HAKAM calls for its 25th Annual General Meeting

NOTICE TO HAKAM MEMBERS
OF THE 25TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD AT HAKAM’s OFFICE
at A-3-7, 
Avenue 8, Jalan Sg Jernih 8/1, Section 8, 46050 Petaling Jaya
ON THURS 23 JUNE 2016 AT 5.30PM

AGENDA

1. Welcome Address;

2. Confirmation of Minutes of the 24th Adjourned Annual General Meeting dated 27 June 2015;

3. Matters Arising;

4. President’s Report for 2015/2016;

5. Treasurer’s Financial Report for the Financial Year of 2015;

6. Election of Office Bearers (President, Deputy President, Secretary General, Treasurer) & Executive Committee and 2 Honorary Auditors;

7. Any Other Business.

Dated 20 May 2016

Secretary General,
Robyn Choi

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Online Freedom and the soon-to-be proposed Bill to amend the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) – Robyn Choi

BY ROBYN CHOI
(SECRETARY-GENERAL, HAKAM)

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There are indications that new laws will be introduced in Parliament later this month to amend the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 (CMA). Consultations were said to have taken place between the government departments and agencies. Todate, civil society organisations, especially those involved in looking into freedom of expression in particular media freedom, have not been informed as to the nature of the amendments, let alone consulted.

What has been indicated thus far are that the amendments are likely to be introduced to regulate content online and in respect of requirements for licensing of certain content providers/websites (both local and foreign) especially news content providers, registration of blogs, increased penalties on offences and provisions concerning internet service providers.

If the indicators so far  are correct as to the nature of the CMA Bill, every one will be affected  : a) individually, b)  interest groups like students, researchers, teachers, professional bodies, women’s groups, business networks etc.c) various Malaysian online communities especially dealing with marginalised and fringe minority groups, d) businesses,  those who sell and advertise products and services online, those who invests on online applications and online technology, those who directly invest in content online, and e) internet service providers like TMNET, Maxis, Digi etc.

Let us consider the trend on how our government had regulated online content in the past two years. In the past two years, the government had severely interfered with freedom of speech on the internet through increased blocking of online media sites both local and international, intensified questioning and/or arresting of activists, journalists, lawyers and cartoonists over online activities and the passing of a series of tougher laws with stiffer penalties dealing with online expression.   Last year alone no less than 1,263 have been blocked – 632 websites based on the application of local law enforcement agencies, while 631 websites were blocked for offences under the CMA. We have been told that from January to February 2016, a further 399 websites have been blocked, and 22 persons called in for questioning by the Multimedia Communications Commission Malaysia (MCMC).

According to Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak, among the 399 websites blocked in January & February include online gambling, scams, prostitution, and websites that contain obscene, lewd, false content and others.  While we may agree that websites offering  vice ought to be blocked, what about the non-vice  websites that have been blocked? Read more

STATEMENT: On the Suspension of The Edge

STATEMENT DATED 25 July 2015 pdf
ON THE SUSPENSION OF THE EDGE

Screenshot of The Malaysian Insider's story "The Edge weekly, daily suspended for 3 months from July 27" published on 24 July 2015

Screenshot of The Malaysian Insider’s story “The Edge weekly, daily suspended for 3 months from July 27” published on 24 July 2015

 

HAKAM strongly condemns the Home Ministry’s suspension of the publishing permits of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for 3 months starting next Monday.

According to news sources [1] [2], the Home Ministry’s reason for this decision was because the two publications’ reporting of 1MDB were “prejudicial or likely to be prejudicial to public order, security or likely to alarm public opinion or is likely to be prejudicial to public and national interest”.

This is another blatant attempt to shut down much-needed public discourse on an issue as important as billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money being siphoned off. When the government is unwilling to answer these allegations and instead chooses to shut down the media, this only affirms the public’s suspicion of large-scale corruption. Read more

The Romantic Patient – Cecil Rajendra

The Romantic Patient

Penang-based lawyer-poet Cecil Rajendra - The Star file pic

Penang-based lawyer-poet-human rights activist and Past President of HAKAM, Cecil Rajendra – The Star file pic

The report said, he
had been suffering
from strange delusions
of justice and equality;
that he believed in
such myths like love
brotherhood and liberty.

