EC receives 836 redelineation recommendation objection representations

Source: The Sun Daily

UTRAJAYA: The Election Commission has received 836 objection representations in regard to the electoral boundary redelineation recommendations for Sabah and the peninsula.

The one month period from Sept 15 for display and feedback on the proposed redelineation exercise ended on Friday.

EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said based on Schedule 13 of the Federal Constitution, EC would hold a local inquiry to hear the objection representations. Read more

Freedom of speech in a democracy — Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online

BY SYAHREDZAN JOHAN

Syahredzan Johan is a young lawyer and partner of a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur. Pic taken from the Star.

Syahredzan Johan is a young lawyer and partner of a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur. Pic taken from the Star.

IT is common knowledge that democracy began in Athens, sometime around 500BC. The word “democracy” itself was derived from the Greek word “demos”, which means “people” and “kratos”, which means “power”.  “Democracy” is thus “power of the people”.

The ancient Athenians practised a form of democracy known as “direct democracy”. Citizens of the city-state were allowed to speak in the legislative assembly, and also to vote on laws and public business. However, women, foreigners and slaves were excluded from this process.

Most modern democracies these days practise a form of democracy known as “representative democracy”.

Citizens do not directly dictate and decide on laws and public policies, but have a say by electing representatives into public office.

But whether it is direct democracy, or representative democracy, the basic premise remains the same: that citizens in a state have a say and an interest in how the country is run.

The government that governs the country, to quote Abraham Lincoln, is a “government of the people, by the people and for the people”. Read more

Zunar: I will challenge travel ban

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Cartoonist Zunar said he woud file a legal challenge to remove the travel ban against him. — Pic taken from the Malay Mail Online.

Cartoonist Zunar said he woud file a legal challenge to remove the travel ban against him. — Pic taken from the Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — Barred from leaving Malaysia, cartoonist Zunar said today he will file a legal challenge to remove the travel ban against him by order of the Inspector-General of Police.

No stranger to being locked up, the cartoonist whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque panned the travel ban as “yet another form of long list harassment to stop me from drawing cartoons to criticise the government of Malaysia”.

“I will file a legal challenge to remove the ban,” the artist, whose artwork frequently lampoons Malaysian politics and its personalities, said in a statement posted on the blog Cartoon Movement. Read more

Zunar barred from leaving Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Zunar was stopped at KLIA from leaving Malaysia on 17 Oct. Pic taken from Zunar's Twitter.

Zunar was stopped at KLIA from leaving Malaysia on 17 Oct. Pic taken from Zunar’s Twitter.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — Cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, was barred today from leaving the country ahead of a flight to Singapore.

Zunar said an immigration officer informed him that the travel ban was an instruction from Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar effective last June 24.

“They didn’t give a reason and just cited ‘special reasons’,” Zunar told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

“It’s very strange. Normally, it comes from immigration, but this one was from the police to immigration,” he added.

The cartoonist, who frequently mocks corruption and Malaysian politics, said he was flying to Singapore to give a talk.

Zunar was slapped with nine sedition charges in April last year that could see him face 43 years in prison. Read more

G25 joins Suhakam in criticising Shiah arrests

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysia subscribes to the Sunni school of Islam, and has previously declared the rival Shiah school to be ‘deviant’. — Picture by Choo Choo May, taken from the Malay Mail Online.

Malaysia subscribes to the Sunni school of Islam, and has previously declared the rival Shiah school to be ‘deviant’. — Picture by Choo Choo May, taken from the Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — Shiah is a recognised sect of Islam and its followers must be allowed to practise their religion freely, the G25 said.

The pro-moderation group echoed the Human Rights Commission’s previous call for Islamic authorities to recognise the constitutional right to religious freedom, in relation to the Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s arrest of 50 Shiahs celebrating Ashura Day last week.

“The Federal Constitution Article 11(1) states that ‘Every person has the right to profess and practise his religion’. And article 11(4) states that ‘Federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam’,” it said in a statement.

