Changing mindset to catch crooks and bullies

Source: The Star Online

GIVING our children an avenue to anonymously report wrongdoing at school is a good thing, right? As it is, most adults are reluctant to speak out against the offences and misconduct that they see. They fear that this will lead to inconvenience, alienation or worse, reprisals.

Imagine how much harder it is for kids to tell teachers or school heads about other students being bullies or playing truant.

This is why it is a good idea that all schools must now provide a complaint box for tip-offs on student misconduct and criminal activity. And yet, some parents and teachers appear to be unenthusiastic about this move. Read more

Jawi’s appeal bid against Kassim Ahmad’s court victory postponed

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In March 2015, Kassim was charged at the Shariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February that was officiated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — Picture by Zurari AR

In March 2015, Kassim was charged at the Shariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February that was officiated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — Picture by Zurairi AR

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 7 — The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department’s (Jawi) leave application in the Federal Court to reverse the Court of Appeal’s ruling favouring Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad has been postponed to March 14.The hearing will be heard in front of another panel after the applicants could not decide whether to proceed with the panel comprising Federal Court judges Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, Tan Sri Ramly Ali and Datuk Aziah Ali.

Earlier, Ramly notified the court that he had to recuse himself since then High Court judge Datuk Zaleha Yusof, who had rejected Kassim’s application to obtain leave for a judicial review in July 2014, is his wife. Zaleha is now a Court of Appeal judge. Read more

Fahmi Reza finalist for freedom of expression award

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Graphic artist Fahmi Reza, shortlisted for a freedom of expression award, joins 15 other nominees from around the world who fought to overcome censorship. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Graphic artist Fahmi Reza, shortlisted for a freedom of expression award, joins 15 other nominees from around the world who fought to overcome censorship. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 ― Graphic artist Fahmi Reza has been shortlisted for a freedom of expression award by a UK-based non-profit.

Fahmi, who was shortlisted in the arts field for Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards 2017, joined 15 other nominees from around the world who fought to overcome censorship, including Chinese political cartoonist Wang Liming known as Rebel Pepper, Honduran LGBT organisation Arcoiris and Zimbabwean pastor Ewan Mawarire.

“Index on Censorship believes defiant voices like Reza’s offer real hope for Malaysia’s future and we commend the inspiration and hope he has transmitted across Malaysia and beyond,” Index on Censorship said in a statement.

Fahmi has lampooned corruption in his artwork and created the #KitaSemuaPenghasut (we are all seditious) hashtag to criticise the Sedition Act 1948 that authorities have frequently used to clamp down on dissent.

The Malaysian graphic artist was also charged under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 last year over his cartoons of the prime minister in clown make-up.

 

MACC Act provision strips accused person’s constitutional right to stay silent, court told

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (right) is alleged to have used his position to obtain gratification by purchasing his house from Phang Li Koon at below the property’s market value on July 28, 2015.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (right) is alleged to have used his position to obtain gratification by purchasing his house from Phang Li Koon at below the property’s market value on July 28, 2015.

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 7 — Defence lawyers for Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his former landlord Phang Li Khoon challenged today a corruption law provision they claimed violates a basic tenet of law in which an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Datuk V Sithambaran representing Phang and Gobind Singh Deo who acted for Lim told the High Court this morning that Section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act (MACC) 2009 contravened Articles 5 (1) and 8 (1) of the Federal Constitution.

“The accused has the constitutional right of presumption of innocence and the right to remain silent, but this Section restricts the conduct of the defence even before the case is heard in court,” Sithambaran said in his opening argument.

He argued that the provision confines the accused person’s right to defend himself in court to a mere statement of defence, preventing the submission of additional documents that could support his case even if new evidence emerges during trial.  Read more

Qatar supports Malaysia in helping Rohingya refugees

Source: Free Malaysia Today

DOHA: Qatar is the latest Islamic country to come forward to support Malaysia in its humanitarian project to help the Rohingya community that has sought refuge in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Qatar government had agreed to provide special funds for Malaysia to aid the refugees in three areas – primary school education, skill-training, and medical and healthcare.

“The agreement to channel funds is a positive response from Qatar to Malaysia’s ongoing efforts in resolving issues regarding the Rohingya. Read more

Bersih 2.0 claims new discrepancies in electoral roll for four states

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Bersih 2.0 said its checks showed voters from the same address had been registered in different localities, state constituencies or parliament seats. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Bersih 2.0 said its checks showed voters from the same address had been registered in different localities, state constituencies or parliament seats. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 — Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 said today it has discovered new irregularities in the voter registration roll in Pahang, Perak, Johor and Sabah.

It said its checks showed voters from the same address had been registered in different localities, state constituencies or parliament seats and demanded the Election Commission (EC) explain these new discrepancies.

“We are extremely disappointed that these dubious voter statuses still remain in the electoral roll. The Election Commission has repeatedly claimed that it has corrected the electoral roll but in every quarter, new mistakes are discovered alongside existing errors by the Bersih monitoring team,” the group’s steering committee said in a statement. Read more

AG, Bar associations yet to be consulted on new JAC appointments

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The two-year term of the four eminent persons on the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) ends on Thursday but the Prime Minister has not consulted any of the three Bar associations or the Attorney General on their replacements.

Under the JAC Act 2009, the appointments are made “after consulting”  the Bar Council, the Sabah Law Association, Advocates Association of Sarawak, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Attorney General of a State legal service or any other relevant bodies.

According to the Act, eminent persons can serve for a maximum of two years and the current team, first appointed in 2013, are in their second term, ending Feb 9.

They are Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor, Tan Sri Sulong Matjeraie, Datuk Tee Ah Sing and Datuk T. Selventhiranathan.

This time, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak did not consult the Bars as he did previously.

The Star reported on Jan 21, 2013, that Najib had suggested six names for the four eminent persons post. Read more