Putrajaya ‘brainwashing’ Malaysians with their money, Ambiga says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan speaks at her office during an interview with Malay Mail Online, Kuala Lumpur, June 16, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan speaks at her office during an interview with Malay Mail Online, Kuala Lumpur, June 16, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 — The government is using public funds to “brainwash” people and turn Malaysians against each other, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today after the National Civics Bureau (BTN) claimed racism can unite a race for a “good purpose”.

The former Malaysian Bar president also criticised the country’s leaders for using race and religion to divide Malaysians, amid rising racial and religious tension in the country that has seen Muslims recently demonstrate against a church.

“It is the rakyat’s money, all the rakyat’s money used to brainwash people, one segment of society against another,” Ambiga told Malay Mail Online in an interview here today.

“That’s why I said there has to be accountability, how they’re spending our money. They’re spending our money doing this. We’ve got to stop it,” added the lawyer who is currently president of the National Human Rights Society (Hakam). Read more

Nancy Shukri: A-G’s Chambers reviewing definition of rape

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers is reviewing Section 375 of the Penal Code to expand the definition of rape.

Referring a recent court case in Sibu, Sarawak, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said Monday that discussions on the issue were underway with medical practitioners and related ministries.

The scope of Section 375 does not now include the insertion of organs other than genitals, she said.

The Sibu Court of Appeal recently acquitted Bunya Jalong, 60, of raping a minor in 2011 as there was no penile penetration.

The girl had claimed she was raped on four occasions but Bunya contended there was only penetration by fingers. Read more

Can you tell the difference between a refugee and an illegal immigrant?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysia is home to a reported 40,000 Rohingyas, many of whom are barred from seeking employment due to their status as asylum seekers and refugees. ― File pic

Malaysia is home to a reported 40,000 Rohingyas, many of whom are barred from seeking employment due to their status as asylum seekers and refugees. ― File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 ― Malaysians’ inability to differentiate between refugees and illegal immigrants was clouding the the recent crisis on human trafficking and boat people, human rights advocates said during a forum last night.

Malaysian Social Research Institute’s (MRSI) Yolanda said this is a crucial problem for refugees as local do not understand why these people were attempting to seek asylum here.

“Generally, Malaysians do not know what is a refugee. They just put them in the same room as illegal immigrants… a lot of them think there are no refugees here,” said the MRSI programme officer who has been dealing with refugees from Syria and Pakistan, among others. Read more

Cops: No new human trafficking camps found in Perlis

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A Malaysian policeman leaves the site of the place where human remains were found, near an abandoned human trafficking camp, in the jungle close to the Thailand border at Bukit Wang Burma in northern Malaysia, May 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

A Malaysian policeman leaves the site of the place where human remains were found, near an abandoned human trafficking camp, in the jungle close to the Thailand border at Bukit Wang Burma in northern Malaysia, May 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 ― The finding of a camp believed to be for human trafficking purposes at the Mata Air Forest Reserve, Perlis, as reported on the front page of a newspaper today, is not a new finding.

Perlis Police chief, SAC Shafie Ismail said the emplacement in Bukit Genting Perah, Wang Kelian was one of the 28 emplacements mentioned by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in a media conference at Martek Op Wawasan Khas, Wang Kelian on May 25.

“The media present has been given a comprehensive picture on the emplacements which are found via photos which were exhibited at the picture gallery of the base. Read more

Jangan sekat periuk nasi kami, kata penerbit dilabel ‘indie’ pada BTN

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Penerbit buku, Merpati Jingga bimbang tuduhan Biro Tatanegara terhadap gerakan muzik dan sastera indie akan menjejaskan maruah dan sumber rezeki penerbit buku serta pengkarya sastera. – Gambar Facebook, 16 Jun, 2015

Penerbit buku, Merpati Jingga bimbang tuduhan Biro Tatanegara terhadap gerakan muzik dan sastera indie akan menjejaskan maruah dan sumber rezeki penerbit buku serta pengkarya sastera. – Gambar Facebook, 16 Jun, 2015

Susulan amaran dikeluarkan Biro Tatanegara (BTN) terhadap gerakan muzik dan sastera indie, syarikat penerbitan hari ini menggesa agensi kerajaan itu menumpukan kepada peranannya membangun jati diri insan, terutamanya golongan penjawat awam dan bukannya cuba menutup periuk nasi industri buku indie.

Pengarah Urusan Merpati Jingga, Faisal Mustaffa berkata pihaknya bimbang tuduhan BTN terhadap gerakan muzik dan sastera indie akan menjejaskan maruah dan sumber rezeki penerbit buku serta pengkarya sastera. Read more

Stick to civil servants, not indie scene, publisher tells civics bureau

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Putrajaya’s National Civics Bureau (BTN) should focus on its role on human development, especially among public sector employees and not meddle in the affairs of the Malaysian “indie” music and literature movement, said publisher Faisal Mustaffa said.

The Merpati Jingga managing director said that he was concerned the allegations made by BTN would affect writers and the publishing industry. Read more

PRESIDENT’S REPORT FOR 2014/2015 – Ambiga Sreenevasan

 PRESIDENT’S REPORT FOR THE AGM 2014/2015 [24th AGM]

President

HAKAM was pioneered, amongst others, by our own father of independence  Tunku Abdul Rahman, former Prime Minister Tun Hussein Onn and an  illustrious member of the Bar, Raja Aziz Addruse. What drove them to set up  HAKAM is set out in the declaration that was signed by them on 10 December  1988. It is worth reproducing a part of that declaration here.

“Whereas by Proclamation of Independence dated the 31st day of August,  1957 this  nation was proclaimed a sovereign democratic and independent  nation founded  upon the principle of liberty and justice ever seeking the  welfare and happiness of  its people and the maintenance of a just peace  among all nations.

“Whereas this nation, upon becoming a member of the United Nations Organisation, subscribed to the principles embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Whereas there has been a constant erosion of these principles.

“We hereby declare that there is a need to promote, preserve and defend these principles and hereby propose that there be established a national organization for that purpose.”

In the last one year, Malaysia has seen a continuing deterioration of human rights. We have amongst other things, seen the introduction of new and oppressive laws and continued abuse of powers. HAKAM is therefore as relevant today as it was when it was first established. This is a sad testament to the state of human rights here.

I would like to thank all members of the Executive Committee and members of HAKAM who have shown dedication and commitment in the last year towards enhancing our role as advocates of human rights issues. HAKAM has had a wonderful one year with several new initiatives and continuing programmes. Read more