Survey: Nearly three-quarters Malays still clueless about RUU355

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Rafizi Ramli speaks to members of the media during a press conference at the INVOKESpace in Kuala Lumpur March 23, 2017. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

Rafizi Ramli speaks to members of the media during a press conference at the INVOKESpace in Kuala Lumpur March 23, 2017. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 — A total of 30,173, or 70.1 per cent of the 43,030 Malay or Bumiputera voters polled in a recent survey were oblivious of a Bill seeking to allow harsher punishments by Shariah courts, a study revealed today.

In addition, among Malays who said they will vote for Islamist party PAS in the next general elections, more than half, at 54.3 per cent said they didn’t know about the Bill also known by its Malay acronym RUU355.

Of those who knew about the Bill, Invoke Centre for Policy Initiatives (I-CPI) showed that only less than half, or 44.4 per cent, found it to be a “very important” factor in deciding their votes.

“Exactly 3,240 or 25.2 per cent of the 12,857 people who knew about the Bill said answered ‘not important’ to this question while 30.4 per cent did not answer,” Invoke founder and Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli told a news conference. Read more

‘Superman’ Hew released on police bail

Source: FMT News

Pic from FMT News.

Pic from FMT News.

GEORGE TOWN: Former DAP member Hew Kuan Yau has been released on police bail after the three-day remand order expired today. He had been detained at the district police lock-up in Kulai, Johor.

Hew’s wife, Shannon Lew told FMT he was released from police custody at 12.55pm.

Lew also said Hew had finally broken his fast by having a bowl of curry mee, upon her insistence.

Hew, who goes by the nickname “Superman”, had earlier vowed to go on a hunger strike following his arrest.

Yesterday, police sent Hew to the hospital for a check-up following his hunger strike. He was given a clean bill of health and sent back to the police lock-up. Read more

WAO: Why criminalising marital rape is important

Source: FMT News

WAO executive director says Penal Code must be amended to include the crime of marital rape, otherwise women who are raped by their husbands will stay silent, pic from FMT News.

WAO executive director says Penal Code must be amended to include the crime of marital rape, otherwise women who are raped by their husbands will stay silent, pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) says not recognising marital rape as a crime trivialises the fundamental issue of consent, even in marriage.

The organisation added that as long as marital rape is not recognised as a crime, many women would remain silent after being raped by their husbands.

“A high percentage of women who have faced rape in marriage do not report it because we as a society do not see it as rape and the law does not recognise it as a crime,” said the organisation’s executive director Sumitra Visvanathan.

She acknowledged that under the current Penal Code, the act of a husband causing hurt to his wife with the purpose of soliciting sex is an offence under Section 375A. Read more

Banned from Parliament lobby? Not the first… and likely not the last time media faces problems there

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Members of the media are not allowed to cross the red tape and into the lobby in Parliament. — Picture by Azneal Ishak for the MMO.

Members of the media are not allowed to cross the red tape and into the lobby in Parliament. — Picture by Azneal Ishak for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 ― Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia’s decision to banish reporters from Parliament’s lobby area on Tuesday is not the first time media coverage has been restricted in the august House.

In 2008, the Speaker issued a similar ban but this was lifted after a huge outcry from members of the media.

Here, Malay Mail Online lists three other times journalists faced obstacles while trying to do their jobs covering proceedings in Parliament. Read more

Rape at detention centre: Malacca CM wants thorough probe

Source: FMT News

Idris Haron says no stone must be left unturned as doubts raised over details in Thai woman's claim of being raped by an immigration department officer. Pic from FMT News.

Idris Haron says no stone must be left unturned as doubts raised over details in Thai woman’s claim of being raped by an immigration department officer. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron says a comprehensive probe must be carried out as questions emerge over a Thai masseuse’s claim that she was raped at the Machap Umboo detention centre in the state.

According to media reports, the 32-year-old woman told her younger sister that she had been raped by an immigration department officer after being detained following a raid on a massage centre on March 7.

However, The Star said today that doubts were surfacing as her 28-year-old sister only lodged a police report on March 21. This was despite the incident allegedly occurring on March 9.

According to the report, investigators are now looking into every possibility.

“A comprehensive probe must be carried out and the proper action must be taken if there has been any wrongdoing,” Idris was quoted as saying. Read more

Custodial deaths: This time, heads must roll!

Source: Astro Awani

In Malaysia, the number of deaths in police custody is significantly high and has become a matter of public concern and scrutiny. Photo for illustration purpose

In Malaysia, the number of deaths in police custody is significantly high and has become a matter of public concern and scrutiny. Photo for illustration purpose

KUALA LUMPUR: On March 20, another custodial death has allegedly taken place in Tapah prison in Perak.

R. Siva, 30 was supposed to have been released on March 20 but when a family member went to the prison to bring him home, he learnt the unbelievable: the detainee had died and his body taken to the Tapah Hospital, awaiting post-mortem.

As news of his death in police lock up resurfaced, one can expect the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) to dutifully announce that the agency would investigate the matter.

It is only the first-quarter of the year and already four custodial deaths have been reported, to date.

The EAIC had reportedly confirmed several weeks ago that it has formed a task force aimed at investigating the deaths of two inmates — Soh Kai Chiok at the Bera district police headquarters in Pahang on Jan 18 and S. Balamurugan at the Klang Utara district police headquarters in Selangor — on Feb 8.

This was followed by the investigation of M.Thanaseelan at the Bukit Sentosa police station lock up in Hulu Selangor on Feb 25. Read more