Government accepts parliamentary reforms

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Govern­ment has accepted recommendations on parliamentary reforms, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia announced.

He said the proposals included the setting up of a special chamber to consider motions raised by lawmakers on pressing current issues.

“There will be a 30-minute Ministerial Question Time on Tues­days and Thursdays where MPs will be allowed to ask ministers questions,” he told reporters at a press conference here yesterday. Read more

Bahasa Deklarasi Rakyat berkembang jadi ‘Selamatkan Malaysia’, sasar 1 juta nama

Sumber: The Malaysian Outsider

Former Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohamad speaks during press conference at Damansara on March 04, 2016. The Malaysian Insider/Afif Abd Halim.

Kumpulan yang menandatangani Deklarasi Rakyat desak pengunduran perdana menteri kini menubuhkan Gerakan Selamatkan Malaysia pimpinan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 10 Mac, 2016.

Kumpulan yang menandatangani Deklarasi Rakyat pada Jumaat lalu mendesak Datuk Seri Najib Razak berundur mencapai kata sepakat malam tadi untuk menubuhkan satu badan yang dinamakan Gerakan Selamatkan Malaysia pimpinan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Salah seorang sumber yang menghadiri mesyuarat itu berkata, pergerakan itu kini menyasarkan sejuta orang untuk menandatangani akuan menuntut peletakan jawatan Najib.

Sumber yang menghadiri mesyuarat malam tadi memberitahu The Malaysian Insider, pergerakan itu juga akan membuka pejabat di peringkat negeri. Read more

Activist freed over uncensored movie screening charge [updated]

Source: FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Community Communication Centre (Komas) programme coordinator and activist Lena Hendry was freed today by the Magistrate’s Court over a charge of screening an uncensored movie.

Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris ruled that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against Lena.

“Thus, the accused is acquitted and discharged,” he said.

She was charged on Sep 19, 2013, under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 for screening an uncensored film, “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”, at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Chamber of Commmerce Hall in Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur, at 9pm on July 3, 2013.

Speaking to reporters, Lena expressed her happiness over her acquittal.

“This has been a long journey of two-and-a-half years for me.”

“They (prosecution) should not have charged me in the first place for just screening a film,” she said.

She said prosecution of activists under laws such as the Sedition Act, Communications and Multimedia Act for their work on defending human rights should be stopped. Read more

Bangladesh signs deal to send 1.5m workers to Malaysia

Source: Global Government Forum

Bangladesh supply 1.5m workers to Malaysia to fill key gaps in Malaysia’s manufacturing and service sectors

Bangladesh has agreed to supply 1.5m workers to Malaysia over the next three years under a new bilateral accord. The Government-to-Government Plus (G2G Plus) Memorandum of Understanding is designed to fill key gaps in Malaysia’s manufacturing and service sectors, and to supply manpower for its plantation industry.

The deal, which includes both male and female workers, was signed by Bangladesh’s Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam and Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister Richard Riot. Under the agreement, the cost of sending a worker – about 34-37,000 Bangladeshi taka (£300-£328) – will be borne by the employers, while Dhaka will facilitate and oversee workers’ security clearances.

“We hope that this process would be much more transparent and accountable” than the current arrangements for overseas workers, Bangladesh’s Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters, adding that the deal would help prevent human trafficking. Richard Riot emphasised that the memorandum will also protect Malaysian citizens, arguing that it “clearly reflects the government’s priority in providing employment opportunities for local workers.”

Malaysia, home to nearly 6m foreign workers, is already a key manpower market for Bangladeshi nationals – about 600,000 are estimated to be in the country, mostly working in the plantation sector.

The governments will have to ensure that problems such as illegal or high recruitment costs, unsafe working conditions, and unfair migration policies are addressed. And independent experts, both inside and outside the two countries, have expressed serious concerns over the proposal. Read more