Poor living conditions put refugees at risk

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — Neighbourhoods with large numbers of refugees are turning into hotbeds for diseases due to poor living conditions.

There is rubbish strewn everywhere and water remains stagnant in clogged drains as children play along the corridors of their homes in pockets of communities in Ampang.

Many Myanmar nationals live in Taman Bukit Teratai, Kampung Tasik Permai, and their surrounding areas.

Some of them are sick, but refuse to seek medical help. They head over to nearby Chinese medicine shops instead. Many are unaware about the rotavirus outbreak in their neighbourhood. Read more

In report, watchdog says human rights in Malaysia on downward trend

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The report cited the extensive use of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) to arrest those who are deemed critical of the government. Pic Reuters.

The report cited the extensive use of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) to arrest those who are deemed critical of the government. Pic Reuters.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — The human rights situation in Malaysia showed a “marked deterioration” in 2016 due to increased arrests of government critics and expanded restrictions on public assembly, the Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2017.

The report, which was released tonight, detailed the state of human rights in more than 90 countries.

“The Malaysian government has responded to corruption allegations by throwing respect for rights out the window,” said Human Rights Watch Asia deputy director Phil Robertson in a statement.

“By bringing a slew of prosecutions against those expressing dissenting views or peacefully protesting, the government is seriously undermining democratic institutions and the rights of all Malaysian citizens,” he added.

The report cited the extensive use of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) to arrest those who are deemed critical of the government. Read more

Kuching man arrested over FB post on Adenan

Source: The Star Online

Pic form the Star Online.

Pic form the Star Online.

MIRI: Police have arrested a Facebook user over alleged defamatory and inflammatory statements made against the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem (pix).

Sarawak CID chief, Senior Asst Comm Datuk Dev Kumar, said the 54-year-old man was picked up at the RPR Landeh Kuching housing estate just after midnight Wednesday.

His mobile phone and other personal items were seized.

SAC Dev said that since the passing of Adenan, there have been several Facebook writers who have made postings on the late chief minister that were allegedly against the law.

“So far, 13 police reports have been lodged in eight police districts in Sarawak against four Facebook account holders.

“We have launched investigations into four of these postings,” he said. Read more