Government’s Sedition Act appeal to be heard on July 17

Source: FMT News

Apex court will also deliberate whether the 1948 law is valid since the Malaysian Parliament that passes legislation only came into existence in 1957. Pic from FMT News.

Apex court will also deliberate whether the 1948 law is valid since the Malaysian Parliament that passes legislation only came into existence in 1957. Pic from FMT News.

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has fixed July 17 to hear the government’s appeal to set aside a landmark ruling by a lower court declaring Section 3 (3) of the Sedition Act as unconstitutional.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya, appearing for Sri Muda assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei, said the date was fixed following case management before deputy registrar Shahrin Jeli Johari.

In November last year, the Court of Appeal, which allowed Mat Shuhaimi’s appeal, said that both intention and the act must be proven by the prosecution to establish a prima face case.

In February, the Federal Court allowed the government’s leave to appeal application without contest.

Latheefa said today, “During the appeal, we will be revisiting the 2015 Federal Court ruling in Azmi Shahrom’s case.”

In October 2015, Universiti Malaya law lecturer Dr Azmi Sharom lost his constitutional challenge against the Sedition Act 1948 and was ordered by the Federal Court to stand trial for issuing an allegedly seditious remark. Read more

Faith divides us: Malaysian families are being torn apart by the secret conversion of children to Islam

Source: Southeast Asia Globe

Embittered spouses are secretly converting their children and using the country’s dual legal system to gain an upper hand in custody battles

Malaysian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the National mosque in Kuala Lumpur on July 6, 2016. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana fro AFP.

Malaysian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the National mosque in Kuala Lumpur on July 6, 2016. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana fro AFP.

Indira Gandhi’s marriage started falling apart around the time she gave birth to her third child, Prasana, in 2008. Based in Ipoh, Malaysia, Indira and her husband both identified as Hindu, but he began trying to convince her to convert to Islam, threatening a divorce if she refused.

“He said we will have more advantages if we convert, like money and properties,” she explains.

Although Indira, who works as a kindergarten teacher, isn’t sure of the timeline, what she does know is that her husband converted to Islam, changing his name from Patmanathan Krishnan to Muhammad Riduan. He also converted their three children without her consent and even without their presence, using their birth certificates. Read more

Amnesty: Malaysia 10th biggest executioner in the world

Source: FMT News

Amnesty International's Death Sentence and Executions Report shows nine people executed and 36 sentenced to death in the country last year. Pic from FMT News.

Amnesty International’s Death Sentence and Executions Report shows nine people executed and 36 sentenced to death in the country last year. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia was listed as the 10th biggest executioner last year out of all the countries which carried out capital punishment, Amnesty International Malaysia (AI-Malaysia) says.

AI-Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said the statistics on the number of executions was not provided by the government in 2015.

“The home ministry had confirmed nine executions in 2016. The number of executions carried out last year appears to represent a considerable increase compared with previous years,” she said during an Amnesty International media briefing on Death Sentences and Executions Report 2016, here, today.

In the report released globally today, it was noted that aside from the nine people executed, at least 36 people were sentenced to death in Malaysia.

Shamini said the home ministry had finally revealed in a Parliamentary reply in October last year that Malaysia had executed six people in 2014, one in 2015 and nine in 2016. Read more

MP urges Putrajaya action as Singapore bars lawyers from Malaysians on death row

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Prabagaran Srivijayan’s mother Eswary Vengatasamy, pictured with lawyer N. Surendran (right), at the Duta court, January 16, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

Prabagaran Srivijayan’s mother Eswary Vengatasamy, pictured with lawyer N. Surendran (right), at the Duta court, January 16, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — The Malaysian government must intervene over Singapore’s refusal to let lawyers confer with two Malaysians sentenced to die there, said PKR MP N. Surendran.

The Padang Serai lawmaker, who is also representing S. Prabagaran and K. Datchinamurthy here, said access to the two were imperative in pursuing their separate appeals against their death sentences for drug trafficking in the city state.

“Our applications for access were rejected by the Singapore Prison Services without any reasons being given,” he said in a statement today.

“Access to lawyers and to the courts is a fundamental right, which cannot be interfered with.” Read more

Cops nab man for insulting national leader on Facebook

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 ― A 48-year-old man suspected of insulting a national leader on social site was picked up in Klang, Selangor yesterday.

Dang Wangi police chief ACP Mohd Sukri Kaman said police apprehended the man at about 3.15pm and seized his mobile phone and sim card.

“The man admitted to using the mobile phone and insulting the government in his Facebook account,” he said in a statement here today.  Read more

Nur Jazlan rejects talk of state role in abductions

Source: FMT News

He says police are investigating and the public shouldn't listen to rumours. Pic from FMT News.

He says police are investigating and the public shouldn’t listen to rumours. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed has rejected a suggestion that political interests may be behind the abduction of church leader Raymond Koh and the disappearance of another pastor and his wife, a welfare activist and a former aide to Subang MP R Sivarasa.

“The public shouldn’t entertain rumours,” Nur Jazlan told FMT when asked to comment on such a suggestion by Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Thomas Fann.

Speaking at a solidarity gathering for the missing four last Saturday, Fann said: “Since the release of the CCTV footage of Pastor Raymond’s abduction, many Malaysians have come to the conclusion that this looks like a state-sponsored group.”

He was referring to social media chatter and street rumours. A point raised in the rumours is that all of the missing persons, except former Sivarasa aide Peter Chong, are associated with religious activities that Malaysian authorities may not approve of. Read more

Why We Need and Independent Police Commission

Podcast link: BFM

S.Balamurugan bled at the mouth and vomited in court when he was brought before a magistrate for his remand hearing. It was ordered that he be released and sent to the hospital immediately. But instead, he was taken back to the police station where he died shortly after. This direct defiance of the court order caused a man his life. And yet, no one is to answer for it. The call for an independent commission to monitor our police for better transparency and to uphold integrity, is needed now more than ever. We discuss with lawyer Gurdial Singh to see if we’re getting any closer to making this happen.