Pemberi maklumat wajar dilindungi – Syahredzan Johan

Sumber: Sinar Harian


Syahredzan Johan — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Syahredzan Johan — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

WUJUD suatu persepsi dalam kalangan umum bahawa pihak berkuasa lebih berminat mencari mereka yang mendedahkan kesalahan yang berlaku, dan bukannya mereka yang benar-benar melakukan kesalahan. Dalam erti kata lain, pihak berkuasa ‘menembak’ si pemberi maklumat, atau dalam bahasa Inggeris, ‘whistleblowers’, dan bukannya si pesalah.

Tidak dinafikan bahawa kadangkala, pendedahan maklumat oleh pemberi maklumat juga salah di sisi undang-undang. Undang-undang kita penuh dengan peruntukan yang menjadikan ia suatu kesalahan bagi seseorang individu yang mendedahkan maklumat yang mereka miliki. Contohnya, Akta Rahsia Rasmi atau OSA, menjenayahkan pendedahan maklumat yang diklasifikasikan sebagai ‘rahsia rasmi’ oleh orang yang tidak diberi kuasa. Kanun Keseksaan pula menjadikan ia suatu jenayah sekiranya seseorang yang berkhidmat sebagai penjawat awam mendedahkan maklumat tanpa kebenaran. Read more

Community service to replace caning for juveniles under new Act, says minister

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Juvenile offenders will be made to do community service instead of being punished by whipping under proposals to the new Child Act 2015 that is expected to be tabled in Parliament in October, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry said.

Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the suggestion for community service had been included in the text of the draft law that is now with the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“Instead of whipping, child offenders can do community service because if they get whipping they might turn to be a vindictive person and they might inflict their vengence on others,” Rohani told a press conference after the ministry’s open house in Kuala Lumpur today.

“They (child offenders) are wrong but we suggest this because whipping leaves marks. Why not they do hours of community work so that they will be able to repent instead,” she said.

The new act will also cover cyber-bullying and child pornography, both of which were not included in the current Child Act 2001. Read more

Child welfare trumps religion in custody battle, Perlis Fatwa council says in new edict

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said the committee found it unfair to determine the winner of a child custody battle based solely on which parent is Muslim as the overall welfare and interests of the child were more important. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — In a landmark decision, the Perlis Fatwa Committee has issued an edict stating that a child’s welfare takes priority over religion in custody battles involving Muslim convert and non-Muslim parents.

The Star reported today that state mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said the committee found it unfair to determine the winner of a child custody battle based solely on which parent is Muslim as the overall welfare and interests of the child were more important.

“The common case these days is that both parents are non-Muslims, and then one of them converts to Islam. If going by the Shariah court, then custody is unquestionably given to the Muslim parent.

“This is actually not right, as there is no basis for that sort of ruling, whether in the Quran or hadith. Read more

Uphold Malaysians’ fundamental rights – Suhakam

Source: The Malaysian Insider

SUHAKAMThe Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) expresses serious concern over the recent series of attempts and measures taken by the authorities in the wake of the still-unfolding and unresolved national controversy affecting the country, by restricting and limiting the fundamental rights of Malaysians. This includes the freedom of movement, freedom of expression, freedom of information and press freedom among others.

The commission is also deeply concerned at the various forms of discrimination by the authorities against people based on their political affiliations.

The commission is appalled at the methods employed by the authorities to manage this controversy, and in particular deplores the decision of the Home Ministry to impose a three-month suspension of the publishing permits of two business newspapers owned by The Edge Media Group, purportedly for publishing articles on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which it deemed to be prejudicial to public order and national interests. Read more

HAKAM Press Conference on 28 July 2015 – The Nation in Crisis: An Action Plan

HAKAM invites the media to a Press Conference on 28 July 2015 for a presentation of an action plan to address the political crisis facing Malaysia. The Action Plan will be jointly presented by the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM) and Negara-Ku.

Ambiga Sreenevasan, President of HAKAM together with representatives from the three organisations will be speaking at the press conference.