Govt cannot intervene in case of Malaysians on Singapore death row, court rules

Source: The Malay Mail Online

court-signpost-200x200 (1)KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 — Two Malaysians who are on death row in Singapore for drug trafficking today failed to obtain leave for a judicial review to compel the government to intervene by referring the republic to the International Court of Justice (IJC).

This followed a decision by High Court judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah in dismissing the applications by S. Prabagaran, 30, and his mother, V. Eswary, 54, as well as K. Datchinamurthy, 32, and his mother, A. Letchumi, 54,

Hanipah made the decision in chambers in a proceeding attended by their lawyers, N. Surendran and Latheefa Koya, as well as Senior Federal Counsel Datuk Umar Saifuddin Jaafar and Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud, who represented the home minister and the government, and lawyer Andrew Khoo, from the Bar Council. Read more

We condemn passage of National Security Council bill, urge reforms in lawmaking — ICJ

Source: The Malay Mail Online

DECEMBER 4 — The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) condemned the passage of the National Security Council bill by Malaysia’s House of Representatives today. The passage of the bill underlines the need to establish reforms in the lawmaking processes in the country. The ICJ calls on the Government of Malaysia to undertake these reforms immediately.

The bill, hastily tabled at the House of Representatives on 1 December 2015 by the Government, was passed by a vote of 107 in favour and 77 against the proposal.

Members of the ruling party, Barisan Nasional, voted overwhelmingly in its favour. The vote took place despite repeated calls from Malaysian civil society, opposition lawmakers, and human rights advocates to delay consideration to allow for extensive debate and adequate consultations on the draft legislation.

The ICJ deplored the manner in which the government steamrolled the bill to passage. Read more