Table UN human rights reports in parliament, says former UN envoy

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Judge Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says public must know recommendations by the Human Rights Council on Malaysia. Pic taken from FMT News.

Judge Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says public must know recommendations by the Human Rights Council on Malaysia. Pic taken from FMT News.

GEORGE TOWN: A former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Malaysia to raise and deliberate in its parliament the contents of two reports prepared by the world body on the state of human rights in the country.

Navi Pillay, who served as high commissioner from 2008 to 2014, said the recommendations and findings of the UN’s Human Rights Council need to be followed up on and appraised locally with a new report on the nation’s performance in the matter.

“Malaysia has been reviewed before the Human Rights Council (HRC) twice now (in 2009 and 2013.) That should be reported before parliament. It should be discussed,” she said.

Navi, who is also a former judge of the International Criminal Court, stressed that Malaysians need to be aware of the recommendations that their government told the HRC committee it would implement.

She said this in her keynote lecture during a forum titled ‘Affirmative Action in Malaysia – Who Gains? Who Loses?’ at the Penang Institute here last night. Also present as co-panellists were former Sabah state secretary Simon Sipaun, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan and chief economist of DM Analytics Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid. Read more

RUU Hadi akan bawa kesan buruk, kata kumpulan Kristian

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Persekutuan Kristian Malaysia mengeluarkan lembaran fakta RUU 355 dan kenapa perlu membantahnya, serta menggesa rakyat Malaysia melobi ahli Parlimen mereka undi menentang RUU itu. Pengerusi CFM, Eu Hong Sen berkata, cadangan pindaan itu hanya boleh dimulakan kerajaan selepas kajian menyeluruh mengenai kesannya ke atas semua lapisan masyarakat. -- Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

Persekutuan Kristian Malaysia mengeluarkan lembaran fakta RUU 355 dan kenapa perlu membantahnya, serta menggesa rakyat Malaysia melobi ahli Parlimen mereka undi menentang RUU itu. Pengerusi CFM, Eu Hong Sen berkata, cadangan pindaan itu hanya boleh dimulakan kerajaan selepas kajian menyeluruh mengenai kesannya ke atas semua lapisan masyarakat. — Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Rang undang-undang persendirian untuk meminda Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidang Kuasa Jenayah) 1965 atau RUU 355 akan membawa kesan buruk dan menjejaskan prinsip asas keadilan, kebebasan dan hak rakyat Malaysia, kata Persekutuan Kristian Malaysia (CFM).

Merujuk RUU persendirian yang dibawakan Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Pengerusi CFM, Eu Hong Sen berkata, cadangan pindaan itu hanya boleh dimulakan kerajaan selepas kajian menyeluruh mengenai kesannya ke atas semua lapisan masyarakat.

“Mereka perlu membincangkan (pindaan itu) dengan teliti dan bertanggungjawab serta secara terbuka dan jujur, tetapi ini tidak berlaku.

“Pindaan itu tidak patut menjadi domain umat Islam semata-mata. Ia juga tidak seharusnya dilihat sebagai tugas kompulsif umat Islam seperti ditegaskan presiden PAS yang mendakwa ia adalah ‘undang-undang Allah’,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan yang disertakan lembaran fakta mengenai RUU 355.

Dengan mendakwa undang-undang Islam sudah memberi kesan kepada kehidupan orang bukan Islam, CFM memberi contoh beberapa dekad lalu, daripada penggunaan perkataan yang dikhasnya untuk umat Islam dan kontroversi berterusan apa yang “halal” dan sebaliknya.

“Walaupun orang bukan Islam asyik diberi jaminan mereka tidak akan terjejas, ini tidak benar. Read more

Hadi’s Bill no longer just a Muslim issue, Christian group says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) urged all Malaysians today to speak up on a private member’s Bill intending to enhance the Shariah courts’ powers, insisting that it would bring “grave consequences” on everyone.

The Christian umbrella group said the proposed amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 would affect the fundamental principles of justice, freedoms and rights of all Malaysians.

“As such, they must be thoroughly and responsibly discussed openly and honestly. This has not happened,” CFM chairman Rev Dr Eu Hong Seng said in a statement here.

“The amendments proposed by Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill should no longer be solely in the domain of Muslims alone or a compulsive duty by Muslims as asserted by the PAS president, even to the extent of claiming this small element of the Shariah as ‘Divine Law’ which it is not.”

The group, which represents over 90 per cent of churches here, said the amendments should only be initiated by Putrajaya after a thorough study of its impact and gravity on Malaysians. Read more

NRD officer sentenced to 156 years total for turning Sulus into Malaysians

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Pic taken from the Star Online.

Pic taken from the Star Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — An administrative assistant at the National Registry Department (NRD) in Malacca has been sentenced to a total of 156 years for corruption and hacking when he changed the status of 22 Sulu Filipinos to Malaysians.

However, Ahmad Zakri Raman, 31, will only be spending 10 years behind bars as the Sessions Court ordered the sentences to run concurrently starting from the date of his arrest last September, Malay daily Harian Metro reported today.

According to the report, Ahmad pleaded guilty to 17 counts of accepting bribes amounting to RM88,000, a crime under Section 161 of the Penal Code.

He was also charged with 15 counts of hacking into the NRD system to change the 22 foreigners’ citizenship to Malaysian, an offence under Section 5(1) of the Computer Crimes Act 1997.

“With the accused pleading guilty, it saves the time and cost of the court, but I agree with the deputy public prosecutor that this involves a serious citizenship issue,” Judge Ahmad Sazali Omar was quoted as saying when meting out the sentence.

Ahmad Zakri was reported to have committed the crimes at the Jalan Hang Tuah Urban Transformation Centre in Malacca between March 2014 and April 2016.

Never too late to be an activist

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The first woman to head the KL Bar Committee says she was introduced to activism late in her career. Pic from FMT News.

The first woman to head the KL Bar Committee says she was introduced to activism late in her career. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Goh Siu Lin, who recently became the first woman to head the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee, describes herself as a “late bloomer” in the world of activism.

In an interview with FMT, she said she decided to become an activist only in 2009. By then, she had been practising law for more than 12 years.

The decision came after a flight to Johor Bahru.

“During the flight, I was seated next to an executive committee member of AWL (Association of Women Lawyers). She invited me to become a member.

“Joining AWL was an eye-opener for me. I attended a talk on feminist perspectives of the law, which transformed my thinking and how I viewed my role as a lawyer, a mother and wife.” Read more

Interfaith group tells MPs to reject RUU355

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — An interfaith group has urged lawmakers to oppose PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s proposed Bill to enhance Shariah punishments when it is tabled in the upcoming Parliament meeting.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) stressed that the Federal Constitution was secular, pointing out that Malaysia’s first three prime ministers stated that the country was a secular one.

“As the Bill will have far-reaching consequences for the nation, the MCCBCHST feels duty bound to challenge our elected representatives in Parliament to do their duty as required by their solemn oath to preserve and protect the Federal Constitution which embodies the secular status of our country,” MCCBCHST said in a statement today. Read more