Pushing the principles of non-discrimination

Source: Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah has what it takes to inspire the Malaysian Government to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

The State is already a shining example of racial and religious harmony in the country but human rights bodies believe that the State Government can take it one step further by implementing the principles of non-discrimination in the administration of the State.

A close-door roundtable discussion, jointly organised by Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (Komas) and Suhakam, was held on Thursday, which aimed to engage stakeholders in the State Government to promote the implementation of the ICERD principles.

Organisers hoped the engagement could be treated as a commitment by the State Government to present itself a model government in eradicating race-based politics and reduce racial discrimination in Malaysia.

Malaysia is one of 15 out of 175 United Nations member countries that are not yet party to the ICERD, including North Korea, Myanmar and a dozen authoritarian countries.

Of the seven UN treaties, Malaysia has ratified three, namely the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (CRPD).

Suhakam, however, believes that the country is ready to ratify the ICERD, although it has had to deal with many issues concerning racial and religious discriminations. Read more

Spare Rames Batumalai and Suthar Batumalai from the death penalty — Malaysian Bar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

FEBRUARY 24 — The Malaysian Bar has been informed that the execution of brothers Rames Batumalai, 44, and Suthar Batumalai, 39, which had been scheduled to take place at Kajang Prison on February 24, 2017 and was then stayed at the eleventh hour, is now to proceed.

The brothers were sentenced to the mandatory death penalty under Section 302 of the Penal Code in April 2010 after they were found guilty of murder. We do not wish to comment on the merits of the case against them, nor do we condone or excuse the crime for which they were convicted.

The Malaysian Bar abhors and condemns the death penalty, in particular the mandatory death penalty. Sentences imposed on offenders must be proportionate to the gravity of offences committed, for the punishment to be just and effective. However, it is never acceptable for the State to take a life for a life. The act of repaying one act of inhumanity with another is primitive and barbaric. Read more

Rights body to help Sabah Christians with ‘Islam’ MyKads

Source: FMT News

Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation in unhappy there are many cases of Christians whose religion is mentioned as Islam in identity cards and birth certificates.

KOTA KINABALU: A human rights advocate said today that many Christians in Sabah were holding MyKads which listed them as Muslim.

Daniel John Jambun, who heads the UK-based Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (Bopim), said his organisation planned to help these people.

Jambun cited the latest example of Julitah Bahiau who is trying to get the National Registration Department (JPN) to change her son’s religion from Islam to Christian on the birth certificate.

She told local media that she had applied for her son Aryton Verlando’s birth certificate on time in 2010 but when she received the birth certificate it identified him as a Muslim.

When she queried, she was told it was because she had the word “Islam” on her MyKad.

“I explained that I am not a Muslim and produced my baptism certificate. JPN then directed me to get an order of release from Islam from the Sabah Islamic Affairs Department to enable them to delete the word Islam on my MyKad and subsequently do the correction on my son’s birth certificate,” she was quoted as saying by The Borneo Post.

“Now that my son is seven years old, I am unable to register my son at any school as he has no birth certificate. I have been pushed around by JPN and am fed up!” said Julitah. Read more

Suaram kecam penahanan semula remaja terlibat kes Balamurugan

Source: FMT News

Kumpulan hak asasi manusia itu berkata reman lanjutan 2 remaja adalah satu percubaan menutup mulut mereka berkaitan kematian Balamurugan. Pic dari FMT News.

Kumpulan hak asasi manusia itu berkata reman lanjutan 2 remaja adalah satu percubaan menutup mulut mereka berkaitan kematian Balamurugan. Pic dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) membidas penahanan semula 2 remaja berkaitan kes S Balamurugan, menyifatkan lanjutan penahanan itu sebagai cubaan menutup mulut kemungkinan saksi kematian Balamurugan.

Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, Pengarah Eksekutif Suaram Sevan Doraisamy berkata lanjutan reman juga menggambarkan polis sebagai sebuah institusi yang “membenarkan keganasan dalam tahanan dan melindungi orang yang membunuh tahanan”.

Remaja berkenaan, Kanapathy Perathapan dan Ang Kian Kok, kedua-duanya berusia 16 tahun itu ditahan bersama Balamurugan pada 6 Feb. Pada 8 Feb, Balamurugan ditemui mati di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Klang Utara.

Menurut peguamnya, pada pendengaran reman pada 7 Feb, Balamurugan dalam lemah dan tidak dapat berjalan, mempunyai kesan lebam di mukanya, keluar darah dari hidung dan mulutnya serta muntah darah. Peguamnya berkata Balamurugan diserang polis. Read more

Ipoh school cleaners cry foul over 8 months’ unpaid wages

Source: FMT News 

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56 2 0 75 Ipoh school cleaners cry foul over 8 months’ unpaid wages Ho Kit Yen | February 23, 2017 They are owed RM139,250 after they were told to continue working by the Kinta Utara District Education Department after their company went broke. – Pic taken from FMT News

PUTRAJAYA: Twenty cleaners from seven schools in Ipoh are hoping against hope that they will be paid the RM139,250 owed them in unpaid salaries since 2015.

