Call to allow Rohingya refugees to work legally

Source: FMT News

MP Charles Santiago and rights group say the government should at least take care of the basic rights of the refugees already here.

MP Charles Santiago and rights group say the government should at least take care of the basic rights of the refugees already here.

PETALING JAYA: With the number of refugees in Malaysia on the rise, it is high time the government ensures their basic human rights are protected.

A member of parliament and a rights organisation said, instead of bringing in foreign workers, these refugees should be given the jobs.

Klang MP Charles Santiago said the government should help those seeking refuge here with a chance at a normal life while waiting for permanent placements.

He described the government’s current management of the refugees as “poor”, due to the fact that most of them were destitute.

Santiago said how their presence would affect the country depended greatly on the way the situation was handled.

“Now, the cost to support these refugees is borne by the government and the people. But what the government can do is to get the refugees who are already here to work in service centres or in plantations.

“All they need is some basic education and some caring from the companies or the government itself.

“It would be good for the country as doing this is cheaper than bringing in more migrant workers,” he told FMT. Read more

Cops raid Bersih’s office before Bersih 5 rally

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Bersih 2.0 secretariat member Mandeep Singh tweeted that the polls reform group’s office in Petaling Jaya was being raided by the police. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Bersih 2.0 secretariat member Mandeep Singh tweeted that the polls reform group’s office in Petaling Jaya was being raided by the police. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 ― Police raided today Bersih 2.0’s office ahead of the Bersih 5 street protest tomorrow, purportedly under a law prohibiting acts undermining parliamentary democracy.

Bersih 2.0 secretariat member Mandeep Singh tweeted that the polls reform group’s office in Petaling Jaya was being raided and the police purportedly wanted to confiscate all of the group’s belongings.

“Bukit Aman in our office. Want to ‘rampas’ (confiscate) all our ‘barang’ (things),” the tweet on @mandeepkarpal read. Read more

Menjelang Bersih 5 esok, polis serbu pejabat Bersih 2.0

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Ribuan penyokong Bersih 4 berkumpul dekat Dataran Merdeka bagi mendesak pilihan raya bebas dan kerajaan bersih pada Ogos 2015. ― Foto oleh Saw Siow Feng

Ribuan penyokong Bersih 4 berkumpul dekat Dataran Merdeka bagi mendesak pilihan raya bebas dan kerajaan bersih pada Ogos 2015. ― Foto oleh Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Nov ― Polis menyerbu pejabat Bersih 2.0 di Petaling Jaya petang ini, tidak sampai 24 jam sebelum ia menganjurkan perhimpunan besar Bersih 5 esok.

Anggota urusetia badan pendesak pilihan raya bebas itu Mandeep Singh menulis di Twitter bahawa pasukan polis ibu pejabat persekutuan Bukit Aman di pejabatnya untuk merampas barangannya.

“[Polis] Bukit Aman di pejabat kami. [Mereka] mahu merampas semua barang,” coretnya melalui akaun @mandeepkarpal.

“Serbuan ini dibuat bawah Seksyen 124C,” tweetnya lagi, dipercayai merujuk Kanun Keseksaan atau seksyen berkaitan cubaan melakukan aktiviti yang memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen.

Walau berdepan bantahan gerakan Baju Merah, ribuan peserta Bersih 5 dijangka berarak dari Jalan Bangsar menuju Dataran Merdeka mulai 10 pagi esok.

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Bos Malaysiakini didakwa di mahkamah kerana video bidas peguam negara

Source: FMT News

Disabit kesalahan, mereka boleh didenda RM50,000, penjara setahun atau kedua-duanya. Pic dari FMT News.

Disabit kesalahan, mereka boleh didenda RM50,000, penjara setahun atau kedua-duanya. Pic dari FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Dua pegawai tertinggi portal berita Malaysiakini hari ini dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Khas Siber berkait muat naik sebuah video menunjukkan bekas pemimpin Umno Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan membidas peguam negara.

Premesh Chandran dan Steven Gan, pengasas Malaysiakini yang juga pengarah anak syarikatnya KiniTV, didakwa di bawah Seksyen 233(1)(a) Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998.

Syarikat KiniTV didakwa dengan 2 pertuduhan, manakala Premesh dan Gan masing-masing didakwa di bawah Seksyen 244(1) menggunakan jawatan mereka.

Disabit kesalahan, mereka boleh didenda RM50,000, penjara setahun atau kedua-duanya. Read more

Singapore executes Malaysian, Nigerian for trafficking, authorities confirm

Source: The Malay Mail Online

noose-hang-death-penalty-2410SINGAPORE, Nov 18 ― Singapore today executed two foreigners convicted of drug trafficking, authorities said, a day after the city-state’s highest court rejected final bids for both men to escape the gallows.

