Special team to probe false ICs in Sabah

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PUTRAJAYA: A special team will be set up to investigate syndicates issuing false identity cards in Sabah.

This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman in a joint statement in conjunction with the meeting of the steering committee on the Management of Foreign Nationals in Sabah (JKPWAS-Induk), held in Putrajaya today.

The statement said that the government viewed seriously cases of false identity cards being issued and distributed by certain syndicates.

In order to intensify enforcement, the government via the Committee on the Management of Foreign Nationals in Sabah (JKPWAS) decided on the formation of a special team to investigate the matter in detail, especially recent cases in Sandakan and Tawau.

“A more comprehensive investigation must be initiated until the individuals acting as the real masterminds can be identified and legal action taken,” the statement said. Read more

DAP: EC’s second notice on redelineation unconstitutional

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DAP election strategist Ong Kian Ming questions the urgency with which the Election Commission seems to be pushing for this second public display minus Selangor. Pic taken from FMT News.

DAP election strategist Ong Kian Ming questions the urgency with which the Election Commission seems to be pushing for this second public display minus Selangor. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The move by the Election Commission (EC) to publish the second round of the public display for the 2016 constituency delimitation exercise is “unprecedented and unconstitutional”, says DAP’s Ong Kian Ming.

The Serdang MP said the noticFe, which was published in various newspapers as well as a federal government Gazette yesterday, is unconstitutional because it excludes the parliamentary and state seats in the state of Selangor in the second public display.

“This is unprecedented in the history of delimitation exercises in Malaysia.

“According to Article 113 (6) of the Federal Constitution, there shall be separate reviews undertaken in each delimitation exercise for the States of Malaya and for each of the States of Sabah and Sarawak.

“The Federal Constitution also clearly states that the delimitation exercise for the States of Malaya (or ‘Tanah Melayu’) – in other words, Peninsular Malaysia – must be undertaken as a single unit of review,” he said in a statement today. Read more

Amend MACC Act to give investigators more bite, says MP

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 10, 2015.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 10, 2015.

PETALING JAYA: DAP lawmaker Teo Nie Ching says it’s time for the government to amend the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act to give greater investigative powers to the commission.

Teo’s call follows news yesterday that over half of government officers found guilty of graft were under the age of 40.

MACC statistics show that between 2014 and 2016, a total of 2,329 arrests were made for graft and that 54% of them were individuals aged 40 and below. Of that number, 50% comprised civil servants.

“We have cases where junior government officers and clerks can afford to buy the latest iPhone models and drive expensive cars.

“Their flashy lifestyle does not match their measly pay as young officers and administrative assistants under the government pay scale,” MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil was quoted as saying by The Sun Daily.

In a statement today, Teo, who is DAP assistant national publicity secretary, said under the current MACC Act, possessing luxury items was not an offence unless the items were obtained through corrupt means. Read more

Selangor goes to apex court over Sisters in Islam ‘fatwa’ ruling

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Selangor Islamic religious authorities to apply for leave to appeal in the Federal Court following Court of Appeal ruling that civil court can hear a challenge to a ‘fatwa’. Pic taken from FMT News.

Selangor Islamic religious authorities to apply for leave to appeal in the Federal Court following Court of Appeal ruling that civil court can hear a challenge to a ‘fatwa’. Pic taken from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor government and its state religious authorities are going to the Federal Court to appeal a ruling that the civil court has jurisdiction to hear a constitutional challenge to a “fatwa” (religious edict).

Lawyer Farhan Haziq said this decision was conveyed by Selangor state legal adviser Nik Suhaimi Nik Sulaiman to High Court deputy registrar Nazlin Othman during case management today .

“They will also apply for a stay of proceedings in the High Court pending the outcome in the Federal Court,” said the lawyer who appeared for Islamic non-governmental organisation Sisters in Islam (SIS) and two others.

The next case management has been fixed for April 10.

The Selangor authorities have to first file a leave to appeal application before the apex court determines whether there is merit to hear the merits of the case.

On March 2, the Court of Appeal said the civil court had jurisdiction to hear SIS’ complaint. Read more

UN expert urges states to work toward cyber surveillance treaty

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As violations on online privacy increases, more needs to be done to enhance protection against surveillance -- pic taken from FMT News

As violations on online privacy increases, more needs to be done to enhance protection against cyber-surveillance — pic taken from FMT News

NEW YORK: The world needs an international treaty to protect people’s privacy from unfettered cybersurveillance, which is being pushed by populist politicians preying on fear of terrorism, according to a UN report debated on Wednesday.

The report, submitted to the UN Human Rights Council by the UN independent expert on privacy, Joe Cannataci, said traditional privacy safeguards such as rules on phone tapping were outdated in the digital age.

“It’s time to start reclaiming cyberspace from the menace of over-surveillance,” Cannataci told the Council.

With governments worldwide demanding data from firms such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter, it did not make sense to rely entirely on US legal safeguards, and creating an “international warrant” for data access or surveillance would unify global standards, he said.

“What the world needs is not more state-sponsored shenanigans on the Internet but rational, civilized agreement about appropriate state behavior in cyberspace,” the report said. “This is not utopia. This is cold, stark reality.” Read more

Azmin: We will challenge EC’s bid to exclude Selangor in redelineation exercise

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — The Selangor government will challenge in court if the Election Commission (EC) insists on leaving out the state in its redelineation exercise for Peninsular Malaysia, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said today.

Azmin said he was informed of the EC’s issuing yesterday of a new notice to submit its proposed redelineation plans to the prime minister and to Parliament without including Selangor, a move which he said is unlawful.

“In fact I was told they have decided to exclude Selangor in that entire exercise and that is against the law. And we will appeal, we will object if they continue to submit the review without Selangor,” he told reporters at the court complex here. Read more

Anti-Trump resistance: A lesson for Malaysians

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DAP's Ong Kian Ming says strong institutions make vigorous checks and balances possible in the US. Pic from FMT News.

DAP’s Ong Kian Ming says strong institutions make vigorous checks and balances possible in the US. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming has urged Malaysians to learn from the resistance put up by the American media and civic groups against US President Donald Trump.

He said Malaysians should aspire to become like those Americans who were challenging the Trump administration.

“The civil societies and independent media are reacting to what Trump is doing and we can see the check and balance happening in his administration,” Ong said yesterday at a forum at the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights in Bangsar.

The forum discussed an executive order that Trump signed on Monday to block citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. It was a revision of an earlier order that provoked protests at American airports and elsewhere and was ultimately blocked by a federal appeals court. Read more