The Inevitability of Error – Abdul Rashid Ismail

EXCLUSIVE, published in collaboration with MMO
>> Read original article in Bahasa Malaysia 

BY ABDUL RASHID ISMAIL

The writer says the decision by the Government to abolish the mandatory death sentence for drugs offences is a clear recognition that the mandatory death regime does not act as a deterrent. — AFP pic

The writer says the decision by the Government to abolish the mandatory death sentence for drugs offences is a clear recognition that the mandatory death regime does not act as a deterrent. — AFP pic

OPINION, Dec 12 — Once a person has been executed by the state, it is irreversible. The occurrence of miscarriages of justice cannot be denied. It is inevitable that an innocent life may be taken away in a criminal justice system that is dependent on the integrity and honesty of those involved and vulnerable to human error.

Many have forgotten the wrongful conviction of S. Karthigesu who was charged, tried and convicted for the murder of Jean Perera Sinnappa which took place in 1979. Karthigesu was the only suspect. He was represented by R. Ponnudurai who was a well-respected criminal lawyer.

The murder trial took 38 days. The main prosecution witness was Bhandulananda Jayatilake. He testified that he witnessed Karthigesu exclaim that Jean “did not deserve to live”. The trial Judge regarded these words as an incriminating outburst. No evidence was ever found to directly identify the killer. The murder weapon was also never discovered despite an intensive search.

Karthigesu was given a mandatory death sentence by the trial Judge. He appealed to the Federal Court against his conviction and death sentence. Four days after Karthigesu’s conviction, Jayatilake who was the main prosecution witness came forward. He confessed that he had lied. He did not witness the alleged incriminating outburst implicating Karthigesu. According to the judgment of the Court, he had been asked to lie in order to secure Karthigesu’s conviction.

The Federal Court set aside Karthigesu’s conviction and mandatory death sentence. Jayatilake was then convicted of perjury and was sent to prison for 10 years.

Karthigesu was freed after having been on the death row for more than 2 years. He was indeed very lucky. Many others before and after him may have not been so lucky. Karthigesu was a victim of a miscarriage of justice. Read more

TPPA Memperdagangkan Hak-Hak Asasi Manusia? – Karina Yong

Terbitan Istimewa HAKAM sempena sambutan Hari Hak Asasi Manusia 2015
#HAKAM-MMO Human Rights Day 2015 project

ADAKAH PERJANJIAN PERKONGSIAN TRANS-PASIFIK (TPPA) MEMPERDAGANGKAN HAK-HAK ASASI MANUSIA?

Karangan KARINA YONG

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

Bayangkan:

Ubat untuk barah berjaya dihasilkan tetapi tidak ramai yang boleh mendapatkannya kerana ubat tersebut sengaja dijadikan tidak mampu diperolehi;

Anda dulunya gembira kerana syarikat yang mengendalikan loji pemprosesan nadir bumi (‘rare earth’) di kawasan kejiranan anda telah diperintahkan oleh kerajaan (AKHIRNYA!) untuk menghentikan operasinya yang menyebabkan para penduduk dilanda penyakit. Kini, anda mendapat tahu bahawa loji tersebut akan memulakan semula operasinya meskipun kerajaan telah mengeluarkan perintah henti kerja tersebut. Kerajaan juga terpaksa membayar gantirugi kepada syarikat tersebut daripada wang rakyat kerana mengeluarkan perintah henti kerja! Read more

The TPPA: Trading Human Rights – Karina Yong

EXCLUSIVE, published in collaboration with MMO
>> Read original article in Bahasa Malaysia

BY KARINA YONG

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

OPINION, Dec 11 — Imagine this: There is a cure for cancer but it’s out of reach because it’s made unaffordable.

You celebrate because the company running that rare earth processing plant in your neighbourhood was ordered by the government (FINALLY!) to stop its operations which were making residents ill. Now you hear that it is resuming operations despite the stop work order, and  the government has to pay the company damages out of taxpayers’ pockets for issuing the stop work order! Read more

Demi Kepentingan Keselamatan Negara – Robyn Choi

Terbitan Istimewa HAKAM sempena sambutan Hari Hak Asasi Manusia 2015
#HAKAM-MMO Human Rights Day 2015 project

DEMI KEPENTINGAN KESELAMATAN NEGARA
(Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015)

Karangan ROBYN CHOI

Kerajaan bertanggungjawab pada setiap masa untuk menegakkan dan mempertahankan hak-hak rakyat untuk keadilan, kesaksamaan, kebebasan dan maruah,” – Raja Aziz Addruse

Berita Terkini:
1 Disember 2015: Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 – DR 38/2015 (“RUU – MKN 2015”) dibentangkan di Parlimen
3 Disember 2015: RUU – MKN 2015 diluluskan oleh Dewan Rakyat pada jam 10.55 malam.
3 Disember 2015: Perdana Menteri (PM) dan seorang menteri cabinet menafikan terdapatnya apa-apa kebimbangan keselamatan, malah Ketua Polis Negara juga mengesahkan yang keadaan dalam negeri Malaysia cukup selamat untuk bermain tuan rumah kepada satu pertandingan skuasy antarabangsa. Read more

In the interest of national security – Robyn Choi

EXCLUSIVE, published in collaboration with MMO
>> Read original article in Bahasa Malaysia 

BY ROBYN CHOI

The NSC Bill was passed last Thursday in the Dewan Rakyat by a vote of 107 for and 74 against. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

The NSC Bill was passed last Thursday in the Dewan Rakyat by a vote of 107 for and 74 against. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

OPINION, Dec 10 — After the National Security Council (NSC) Bill was tabled, it was met with condemnation by civil society especial human rights groups, the Malaysian Bar Council and many netizens.

The NSC Bill was said to be insidious, unconstitutional and violates human rights, a “tool for repression”, “an assault on democracy” and “an abuse of human rights”.

Against the backdrop of recent events relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the “RM2.6 billion donation”, exacerbated by the prosecution of critics and whistleblowers, there is fear that the NSC Bill will establish a “dictatorship rule” or a “police state.” Read more