2015: Malaysians vs the law(s)

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 — While we are celebrating the new year, let us pause to take stock of how Malaysians appear to have been increasingly pitted against laws — those that are enforced, those that are ruled on, those that are created — meant to help keep the peace.

1. The triple whammy of laws for more power and less rights

* National Security Council Bill  (NSC)

Malaysians were taken by surprise and slapped rudely with a law where the government — backed by the full force of the state — will have Emergency-like or warzone-like powers against its citizens.

This law is aimed at securing a hazily-defined “national security” for the good of Malaysians, especially when there is a threat in an area that can be unilaterally declared a “security area” by the prime minister on the advice of the National Security Council. Read more

975 flood victims in Kuching, Samarahan evacuated as of noon

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Long Panai in Sarawak inundated with flood water in late November. – Bomba Facebook pic, January 1, 2016.

More people were evacuated in flood-hit Sarawak, raising the number of evacuees to 975 as of noon, from 523 in the morning.

Sarawak Department of Civil Defence public relations officer Siti Huzaimah Ibrahim said the evacuees were being housed at two relief centres in Kuching and five centres in Samarahan.

“In the Kuching division, 60 people were at SMK Tabuan Jaya and 245 at the Stapok community hall.”

Siti Huzaimah said the relief centre at SMK Bako, which housed 78 evacuees in the morning, was closed at noon after the occupants left for their homes.

In Samarahan, 130 people were being accommodated at SK Tambirat, 62 at the Kampung Jaie community hall, 75 at the Samarahan community hall, eight at SK Hj Bujang Rangawan Putit and 395 at SK Bradek.

Samarahan Department of Civil Defence officer Ahmad Shah Fikri Darus said that though the number of evacuees in Samarahan had gone up, the floodwaters in the division were receding as rain had stopped. – Bernama, January 1, 2016.

Pertikaian keluarga di mahkamah luaskan jurang masyarakat, kata NGO

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Gan Ping Sieu berkata kes penukaran agama kanak-kanak secara unilateral bertukar menjadi wajah hodoh agama dan perkauman. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 1 Januari, 2016.

Kes penukaran agama anak-anak M Indira Gandhi, wanita beragama Hindu yang suaminya memeluk Islam, memecah-belahkan masyarakat, kata pertubuhan masyarakat sivil Centre for A Better Tomorrow (Cenbet).

Menurut presiden bersama Cenbet, Gan Ping Sieu, yang juga bekas timbalan menteri, kes itu menyebabkan ruang terbuka luas buat pelampau dan ekstremis agama dalam negara untuk bersuara.

“Akhirnya apa yang berlaku adalah pertikaian keluarga bertukar menjadi wajah hodoh agama dan perkauman yang meluaskan jurang antara masyarakat berlainan agama di negara ini.

“Ini menyebabkan wujudnya ruang subur buat pelampau dan bigot untuk bangkit dan ia bertentangan dengan prinsip kesederhanaan,” kata Gan dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Beliau kesal dengan kes tersebut yang menurutnya menyaksikan Indira dinafikan keadilan. Read more