KLIA immigration officers arrested over smuggling Bangladeshis

Source: The Star

PUTRAJAYA: Several immigration officers based at KL International Airport have been arrested as part of investigations into the smuggling of Bangladeshis by syndicates.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the investigations would determine if the officers had a hand in the illegal activities.

He vowed to take severe action against those who violate the department’s code of ethics and integrity and has not ruled the possibility of more arrests. Read more

Freedom of speech in Malaysia — Emmanuel Joseph

Source: The Malaysian Insight

BY EMMANUEL JOSEPH

MALAYSIA often promotes itself as a democracy, with all its hallmarks of fair and free elections, freedom of religion, and of course, freedom of speech. Believers of this often quote Article 10 of the Federal Constitution as evidence of these rights – Clause 1a guarantees freedom of speech and expression, 1b, freedom of association and 1c, freedom of assembly.

But skeptics would point out the qualifying statement immediately preceding those declarations, followed by three lengthier clauses that significantly limit those rights, makes them rights far from absolute.  Read more

Pakatan backs calls to curb PM’s power to appoint, promote judges

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The Malaysian Insight

The current laws do not oblige the prime minister to give any reason if he rejected judges nominated by the Judicial Appointments Commission, which gives the perception that Malaysia’s judiciary lacks independence. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 12, 2017.

THE power of the prime minister to influence the appointment and promotion of judges is too strong and needs to be curbed to protect the independence of the judiciary, said Pakatan Harapan parties.

DAP said the matter should be included in its election manifesto.

PKR’s N. Surendran said the prime minister has the power to appoint judges as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was required to act on the advice of the prime minister under the federal constitution.

“Article 122B as it stands, gives the power to appoint judges to the prime minister. This is because by virtue Article 40(1), the (Yang di-Pertuan) Agong is bound by the prime minister’s advice.” Read more

Every state to get court for child sexual abuse cases by end-2018

Source: Malay Mail Online

Reuters

Judges presiding over the courts will be given special training on how to handle child sex crimes, chief registrar of the Federal Court of Malaysia said today. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — Special courts to hear sexual crimes against children will be set up in every state by the end of next year, chief registrar of the Federal Court of Malaysia said today.

According to a report in The Star Online, Datuk Seri Latifah Mohd Tahar said the decision to establish 12 branches of the Special Criminal Court on sexual crimes against children was partly in response to the rise in the number of charges filed at the first special court in Putrajaya since it started operations six months ago.

Judges with 15 years’ experience and well-versed in criminal law have been identified to be assigned to preside over the courts, she added.  Read more