UN wants govt to drop sedition charges against Zunar

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The United Nations (UN) wants Putrajaya to drop all sedition charges against Zunar and to lift the travel ban imposed on the political cartoonist last year. Image taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The United Nations (UN) wants the Malaysian government to drop all sedition charges against political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque and lift the travel ban which was imposed on him last June.

UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune, who was in Malaysia at Putrajaya’s invitation from Sept 11 to 21, expressed “deep concern” about the charges against Zulkiflee, better known as Zunar.

A report on her preliminary observations following her visit said Bennoune and other UN human rights experts would be following developments closely when Zunar’s trial resumes next week. Read more

Putrajaya withdraws Bill banning unilateral child conversions

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 ― The government has withdrawn a Bill from Parliament that would have prevented the religious conversion of children to Islam with the consent of just one parent after conservative Muslims protested against it.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman informed the withdrawal of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Dewan Rakyat this morning.

In a statement issued later, Azalina said the government will table a new version of the Bill for first reading tomorrow, but with the removal of Article 88(A) that states that should a spouse convert to Islam, a child must remain in the religion of the parents during their marriage prior to the conversion unless both spouses agree to convert their child to Islam, subject to the child’s wishes upon turning 18.

She said the government was amending the Bill to prevent any conflict with the Federal Constitution and that the amendment was in line with the “stare decisis” doctrine, which obligates courts to look to precedent when making decisions, where the highest court’s decision on the interpretation of Article 12(4) of the Federal Constitution is bound. Read more

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

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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’s contempt for international law, human rights — Azhar Harun

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By Azhar “Art” Harun

Prominent lawyer Art Harun cites country’s alleged missteps in dealing with case of Saudi blogger in 2012 and now Turkish citizens, with irregular extradition process. Pic taken from FMT News.

We keep on behaving like a country with utter contempt for laws, international treaties and human rights standard.

It is ironic that we always shout and scream about Israel breaching international laws and human rights standards yet at the same time we pay scant regard to international norms.

In 2012, we arrested Hamza Kashgari for blasphemy at the behest of Saudi Arabia.

We told the world that we did it at the request of Interpol. However, Interpol later denied any involvement.

This was reported by Al Jazeera as well.

We couldn’t care less.

Putrajaya then quickly “extradited” Hamza back to Saudi Arabia. Read more

Anifah: Malaysia will continue to highlight issue of Rohingya Muslims

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Volunteers of the Malaysian aid ship Nautical Aliya waving flags as they anchored to Chittagong Container Terminal with relief for Rohingya refugees in Chittagong, Bangladesh, February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Volunteers of the Malaysian aid ship Nautical Aliya waving flags as they anchored to Chittagong Container Terminal with relief for Rohingya refugees in Chittagong, Bangladesh, February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

PUTRAJAYA, March 15 — Malaysia, as a responsible member of the international community, will continue to play its part to contribute to efforts in addressing the plight that has befallen the Rohingya Muslims minority in Myanmar.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Malaysia was also trying to encourage members of the international community to contribute to the effort to alleviate the suffering of the Rohingyas.

“Malaysia and other countries sharing the same concern on the Rohingya issue have provided humanitarian assistance to our Rohingya Muslim brothers and sisters,” he said in his special address during dinner in conjunction with the International Conference on Rohingya 2017’ here tonight.

Among the assistance provided by Malaysia were a RM10 million contribution to assist in humanitarian efforts and social rehabilitation projects in Rakhine state, and a humanitarian mission called ‘Food Flotilla for Myanmar’ in February this year, he said.

Anifah believed that the international community’s efforts to urge and encourage the Myanmar government to alleviate the plight and suffering of the Rohingyas had borne fruit.

“It is reported the Myanmar army has halted its security operations in Rakhine and ended a four-month crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim community,” he said. Read more

Special team to probe false ICs in Sabah

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PUTRAJAYA: A special team will be set up to investigate syndicates issuing false identity cards in Sabah.

This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman in a joint statement in conjunction with the meeting of the steering committee on the Management of Foreign Nationals in Sabah (JKPWAS-Induk), held in Putrajaya today.

