Suhakam also to examine Juru torture claim

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Tan Sri Razali Ismail, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) — NST FIle pic

Tan Sri Razali Ismail, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) — NST FIle pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 ― Reports of alleged torture and killings at the Immigration detention centre in Juru, Penang will be investigated by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said today.

However, he stressed that he was “not pointing fingers” at any parties over the claims of abuse against female detainees at the centre, which allegedly caused the deaths of some inmates.

“We will investigate because that is under our mandate,” he told reporters at the sidelines of the Civil Society Conference and National Security here today.

The Cambodia Daily Monday quoted a Cambodian woman recently detained at the centre as alleging abuse and claiming that at least  seven other detainees from Cambodia and Vietnam were beaten to death there.

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After 17 years, stateless teen finally recognised as Malaysian

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Navin Moorthy who received his citizenship certificate yesterday, shows his temporary IC document in Putrajaya, April 6, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Navin Moorthy who received his citizenship certificate yesterday, shows his temporary IC document in Putrajaya, April 6, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PUTRAJAYA, April 6 ― Teenager Navin Moorthy finally received official recognition of his citizenship today, 17 years after he was born in Malaysia.

Navin, who has about three months before his 18th birthday, yesterday received a Citizenship Certificate issued under Article 15 of the Federal Constitution.

“I’m more than happy I got it,” said the teenager who was born to a Malaysian father and Filipino mother.

Navin, who has been given a temporary identification document until he officially receives his identity card, said he was unable to say what he wanted to do first as a Malaysian citizen. Read more

Court grants Penang leave to start judicial review on Voluntary Patrol Unit

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, March 3 — The Court of Appeal here today granted leave to the Penang Government to commence a judicial review to challenge the Home Ministry’s order in declaring the Voluntary Patrol Unit (PPS) as an illegal organisation.

A three-man-bench led by Justice Datuk Lim Yee Lan allowed the state government’s appeal to set aside a Penang High Court’s decision to reject its leave application.

The judge also ordered the case to be remitted to the high court for case management (to set a date for inter partes hearing on the merits of the judicial review).

She also granted an application by counsel Tommy Thomas, who informed the court that the state government was not seeking legal costs, for the case to be heard before another judge. Read more

Malaysian High Court Upholds T-Shirt as a Security Threat

Source: The New York Times

Protesters gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August to demonstrate against the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak. A Malaysian High Court has upheld a government edict declaring yellow shirts that call for a clean government a national security threat. Credit Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

BANGKOK — It is a simple yellow T-shirt with the word “clean” in Malay. Tens of thousands of people own them. But wear one on the street in Malaysia today and you risk arrest.

A Malaysian High Court has upheld a government edict declaring the shirt a national security threat.

The T-shirts say “Bersih 4,” the name of an antigovernment demonstration in Kuala Lumpur, the capital, last August. “Bersih” means “clean,” and the protesters were calling for clean government.

Before the protests, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi banned the shirts, along with fliers promoting the Bersih 4 events. As many as 100,000 protesters defied the government and wore the shirts anyway, creating a sea of yellow in the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

The protests targeted Prime Minister Najib Razak after reports emerged that nearly $700 million had been deposited in his personal bank account. The government said the money was a donation from undisclosed Saudi royalty, an explanation mocked by the opposition and later contradicted by the Saudi government.

“The T-shirts have now become a symbol of our struggle for democracy and human rights in Malaysia,” said Maria Chin Abdullah, chairwoman of Bersih 2.0, a clean-government advocacy group that organized the protests.

A High Court judge, Muhammad Yazid Mustafa, announced Friday that he was upholding the ban on the shirts, although he has yet to issue a written ruling. He said the prohibition fell within the home minister’s authority to maintain public order.

“I find that order was within the confines of the minister’s power,” the judge ruled, according to an audio recording of the hearing.

Bersih 2.0, which challenged the ban in the High Court, will appeal the ruling, Ms. Abdullah said. “I don’t know where they got the idea we are a national security threat,” she said. “We are going to challenge this decision.”

A lawyer representing the group, New Sin Yew, said that under the edict, shirt wearers could be fined about $1,185. Some people have been briefly detained for wearing the shirts, he said, but he was unaware of anyone being prosecuted or fined. Read more

Decision on Judicial Review of Bersih 4 tees Ban

A screengrab of the government gazette banning yellow clothing, as well as clothes with the words 'Bersih 4,' and also printed material connected to the rally that is set to take place tomorrow and Sunday in Kuala Lumpur and other cities. – August 28, 2015.

A screengrab of the government gazette banning yellow clothing, as well as clothes with the words ‘Bersih 4,’ and also printed material connected to the rally that was to take place on 29 and 30 August 2015 in Kuala Lumpur and other cities. – August 28, 2015.

Shah Alam High Court judge Datuk Mohd Yazid Mustafa has fixed February 19 for decision on the judicial review of the Home Ministry’s Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications (No. 22) Order 2015.

The lawsuit is by polls reform group Bersih 2.0’s chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, treasurer Masjaliza Hamzah and national representative Fadiah Nadwa Fikri against the home minister and the government of Malaysia.

Last August 27, the government gazetted the Home Ministry’s order issued under the PPPA, which bans any item of clothing in its signature yellow bearing the “Bersih 4” name and any other printed material and pamphlet on the rally.

The nationwide ban was against the “printing, importation, production, reproduction, publishing, sale, issue, circulation, distribution or possession” of the yellow Bersih 4 T-shirts and the related printing materials due to their likely harm to public order, security, national interest and likely breach of laws.

The ban took effect on August 28, just before the two-day Bersih 4 rally from August 29 to August 30 that demanded for institutional reforms and for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation.

