Hukuman sebat kanak-kanak akan dimansuhkan dalam pindaan akta

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat cadang pindaan kepada Akta Kanak-kanak 2001 selaras dengan perkembangan isu semasa, selepas 13 tahun akta itu dilaksanakan. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 2 Disember, 2015.

Putrajaya membentangkan pemansuhan hukuman sebatan kepada kanak-kanak melakukan kesalahan jenayah yang dilaksanakan Mahkamah Bagi Kanak-Kanak (MBKK) dimansuhkan dalam pindaan Akta Kanak-Kanak 2001.

Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga, dan Masyarakat Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim pada sidang media di Parlimen hari ini berkata, selain itu, pindaan berkenaan turut memasukkan Perintah Khidmat Masyarakat (CSO) diperkenalkan untuk dilaksanakan kanak-kanak yang ada konflik dengan undang-undang (kanak-kanak yang melakukan kesalahan jenayah) dan pesalah dewasa (ibu bapa/penjaga) yang mendera atau mengabaikan kanak-kanak.

“Setelah 13 tahun Akta Kanak-kanak 2001 (Akta 611) dilaksanakan,  Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat (KPWKM) mencadangkan pindaan kepada akta tersebut dengan mengambilkira isu-isu semasa yang berkaitan dengan kanak-kanak seperti peningkatan kes kecuaian ibu bapa dalam penjagaan kanak-kanak,” katanya. Read more

Putrajaya to spare children the rod in revamped Child Act

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 ― The federal government has proposed to drop whipping as a form of punishment for children found guilty of criminal acts, as it tabled a Bill to overhaul the Child Act 2001 today.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim, who tabled the Bill for its first reading this morning, said they want to remove any and all instances where the Court for Children can order minors to be whipped if convicted of criminal acts.

“We don’t want whipping of child criminal offenders. No whipping,” she said at a news conference at the Parliament lobby here. Read more

The IGP Must Recognise, Respect and Uphold the Rights and Obligations of Members of the Malaysian Bar


steven thiru-icon prezThe Malaysian Bar is shocked by the comments attributed to the Inspector General of Police (“IGP”) concerning Americk Singh Sidhu, a Member of the Malaysian Bar, in various press reports.

It has been reported that Americk Singh Sidhu was retained by Charles Morais, a brother of the late Deputy Public Prosecutor Kevin Morais, to prepare a statutory declaration (“SD”) on, inter alia, events leading to, and subsequent to, Kevin Morais’s death.

The disparaging remarks reportedly made by the IGP against Americk Singh Sidhu (“…bad reputation when it came to SDs…” and “not the first time Americk’s client had disappeared after making an SD”) are unjustified and unbecoming of the office of the IGP.  Instead of launching into this tirade of abuse, the IGP and the police should focus on investigating the veracity of the SD. Read more

Let’s work together with our orang asli – Tan Yi Liang

Source: The Star Online


A child suffering from a disease known to the Jahai tribe as ‘serawan’, taken during a previous trip to the Royal Belum State Park. The child has since fully recovered. — ELROI YEE/ The Star

OUR – and by “our” I mean Malaysia’s orang asli have it rough. Let’s face it, the effects of their daily struggle to live made it to the front pages of The Star twice at the end of November.

I’m sure the reports of Jahai children living in the Royal Belum State Park coming down with oral thrush are still fresh in the memory of the urban public, and I’m also sure that many will still remember the report about the horrible state of the Kuala Betis Transit Centre for pregnant orang asli women in Gua Musang.

Sadly, I am also sure that until the next incident or expose makes it to the pages of a daily paper – either in print or on the web – the challenges faced by Malaysia’s orang asli will once again fall out of sight and out of mind among most urban Malaysians.

So this had me thinking. What can we urban Malaysians do to help them on a consistent, regular basis? Because there must be something we can all do to help. Read more

Withdraw ‘unnecessary, excessive’ security council Bill, Putrajaya urged

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — A PKR federal lawmaker today sounded alarm bells over the far-reaching powers of the new Bill to fight terrorism, calling it unprecedented and “unnecessary” as it allows the prime minister and the National Security Council to make arbitrary arrests, take temporary possession of land and buildings and seize belongings, among others.

The lawmaker, Padang Serai MP N. Surendran, urged the government to withdraw the National Security Council Bill 2015 that was tabled yesterday for the first reading, saying it would be in the interest of the public and the nation.

“This new Bill is entirely unnecessary and excessive. There are stringent laws already available dealing with serious threats to the nation, including POTA and SOSMA,” he said, referring to two other preventive laws currently in force — the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act.

“There are no existing threats to our nation, whether internal or external, that even remotely justify these drastic new powers,” he added. Read more

G25 proposes transparency Bill

Source: The Star Online

Money matters: Prof Gomez (right) and Sheriff with a draft of G25's Political Financing Reforms proposal in Kuala Lumpur.

Money matters: Prof Gomez (right) and Sheriff with a draft of G25’s Political Financing Reforms proposal in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: The G25 group of eminent Malays is collaborating with lawyers to draft a Political Parties Bill to make political finan­cing transparent and accountable.

The Bill is part of three major reform ideas put forward by G25 and 70 non-governmental bodies in its recent report on proposed reforms for political party funding.

“A team of lawyers is already working on a draft and if the Go­­vernment does not table it in Par­­liament, we will do so as a Private Member’s Bill,” said Universiti Malaya political economy Prof Terence Gomez.

However, he said they had yet to discuss this in detail. Read more