Source: Lawyer Herald
Amnesty International Malaysia had condemned the impending ‘last minute’ execution of Gunasegar Pitchaymuthu scheduled for March 25, 2016. — File pic
Malaysian authorities “secretly” executed three inmates convicted for murders Friday. According to the representing attorney for the three inmates, their families were only notified two days before their execution.
Attorney Palaya Rengaiah, the lawyer for Gunasegar Pitchaymuthu, 35, Ramesh Jayakumar, 34, and his brother Sasivarnam Jayakumar, 37, said the three men were told on Thursday, that they will be executed the next day, the Guardian reported. “The execution was done between 4:30 and 5:30 this morning. They were hanged to death,” Rengaiah said. Read more
Source: The Malay Mail Online
BY JAHABERDEEN MOHAMED YUNOOS
MARCH 28 — In the midst of confusion surrounding the business of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), there appears to be bemusement among some sectors of the public on what a “whistleblower” is in law.
A whistleblower, in law, is not someone who whistles loudly any tune or music he wants in public with the purported motive of disclosing a wrongdoing by some government department. If that was the legal position, then any number of government agencies can be vilified and undermined in public on the pretext of whistleblowing — as in the case of trial by media.
Likewise, writing a blog article for example, based on so-called inside information, to disclose a purported wrong by say, a minister or a ministry, also does not qualify as whistleblowing in law.
Contrary to his expectations, the blog writer could end up committing various crimes and may even face potential civil liability if his accusations of wrongdoings are levelled at individuals.
For this reason and reasons that follow herein, I am surprised why quite a few refer to the Sarawak Report as a “whistleblowing site” because, at best, what are reported are allegations which are not proven in accordance with the law. Read more