Statement: CIJ calls on home minister to stop threatening media over 1MDB reports

A screengrab of Sarawak Report’s latest article, defending its expose that the leaked documents of PetroSaudi International are not tampered as alleged. – June 26, 2015.

A screengrab of Sarawak Report’s latest article, defending its expose that the leaked documents of PetroSaudi International are not tampered as alleged. – June 26, 2015.

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JUNE 26 — The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is dismayed at Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s recent threats against the media. Zahid warned that action could be taken against The Edge under the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) and against Sarawak Report under the Communications and Multimedia Act in relation to reports on government-owned investment corporation 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The threats come in wake of the arrest of former PetroSaudi employee Xavier Justo in Bangkok on allegations of attempted extortion and blackmail. Zahid said that investigations revealed that data obtained by Justo in relation to PetroSaudi’s business dealings with 1MDB were tampered with and inaccurate facts were subsequently reported by The Edge and Sarawak Report. He also accused The Edge and Sarawak Report of spinning the facts.

Press freedom is a key component of any genuine democracy and is an important tool in holding the government to account. If there are any inaccuracies in media reports regarding those in government or government-owned corporations, these can be countered by those affected. Indeed, media statements by 1MDB responding to allegations have been widely carried in both the print and online media.  Read more

C4 Statement: One Scandal Too Many – Najib’s administration leaves a murky, dangerous international money trail

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A C4 STATEMENT

23 June 2015

ONE SCANDAL TOO MANY – NAJIB’S ADMINISTRATION LEAVES A MURKY, DANGEROUS INTERNATIONAL MONEY TRAIL

The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) is shocked at yet another revelation, bordering on corruption, involving Malaysian officials, which has surfaced in the Australian media today.

C4 urges the Malaysian government to respond immediately to the report in The Age which alleged several damning details, that MARA, a government institution set up to aid poor Malays, has been implicated in a RM65 million Australian property scam.

Screen grab of The Age's report "Corrupt overseas buyers ramp up property price, burn locals" published on 23 June 2015

Screen grab of The Age’s report “Corrupt overseas buyers ramp up property price, burn locals” published on 23 June 2015

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“The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, Amnesty International Malaysia, Bar Council Malaysia, Suara Rakyat Malaysia and Lawyers for Liberty together launch the Campaign on Malaysia’s Accession to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment”

Source: Suhakam

Joint Press Release

“The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, Amnesty International Malaysia, Bar Council Malaysia, Suara Rakyat Malaysia and Lawyers for Liberty together launch the Campaign on Malaysia’s Accession to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment”

KUALA LUMPUR (26 June 2015) – On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture celebrated annually on 26 June, we, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (the Commission), Amnesty International Malaysia (AI Malaysia), Bar Council Malaysia, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and Lawyers For Liberty (LFL) together reiterate our strong commitment to the fight against torture, express our solidarity with all victims of torture and their families, and call on the Government to accede to the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment (CAT).

Decades have passed since the said Convention had entered into force, prescribing through international law a total prohibition of all forms of torture. Yet torture continues across the world, including in Malaysia, despite it being inconsistent with our values. By joining the other 158 United Nations Member States that are party to the CAT, Malaysia would be making a firm commitment towards eliminating torture. Read more