Only supporting documents from AG’s report will be classified under OSA, minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KLUANG, March 5 — Only support documents from the Auditor-General (AG) that accompany the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on the administration of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is classified under the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA).

The PAC’s summarised report can be tabled in Parliament said Deputy Home Minister I Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

“The report classified under the OSA is the AG’s report. It must be made clear to avoid any misunderstanding,” he said attending an Excellent Service Awards presentation for the Prison Department’s Intan Kampus Wilayah Selatan (IKHWAS), here today.

What is important is that the PAC report need the consensus of all panel members to ensure the report from the committee has credibility, said Nur Jazlan. Read more

Analysts: PM should be worried over declaration

Source: FMT News

Political scientist Andrew Aeria says Najib’s supporters might want to rethink their positions due to the broad-based movement against the Prime Minister

Citizen's Declaration, 4 March 2016 - Pic taken from The Star Online

Citizen’s Declaration, 4 March 2016 – Pic taken from The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Najib Razak should be worried that his political opponents have now banded together to sign the Citizens’ Declaration, say political observers.

Political scientist Dr Andrew Aeria said the signing of the declaration by 58 politicians from across the political divide and leaders of civil society groups was a very significant statement against Najib.

“People across the political spectrum and former foes have come together and put aside their differences and former conflicts because they realise the threat facing the country is extremely serious,” said the Associate Professor at Universiti Sarawak Malaysia’s Department of Politics and International Relations.

“Najib should be worried because the international community has been watching the situation for a very long time.
“They can now see that his political rivals and civil society leaders have come together to remove him at a time when the economy is diving and people are suffering.”

He also said Najib’s supporters and backers might now want to rethink their positions in view of the broad-based movement against him. Read more

Online media repression likely to worsen, says lawyer

Source: The Malaysian Outsider

Lawyer Syahredzan Johan speaks during forum on Media Shackled, Democarcy Dead? at KLSCAH, Kuala Lumpur on March 4, 2016. The Malaysian Insider/Seth Akmal.

Lawyer Syahredzan Johan speaks during forum on Media Shackled, Democarcy Dead? at KLSCAH, Kuala Lumpur on March 4, 2016. The Malaysian Insider/Seth Akmal.

Putrajaya’s media clampdown is likely to worsen, lawyer Syahredzan Johan says, as the federal government already has plans for tougher regulations on online content.

He said amendments to the Sedition Act last year, though not yet in force, would allow the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) to obtain court orders to instruct websites to remove content deemed seditious.

“Last year, there was (an) amendment to the Sedition Act, once it comes into force, the DPP can actually go to court and get a prohibition order and get websites to take down so-called seditious content.

“And they don’t even need to prove that the content is seditious, all they need to show is that it appears seditious,” he said at forum titled “Media shackled, democracy dead?” in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Read more