Azmin, one other granted leave in bid to declassify audit report

Source: The Star Online

Pic from the Star Online.

Pic from the Star Online.

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (pic) and a businessman have obtained leave to initiate judicial review proceedings in order to declassify the audit report on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Hanipah Farikullah decided on the application for leave after hearing submissions by the parties in chambers on Wednesday.

In the first application for leave filed on Aug 5, last year, businessman Muhammad Zahid Md Arip, 50, sought to declassify the document, which is under the Official Secrets Act 1972.

In the second application, Selangor Mentri Besar and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali became the first MP seeking the same.

Mum pleads for Govt’s help to save son on S’pore death row

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Press conference on 11 January 2017. Prabagaran's mother, V. Eswari was accompanied by lawyers and civil rights advocates.

Press conference on 11 January 2017. Prabagaran’s mother, V. Eswari was accompanied by lawyers and civil rights advocates.

KUALA LUMPUR: A 54-year-old single mother from Johor Bahru is pleading to the Government to help her save her 29-year-old son, who is on death row in Singapore for drug trafficking.

Her son, S. Prabagaran, has exhausted all legal appeals and is facing imminent execution.

He is awaiting the result of a clemency petition to the Singapore President. The clemency request was sent in February last year, with its result due anytime soon, according to lawyers.

Singapore, however, has not granted a clemency request for the past 13 years. Read more

Court reversal on transgender ruling shows ‘wilful ignorance’, rights group says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Supporters of transgender rights group Justice for Sisters are pictured at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, October 8, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

Supporters of transgender rights group Justice for Sisters are pictured at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, October 8, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 — Malaysia’s transgender community criticised today the Court of Appeal’s recent overturn of a ruling granting a trans man the right to change his registration details and be formally identified as a male.

The group and its allies, which called themselves Justice for Sisters, said the decision wilfully disregards current scientific and medical understanding of gender identity, as well as the realities and lived experiences of transgender people.

“It also displays a wilful ignorance of good practices worldwide with regards to the role of the state in its duty to uphold and protect the rights of transgender persons,” it said in a statement. Read more

How budget cuts affect public universities

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Budgets cuts have affected the academic staff the most, where there is a hiring freeze of new academic staff while some seniors have to retire as they have not been offered a contract to continue.

University Malaya - file pic

University Malaya – file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 ― The austerity drive in public universities has resulted in a conundrum between providing quality education and working within a much tighter budget compared to previous years.

Under Budget 2017, public universities will see their combined operating budgets slashed by about 19 per cent, or RM1.5 billion, a bigger cut than last year’s budget, and out of the 20 public universities in Malaysia, 10 of them will be facing massive cuts ranging from over 10 per cent to over 31 per cent.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh has reportedly said that public universities have become too dependent on government funding, and that a decade ago, it was a fraction of what was now given.

But what do the budget cuts mean? What is the feasibility of public universities sourcing out alternative funding? Will it compromise the quality of education being offered in varsities? Read more