Address root cause of bullying

Source: The Sun Daily

THE Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is deeply saddened and joins in the national grief following the deaths of T. Nhaveen and Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, both of whom lost their lives prematurely, allegedly due to extreme bullying.

While the public outcry for loss of life is understandable, Suhakam is of the view that the demand for the most severe criminal prosecution may be a short-term solution as such a response does not address the root cause of this escalating social problem.

Suhakam underlines that the link between bullying and later delinquent and criminal behaviour cannot be ignored, and early identification and intervention is necessary to ensure that all children are safe. All adults are responsible for creating positive environments and ending violence in the lives of children and youth. Read more

Custodial death victim’s kin demands inquest

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lawyer for Liberty, Eric Paulsen. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — Vickraman Devid’s family called today for an inquest into the man’s death under police custody at the Shah Alam court complex.

Vickraman’s family lawyers said that the post mortem had stated the 37-year-old’s cause of death as “non compaction cardiomyopathy”, but noted that Vickraman does not have a history of heart-related illnesses according to his family.

“As this is a custodial death which would mean that an inquest is mandatory under the Criminal Procedure Code, we call upon the Coroner or the Public Prosecutor to immediately commence an inquest proceeding so as to be determine the manner in which Vickraman had died in custody and as to whether his death was accelerated by any unlawful acts or omissions by any persons. Read more

Minister questions US interference after DoJ’s 1MDB case

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said a large part of the DoJ statement on July 20 and last Thursday talked about what was happening internally in Malaysia, and an even larger part had no relevance to the subject of whether a crime had been committed on US soil as alleged. — Bernama pic.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — The latest announcement by the United States’ Department of Justice (DoJ) on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)  was not confined to the subject matter which is about an alleged crime committed on United States of America (US) soil.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said a large part of the DoJ statement on July 20 and last Thursday, talked about what was happening internally in Malaysia, and an even larger part had no relevance to the subject of whether a crime had been committed on US soil as alleged.

“The main issue here is not the US or the DoJ but that they are quoting from the complaint that they received.  So the issue here is who are the parties who lodged that complaint with the US DoJ?,” questioned Salleh in his blog https://sskeruak.blogspot.my/, today.

He was referring to the DoJ’s latest filing of lawsuits to recover assets allegedly embezzled from 1MDB.

Taking the example of US interference in Malaysia politics during the years of 1998 to 2003, Salleh said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was very angry with the US over what he alleged was that superpower’s interference in Malaysian politics. Read more

Activist’s wife grateful Suhakam is probing his disappearance

Source: FMT News

Norhayati Mohd Ariffin says she is disappointed with the way the authorities are handling her husband’s case. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Norhayati Mohd Ariffin is grateful that the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is now probing the disappearance of her activist husband, Amri Che Mat.

“My family, friends and I want to thank Suhakam, especially its (chairman) Razali Ismail, for their concern, and their sense of responsibility to uphold the human rights that should have been accorded to my husband and the three others,” she said in a statement today.

Norhayati was referring to the three other activists who have also gone missing since late last year.

The trio were Pastor Raymond Koh, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife, Ruth Hilmi.

Norhayati said she was disappointed with the way the authorities had handled her husband’s mysterious disappearance. Read more