MACC panel disavows leak claiming enough proof to charge PM

Source: The Malay Mail Online

graphic-MACC_operations_review_panel_members-250216-tmi-kamarul-bAHASA_(1)KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 — Members of an independent Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) panel today rejected a news report claiming they said there was enough evidence to prosecute the prime minister.

In the statement issued by Tan Sri Hamid Bugo, the chairman of the Operations Review Panel, and two other members, they said the individual member who made the claim was not authorised to do so and had misrepresented what the panel decided.

Reports to the effect and citing anonymous sources were published yesterday by news portal The Malaysian Insider, which was today blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. Read more

MCMC confirms TMI ban, warns against unverified reports

Source: Malaysiakini

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today confirmed that it has blocked access to news portal The Malaysian Insider, via Malaysian internet service providers (ISPs).

However, it did not mention how the portal flouted Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act, which deals with abuse of communications networks.

The MCMC in a statement said the ban was following “public complaints” and reminded news portals not to publish unverified reports.

“MCMC reminds news portals not to spread or publish articles whose veracity has yet to be confirmed.

“This could invite confusion and cause unwanted situations,” it said in a statement. Read more

MACC denies oversight panels to be axed

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25—Two independent oversight panels whose terms expired yesterday will not be abolished, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said today.

Disputing media reports suggesting this, MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed said that Putrajaya was currently selection new members to fill the Operations Review Panel and Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel.

“The MACC denies media reports that the government will abolish the two independent panels overseeing the MACC, which is the Operations Review Panel and Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel that were formed under the MACC Act 2009,” he said in a statement today. Read more

Malaysia vows to battle child marriage despite fears of drop in fertility rate

Source: Channel News Asia

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government is continuing its fight against the “harmful practice” of child marriage despite worries about citizens only tying the knot late in life, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Rohani Abdul Karim said on Thursday (Feb 25).

Under Sharia Law, girls in Malaysia can get married once they reach 16 years of age. (Photo: Syafiq Safian)

“Child, early and forced marriage is a violation of human rights,” Ms Rohani said while attending the Child, Early and Forced Marriage exhibition by the Canadian Government and Girls Not Brides, a global partnership advocating the end of child marriage.

“At the current alarming rising number of this sort of marriage, globally, it is literally ‘a scream’ to push all efforts to prevent and eliminate this harmful practice,” she added.

Although the legal age for marriage is 18 in the Muslim-majority nation, Sharia law allows Muslim girls to be married when they reach 16. Those who are younger are required to obtain a letter of consent from their parents as well as permission from the Shariah court and the chief minister of their state; the same applies to Muslim boys under the age of 18. Read more

Cukup bukti dakwa Najib isu SRC International, kata panel SPRM

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider,

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider

Keputusan Panel Penilaian Operasi (PPO) Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) supaya 2 kertas siasatan membabitkan SRC International Sdn Bhd diserahkan semula kepada peguam negara adalah kerana terdapat bukti kukuh untuk mendakwa Datuk Seri Najib Razak, kata seorang ahli panel.

Beliau yang enggan mendedahkan identitinya berkata, PPO berpengaruh kerana ahlinya diberikan taklimat dan boleh menyemak semula kertas siasatan yang diklasifikasikan “tertangguh” dan “tiada tindakan susulan”.

“Penyiasat SPRM mengumpul ‘bukti mencukupi’ untuk membuktikan kes prima facie terhadap Najib,” kata ahli panel itu kepada The Malaysian Insider.

“Kami membuat kesimpulan itu kerana penyiasat SPRM juga memberikan taklimat kepada kami mengenai kes itu. Mereka juga menjawab segala soalan yang kami ajukan.” Read more

Malaysian High Court Upholds T-Shirt as a Security Threat

Source: The New York Times

Protesters gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August to demonstrate against the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak. A Malaysian High Court has upheld a government edict declaring yellow shirts that call for a clean government a national security threat. Credit Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

BANGKOK — It is a simple yellow T-shirt with the word “clean” in Malay. Tens of thousands of people own them. But wear one on the street in Malaysia today and you risk arrest.

A Malaysian High Court has upheld a government edict declaring the shirt a national security threat.

The T-shirts say “Bersih 4,” the name of an antigovernment demonstration in Kuala Lumpur, the capital, last August. “Bersih” means “clean,” and the protesters were calling for clean government.

Before the protests, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi banned the shirts, along with fliers promoting the Bersih 4 events. As many as 100,000 protesters defied the government and wore the shirts anyway, creating a sea of yellow in the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

The protests targeted Prime Minister Najib Razak after reports emerged that nearly $700 million had been deposited in his personal bank account. The government said the money was a donation from undisclosed Saudi royalty, an explanation mocked by the opposition and later contradicted by the Saudi government.

“The T-shirts have now become a symbol of our struggle for democracy and human rights in Malaysia,” said Maria Chin Abdullah, chairwoman of Bersih 2.0, a clean-government advocacy group that organized the protests.

A High Court judge, Muhammad Yazid Mustafa, announced Friday that he was upholding the ban on the shirts, although he has yet to issue a written ruling. He said the prohibition fell within the home minister’s authority to maintain public order.

“I find that order was within the confines of the minister’s power,” the judge ruled, according to an audio recording of the hearing.

Bersih 2.0, which challenged the ban in the High Court, will appeal the ruling, Ms. Abdullah said. “I don’t know where they got the idea we are a national security threat,” she said. “We are going to challenge this decision.”

A lawyer representing the group, New Sin Yew, said that under the edict, shirt wearers could be fined about $1,185. Some people have been briefly detained for wearing the shirts, he said, but he was unaware of anyone being prosecuted or fined. Read more