Death row prisoner in Singapore turns to Malaysian court

Source: FMT News

noose-hang-death-penalty-2410KUALA LUMPUR: Another death row prisoner has turned to the Malaysian courts to compel Putrajaya to start legal proceedings against Singapore before an international tribunal for denying him a fair trial.

Factory worker K Datchinamurthy, who was found guilty of drug trafficking, also wants a declaration from the court that Putrajaya is obliged to protect his life and freedom.

In his leave application for judicial review today, the 32-year-old named the foreign minister and the Malaysian government as respondents.

He is also asking for any other relief deemed fit by the court.

Datchinamurthy’s mother, A Letchumi, has affirmed an affidavit in support of her son’s application.

Lawyer N Surendran said this application was made as his client and family members had exhausted all avenues to stop the execution from being carried out anytime now. Read more

DPM announces panel to document stateless Chinese in Sarawak

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, February 3 — A special mobile task force will be formed to register stateless Sarawakian Chinese with the aim of granting them Malaysian citizenship, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

He said the state National Registration Department will gather information on the stateless Sarawakian Chinese and make the necessary recommendations on those who meet the criteria to be citizens.

“We need to address this long outstanding problem of the stateless Chinese, who are born in Sarawak, once and for all,” he said at the Chinese New Year celebration with the Chinese community here.

“They are qualified to be Malaysian citizens under the Federal Constitution, if they are born and brought up in the state,” Ahmad Zahid, who is also the home minister, said when responding to a call from Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, earlier. Read more