The Nigerian and Malaysian were hanged after their last minute appeals were thrown out.

“A 38-year-old male Nigerian national, Chijioke Stephen Obioha, had his death sentence carried out on 18 November 2016 at Changi Prison Complex,” the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said in a statement. Read more

Chief Secretary’s threat void, says ex-judge

Source: FMT News

Gopal Sri Ram defends the constitutional right of civil servants to attend peaceful rallies. Pic taken from FMT News.

Gopal Sri Ram defends the constitutional right of civil servants to attend peaceful rallies. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A retired judge has ticked off Chief Secretary Ali Hamsa for threatening civil servants with pay cuts or dismissal if they participate in tomorrow’s Bersih and Red Shirt rallies.

Speaking to FMT, former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram said Ali had made an “unconstitutional demand”.

He said public sector employees could exercise their constitutional rights provided it did not interfere with their professional duties.

“Participation in a rally is a right conferred under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution and any restriction is absolutely void,” he said. Read more

Security Brief for Bersih 5 Peaceful Rally in Kuala Lumpur, 19 November

SECURITY BRIEF FOR BERSIH 5 PEACEFUL RALLY IN KL, 19 NOVEMBER

bersih5_emergencycontact1. Stay away from agent provocateurs (even if they are wearing yellow t-shirts) and let BERSIH Security Team handle the situation. Avoid direct confrontation. They will be apprehended and handed over to the police. Form a ring around them and record their actions using video and/or photos.

2. We are there for a peaceful assembly. No weapons of any form should be brought nor should there be any destruction or defacement of properties. Again, anyone involved in such acts will be apprehended and handed over to the police.

3. Always follow the instructions of our authorised security volunteers. They will all be in our purple security t-shirts and carry a tag. When in doubt, call other security volunteers to verify their identity.

4. Should the police use pepper spray pellets to shoot at protesters, turn your back to them and quickly move away. Do not panic but follow the directions of the BERSIH Security Team.

5. We would also have clearly distinguishable placards to communicate with the crowd e.g. “UNDUR”, “SENYAP” etc. Read more

Apply for a Brunsfield scholarship for the University of Oxford Master’s in International Human Rights Law programme

mst-in-int-human-rights-1The University of Oxford is pleased to announce that admissions for the Master’s in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford are now open for the course starting September 2017.

This part-time degree – involving online distance learning and two summer residential sessions held at New College, Oxford – is designed for lawyers and other human rights advocates who wish to pursue advanced studies in international human rights law alongside work or other responsibilities. Read more

Malaysia Braces for More Anti-Government Protests

Source: TIME

As public opposition to his leadership has escalated, Najib Razak’s government has become more authoritarian

A child stands behind a placard reading "Step Down Najib" as members of civil society alliance Bersih pose for pictures on on Nov. 11, 2016, in the Malaysian town of Ipoh, ahead of their demonstration in Kuala Lumpur to demand Najib's resignation. Mohd Rafsan—AFP/Getty Images

A child stands behind a placard reading “Step Down Najib” as members of civil society alliance Bersih pose for pictures on on Nov. 11, 2016, in the Malaysian town of Ipoh, ahead of their demonstration in Kuala Lumpur to demand Najib’s resignation. Mohd Rafsan—AFP/Getty Images

It’s difficult to say just how many Malaysians flooded the streets of Kuala Lumpur during the last weekend of August 2015 — by some estimates, 200,000, most of them dressed in the shade of canary yellow that has become the de facto hue of the global pro-democracy movement. They were there to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who had allegedly embezzled nearly $700 million in cash from a suffering state-development fund called 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB. (Najib has consistently denied the allegations.)

The protest, organized by a confederation of pro-democracy and anticorruption activists known as Bersih (which in Malay means clean), was one of Malaysia’s largest public gatherings in recent memory, and certainly the most spirited. “Malaysia is literally the perfect country … and it’s been completely spoiled by corruption and money politics,” one protester said at the time. “We’re finally tired of it.”

That was 15 months ago. This weekend, Bersih will reconvene, in Kuala Lumpur and in Malaysian communities around the world. But if the demonstration in 2015 was an exemplification of the democratic spirit — defiant, outspoken, responsibly optimistic — this weekend’s protests will likely demonstrate the frustration of that spirit when its ambitions are deferred. Najib is still in power, and is in fact more powerful than ever: as public opposition to his leadership has escalated, his government has cracked down on Malaysia’s civil society, jailing his critics and blocking access to websites that publish controversial information. Read more