Maszlee tells varsities to let students organise their own programmes, forums

Source: The Malay Mail

PUTRAJAYA, Jun 6 — Public universities have been ordered to no longer suppress intellectual programmes or forums on campus, so as to make Malaysia’s academic field more open.Education Minister Maszlee Malik said with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) victory in the last general election, there should be no stifling of intellectual discourse in the country.

“I urge the vice-chancellors and their deputies, especially those handling student affairs to not cancel or otherwise disrupt any such programmes that are organised by the students themselves or who were invited by them,” he said following the ministry’s buka puasa event at SMK Putrajaya Presint 11(1) here.

Maszlee reminded the universities’ administrators that one of the reasons PH was elected is also for academic freedom. Read more

Parliament to commence on July 16

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has announced that the first Parliament meeting of the 14th Dewan Rakyat will commence on July 16 to carry out the Government’s promise of repealing several laws.

Dr Mahathir said that the Dewan Rakyat will sit for 20 days.

“In that time, we will discuss several papers and work on the repealing several laws as we promised,” said Dr Mahathir after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

“The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be abolished. The Anti-Fake News Act will also be abolished, as well as the other laws we promised,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said that the swearing in and the speech from the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong will be held on July 16.

Klang MP urges rethink on immigration crackdown

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Klang MP Charles Santiago says there are some 1.9 million registered migrant workers and six million undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia. (Bernama pic) Taken off FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Klang MP Charles Santiago today urged Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to reconsider the planned crackdown on undocumented migrant workers after the rehiring programme ends on June 30.

He said indiscriminate enforcement would not do justice to migrant workers who had been failed by their “unscrupulous and abusive employers”.

In a statement, he added that many reports revealed that migrant workers became undocumented due to their employers’ refusal to renew their work permits.

“Some of them ran away from abusive employers to protect their own lives. It is not uncommon to hear about cases where migrant workers are raped, tortured and killed.”

Citing a 2013 World Bank study, Santiago gave several reasons why Indonesian migrant workers became undocumented, including irregular channels being faster and less expensive; the rigid system that tied migrant workers to specific employers; and indecent working conditions, abusive practices or non-payment of salaries. Read more

Citizens no longer need fear the ‘midnight knock of the policeman’, says new A-G

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas says selective prosecution will end immediately and citizens who have done no wrong need not fear midnight raids from authorities anymore. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, June 6, 2018.

NEWLY appointed Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said that “selective prosecution will immediately cease” and that all law-abiding citizens no longer need to fear oppression from enforcement authorities.

“Those who commit no wrong have nothing to fear. Malaysia is a free country. We should not fear the midnight knock of the policeman,” Thomas told reporters at the first press conference since his appointment.

“For those who flout the law, (they) will be met with the full force the law regardless of their station in life.

“On my part, I promise to do the right thing, that is to tell the truth and to do justice. Justice must not only be done but it must be seen to be done,” he said. Read more