Worse, the man in question
had visions of an open
society: free from poverty
bigotry and corruption.
He also had a long history
of dreams of a friendlier
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National Response to Natural Disasters – A Working Framework: Roundtable Discussion

NATIONAL RESPONSE TO NATURAL DISASTERS : A WORKING FRAMEWORK
Roundtable discussion: 5 August 2015

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It is HAKAM’s position that victims of natural disasters have the right to live in a reasonably healthy and safe environment and something must be done to ensure in times of disaster a proper system is in place that will work towards contributing to the effective protection of their inherent right to life.

Arising from these devastating floods late 2014 which affected various states of Malaysia, the failure of the government’s disaster management machinery in assisting victims and in light of Putrajaya’s stance that “Malaysians must learn to be more self-reliant and not depend solely on government agencies to handle flood disasters”, and with the continuous suffering of the flood victims to-date, HAKAM has embarked on a special initiative which we call the National Response to Natural Disasters – A Working Framework (NR2D Framework).

Read more about this HAKAM Special Project 

The role of civil society organisations remains crucial in all phases of disaster management namely relief, response, rehabilitation, reconstruction, recovery, preparedness and mitigation. Read more

The Blue Mansion: HAKAM FUNdraiser Movie Nite

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HAKAM is thrilled to host our private screening of The Blue Mansion, as  our Movie Nite FUNraiser for 2015. Admission is by invitation only.
It is a highly entertaining film!  In celebrating Malaysia Day, it is a privilege for us to be able to screen this movie which boasts of a strong Malaysian  cast – and  shot at UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, in Penang.

Venue: TGV Jaya Shopping Centre (tbc)
Date & Time: 15 September, 2015 – 730pm to 10pm (tbc)

Synopsis:  THE BLUE MANSION is a quirky murder mystery about a wealthy tycoon who dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances. He returns as a ghost to try to uncover the secret of his death. Two eager detectives investigate the death chasing all leads and suspects including the dead man’s three children. The ghost witnesses his own funeral wake, attended by jealous relatives and business competitors as well as the police investigation that unveils hidden family secrets. Read more

PRESIDENT’S REPORT FOR 2014/2015 – Ambiga Sreenevasan

 PRESIDENT’S REPORT FOR THE AGM 2014/2015 [24th AGM]

President

HAKAM was pioneered, amongst others, by our own father of independence  Tunku Abdul Rahman, former Prime Minister Tun Hussein Onn and an  illustrious member of the Bar, Raja Aziz Addruse. What drove them to set up  HAKAM is set out in the declaration that was signed by them on 10 December  1988. It is worth reproducing a part of that declaration here.

“Whereas by Proclamation of Independence dated the 31st day of August,  1957 this  nation was proclaimed a sovereign democratic and independent  nation founded  upon the principle of liberty and justice ever seeking the  welfare and happiness of  its people and the maintenance of a just peace  among all nations.

“Whereas this nation, upon becoming a member of the United Nations Organisation, subscribed to the principles embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Whereas there has been a constant erosion of these principles.

“We hereby declare that there is a need to promote, preserve and defend these principles and hereby propose that there be established a national organization for that purpose.”

In the last one year, Malaysia has seen a continuing deterioration of human rights. We have amongst other things, seen the introduction of new and oppressive laws and continued abuse of powers. HAKAM is therefore as relevant today as it was when it was first established. This is a sad testament to the state of human rights here.

I would like to thank all members of the Executive Committee and members of HAKAM who have shown dedication and commitment in the last year towards enhancing our role as advocates of human rights issues. HAKAM has had a wonderful one year with several new initiatives and continuing programmes. Read more

Calling enthusiasts for human rights to volunteer for HAKAM Initiatives, come meet us on 4 July

HAKAM VOLUNTEER FLYER

Calling volunteers!

Do you wish you can do more to help defend human rights in Malaysia? Consider volunteering for any of our initiatives.
We welcome volunteers in organising, research, writing, creative arts, fund-raising and various other functions.

We are having our first round of volunteer meetings at 10am 4 July 2015 at the HAKAM Secretariat. Come meet our Office Bearers and members and get involved! HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

HAKAM welcomes the support of members of the public via membership, volunteering for our initiatives, participating in our activities, internships with us, and through donations and sponsorship for our programmes and forums.

Email : info@hakam.org.my

View event details @ our Events Calendar