Keputusan jika mahkamah sivil boleh dengar kes jagaan anak mualaf esok

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

SEREMBAN 9 APRIL 2014.  S. Deepa craying as she hung her daughter Sharmila as she think off her son mithrain who was taken away by her ex husband. Asyraf Rasid/the sun

Kes yang akan diputuskan esok melibatkan S Deepa, yang memfailkan hak penjagaan anak selepas bekas suaminya, Izwan Abdullah, menukar agama 2 anak kepada Islam. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 9 Februari, 2016.

Mahkamah Persekutuan akan membuat keputusan esok (Rabu, 10 Februari) berhubung pertikaian hak penjagaan anak yang dimulakan ibu Hindu selepas bekas suaminya menukar agama 2 anak kecil mereka kepada Islam.

Keputusan mahkamah tertinggi itu dijangka menarik minat orang ramai termasuk pengamal undang-undang kerana ia akan memberi kesan terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan, dalam kes sama melibatkan M. Indira Gandhi, yang perkara berhubung penukaran agama mesti didengar di Mahkamah Syariah.

Peguam Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla yang mewakili mualaf Izwan Abdullah, berkata Mahkamah Persekutuan memaklumkan mengenai tarikh penghakiman awal minggu ini.

“Kedua-dua ibu bapa perlu membawa bersama kanak-kanak di bawah jagaan mereka seperti diarahkan mahkamah sebelum ini,” katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider. Read more

Punishment for whistleblowers uncalled for, says former A-G

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Former attorney-general Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman believes the proposed sentence for whistleblowers under the Official Secrets Act 1972 ran counter towards transparency and openness. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 9, 2016.

Former attorney-general Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman believes the proposed sentence for whistleblowers under the Official Secrets Act 1972 ran counter towards transparency and openness. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 9, 2016.

The proposed sentence of life imprisonment and 10 strokes of the cane for those who leak state secrets under the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) is “disproportionate” to the offence, says former attorney-general (A-G) Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman.

The proposed amendments also ran counter to the rest of the world’s march towards transparency and openness, said Abu Talib.

While he believed that some restrictions should be placed on such, in the country’s interest, Abu Talib urged current A-G Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali to reconsider the amendments.

“That is out of proportion. What an impression it will have on the world. I think he should review this proposal in the interest of the nation and people.

“The sentence is disproportionate to the nature of the offence,” Abu Talib told The Malaysian Insider. Read more

Badan hak asasi minta Obama gesa Najib bebaskan Anwar

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

HRWlogoSebuah badan hak asasi manusia antarabangsa menyeru Presiden Amerika Syarikat (AS) Barack Obama menggunakan sidang kemuncak AS-Asean yang akan datang untuk menggesa Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak membebaskan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dari penjara dan menggugurkan semua tuduhan ke atasnya yang bermotifkan politik.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) berkata, jemputan kepada Najib untuk menghadiri sidang kemuncak itu, yang akan diadakan di Amerika Syarikat (AS) minggu depan, menimbulkan kemarahan di kalangan masyarakat sivil Malaysia.

“Presiden Obama tidak boleh berurusan seperti biasa dengan Najib pada sidang kemuncak AS-Asean itu,” kata Phil Robertson, timbalan pengarah HRW di Asia, dalam satu kenyataan hari ini sempena memperingati ulang tahun pertama pemenjaraan Anwar esok. Read more

Why locking state information is dangerous to democracy – Mustafa K. Anuar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY MUSTAFA K. ANUAR

OSA-222x300FEBRUARY 9 ― Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Mohd Apandi Ali’s desire, made public recently, to explore the possibility of further tightening the Official Secrets Act (OSA) ― to the point of jailing for life and caning whistleblowers and journalists who disseminate leaked information ― has certainly been taken seriously by concerned Malaysians as exemplified by the outrage rightly expressed by certain civil society groups.

Just to give a sense of how serious the AG is on this matter, he was quoted by Sin Chew Daily as saying: “I am not joking. If I have 90 per cent of evidence, I will charge the journalist, editor, assistant editor and editor-in-chief. I am serious, no kidding. We have had too many leaks.”

It is certainly no joke to inflict punitive measures against journalists who seek the truth from whistleblowers in a society that has spawned a culture of secrecy particularly within the government administration over the years. Incidentally, information leaks are indicative of a government that is less democratic and unduly secretive.

To be sure, concerned Malaysians appreciate the fact that certain sensitive state secrets must be put under lock and key because obviously to do otherwise may well put the country’s security and interests in jeopardy and vulnerable to foreign powers’ manipulation. Read more