Kassim Ahmad to initiate contempt proceedings if Shariah charges remain

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

Kassim Ahmad (pic) has won in the civil courts in his legal challenge against Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Jawi and the government of Malaysia over his arrest and prosecution in the Shariah courts. Pic by The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad has warned Shariah prosecutors to drop charges against him next Monday, or face court proceedings for being in contempt of the Court of Appeal and Federal Court’s rulings in his favour.

In a letter yesterday, Kassim’s lawyers told Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) director Paimuzi Yahya and Jawi’s Federal Territories chief Syarie prosecutor Mohammad Adib Husain that they should halt his prosecution and release three individuals from their role as his bailors when the case comes up in the Putrajaya Shariah court again next Monday. Read more

Suaram: Time for inquiry into Scorpene scandal and murder of Altantuya

Source: FMT News 

KUALA LUMPUR: With the indictment of Abdul Razak Baginda over graft allegations by a French court, Suaram wants a full public inquiry into the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu and the motive for her murder.

It also wants the inquiry to cover the allegations of commissions paid for the purchase of Scorpene submarines by Malaysia from the French.

Razak Baginda was an aide of then defence minister and current Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Suaram adviser Kua Kia Soong said in a statement today: “The prosecution of the (murder) case has been tardy from the start, with the failure to establish the motive for Altantuya’s murder being the most questionable of all. Read more

Lawyer: MP’s suit against Pandikar to uphold Parliament’s dignity

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Lawyer N Surendran has taken Azalina Othman Said to task for criticising a PKR MP who filed a suit against the Dewan Rakyat speaker over the rejection of questions related to 1MDB.

Surendran said it was “shocking and without precedent” for the minister to have lashed out at Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian, as the right of access to courts and justice is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.

“Far from undermining Parliament as alleged by Azalina, Hee’s legal action is intended to uphold the dignity and role of Parliament, which is to scrutinise the actions of the executive.

“The rejection of the 1MDB questions was unconstitutional and undermined the proper functioning of Parliament,” he said in a statement today.

Yesterday, Azalina who is a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said Hee’s action had tarnished the good name of the Dewan Rakyat. Read more

Bar split on how hard it should fight judges’ term extensions

Source: The Malaysian Insight 

LAWYERS at the Malaysian Bar EGM yesterday were divided on how far they should take their objections to the term extensions of Chief Justice Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudun.

The lawyers told The Malaysian Insight a pair of resolutions proposed by Subang MP Sivarasa Rasiah in response to the extension of Raus and Zuklefli’s services on the bench was the subject of much debate.

Should the two judges accept the terms extension, Sivarasa proposed that all counsel apply to seek their recusal, and if such application fails, that all counsel decline to appear before them; and so long as they remain in office as chief justice and president of the Court of Appeal after attaining the age of 66 years and 6 months, Raus and Zulkefli will not be invited to any Malaysian Bar functions and events. Members of the Bar are also advised to decline social interaction with them.

Sivarasa confirmed such were his proposals at the EGM but declined to elaborate. Read more

For Malaysian mum trapped in China, son trumps freedom

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — A Malaysian mother barred from leaving China due to her efforts to recover her twice-abducted child said she does not regret her actions.

Instead, she spoke of her determination to fight the ban and regain their freedom to leave China and return home.

Cheng Chau Yang, 42, told Malay Mail Online of the events stretching back years that led to the ongoing travel ban against her and her eight-year-old Malaysian child, and her continued struggle to keep her child with her.

Cheng married a Chinese national in 2004 and had a son in July 2009, but the marriage was described by Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) and her family’s lawyer as “abusive”, with Cheng suffering both verbal and physical abuse. Read more

Anti-bullying task force to be set up – PAR

Source: Astro Awani

According to him, PAR had received 1,876 complaints of bullying and gangsterism in schools nationwide from the beginning of last year until February this year.Astro Awani pic.

KUALA LUMPUR: A non-governmental organisation will set up an Anti-Bullying Task Force (ABTF) to handle bullying and discipline cases in schools, especially among Indian students.

Pertubuhan Pusat Aduan Rakyat Malaysia (PAR) president, Datuk A. Chandrakumanan said besides PAR members, the special team will also be composed of officials from the Ministry of Education and the Royal Malaysia Police.

“The ABTF was established via the ‘Say No’ to Bullying in Schools and Student Circles programme, scheduled to be launched by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar at the Police Training Centre here on August 10,” he said at a press conference here today. Read more