Perak police rescue 18 human trafficking victims in Gerik

Source: The Malay Mail Online

HumanTrafficking2IPOH, Feb 26 — Perak police rescued 18 locals, including five children, believed to be victims of a human trafficking syndicate in Pengkalan Hulu near Gerik, about 170km from here early today.

The victims comprising five men and six women aged between 27 and 64; two boys aged 13 and 17; and five children aged betweeb two and seven.

A police team rescued the victims in a raid at an oil palm plantation in Kampung Tasek, Belukar Semang at the Kroh sub-district at 12.10am.

State CID chief Datuk Gan Tian Kee said a married couple believed to have masterminded the syndicate was detained to facilitate investigations. Read more

SIS: Islamic education a bigger priority than harsher punishments

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KLANG, Feb 25 — Malaysia should look at improving its Islamic education instead of wanting to impose harsher punishments for Muslims, an Islamic women’s rights group said today.

Sisters in Islam (SIS) executive director Rozana Isa explained that despite the reasoning given behind the private member’s Bill to reduce crime, the lack of Islamic education was a bigger factor contributing to notorious activities.

“They are bringing all this punishment but Islamic education is not made stronger in the past 20 years. They need to have self-realisation.

“Something is wrong in the way you teach Islam that you have to resort to increasing punishments,” she said during a forum held here to discuss the subject.

Rozana also said that it was a myth that the Shariah courts can be improved just by implementing harsher punishments.

“If you want to improve the Shariah courts there are so many other ways to do it. We have to debunk the whole thing about Act 355 strengthening Shariah court. It doesn’t,” she said, referring to Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.

“It only increases punishments but no way to improving Shariah court itself to give better judgements.”

Non-Muslims should also engage with their Muslim friends to make sure that they understand the implications of the Bill if it is passed, Rozana stressed. Read more

Lawyers group: Police not serious in tackling lockup deaths

Source: The Malay Mail Online

“How many deaths in custody over the last decade and how many policemen are actually prosecuted, sacked or disciplined? Questions must also be asked about the AGC — why are they not taking custodial deaths seriously? For example, in Karuna Nithi [sic], instead of acting on the positive inquest verdict, the AGC is seeking to overturn the verdict. Surely the AGC is not acting in the public interest by seeking to appeal against the Coroner’s verdict?” — Eric Paulsen, Lawyers for Liberty (LFL)

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen  — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa - Taken from the Malay Mail Online

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa – Taken from the Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Following the death of yet another detainee in police custody today, a lawyers group alleged the authorities have done little to improve its procedures to prevent detainees from dying in lockups.

Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) director Eric Paulsen claimed the lack of prosecution or conviction in past custodial death cases proved that the authorities are not serious in wanting to tackle the problem.

“At the root cause of deaths in custody is the lack of seriousness of PDRM and the government in tackling custodial deaths,” Paulsen told Malay Mail Online.

“How many deaths in custody over the last decade and how many policemen are actually prosecuted, sacked or disciplined?” he added. Read more

Man dies in police custody at Bukit Sentosa lock-up

Source: The Star Online

Police lock up - file pic taken from The Star

Police lock up – file pic taken from The Star

HULU SELANGOR: A man died while in police custody at the Bukit Sentosa lock-up here, just over two weeks after a similar death occurred at the North Klang police headquarters.

A sentry found Thanaseelan Muniandy, 43, unconscious in his cell at about 1.50am Saturday and alerted the officer manning the information counter at the Bukit Sentosa station.

Hulu Selangor OCPD Supt R. Supramaniam said the constable then informed the Bukit Sentosa chief of the situation and was instructed to contact Hospital Kuala Kubu Baru.

“An ambulance arrived and medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

“He was sent to Hospital Sungai Buloh for a post-mortem scheduled to be held on Monday,” he added.

Supt Supramaniam said Thanaseelan was under court remand from Feb 22 until Feb 25 for burglary. Read more

A chance for UM to prove its worth — Mariam Mokthar

Source: FMT News

BY MARIAM MOKHTAR

University Malaya - file pic

University Malaya – file pic

In deciding to investigate an allegation of racism against one of its associate professors, Universiti Malaya gives itself an opportunity to prove to the Malaysian public that it upholds a high standard of decency.

We await the findings of the five-member investigation panel and the university’s follow-up action.

However, one wonders whether Universiti Malaya would have bothered to look into the matter if it hadn’t received a directive from the Education Ministry. Indeed, it did not have to wait for the directive. It should have maintained an alertness to issues that might affect its reputation and it should act speedily.

The allegation came in a Facebook posting by a student. The article, titled “Voice of an Indian student”, has gone viral.

