Police identify more than three kingpins of human trafficking, says home minister

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have identified more than three kingpins of the syndicates involved in the recently uncovered human trafficking activities in the Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian, Perlis.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the activities could not have been managed by only one kingpin. Read more

Media freedom not a priority to become developed nation, minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Media censorship - good or bad?

Media censorship – good or bad?

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — Malaysia does not need “absolute” media freedom to achieve developed nation status, a minister told Parliament today.

Multimedia and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the federal government is for curtailing press freedom if absolute press freedom led to religious insults, as has happened in some European countries.

“Some YBs have drawn comparisons to countries high on the press freedom ranking like Sweden, Denmark and France, where they allow cartoons to insult religion,” he said when winding up points directed at his ministry during the 11th Malaysia Plan debate. Read more

BTN removes slides from website after caught with pants down

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Screen capture of one in a series of slides that BTN used to show that racism can unite a race for a ‘good purpose’.

Screen capture of one in a series of slides that BTN used to show that racism can unite a race for a ‘good purpose’.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — The National Civics Bureau (BTN) has pulled down a folder on its website which contained several presentation slides that were ridiculed by Malaysians online today.

As of this evening, the folder “PerkongsianDokumen” and its subfolder “Penerbitan” – which contained the slides – are no longer available online.

The whole of the website’s back-end however can still be accessed by the public and has not been secured. Read more

Kebebasan maklumat penting – Syahredzan Johan

Sumber: Sinar Harian

OLEH SYAHREDZAN JOHAN

Syahredzan Johan — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Syahredzan Johan — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

BAYANGKAN senario ini. Anda tinggal di sebuah kawasan perumahan. Anda beli rumah di kawasan tersebut kerana ia jauh dari kesibukan bandar.

Nilai hartanah di kawasan perumahan tersebut lebih tinggi dari biasa, tetapi anda membelinya kerana ia menjanjikan kesunyian dan ketenteraman.

Anda mahukan suatu tempat yang mana anda dan keluarga boleh tinggal dengan selamat. Suatu hari, anda mendapat tahu bahawa kerajaan telah meluluskan pembinaan lebuh raya yang akan melalui kawasan perumahan anda.

Projek lebuh raya ini akan memakan masa panjang, dan selepas siap, walaupun nilai hartanah rumah anda mungkin sekali akan meningkat, namun kesunyian ketenteraman yang anda nikmati kini sudah pasti akan terganggu.

Bila ditanya dek media, kerajaan menjawab bahawa keputusan dibuat selepas kajian dilakukan. Tetapi bila ditanya lanjut, kerajaan enggan mendedahkan kajian tersebut. Read more

Racism can unite a race ‘for good’, BTN says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Screen capture of one in a series of slides that BTN used to show that racism can unite a race for a ‘good purpose’.

Screen capture of one in a series of slides that BTN used to show that racism can unite a race for a ‘good purpose’.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — The National Civics Bureau (BTN) claims that racism can unite a race for a “good purpose” as Malaysia struggles to deal with inter-ethnic tensions that have bubbled up the last few years.

In another set of slides uploaded on its website titled “Rasis”, the government agency claimed that racism has instead received a “negative connotation” as the idea is being used by certain parties to achieve their political goals and topple the government. Read more

BTN slaps bull’s-eye on Malay counterculture for anti-establishment bent

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Screen capture shows a slide of the BTN’s Research and Publication Department that listed indie book publishers that it labelled as ‘anti-establishment’.

Screen capture shows a slide of the BTN’s Research and Publication Department that listed indie book publishers that it labelled as ‘anti-establishment’.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — Malay independent (indie) book publishers have been tarred by the National Civics Bureau (BTN) as masterminds of an “anti-establishment” movement to influence youths voting in the 14th general election.

According to presentations slides made available on BTN’s website on March 11 that are now circulating on social media, the government agency suggested that politicians approach the publishers to understand “their aspirations” and ban their books for having “explicit and free” content. Read more

Why freedom of information matters – Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online

A HUMBLE SUBMISSION BY SHAHREDZAN JOHAN

Syahredzan Johan - file pic

Syahredzan Johan – file pic

IMAGINE this scene:

You live in a housing estate in the suburbs. The house that you bought is not cheap, but there is a reason why you spent your hard-earned money to purchase the property. You want to raise a family far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, safe enough that your children can walk in your housing area without fear. This is to be your dream home and you did not mind spending more for it.

One day, you find out that the government plans to build a highway near your housing area. It is a major development project that will take years to complete and cost billions of Ringgit. The project is claimed to be the answer to the traffic woes of the surrounding cities. Read more

Islam no joking matter, Malaysian stand-up comics say amid creeping conservatism

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Jokes about race, religion and sex often form the magic bag of comedians worldwide but Malaysian comics are giving Islam a wide berth for fear of arrest and even death, as conservatism takes roots in this multicultural nation.

Comedian Jason Leong said he and fellow comics have lampooned Christianity and Buddhism, but not Islam, the predominant religion in Malaysia.

“What is difficult is making jokes about Islam, or as my friend calls it, Muslimism; we don’t wanna get arrested, we don’t wanna die,” Leong told a packed audience at a session titled “Killing Sacred Cows: Comedy in the Age of Offence” at the Cooler Lumpur Festival here yesterday. Read more

Tindakan Putrajaya terhadap pengkritik seperti zaman Suharto, kata pengarang Indonesia

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Pengarang Kanan Tempo Bambang Harymurti berkata, mereka turut bimbang dengan penahanan pengamal media di Malaysia yang disifatkannya menyamai zaman pemerintahan bekas Presiden Suharto. – Gambar nasional.tempo.co, 15 Jun, 2015.

Pengarang Kanan Tempo Bambang Harymurti berkata, mereka turut bimbang dengan penahanan pengamal media di Malaysia yang disifatkannya menyamai zaman pemerintahan bekas Presiden Suharto. – Gambar nasional.tempo.co, 15 Jun, 2015.

Perkembangan politik di Malaysia, termasuk tindakan yang diambil Putrajaya terhadap pengkritik sama seperti Indonesia ketika zaman pemerintahan bekas presiden, Suharto selama 31 tahun, kata seorang pengarang daripada republik itu.

Pengarang Kanan Tempo Bambang Harymurti berkata, minat rakyat Indonesia terhadap Malaysia mula berkembang selepas laporan majalah itu pada April berkenaan gaya hidup Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan isterinya Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Artikel bertajuk “Hidup Mewah Sang Perdana Menteri” mendedahkan beberapa perbelanjaan mewah Rosmah, antaranya termasuk beg tangan berjenama Birkin dan barang kemas. Read more