Mahasiswa tidak mahu dibisukan, gesa Najib transformasi pendidikan

Sumber: FMT News

Aktivis anak-anak muda ini berharap perdana menteri mencontohi sikap Presiden AS Barack Obama menyokong hak mahasiswa berbeza pendapat ketika berhadapan protes di UM. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Aktivis anak-anak muda ini berharap perdana menteri mencontohi sikap Presiden AS Barack Obama menyokong hak mahasiswa berbeza pendapat ketika berhadapan protes di UM. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Ketika meletakkan sasaran tinggi melalui Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50), kerajaan tidak boleh lupa untuk mengubah sistem pendidikan yang menekan mahasiswa, kata aktivis Ashraff Nazrin Noor Azman.

Bekas pelajar Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UMS) itu salah seorang daripada 14 aktivis anak muda yang berhimpun malam ini di pintu utama Universiti Malaya, tuan rumah kepada acara tertutup TN50 yang dihadiri Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“Dalam TN50, transformasi pertama seharusnya institusi pendidikan agar mahasiswa boleh menyuarakan pandangan mereka,” kata Ashraf, yang kini bergerak melalui Gerakan Anak Muda Malaysia.

Beliau dan aktivis lain berhimpun sejak 8 malam tadi kerana mahu menyambut kedatangan Najib dengan plakard seperti “Tangkap MO1”. Turut bersama aktivis DAP Young Syefura Othman dan aktivis pelajar UM, Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof. Read more

TN50 – journey to the top 20 begins today

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The first step to a new vision begins today – with a town hall meeting involving 500 young Malaysians who will outline their view of Malaysia’s roadmap for the next 33 years.

At the event in Universiti Malaya, the young Malaysians from a cross section of society will express what they want the country to look like in the year 2050, three decades after the end of the Vision 2020 policy.

Their voices and those of 1.5 million other youths will be sought by the Government to draft the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) policy document, in one of the country’s biggest policy formulation exercises to date.

The TN50 policy document will outline the economic, social, cul-tural and environmental targets Malaysia aims to achieve by 2050.

“TN50 will seek to transform the country’s economy, citizen well-being, environment, technology, social interaction, governance and public administration,” said the Youth and Sports Ministry, which has been tasked with managing the conversation with the country’s younger generation via face-to-face and online sessions.

Details on the TN50 rollout provided by the ministry outline a busy calendar of events this year under what it calls the “TN50 Conver­sations” – a process to discover the subjects and aspirations that matter to youth and other Malaysians. Read more

Inflammation of intestine caused detainee’s death at Bera police lock-up

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The human rights commission previously said in its report on deaths in detentions released today that two-thirds of detainees with health problems interviewed were denied medical attention, as the police did not believe that they were genuinely ill. — AFP pic

The human rights commission previously said in its report on deaths in detentions released in April 2016 that two-thirds of detainees with health problems interviewed were denied medical attention, as the police did not believe that they were genuinely ill. — AFP pic

KUANTAN, Jan 19 — The cause of death of a detainee at the Bera District Police Headquarters (IPD) lock-up near here yesterday has been confirmed to be inflammation of the intestine which he was believed to have suffered for a long time.

Bera District Police Chief DSP Mansor Samsudin said results of the post-mortem conducted on Soh Kai Chiok, 49, at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh near here found ulcers the size of a 50-sen coin in his intestine.

“The police are conducting an investigation into his death and looking for his medical records besides getting information from his close kin,” he said when contacted here today. Read more

Outrage over anti-vice move

Source: The Sundaily

PETALING JAYA: Lawyers and non-governmental organisations are outraged with a move by Terengganu Religious Affairs Department (JHEAT) that it may extend its anti-vice enforcement to passengers in vehicles, such as cars.

Lawyers for Liberty representative Latheefa Koya said there is no offence under syariah law for two unmarried people to be together in a room.

Also, in Malaysia the term “khalwat” (close proximity) has been misunderstood and connected to the act of adultery that requires four witnesses.

