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



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



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