Man arrested for posting picture insulting PM in WhatsApp group

Source: The Star Online

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WhatsApp – EPA file pic

JOHOR BARU: Police have arrested a man for sharing a crude photo insulting the Prime Minister in a WhatsApp group.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said that the man was arrested in Kampung Tunku, Petaling Jaya at around 12.15pm on Saturday.

He said the suspect, who goes by the name Pa Ya, had uploaded the photo into a WhatsApp group called “Bicara Politik Melayu”.

“The photo has insulted and hurt the feelings of Malaysians,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

The suspect’s Samsung G5 mobile phone was seized as well, he said.

A police report was lodged at 3.35pm on Friday following the posting of the photo.

Comm Wan Ahmad said that the suspect would be remanded at the Johor Baru court on Sunday for investigations under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or up to a year’s jail, or both upon conviction. Read more

Rejecting hudud a constitutional right, Christian group says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 — Malaysians across all creeds and cultures are allowed by the Federal Constitution to question, doubt or reject any change in laws or policy, such as the proposal to introduce hudud here, according to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM).

The group’s chairman Rev. Dr. Eu Hong Seng said as such, Malaysians should not be labelled enemies of Islam or “kafir harbi” for simply expressing their opposition to hudud.

“Hudud is a small part of the Shariah, not even constantly or consistently applied throughout the history of Islam.

“So how can such Malaysians be designated as enemies of Islam?” he asked in a statement.

Eu was referring to the uproar over Pahang Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Rahman’s use of the “kafir harbi” label on the DAP and its supporters.

He said called it regrettable that a person holding a state mufti position had thought it acceptable to use such a term in multireligious, multi-racial Malaysia and urged for strong leadership from the federal government to ensure such remarks are not repeated.

“We need an active and pro-active Department of National Unity and National Integration to work hard at maintaining the peace of our nation.

“We are dismayed by the silence over the years as our society is hit by the divisive issues of race and religion,” he said. Read more

UN rights council condemns the disruption of internet access

Source: Engadget

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July 1, 2016. The United Nations Human Rights Council has had enough of state-sponsored attempts to restrict internet access and punish people who use the internet as a space for free expression. The council on Friday passed a resolution that reaffirms and expands its previous stances upholding internet rights across the globe, noting, “The same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, in particular freedom of expression.” Today’s resolution is non-binding, but it can be used as support in future cases of online human-rights violations.

The resolution condemns violations including torture, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and gender-based violence enacted against anyone expressing themselves on the internet. Additionally, the HRC “condemns unequivocally” any attempt to intentionally restrict access to information online and calls on all nations to halt such practices. Read more

Remove religion from public health decisions — Azrul Mohd Khalib

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY AZRUL MOHD KHALIB

JULY 2 — Ibn Sina or Avicenna, is regarded as one of the most significant thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age. A religious scholar, philosopher, scientist and doctor, Ibn Sina is considered to be the “father of modern medicine.”

His seminal treatise, the Canon of Medicine written in 1025, was used as the standard medical textbook in the Islamic world and Europe up to the 18th century.

European doctors were still doubling up as butchers and barbers, worked in slaughterhouses and were using bloodletting as a form of treatment for most ailments. Ibn Sina had a complex understanding of human anatomy and explored pioneering concepts which led to evidence based medicine.

If he were alive today, I think he would be pretty dismayed at the recent controversies which have involved misguided and misinformed pseudo-religious arguments in public health. Read more