“The word ‘khalwat’ has been misinterpreted from its Arabic origin, which means ‘to be alone to contemplate’ as our Prophet Muhammad had done. Read more

Khalid Samad fined for teaching Islam without credentials (Updated)

Source: The Sundaily

Pic from the Star Online.

Pic from the Star Online.

KLANG: Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad was fined RM2,900 in lieu of three months’ jail after being found guilty last month for teaching Islam without credentials over a talk he gave at a surau in Kapar in 2011.

The fine means that Khalid would be disqualified as an MP under Article 48 (1) (e) of the Federal Constitution.

Under the Article 48 (1) (e), an MP can be disqualified if he has been convicted of an offence by a court of law in the Federation (or before Malaysia Day in the territories comprised in the State of Sabah or Sarawak or in Singapore) and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than one year or to a fine of not less than RM2,000 and has not received a free pardon.

The Amanah communications director was charged under Section 119 (1) of the Selangor Islamic Law Administration Enactment which provides for a fine of up to RM3,000 or a maximum jail term of two years, or both, upon conviction. Read more

Putrajaya loses final bid to claim compensation from Bersih over damages

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A Federal Court panel today reportedly dismissed Putrajaya’'s application for leave to appeal a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal in Bersih 2.0's favour. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the the MMO.

A Federal Court panel today reportedly dismissed Putrajaya’’s application for leave to appeal a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal in Bersih 2.0’s favour. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 — The federal government today lost its final bid to sue electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 for property damages during the latter’s third mega rally in 2012.

A Federal Court panel today reportedly dismissed Putrajaya’’s application for leave to appeal a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal in Bersih 2.0’s favour, news portal Malaysiakini reported.

The panel was chaired by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and also composed of judges Tan Sri Hasan Lah and Datuk Seri Abu Samah Nordin.

“We won the Bersih 3 case, for the third time. Judge threw out the application, no more appeals. Done and dusted,” the group said on its official Twitter account. Read more

Ratu Naga to face trial for online insult after losing constitutional challenge bid

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Facing the law: Syarul Ema Rena leaving the Sepang Sessions Court. Pic taken from The Star Online

Syarul Ema Rena, pic taken from The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 — The Sessions Court today dismissed Syarul Ema Rena Abu Samah’s bid to proceed with her constitutionality challenge of a law criminalising online insults.

Her lawyer Melissa Sasidaran said her client, who is more popularly known as Ratu Naga, had applied to refer her constitutionality challenge to the High Court.

“The Sessions Court judge rejected our application so the case is now going for trial,” she told Malay Mail Online today.

“The judge said the application was premature because the trial hasn’t begun and the judge referred to the Federal Court case of Adam Adli, Fariz Musa, Mandeep Singh, Maria Chin,” she added. Read more

Constitutionalism and rule of law — Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

Rights without remedies are like lights that do not shine and fires that do not glow

THIS year will be the sixtieth anniversary of our Federal Constitution. It is appropriate, therefore, to ask whether our Constitution has become the chart and compass and sail and anchor of our endeavours, or whether its supremacy is a legal myth.

At the very outset it needs to be noted that constitutionalism is not like a lamp you can switch on. Constitutionalism takes decades to develop roots. Much depends on the nature of the society the Constitution seeks to regulate and transform, the extent of the changes sought to be wrought and the existentialist realities on the ground.
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‘Unmarried Muslim pillion riders not allowed to hug and lean against each other’

Source: The Star Online

KUALA TERENGGANU: Unmarried Muslim couples who ride on motorcycles together in the state have been told to “keep their hands” to themselves.

Among the acts that those riding pillion must never do include putting their hands in the jacket pocket of their partners.

They are also reminded not to hug and lean against each other while riding on motorcycles, or they will face stern action.

In issuing the stern warning, Terengganu Religious Affairs Department (JHEAT) Commissioner Datuk Wan Mohd Wan Ibrahim said such acts were against the teachings of Islam.

He said a team of enforcement officers would be conducting a special operation dubbed Ops Bonceng to catch Muslim couples acting indecently while riding motorcycles. Read more