Top court agrees to hear bid by three Muslim converts seeking return to Christianity

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lawyer Baru Bian says there should not be any obstacles imposed on people who want to come out of Islam, February 9, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok Tawie

Lawyer Baru Bian says there should not be any obstacles imposed on people who want to come out of Islam, February 9, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok Tawie

KUCHING, February  9 ― The Federal Court agreed today to a full hearing for three Sarawakian Muslim converts who face state-level challenges in their wish to revert to their original religion.

Jenry Peter alias Nur Mudzdhalifah Abdullah, Mohd Syafiq Abdullah alias Tiong Choo Ting and Selina Jau Abdullah had asked if the Sarawak Shariah Court has jurisdiction over apostasy matters or conversion out Islam when the Sarawak Syariah Court Ordinance 2001 has no provision concerning conversion into Islam.

Federal Court judge Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar, who chaired a three-men panel, said the question of law posed by the three applicants required an answer as there have been similar cases nationwide.

“The Sarawak Syariah Court Ordinance is a serious matter and if the legislation does nothing, what about the ordinary people?” the judge said.

Sitting with Suriyadi were Federal Court judges Tan Sri  Belia Yusof Wahi and Tan Sri Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha.

The three applicants, represented by lawyer Baru Bian, are suing the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department, the Islamic Affairs Council, the National Registration Department (NRD) and the state government to be allowed to revert to Christianity. Read more

Protests greet Malaysia aid ship for Myanmar’s Rohingya

Source: FMT News

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Dozens of Buddhist monks and demonstrators waving national flags and signs reading “No Rohingya” congregated at the Thilawa port. – Pic taken from FMT News

YANGON: Anti-Rohingya protesters gathered at a Yangon port on Thursday to meet a Malaysian ship carrying aid for thousands of refugees from the persecuted Muslim minority fleeing a bloody military crackdown.

Dozens of Buddhist monks and demonstrators waving national flags and signs reading “No Rohingya” congregated at the Thilawa port waiting for the ship to dock.

Hundreds of Rohingya are thought to have been killed in a brutal four-month campaign by security forces that the UN says may amount to ethnic cleansing.

Tens of thousands have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh bringing harrowing tales of murder and rape.

“We want to let them know that we have no Rohingya here,” a Buddhist monk named Thuseitta, from the Yangon chapter of the Patriotic Myanmar Monks Union, told AFP at the docks. Read more

Tender for 2017 SEA Games gymnastics equipment flawed, official claims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

“It is rightly so that the MACC step in to check such unethical process,” – an official from the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF)

2017 Sea Games logo, taken from MMO

2017 SEA Games logo, taken from MMO

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 ― News has filtered out from the corridors of powers that the tender exercise for the supply of equipment for gymnastics events in the 2017 SEA Games hosted by Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur has not gone through the proper procedures.

Bernama was reliably informed that an official from the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) had submitted a tender for the supply of gymnastics equipment through a company that the official is believed to have vested interest.

According to a source close to the tender process, though such a submission of tender would be a conflict of interest, those in the panel, including the National Sports Council (NSC) have not rejected the bid.

“This is against the integrity pledge that Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has been promoting for associations and companies to abide when accepting a call from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for companies, associations and government agencies to sign integrity pledges.

“It is rightly so that the MACC step in to check such unethical process,” said the source. Read more

Kapar man dies in police custody

Source: The Star Online

HAKAM comment: Another senseless death in custody, which took place despite a magistrate having already ordered the deceased’s release. Why do such events continue?

Pic taken from the Star Online.

Pic taken from the Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: A man from Kapar has died in police custody three days after being wrongfully arrested, his family claims.

S. Bala Murugan, 44, was arrested on Monday by police officers from the North Klang district police headquarters.

His family members claimed that no explanation was given for his detention.

According to lawyer Gerard Lazarus, Bala was only arrested because he was found with two other men, one of whom was wanted by the police.

He claimed that Bala was beaten while in detention and when brought to court to be remanded on Tuesday was bleeding severely from his mouth.

“When I tried to clean him up and asked him to drink some water, he ended up vomiting blood, and the magistrate saw all of this.

“That was when he called the investigating officer of the case and asked for Bala to be released or taken to the hospital immediately.

“The investigating officer agreed and said he would do so. However, police officers later told the family that they needed to take Bala to the police station first before releasing him,” he said. Read more

‘Malaysia committed to combating human trafficking’

Source: The Star Online

HumanTrafficking2PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is committed to combating human trafficking, with 100 convictions involving 33 people under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act last year.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday that this was an increase from seven convictions in 2015.

The convictions, he said, were secured through operations carried out by the Council for the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants with various agencies.

Out of these cases, 79 were for the trafficking of persons and nine were for migrants smuggling, said Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister.

“Twelve cases were brought under the Immigration Act, the Penal Code and other Acts involving prison sentences of between three and 10 years as well as other penalties,” he said in a statement here. Read more

Cops: Gangsters financed by VIPs

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Seri Mohmad Salled holds the seized rifle. Second from right is city police chief Datuk Amar Singh. ― Malay Mail pic

Datuk Seri Mohmad Salled holds the seized rifle. Second from right is city police chief Datuk Amar Singh. ― Malay Mail pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 ― A Datuk Seri and four Datuks involved in politics were recently nabbed over their involvement with violent gangs.

Police warned more gang members will be picked up soon.

The Datuk Seri, a businessman in his 50s, was picked up on January 27. He was the leader of Gang 24 in Penang and was linked to the murder of Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, who was allegedly shot by his bodyguard near the Penang Bridge on December 1.

“He has a money-lending business and ran an ice cube company,” a police source in the thick of the investigations revealed.

“The Datuk Seri financed the Penang gang and gave out instructions to the members.”

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salled said the four Datuks, in their 40s and 50s, were ranking members of Gang 360 Devan ― a splinter group of Gang 36. They were arrested at various locations in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.

They were among 38 gang members, aged 19 to 62, who were picked up.

Police seized eight pistols, a rifle, 768 bullets, 10.8kg of heroin and 20.9kg of amphetamines during the arrests.

“The four Datuks are involved in a political party and hold positions at the lower levels. But in the gang, they were well-positioned and gave out instructions,” he said. Read more