Ex-judge criticises Jawi over action against Turkish writer, IRF founder

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Former Court of Appeal Judge, Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamudin Yunus. Pic from the Star Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) was hurting free speech by pursuing two scholars for preaching without credentials, said former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamudin Yunus.

He said he and the G25 group were saddened by the treatment of Turkish journalist and writer Mustafa Akyol and Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) founder Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa.

“With the greatest respect to Jawi, I am at a loss to understand as to how a public discourse on Islam could be taken to be ‘teaching’ within section 11 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act.

“Such action by Jawi undermines our freedom of speech as guaranteed by Article 10 of the Federal Constitution and the Rule of Law as decreed by our Rukun Negara,” he said in a statement. Read more

Orang Asli discriminated against, laments retired judge

Source: FMT News

Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus says Orang Asli don’t enjoy equal rights and protection under law compared with Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak. Image drawn from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A retired judge says the Orang Asli in the peninsula do not enjoy equal rights and protection under the law compared with the Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak.

Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus said Parliament should amend the Federal Constitution to accord protection to the Orang Asli.

“The Malays and the natives are given preferential treatment under the constitution but not the Orang Asli,” he told a forum titled “Protection of Marginalised Minorities under the Federal Constitution” at Universiti Malaya tonight.

The retired Court of Appeal judge said Article 153 provided safeguards for the special position of the Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak. Read more

‘Like a blank cheque’

Source: The Star Online

With no clear indication as to where Hadi’s Bill is heading, retired judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Yunus says if Parliament were to pass the Bill, it would be abdicating its constitutional responsibility.

A RETIRED judge, who has served in both the civil Court of Appeal and the Syariah Court of Appeal, sees the Private Member’s Bill tabled last month by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang as a “blank cheque” to the state legislatures.

If the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 were passed, says Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Yunus (pic), state legislatures “now may create any offence as they deem fit, and may prescribe any form of sentence, however severe or harsh, as they deem fit (as long as it is not the death penalty)”.

After 42 years as a judge and officer in Malaysia’s Judicial and Legal Service, Mohd Hishamudin retired in September last year and, a month later, joined G25, which is a group of senior Muslims working on “getting the practice of Islam in Malaysia to be in line with the Federal Constitution”.

Within the group he advises on issues relating to the law and the Constitution, and helps draft public statements on these issues. But in this interview with theSunday Star, he stresses that he is speaking about what is now known as “Hadi’s Bill” in his personal capacity.

The former deputy parliamentary draftsman says that during his five years in the drafting division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, no Private Member’s Bill ever received the Government’s support, let alone one brought forward by an opposition Member of Parliament. Read more

Apex court erred in transgender case, says retired judge

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus believes the Federal Court has erred in allowing the objection raised by the Negri Sembilan government in the transgender case. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 19, 2015.

The Federal Court erred in allowing the preliminary objection by the Negri Sembilan government in the landmark transgender case involving cross-dressing, said retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus.

“It is a very disturbing decision and with due respect, I think Federal Court got it wrong,” he told the forum, “Whither the Federal Constitution – Do fundamental and minority rights matter?”, organised by the Bar Council in Kuala Lumpur today. Read more

Hakim mesti berani, jangan gentar bersikap bebas, kata bekas hakim

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Jawatan seorang hakim melibatkan kepercayaan orang awam dan amanah itu jangan sesekali dikhianati, kata bekas hakim Mahkamah Rayuan Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus hari ini. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 19 Disember, 2015.

Jawatan seorang hakim melibatkan kepercayaan orang awam dan amanah itu jangan sesekali dikhianati, kata bekas hakim Mahkamah Rayuan Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus hari ini. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 19 Disember, 2015.

Jawatan seorang hakim melibatkan kepercayaan orang awam dan amanah itu jangan sesekali dikhianati, kata bekas hakim Mahkamah Rayuan Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus hari ini.

Bercakap kepada hadirin sebuah forum, beliau menggesa hakim-hakim agar berani mempertahankan kebebasan mereka dalam melaksanakan tanggungjawab.

“Apa yang hakim mahukan? Mereka mahu dihormati atau dipandang enteng warganegara?

“Benar mereka perlu berhadapan eksekutif yang amat berkuasa, berkuasa melantik, menaikkan pangkat malah memecat hakim dalam kes tertentu,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian sewaktu menjawab soalan hadirin tentang cara melindungi hakim daripada dimangsakan dalam sistem sekarang.

