20 NGO disyaki terima dana asing disiasat, kata Nur Jazlan

Sumber: FMT News

Siasatan perlu dilakukan kerana banyak negara digulingkan melalui cara NGO digunakan pihak luar, kata timbalan menteri dalam negeri

JOHOR BAHRU: Kira-kira 20 daripada 50,000 pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang berdaftar dengan Jabatan Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS) disiasat sejak November kerana disyaki menerima dana yang meragui daripada individu serta organisasi luar negara.

Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed berkata jumlah NGO yang disiasat berhubung perkara itu mungkin bertambah pada masa hadapan memandangkan polis tidak merancang untuk menghentikan skop penyiasatan sehingga kini.

“Siasatan perlu dilakukan untuk memastikan NGO-NGO ini tidak menjadi muka depan kepada pihak tertentu yang berniat menggugat demokrasi negara, kerana banyak negara di Barat dan juga mungkin di Asia telah digulingkan melalui cara NGO digunakan oleh pihak luar,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan pencarian Ikon Muslimah Johor 2016 di sini hari ini.

Nur Jazlan berkata demikian ketika mengulas perkembangan siasatan terhadap Pengerusi Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah yang dipercayai melakukan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen dengan menggunakan dana yang diterima daripada Open Society Foundation (OSF). Read more

We are not ‘traitors’, NGOs tell Putrajaya

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Over 40 civil society groups submitted a memorandum to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low, who is in charge of governance, integrity, and human rights. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the Malay Mail Online

Over 40 civil society groups submitted a memorandum to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low, who is in charge of governance, integrity, and human rights. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 ― Over 40 civil society groups urged Putrajaya today to cease harassing them over foreign funding, saying they had the same right as businesses and governments to receive such monies.

The 44 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) submitted a memorandum today to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low, who is in charge of governance, integrity, and human rights, and to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

“We wish to state categorically that as members of civil society, which may from time to time voice our concerns about public affairs, we are not ‘traitors’ to the nation,” the NGOs said in the memorandum.

“Dissenters ought not be treated as enemies of the state. For a true parliamentary democracy to exist, we must be free to voice our concerns.

“As civil society groups which advocate for transparency and accountability, we remind the government that our accounts are made available through the filing of yearly returns,” they added. Read more

Landmark ruling on Sedition Act — Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online

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.

ON Nov 25, the Court of Appeal made a landmark ruling on the Sedition Act. The panel, consisting of Justices Datuk Varghese George Varughese, Datuk Lim Yee Lan and Datuk Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal, held Section 3(3) of the Sedition Act to be unconstitutional.

The section provides that the intention of the accused is irrelevant when proving a sedition charge.

The appeal was brought by Sri Muda assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei, who challenged the constitutionality of the section at the High Court.

He was charged under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act in 2011 over an article published in his blog. At the High Court, his application for a declaration that Section 3(3) is unconstitutional was dismissed. He then appealed to the Court of Appeal.

The Sedition Act criminalises “sedition” by making it an offence to do anything which has a “seditious tendency” or to utter any seditious words. Read more