Time to replace Official Secrets Act — Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAHREDZAN JOHAN

A few days ago, the Sarawak Report published an article claiming to be in possession of a leaked Auditor General’s (AG) report on the troubled state-owned company, 1MDB.

The AG’s report has been classified under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), the Act governing official secrets and information in this country.

In response to the alleged leak, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak called for a police investigation to determine how news portal Sarawak Report obtained the document.

He said the investigation had to be undertaken urgently and expeditiously to prevent further leakages of official secrets documents which ‘may put the country’s security in jeopardy.’

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police will investigate Sarawak Report under the OSA if it is found to have published classified contents.

If indeed Sarawak Report has published a document classified under the OSA, the people behind the blog would certainly have committed several offences under the OSA. Read more

Is the National Security Act ominously close? — Adrian Lim Chee En

Source: FMT

BY ADRIAN LIM CHEE EN

Student group Challenger urges the government to restore the country's sense of security without jeopardising the fundamental civil liberties of Malaysians.  Pic taken from FMT News

Student group Challenger urges the government to restore the country’s sense of security without jeopardising the fundamental civil liberties of Malaysians. Pic taken from FMT News

On June 21, land rights activist and candidate in the Sarawak State election Bill Kayong was shot dead in Miri. The police have since claimed the case solved following the recovery of the murder weapon, despite protests claiming his death was politically motivated.

A week later on June 28, eight were injured after a grenade was thrown into a pub in Puchong. The cops have since announced the incident as the first Islamic State attack on Malaysian soil.

The very next day, another man was shot five times in an attempted murder along the KL-Seremban Highway.

On July 4, a woman and three others escaped unharmed after a gunman fired 12 bullets at her house at Taman Bukit Desa, Kuala Lumpur.

On the first day of Raya, a shooting incident took place at OUG where a businesswoman was shot dead and her daughter, critically injured.

The very same evening, two were killed and another, seriously wounded after a machete attack at Solaris Dutamas.

Yesterday, three Indonesian nationals were kidnapped off the coast of Lahad Datu.

Besides the fear for security and safety, what is also highly alarming to human rights advocates and activists is the possibility of these incidents being potentially exploited as a reason to exercise powers as outlined in the National Security Council Act. Read more