Amnesty International: Halt execution of brothers pending clemency application

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — Amnesty International Malaysia has urged the government to halt tomorrow’s execution of two brothers found guilty of a murder committed back in 2006 as their lawyer have submitted a clemency application to Negri Sembilan Pardons Board.

In a statement tonight, Amnesty International Malaysia Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said that the Pardons Board must be given time to review Rames and Suthar Batumalai’s application, and executions can’t be carried out while the appeals are still pending.

“Late last night, we learned that Rames and Suthar were scheduled to be executed in Kajang Prison on Friday morning, which mean they have less than 12 hours to live now. The family is distraught and are appealing to the Yang Di Pertuan Negri Sembilan to spare their lives,” she said.

Shamini said that the family of Rames, 44, and Suthar, 39, were only informed about the execution yesterday. Read more

Praise for move to let Rohingya work

Source: The Star Online

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Latest findings: Shamini Darshni and Amnesty International Southeast Asia and Pacific Regional Office deputy director (campaigns) Josef Roy Benefit at the launch of the report in Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA: A pilot programme to allow Rohingya refugees in Malaysia to work is a positive step taken by the Government with regards to human rights, says Amnesty International Malaysia.

Its executive director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, in unveiling the Amnesty International Report 2016/17 yesterday, said about 300 Rohingya would be allowed to work legally in the country under the scheme. Read more

KL Bar election: First female lawyer elected as chairman

Source: Malay Mail Online

Goh had contended against outgoing KL Bar committee members Alex Anton Netto and Mohd Amir Sharil Bahari Md Noor or Amir Bahari. ― Picture courtesy of Goh Siu Lin, taken from MMO

Goh had contended against outgoing KL Bar committee members Alex Anton Netto and Mohd Amir Sharil Bahari Md Noor or Amir Bahari. ― Picture courtesy of Goh Siu Lin, taken from MMO

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — Lawyer Goh Siu Lin today became the first female to win the chairman post in the Kuala Lumpur Bar committee, besting two other contenders for the position.

Outgoing KL Bar chairman Ravinder Singh Dhalliwal, who is better known as Ravin Singh, confirmed that Goh was elected to the position today based on the results of the polls during the KL Bar’s 25th annual general meeting (AGM) this afternoon.

When contacted, he told Malay Mail Online that Goh is the “first female” in the Kuala Lumpur Bar’s history to be voted into the position. Read more

Rasuah: SPRM tahan pegawai kanan tentera

Source: Utusan Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR 23 Feb. – Seorang pegawai kanan tentera ditahan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Pahang kerana disyaki terlibat rasuah.

Sumber SPRM memberitahu , suspek berusia 57 tahun yang berpangkat Leftenan Kolonel itu ditahan di Pejabat SPRM Temerloh pada 2.30 petang hari ini selepas hadir memberi keterangan berhubung siasatan kes melibatkan dirinya.

“Suspek yang bertanggungjawab menyelia kontraktor, memantau proses kerja, mengesahkan spesifikasi piawaian dan memperakukan tuntutan kerja oleh kontraktor di Zon Timur dipercayai menerima suapan daripada kontraktor proksi termasuk syarikat milik ayahnya dengan isteri suspek merupakan pengarah syarikat berkenaan,” katanya.

Timbalan Ketua Pesuruhjaya (Operasi) SPRM, Datuk Azam Baki ketika dihubungi mengesahkan tangkapan itu.

“Saya mengesahkan penahanan suspek pada hari ini dan akan ada beberapa tangkapan lagi dibuat berhubung siasatan kes ini,” katanya yang enggan mengulas lanjut.-BERNAMA

Sukarelawan misi ‘Food Flotilla For Myanmar’ selamat kembali

Source: Utusan Malaysia

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KETIBAAN para sukarelawan misi kemanusiaan Food Flotilla For Myanmar disambut oleh Menteri Pertahanan, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein di Jeti Boustead Cruise Centre, Pelabuhan Klang, hari ini. – Pic taken from Utusan Online

KLANG 3 Feb. – Misi kemanusiaan Malaysia Food Flotilla For Myanmar anjuran Kelab Putera 1Malaysia (KP1M) dan Majlis Perundingan Pertubuhan Islam Malaysia (Mapim) selamat kembali ke tanah air selepas 20 hari menjayakan misi bantuan kepada etnik Rohingya.

Ketibaan Kapal Nautical Aliya yang membawa 230 sukarelawan pada pukul 10 pagi disambut Menteri Pertahanan, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein di Jeti Boustead Cruise Centre, Pelabuhan Klang, di sini.