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) central committee member S Arutchelvan told FMT that the government was unable to provide a solution.

“The government has said it could not do anything to help us get the eight months’ salaries owed to each of the cleaners,” he said after meeting an education ministry official here. Read more

Malaysia: NGOs write to Princess Anne, claim Sarawak power firm withheld Murum Dam facts

Source: Asian Correspondent

The Murum Hydroelectric Plant (HEP) is located in the Belaga District, Kapit Division.. The plant provides up to 944MW electricty for Sarawak, and additional power for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) - Pic from Asian Correspondent

The Murum Hydroelectric Plant (HEP) is located in the Belaga District, Kapit Division.. The plant provides up to 944MW electricty for Sarawak, and additional power for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) – Pic from Asian Correspondent

CIVIL society groups fighting for the rights of the indigenous people of Sarawak, East Malaysia, have reached out to Britain’s Princess Anne, urging the royal to use her influence to help those displaced by the construction of the controversial Murum Dam.

The NGOs, led by local grassroots network SAVE Rivers, penned a letter this week to the princess alleging that Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), Sarawak’s power supplier, had glossed over the situation at resettlement sites there when she visited their headquarters in October last year.

They claimed that although three years have passed since local communities were evicted from their homes to make way for the construction of the dam, the government has yet to deliver the compensation package for their resettlement. Vigilant protests and diplomatic pressures have done little to solve the problem and as a result, hope is running thin for those displaced. Read more

Sabah told to use right to register births and deaths

Source: FMT News

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Darell Leiking says a child of a Sabahan parent is a citizen and can’t be denied access to education. – Pic taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Penampang MP Darell Leiking has urged the Sabah government to take charge of birth and death registration in the state amid a controversy over the religious status of a boy who was born to a Christian woman but registered as a Muslim in his birth certificate.

Speaking to FMT, Leiking said the right to register births and deaths in Sabah belonged to the state under the Sabah Birth and Death Registration Ordinance. Read more

Suaram blasts rearrest of teens in Balamurugan case

Source: FMT News

SUARAM executive director Sevan Doraisamy - Pic from FMT News

SUARAM executive director Sevan Doraisamy – Pic from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has slammed the rearrest of two teenagers in connection with the S Balamurugan case, calling the continued detention an attempt to silence potential witnesses to Balamurugan’s death.

In a statement today, Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said the chain remand also painted the police as an institution that “permits violence in detention and protects those who murder detainees”.

The youths, Kanapathy Perathapan and Ang Kian Kok, both 16, were arrested together with Balamurugan on Feb 6. On Feb 8, Balamurugan was found dead at the North Klang district police headquarters.

According to his lawyers, at his remand hearing on Feb 7, Balamurugan was weak and unable to walk, had bruises on his face, was bleeding from his nose and mouth, and vomited blood. His lawyer also said Balamurugan had been assaulted by the police. Read more

Abolish the death penalty in Malaysia — Azrul Mohd Khalib

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY AZRUL MOHD KHALIB

capital punishmentFEBRUARY 24 — It has been reported a moment ago, that the appeal by brothers Rames and Suthar Batumalai, 44 and 39 respectively, for a stay of execution pending their application for a royal pardon, has been granted.

They have been granted a temporary reprieve.

Convicted in April 2010 and sentenced to death for a murder committed in 2006, their clemency application was submitted to the Negri Sembilan Pardons Board yesterday.

It was just this past Wednesday, that the family of Rames, 44, and Suthar, 39, were informed that they should visit the brothers for the last time.

It was likely that their execution was scheduled for today.

It is a known practice for executions to be carried out in the wee hours of Friday mornings, following last family visitations.

Their fate now lies in the hands of the Yang di-Pertuan Negri Sembilan.

The death penalty really has no place in the 21st century. Capital punishment, a government sanctioned practice whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime, is based on an archaic concept of “an eye for an eye”. Read more

Govt revising Communications Act to tackle fake news

Source: FMT News

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission says Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 is being revised to incorporate new elements. Pic from FMT News.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission says Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 is being revised to incorporate new elements. Pic from FMT News.

KUCHING: The Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 is being revised to include new elements to tackle such things as the dissemination of fake news on social media.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in a written response to The Borneo Post said, “The act is currently being revised to incorporate new elements, including network security matters.”

The report, however, did not give details of the new elements that are to be incorporated or how these will impact internet users.

MCMC told The Borneo Post it had carried out various awareness and advocacy programmes aimed at different segments of the public. Read more