Lahad Datu Intrusion: Lawyer hopes nine militants will be spared the death sentence

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Three locals and 14 Filipinos were convicted of terror-related offences over the 2013 Lahad Datu armed incursion. File picture shows the location of three former gravesites (marked by a flag) used by the self-styled Royal Sulu Force (RSF) terrorists to bury 12 of their members, who were killed in clashes with security forces in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu. — Bernama pic

Three locals and 14 Filipinos were convicted of terror-related offences over the 2013 Lahad Datu armed incursion. File picture shows the location of three former gravesites (marked by a flag) used by the self-styled Royal Sulu Force (RSF) terrorists to bury 12 of their members, who were killed in clashes with security forces in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — A Malaysian court has convicted three locals and 14 Filipinos of terror-related offences, some punishable by death, following an armed incursion that left scores dead and paralysed a remote corner of Borneo for weeks, a lawyer said today.

The 2013 siege, inspired by a self-proclaimed Filipino sultan who tried to resurrect long-dormant land claims, saw clashes between Malaysian forces and some 200 Filipino militants who had arrived by boat in the eastern state of Sabah on Borneo Island.

The crisis embarrassed both Manila and Kuala Lumpur, shining a spotlight on the latter’s porous border and locals’ complaints of rampant illegal immigration and lawlessness.

“Following today’s high court conviction, nine of the Filipinos face an option of death sentence or life in prison. The court will make a decision on Tuesday,” N. Sivananthan, counsel for the Filipino militants, told AFP.

“I hope the nine will be spared the death sentence,” he added. Read more

IGP says Bersih 5 ok, but no calls for PM to go

Source: The Malay Mail Online

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Bersih 2.0 may proceed with its proposed street demonstration if it abides by conditions stipulated in the Peaceful Assembly Act. File picture shows participants shouting slogans during a rally organised by Bersih 2.0 near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on August 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Bersih 2.0 may proceed with its proposed street demonstration if it abides by conditions stipulated in the Peaceful Assembly Act. File picture shows participants shouting slogans during a rally organised by Bersih 2.0 near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on August 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — Electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 may proceed with its proposed street demonstration if it abides by the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) and does not demand the resignation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

The national police chief also gave the green light for the counter-rally proposed by Sungai Besar Umno leader Datuk Jamal Yunos, on the same condition that his “Red Shirts” movement stick to the PAA provisions.

“We will facilitate their requests if they follow the stipulations.

“We will not allow the proposed Bersih rally if it is aimed at demanding the prime minister to step down,” Khalid was quoted by news portal The Star Online as telling reporters at the police training centre here. Read more

What is the US action about? — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

The civil lawsuits present a potentially thorny issue for the two countries that have grown closer during the administration of President Barack Obama.

The civil lawsuit under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative announced by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on 20 July 2016, was initiated to seize the assets acquired by using money stolen from the people of Malaysia, in particular the 1MDB Fund. Image taken from FMT News.

MANY questions are being asked about the latest bombshell announced by the US attorney general and the FBI. They have initiated action to seize the assets acquired by using money stolen from the people of Malaysia, in particular the 1MDB Fund.

The AG has filed a “civil suit” for this purpose. And named five individuals – two Malaysians and three foreigners. Others – code-named – have also been indirectly implicated.

What is this suit about? Why civil and not criminal? What gives the US the right to bring this action? And can they haul up people who are not US citizens or living in the US?

As a result of worldwide clamour, the US launched a 2010 initiative to recover the proceeds of corruption (and money laundering) that are either held in the United States or moved through the United States. It is known as the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. (“Kleptocracy” is a Greek word meaning “The rule of thieves”). The assets to be recovered could be money in banks or property bought with the stolen money.

According to the initiative, these assets can be seized after a criminal conviction. The easier pathway, however, is to move to confiscate the assets without waiting for a conviction. Read more

The NSC Act will soon come into force — Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online

BY SYAHREDZAN JOHAN

Source: Mkini

Source: Mkini

The much criticised National Security Council (NSC) Act will come into force on Aug 1 2016.

The NSC bill was previously passed by the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara.

In the normal process, after a bill is passed by Parliament it will then be presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for royal assent. This is according to the provisions of the Federal Constitution.

The bill must receive royal assent within 30 days from the date of its presentation to the King.

In most instances, bills would receive royal assent within the 30 days.

However, the NSC bill was extraordinary in that it became law without express royal assent. This has never happened before.

Of course, according to the Federal Constitution if a bill does not receive royal assent within the 30 days, the bill will automatically become law.

But the very fact royal assent was not expressly given for the bill raises certain questions. Read more

Expert: Tackle pollution in drainage system first

Source: The Star Online

Disgusting sight: A large amount of rubbish trapped by the log boom in Sungai Pinang in Jalan Sungai, Penang. — CHIN CHENG YEANG/The Star

Disgusting sight: A large amount of rubbish trapped by the log boom in Sungai Pinang in Jalan Sungai, Penang. — CHIN CHENG YEANG/The Star

PETALING JAYA: River pollution should be tackled upstream where the drains are, said Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Centre director Prof Dr Nor Azazi Zakaria.

Dr Nor Azazi said it would be pointless cleaning rivers if drains flowing into them continued to be dirty.

“There needs to be a sustainable design to trap and collect rubbish from flowing downstream. Clean drains mean clean rivers.

“The Government has also spent so much to maintain our rivers and to collect rubbish. We need to re-look our enforcement measures to overcome this.

“If rubbish keeps being dumped into drains and rivers, it would affect a river’s stability – the riverbed, river capacity and equilibrium would all be influenced adversely.

“Secondly, it will also affect water supply downstream and the aquatic life in the river,” he said.

Dr Nor Azizi said it was high time the Government seriously considered including the environment in the school curriculum, starting from the lower levels. Read more

Our dying rivers: An average of 2,200 tonnes pollute rivers monthly despite campaigns

Source: The Star Online

Dirty and stinky: Contract workers wading through the waters at the downstream of Batu River in Selangor to clear trash trapped at the log boom. – ROYCE TAN/The Star

Dirty and stinky: Contract workers wading through the waters at the downstream of Batu River in Selangor to clear trash trapped at the log boom. – ROYCE TAN/The Star

IPOH: Every second, someone is dumping rubbish into Malaysian waterways and an average of 2,200 tonnes of rubbish is being collected every month from traps built across rivers in the country.

In just the upper part of Sungai Klang, which includes Sungai Gombak and Sungai Batu, a total of 21 tonnes of rubbish is collected monthly.

The rubbish is collected from 11 trash screens built across rivers, and from 500 gross pollutant traps built in drains to prevent rubbish from flowing into rivers.

“This means that every day, people along the upper areas of Sungai Klang are throwing 700kg of rubbish into drains and rivers,” said Malaysian Water Partnership (MyWP) vice-chairman Datuk Hanapi Mohamad Noor.

“Despite numerous programmes and campaigns by the authorities, including the ‘Love Our River’ campaign launched more than 10 years ago, not much progress has been achieved,” he said in an interview. Read more