Menurut Hishamudin, situasi itu tidak patut menjadi alasan buat hakim untuk tidak mempertahankan kebebasan mereka.

“Orang yang suka menurut perintah tidak patut menerima lantikan menjadi hakim.

“Kehakiman adalah kepercayaan awam dan ia jangan sama sekali dikhianati,” katanya. Read more

Judiciary must be fearless, independent, says retired judge

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus says judgeship is a public trust. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 19, 2015.

Retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus says judgeship is a public trust. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 19, 2015.

The position of a judge is one of public trust and on no account should that trust be betrayed, retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus said today.

He also told the audience at a forum that judges should be courageous and assert their independence in carrying out their duties.

“What do the judges want? They want to be respected or they want to be looked down upon by the citizens?

“It is true that there’s a powerful executive to contend with, who has the power of appointment, promotion and even removal of judges in some cases,” he said, in answer to a question from the audience on how to protect judges from being victimised.

Hishamudin said the threat of being victimised should not be reason for judges to refuse to assert their independence.

“A person who is meek should not accept the appointment to be a judge.

“Judgeship is a public trust and this trust must not be betrayed,” he said. Read more

KPN perlu lebih profesional keluarkan kenyataan seminar anti-kristian, kata bekas hakim

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar perlu lebih profesional mengeluarkan kenyataan, kata bekas hakim Mahkamah Rayuan Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 19 Disember, 2015.

Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar perlu lebih profesional mengeluarkan kenyataan, kata bekas hakim Mahkamah Rayuan Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 19 Disember, 2015.

Seorang bekas hakim kanan mengecam tindakan Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar dalam kenyataannya tentang seminar anti-Kristian, berkata yang ketua polis negara itu sepatutnya bersikap lebih profesional dalam mengeluarkan kenyataan.

Hakim bersara Mahkamah Rayuan Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus berkata Khalid perlu lebih berhati-hati kerana dia ialah pengawal kesejahteraan masyarakat apabila mengeluarkan kenyataan mengenai sebuah seminar yang diadakan di Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sabtu lepas.

“Dia perlu lebih professional dalam apa yang dikatakan. Dia sepatutnya memberikan gambaran yang ‘saya KPN, saya berkecuali dan saya mengawal kesejahteraan rakyat,” kata Hishamudin dalam sebuah forum yang dianjurkan Majlis Peguam di Kuala Lumpur hari ini. Read more

IGP should be more professional about anti-Christianisation talk, says ex-judge

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Jawatan seorang hakim melibatkan kepercayaan orang awam dan amanah itu jangan sesekali dikhianati, kata bekas hakim Mahkamah Rayuan Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus hari ini. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 19 Disember, 2015.

Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus says the inspector-general of police is the custodian of public conscience and should be mindful before issuing statements backing his officers’ involvement in an anti-Christian seminar. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, December 19, 2015.

A former senior judge has rapped Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar over his response to last weekend’s anti-Christian seminar, saying the inspector-general of police should be more professional in his remarks.

Retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus said Khalid should be mindful that he was the custodian of public conscience when issuing statements on the seminar held at University Teknologi Mara (UiTM) last Saturday.

“He should be more professional in what he says. He should give the appearance that ‘I am the IGP, I am neutral and I am the custodian of public conscience’,” Hishamudin told a forum organised by the Bar Council in Kuala Lumpur today. Read more

Former judge: High Court’s landmark ruling in Herald’s ‘Allah’ case correct

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus speaks at a public law lecture ‘The Role of the Judiciary in Upholding Fundamental Liberties’ at Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, December 9, 2015. — Pictures by Yusof Mat Isa

Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus speaks at a public law lecture ‘The Role of the Judiciary in Upholding Fundamental Liberties’ at Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, December 9, 2015. — Pictures by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 9 — The High Court’s landmark ruling in favour of the Catholic Church’s newsletter Herald’s right to print the word “Allah” was a correct decision, former judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus said today.

Mohd Hishamudin pointed out that the court case involved the right to freedom of religion, but said that it had ended in an unfortunate manner with much-criticised rulings by two other courts.

“Another unfortunate case, which I think the High Court judge was correct, the right of Christians to use ‘Allah’ is freedom of religion,” said Mohd Hishamudin, who retired in September as a Court of Appeal judge when he turned 66. Read more