Understanding the phenomenon that is terrorism – P Sundramoorthy

Source: FMT News

By P SUNDRAMOORTHY

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

The social phenomenon of violent acts of terrorism has an intellectual and behavioural context that needs to be objectively analysed without prejudice. Many would argue that the way to counter acts of terrorism is to address the supposed grievances that arise from deprivation of civil rights, human rights and democracy. Then is the deliberate targeting of civilians, to indiscriminately murder and maim innocent children, women and men, not the deprivation of such rights? If it were not, then national and international conflicts and struggles for civil rights, human rights and democracy by using violence may be justified by extremist and terror groups. This mindset is most dangerous. Read more

More Sosma detainees allege torture, says rights group

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy says the organisation has received more letters of detainees alleging abuse under Sosma detention. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Fiqah Mokhtar, February 19, 2016.

Human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) says it has received another batch of letters from detainees under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), alleging abuse and torture under detention.

The six new cases involve male detainees, and are in addition to an earlier seven inmates who made similar claims that Suaram announced last month.

Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said the fresh claims of torture included being threatened at gun point during questioning, being kept in an air-conditioned room after being drenched in cold water, and sexual harassment and threats against detainees’ family members.

Sevan said the authorities must end the use of torture on detainees and the rights group today submitted a memorandum to the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) in Putrajaya.

“We are not sure if the writings are true, but either way we must ensure that there is a stop to (torture to obtain information),” he told reporters. Read more

Consultant claims trial to insulting PM

Source: The Star Online

Facing the law: Syarul Ema Rena leaving the Sepang Sessions Court. Pic taken from The Star Online

Facing the law: Syarul Ema Rena leaving the Sepang Sessions Court. Pic taken from The Star Online

SEPANG: A construction consultant has claimed trial to insulting the Prime Minister in a foul-mouthed Facebook rant over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agree­ment.

Syarul Ema Rena Abu Samah, 35, was accused of posting the insulting comment on a Facebook profile, Ratu Naga, on Oct 6 last year.

The comment mentioned Najib Tun Razak and the members of parliament for signing the agreement, saying it amounted to selling out the country.

The post, reproduced in the charge sheet, featured a slew of slurs, even quoting Langkawi ­legend Mahsuri, “kami rakyat Malaysia sumpah 7 keturunan tau!”.

According to the charge sheet, the comment which had the intent to insult another was picked up by Malaysian Communi­cations and Multimedia Commissions (MCMC) monitors on Jan 28.

MCMC deputy public prosecutor Faizah Mohd Salleh confirmed that the complainant in the case was an MCMC officer. Read more

Breach of Noorfadilla’s constitutional rights — JAG

Source: The Malay Mail Online

FEBRUARY 19 — The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is deeply concerned with the judgment of the Shah Alam High Court recently, on damages awarded to Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin. We wish to highlight in particular, the huge reduction of damages made, and the harmful language and justifications used in the judgment passed on February 15th. The message being sent by this judgment is clear, discrimination on the basis of gender faced by Noorfadilla is not of concern to the state.

In this recent ruling, Judicial Commissioner Datuk Azimah Omar criticised Noorfadilla for her lack of honesty in disclosing her pregnancy. The use of such language is harmful as it suggests that women must disclose their pregnancy during a job interview, which is not a requirement of Malaysian law, and implies that a woman’s ability to work effectively is inherently linked to her pregnancy status.

Pregnancy, or the desire to have children, bears no challenge on a woman’s ability to perform her job. It is unacceptable that women must disclose their intentions in regards to children to their employer. It is unacceptable that wanting children should be barrier to women’s economic empowerment. Read more

Home Ministry entitled to ban Bersih 4 T-shirt, High Court rules

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The High Court has ruled that it is within the Home Ministry's jurisdiction to ban the Bersih 4 T-shirt. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

The High Court has ruled that it is within the Home Ministry’s jurisdiction to ban the Bersih 4 T-shirt. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

SHAH ALAM, Feb 19 ― The High Court here today rejected electoral reform group Bersih 2.0’s challenge on the Home Ministry’s ban of the Bersih 4 T-shirt, saying the order was within the ministry’s jurisdiction.

Judge Datuk Haji Mohd Yazid Haji Mustafa also said in his decision that he took into consideration the fact that the rally was declared illegal, a notion that was not challenged by the applicant.

“Based on the above reasons, I find that the minister’s decision in making the order does not suffer from any illegality, irrationality, or procedural impropriety.

“The minister had taken the relevant considerations in making the said order,” he said in his judgement today.

Lawyer New Sin Yew, who was representing the electoral group, insisted, however, that they had argued that the rally was legal during the hearing and will bring this issue up again when they appeal the decision.

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Noorfadilla’s fight for all pregnant women continues

Source: The Malay Mail Online

According to CEDAW, the refusal to employ a woman on the grounds of pregnancy alone was a form of gender discrimination and therefore unconstitutional under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution. ― File pic

According to CEDAW, the refusal to employ a woman on the grounds of pregnancy alone was a form of gender discrimination and therefore unconstitutional under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution. ― File pic

PETALING JAYA, Feb 19 — It has been a living hell for Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin since she took on the government in 2010 for citing pregnancy as the reason for not employing her as a temporary teacher.

She has been vilified online to the extent of being called, among others things, a prostitute.

Her life turned upside down after she sought legal remedy over the government’s refusal to employ her after finding out she was three months pregnant. Read more