Ex-Bar president ‘vindicated’ by Indira ruling

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Param Cumaraswamy says judges rose to the occasion in accepting the basic structure doctrine which he along with others had struggled for 40 years ago. Image from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A former Malaysian Bar president today hailed the acceptance of the basic structure doctrine as part of Malaysian law, following the Federal Court ruling to set aside the conversion certificates of M Indira Gandhi’s three children.

The basic structure doctrine is an Indian judicial principle that certain basic features in the constitution cannot be altered, even with approval from two-thirds of the members.

One of its most recognisable features is that judicial power be vested in the courts.

Param Cumaraswamy, who had been at the forefront of attempts 40 years ago to persuade judges to accept the doctrine, said he felt vindicated by the judgment.

Param’s efforts at the time were shared by two other presidents, G T S Sidhu and Raja Abdul Aziz Addrusse, who have since passed away.

“The bench then was inclined to believe that it was Parliament that was supreme, not the Federal Constitution,” Param told FMT. Read more

Man fined RM20,000 for insulting PM, A-G on social media

Source: The Malaysian Insight

A BUSINESSMAN was fined a total of RM20,000 by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today after pleading guilty to four counts of uploading offensive communication contents on Prime Minister Najib Razak and Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali on his Facebook page two years ago.

Azhar Mamat, 45, made the plea after the charges were read out to him before judge Zaman Mohd Noor.

He was fined RM5,000, in default of a month’s jail, on each count. Azhar paid the fine.

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Clothing should not be excuse for sexual harassment, says Khairy

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 — Women’s outfits should not be used as an excuse for sexual harassment, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.

Most women become victims in the issue and it is not fair that various reasons are brought against them.

He said he personally viewed sexual harassment issues as serious, which if not dealt with, can become a crime.

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Ilmu Seks: How to get more Malays to talk openly about sex

Source: Malay Mail Online

(From left to right) Shayne Wyatt, Mischa Selamat, Herinza and Mussy Del C pose for a picture after an interview with Malay Mail in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa via Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 — Medical graduate Shayne Wyatt, 24, first had sex a few years ago and it was also when he caught a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

For a month, he was in pain as he visited several general practitioners, even undergoing the uncomfortable procedure of a colonoscopy — an examination where a probe with camera is inserted into the anal cavity.

And yet, he was misdiagnosed as suffering from a haemorrhoid.

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