Teen sues school, govt for failure to provide special needs education

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: A teenager, diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has filed a suit against his school and government for failing to provide good-quality special education for him.

The 19-year-old boy also claimed the school had failed to protect him from being bullied by other students.

“The school does not have the facilities and system to categorise disabled students based on their learning disabilities.

“For instance, autistic students are generally labelled as students with learning difficulties, without focusing on their needs,” he said.

He pointed out that he was placed in a classroom (5DTP2), based on the school’s discretion without checking what his learning difficulties were.

The boy is a disabled (OKU) card holder and cannot be named for legal purposes.

He claimed the school and government had the responsibility to provide a safe and comfortable environment for his learning and were tasked to ensure the teachers and support staff were trained in handling special education classes. Read more

Rafizi’s OSA conviction, a ‘step backward’ says C4

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PETALING JAYA: The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) today criticised the High Court’s decision to dismiss Rafizi Ramli’s appeal against his conviction under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel said the decision was a “step backward” which seriously undermined the importance of safeguarding the right to freedom of information.

In a statement, she added that the OSA had been “arbitrarily” used to mask corrupt practices and obstruct the public from accessing information related to matters of public interest.

“C4 emphasises that using the OSA to criminalise whistleblowers who expose corruption and mismanagement to the public promotes an environment that breeds corruption primarily because secrecy allows for cases to be squashed without an explanation.

“Over the 45 years the OSA has been in force, we have witnessed how the law has been used as an effective means of ensuring that information on government is kept secret,” she said.

Last November, Rafizi was sentenced to a total of 36 months in jail over two charges of possessing page 98 of the 1MDB audit report and for revealing the contents of the report at the press conference. Read more

Rafizi fails to set aside OSA conviction over 1MDB audit expose

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today dismissed PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s appeal to set aside his conviction under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

Justice Azman Abdullah, in a brief oral judgment, ruled in favour of the conviction by the Sessions Court last November, for leaking the 1MDB report at a press conference at the Parliament building in March last year.

However, Justice Azman allowed Rafizi’s appeal against his conviction on the charge of possessing page 98 of the audit report, which had been classified under the OSA by the government.

He also granted the Pandan MP’s application for a stay of execution on the 18-month jail sentence, pending his final appeal.

On Nov 14, the Sessions Court sentenced Rafizi Ramli to a total 36 months in jail over the two charges of possessing page 98 of the 1MDB audit report and for revealing the contents of the report at the press conference.

The court ordered him to serve the two 18-month sentences concurrently. Read more

Police say man who lit himself on fire to escape detention was drunk, disorderly

Source: The Malay Mail Online

IPOH, Aug 23 — A man suffered burns on parts of his body when he lit a cigarette lighter while trying to escape from police after he was detained at the Jelapang police station, here, yesterday.

Perak Criminal Investigation Department chief, Datuk Gan Tian Kee said in the incident at 12.22pm, police detained the 47-year-old man for causing a disturbance at the police station by struggling when he was handcuffed from behind.

“The suspect took out the lighter from his trousers pocket and lit it, causing parts of his body to be burnt before police put out the fire by using water from a nearby tap,” he said in a statement, here, tonight.

He said the suspect was then taken to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here for treatment and police also seized a parang found on the motorcycle the suspect rode.

Gan said the incident occurred when the suspect went to the police station to lodge a report, but was advised to go home as he was in a drunken state and to return later to make the report when his condition was stable. Read more

‘Poca not like ISA, but worse than EO’

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: A human rights lawyer has described the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) as a revamped and more insidious version of the 1969 Emergency (Public Order and Crimes Prevention) Ordinance (EO), which was repealed in 2013.

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen said Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed was making the wrong comparison when he said Poca was unlike the Internal Security Act in that it was not a draconian law.

“That is not the comparison,” he told FMT. “Poca should be compared to the EO. Indeed, it is worse than the EO because, while it appears that there’s judicial oversight, there is actually none.”

He noted that Poca, like the EO, allows a person to be detained without trial.

Under Poca, he added, a magistrate would have no choice but to give a remand order. He said this was abnormal because remand applications should always be subject to challenges.

“Under Poca, it appears that the magistrate’s court does not have a choice. Whenever there is a application signed by a police officer, the court will have to give the order.”

Yesterday, Nur Jazlan said Poca gave detainees rights that were more secure than those provided under the ISA. Read more

Nur Jazlan: Allegation of POCA being another ISA not true

Source: FMT News 

KUALA LUMPUR: The accusation against the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA), describing it as draconian and no different to the now-repealed Internal Security Act (ISA), is untrue, says Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

Nur Jazlan said this was because POCA would provide more secure rights to the detainees compared with the ISA.

“In the past, under the ISA, the home minister had the full power. With a signature of a minister, an individual can be detained for up to 60 days and the minister can also issue a detention order.
“However, with POCA, the authorities can apply for remand twice, which are at the 21st and the 38th days,” he said when winding up the debate on the Prevention of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2017 at the Dewan Negara sitting on Monday.

The bill was later passed.

The amendments, among others, are aimed at speeding up the decision-making process by the Crime Prevention Board on a certain case and facilitating the management of the board’s duties as well as giving the authorisation to the board to instruct the investigation officer to accelerate the preparation of the report.

The amended POCA also implemented the use of the electronic monitoring device on those under watch, hence reducing the cost of detention in prison and also promoting prevention among the detainees.

Santiago: Human trafficking court like putting cart before the horse

Source: FMT News 

The major problem now is with the enforcement authorities, says Santiago. Pic from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Breaking off the nexus between enforcement authorities and human traffickers is key to end the inhuman trade, Klang MP Charles Santiago asserts.

The parliamentarian, who is vocal on the issue, said without this all-important first step, the setting up of a special court to handle human trafficking cases was useless.

“It is akin to putting the cart before the horse,” he added.

“A court on human trafficking is only effective if enforcement and education go hand in hand.

“The major problem now is with the enforcement authorities. Local media reports tell us that human traffickers are working hand in glove with enforcement officers.

“The priority right now should be to end the nexus between enforcement authorities and human traffickers,” he told FMT today.

Santiago was asked to comment on Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s proposal to set up a special court as part of the measures to get Malaysia into the top-ranked Tier 1 list of countries in the United States State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TiP) annual report by 2020.

Zahid said this in an interview with The Star after the daily published a special report on Aug 14 on an international human trafficking ring that used private colleges to lure young Bangladeshis here with false promises of higher education and job opportunities.

Santiago said a special court on human trafficking was not needed, as the existing courts could deal with such cases. Read more