No objection from cops over Dayak’s peaceful assembly over NCR land issues

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Nov 1 ― The police have no problem with the Dayak community’s peaceful assembly here on November 13 to express frustration over many unresolved issues relating to native customary rights (NCR) land, organisers said today.

Deputy chairman of the organising committee Nicholas Bawin said Kuching district police chief ACP Abang Ahmad Abang Julai conveyed the message in a meeting with them on Monday.

“Therefore, we are happy that the police are giving their cooperation for us to hold the assembly at the Kuching Waterfront,” he told reporters.

Bawin, who is a former deputy president of the Council of Customs and Traditions of the Dayak community, invites all the Dayak landowners to come to the assembly and listen to speeches by community leaders and NCR land lawyers. Read more

ISA detentions: I accept the blame, says Mahathir

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he accepted the blame for the detention of political prisoners under the now-repealed Internal Security Act (ISA), even though it was not his decision.

In a blog post today, he said the first thing he had done upon becoming prime minister was to order the release of 21 prisoners under the ISA because he had never liked the idea of detention without trial.

“I had hoped that during my tenure as prime minister, I would not have to detain anyone,” he added.

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman said he had even asked the police if the country could do without the ISA. Read more

It was murder in prison, Shashikumar inquest told

Source: FMT News

JOHOR BHARU: The inquest into the death of S Shashikumar, who was found hanged at the Kluang prison on May 22, 2015, ended yesterday before coroner Kamarudin Kamsom.

Lawyers P Waythamoorthy and Karthigesan Shanmugam, who appeared for the family of Shashikumar, submitted that he had died either of strangulation or hanging by person or persons unknown.

Waytha told the inquest that there was a cover up of the murder and that the prison and police officers who had investigated the death of Shashikumar had done a very poor job.

He said the officers who gave evidence were evasive in their answers and that many questions had been left unanswered, including about a drug ring in the prison. Read more