Home Ministry told to review outdated laws, DPM says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

TELUK INTAN, Dec 17 ― The Home Ministry has been asked to review outdated laws to allow heavier penalties to be imposed on offenders as a deterrent sentence.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the law review process in collaboration with the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) was needed to provide legislation and punishments that were deemed “futuristic” and rational to be applied in the future.

“I have instructed the ministry’s legal advisers and the Drafting Unit of the AGC to look at all existing laws, not only involving the PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) but also to review the legislations under the ministry’s jurisdictions.     Read more

DPM expects full report from IGP on NGOs under investigation for receiving foreign funds

Source: The Malay Mail Online

TELUK INTAN, Dec 17 — Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar will be asked to give details on 20 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which are suspected of receiving foreign funds.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that currently he did not have information on the matter.

“I will ask the IGP for the details on which are the 20 NGOs that have been investigated,” he told reporters after officiating the PDRM Health Examination Subsidy and Aid Scheme at the Hilir Perak District Police Contingent Headquarters, here today. Read more

20 NGO disyaki terima dana asing disiasat, kata Nur Jazlan

Sumber: FMT News

Siasatan perlu dilakukan kerana banyak negara digulingkan melalui cara NGO digunakan pihak luar, kata timbalan menteri dalam negeri

JOHOR BAHRU: Kira-kira 20 daripada 50,000 pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang berdaftar dengan Jabatan Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS) disiasat sejak November kerana disyaki menerima dana yang meragui daripada individu serta organisasi luar negara.

Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed berkata jumlah NGO yang disiasat berhubung perkara itu mungkin bertambah pada masa hadapan memandangkan polis tidak merancang untuk menghentikan skop penyiasatan sehingga kini.

“Siasatan perlu dilakukan untuk memastikan NGO-NGO ini tidak menjadi muka depan kepada pihak tertentu yang berniat menggugat demokrasi negara, kerana banyak negara di Barat dan juga mungkin di Asia telah digulingkan melalui cara NGO digunakan oleh pihak luar,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan pencarian Ikon Muslimah Johor 2016 di sini hari ini.

Nur Jazlan berkata demikian ketika mengulas perkembangan siasatan terhadap Pengerusi Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah yang dipercayai melakukan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen dengan menggunakan dana yang diterima daripada Open Society Foundation (OSF). Read more

Bersih: Tiada sesiapa patut ‘diseksa’ ketika dalam kurungan

Sumber: FMT News

Timbalan menteri itu berkata pakaian dalam dilarang kerana ia boleh dijadikan alat mencederakan diri. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Timbalan menteri itu berkata pakaian dalam dilarang kerana ia boleh dijadikan alat mencederakan diri. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

NGO pemantau pilihan raya berkata amat membimbangkan apabila Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed melihat tidak ada apa-apa yang tidak bermoral dengan layanan terhadap tahanan dalam kurungan.

PETALING JAYA: Tiada tahanan patut dilayan seperti yang diterima Maria Chin Abdullah, kata jawatankuasa pemandu Bersih kepada Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

NGO pemantau pilihan raya berkata kurungan Maria ketika dia disiasat atas kesalahan di bawah Akta Kesalahan Keselamatan (Langkah-langkah Khas) 2012 (Sosma) itu ialah satu bentuk “seksaan”, dan mendesak kerajaan menghentikan penyalahgunaan undang-undang anti keganasan.

“Tidak ada sesiapa patut mengalami keadaan seperti itu yang tidak berperikemanusiaan dan menyebabkan trauma seperti itu,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini. Read more

Low: NGOs encouraged to engage with government to solve human rights issues

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Datuk Paul Low delivers a speech during the Suhakam forum in conjunction with World Human Rights Day, Kuala Lumpur December 8, 2016. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Datuk Paul Low delivers a speech during the Suhakam forum in conjunction with World Human Rights Day, Kuala Lumpur December 8, 2016. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — Non-governmental organisations (NGO) are encouraged to engage with the government to solve the issue of human rights, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan.

He said when he first became minister, the first thing he found was that very few NGOs did research with the government and there was a serious lack in engagement with the civil society group.

“I did try to change the government culture engaging the civil society group and we have a lot to do about it.

