AG’s termination: constitutional? – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: TheSunDaily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

IT CAME as a surprise to everyone. In a curt statement issued by the government’s chief secretary, the attorney-general (AG) was removed from office. Summarily and immediately – barely 66 days from his retirement date on Oct 6.

He was terminated for “health reasons”. Strangely his health was no impediment to the requirement that he continue as a “judicial and legal officer”.

Predictably, there is speculation over his termination. After all, AG Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail was largely perceived to be the government’s arch loyal servant. Under his watch, for example, he opposed vigorously any challenge to a minister’s exercise of power under judicial review.

The public seems also intrigued by the speed with which he was terminated; and the timing – simultaneously alongside the deputy prime minister and three other ministers – all vocal critics of the PM vis-à-vis the 1MDB controversy. They had, said the PM, acted “contrary to the concept of collective responsibility”. Read more

The unprotected whistleblower protection law — Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Whistleblowers-Act-2010JULY 30 — Over the past few months, the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue has received a great amount of attention from the different backgrounds in Malaysian society.

The entire saga of 1MDB was heading towards the end with the culprit almost identified after the former Premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and several opposition leaders including Non-Governmental Organisations relentlessly criticised the Malaysian government over the operation of the debt-ridden company.

The greater highlights by online media in Malaysia and beyond has put the company and the government in a defenceless state.

However, the story now seems to be prolonged when the issue has been dragged to another episode to bring the show towards a different ending. Instead of having the case probed into transparently by the authorities, they are now more interested to identify and criminalize the whistle blowers. As far as the matter is concerned, the authorities claimed the action is for the sake of upholding Official Secrets Act 1972 -Act 88 (OSA 1972).

The explicit example of statement from the Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar that “police will investigate the leak of confidential documents pertaining to Lembaga Tabung Haji’s purchase of land from 1Malaysia Development Berhand (1MDB) under the Official Secrets Act (OSA)” had spoken for itself. Read more

A Plea To Sign An Online Petition To MPs To Call For An Emergency Parliamentary Session And Form A National Government

Seruan untuk menandatangani petisyen menyeru kesemua ahli-ahli Parlimen meminta satu Sesi Persidangan Parlimen Tergempa (“Emergency Parliamentary Session“) untuk membentuk satu Kerajaan Kebangsaan bagi mengambil tindakan yang wajar untuk menangani krisis yang kini melanda Malaysia dan untuk mengembalikan kestabilan negara ini.

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Krisis telahpun melanda negara ini. Terlalu banyak skandal-skandal kewangan, kejatuhan nilai ringgit, pelaksanaan GST, dan sekatan-sekatan ke atas kebebasan asasi kita telah menyebabkan kehilangan kepercayaan dan keyakinan orang awam terhadap kerajaan. Ketelusan dan akauntabiliti langsung tidak wujud. Mereka yang mempunyai kuasa pula tidak menggunakannya untuk kebaikan awam. Kepimpinan negara pula memberikan perhatian yang tidak mencukupi terhadap krisis ekonomi dan kesukaran yang dihadapi oleh rakyat. Keadaan rasuah yang tidak terkawal berserta dengan pencabulan hak-hak sivil dan politikal telah mewujudkan suatu persekitaran yang tidak menentu dimana kebajikan rakyat bukan lagi merupakan satu keutamaan.

Oleh itu, demi kepentingan rakyat dan negara, kami, HAKAM, C4, PROHAM dan Gerakan Rakyat Negara-Ku telah membentangkan suatu Pelan Tindakan Demi Rakyat untuk menangani krisis ini dan untuk mengembalikan kestabilan negara ini.

Setelah Pelan Tindakan Demi Rakyat ini dibentangkan pada 28 Julai 2015, HAKAM, bagi pihak HAKAM, C4, PROHAM dan Gerakan Rakyat Negara-Ku, telah memulakan satu petisyen menyeru kesemua ahli-ahli Parlimen meminta satu Sesi Persidangan Parlimen Tergempa (“Emergency Parliamentary Session“) untuk membentuk satu Kerajaan Kebangsaan bagi mengambil tindakan yang wajar untuk menangani krisis negara ini berdasarkan Pelan Tindakan Demi Rakyat ini.

Rakyat Malaysia yang mengambil berat isu dan ingin menyokong usaha mempetisyen ahli-ahli Parlimen diseru menandatangani petisyen kami yang diterbitkan di
https://www.change.org/p/malaysian-members-of-parliament-to-call-for-an-emergency-parliamentary-session-and-form-a-national-government

Terima kasih atas sokongan anda.

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Crossroads of integrity — Transparency International – Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY AKHBAR SATAR

JULY 30 — Transparency International – Malaysia (TI-M) is deeply concerned that the entire 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) episode so far sadly displays a complete lack of governance, integrity and submission to the rule of law. 29 July 2015, will go down as one of the most interesting and eventful days in the leaf of Malaysian history.

The services of the Attorney-General (AG) and a few Cabinet members were terminated. Even the AG was not aware of the decision and the reason given for the termination was due to ‘health reasons’. The services of the Special Branch Chief at Bukit Aman were also not extended. Ironically, a fire broke out destroying ‘old and unimportant documents’ at the corridor of Level 10 of Menara Dua in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.

The big shocking news was the sacking of the Deputy Prime Minister. This is due to him allegedly breaching the principle of collective responsibility of the Cabinet. His successor accused him of attempting to engineer a rift within the party and wanted the then DPM to have stood by the leadership.