 

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[1] Home Ministry bans yellow clothing, ‘Bersih 4’ words [28 Aug 2015]
[2] Government’s move to ban Bersih t-shirts laughable, says Maria Chin [28 Aug 2015]
[3] So ‘Bersih 4’ tees banned? No problem, just use ‘Bersih 4.0’, Maria Chin tells protesters [28 Aug 2015]
[4] Malaysia bans yellow Bersih 4 T-shirts [29 Aug 2015]
[5] Home Minister has ‘absolute discretion’ in banning Bersih’s yellow tees, court told [2 Feb 2016]
[6] How can a T-shirt harm national security? Bersih asks Putrajaya [2 Feb 2016]

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[7] Home minister has right to ban Bersih 4 t-shirts, pamphlets, court rules [19 Feb 2016]
[8] Home Ministry entitled to ban Bersih 4 T-shirt, High Court rules [19 Feb 2016]

How can a T-shirt harm national security? Bersih asks Putrajaya

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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Last year, the government gazetted a fresh order by the Home Ministry, banning all items related to the Bersih 4 mass demonstration, and any item of clothing in its signature yellow bearing the rally’s name. ― File pic

SHAH ALAM, Feb 2 ― Bersih 2.0 said today that it was unreasonable of the home minister to ban its T-shirts promoting the polls reform group’s Bersih 4 rally on grounds of national security.

In Bersih 2.0’s lawsuit against the home minister, the group’s lead counsel Edmund Bon said logic would dictate that such a ban was unreasonable.

“There is no evidence that a T-shirt can lead to prejudice to national security and public order. I think that is logical, no reasonable person can say a T-shirt can lead to prejudice to national security and public order,” he said at the High Court here. Read more

Court orders home minister to respond to Bersih 4 t-shirt ban

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been ordered by the court to file an affidavit in response to the ban of yellow Bersih 4 t-shirts. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, November 2, 2015.

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been ordered to file an affidavit in response to the home minister’s ban on yellow Bersih 4 t-shirts and other printed materials, which was gazetted two days before the 34-hour rally in late August.

Lawyer New Sin Yew said High Court senior assistant registrar P. Sarulatha instructed that the affidavit must be filed by November 23.

“If the need arises, we have been given one week to file an affidavit in reply to the home minister,” he told The Malaysian Insider after a case management before Sarulatha in Shah Alam today. Read more

Mahkamah tolak permohonan KDN hentikan penerbitan Edge

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Permohonan Kementerian Dalam Negeri menghalang The Edge Weekly dan The Edge Financial Daily daripada diterbitkan semula sehingga kes rayuannya selesai ditolak Mahkamah Tinggi, hari ini. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 13 Oktober, 2015.

Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur hari ini menolak permohonan Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) untuk menghalang The Edge Weekly dan The Edge Financial Daily daripada diterbitkan semula, sehingga kes rayuannya selesai.

Peguam Kanan Persekutuan Alice Loke Yee Ching berkata Hakim Datuk Asmabi Mohamad juga berkata tidak ada keadaan khas untuk membenarkan penangguhan.

“Hakim berkata penerbit tidak boleh dilucutkan daripada hasil kejayaan litigasi mereka,” katanya kepada wartawan di luar mahkamah, hari ini.

Loke berkata hakim juga berpendapat tidak ada keburukan yang akan berlaku jika penerbitan kedua-dua akhbar itu disambung semula.

Asmabi menyampaikan keputusannya itu di dalam kamar, kata Loke.

Hakim juga memerintahkan kos RM4,000 kepada penerbit, The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd.

Loke berkata, kementerian itu boleh meneruskan rayuannya di Mahkamah Rayuan walaupun penggantungan 3 bulan akhbar itu tamat pada 26 Oktober. Read more

Home Ministry bans yellow clothing, ‘Bersih 4’ words

Source: The Malaysian Insider

A screengrab of the government gazette banning yellow clothing, as well as clothes with the words 'Bersih 4,' and also printed material connected to the rally that is set to take place tomorrow and Sunday in Kuala Lumpur and other cities. – August 28, 2015.

A screengrab of the government gazette banning yellow clothing, as well as clothes with the words ‘Bersih 4,’ and also printed material connected to the rally that is set to take place tomorrow and Sunday in Kuala Lumpur and other cities. – August 28, 2015.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has banned the use of yellow with the words Bersih 4 in whatever form ahead of the rally in three Malaysian cities tomorrow.

A government gazette signed by the minister yesterday and which came into effect today states that the order was made under the Printing, Presses and Publications Act 1984.

The Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications) (No. 22) Order 2015 lists as “absolutely prohibited throughout Malaysia” the following items:

“Any yellow coloured clothing and which contains the words ‘Bersih 4′” and “Any other printed material and pamphlet which leads to Bersih 4 rally”.

A copy of the order in a Federal Government Gazette is available online. It was dated August 27 and comes into force today. Read more

Possible local connection in Perlis mass grave, says Zahid

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Malaysian-Thai border in Perlis. Zahid says local authorities may have been involved in the deaths of some 100 people found buried in a mass grave in Padang Besar. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 26, 2015.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Malaysian-Thai border in Perlis. Zahid says local authorities may have been involved in the deaths of some 100 people found buried in a mass grave in Padang Besar. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 26, 2015.

The Home Ministry says that local authorities may be complicit in causing the deaths of the people found buried in a mass grave in Padang Besar, Perlis. Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there was a possibility of this happening and that police were investigating the matter.

“We suspect some of them,” he said, when asked if human trafficking agents and enforcement officers could be in cahoots. Read more