KOTA KINABALU: A human rights advocate has urged the Election Commission (EC) to halt the ongoing re-delineation exercise in Sabah until the integrity of the current electoral rolls has been verified and established. “A proper study must be carried out to ensure that there are no bogus MyKads or illegal immigrants holding MyKads on the electoral rolls,” said Daniel John Jambun in a statement.
Jambun, who heads the UK-based Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (Bopim), was expressing fears in the wake of reports that the current 60 state seats will be increased by 12 new constituencies to make a total of 72. “Most NGOs have worked out that at least 12 of the existing 60 state seats were suspect.”
“The integrity of these 12 old seats must be settled first.”
Jambun recalled that there were only 48 state seats in 1994 i.e. 20 Orang Asal, 8 Chinese and 20 Muslim. “By the next state election, the 20 Muslim seats had increased to 32 seats.” Read more
Source: Sarawak Report
MIRI – The struggle by the Baram villagers in resisting the proposed Baram dam has finally paid off. The gazette extinguishing the native rights of ownership for the land earmarked for the dam site and its reservoir has been officially revoked. The lawyer for the Baram villagers, Mr. Harrison Ngau was being notified of the revocation by the State Legal Office in the State Attorney General Office in a letter dated 15th March 2016. Based on that letter, the gazette was repealed and published in the Sarawak Government Gazette on the 18th of February 2016.
The gazette for securing the land for the dam site was published on the 5th of September 2013 while the gazette for acquiring the land which would be flooded by the dam reservoir was published on the 26th of January 2015. With those gazettes, the land belonging to 20,000 people from 26 to 30 villagers were taken from them with the power of the Sarawak land Code Section 5 (3) & (4). The lands include their villages, farms, cemeteries and reserve land known as pulau galau. Villagers from Long Keseh, Na’ah and Long Tap sued the government of Sarawak for this for extinguishing their rights. With this new development, the right of the villagers on the native lands is being reinstated. They therefore can enter and use their land legally. Read more
Source: The Malay Mail Online
Komas Director Jerald Joseph – TMI file pic
PETALING JAYA, March 21 — The “trend” of racialising criminality indicates increasing racial discrimination in Malaysia, a human rights group said today.
Pusat Komas was referring to the brawl at Low Yat Plaza and demonstration at Kota Raya last year, where incidents of mobile phone theft and cheating at the respective malls in the city centre had turned into racially charged issues.
“In 2015, a new trend of racial discrimination became evident when several incidents of criminal acts were used to justify racial discrimination and stir up unrest among different races,” Pusat Komas said in its inaugural report on racial discrimination here today. Read more
Source: The Malay Mail Online
According to Cenbet’s survey released last week, Malaysians in the peninsular are categorised as ‘average or selectively racist’. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) today revived calls on the federal government to introduce fresh legislation outlawing hate speech and discrimination, saying the laws were necessary to end racism here.
The commission also urged Putrajaya to accede to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), an accord that would compel Malaysia to enact such laws in order to eliminate racial discrimination and promote understanding among races.
“Malaysia continues to be confronted with evidence that it is still far from realising the goal of inter-ethnic, racial and religious harmony that our founding fathers had strived to achieve,” Suhakam said in a statement issued in conjunction with the International Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day today. Read more