Punish errant publications but don’t shut them down, says Guan Eng

Source: The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN: Nanyang Siang Pau should not be closed since it has apologised and retracted a caricature that allegedly mocked two political leaders, said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

“Publications should be given chances to admit their mistakes, be punished but not to the extent of closing them down,” he told a press conference in Komtar yesterday.

Some quarters are asking that Nanyang Siang Pau be closed after the Chinese daily published a cartoon depicting PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia as monkeys. Read more

Strengthening separation of powers — Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

From the point of view of judicial independence, there are many objectionable features of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission’s set-up.

A CORE feature of a constitutional state is that the judiciary must be separate from and independent of the other branches of the state. Judges must be men and women of integrity, impartiality and legal wisdom.

Most constitutions contain some safeguards for judicial independence. But will the appointee soar above the timberline of the trivial and transcend the pride, prejudices and temptations that afflict ordinary mortals?

These are personal attributes that no constitution can guarantee.
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Man charged over photo allegedly insulting PM and wife

Source: FMT News

Facebook posting of photo of man allegedly holding placard with obscene words sees him charged with 'intent to upset others', which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000. Pic from FMT News.

Facebook posting of photo of man allegedly holding placard with obscene words sees him charged with ‘intent to upset others’, which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: A self-employed man claimed trial at the Magistrate’s Court today on two charges of allegedly uploading a photo of himself holding a placard with vulgar words that were deemed as insulting the prime minister and his wife.

Kum Eng Choon from Klang, was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act with the intention to upset others, through his Facebook account, “Kum Dage”.

If found guilty, he will face a maximum fine of RM50,000 or one year in jail, or both.

The 38-year-old also faces another charge for the same picture under Section 550 of the Penal Code for public mischief.

He is liable to be jailed up to two years, or pay a fine, or both, if convicted.

Magistrate Mahyuddin Mohmad Som granted Kum a bail of RM5,000 with a surety for the two charges. Read more

Report: Woman wasn’t denied entry at Parliament because of skirt

Source: FMT News

Senior Parliament official says CCTV footage confirms security officers did not stop WAO staff over dress code, but because she was not on any MP's guest list. Pic from FMT News.

Senior Parliament official says CCTV footage confirms security officers did not stop WAO staff over dress code, but because she was not on any MP’s guest list. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: There is no truth to allegations that a women’s rights organisation staff had been barred from entering the Parliament building because she breached the dress code, The Malay Mail reported yesterday.

The claim that security personnel had initially denied entry to Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) assistant treasurer Meera Samanther because her skirt was too short, was denied by Parliament’s corporate communications division head Tengku Nasaruddin Tengku Mohamed.

“Meera arrived at 9.01am. The permission was given seven minutes later after security personnel confirmed with Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran she was his guest.

“The results of the investigation contradict with what Meera claimed. She was not stopped for indecent dressing,” Tengku Nasaruddin told the daily yesterday.

He added that Meera was barred from entering the Parliament grounds because of safety reasons as they did not have prior information of her attendance. Read more