Nancy: No need to expand Shariah court powers

Source: FMT News

Expansion of state Shariah court powers could be unconstitutional and a potential violation of human rights, Nancy Shukri. — FMT file pic

Expansion of state Shariah court powers could be unconstitutional and a potential violation of human rights, Nancy Shukri. — FMT file pic

KUCHING: Federal minister Nancy Shukri has stood firm against expanding the punitive powers of state Shariah courts as being unconstitutional and a potential violation of human rights.

Current laws were sufficient to deter crime, said Nancy, whose portfolio as minister in the Prime Minister’s Department covers legal affairs.

“I have to consistently stay with the Sarawak leaders and the state government’s decision that we are not going to support that sort of proposal, whether they call it hudud or not,” she told reporters here today after attending Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu’s supreme council meeting.

“We already have sufficient Shariah law. There is no need to have a new one, or to increase what we already have, which we don’t really even implement it,” she said. Read more

Fahmi Reza freed from arrest

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Fahmi Reza is set to face two charges under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 in court tomorrow over the alleged sharing of edited images of Najib in clown makeup on social media. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Fahmi Reza is set to face two charges under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 in court tomorrow over the alleged sharing of edited images of Najib in clown makeup on social media. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 ― Graphic artist Fahmi Reza was released early this morning after he was detained for sedition over the sale of #KitaSemuaPenghasut T-shirts.

Fahmi said today that the police arrest did not scare him nor break his spirit in using art to fight corruption.

“You can arrest me, arrest my friends, confiscate my stuff, detain me, interrogate me, charge me, put me on trial, take away my rights and try to shut me up, but you can’t keep me down.

“No matter how hard you try to push me down, I will always rise back up,” Fahmi posted on his Facebook page.

Police approached him at the Art for Grabs event at a shopping centre here yesterday evening and according to Fahmi, they confiscated two #KitaSemuaPenghasut (We are all seditious) T-shirts and a poster of a painting of a clown.

Three others were also taken in for questioning along with Fahmi at the Sentul district police headquarters: Art For Grabs organiser Pang Khee Teik, activist Lew Pik-Svonn and artist Arif Rafhan Othman. Read more