Wealthy nations shirking responsibility, blamed for growing global refugee crisis

Source: Malaysia Sun 

wealthy nations shirking responsibility, blamed for growing global refugee crisis

LONDON, U.K. – Blaming wealthy nations of shirking responsibility in dealing with the mounting global refugee crisis, London-based human rights body, Amnesty International has revealed that today, merely ten countries globally are home to nearly half of the world’s refugee population.

The group released the findings of its latest report titled, ‘Tackling the global refugee crisis: from shirking to sharing responsibility’ and accused wealthy nations of leaving poorer countries to bear the brunt of the refugee crisis.

In its findings, the group said that 56 percent of the world’s 21 million refugees are being hosted in ten countries based in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

While presenting the report, Amnesty Secretary General Salil Shetty said, “A small number of countries have been left to do far too much just because they are neighbours to a crisis. That situation is inherently unsustainable, exposing the millions fleeing war and persecution in countries like Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Iraq to intolerable misery and suffering. It is time for leaders to enter into a serious, constructive debate about how our societies are going to help people forced to leave their homes by war and persecution.” Read more

EAIC chairman wants disciplinary bodies to inform commission on disciplinary action

Source: The Malay Mail Online

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam today proposed that it should be notified of disciplinary action taken by enforcement agencies. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam today proposed that it should be notified of disciplinary action taken by enforcement agencies. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

KUCHING, Oct 4 — The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) today proposed for each of the disciplinary authority of the enforcement agencies within its scopes of investigation, to inform the commission on any disciplinary action taken.

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said it was among the proposed amendments to the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission Act 2009 (Act 700), recently submitted to the Attorney General’s Chamber.

He said the proposal was aimed at strengthening the effectiveness and functions of the commission in its cooperation with enforcement agencies under its purview.

Last April, Yaacob said the EAIC had informed the Chief Secretary to the Government in written of its disappointment towards the imposition of light punishments by the disciplinary authority of various agencies, as compared to what were recommended.

“The punishments are seen as neither able to discipline nor give a lesson to perpetrators,” he said when opening EAIC Roundtable Dialogue with Sarawak and Sabah enforcement agencies here today. Read more

Rukunegara be made the preamble to the Malaysian Constitution? Go for it, G25 says

Source: Astro Awani

Civil society, human rights activists and the public can refer to the Rukunegara and cite its fundamental principles in seeking fairness and justice.

KUALA LUMPUR: G25, a group of moderate Malaysians concerned about the peace and national unity among the various races, issues this public statement to support the suggestion from Dr Chandra Muzaffar that the Rukunegara be made the preamble to the Malaysian Constitution.

The Rukunegara is the national ideology for creating a united and prosperous country and it is therefore appropriate that it be elevated to be the preamble to the constitution, which is the supreme law in our parliamentary democracy.

Dr Chandra’s suggestion is timely in view of the current state of national unity which is still fragile despite the country achieving remarkable progress in its 60 years of economic development.

While in terms of income and key social indicators Malaysia is fast approaching the status of a developed country, all these impressive statistics will have little meaning if we continue to be a divided nation. Indeed, unless we resolve the socio-political issues of race and religion that continue to cause friction among the population, and which often create barriers in formulating strong policies for growth, quality education, talent development, meritocracy, innovation and creativity, there  will always be doubt about the sustainability of our development process and our progress towards a truly united nation. Read more

Human rights group expresses concern with EC redelineation

Source: Malaysiakini

The Election Commission (EC) is seeking to change the names of 12 parliamentary seats and 34 state constituencies nationwide. — Pix by Kamles Kumar

The Election Commission (EC) is seeking to change the names of 12 parliamentary seats and 34 state constituencies nationwide. — Pix by Kamles Kumar

The Election Commission’s redelineation proposals provide for some of the urban parliamentary constituencies to become extremely large in contrast with rural and semi-urban areas, the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) noted with concern today.

In a statement today, Proham said the redelineation has implications on 12 parliamentary and 34 state seats.

“There is a public outcry on this matter and expressions of distrust from different sections of the political divide,” it said in a statement.

“The size of the constituency matters, as some of the urban parliamentary constituencies are extremely large in contrast with the rural and semi-urban seats.

“This matter must be urgently reviewed so as to ensure that the democratic rights of the citizens are well protected,” said the statement issued on behalf of its chairperson Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari.

The redelineation exercise, Proham said, is a fundamental process in parliamentary democracy and this exercise must be publicly viewed as a non-partisan exercise, thereby instilling public confidence in the process and outcomes. Read more

Forging ahead in moderation — Dr Nasharudin Mat Isa

Source: NST Online

BY DR NASHARUDIN MAT ISA

Every once in a while, there comes a most kairotic moment, and for Malaysia, such a defining moment came in 2010 in the august hall of the United Nations General Assembly when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak implored and declared the need for a global movement of moderates — of all faiths — to once more seize the initiative of the global world from the hands of extremists.

Admittedly, the concept of moderation is not a novelty, but the movement and alliances of moderates represent a new paradigm in the field of international relations, and with such grandiose plans and ventures of man, the onus certainly falls upon him to not only manage expectations, but ultimately to also deliver.

Nov 1 will mark the first year of my tenure spearheading the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMM), and unmistakably, while a number of engagements and initiatives have been made to realise my initial goal of “bringing back GMM onto its initial track”, much needs to be done, be it in the most decisive of manner or in the most strategic of senses.

In a period of much confusion, there remains the crucial need to address issues of the world, from rampant extremism to reactionary Islamophobic acts and policies, to subsequent elements of the human migration crises and manipulation of human rights.

These issues need to be addressed through the most just and wisest of approach. The old adage goes that Rome was not built in a day, but rest assured, Malaysia is on the right track to maintain its elegance and decisiveness in manoeuvring diplomacies of the global world. Read more

Kelantan halts logging at Balah forest

Source: The Star Online

KOTA BARU: The Kelantan government has ordered an immediate halt to logging activities in the Balah forest reserve until further notice – a decision aimed at easing the escala­ting tension between loggers and orang asli in the area.

State Forestry Department director Zahari Ibrahim said yesterday’s decision was made to ensure peace among the orang asli and loggers.

The latter had faced blockades put up by the orang asli last week and on Sunday.

The decision by the state government, he added, had been agreed to by all parties. Read more