Women have right to model, groups say after Shell standees removed

Source: MalayMailOnline

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 — Women have the right to promote products and to appear in advertisements, women’s rights groups said after Shell removed standees of a female employee that were “molested” by men.

The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (Arrow) highlighted Article 8(2) of the Federal Constitution that prohibits gender discrimination in relation to property and employment.

“All women also have the right to appear in advertisements and promotional materials in line with doing their job,” Arrow executive director Sivananthi Thevindran told Malay Mail Online yesterday when contacted.  Read more

Police officers ignored multiple SOPs, says North Klang police station chief

Source: The Star

PUTRAJAYA: The police officers at the North Klang District police station repeatedly ignored standard operating procedures in their handling of detainee S. Balamurugan who died in their custody, said its chief.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Yusoff Mamat (pic) said this at the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) hearing investigating the death of 44-year old S.Balamurugan who died in custody on Feb 7.

“I had in a briefing in December said that any detainee found ill should be sent to the hospital immediately. They disobeyed me.

“I was not informed that Balamurugan’s remand application was rejected. On top of that they had also defied the Inspector General Standing Orders (IGSO) by not allowing the detainee to change out of his lock up clothes when taken to court,” he said on Tuesday.

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Mais gets court’s nod to continue bid to stop SIS’s ‘deviant’ fatwa challenge

Source: The Malay Online

File picture showing lawyer Surendra Ananth (third from left) and members and supporters of Sisters in Islam. — Picture by Zurairi AR

PUTRAJAYA — The Federal Court today allowed the Selangor religious authorities to continue with its bid to end Sisters in Islam’s (SIS) legal challenge against a fatwa labelling the latter as “deviant”.

The Federal Court said the five questions of law submitted by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and two others sued by SIS need to be discussed in court.

“We allow the application on the five questions presented to us,” said Chief Justice Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, who chaired the three-man panel.

The two other judges are Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin and Datuk Seri Abu Samah Nordin.

The five questions of law include whether the Shariah court’s jurisdiction can be implied from or has to be expressly stated in state laws; and whether a fatwa issued under a Selangor state law is within the exclusive jurisdiction of Shariah courts. Read more

MADPET calls on Singapore to stop its plans to execute Malaysian citizen in respect of Malaysian court

Source: The Online Citizen

by Charles Hector, for and on behalf of MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture)

Source of image: Shutterstock.com

MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) calls on Singapore to stop its plans to execute Malaysian citizen Prabagaran Srivijayan on Friday, 14 July 2017. Prabagaran was convicted and sentenced to death for the offence of drug trafficking by Singapore.  There are concerns that he was not accorded a fair trial.

There is an application now pending at the Malaysian Court of Appeal to refer Singapore to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for breach of the right to a fair trial. Last March, the Malaysian High Court denied the application for leave for a judicial review to compel Malaysia to intervene by referring Singapore to the ICJ. That means that this judicial review is not even been heard on the merits. Justice demands that Prabagaran not be executed until this court application be heard.

Singapore will not lose anything by simply postponing the execution, better still commuting the death penalty to imprisonment.

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Tahfiz schoolboy death: Investigation papers to be forwarded to DPP

Source: The Star

JOHOR BARU: Police will forward investigation papers on the death of religious school pupil Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Ghaddafi  to the deputy public prosecutor.

Newly appointed state CID chief Senior Asst Comm Azman Ayob, who was previously Muar OCPD, said police would seek advice from the DPP on the case.

“The case is still on-going and there is no such thing that it will be closed, as claimed by certain parties,” he told reporters at a press conference here on Tuesday, following the handing over of duties from outgoing Johor CID chief Deputy Comm Police Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat to him. Read more

Azalina: Raus’ appointment based on former CJ’s advice

Source: FMTNews

July 11, 2017. PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya today defended the extension to chief justice Md Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin’s respective tenures, stating it was based on the Federal Constitution and on the advice of the then Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria, before he retired.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said said Arifin had advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on March 30, on making Raus and Zulkefli additional judges, while he was still the chief justice. Read more

With top court victory, Teresa Kok keeps RM350,000 award over ISA arrest

Source: MalayMailOnline

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PUTRAJAYA, July 11 — DAP MP Teresa Kok won again in her long eight-year legal battle when the Federal Court today ruled in her favour and maintained a RM350,000 compensation over her wrongful arrest in 2008.

The Federal Court dismissed the government’s bid to appeal an earlier court ruling to award RM350,000 to Kok to compensate for her arrest and detention under the now-abolished Internal Security Act (ISA). Read more

Maria Chin’s car window smashed

Source: Free Malaysia Today 

Image source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah claims that her car was the target of an attack while she was driving along the Federal Highway today.

Maria, when contacted by FMT, said the experience was so sudden that she could not actually recall details of the assailant.

Maria said she was just leaving her office and taking a turn onto the Federal Highway when the incident happened at about 6pm. Her window on the driver’s side shattered. Read more

Wife blames police carelessness for husband’s lock-up death

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The wife of a man who died in police custody at the Jinjang Detention Centre today blamed his death on police negligence.

Janagi Nadarajah, 40, said she had already informed the police that her husband, Benedict Thanilas, 44, needed eight types of medications daily because he had undergone bypass surgery and suffered from diabetes.

“The police knew of my husband’s condition, so why did they leave him alone in the cell?” she told reporters outside her home in Rumah Panjang Jinjang Utara.

She said she received a call from Benedict on July 7 to tell her that he was going to be transferred to the Sentul police headquarters for his statement to be recorded and that he was feeling feverish. Read more