Suaram: AG, cops threatening people won’t do

Source: FMT News 

The AG would do well to remember that any attempt to utilize his power to protect and preserve a political party was a blatant misuse of power and must not happen in Malaysia.

Sevan-Doraisamy

KUALA LUMPUR: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) has said in a statement that it deplores all unjustified attempts to limit and curtail the freedom of expression and freedom of information as suggested by the Attorney-General Mohd Apandi Ali last week and strongly condemns the act of intimidation by the police through its warning to artist and activist Fahmi Reza.

“The statement issued by the police would directly and indirectly prevent positive discourse on matters relating to national interest and jeopardize the democratic space and freedom of expression of all Malaysians.

“The police statement on Fahmi for his posting of a satirical image of a leader of the Government of Malaysia was a clear attempt to intimidate the public against any dissent and criticism against the government.”

In recalling the nature of office held by any government official, said Suaram Executive Director Sevan Doraisamy, public scrutiny and criticism was part of the democratic process that serves as the foundation of Malaysia. “Satirical images and comments made against government officials should not be considered a crime. Read more

Court gave ‘disobedient’ Muslim convert custody, says lawyers’ group

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Federal Court has rewarded a Muslim convert with custody of his son even though he was in contempt of a Seremban High Court order, says a lawyers’ group.

Lawyers for Liberty legal and campaign coordinator Melissa Sasidaran said Izwan Abdullah snatched his son Mithran (Nabil) from his ex-wife two days after the court granted custody to S. Deepa in 2014.

“The Federal Court seems to be rewarding a wrongdoer who had blatantly disregarded the High Court order, thus giving the impression that a wrongdoer can abuse the legal process and benefit from it,” she said in a statement today. Read more

Lawyer: Decision in Deepa’s case failed to address unilateral conversion, legal reforms still needed

Source: The Malay Mail Online

S. Deepa speaks to members of the media at the Federal Court in Putrajaya. — Picture by Yusoff Mat Isa

S. Deepa speaks to members of the media at the Federal Court in Putrajaya. — Picture by Yusoff Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 ― Legal reforms are urgently need to address issues of unilateral conversion in interfaith custody battles, a lawyer has said, and that the Federal Court’s decision in S. Deepa’s case did not resolve this.

Lawyer M. Kulasegaran, who represented Indira Gandhi ― whose children were also unilaterally converted to Islam, believes that MPs needed to implement amendments to ensure such cases did not occur again.

He said this after Deepa’s two children, who were converted to Islam by their father, were split up with each parent receiving custody of one child.

“Rounding up all this, all these issues don’t bring finality to this matter. Necessary amendments must come forth by the March parliamentary session. Read more