The statement said that the government viewed seriously cases of false identity cards being issued and distributed by certain syndicates.

In order to intensify enforcement, the government via the Committee on the Management of Foreign Nationals in Sabah (JKPWAS) decided on the formation of a special team to investigate the matter in detail, especially recent cases in Sandakan and Tawau.

“A more comprehensive investigation must be initiated until the individuals acting as the real masterminds can be identified and legal action taken,” the statement said. Read more

Malaysia will not interfere in Singapore death row cases

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Death Penalty – File pic

SINGAPORE: Malaysia will not interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, including a court case involving a Malaysian death row inmate in Singapore.

“We are aware that there is an effort to put pressure to bring a particular court case here to a higher profile,” Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Ilango Karuppannan told Bernama.

It was reported that a Malaysian death row inmate S. Prabagaran, aged 30, was making a judicial review application to direct the Government to start proceedings against Singapore in the International Court of Justice over his conviction for drug trafficking.

The Foreign Ministry and the Malaysian Government were named as respondents in the application which was filed at the Malaysian High Court registry in January this year. Read more

TN50 – journey to the top 20 begins today

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KUALA LUMPUR: The first step to a new vision begins today – with a town hall meeting involving 500 young Malaysians who will outline their view of Malaysia’s roadmap for the next 33 years.

At the event in Universiti Malaya, the young Malaysians from a cross section of society will express what they want the country to look like in the year 2050, three decades after the end of the Vision 2020 policy.

Their voices and those of 1.5 million other youths will be sought by the Government to draft the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) policy document, in one of the country’s biggest policy formulation exercises to date.

The TN50 policy document will outline the economic, social, cul-tural and environmental targets Malaysia aims to achieve by 2050.

“TN50 will seek to transform the country’s economy, citizen well-being, environment, technology, social interaction, governance and public administration,” said the Youth and Sports Ministry, which has been tasked with managing the conversation with the country’s younger generation via face-to-face and online sessions.

Details on the TN50 rollout provided by the ministry outline a busy calendar of events this year under what it calls the “TN50 Conver­sations” – a process to discover the subjects and aspirations that matter to youth and other Malaysians. Read more

Putrajaya ramps up request for Facebook users’ data in first half 2016

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Facebook’s latest Global Government Requests Report said Putrajaya has requested data for 35 users and accounts.

Facebook — AFP pic

Facebook — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 — The Malaysian government has asked Facebook 19 times for data on its users in the first half of this year compared to just 13 requests in the previous half, a report has revealed.

The social media giant’s latest Global Government Requests Report said Putrajaya has requested data for 35 users and accounts, almost double from just 18 in the previous half.

Out of the 19 requests, 18 were for legal process. There was a single request on emergency matters.

Facebook said it has complied by giving Putrajaya 68.42 per cent of the data requested in that period.

Facebook’s Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby said the number of requests from governments worldwide has increased this year which was reflected in the twice annual report.

“Government requests for account data increased by 27 per cent globally compared to the last half of 2015, increasing from 46,710 to 59,229 requests,” he said in a press release. Read more

NGO tak perlu takut jika tak salah, kata Nur Jazlan

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KUALA LUMPUR: Jika hanya 20 daripada 50,000 pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) sedang disiasat kerana menerima dana asing, tiada masalah bagi pihak yang mengkritik kerajaan mengatakan mereka bimbang tentang tindakan lebih keras.

Itu adalah hujah daripada Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed kepada media hari ini, apabila ditanya Malay Mail Online jika siasatan itu menandakan berlakunya tindakan keras lebih lanjut.

Pihak berkuasa tidak menganiaya NGO, sebaliknya menyiasat agenda mereka yang menerima sokongan asing, katanya. Beliau mengesahkan siasatan bermula bulan lalu.

Hanya 20 daripada 50,000 sedang disiasat, ia jumlah kecil dan siasatan yang fokus. Mengapa kamu takut disiasat jika tidak bersalah?

“Asas siasatan adalah apabila Bank Negara Malaysia, polis, mengesan wang yang mengalir melalui NGO. Kami mahu tahu apa pembiayaan itu dan tujuannya,” kata beliau kepada laman web berita.

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