Tugas peguam negara bukan lindungi penguasa, kata Ambiga

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Bekas presiden Majlis Peguam Datuk Seri Ambiga Sreenevasan berkata, langkah meminda Akta Rahsia Rasmi 1972 (OSA) dilihat sama seperti apa yang akan dilakukan rejim yang menindas bagi menyembunyikan maklumat membabitkan mereka yang berkuasa. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 7 Februari, 2016.

Bekas presiden Majlis Peguam Datuk Seri Ambiga Sreenevasan hari ini mengingatkan Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali tugasnya bukan untuk melindungi mereka yang berkuasa.

Ia susulan peguam negara itu semalam memberi amaran undang-undang yang lebih keras di bawah Akta Rahsia Rasmi 1972 (OSA) akan dikenakan terhadap mereka yang membocorkan rahsia rasmi.

Ambiga berkata, langkah itu dilihat sama seperti apa yang akan dilakukan rejim yang menindas bagi menyembunyikan maklumat membabitkan mereka yang berkuasa.

“Ini bukan tentang melindungi keselamatan maklumat sensitif tetapi tentang tidak membenarkan kebenaran muncul mengenai rasuah dan salah guna kuasa melibatkan mereka yang memegang kuasa di peringkat yang tinggi.

“Sebarang pindaan yang sebegitu akan menjadikan kita diktator yang sebenarnya,” kata Ambiga kepada The Malaysian Insider. Read more

Repeal, not enhance OSA, press group tells AG

Source: The Malay Mail Online

OSA-222x300KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 — The Attorney-General should seek to repeal the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) and replace it with a law allowing freedom of information, said the Institute of Journalists Malaysia (IoJ) today.

Responding to Tan Sri Mohd Apandi Ali’s proposal to amend to OSA to compel journalists to reveal their sources for leaked official secrets, the IoJ said whistleblowers and journalists should not be penalised for seeking to highlight issues that deserve public attention.

“The IoJ maintains that it is a journalist’s duty to protect the identity of a source as part of the universally accepted ethical practise of journalism, while at the same time paying heed to existing local laws,” the group said in a statement. Read more

Tightening OSA grip will lead to dictatorship, Ambiga says

Source: Malaysiakini

OSA-222x300Amendments to strengthen the Official Secrets Act (OSA) proposed by attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali will turn Malaysia into a dictatorship, said veteran lawyer Ambiga Sreenevasan.

“This is not about protecting sensitive security information but about not allowing the truth to emerge about corruption and abuse of power of those in the high echelons of power.

“Any such amendments will make us a complete dictatorship,” Ambiga told Malaysiakini.

Apandi yesterday told Sin Chew Daily that Apandi wants to strengthen the OSA so whistleblowers and journalists who protect them can be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Ambiga, who is former Bar Council chairperson, slammed the move against the media and urged the public to protest attempts to “muzzle the press”.

“Without a robust international and domestic press, the public would be clueless about a massive financial scandal and its perpetrators,” she said. Read more

Fortifying OSA will not stop whistleblowers, says NOW

Source: FMT News

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PETALING JAYA: Whistleblowers will still expose wrongdoing and abuses of power even if the Attorney-General strengthens the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and imposes heavier punishments, said the National Oversight and Whistleblowers Centre (NOW).

Speaking to Malaysiakini, its director Akmal Nasir said although the move could be seen as protecting those who do wrong, he was confident whistleblowers would still do what was right in the interests of the public. Read more