Human rights are no jargon – Khoo Ying Hooi

Source: The Malaysian Insider


In conjunction with International Human Rights Day on December 10, I was invited to present a talk on “Introduction on Human Rights” yesterday, organised by Democracy Academy of Malaysia and the Civil Rights Committee of Kuala Lumpur at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.

This year marks the 67th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). I am always excited, yet anxious whenever I receive an invitation to either speak or discuss human rights.

I am excited because I get to share my thoughts by speaking on the topic. I am also anxious because everyone has their own interpretation when it comes to human rights and it is never easy to come to agreement.

Here are some of the points that I shared during the session.

Human rights are arguably almost a form of “religion” in today’s world; they are the great criterion to measure a government’s treatment of its people. That is one of the main reasons human rights remain taboo and controversial in many corners of the world. Read more

Panel: Act on law proposals

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The Malaysian Insider filepic, August 4, 2015.

The Malaysian Insider filepic, August 4, 2015.

PETALING JAYA: The Special Committee on Corruption has called for its recommendations on amendments to anti-corruption laws to be taken up in Parliament as soon as possible.

As one of five independent panels overseeing the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commis­sion (MACC), the special committee had first made the suggestions three years ago, but was disappointed that it had yet to be discussed in Parliament.

“Committee members are also committed to bringing about change for a corruption-free Malaysia.

“In this matter, the Prime Minister himself has in principle made a stand, which supports the recommendations we have made.

“As such, the special committee hopes all parties involved will seriously consider the suggestions to make them a reality,” the committee said in a statement yesterday. Read more

The National Security Council is an abhorrent license to retain power — Coalition on Plan of Action for Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Source: Mkini

Source: Mkini

DECEMBER 7 — warns that the National Security Council (NSC) could be a license for the Government to impose martial rule, nationally or partially, when it sees fit. It is not inconceivable that in the event of its electoral defeat, the NSC could impose martial law to prevent public protests.

GBM opines that the overwhelming powers given to the NSC to effectively suspend parliamentary government, civilian rule and rule of law in ‘security area’ goes way beyond what is needed to fight terrorist attacks. These powers may even be used to effectively take over state governments.

Where an area is declared as a “security area”, members of the security forces can arrest individuals, search premises and seize “suspected dangerous objects” with little if any legal constraints, and enjoy immunity over errors. This is but a horrifying list of unprecedented human rights violations waiting to happen.

The NSC – chaired by the Prime Minister, consisting of three ministers (Defence, Home and Communications and Multimedia) and chiefs of three government services (military, police and civil service) – cannot but reminds us of the Majlis Gerakan Negara (MAGERAN). Read more

Rights activists say ‘shocked’ that BN MPs accepted NSC Bill without question

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Datuk S. Ambiga said she was especially surprised that BN MPs from Sabah and Sarawak did not voice any concerns regarding the Bill. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Datuk S. Ambiga said she was especially surprised that BN MPs from Sabah and Sarawak did not voice any concerns regarding the Bill. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7— Human rights groups and advocates have expressed disappointment and shock that no Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmaker opposed or sought to delay the National Security Council Bill 2015, amid fears that the law would send Malaysia towards dictatorial rule.

Rights groups who were present at the Dewan Rakyat last week also praised federal opposition lawmakers for putting up “solid arguments” against the Bill despite having very little time to study its details.

“To be honest the opposition’s arguments were formidable and were not answered. Given that they were dumped with the Bill at the last minute, I think they did a very good job,” National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk S. Ambiga told Malay Mail Online. Read more

153,850 refugees registered with UNHCR in Malaysia

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Malaysia is host to more than 150,000 migrants who come from as far as Somalia and Iran besides ethnic groups from Myanmar. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Malaysia is host to more than 150,000 migrants who come from as far as Somalia and Iran besides ethnic groups from Myanmar. — Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA: A total of 153,850 refugees and asylum-seekers have registered themselves with the Malaysian office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The statistics, as of September, showed that 33,740 of the refugees were below the age of 18.

This was revealed at a sympo­sium on “Malaysia’s Immigration Crisis? The Different Experiences of Migrants, Refugees and Expats” organised by the Strategic Information and Research Deve­lopment Centre on Saturday. Read more

Akta MKN bukan untuk ahli politik, pengkritik kerajaan, kecuali mereka pengganas

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Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Paul Low yakin akta baharu Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) yang diluluskan Dewan Rakyat 3 Disember lalu tidak akan diguna terhadap ahli politik atau individu yang mengkritik Kerajaan.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, ia akan digunakan kepada sesiapa saja sekiranya terbukti mereka pengganas, termasuk ahli politik.

“Ia tidak akan digunakan terhadap ahli politik melainkan mereka pengganas. Tetapi, (untuk mengatakan) menggunakan akta ini untuk perbezaan pendapat, saya secara peribadi tidak merasakannya.

“Untuk menjalankan kuasanya, kerajaan perlu mendapatkan kepercayaan rakyat, tetapi akta ini tidak akan digunakan untuk tujuan sedemikian.

“Mereka (ahli politik) tidak perlulah risau,” kata menteri yang bertanggungjawab bagi tadbir urus, hak asasi manusia dan integriti itu di Kuala Lumpur hari ini. Read more