No strings attached for our foreign funds too, Malaysian Bar president tells Khairy

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru asserted that Malaysian laws do not forbid non-governmental organisations from using foreign funds for research purposes. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru asserted that Malaysian laws do not forbid non-governmental organisations from using foreign funds for research purposes. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 — The grant from US-based Open Society Foundations (OSF) was given to the Bar Council without any conditions attached, Steven Thiru who heads the Malaysian Bar’s executive council said today.

The lawyer also asserted that Malaysian laws do not forbid non-governmental organisations from using foreign funds for research purposes, adding that the Bar Council goes a step further to ensure the money doesn’t originate from a forbidden source.

“We would check to ensure it does not emanate from a proscribed organisation/ individual,” he told Malay Mail Online in a text message on the WhatsApp platform.

“We would insist that no conditions are attached. This grant came with no strings/conditions attached and we could independently use it for the research work,” he added.

Steven was responding to Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who had earlier today described the lawyer’s remarks earlier as irresponsible for allegedly making light of the Bar Council’s funding from the OSF, founded by American business magnate George Soros, whom some Malaysians have accused of having an agenda to topple the Malaysian government. Read more

Sarawak CM announces RM2m fund for abused wives

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Nov 5 ― Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today announced an RM2 million fund for battered women to file for divorce from their abusive husbands.

“The fund is for the women to go to the lawyers to seek justice from the court against their (abusive) husbands,” he said at the launch of the state level Women’s Day celebration at the Indoor Stadium here today.

He said the fund will help women to divorce their abusive husbands and seek maintenance for themselves and their children.

“The time has come for us to put a stop to men abusing their wives,” Adenan said, adding that he would increase the amount of the fund if it was not enough.

He noted that there have been growing cases of domestic violence against women in Sarawak over the past years.

“I am very concerned about the increasing cases of abuses against women,” he said. Read more

Syed Saddiq faces sedition probe for plea to Sultan

Source: FMT News

IGP Khalid Abu Bakar says several reports lodged against the open letter asking Sultan to reconsider ban on street demonstrations. Pic from FMT News.

IGP Khalid Abu Bakar says several reports lodged against the open letter asking Sultan to reconsider ban on street demonstrations. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have begun a sedition investigation against Parti Pribumi Bersatu youth leader Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman for an open letter he had written to the Sultan of Johor.

The open letter, posted on Facebook, had asked that the Sultan reconsider his ban on street demonstrations in Johor.

Syed Saddiq said political demonstrations were a “democratic weapon” and he pleaded with the Sultan to defend the people’s right to demonstrate and express themselves in the wake of major corruption scandals and abuse of power. Read more

Denouncing ‘Red Shirts’ treatment of the media — Gerakan Media Merdeka

Source: Malay Mail Online

whatyouthink-new-logo_200_200_100NOVEMBER 6 — Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm) expresses our regret over the roughshod ways in which supporters of Umno-linked ‘Red Shirts’ had treated the media that covered their protest outside Malaysiakini’s office in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

Geramm received several complaints and a video which showed how a journalist was harassed by a red shirt protestor who covered his face.

During the demonstration, several protestors also blamed the media whom they accused of blocking their march towards the police line.

Geramm in our struggle is consistent towards upholding the rights of all media practitioners to perform their duties and we urge all parties to do the same. Read more

Evoking the true ‘Mahatma’ spirit

Source: The Star

Gurdial: ‘Will a defiance of Gandhi’s sustained pronouncements on preserving Mother Earth lead to the sixth extinction?’ Pic from the Star.

Gurdial: ‘Will a defiance of Gandhi’s sustained pronouncements on preserving Mother Earth lead to the sixth extinction?’ Pic from the Star.

“I HAVE derived my politics from ethics…It is because I swear by ethics that I find myself in politics,” said Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Sadly, that is not a statement many state leaders or politicians anywhere in the world can make. Not even the candidates vying for the presidency of one of the superpower nations.

When I grilled a couple of journalists and some people-in-the-street types on any Malaysian they thought could echo Gandhi’s words, the consistent answer was – Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, the Member of Parliament for Sungai Siput.

Asked to identify one trait of Gandhi, most people pick his non-violent stance, satyagraha. That’s not surprising; after all even the United Nations declared his birthday Oct 2 as its International Day of Nonviolence.

But Gandhi was more than this, says Universiti Malaya’s former professor of law Gurdial Singh Nijar, who points out: known as Mahatma (great soul), Gandhi also had plenty to say about the environment, corruption, discrimination and education. Read more