Waiting 30 years, woman says unfair that Zakir Naik gets PR

Source: FMT News

Sandra Monteiro, born and adopted as a baby, laments foreigners getting PR status ahead of stateless people like her, who are denied only due to some technicality. Pic from FMT News.

Sandra Monteiro, born and adopted as a baby, laments foreigners getting PR status ahead of stateless people like her, who are denied only due to some technicality. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A stateless woman is shocked that foreigners in Malaysia can easily be granted permanent residence (PR) status while her rights have been denied even though she was born here.

Sandra Monteiro claimed it was unfair that Zakir Naik, a controversial Islamic preacher, was granted PR status five years ago, according to a recent report.

“It is very unfair to me and the rest of the stateless people staying in Malaysia, who have been trying for many years to be acknowledged and to get hold of PR status,” she said.

Monteiro, 39, lamented the fact that Naik and other foreigners from Bangladesh and Indonesia were able to obtain their PR status easily while her request for citizenship was rejected. Read more

Suhakam launches independent probe into four missing activists

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail says the rights watchdog has been urged to assist the families of the missing four activists in investigating and locating them. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail says the rights watchdog has been urged to assist the families of the missing four activists in investigating and locating them. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 ― The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will carry out its own investigation into the disappearance of three pastors and a social activist who have all been missing for months.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said the rights watchdog has been urged to assist the families of the missing four in investigating and locating them, as well as to serve as a “channel of communication” between the families, the police and government.

“Suhakam joins in the concern of all parties and will conduct an independent investigation into the matter in line with its statutory mandate,” he said in a statement today.

Suhakam’s statement come after it received a memorandum from local human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and other groups on behalf of the families of the missing four.

Today, Suhakam stressed that everyone has the right to not be arbitirarily deprived of their life; the right to be protected against torture, and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment; the right to liberty and security; and the right to respect for family life. Read more