HAKAM Statement: HAKAM Demands Action in Response to Recent Forced Disappearances

pdfSTATEMENT DATED 10 April 2017

HAKAM Demands Action in Response to Recent Forced Disappearances

Hakam is deeply concerned to hear that Peter Chong, an activist, has been missing since Friday the 7th of April 2017.

This is the latest in a series of such incidents where the abduction and disappearance, in some circumstances, indicate the use of extra legal means by highly trained individuals.  This has caused disquiet in the country over the last several months, as such incidents are unheard of in Malaysia.

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Pregnant wife challenges husband’s detention under Poca

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The wife of a salesman is challenging the 21-day remand order against him under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca).

A. Magaswarie, who is six months’ pregnant, filed the notice of appeal on behalf of R. Vishnu Moorthy, 38, who was detained on March 29 over a foreign exchange investment scheme, in which some 20,000 investors were said to have been cheated.

In the certificate of urgency, Magaswarie’s counsel P. Uthayakumar said Vishnu Moorthy was wrongly detained without trial under Poca.

Vishnu Moorthy, now detained at the Jalan Tun Razak police station, said he is not satisfied with the magistrate’s order on March 29 and asked for the court to dispose the case as soon as possible. Read more

Umno can file any motion in Penang, says Guan Eng

Source: The Malay Mail Online

GEORGE TOWN, April 10 — Penang Umno can file any motion at next month’s state legislative assembly, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

The Penang lawmaker said Penang practises a democracy, so the state Opposition can file any motions even if it is against him.

“Even though our motion to ask for the prime minister’s resignation was rejected in Parliament, we will allow them to move their motion in Penang because we practise a democracy,” he said in a press conference at his office today.

He was responding to a statement by Penang Umno Liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman who said state Opposition Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid will be filing a motion calling for Lim’s resignation due to his ongoing corruption case in court.

“So far we have no objection to them filing the motion, but it is up to the Speaker to decide,” he said. Read more

In tit for tat, Penang Umno to file motion against Guan Eng

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Penang Umno state liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said Lim Guan Eng’s (pic) refusal to relinquish his post or to take leave due to the corruption charges against him has tarnished the authority of the Penang Chief Minister’s office. — Picture by K.E.Ooi for the MMO.

Penang Umno state liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said Lim Guan Eng’s (pic) refusal to relinquish his post or to take leave due to the corruption charges against him has tarnished the authority of the Penang Chief Minister’s office. — Picture by K.E.Ooi for the MMO.

GEORGE TOWN, April 10 — Penang Umno said today it will table a motion demanding for Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s resignation, after he announced plans to file a motion condemning an Umno MP’s comments on rape victims.

Penang Umno state liaison chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said Penang Umno has decided to ask its Opposition Leader, Datuk Jahara Hamid, to table the motion at the state legislative assembly that will start on May 19.

“We want to reiterate our call to Lim to take leave or to resign from his chief minister post until his corruption case in court is over,” he said in a statement issued today.

He said Lim’s refusal to relinquish his post or to take leave due to the corruption charges against him has tarnished the authority of the Penang Chief Minister’s office.

“Witnesses especially government officials will be at a loss and feel pressured if they are called to give their testimony in court against a chief minister who is still in office,” he claimed.

He added that the long trial of the case will also disrupt the daily schedule of the chief minister and could adversely affect the state administration. Read more

Prove my husband spread Shia teachings, says Amri’s wife

Source: FMT News

Amri Che Mat's wife, Norhayati Ariffin says if Muslims' faith is strong, they wouldn't be influenced. Pic from FMT News.

Amri Che Mat’s wife, Norhayati Ariffin says if Muslims’ faith is strong, they wouldn’t be influenced. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Perlis activist Amri Che Mat’s abduction was recently linked to allegations that he had in the past, attempted to spread the teachings of Shia.

His wife, Norhayati Ariffin, drew a parallel to allegations surrounding another abducted activist, Pastor Raymond Koh.

Koh had been accused of proselytising Muslims, following a raid by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) at a thanksgiving dinner in 2011.

Whether these allegation were true or false, they shouldn’t be a reason to silence these individuals through illegal means, Norhayati said.

She added that even if it was true that her husband was a Shia, the authorities should provide proof to back their claim. Read more

Legislative reforms for child protection must continue — Malaysian Bar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

whatyouthink-new-logoAPRIL 10 — The Malaysian Bar welcomes the passing of the Sexual Offences against Children Act 2017 (“Act”) by the Dewan Rakyat in the recently concluded Parliament session. This new law marks progress for child protection in Malaysia by bringing our laws closer in line with international standards, and towards fulfilling our obligations as a State Party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (“CRC”). We take this opportunity to recognise the efforts of the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of legal affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Azalina Othman Said, in bringing the Act to pass.

The Malaysian Bar, however, opposes the inclusion of the mandatory whipping provisions in the Act, which may include whipping a male who is more than 50 years of age. Whipping is a harsh and barbaric form of punishment, with long-term harmful psychological effects, and has failed as a retributory and deterrent punishment. International human rights norms condemn whipping and other forms of corporal punishment as cruel, inhumane or degrading, and call for their abolition. There is no justification for Malaysia to condone and administer such a merciless punishment. Read more

Missing activists: Bersih wants urgent meeting with IGP

Source: FMT News

Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy says having five missing activists in four months is a ‘black mark on national security’. Pic from FMT News.

Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy says having five missing activists in four months is a ‘black mark on national security’. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has requested for an “urgent meeting” with the nation’s top cop over mysterious disappearances of activists recently.

In a statement this evening, Bersih’s steering committee members referred to the fifth missing activist, Peter Chong, saying police must act swiftly to search and rescue him along with the others.

“Bersih is totally shocked by the fifth disappearance of social activist Peter Chong.

“Indeed, this is a very sad day for all Malaysians that disappearances are happening here in our country.

“Yet, there have been few assurances or news from the police on their efforts to locate the whereabouts of these missing persons.

“Bersih requests an urgent meeting with the IGP (inspector-general of police) to obtain an update on the police actions to locate these missing persons.” Read more