Court sets Mar 10 to hear defence in Lena Hendry case

Source: The Star Online

Aktivis tempatan, Lena Hendry dijadual menghadapi perbicaraan esok atas tuduhan menayangkan sebuah filem perang saudara di Sri Lanka. Beliau didakwa mengikut Seksyen 6 (1) (b) Akta Penapisan Filem 2002. – Gambar dari News Ghana, 13 Disember, 2015

Aktivis tempatan, Lena Hendry sedang menghadapi perbicaraan atas tuduhan menayangkan sebuah filem perang saudara di Sri Lanka. Beliau didakwa mengikut Seksyen 6 (1) (b) Akta Penapisan Filem 2002. – Gambar dari News Ghana, 13 Disember, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The court has set Mar 10 for activist Lena Hendry to enter a defence against a charge of screening “No Fire Zone”, a documentary that had not been approved by the Censorship Board.

Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris said on Wednesday he would deliver a verdict after going through the submissions by the prosecution and defence.

Lawyer New Sin Yew, who acted for Hendry, said the activist was entitled to an acquittal, as the ingredients of the charge were not proved.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhammad Farith Muhammad Faizal said that Hendry was present during a raid at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall and she was the one who handed over a DVD of the film to the police.

In his submission, New, however, said there was no evidence to show that Hendry was the one who screened the film as there is also a possibility that the film was screened by others present. Read more

Amnesty: Regional solution needed for refugee problem

Source: FMT News

Amnesty International Malaysia Report for 2015/2016 talks about initial reluctance of Malaysia and Indonesia to assist boat people.

Amnesty International logoPETALING JAYA: Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines must come up with a regional solution to the refugee problem, says Amnesty International Malaysia director Shamini Darshni.

“Each country has different laws when it comes to people on the move arriving in our countries. If a regional solution is not going to be discussed, there is not going to be a solution,” she said of the hesitation by Malaysia and Indonesia to accept inbound refugees last May.

Speaking to reporters here after the launch of Amnesty International Malaysia’s Report for 2015/2016, Shamini noted that the Philippines was very quick to react last year, but Malaysia and Indonesia had not followed suit in their readiness to accept inbound refugees. Read more

Amnesty wants moratorium on death penalty

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Amnesty International logoHuman rights group Amnesty International Malaysia, in welcoming Putrajaya’s plan to push for the abolishing of death penalty, has urged for a moratorium for those currently on death row.

Its executive director Shamini Darshni said the announcements by Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali and de facto Law Minister Nancy Shukri in November, were positive and most welcome.

Apandi had said he plans to propose to the Cabinet that the mandatory death penalty be scrapped while Nancy said Putrajaya plans to table a bill in March next year to abolish the mandatory death penalty in drug-related offences.

“But what is missing is that in the mean time, since the announcement was made, there is no moratorium, so people are still being sentenced to death by the courts.

“We are urging the Malaysian government to seriously impose a moratorium on the use of death penalty as well as execution,” she said, when presenting The Amnesty International Report (AIR) 2015/16 – The State of the World’s Human Rights in Petaling Jaya today. Read more

Panel Penasihat Operasi mahu SPRM teruskan siasat derma RM2.6 bilion

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

The Malaysian Insider filepic, August 4, 2015.

The Malaysian Insider filepic, August 4, 2015.

Panel Penasihat Operasi (PPO) Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) menggesa agar agensi penguatkuasaan anti rasuah itu meneruskan siasatan mereka berhubung derma RM2.6 bilion yang dimasukkan ke dalam akaun peribadi Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Agensi itu juga diseru memohon bantuan Jabatan Peguam Negara bagi mendapatkan bantuan guaman bersama (MLA) bagi membolehkan SPRM untuk mendapatkan bukti dan dokumen yang diperlukan daripada institusi kewangan.

“Memandangkan siasatan SPRM terhadap dakwaan derma RM2.6 bilion masih belum selesai, panel mencadangkan SPRM meneruskan siasatannya dan mendapatkan bantuan peguam negara untuk mengeluarkan bantuan guaman bersama (MLA), bagi membolehkan SPRM mengambil bukti dan dokumen daripada institusi kewangan yang berpangkalan di luar negara sebagai sebahagian daripada siasatan dana RM2.6 bilion,” kata SPRM, dalam satu kenyataan hari ini. Read more

Putrajaya unveils 32 new members of religious harmony panel

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Putrajaya – The Malaysian Insider file pic.