Equally, surprising are the developments regarding the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which was in the middle of probing into scandal-ridden 1MDB and which suddenly have four of its thirteen members were appointed into the new Cabinet. Not one but four! Read more

Najib’s Cabinet reshuffle only compounding crisis, says Ambiga

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Hakam president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan says today's Cabinet reshuffle is proof that one man can have too much power and can change things to affect any investigation to his alleged wrongdoings. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 28, 2015.

Hakam president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan says today’s Cabinet reshuffle is proof that one man can have too much power and can change things to affect any investigation to his alleged wrongdoings. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 28, 2015.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s move to reshuffle his Cabinet has only made Malaysia’s current political crisis worse, National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today.

“What happened today breaches every rule that forms the core principles of a democracy,” Ambiga said of the Cabinet reshuffle announced today, which saw Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin being sacked as deputy prime minister and replaced by Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“This is only compounding the crisis, not solving it,” she said, adding that Najib now had “so much power” in his hands.

Najib also appointed seven new ministers and nine new deputy ministers.

This is the second reshuffle he had done since the 13th general election in May 2013, and comes at a time when he is facing allegations of transferring state funds into his personal accounts. His brainchild, state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), is also being probed for alleged financial improprieties. Read more

HAKAM, C4, PROHAM, Negara-Ku: Demi Rakyat Action Plan

Demi Rakyat

For the People

28 July 2015

National Human Rights Society Malaysia (HAKAM),
Centre to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4),
Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM),
Negara-Ku People’s Movement

 

Introduction

The nation is in crisis. The numerous financial scandals, falling ringgit, implementation of GST, and curtailment of our fundamental freedoms have resulted in a loss of trust and public confidence in the government. Transparency and accountability are non-existent. Those exercising the levers of power are not using them for the public good. There is scant attention by the leadership to the economic crisis and the hardship faced by the people. The unbridled corruption against a background of diminishing civil and political rights, has created an environment of uncertainty and the welfare of the people does not appear to be a priority.

Therefore, in the interest of the people and the nation, we, the undersigned members of civil society, present an action plan to arrest the crisis and to restore the nation to an even keel. Read more

HAKAM, C4, PROHAM, Negara-Ku: Pelan Tindakan Demi Rakyat

Demi Rakyat

For the People

28 Julai 2015

Persatuan Kebangsaan Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (HAKAM),
Pusat Membanteras Rasuah dan Kronisme (C4),
Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia (PROHAM),
Gerakan Rakyat Negara-Ku

 

Mukadimah

Krisis telahpun melanda negara ini. Terlalu banyak skandal-skandal kewangan, kejatuhan nilai ringgit, pelaksanaan GST, dan sekatan-sekatan ke atas kebebasan asasi kita telah menyebabkan kehilangan kepercayaan dan keyakinan orang awam terhadap kerajaan. Ketelusan dan akauntabiliti langsung tidak wujud. Mereka yang mempunyai kuasa pula tidak menggunakannya untuk kebaikan awam. Kepimpinan negara pula memberikan perhatian yang tidak mencukupi terhadap krisis ekonomi dan kesukaran yang dihadapi oleh rakyat. Keadaan rasuah yang tidak terkawal berserta dengan pencabulan hak-hak sivil dan politikal telah mewujudkan suatu persekitaran yang tidak menentu dimana kebajikan rakyat bukan lagi merupakan satu keutamaan.

Oleh itu, demi kepentingan rakyat dan negara, kami, ahli-ahli masyarakat sivil yang bertandatangan di bawah, membentangkan suatu pelan tindakan untuk menangani krisis ini dan untuk mengembalikan kestabilan negara ini. Read more

A bane to press freedom — Sin Chew Daily

Source: The Malay Mail Online

JULY 28 — The 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue is gathering more heat now.

The Edge Financial Daily and The Edge Weekly, both under The Edge Group, have had their publishing permits suspended for three months by the Home Ministry following their continued pursuit of the 1MDB issue.

This is a follow-up action by the government after it blocked the Sarawak Report site. The move also marked the government’s first action against the print media since the 1MDB scandal first came to light.

The print media was last targeted in the Ops Lalang in 1987, when the publishing permits of Sin Chew Daily, The Star and Watan were simultaneously suspended.

In the 1980s when internet was still out of bounds to majority of Malaysians, information access was rather restricted. It therefore came as no surprise that the government would deliberately threaten to punish newspapers for publishing things it did not like to see. Read more

US upgrades Malaysia in trafficking report

Source: New Straits Times

The United States upgrades Malaysia in an annual report on human trafficking. – Reuters filepic, July 27, 2015.

WASHINGTON: The United States upgraded Malaysia in an annual report on human trafficking on Monday despite calls by human rights groups and nearly 180 US lawmakers to keep the Southeast Asian country on a list of worst offenders in failing to suppress trafficking.

The US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report also upgraded Cuba from its lowest rank for the first time since it was included in the annual report in 2003.

South Sudan, Burundi, Belize, Belarus and Comoros were downgraded to the lowest rank, Tier 3, where Thailand remained for a second straight year, alongside countries with some of the world’s worst trafficking records, including Iran, North Korea and Zimbabwe.

Malaysia’s expected upgrade to so-called “Tier 2 Watch List” status from Tier 3 removes a potential barrier to President Barack Obama’s signature 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP. Read more