Muhyiddin orders IGP to submit report on Siti Kasim’s case

Source: FreeMalaysiaToday

Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin – Bernama file photo

PETALING JAYA: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has directed the Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun to submit a comprehensive report on the arrest of lawyer and activist Siti Kasim who was accused of kidnapping her client and preventing police officers from discharging their duties.

Muhyiddin said he had asked for the report to be submitted before any action is taken on the matter.

He said he had taken cognisance of the public outcry over the matter but as the home minister, he had to balance public interest with the private interests of those directly affected without impeding police investigations.

“I have also noted lawyer Siti Kasim’s response that she was at all times acting as legal counsel for the victim.

“I am fully aware of the right of the individual to legal counsel, and the right of counsel to act without being subjected to threats and harrassment by any parties,” he said in a statement. Read more

KDN sets up special hotline for human trafficking reports

Source: Astro Awani 

PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry has set up a special hotline for reports on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants under the 1Malaysia One Call Centre (1MOCC) on July 30, said its secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim.

Alwi, who is also chairman of the Council for Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (MAPO), said the special hotline, 03-8000 8000, was an initiative under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) and in line with the aspiration of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“This special hotline operates from 7.30 am to 9 pm daily. Six officers will be attending the calls and channelling the complaints or reports to the relevant enforcement agencies, such as the police and the Immigration Department,” he said in a statement Wednesday. Read more

Sept 30 deadline for UNHCR cardholders to get MyRC card

Source: FMT News 

KUALA LUMPUR: About 150,000 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cardholders in Malaysia have until Sept 30 to apply for the special MyRC identity card issued by the home ministry after registering under the Tracking Refugees Information System (TRIS).

As such, Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said refugees currently in the country were encouraged to input their biometric data under the new TRIS to ensure the government had updated and extensive data on them.

To date, only 321 UNHCR refugees have registered to get the MyRC, comprising Myanmar nationals (98%), Pakistanis (1.25%) and Sri Lankans (0.31%), he said.

Nur Jazlan said the MyRC initiative was implemented under the “Proof of Concept (POC)” programme on April 1.

 He said the POC programme would enable the government to obtain information and the biometric data of refugees and asylum seekers, currently in the UNHCR database.

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Home ministry bans 8 ‘immoral, disturbing’ books

Source: The Malaysian Insight 

THE Home Ministry (KDN) has gazetted a ban on eight publications which contents disturb the mind, pose a threat to public peace, go against moral teachings, and are obscene, said KDN secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim today.

He said the prohibition order for the eight books was issued under Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (Act 301).

“The order stipulates that the printing, importation, production, reproduction, publishing, sale, issue, circulation, distribution or possession of that publication is absolutely prohibited in Malaysia,” he said in a statement today.

Alwi said five publications were found to have content contradictory to the teachings of Islam as practised in Malaysia. Read more

G25 mulls legal action on book ban

Source: The Malaysian Insight 

Screenshot of book cover

G25 is mulling to take legal action against the banning of its book on role of Islam in Malaysia by the Home Ministry if there is no explanation given on why the book is deemed prejudicial to public order.

Group spokesperson Noor Farida Ariffin said in an interview with business radio station BFM earlier today that the ban did not make any sense as they had never heard of any incident of public disorder or rioting caused by the book.

The book, ‘Breaking the Silence: Voices of Moderation – Islam in a Constitutional Democracy’, which was launched by Razaleigh Hamzah, had been on the market for the last one and a half years, Noor Farida said. Read more

Nur Jazlan: UNHCR not cooperating on issue of refugee ID

Source: FMT News 

SINTOK: The Home Ministry (KDN) has not received the appropriate cooperation from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to implement the Proof of Concept (POC) programme to vet 150,000 UNHCR refugees in the country, says Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

He said, as a result, KDN had decided to obtain biometric information directly from refugees without going through the UNHCR.

