DPM: Revived social workers Bill to be reviewed by Cabinet

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BANGI, Oct 1— The revived Social Workers Act aimed at legislating social workers, will be reviewed  in the Cabinet meeting one month, deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

The home minister said that the Bill for the said law is currently in draft state, and would be finalised soon before being tabled in parliament.

“Now it’s in draft stage and I think the Attorney-General’s Chambers is settling it and I’m confident that Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim will bring it to the Cabinet meeting soonest, once it’s done,” he said referring to the women, family and community development minister.

“I will make sure that within a period not exceeding one month from today, it will be tabled. I like to work with a target date. If we are too open-ended, we will be pushed backwards in terms of action,” he added. Read more

Two navy personnel believed tortured, police say

Source: The Malay Mail Online

IPOH, Oct 1 — Two personnel of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) who died at the Sungai Wangi Unit detention room near Sitiawan here on Friday, are believed to have been tortured, said Perak Crime Investigation chief Datuk Gan Tian Kee.

He said police has classified the case as murder based on the report of the post mortem on Nik Muhammad Baihaqy Nik Mat, 28, and Muhammad Lailal Tuiman Mohd Sukri, 26, from the Pathology Department of the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here.

“The post mortem conducted on both of them revealed they were tortured, which resulted in injuries. From these findings, the investigations are classified under Section 302 of the Penal Code,” he said in a statement here today. Read more

Activist: We need laws to empower youths

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights lawyer Syahredzan Johan has called for new legislation to empower youths, saying current laws restrict their development.

Speaking at a forum on Malaysia’s future after the 14th general election, he said he would like to see the winning party undertake a review of laws with the aim of encouraging youths to participate in the democratic process.

A recent survey indicated that 40% of youths of voting age were not registered to vote. Half of the respondents said they did not have time to register and a quarter said their votes would not make a difference to how the country was run.

Syahredzan said the first batch of laws that needed reviewing were those that restricted media freedom and other civil liberties. Read more