Misuse of enforcement and investigative powers must cease — The Malaysian Bar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

APRIL 13 ― The Malaysian Bar is perturbed by the apparent misuse of enforcement powers, as recently seen in two incidents: the raid by Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Department, “JAWI”) at the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, and the arrest of the Member of Parliament for Pandan, YB Mohd Rafizi Ramli at the gates of Parliament.

It has been reported that on 3 April 2016, JAWI officers entered a closed-door charity dinner event organised by the transgender community in the hotel ballroom.  Accompanied by the press, the JAWI officers allegedly disrupted the event, blocked all the exits, behaved menacingly, and prevented people from leaving the ballroom.  They appeared to have been preparing to arrest the attendees. Read more

Child marriages: Teo slams Azizah but praises Nancy

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has a moral obligation to fulfil the United Nations resolution on child marriages, insists DAP lawmaker Teo Nie Ching.

In saying this, Teo criticised Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Azizah Mohd Dun, for her dismissive stance on the UN resolution to end child, early or forced marriages, which Malaysia adopted at the Human Rights Council in 2013.

“(Azizah Mohd Dun) gave a brush-off by saying the UN resolution ‘is not binding’ when being questioned when the government is going to fulfil our promise to end child marriages during the debate of the bill,” Teo said.

“Even if the resolution is not legally binding, don’t we have a moral obligation to fulfil it? Is adopting the UN resolution to end child marriage merely diplomatic hypocrisy, or does our government really have the political will to honour its words?” Read more

May 27 hearing for whistleblowing Islamic college CEO’s bid to prevent suspension

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Institut Profesional Baitulmal CEO, Syed Omar Syed Agil arriving at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, January 4, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 ― The High Court here will next month hear the bid by Baitulmal Professional Institute (IPB) CEO Dr Syed Omar Syed Agil to prevent the suspension of his position by the college.

His lawyer Ida Daniella Zulkifli told reporters that May 27 will be the hearing of both Syed Omar’s application for a temporary court order blocking his suspension as well as his lawsuit.

“May 27 at 3pm for the hearing of the interim injunction and for the originating summons,” she said.

The case came up for case management before High Court judge Datuk John Louis’ O Hara, where IPB Sdn Bhd was represented by Nooron Aini Zakaria.

Last December 16, Syed Omar had filed his lawsuit or the originating summons against IPB’s operator Institut Profesional Baitumal Sdn Bhd, seeking to stop the latter from continuing to suspend him and continuing with an internal probe against him. Read more

Court upholds sabotage charge against 1MDB critic

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan, formerly from Umno, and his lawyer Matthias Chang were charged on October 12 with attempting to sabotage the country’s economy, financial and banking system after lodging reports against 1MDB with foreign authorities. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — A High Court today rejected an application by Datuk Khairuddin Hassan to set aside the criminal charges against him for lodging reports abroad against 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

High Court judge Datuk Nordin Hassan in his ruling said the court had no jurisdiction to decide on matters pertaining to the appointment of Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, which Khairuddin had raised in his application.

The judge pointed out to the court that the AG’s appointment is the decision of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“In line with that, seeing as the application was about the appointment (of the AG), the preliminary objection is allowed,” Nordin said, referring to objections raised by the public prosecutor against Khairuddin’s application.

“The application is rejected,” the judge added. Read more