After fatal torture claim, Cambodia orders search in Penang detention centre

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 ― Following eyewitness accounts of allegedly fatal torture at the Juru detention centre in Penang, Cambodia has ordered its embassy here to locate its remaining nationals in the depot.

The claims of fatal abuse reportedly surfaced after Cambodian labour rights group Central paid sent home two Cambodian women who had worked in Malaysia as maids before they were detained in the detention centre.

According to one of the women, she said police arrested her this January after she fled from her latest employer due to alleged physical abuse, adding that she was then placed at the Juru detention depot for migrant workers.

“At the prison, I was beaten and kicked for not understanding the prison officers well,” the women who had worked for two years in Malaysia was quoted saying by Cambodia’s The Cambodia Daily.

She reportedly claimed that the torture of the detainees took place as they did not know Bahasa Malaysia and did not understand the depot officials, adding that she was “luckier” than the rest as she could speak some English and Malay. Read more

‘A black mark in DBKL history’

Source: The Star Online

The Star’s report on Aug 16. Image taken from The Star Online

The Star’s report on Aug 16. Image taken from The Star Online

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) arrest of a high-ranking Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officer has sent shock waves through DBKL.

The news of an executive director in the local government being detained had taken everyone by surprise, including Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz.

“I am shocked. I had no idea about it until Monday,” Amin Nordin said when contacted about the matter.

“I am very sad about the whole affair as I keep driving home the point with my staff every day to live clean, to live within their means,” he said.

The mayor said DBKL’s integrity unit was established to oversee efforts to combat corruption.

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Idris Jala: Malaysia no longer in middle-income trap

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is no longer stuck in the middle income trap, given the steady growth of its gross national income (GNI) in recent years and improving fiscal position.

Performance Management & Delivery Unit ( Pemandu) pointed out that Malaysia’s GNI at US $10,570 per capita last year is now only 15% away from the high-income economy benchmark, compared with US$8,280 per capita in 2010, which then put the nation 33% short of achieving the coveted category.

According to World Bank’s definition, a high-income nation needs to have a minimum GNI of US $12,475 per capita in 2010, compared with US $12,276 per capita in 2010.

“We have become unstuck from the middle income trap,” said Pemandu chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala.

“We’ve also reduced subsidy and undertaken various reforms to lower fiscal deficit and stimulate private investment growth,” he added in his keynote address at a roundtable discussion -The Business Year here on Wednesday.

Idris noted that the reduction in Malaysia’s  fiscal deficit from 6.6% of GDP in 2009 to 3.2% last year was an indication of a stronger and more sustainable financial position.

Watch: Our “Ask Me” Series FBLive #1 with Ambiga Sreenevasan, recorded on 16 August 2016

Jom Tanya Ambiga Sreenevasan on FBLive #1.
Candid answers to very pertinent questions.

This was a live broadcast, streamed via Facebook Live from HAKAM’s Facebook Page and recorded on 16 August 2016.

In this FBLive Session #1 broadcast, HAKAM President Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan answered your questions on the Citizen’s Declaration, election reforms in the area of political donations and contributions, the opposition’s chances in the next General Election, treatment of refugees and the UN Convention on Refugees, freedom of expression, her experiences as a human rights advocate, the implications of the 1MDB crisis, the future of Malaysia as a multi-racial nation, and more.

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HAKAM thanks Mr Chacko Vadaketh for moderating this Facebook Live broadcast. Read more