“At the Proof of Concept level, we have not got the due cooperation from the UNHCR. So we have made the decision to obtain biometric information from those seeking asylum directly,” he told reporters after opening the Immigration Department’s Sports Convention and Council here today. Read more

Tier 2 is Malaysia’s best so far, says ministry

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s upgrade to Tier 2 in the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2017 is the best ranking achieved by the nation since 2007, said Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim.

In a statement yesterday, Alwi said the upgrade was based on the improvements in investigation, prosecution and charging of human trafficking cases here compared to previous years.

“This achievement is a result of integrated commitment shown by the Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Migrant Smuggling Council (Mapo) through its high-level committee, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister.

“Malaysia has also improved national initiative by actively involving non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to protect victims following amendments to the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act in 2015,” he said.

According to Alwi, Malaysia sentenced 35 individuals for human trafficking offences last year, compared with seven the year before. Read more

‘Malaysia committed to combating human trafficking’

Source: The Star Online

HumanTrafficking2PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is committed to combating human trafficking, with 100 convictions involving 33 people under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act last year.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday that this was an increase from seven convictions in 2015.

The convictions, he said, were secured through operations carried out by the Council for the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants with various agencies.

Out of these cases, 79 were for the trafficking of persons and nine were for migrants smuggling, said Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister.

“Twelve cases were brought under the Immigration Act, the Penal Code and other Acts involving prison sentences of between three and 10 years as well as other penalties,” he said in a statement here. Read more

KDN: Siasatan kes dagang manusia meningkat 2 kali ganda

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Peningkatan itu hasil operasi bersepadu berterusan penguatkuasaan, timbalan pendakwa raya, pegawai pelindung dan anggota Mapo.

HumanTrafficking2PUTRAJAYA: Timbalan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berkata sebanyak 100 sabitan kes di bawah Akta Antipemerdagangan Orang dan Antipenyeludupan Migran 2007 (Atipsom) direkodkan tahun lepas berbanding 7 pada 2015.

Beliau berkata peningkatan sabitan itu adalah hasil operasi bersepadu yang berterusan oleh pasukan penguatkuasaan, timbalan pendakwa raya, pegawai pelindung dan anggota Majlis Antipemerdagangan Orang dan Antipenyeludupan Migran (Mapo).

Sabitan tahun lepas melibatkan 33 orang dengan 79 sabitan kes pemerdagangan orang, 9 penyeludupan migran dan 12 kes di bawah Akta Imigresen, Kanun Keseksaan serta akta lain, merangkumi hukuman penjara antara 3 dan 10 tahun serta penalti tertentu mengikut peruntukan akta terbabit, katanya. Read more

Court of Appeal allows Bersih 2.0’s appeal, quashes T-shirt ban

Source: The Malay Mail Online


Bersih 4 rally participants brave the rain as they listen to speeches in downtown Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 29 — The Court of Appeal today allowed Bersih 2.0’s appeal against the High Court’s rejection of their lawsuit challenging the Home Minister’s ban on Bersih 4 rally T-shirts last year, and quashed the ban at the same time.

The panel led by Justice Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh said they agreed with lawyer Edmund Bon’s submission, adding the Home Minister’s order for the ban was “unreasonable.”

“The order is unreasonable. We agreed with the submission… we allowed the appeal,” Mohd Zawawi said in the courtroom here.

The High Court on February rejected Bersih 2.0’s challenge to the Home Minister’s ban of the Bersih 4 T-shirt, saying the order was within the ministry’s jurisdiction.

Earlier in his submission, Bon argued that the Home Minister’s reasons for the ban were “irrelevant” given that situations such as the September 16 ‘Red Shirts’ rally happened after the ban was made.

“These grounds were an afterthought. The Minister had taken into account irrelevant considerations and acted irrationally,” he said.

Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah later told reporters that she hoped the authorities would drop cases of people arrested for wearing Bersih 4 T-shirt after today’s decision. Read more