In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
Report says children born to Rohingya who fled Myanmar to Malaysia don’t enjoy basic rights such as healthcare and education. Al-Jazeera file pic.
KUALA LUMPUR: Children of Rohingya parents who fled Myanmar to Malaysia are stateless and suffering, according to a report by Al-Jazeera.
It said many of the approximately 150,000 Rohingya who live in Malaysia came here hoping to be relocated to other countries through UNHCR programmes, but that some of them made Malaysia their home.
This, it said, was despite the fact that they have no legal status and, as a result, face many hardships.
Many Rohingya refugee children are born in Malaysia, and remain stateless owing to the undocumented status of their parents, the report said. Some of them are even second generation Malaysian-born.
It quoted Chia Wei, founder of The Berani Project, as saying the main consequences of this undefined status and lack of identification documents was that the children were cut off from the basic child’s rights to education and healthcare.
ROUTINELY, we hear cases of millions of ringgit of taxpayers’ money squandered by public officials.
The auditor-general’s annual reports list a litany of such cases – from overpriced binoculars to useless equipment and, most recently, RM10.3 million paid for an item that has not even been installed.
Can anything be done to make the abuser personally liable?
Yes. The public official or a public body can be held liable for a deliberate and dishonest abuse of power.
This is the tort of misfeasance in public office. The rationale? In a legal rule of law system, executive or administrative power must be exercised for the public good, not for improper purposes.
As declared a UK court: “We take it to be perfectly clear that if a public servant abuses his office either by an act of omission or commission, and the consequence of that is injury to an individual or loss of public property, an action may be maintained against such public servant: Henly v Lyme Corp (1928).”Read more →