Sepanjang tempoh tersebut, Nautical Aliya yang membawa 2,200 tan bekalan makanan, ubat-ubatan serta pakaian merentasi Laut Andaman untuk ke Myanmar dan Bangladesh. – UTUSAN ONLINE

BEBAS launches campaign to show MPs’ stance on Shariah Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BEBAS member Azrul Mohd Khalib says a 'scoreboard' will be kept on all MPs in the #YBUndiApa campaign. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

BEBAS member Azrul Mohd Khalib says a ‘scoreboard’ will be kept on all MPs in the #YBUndiApa campaign. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — A group against PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Members’ Bill to enhance Shariah punishments today launched a campaign to show the public their MPs’ position on the proposal.

BEBAS member Azrul Mohd Khalib said his group will keep a “scoreboard” on all MPs in the #YBUndiApa campaign and how they will vote on the Bill when the Parliament sits next month.

“There are three columns: No, Yes, Unknown. We marked some MPs as ‘No’ based on the public statements of the head of their party or based on their responses to our open letter.

“We have created scoreboards for Selangor and Kuala Lumpur so far. Other states will follow suit,” he said in a statement. Read more

Putrajaya can proceed with appeal against sedition ruling

Source: FMT News

Lawyer N Surendran, who is also representing Mat Shuhaimi, says they did not object to the government's leave to appeal application as there was a novel question which he felt the court should have the opportunity to decide on. Pic from FMT News.

Lawyer N Surendran, who is also representing Mat Shuhaimi, says they did not object to the government’s leave to appeal application as there was a novel question which he felt the court should have the opportunity to decide on. Pic from FMT News.

PUTRAJAYA: The government can proceed with its appeal against the appellate court’s landmark ruling that struck down a provision in the Sedition Act 1948.

This follows a decision by the Federal Court’s three-man panel yesterday to grant the government leave to appeal against last Nov 25’s appellate court decision declaring Section 3 (3) of the Sedition Act, unconstitutional.

Chief Judge of Malaya Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin chairing the panel allowed the govenment’s application after lawyer Gopal Sri Ram, representing Sri Muda assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei, did not oppose leave to appeal application.

Federal Court judges Abu Samah Nordin and Zaharah Ibrahim were the other two judges presiding with Zulkefli.

Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali, who led a team of senior federal counsels to represent the government submitted three legal questions for the Federal Court to decide. Read more

Sexual predator from US taught local students, says report

Source: FMT News

Investigation reveals sexual abuse by former lecturer at US performing arts academy covered up in 1980s, before he moved to Southeast Asia. Pic from FMT News.

Investigation reveals sexual abuse by former lecturer at US performing arts academy covered up in 1980s, before he moved to Southeast Asia. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A former theatre director, acting coach and performing arts educator from the United States, and who has been working in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand over the past 30 years, has been exposed as a sexual predator, The Star reported today.

The individual who is said to be “quite well-known in the theatre and performing arts scene” came to Southeast Asia in 1987, after he was sacked from the prestigious Milton Academy in Boston, for having molested a student, a crime which he had admitted to.

He reportedly had taught at a few local universities in the country.

According to the daily, the lecturer taught at Milton Academy from 1973 to 1987, and was found to have engaged in sexual misconduct with his male students during his time there.

The revelation was made known earlier this week after the academy commissioned an investigation to find out if there had been any cases of students being sexually abused by its academic staff in the past. Read more

CIJ slams conviction of activist for screening documentary

Source: FMT News

Activist Lena Hendry is seen outside the courtroom after the film censorship case decision in Kuala Lumpur February 21, 2017. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Activist Lena Hendry is seen outside the courtroom after the film censorship case decision in Kuala Lumpur February 21, 2017. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR: The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is the latest to criticise the conviction of activist Lena Hendry for screening a documentary on the carnage that took place in the last months of the Sri Lankan civil war.

CIJ said in a statement that Hendry’s conviction was a serious violation of the fundamental human right to access information and of freedom of expression.

“This demonstrates the targeting of civil society by the Malaysian government for promoting discussions on human rights and expression of political viewpoints.

“Censorship laws – whether impacting journalism or creative content – are drawn up and implemented arbitrarily, and historically abused to silence critical content.”

The statement also criticised “the politically motivated pressure” that led to the crackdown on the screening and eventual persecution of Hendry.

‘Human Rights Watch stated in its statement in 2013 that prior to the screening by Pusat Komas, where Hendry was working as a programme coordinator, an official from the Sri Lankan embassy in Kuala Lumpur met with the venue management and tried to persuade them to stop the screening.

“The Sri Lanka embassy was said to have communicated with the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Censorship Board to urge the film not be shown.”

On Feb 21, the Magistrates’ Court convicted Hendry for screening the documentary, “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”, without the permission of the official film censors in July 2013. Read more