Adam Adli escapes jail, but fined RM5,000 for seditious speech

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim  - pic taken from says.com

Student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim – pic taken from says.com

Student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim was spared a one-year prison sentence but fined RM5,000 by the Kuala Lumpur High Court for a seditious speech he made almost three years ago.

High Court judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman reduced Adam Adli’s sentence after finding that the latter’s speech did not result in negative reaction, PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang tweeted today. Read more

Take NSC Bill back to Parliament for fine-tuning, Putrajaya urged after royal advice

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Putrajaya should seek the formation of a new parliamentary select committee (PSC) to look into yesterday’s call by the Conference of Rulers to refine certain provisions in the National Security Council Bill 2015, Bersih 2.0 said.

The polls watchdog’s chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said the call by the royal council mirrors concerns raised by many Malaysians over the vagueness of the law.

She added that a more thorough consultative process should be conducted in Parliament before more decisions are made regarding the law.

“I believe that what the rulers have said should be taken as advice and for the government to take heed and take action.

“They have given good advice. It’s not for the rulers to be directly involved in law-making but it’s now the role and responsibility of the government to do the right thing to correct a bad law that they have bulldozed in Parliament,” she told Malay Mail Online when contacted. Read more

Pandangan Majlis Raja-raja beri implikasi politik kepada Najib, kata pakar

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Pakar Perlembagaan Dr Abdul Aziz Bari itu berkata, teguran Majlis Raja-raja agar beberapa peruntukan Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 diperhalusi bersesuaian dengan peranannya sebagai institusi yang berada di luar kawalan kuasa eksekutif. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 18 Februari, 2016.

Pakar Perlembagaan Dr Abdul Aziz Bari itu berkata, teguran Majlis Raja-raja agar beberapa peruntukan Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 diperhalusi bersesuaian dengan peranannya sebagai institusi yang berada di luar kawalan kuasa eksekutif. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 18 Februari, 2016.

Pandangan Majlis Raja-raja Melayu mengenai beberapa peruntukan dalam Rang Undang-undang (RUU) Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) 2015 perlu diperhalusi kerana ia memberi implikasi politik cukup besar yang boleh membawa padah kepada Datuk Seri Najib Razak, kata Dr Abdul Aziz Bari.

Pakar Perlembagaan itu membuat perbandingan terhadap RUU 1983 yang meminda Perlembagaan Persekutuan dengan melangkaui tugas Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan memberi kuasa kepada perdana menteri untuk mengisytiharkan darurat.

RUU itu diluluskan di Dewan Rakyat dan Dewan Negara.

Beliau berkata, Agong, atas arahan Majlis Raja-raja, menangguhkan persetujuan dan krisis Perlembagaan yang berlaku. Read more

Minister: Changes to unilateral conversion laws will make Malaysians ‘very happy’

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18— Putrajaya’s plans to amend several laws to solve the problem of unilateral conversion of minors will consider the interest of all Malaysians, a minister said today.

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who is part of the special ministerial team tasked to look into the matter, said that all Malaysians regardless of their beliefs will be satisfied with the amendments.

“The solution will only be there when Parliament convenes, we will have to make amendments to some of the laws.

“Everyone will be very happy when it happens. The government will take care of the interest of all Malaysians regardless of your beliefs,” the culture and tourism minister said at a news conference here. Read more

Najib’s RM2.6 billion donation is clearly corruption, forum told

Source: The Malaysian Insider

At least two present laws presume it a corruption for any public official to receive money in his personal accounts, panellists say at a forum in Petaling Jaya last night. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, February 18, 2016.

At least two present laws presume it a corruption for any public official to receive money in his personal accounts, panellists say at a forum in Petaling Jaya last night. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, February 18, 2016.

There is a clear cut case of corruption when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak received the RM2.6 billion donation, as public officials are not supposed to receive gratuity, a forum was told last night.

Under at least two present laws, a public official who receives money in his personal accounts is presumed to have received it for corrupt purposes, said two prominent lawyers Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and Hanipa Maidin.

In Najib’s case, the Umno president did not voluntarily declare the RM2.6 billion when it was put into his personal accounts in March 2013, more than a month before the 13th general election, said Hanipa, who is also Sepang MP. Read more