The student said the lecturer, in reprimanding her and another student, dispensed with the courtesy of calling them by their names and instead called them “India”. Read more

Tumblr, similar sites give MCMC a headache

Source: FMT News

Tumblr and similar sharing platforms make it hard to combat pornography. Pic taken from FMT News.

Tumblr and similar sharing platforms make it hard to combat pornography. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: One of the biggest challenges the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) faces in trying to stamp out pornography comes from the use of groups on internet platforms.

MCMC has informed FMT that such platforms included micro-blogging site Tumblr, which enables users to share blog entries, photos and music videos.

Tumblr allows “Not Suitable for Work” (NSFW) content, which may include adult content. It encourages blog owners with NSFW to flag their blogs as such. Tumblr users can also flag such content.

In the United States, authorities have taken action against a number of people for using Tumblr to upload and share child pornography.

Last year, Business Insider carried an article explaining the difficulty of blocking sites with mixed pornographic and non-pornographic content. These sites include Tumblr and Reddit, a forum where content is curated by users. Read more

Cops: Transgender’s murder not a hate crime

Source: The Star Online

Tragic end: Sameera was found dead with a gunshot wound and her body mutilated in Jalan Pasar, Kuantan. Pic taken from The Star Online.

Tragic end: Sameera was found dead with a gunshot wound and her body mutilated in Jalan Pasar, Kuantan. Pic taken from The Star Online.

KUANTAN: There is no element of hate crime in the murder of transgender woman Sameera Krishnan.

“We are looking into the victim’s past activities and also whether the murder was linked to a kidnapping case in Klang two years ago.

“We are investigating if it was an act of vengeance but there is no indication that the murder was a hate crime against a transgender individual,” said Pahang CID chief Senior Asst Commissioner Datuk Raja Shahrom Raja Abdullah.

Sameera, 26, was the main witness in her own kidnapping case, which had been set for hearing at the Shah Alam court early next month.

In the 2015 case, she was rescued by police when her captors’ car was involved in an accident with another vehicle at the Sungai Rasau toll plaza.

Early Thursday morning, Sameera was found dead with a gunshot wound and her body mutilated in Jalan Pasar, Kuantan, after she went out to buy food.

Kuantan OCPD Asst Comm Ab­­dul Aziz Salleh said police were taking the case seriously like any other crime.

“The point is someone was murdered so police will investigate this case thoroughly according to procedure as always,” he said. Read more

Why transgenders move in groups

Source: FMT News

LGBT activist Nisha Ayub says they don't feel safe because the negative light they're painted in gives the message it's okay to harm them. Pic taken from FMT News

LGBT activist Nisha Ayub says they don’t feel safe because the negative light they’re painted in gives the message it’s okay to harm them. Pic taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: LGBT activist Nisha Ayub has called for an end to the negative portrayal of transgenders, saying it puts them in danger of being harmed.

“We don’t feel safe in our own country,” she told FMT.

“Look at the way we are portrayed by certain people, religious authorities and certain media. They paint us in a negative light.”

She said the negative portrayal dehumanised the transgender community and conveyed the message that it was all right to harm them.

“A lot of transgender women don’t dare to go out of their homes alone. They’ll go out only in groups.”

She said police reports about attacks on transgender persons were often treated lightly. There has even been instances when the transgender persons making the reports were blamed for the incidents, she added.

“Most of the time, transgender people don’t even want to report an incident to the police because they don’t want to face the whole scenario of being blamed for something that happened to them,” she said. Read more

Johor exco’s son, special officer nabbed for graft

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Nissan Skyline (centre) owned by Ahmad Fauzan. — Picture by Malay Mail

The Nissan Skyline (centre) owned by Ahmad Fauzan. — Picture by Malay Mail

JOHOR BARU, Feb 26 — At 25, Ahmad Fauzan Hatim Abd Latif led a lavish lifestyle.

He owned a Nissan Skyline R35, Porsche Cayenne, a Mercedes-Benz CLA 200, loved motorsports and often travelled to Europe for holidays.

However, the eldest son of Johor Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Abd Latif Bandi was among five individuals nabbed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Friday over allegations of graft.

Also nabbed were Abd Latif’s special officer Muhammad Idzuan Jamalludin, also in his 20s, a lawyer, two businessmen and another individual.

More civil servants, including ranking officers, were expected to be picked up soon.

Investigations by the anti-graft body revealed Ahmad Fauzan and Idzuan were allegedly in cahoots with civil servants from the Johor Land Office and other government departments in lowering the premium of land which had been approved for housing and industrial projects, as well as in converting the titles of various premises in the state.

This had resulted the state government losing millions of ringgit.

Investigators had been monitoring the suspects for close to six months but those within the political circle were already talking about their supposed exploits. Read more