“In the case of Shiahs, they are recognised as an accepted sect of Islam, and that any form of assembly cannot be misconstrued as propagating religion other than Islam.” Read more

Khatan perempuan tiada dalam Islam, kata pakar

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Amalan mengkhatan kanak-kanak perempuan di kalangan umat Islam negara ini tidak ada kaitan dengan ajaran Islam, kata beberapa doktor perubatan dan aktivis Islam yang ditemui FMT.

“Tiada satu pun ayat Al-Quran atau hadis yang mewajibkan khatan kepada perempuan,” kata pakar kardiotorasik dan pensyarah kanan jurusan perubatan di Universiti Monash, Dr Farouk Musa.

Beliau yang juga pengarah Islamic Renaissance Front menjelaskan, hadis yang menyatakan amalan berkhatan, atau apa yang dikenali sebagai “female genital mutilation” (pemotongan genitalia wanita, FGM) sebagai “memuliakan perempuan”, bukan merupakan hadis sahih.

Pandangan ini berbeza daripada amalan di Malaysia, di mana orang Melayu Islam yang rata-rata bermazhab Shafie, mengamalkannya secara berleluasa. Read more

Attacking journalists is simply unacceptable — Boo Su-Lyn

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Boo Su Lyn, columnist.

Boo Su Lyn, pic taken from the Malay Mail Online.

OCTOBER 17 — The Red Shirts movement sank to a new low when their supporters assaulted media practitioners who were covering a Bersih convoy at Kuala Selangor last Saturday. Two of the journalists were women.

The Red Shirts supporters grabbed The Star reporter’s collar as they shouted at her to delete a video recording of the standoff between supporters of the anti-Bersih Red Shirts and Bersih.

video shows a chaotic scene of men yelling at her and asking if she’s from Malaysiakini, which she refutes. They then shout “Delete! Delete!”, after which she gives a small scream and cries out “Don’t!” and later on, “Please don’t hold me like this.”

It’s terrifying enough for a woman to face one hostile man, much less a group of them.

Apparently, the Red Shirts supporters also punched a Malaysiakini photographer on her shoulder and called her “Cina babi” [Chinese pig] after she took pictures of them. Read more

MCA: BN consensus is government Bills before Hadi’s

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — Barisan Nasional (BN) has agreed that Putrajaya’s matters must come before PAS’s private Bill to upgrade the Shariah courts, MCA said when revealing the plan to block the latter from being debated in Parliament.

The Chinese-based BN component said its lawmakers will use this principle to ensure that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s motion does not make it beyond the Order Paper, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

“I raised this issue and it was very clear that Barisan has a consensus that Government Bills supersede Private Member’s Bills.

“We will make sure this Bill is not debated,” Liow was quoted by English daily The Star after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding yesterday. Read more

Now, Amanah pushes own Shariah motion

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Khalid said their proposal will not go beyond what was allowed by the Federal Constitution. — Pic taken from the Malay Mail Online

Khalid said their proposal will not go beyond what was allowed by the Federal Constitution. — Pic taken from the Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has filed a motion on enhancing the powers of the Shariah courts, similar to that of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Amanah communications director Khalid Samad claimed, however, that his party’s version would be more coherent and detailed than Hadi’s proposal.

“An alternative motion has already been submitted by Kota Raja,” the Shah Alam MP said, referring to Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud.

He added that the motion was submitted last week and will appear on the Order Paper after 14 days.

Khalid also said their proposal will not go beyond what was allowed by the Federal Constitution. Read more

Time to check lawlessness — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The SunDaily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

 

OF late people are feeling a sense of hopelessness. Laws are not being obeyed. Nor are they being enforced. Or are perceived as being enforced selectively.

It starts from the smaller infractions – to much larger ones. Let’s look at some examples.

The Royal Commission of Enquiry on a video clip showing a lawyer “fixing” the appointment of judges, recommended in 2008 that the attorney-general (AG) investigate the possible initiation of criminal charges against named individuals. No charges ever materialised.

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