New communication regulations? No such thing, says ministry

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Message that telephone calls are being recorded and social media and forums monitored is false, says home ministry. Pic from FMT News.

Message that telephone calls are being recorded and social media and forums monitored is false, says home ministry. Pic from FMT News.

PUTRAJAYA: The home ministry today dismissed a social media message stating that it had issued new regulations governing telephone and social media communication.

Ministry secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim said the recycled message on social media was not issued by the ministry and they had nothing to do with it. Read more

Ezam files suit for return of US$3.7 billion to 1MDB

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KUALA LUMPUR: Former senator Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor has filed a suit against the prime minister and 13 individuals who have been directors on the board of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to return at least US$3.657 billion (RM16.14 billion) to the sovereign wealth fund.

Ezam, who is now Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR) president, claimed that the money borrowed by 1MDB was lost due to breach of fiduciary duty by these individuals.

He said the directors, who held their posts between 2009 and last year, were named as defendants because they lost the money and did not take steps to recover them. Read more

Salesman detained under Poca files habeas corpus application

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KUALA LUMPUR:  A salesman, who was detained under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca), has filed a habeas corpus application at the High Court here to secure his release.

R. Vishnu Moorthy, 38, has named Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, Inspector-General of Police, Home Minister and the Public Prosecutor as respondents.

In his notice of motion that was filed and affirmed by his wife A. Magaswarie on Friday, he claimed that the detention order dated March 29 in relation to a foreign exchange investment case was in breach of Article 5(1) read together with Article 4 of the Federal Constitution. Read more

Study: In Malaysia, religious controls tighter than in Saudi Arabia, Brunei

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Malaysia was placed in the 'high' group on the Social Hostilities Index, which measures acts of religious hostility by private individuals, organisations or groups in society. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

Malaysia was placed in the ‘high’ group on the Social Hostilities Index, which measures acts of religious hostility by private individuals, organisations or groups in society. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Malaysia continues to strictly control religious practices, with an annual study grouping it together with other Muslim-majority countries practising “very high” restrictions, such as Saudi Arabia, Brunei, and Turkey.

The study, published on Tuesday by US-based think tank Pew Research Centre, found that Malaysia’s religious controls worsened in 2015, scoring 8.0 out of 10 points on the Government Restriction Index (GRI) compared to 7.0 the previous year.

Topping the 2015 list was Egypt, China, Iran and Russia, followed by Uzbekistan and Malaysia which shared the same score.

A total of 198 countries were surveyed in the study.

Pew said government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion increased in 2015; the first time it has done so in three years.

“The increase in government restrictions was linked to a surge in government harassment and use of force against religious groups, two of the specific indicators used to measure government restrictions on religion in the analysis,” said the report, referring to the global situation. Read more

Parliament probe missed the mark, says lawyer

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Meera was recently barred from entering the Parliament building as her skirt was deemed too short. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

Meera was recently barred from entering the Parliament building as her skirt was deemed too short. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

PETALING JAYA, April 14 — How can an investigation be complete without speaking to the complainant?

That was the question raised by Women’s Aid Organisation assistant treasurer Meera Samanther, who was recently barred from entering the Parliament building as her skirt was deemed too short.

Unhappy with the investigation, she said the findings were “incomplete and disingenuous” and pointed out no one from Parliament had contacted her for her statement.

Parliament’s corporate communications division head Tengku Nasaruddin Tengku Mohamed had said in a statement on Wednesday Meera was denied entry because of safety reasons as they did not have prior information of her attendance.

He said the results of the investigation contradicted Meera’s claims.

Meera, a lawyer, said the report focused on her encounter with the security office at the entrance, which was a non-issue.  Read more

Three things about: Child marriages in Malaysia

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Children are actually allowed to marry under existing Malaysian laws. The legal age to marry also depends on whether you are Muslim or non-Muslim. — Reuters pic.

Children are actually allowed to marry under existing Malaysian laws. The legal age to marry also depends on whether you are Muslim or non-Muslim. — Reuters pic.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — For better or worse, Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya’s recent remarks in Parliament has cast a spotlight on child marriages in Malaysia.

With the country aiming for first world nationhood, should marriages of minors be allowed to continue? There have been arguments for and against this practice, with child development advocates heavily in favour of ending it.

To help you understand this issue better, Malay Mail Online has compiled a list of the facts and figures that you should know:

1. What does the law say?

Malaysians are only considered an adult by law when they turn 18, but the legal age applicable on matters like when they can have sex and get married is a different thing altogether.

The age of consent for sexual intercourse in Malaysia is 16, which makes sex with any woman below age 16 a crime, regardless whether they consented to it or not, and punishable by law. However, marital rape is not a crime in Malaysia. Read more

Woman fined RM2,000 for attempted suicide

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Yew Kah Sin, 24, who is unemployed pleaded guilty to attempted suicide by slashing her left wrist and right hand with a knife. Pic from FMT News.

Yew Kah Sin, 24, who is unemployed pleaded guilty to attempted suicide by slashing her left wrist and right hand with a knife. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A woman who attempted suicide by slashing her wrists several times was fined RM2,000 in default three months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday.

Magistrate Salamiah Salleh sentenced Yew Kah Sin, 24, who is unemployed, after she pleaded guilty to attempted suicide by slashing her left wrist and right hand with a knife.

She was admitted to the emergency ward and received 30 stitches.

“No matter how much pressure you are facing, suicide is not a solution, now you’re out of the hospital, you must be charged in court anyway.

“You must know that attempting suicide is a crime,” said the magistrate.

The woman who appeared calm throughout the proceedings committed the offence at a beauty saloon at a shopping centre in Bandar Sunway, here at 5.25pm on March 30. Read more