Lawyers: Parliamentary immunity extends to OSA offences

Source: FMT News

Police have no grounds to act against Muhyiddin Yassin, Shafie Apdal and Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah for what they said in Parliament. Pic taken from FMT News.

Police have no grounds to act against Muhyiddin Yassin, Shafie Apdal and Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah for what they said in Parliament. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Parliamentary privilege that protects lawmakers from criminal and civil liability for what they say inside the Dewan Rakyat extends to offences under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), said legal experts.

Hence, police may have no grounds to act against former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, former rural and regional development minister Mohd Shafie Apdal, and former second finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.

The three are currently under investigation for allegedly breaking their oath of secrecy and breaching provisions under the OSA, for speaking on issues which they learnt of while in their respective ministerial posts.

“MPs and state assemblymembers are protected under what is known as parliamentary privileges,” civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan told FMT, in reference to Article 63(2) of the Federal Constitution.

“Here, they can raise issues in Parliament and the state legislative assembly without the risk of legal action. Read more

Role of activists applauded by our courts — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

A LOT of the work by social activists is often not appreciated. They perform a thankless task of highlighting the social ills of society.

Sometimes at a great expense such as when big businesses come down hard and sue them for millions in defamation when they articulate society’s woes.

A fresh and welcome breeze blew in from the Court of Appeal last week. In what I consider to be a historic judgment, the court said that “we must not lose sight of the fact that the existence of activists groups is very much part of today’s society, so much so that it is undeniable that they have contributed much to the general well-being of the society at large”.

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Report: Husni summoned for police questioning over Parliament speech

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Former Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah resigned from Cabinet last June and quit all his party posts in Umno. — Bernama pic

Former Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah resigned from Cabinet last June and quit all his party posts in Umno. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — Former Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah is scheduled to have his statement recorded by the police this afternoon, believed to be over his speech in Parliament on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The Star Online reported an unnamed aide as saying that the ex-minister would be going to Bukit Aman at 2.30pm today, after the police announced that Husni, and former ministers Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal would be investigated under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972 over their speeches in the Dewan Rakyat last week for allegedly breaching their ministerial oaths.

Ahmad Husni resigned from Cabinet last June and quit all his party posts in Umno.

Civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan described the police action as “preposterous”, pointing out that Husni, Muhyiddin and Shafie are protected by parliamentary privilege under Article 63(2) of the Federal Constitution. Read more

Khairy and Red Shirts Jamal want Bersih 5 rally to be called off

Source: The star

SABAK BERNAM: Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin want the planned Bersih 5 rally at Dataran Merdeka on Nov 19 to be called off.

Jamal warned that his members would “retaliate” against Bersih if they were kurang ajar (rude) while Khairy wanted the roads leading to the venue to be closed off.

Jamal said the Red Shirts would gather on that day or wherever the Bersih members did.

Kami berikrar dan menentang mereka habis-habisan. Kami tidak akan teragak-agak untuk melakukan apa saja, walaupun sanggup bermandikan darah. (We swear to fight them to the end. We are prepared to do anything, even shedding blood),” he was quoted as saying during a press conference at the Sungai Besar Umno hall here yesterday. Read more

MACC probes Orang Asli Gua Musang logging complaints

Source: FMT News

Activities have damaged the environment causing a depletion of the forest that the Orang Asli depend on for their livelihood. Pic taken from FMT News.

Activities have damaged the environment causing a depletion of the forest that the Orang Asli depend on for their livelihood. Pic taken from FMT News.

GUA MUSANG: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has received two complaints from Orang Asli residents on irregularities in logging activities in Gua Musang.

Kelantan MACC director, Moh Samsuddin Yusof said investigations on the first complaint lodged on Sept 28 was completed while that of another received recently was still ongoing.

“On the recent complaint, an investigation paper has been opened to probe the matter,” he told reporters after opening an MACC programme with Orang Asli leaders in Kampung Jias C, Kuala Betis here, today.

The programme was officiated by Nenggiri state asemblyman, Mat Yusoff Ab Ghani and attended by MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil. Read more

Jais’ new app: A peep into moral policing

Source: Aliran

Hotline Jais app.

Hotline Jais app.

Rampant corruption, jarring income inequality and deforestation are among the serious moral issues that should not escape the attention of religious bodies such as Jais, says Mustafa K Anuar.

In an apparent frenzy to burnish Malaysia’s Islamic credentials, the Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) has recently resorted to modern communications technology to encourage Muslims to help police the morals of the Muslim community.

