Adenan says he will change law for women to be on par with men

Source: The Star Online

KUCHING: A week to International Women’s Day, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has made known again his support and commitment to gender equality.

Addressing a Wanita Barisan Nasional dinner here on Monday, he urged them to give him examples of gender inequality.

“And I will have the law changed. Women should be on par with men,” he said to applause.

“Women must speak up for their rights because most men aren’t going to do it. Men and women are obviously not the same but everyone deserves equal treatment,” he said. Read more

Peguam Negara beri jaminan pindaan OSA tidak sekat wartawan

Sumber: The Malaysian Outsider

Peguam Negara Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali memberi jaminan hari ini pindaan Akta Rahsia Rasmi (OSA) 1972 tidak akan digunakan untuk menyekat wartawan daripada menyampaikan berita kepada orang ramai.

Apandi menegaskan wartawan tidak akan disekat daripada membuat sebarang laporan tetapi mesti berasaskan fakta yang sahih dan mengikut etika kewartawanan.

“Saya juga ingin menjelaskan, tidak menyekat kebebasan wartawan menulis laporan mengikut fakta yang sahih serta etika kewartawanan.

“Sehubungan itu, semua wartawan tidak perlu bimbang mengenai cadangan pindaan ini kerana ia tidak menjejaskan profesion wartawan dalam menyampaikan maklumat kepada kerajaan dan rakyat,” katanya.

Beliau dipetik berkata demikian dalam satu kenyataan dikeluarkan Exco Kesatuan Wartawan Kebangsaan Malaysia (NUJM) hari ini. Read more

Bersih 2.0: EC can make candidates reveal how much parties spend for campaigns

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Election laws dictate that the Election Commission (EC) has the power to compel candidates to disclose how much of their campaign funds came from their respective political parties, polls reform group Bersih 2.0 said.

Maria Chin Abdullah, the group’s chairman, said the election regulator cannot shirk its responsibilities by saying it only has power to monitor the campaign expenses of individual candidates.

“EC can’t say political parties’ expenses is not under their purview. Under S15-15A (of the Election Offences Act) when scrutinising the submission of accounts, EC can ask questions like what part of the expenses comes from political parties?” she told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

Chin was responding to EC chairman Datuk Seri Hashim Abdullah’s statement last week that investigating how much political parties spend during elections is beyond the commission’s purview and control. Read more

JOAS to map out Orang Asal traditional lands and territories

Source: The Star Online

JOAS community mapping trainees downloading and collating the data into maps, with lead-trainer Nousi Giun from Sabah, guiding. /JOAS

JOAS community mapping trainees downloading and collating the data into maps, with lead-trainer Nousi Giun from Sabah, guiding. /JOAS

PETALING JAYA: Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) has announced plans to map out and consolidate Orang Asal territories in conjunction with a global campaign on indigenous and community land rights.

The worldwide campaign by #LandRightsNow was signed on by over 300 organisations which aim to double the global area of land legally recognised as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples (Orang Asal) and local communities by 2020.

“Land rights for Orang Asal, is not just an issue of livelihoods, our traditional land is the source of our identity and culture,” said JOAS secretary-general Jannie Lasimbang in a statement on Wednesday. Read more

Tian Chua freed of sedition charge again

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Batu MP Tian Chua – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 2, 2016.

Batu MP Tian Chua – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 2, 2016.

The High Court today affirmed the acquittal of Batu MP Chua Tian Chang of making a seditious statement linking the government and Umno in the Lahad Datu intrusion in 2013.

Judicial commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan, who dismissed the prosecution’s appeal, said they had failed to prove that Chua, better known as Tian Chua, had uttered the seditious words.

Chua’s first acquittal was on November 14, 2014 by Sessions Court judge Norsharidah Awang, who said the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the PKR parliamentarian.

She acquitted him without calling for his defence. Read more

Home Ministry to set up better border security agency

Source: The Malaysian Outsider

An abandoned human trafficking camp at Wang Kelian, Perlis. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 17, 2015.

An abandoned human trafficking camp at Wang Kelian, Perlis. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 17, 2015.

The Home Ministry will set up a more comprehensive border security agency, says its Department of Internal Security and Public Order.

Department director Datuk Muhammad Fuad Abu Zarim said the agency would combine the roles of all enforcement agencies operating at the border and would be led by the police.

“Several workshops and discussions are being held between the 17 relevant agencies to determine the format and more effective ways to address issues at the border, especially in Kedah and Kelantan.”

He said this to reporters after handing over three Sealegs Amphibious boats to the East Region Marine Police Force at Pengkalan Kubor Marine Police Base in Tumpat, Kelantan, today.

Fuad said the setting up of the agency would be announced once a mutual agreement was reached between various bodies. – Bernama, March 2, 2016.