The current state of human rights in Malaysia – Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari

Source: Malaysiakini

BY KUTHUBUL ZAMAN BUKHARI

The federal constitution of Malaysia provides guarantees and safeguards of the various fundamental rights and liberties of its citizens and people. These fundamental rights and liberties can be found in Articles 5 to 13 of the federal constitution. Though these rights are clearly enshrined in our constitution, of late, there has been a total breakdown in the rule of law and these rights have openly been trampled by those in power.

In a year where a major corruption scandal came to light and the persecution of opposition leaders and activists, 2015 saw a steep plummet in the Malaysian government’s respect for human rights. In an effort to hush up any criticisms, the powers that be have intensified their crackdown on the freedoms of the Malaysian people.

Article 8 (1) of the federal constitution provides that all persons are equal before the law and are entitled to its equal protection. However, are the laws applied equally to everyone in Malaysia?? It comes to no surprise that the answer to that question is a resounding “No”. Read more

Sarawak natives win fight to regain land taken for Baram dam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

This picture taken on November 16, 2013 shows a banner reading 'Stop Baram Dam' are seen on the main entrance near the first blockade camp of the proposed dam on the Baram River in Long Lama, in Sarawak. — AFP pic

This picture taken on November 16, 2013 shows a banner reading ‘Stop Baram Dam’ are seen on the main entrance near the first blockade camp of the proposed dam on the Baram River in Long Lama, in Sarawak. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 — Sarawak villagers have won their bid to regain native customary land that had been earmarked for the construction of the Baram dam, according to their lawyers.

The decision meant that the nearly 20,000 villagers from up to 30 villages will now be allowed to re-enter the land that had previously been gazetted for acquisition under Sarawak Land Code to facilitate the mega-dam in the state.

The lawyer representing the group, Harrison Ngau, was informed by the state Attorney-General’s Office on March 15 that the two gazettes issued in 2013 and 2015 for the acquisition were repealed in February.

“I congratulate the people of Baram for this great success and I pray that they will continue to fight for their rights and protection of the environment,” Peter Kallang, the chairman of the SAVE Rivers conservation group, said in a statement. Read more