Putrajaya – The Malaysian Insider file pic.

Putrajaya today unveiled new members of the Committee to Promote Understanding and Harmony among Religious Adherents (JKMPKA) for the 2016-2017 session.

Its 32 members were announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his office in Putrajaya and with 29 present to receive their letters of appointment today.

The committee’s new chairman is Datuk Azman Amin Hassan, the former director-general of the Malaysian National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN), and the deputy chairman is Rev Dr Hermen Shastri, general-secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM).

Among the main committee members are Tan Sri Datuk Seri Simon Sipaun, the founding chairman of the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) and a former Malaysian Human Rights commissioner; Datuk Seri Jit Heng, president of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST); Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok, Archbishop of Southeast Asia’s Anglican Church; Prof Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong, head of the History, Heritage and Social Cluster of National Professor Council; and Datuk John Sikayun, former Sabah Law Association head.

Others are Datuk Mohan Shanmugam, president of Malaysia Hindu Sangam; academics Associate Professor Madeline Berma and Associate Professor Mohamed Md Yusoff; Negara-Ku steering committee chairman Zaid Kamaruddin; Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) president Mohammad Raimi Abd Rahim; former MCCBCHST president Sardar Jagir Singh; MCCBCHST office-bearer Daozhang Tan Hoe Chieow; and Tan Kong Beng, executive secretary of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM).

Najib, at the ceremony to hand out the appointment letters, said efforts to strengthen Malaysia’s multi-faith and multi-racial society should be “formalised and institutionalised”. Read more

Malaysia intensified human rights crackdown in 2015, says Amnesty

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Sedition Act 1948

Sedition Act 1948

Malaysia “intensified” its crackdown on freedom of expression and other civil and political rights last year, the latest Amnesty International report on the State of the World’s Human Rights said.

The report for 2015/2016 to be released later today said this was evidenced from the use of the Sedition Act to silence government critics.

The act was also amended and its scope made wider to cover electronic media and include harsher penalties “such as mandatory and increased prison sentences”, the report said.

Amnesty added that the colonial-era law, which has been abolished in the United Kingdom itself, had been used to press charges against “at least 15 people” throughout last year. It mentioned political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, better known as Zunar, as one of them.

The report also noted the passing of the National Security Council (NSC) Bill by Parliament last December. Read more

Tian Chua told to enter defence over sedition charge

Source: NST Online

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Tian Chua was today ordered by the Sessions Court to enter his defence for uttering seditious words at a forum, three years ago.

Judge Abdul Rashid Daud in making the order said the prosecution had proven a prima facie case and that the words uttered by Tian Chua at the forum, had seditious elements.

Tian Chua was charged on May 29, 2013 for allegedly uttering seditious words in parts of the speech delivered by him during a public forum at the Selangor Assembly Hall after the 13th General Elections.

He was alleged to have committed the offence on May 13, 2013 and was charged under Section 4 (1) (b) of the Sedition Act that provides a maximum fine of RM5,000 or three years in jail, or both if convicted.

Tian Chua could be disqualified as an elected representative if he is convicted and the court imposes a fine of RM2,000 or one-year jail or both.

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Panel pemantau SPRM bertemu kali terakhir hari ini, gesa Najib didakwa

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

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Panel Penilaian Operasi Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) akan bertemu untuk kali terakhir hari ini, masih berkeras supaya Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak didakwa atas skandal kewangannya, kata sumber.

Spekulasi hangat timbul ia mungkin dibubarkan selepas tempoh setahun panel yang terdiri daripada kumpulan 8 individu dipengerusikan bekas setiausaha kerajaan negeri Sarawak, Tan Sri Dr Hamid Bugo berakhir hari ini, selepas mereka tidak menerima surat lanjutan perkhidmatan.

Ahli lain panel itu ialah Tan Sri Mohamed Jawhar Hassan, Datuk Zamani Abdul Ghani, Datuk Azizah Arshad, Datuk Wan Abdul Wahab Abdullah, Profesor Dr Normah Omar, Dr Sundramoorthy M Pathmanathan dan Lim Chee Wee.

Jawatankuasa ini menggesa siasatan skandal kewangan perdana menteri dibuka semula, selepas Peguam Negara Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali mengarahkan kes itu ditutup bulan lepas.

Panel Penilaian Operasi (PPO) merupakan salah satu daripada 5 jawatankuasa pengawasan yang dibentuk berikutan penjenamaan semula SPRM pada 2009. Read more