada kemudahan asrama,” katanya ketika ditemui pemberita di rumahnya di Kampung Penad hari ini. Read more