Bloggers registration can reduce dissemination of unverified and false information, experts say

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 ― The proposal to require bloggers and online writers to register with the Communications and Multimedia Ministry is likely to see a reduction in the current rampant dissemination of unverified and false information, according to academics and bloggers interviewed.

They felt that the registration would help create writers who were more ethical, aware and responsible for what they wrote and disseminated.

The director of the Centre for Malaysian Royal Institutional Studies Malaysia at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Prof Datuk Dr Ramlah Adam, said the proposal should be implemented immediately to ensure that writers remained ethical and responsible to themselves as well as to society and the nation.

“When there is that feeling, we can avoid defamation which can lead to disunity. All religions forbid disunity,” she told Bernama. Read more

Putrajaya mulls raising professors’ retirement age after 156 lose jobs

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 ― The Higher Education Ministry said it will consider reviewing the retirement age for professors at public universities, which is set at 60 years, after 156 contract professors did not have their contracts renewed.

“We will look into this,” Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh was quoted saying by local daily The Star.

National Council of Professors (MPN) CEO Professor Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose reportedly said that 156, or 33 per cent of 507 contract professors aged between 61 and 70 years at public universities, did not have their contracts renewed as a result of budget cuts at the tertiary institutions.

“Professors should be placed under a commission, the Higher Education Service Commission, and not the Public Service Commission that sets retirement at the age of 60 years,” Sinar Harian quoted Raduan as saying at a press conference yesterday. Read more

Tiada bajet, Putrajaya tamatkan kontrak 156 profesor

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Universiti Malaya. — Foto fail

Universiti Malaya. — Foto fail

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Feb — Majlis Profesor Negara (MPN) menjelaskan seramai 156 profesor berstatus kontrak berusia 61 hingga 70 tahun di universiti awam tidak dilanjutkan perkhidmatan susulan kekangan bajet.

Ketua pegawai eksekutifnya Prof Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose berkata sumbangan profesor kontrak sewajarnya dihargai kerana lebih separuh daripada mereka berumur dalam lingkungan 55 tahun.

“Untuk meraih gelaran profesor, seseorang itu memerlukan proses yang panjang kerana mereka perlu diiktiraf menerusi kepakaran masing-masing. Namun begitu, apabila sampai umur 60 tahun, mereka diberhentikan pula.

“Kita minta kerajaan mengutamakan usaha-usaha memartabatkan sektor akademik di negara ini,” katanya seperti dilaporkan Kosmo! hari ini. Read more

Zaid Ibrahim applies to call witnesses against A-G’s decision

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Cabinet minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim is seeking leave from a High Court to subpoena witnesses for his judicial review proceedings over the Attorney General’s decision not to prosecute Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

On the other hand, the Attorney-General will be raising a preliminary objection on Zaid’s application under Article 145 (3) of the Federal Constitution that the decision not to prosecute “is prerogative powers of the Attorney-General which cannot be challenged in court.”

Zaid is applying for leave to initiate proceedings over the A-G’s decision not to prosecute Najib over the claims on RM2.6bil donation and the SRC International Sdn Bhd.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Hanipah Farikullah on Tuesday set May 20 to hear Zaid’s application for leave to subpoena witnesses. Read more

Malaysians now less trusting of Putrajaya, businesses and online information, study shows

Source: The Malay Mail Online

According to a study, the trust Malaysians placed in the federal government was now lower as a result of their perception towards the financial issues facing state-owned entities, including 1MDB. ― AFP pic

According to a study, the trust Malaysians placed in the federal government was now lower as a result of their perception towards the financial issues facing state-owned entities, including 1MDB. ― AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 ― The trust Malaysians have in its government, businesses and social media have dropped this year compared due to their perception of various prominent financial issues affecting the country last year, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer 2016.

In the study results released today, the global public relations firm said public trust in the government dipped by 7 percentage points from 46 per cent in its 2015 survey to 39 per cent this year among the general population and dropped 11 percentage points to 34 per cent among the informed public.

According to Edelman Malaysia managing director Robert Kay, the trust Malaysians placed in the federal government was now lower as a result of their perception towards the financial issues facing state-owned entities, including 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

“Government credibility took a big hit after significant issues around alleged corruption and freedom of expression, along with the real and perceived lack of transparency and widespread allegations of mismanagement at state-linked companies,” he told a news conference during the unveiling of the results here today. Read more

Interfaith custody tribunal not constitutional, says Bar

Source: The Malaysian Insider

M. Indira Gandhi (left) and S. Deepa are the focus of custody battles involving their former husbands who are Muslim converts. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 23, 2016.

M. Indira Gandhi (left) and S. Deepa are the focus of custody battles involving their former husbands who are Muslim converts. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 23, 2016.

The Malaysian Bar has shot down a proposal to set up a tribunal comprising shariah and civil court judges to resolve interfaith disputes, saying it is unacceptable and counter-productive.

Its president, Steven Thiru, said it had no constitutional basis.

“It will further have the effect of elevating the shariah courts to the level of the civil courts, which is contrary to our constitutional scheme,” he said in a statement. Read more

Federal Court erred in giving custody to Muslim convert, says Bar chief

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 23, 2016.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 23, 2016.

The Malaysian Bar has expressed its disappointment with the Federal Court’s decision to grant Muslim convert custody of his son despite being in contempt of a High Court order.

Its president, Steven Thiru, said Izwan Abdullah (or N.Viran) defied the High Court custody order as well as a specific order prohibiting him from removing the children from ex-wife, S. Deepa.

He said Deepa was compelled to obtain a recovery order to direct the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and his officers to regain custody of her son, Mithran (Nabil) from Izwan.

“They did not comply with the recovery order, on the basis that there were conflicting custody orders by the Shariah Court and High Court,” he said in a statement. Read more