Will Putrajaya commit to end mandatory death penalty? groups ask amid cross signals

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Pic by HAKAM/Thulsi Manogaran

Pic by HAKAM/Thulsi Manogaran

 

KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 — With mixed signals from ministers, several non-governmental organisations called on the federal government today to state clearly its stand on the mandatory death sentence in practice currently.

Representatives from the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), the Malaysian Bar and French group The Organisation Together Against Death Penalty urged Putrajaya to abolish the practice in favour of more humane sentences. Read more

M’sia uses Singapore’s drug laws to review drug- related death sentence

Source: The New Straits Times Online

Pic by HAKAM/Thulsi Manogaran

Pic by HAKAM/Thulsi Manogaran

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is scrutinising Singapore’s drug laws to review the death penalty in Malaysia’s drug-related laws.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said it was perusing the republic’s Misuse of Drugs Act in reforming the existing laws as reaction to public calls to review the death penalty.

He said there were equally strong voices of parties which supported the death penalty imposition on heinous crimes and those against the sentence.

“It is my hope that as much as we seriously value life, we must also look with the same conscientiousness into the issue of the death penalty,” he said when officiating the 1st Asian Regional Congress on The Death Penalty here today.

The conference was attended by over 300 anti-death penalty advocates from around the world to discuss the contentious and important topic on the death penalty. – BERNAMA

The right to religion and religion of rights – Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

Both great forces need to be harnessed for the common cause of human salvation.

AT a seminar at the University of Malaya on May 23, a monumentally significant issue was explored: whether religion and human rights are compatible with each other?

At the very outset it was pointed out by the speakers that the topic poses many interesting definitional and conceptual conundrums. Read more

Putrajaya’s sluggish home rebuilding efforts in Kelantan ‘very disappointing’, Ambiga says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Ambiga said it was 'ridiculous' that the federal government has constructed so few homes so far, when six months has already lapsed since the disaster. Ambiga said it was 'ridiculous' that the federal government has constructed so few homes so far, when six months has already lapsed since the disaster. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Ambiga Sreenevasan speaking at an event to raise funds for Kelantan flood victims. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 — With hundreds of Kelantan families still forced to live in tents six months after the recent flood disaster, it is clear that Putrajaya’s post-flood reconstruction effort has fallen far short of expectations, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said.

The civil society activist said it was “ridiculous” that the federal government has constructed so few homes so far, when six months has already lapsed since the disaster.

“I am very disappointed with the federal government, it’s ridiculous that only 19 houses have been built as of May… That’s not what we would expect of a respectable government,” she said at the announcement of a fundraising dinner for the Kelantan flood victims, led by DAP’s charity arm Impian Kelantan. Read more

Think before you ask anything – Azmi Sharom

Source: The Star Online

BY AZMI SHAROM

Azmi Sharom - file pic

Azmi Sharom – file pic

THE Thought Police of George Orwell’s 1984.

What a wonderful creation. The ultimate symbol of authoritarian madness; where your very own personal thoughts are controlled.

The Thought Police, or Thinkpol in the novel’s Newspeak, became for generations the shorthand of the behaviour of dictatorships and undemocratic governments everywhere.

If one feels that oppression and suppression were getting out of hand, one says things like “Well, it’s just like the bloody thought police, isn’t it?” Read more