Shahidan: No privileges for Rohingya children born in Malaysia

Source: Astro Awani

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will not give special privileges to children of Rohingya refugees born in Malaysia, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

He said this group of people comprising United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) cardholders, however, could move freely in Peninsular Malaysia, were free to practise their culture and religious faith, received a 50-per cent discount at government hospitals compared to other foreigners, besides having access to private education.

Nonetheless, he said, UNHCR cardholders found to have committed offences in this country would face the law.

“The government does not recognise the refugee status of the ethnic Rohingya minority as Malaysia is not a signatory to the (United Nations) 1951 Convention related to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. Read more

No plans to introduce assimilation programme for Rohingya

Source: FMT News 

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has no plans to introduce a programme for Rohingya refugees to assimilate with the locals, says an Umno minister.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim said at present the refugees were issued with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) cards.

“If we introduce an assimilation programme, it means that we have the intention to give them citizenship.

“And if we open the floodgates, I am sure others will also want to come here,” he said. Read more

Zaid: Denial of leave to question AG ‘greatest travesty’

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Zaid Ibrahim says the decision of the Federal Court to deny him leave to challenge the discretion of Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali in not prosecuting Prime Minister Najib Razak over the RM2.6 billion donation was the “greatest travesty of them all”.

The former defacto law minister also took issue with the three-man bench led by Chief Justice Raus Sharif.

“All I was asking for was leave (that is, the permission of the court) to start an action against the attorney-general. I don’t have to prove anything at this stage, as I just need to show there are serious questions to be considered.

“The threshold is low and generally, all over the world, leave will be granted without much fuss. Yet, I could not even pass the gate,” Zaid said, questioning the rationale for the decision. Read more

EC agrees to hold local inquiry into Bandar Tun Razak redelineation

Source: The Malaysian Insight 

Syahredzan Johan says judge Kamaludin Md Said allowed three voters to withdraw their bid for a judicial review without costs. – The Malaysian Insight pic

THREE voters in Kuala Lumpur’s Bandar Tun Razak have withdrawn their judicial review after the Election Commission agreed to hold a second local inquiry at the parliamentary constituency.

Mohammad Saiful Mansur, Khairuddin Asmuin and Norma Hashim had filed the judicial review in June when the EC refused to hold a local inquiry into the second round of proposals for the redelineation exercise, despite protests by 100 voters in the area.

“On July 27, we received a letter from EC, saying that it would hold a second local inquiry. And this hearing is the basis of our actions.

“If we had not filed the judicial review, EC would not have held a second local inquiry,” said lawyer Syahredzan Johan at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today. Read more