Stalking, violence among lovers, to be included in amended Domestic Violence Act

Source: NST Online

Amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Act 152) will be tabled in Parliament early 2017 to address wider issues of violence concerning the public. Pic taken from NST Online.

Amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Act 152) will be tabled in Parliament early 2017 to address wider issues of violence concerning the public. Pic taken from NST Online.

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Act 152) will be amended and tabled in Parliament early next year to address wider issues of violence concerning the public.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the ministry has over the past three years, conducted engagements with various stakeholders including civil societies, legal experts, women associations and non-governmental associations (NGOs) to finalise details on the Act.

She said the amendment is crucial to suit the current situation concerning domestic violence in the country. “We want to address new types of violence and amend deterrents currently in the Act. Read more

Malaysian Bar ex-presidents warn of government interference in proposed law changes

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Former Malaysian Bar president, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, noted the importance of an independent Bar for the independent administration of justice. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Former Malaysian Bar president, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, noted the importance of an independent Bar for the independent administration of justice. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― Putrajaya is attempting to meddle with the Malaysian Bar and compromise its independence through proposed changes to the Legal Profession Act (LPA) 1976, the body’s former presidents warned.

Former Malaysian Bar president Lim Chee Wee urged the federal government to halt the “madness” of its plans to amend the law which would include introducing government appointees into the decision-making council of the professional body for all lawyers in Peninsular Malaysia.

“I am flabbergasted that the government wants to interfere with the Bar to the extent of having a direct say in its affairs. The only natural inference is that this is a reprisal against the Bar’s principled stand against the wrongs of the government.

“I urge the good people in Cabinet and government to stop this madness,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted yesterday.

Another former Malaysian Bar president, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, noted the importance of an independent Bar for the independent administration of justice.

“I see this as a direct interference into the affairs of the Bar and Bar Council. Clearly the government sees an independent Bar as a threat to their wielding of untrammelled power against the citizens.

“The Malaysian Bar is well respected internationally for its courage and defence of the rule of law, no matter the consequences to itself,” she told Malay Mail Online. Read more

Minister: Unilateral child conversion law drafts ready, waiting for Shariah feedback

Source: The Malay Mail Online

dewan_rakyat_signpost_2015_-_parliament_reportKUALA LUMPUR, March 9 ― The federal government has drafted new laws to address the controversial unilateral religious conversion of children but is waiting for feedback on Shariah issues, de facto law minister Nancy Shukri said today.

The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department added that the wait was because Islamic issues were governed separately by each state, and as such, their respective views needed to be taken into account before reform could proceed at the federal level.

“For the information of this House, a few series of discussions and consultations with the states have already been held by my colleague, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic affairs.

“Because for us, in civil, we don’t have much problem; but it has to do with Shariah,” the Batang Sadong MP told Parliament today. Read more

Lawyer: Decision in Deepa’s case failed to address unilateral conversion, legal reforms still needed

Source: The Malay Mail Online

S. Deepa speaks to members of the media at the Federal Court in Putrajaya. — Picture by Yusoff Mat Isa

S. Deepa speaks to members of the media at the Federal Court in Putrajaya. — Picture by Yusoff Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 ― Legal reforms are urgently need to address issues of unilateral conversion in interfaith custody battles, a lawyer has said, and that the Federal Court’s decision in S. Deepa’s case did not resolve this.

Lawyer M. Kulasegaran, who represented Indira Gandhi ― whose children were also unilaterally converted to Islam, believes that MPs needed to implement amendments to ensure such cases did not occur again.

He said this after Deepa’s two children, who were converted to Islam by their father, were split up with each parent receiving custody of one child.

“Rounding up all this, all these issues don’t bring finality to this matter. Necessary amendments must come forth by the March parliamentary session. Read more

26 akta, peraturan perlu pindaan selaras dengan TPPA, kata Mustapa

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Antara undang-undang yang perlu diselaraskan dengan TPPA ialah mengenai hak harta intelek dan beberapa pekeliling berkaitan perolehan kerajaan. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 18 Januari, 2016.

Sebanyak 26 undang-undang dan peraturan berkaitan Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPPA) yang melibatkan negeri dan persekutuan perlu dipinda dalam tempoh 2 tahun, kata Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Bagaimanapun, menteri perdagangan antarabangsa dan industri itu menjelaskan proses pelaksanaan pindaan terhadap undang-undang tersebut hanya boleh dilakukan selepas mendapat kelulusan pada sesi perbahasan TPPA di Dewan Rakyat pada 26 dan 27 Januari ini, dan di Dewan Negara pada hari berikutnya.

Bercakap kepada pemberita selepas memberi taklimat mengenai TPPA kepada penjawat awam hari ini, beliau menjelaskan, antara pindaan itu turut melibatkan hak pekerja asing.

Namun, tegasnya, ia tidak memberi hak yang sama antara pekerja asing dengan pekerja tempatan. Read more

Undang-undang bakal benarkan sesiapa saja lapor ibu bapa cuai

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Pindaan Akta Kanak-Kanak akan turut menghukum ibu bapa dan penjaga yang didapati membiarkan anak mereka tanpa pengawasan sehingga menyebabkan kemalangan dan kematian. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 18 Januari, 2016.

Pindaan Akta Kanak-Kanak 2001 bakal membenarkan mana-mana pihak melaporkan ibu bapa atau penjaga yang cuai sehingga menyebabkan kecederaan fizikal, emosi dan seksual kanak-kanak jagaan mereka, kata Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat hari ini.

Menurut penasihat undang-undangnya Zahida Zakaria, perkara itu tertakluk dalam Rang Undang-undang Kanak-kanak (Pindaan) 2015 yang bertujuan mendidik ibu bapa supaya bertanggungjawab dalam pengawasan anak-anak mereka.

Zahida merujuk perkara itu kepada beberapa kes kecuaian ibu bapa seperti meninggalkan anak di dalam kereta berseorangan, meninggalkan anak tanpa keperluan asas yang mencukupi di rumah dan membiarkan anak bermain di pusat membeli-belah tanpa jagaan sehingga menyebabkan kematian.

“Kita nak fokus kepada ibu bapa yang cuai, sebab bukannya kita nak menghukum mereka tapi kita nak mendidik ibu bapa berkenaan yang mereka patut lebih bertanggungjawab.

“Tidak boleh cuai terhadap anak mereka,” katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider selepas taklimat media di Institut Sosial Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur hari ini. Read more

Child Act amendments to comply with global rights convention, ministry says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 — The proposed amendments to the Child Act 2001 are to observe the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC) that Malaysia signed in 1995, according to the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

Policy Division Secretary Dr Waitchalla V Suppiah said the Child Act (Amendment) Bill 2015, which was tabled during the last Parliamentary sitting, would see more child participation in the ministry’s policy making, punishments that focus more on community service, and the reduction of institutionalisation of minors.

“Best interest of the child is already incorporated.  Survivability as well as development is also incorporated. So if you look at all the principles within the CRC, it is all incorporated within our proposed amendments,” she told reporters here at the Social Institute of Malaysia.

“That is one of the reasons why we are amending the act, to take into account the CRC.”

The existing Act was criticised by civil society for lacking in compliance to the CRC especially last year, which marked twenty years of Malaysia being a signatory. Read more