Suhakam to hold public inquiry into missing 4

Source: The Malaysian Insight

A banner by activist group CAGED showing the four people who have disappeared under mysterious circumstance, (from left) social activist Amri Che Mat, Pastor Raymond Koh, and Pastor Joshua Hilmi and wife, Ruth. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, October 10, 2017.

THE Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will hold a public inquiry into the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh, social activist Amri Che Mat and Pastor Joshua Hilmi and wife, Ruth, beginning October 19.

It said today that the inquiry panel would be chaired by Mah Weng Kwai, with Dr Aishah Bidin and Dr Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh as members.

“To date, Suhakam has recorded 35 statements from witnesses of the cases and the inquiry process is aimed at finding answers and guidance on the situation,” it said.

Koh, 62, went missing after he was abducted by a group of men in a convoy on February 13, while Amri, 44, was reported missing since last year.

Joshua and his wife were last seen by friends in November last year before disappearing without a trace.

According to the statement, the inquiry was to determine whether the cases were defined under the International Convention for Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances or were cases of voluntary disappearance in breach of criminal or civil law and, or human rights law. Read more

Kassim Ahmad: Loving granddad, prolific writer, cili padi activist

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Kassim Ahmad: Loving granddad, prolific writer, cili padi activist

Kassim Ahmad and wife Shariffah Fawziah Syed Yussoff Alsagoff pictured when they were young parents. – The Malaysian Insight pic, October 10, 2017.

DR Kassim Ahmad, the renowned Malay intellectual and author, was brave because he believed he had the truth on his side, his widow said.

Shariffah Fawziah Syed Yussoff Alsagoff, 79, said her husband had been called a communist and other names just because others feared his non-mainstream views.

“But he always had the courage to face his critics because the truth was on his side.“He knew what he was doing because he had read, studied, and done his research,” she told The Malaysian Insight.

Kassim, 84, died at 10am today at Kulim Hospital in Kedah near their home at the Kulim Golf and Country Resort after slipping into a coma yesterday. Read more

Abolition of the Mandatory Death Penalty – No More Delay! — Malaysian Bar

Press Release

Abolition of the Mandatory Death Penalty — No More Delay!

The World Day against the Death Penalty is commemorated on 10 October each year.

In Malaysia, the death penalty is mandatory for persons convicted of murder, trafficking in narcotics of various amounts, and discharging a firearm in the commission of various crimes (even where no one is hurt).

The Malaysian Bar has been, and remains, in the frontline of the battle to uphold and preserve the rule of law, fundamental constitutional rights, the administration of justice, and law and order. In this regard, we have consistently called for the abolition of the death penalty. The Malaysian Bar at its Annual or Extraordinary General Meetings in 1985, 2006, 2012 and 2015 passed resolutions condemning the death penalty and/or calling for its abolition.

The campaign to abolish the death penalty is not meant to confer licence to commit serious crimes with impunity.  Persons convicted of serious crimes must receive proportionate punishment.  But this does not mean that they therefore ought to die. Read more

High Court upholds verdict police beatings led to Karuna Nithi’s death

Source: Malaysiakini

The High Court in Seremban has upheld a coroner’s court’s open verdict that police detainee P Karuna Nithi’s death was due to beatings by police and other detainees.

Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin rejected the judicial review application filed by the government, saying there is no ground to overturn the coroner’s findings.

“This judgement is made after reviewing the inquest record proceedings, as well as taking into consideration the arguments made by the lawyer representing the victim’s family, as well as the lawyer representing the Bar Council.

“I also reviewed and studied the relevant case facts and found that there is no ground to nullify the judgement made by the coroner’s court in the inquest two years ago,” Muhammad Jamil was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times. Read more