Suhakam: More than 100 die in Malaysian immigration detention camps in past two years

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Suhakam’s Jerald Joseph says the number of deaths is too many and is shocking and it calls for the overhaul of the system. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Suhakam’s Jerald Joseph says the number of deaths is too many and is shocking and it calls for the overhaul of the system. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 ― More than one hundred foreigners died in the past two years in Malaysia’s immigration detention centres from various diseases and unknown causes, according to documents from the government-funded National Human Rights Commission reviewed by Reuters.

The toll, which has not been previously disclosed, is based on Malaysian immigration department data provided to the commission, which is known by its Malay acronym Suhakam. There were 83 deaths in 2015, and at least 35 in 2016 up to December 20.

It is unclear whether the death rate is higher than in neighbouring countries. Government officials in Indonesia and Thailand told Reuters they do not disclose such numbers. The rate is higher than in major industrialized nations such as the United States, which in the last financial year recorded 10 deaths in its immigration detention system, which has many more detainees than Malaysia’s.

More than half of the 118 dead are from Myanmar, the source for tens of thousands of refugees coming to Malaysia, including Rohingya Muslims escaping persecution by Myanmar’s authorities and its majority Buddhist population. The number of Rohingya fatalities in the camps is unknown. Read more

PAS undeterred by government decision on shariah bill

Source: FMT News

Vice-president Idris Ahmad says the party will continue its fight till judgement day. Pic from FMT News.

Vice-president Idris Ahmad says the party will continue its fight till judgement day. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS today vowed to continue pushing for heavier penalties for shariah offences, a day after Prime Minister Najib Razak said the government would not table a bill to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act as announced ealier.

“We will fight for it till judgement day,” PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad told reporters at the Parliament today.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang tabled the bill, also known as Act 355, seeking to increase the maximum punishment on offences under shariah to 30 years’ jail, 100 lashes of the cane, and RM100,000 fine.

Idris brushed aside suggestions that the government’s decision would affect the party’s ties with Umno, saying there had never been one to begin with. Read more

Kenyataan Solidariti bersama Siti Noor Aishah – Joint Statement

 Dated 30 March 2017
Kami, yang menyokong kenyataan ini, memandang serius akan perkembangan semasa melibatkan kes Siti Nor Aishah yang ditahan di bawah Akta SOSMA kerana dituduh memiliki 12 judul bahan bacaan haram yang berkaitan dengan kumpulan pengganas.
 
Siti Nor Aishah juga ditahan beberapa kali di bawah beberapa Akta Pencegahan Jenayah (POCA) serta dikenakan tahanan rumah selama dua tahun serta pengasingan sendiri.
 
Perkembangan semasa rejim Najib Razak yang melakukan pemerasan budaya terhadap pekerja budaya dan seni kebelakangan ini menggunakan pelbagai Akta yang menindas amat membimbangkan dan kami, menolak sekeras-kerasnya perbudakan budaya dalam memeras kegiatan seni budaya warga.
 
#SetiakawanMelawan! #MansuhSOSMA!
 
Jika anda mahu bersama untuk mendukung kenyataan ini, sila masukkan nama kolektif / individu di bawah. Sebarkan!

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Constitution – the litmus test of validity — Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

FORMER Chief Justice Tun Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim is reported to have stated at a forum that “Islamic law takes precedence over civil legislation in Malaysia”.

According to him, “just like laws that contradicted the Federal Constitution would be void, those that went against Islamic law’s main sources – the Quran and Sunnah – would also be void”.

Most respectfully this remarkable, revolutionary view of our legal system has no basis in the constitutional, legal, political, social, economic and historical reality of post-Merdeka Malaya and especially post-1963 Malaysia. Sabah and Sarawak will be alarmed by this view. If these thoughts were merely a prayer and an aspiration, that would be legitimate but then Tun Fairuz should have said that he was expressing a personal vision of what ought to be, not what is. His speech is likely to confuse many students of constitutional law.
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Malaysia: Reject Security Bill Extension – Let Abusive Detention Provision Lapse

Source: Human Rights Watch

(Bangkok) – The Malaysian government’s proposal to extend its authority to detain security suspects for 28 days violates the right to prompt judicial review, Human Rights Watch said today. The provision of the 2012 Security Offenses (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) that allows senior police officials to detain people without charge to investigate “security offenses” will lapse on July 31, 2017, if not renewed by parliament.

“Since 2012, Malaysian authorities have repeatedly used the security offenses law to pursue a political agenda of detaining outspoken activists without charge,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director. “Parliament should recognize the harm this detention provision causes both for ordinary Malaysians and for Malaysia’s reputation abroad, and reject it before further damage is done.”

Section 4(5) of SOSMA, which the government is seeking to reauthorize for another five years, permits detention for 28 days without any judicial oversight, violating international human rights standards for prompt judicial review. Although the law provides that no one is to be arrested “solely for his political belief or political activity,” it defines “political activity” narrowly, leaving room for authorities to arrest and detain people for other forms of peaceful political activity. Read more