A mobile app – called Hotline Jais – that is available on Android devices enables members of the public to report suspected Sharia-related crimes such as khalwat (close proximity) and “deviant Islamic teachings”, at a faster rate. In other words, the kind of reporting that is supposedly driven by the spirit of amar makruf nahi mungkar (urging on what is good, and rejecting evil).

Such an innovation also means that Jais is relying on vigilantes among members of the public to help monitor – and catch – potential offenders of Sharia. Therein lies the rub. Read more

Don’t waste police resources, Bersih tells opponents

Source: FMT News

Maria Chin's arrest shows there are those who may want to thwart or stop Bersih's objectives to clean up the elections, says electoral watchdog. Pic taken from FMT News

Maria Chin’s arrest shows there are those who may want to thwart or stop Bersih’s objectives to clean up the elections, says electoral watchdog. Pic taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Maria Chin Abdullah’s opponents should not waste the limited resources of enforcement agencies, says electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0.

The reform group slammed the arrest yesterday of its chairperson in Langkon, Sabah, while she was distributing leaflets as part of the Bersih 5 convoy through Sabah.

“Although she was released on bail, we view (her arrest) as a form of intimidation towards a social and human rights activist,” Bersih said in a statement today.

“(The arrest) shows that there are certain quarters who may want to thwart or stop Bersih 2.0’s objectives to demand for a clean-up of the elections and our government. Read more

‘Forestry’s entry ban choking Gua Musang Orang Asli’

Source: malaysiakini

Pic taken from malaysiakini.

Pic taken from malaysiakini.

The Foresty Department strict permit requirement to enter the Balah Forest Reserve area in Gua Musang is hampering the local Orang Asli’s efforts to earn a livelihood, a resident said.

Mustafa Along, 29, said the Forestry checkpoint, put up a fortnight ago following the Orang Asli blockade against logging, makes it difficult for the natives to sell banana and rubber produce, Bernama reported.

“It also makes it difficult for us to buy food supplies, as before this a sundry goods seller would enter the settlement three times a week to sell our daily requirements,” he told reporters at the Orang Asli blockade in Kampung Petei, Pos Bering.

This has forced residents to ration their food since not many have access to vehicles to leave the settlement to purchase sundry goods.

“The town of Gua Muasang is far, at least three hours by motorcycle on a good day. It takes five hours when it rains,” he said.

Many items are also too big to carry on a motorcycle, he said. Read more

600 Orang Asli erect more logging blockades in Kelantan

Source: Malaysiakini

PEKA's 4 x 4 mission to stop logging at Kg. Betis, Kelantan on 28th and 29th October 2016. Pic taken from PEKA Malaysia's Facebook Page.

PEKA’s 4 x 4 mission to stop logging at Kg. Betis, Kelantan on 28th and 29th October 2016. Pic taken from PEKA Malaysia’s Facebook Page.

As a result of restrictions imposed on lorries transporting logs out from the Balah Permanent Forest Reserve (HSK) at Kampung Petei, Pos Bering since Sept 26, more than 600 Orang Asli from six villages at Pos Bihai have also put up blockades in protest against logging activities.

The Orang Asli community’s protest came after claiming that the Kelantan government allowed logging activities to be carried out on 150 hectares of the land since several weeks ago.

Kelantan Orang Asli Village Network secretary Mustafa Along said they gave the state a grace period of one week to hold negotiations with their community or face the consequence of blockades being set up as was done in Kampung Petei.

“We are not against logging but the government must ensure that it is done in a sustainable manner,” he told reporters at the barricade at Kampung Sungai Peralong, Gua Musang.

Also present was Association for the Protection of Natural Heritage of Malaysia (Peka) president Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil.

Commenting further, Mustafa said today marked the sixth day of the barrier set up by the Orang Asli community whose lives had been affected by the logging activities within the district. Read more

Bersih’s Maria Chin released on police bail

Source: NST Online

Maria Chin, second from left, talking to a police inspector, right, just before her arrest Saturday. Pic taken from Borneo Today.

Maria Chin, second from left, talking to a police inspector, right, just before her arrest Saturday. Pic taken from Borneo Today.

KOTA MARUDU: Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah has been released on police bail, more than two hours after she was detained here today.

District police chief Superintendent Mohd Izaan Abdullah said Maria was earlier arrested under the Section 11 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

“She was arrested at 1.45pm at Langkon town here (for distributing leaflets on Bersih 5 rally).

“She was brought to Kota Marudu police station and released at 4.15pm after investigation has completed,” he said in a statement.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Maria was arrested because she had handed out the leaflets without including the name and address of the printer and publisher as required under Section 11 of the PPPA. Read more