“The first thing to do is constructing engagement and have a dialogue where we should be open to listen to other views but it takes times,” he said during the speech of the ‘Human Rights Awards Ceremony 2016’ here today. Read more

Rohingya issue affects Malaysia’s security, Putrajaya tells Myanmar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Wisma Putra said the spillover effect of the Rohingya humanitarian crisis would affect the safety, security and standing of Malaysia. — Reuters pic

Wisma Putra said the spillover effect of the Rohingya humanitarian crisis would affect the safety, security and standing of Malaysia. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 — With 56,000 Rohingya in Malaysia, the government cannot close an eye to the “crisis” facing the ethnic Muslims in Myanmar, Wisma Putra said today.

In a strongly-worded statement, the Foreign Ministry said the high number of Rohingya refugees here as well as the hundreds of thousands in other countries was no longer an internal issue for Myanmar but an international issue, and closer to home a security matter for Malaysia.

“As a neighbour and a responsible member of the international community, it is Malaysia’s obligation to ensure that its Asean colleague takes proactive steps to prevent the matter from further deteriorating,” the ministry said, in response to remarks by U Zaw Htay, the deputy director-general of Myanmar’s President’s Office as published in The Myanmar Times yesterday. Read more

Menteri jamin pindaan RUU 355 ambil pandangan bukan Islam

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, 24 Nov — Kerajaan menjamin akan memperhalusi secara rapi cadangan pindaan Rang Undang-Undang persendirian bagi meminda Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidang Kuasa Jenayah) 1965 atau RUU 355, dengan mengambil kira pandangan semua pihak yang berkepentingan.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom berkata ini termasuk rakyat bukan Islam walaupun RUU 355 tidak melibatkan mereka sebagaimana yang termaktub dalam Perlembangaan Persekutuan.

“Kerajaan juga mengalu-alukan sebarang cadangan untuk memperkasa dan menambah baik institusi mahkamah Syariah termasuk usul persendirian yang dibentangkan anggota Parlimen Marang (Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang),” katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini hari ini.  Read more

Sosma not only for terrorists, says deputy minister

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) does not apply to acts of terrorism alone and has a wide definition, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said today.

“Sosma is not for terrorism alone. It can also apply for anything that disturbs national security and sovereignty,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

He was commenting on the detention of Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah under Sosma, where she can be held up to 28 days without trial. Read more

Ban on foreign funding sparks fear of Putrajaya’s meddling among NGOs

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The bi-partisan panel on political funding says cash donations from foreign sources to a political party or politician should be banned. — AFP pic

Will Putrajaya meddle in funding for NGOs? — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 ― A ban on foreign funding for civil society groups deemed “political” will eventually lead to direct interference by the government in their daily operations, several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have claimed.

The civil society groups polled by Malay Mail Online also explained they have no problems with revealing the sources of their funding, pointing out that the information is publicly available as they are officially registered under the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

“My fear is that, does this mean the government from now onwards is going to interfere in the operation and independent of NGOs, including those who are non-political?” local HIV and Aids advocacy group PT Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer Raymond Tai told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

“It’s not a secret, it’s all in our audited report, we have been practising transparency for a long time, so anyone is welcome to look at our account which is published on our website,” Tai added. Read more

American Bar wants Putrajaya to reconsider changes to LPA

Source: FMT News

It wants the Malaysian government to meet the Malaysian Bar to get feedback and ensure the independence of the legal profession. Pic taken from FMT News.

It wants the Malaysian government to meet the Malaysian Bar to get feedback and ensure the independence of the legal profession. Pic taken from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The American Bar Association has written to the Malaysian prime minister to voice its opposition to a proposal to appoint two government nominees to the Bar Council.

Its president Linda Klein in a letter to Najib Razak last week, said there was no justification for mandating government appointments.

“It is unclear what legitimate purpose the government is seeking to fulfill, by mandating government appointment of bar leadership,” she said in the letter dated Sept 23.

The letter has since been published on the Malaysian Bar website.

She said such appointments would inherently undermine the independence of the Bar.

“The proposed law would therefore create an unjustified infringement upon the right of association of members of the legal profession as enshrined in the Malaysian Constitution, international law and required by the UN Basic Principles,” she said. Read more