Maria Chin, three others allowed to refer constitutionality of #KitaLawan charge to Federal Court

Source: The Malay Mail Online

On Sunday, Maria Chin Abdullah was stopped by airport officials when she tried to board a flight to South Korea. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Maria Chin Abdullah — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 — The High Court here today allowed the application by Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and three others to refer the constitutional issue of their #KitaLawan street demonstration charge to the Federal Court.

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan said only the Federal Court had the power to decide on questions of constitutionality.

The three others who filed the application were Jingga 13 chairman Mohd Fariz Abd Talib@Musa, Bersih 2.0 secretariat manager Mandeep Singh and Bayan Baru Member of Parliament Sim Tze Tzin.

They were charged with others still at large with participating in a street demonstration to call for reformation and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s release in front of a fountain at the Jalan Tun Razak junction until the Sogo Complex here between 3.15 pm and 6 pm on March 28 last year.

All of them were charged under Section 4(2)(c) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 to the Federal Court and face a maximum fine of RM10,000 if found guilty.

Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin prosecuted, while all the accused were represented by counsel Gooi Hsiao Leung. — Bernama

Menjelang protes #TangkapMO1, penganjur ajak tukar gambar profil

Sumber: FMT News

Perhimpunan itu mahu Putrajaya mendedahkan identiti di sebalik 'Malaysian Official 1'.

Perhimpunan itu mahu Putrajaya mendedahkan identiti di sebalik ‘Malaysian Official 1’.

KUALA LUMPUR: Sekumpulan pemuda akan mengadakan perhimpunan di Dataran Merdeka pada 27 Ogos ini bagi mendesak Putrajaya mendedahkan identiti “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1), yang disebut Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat dalam permohonannya menyita aset berkait 1MDB bulan lalu.

Sehubungan itu, Gabungan #TangkapMO1 menyeru orang ramai menunjukkan sokongan dengan menukar gambar profil media sosial mereka kepada logo kempen #TangkapMO1.

“Kami menyeru sekiranya sudi, anda boleh menukar gambar profil kepada logo kempen #TangkapMO1 di laman sosial masing-masing sebagai tanda sokongan terhadap perhimpunan ini,” kata Presiden #TangkapMO1, Anis Syafiqah Yusof.

Beliau menjangkakan kehadiran seramai 10,000 orang, dan protes akan bermula jam 2.40 petang selepas berkumpul di perkarangan pusat beli belah Sogo dan Masjid Negara.

Perhimpunan itu akan dibantu pasukan Amal Relief Malaysia (Arif) dengan kerjasama Skuad Medik untuk memastikan perhimpunanan berjalan lancar, katanya.

Kumpulan itu juga akan mengadakan siri ceramah dan “flashmob” bagi menjelaskan kepada masyarakat mengenai isu 1MDB. Read more

Education minister cans ‘interfaith understanding’ subject for public schools

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Mahdzir said that students in public schools are already learning about the country’s diverse religions through a variety of subjects. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Mahdzir said that students in public schools are already learning about the country’s diverse religions through a variety of subjects. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 9 — The Education Ministry does not need to introduce a new subject specifically to promote “interfaith understanding”, its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said today.

He added that students in public schools are already learning about the country’s diverse religions through a variety of subjects, in response to calls from another government that proposed the idea in a bid to improve interfaith ties amid reports of fraying ties in recent years.

“I think we have enough [of it being taught in schools], with the teaching of the Rukun Negara, civics classes, Moral, and Islamic studies for Muslims,” he told reporters after launching the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 Annual Report 2015 here.

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Federal Court to hear PAA challenge application

Source: The Star Online

Student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim  - pic taken from says.com

Student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim – pic taken from says.com

KUALA LUMPUR: A High Court here has granted an application challenging the constitutionality of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) to be referred to the Federal Court.

Judicial Commissioner Nordin Hassan said the questions raised by activists Adam Adli Abd Halim and Mohd Fariz Abd Talib touched on whether Sections 4(1)(c), 4(2)(c) and 4(3) of the Act were consistent with Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the Federal Constitution.

“I believe it is Articles 8(1), 9(2), 10(1)(a) and 10(1)(b) that the two applicants are referring to.

“I will transfer the case to the Federal Court, which will decide on their constitutionality and the Apex Court will later fix the date to hear on the issues,” he said.

JC Nordin added that only the Federal Court could decide on any constitutional issues raised in the lower courts.

Adam, 26, and Mohd Fariz, 45, filed the application on Dec 17 last year. Read more