Vital to know your rights

Source: The Star Online

It is vital to know your rights. Many Malaysians do not know what to do when they get arrested.

 

YOU wake up, read the latest news updates on your mobile phone, retweet some interesting comments, and post your own reactions. Just another ordinary day, right?

Wrong. If you are not careful, that retweet or comment might land you in legal hot water.

Former journalist Sidek Kamiso found himself in that predicament early last week when a band of plain-clothed policemen banged on his door at 4.40am to arrest him for an alleged Twitter insult. They had not only come for him at an ungodly hour but also reportedly jumped over the fence to forcefully nab him.

After checking their identification, Sidek had let them in, although they did not produce an arrest warrant. The police officers then searched the house, confiscating his phone and laptop before dragging him away in handcuffs to the police station. Read more

Creating opportunities for those with disabilities

Source: NST Online

National paralympian (from L) Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, Siti Noor Radiah Ismail, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, and Abdul Latif Romly pose with their respective gold and bronze medals they won at Rio 2016 Paralympics. Bernama pix.

National paralympian (from L) Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, Siti Noor Radiah Ismail, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, and Abdul Latif Romly pose with their respective gold and bronze medals they won at Rio 2016 Paralympics. Bernama pix.

IT is nice to talk about a society that is inclusive and accessible to Persons with Disabilities (PWD), but do we know what that entails?

What do they need to take care of their families as well as attain their ambitions?

How many Malaysians have asked themselves these questions?

Social welfare workers and activists do not count.

The average Malaysian is likely to look at a PWD and express sympathy to a friend or two, besides making a small donation when someone asks for it, but it stops at that. The reality suggests that Malaysia has yet to wake up to disability. PWD are among the vulnerable groups in the society, according to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

The country ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on July 6, 2010, with reservations about Articles 15 and 18.

It has not signed the Optional Protocols to this convention. However, the Commission notes that ratification of the CRPD is a step towards proving Malaysia’s readiness to translate these rights into action. Read more

M’sia on track to meet TPPA’s 2018 ratification deadline

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is on track in meeting the 2018 deadline for the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

“The TPPA will come into effect as long as six countries accounting for 85% of the bloc’s GDP ratify the agreement,” said International Trade and Industry Ministry secretary-general Datuk J. Jayasiri.

All 12 countries in the TPP have 24 months to ratify the agreement which was signed in February in New Zealand.

The agreement will come into force 60 days after that.

KingsDiscourse-TPPA

Yesterday, Jayasiri launched “The King’s Discourse on the TPPA” organised by King’s College London Alumni Malaysia and Columbia University Alumni Association.

The one-day event brought together embassy representatives, lawyers and industry players to analyse the impact of the TPPA.

Should the TPP fall through, Jayasiri said Malaysia would find ways to engage with the four countries in the bloc with which Malaysia does not have an existing free trade agreement (FTA).

The 12 countries that negotiated the TPP included Malaysia, the United States, Japan, Australia, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico and Brunei. Read more

Change rules to ensure racially-mixed seats, says academic

Source: FMT

UKM’s Associate Prof Faisal Hazis says Election Commission must de-ethnicise constituencies to curb racial politics, for long-term good of country.

KUALA LUMPUR: A Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia lecturer said the proposed redelineation by the Election Commission recently has strengthened further the ethnic politics that has always existed in the country.

Associate Prof Faisal Hazis said the move was damaging to the country in the long run as it was holding the country back from progress, but he stopped short of calling for a ban to ethnic-based parties.

In his speech at the Liberalism Conference 2016 yesterday, Faisal called for the EC to “de-ethnicise” constituencies, in order to curb the spread of racial politics.

“There is a need to deconstruct the election rules. The proposed redelineation by the Election Commission recently, just strengthened ethnic politics,” he said here at the event organised by think tank, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas).

“However, there is no need to ban ethnic-based political parties. Part of a democracy is this (ethnic-based parties’) fundamental right to be in existence. But you need to reform the election rules to de-ethnicise constituencies,” he said.

He also suggested that one way of improving representation in mixed constituencies was by having several representatives, instead of just one, so that minority views are not ignored.

The EC had proposed amendments to 12 parliamentary and 34 state constituencies in the peninsula and proposed to create 13 new state seats in Sabah. The move has been objected to by both the Barisan Nasional coalition, including MCA, Gerakan and SUPP and the Opposition, who are concerned over the apparent segregation of voters along ethnic lines.

Sense and sensibility must prevail — Wong Chun Wai

Source: The Star Online

BY WONG CHUN WAI

The EC must serve the interest of Malaysians of all races, certainly not politicians as they come and go.

IT’S a good way out with the Barisan Nasional setting up a panel to assess and consolidate different views among the ruling coalition on the Election Commission’s proposed redelineation of electoral constituencies.

The objection from the MCA, MIC and Gerakan against the proposal is clear but Umno has also put on record that it is not happy with the proposed changes.

The proposal, had it been allowed to be implemented in the planned form, would have turned the clock back for Malaysia.

The last time Malaysia had a redelineation exercise was in 2002 after the 1999 general election which saw Umno politicians holding on to their seats because of the decisive Chinese votes.

In that elections, the old electoral logic of Malay voters in rural constituencies faithfully supporting Umno, was rudely chucked out. Read more