Perak Sultan: Courage needed to stop Rohingya genocide

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — National and regional leaders must find the will to stop the mass killings of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah said.

The Sultan of Perak also stressed that considerations such as non-interference and financial concerns should be secondary to the addressing the sectarian crisis in Myanmar.

“We cannot allow fears of upsetting our neighbours; or fear of being accused of interference; or fears of affecting our regional trade and commerce to prevent us from voicing out our anxieties and alarm at what is happening in Rakhine state,” he said at a dinner to raise funds for the Rohingya people this evening.

In his speech, Sultan Nazrin quoted Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who once said, “It is not power that corrupts but fear”. Read more

Chief Registrar: Chief Justice, top judge sworn in as required constitutionally

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — The top two judges currently holding the posts of Chief Justice and Court of Appeal president took their oaths of office according to the requirements of the Federal Constitution, the judiciary’s administrative arm said today.

The Chief Registrar’s Office of the Federal Court confirmed that both Tun Md Raus Sharif and Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin had fulfilled the constitutional requirements to be appointed to two of the most senior positions in the country’s judiciary.

“With this, the Federal Court of Malaysia’s Chief Registrar’s Office states that the Chief Justice of Malaysia and the Court of Appeal President had taken their oaths of office as Additional Judges for the Federal Court before they took their oaths of office as the Chief Justice of Malaysia and Court of Appeal President in line with the provisions of the Federal Constitution,” it said in a statement issued by its corporate communications unit.

The Chief Registrar’s Office said that Raus had on August 4 taken his oath of office as an additional judge for the Federal Court at the Palace of Justice before Zulkefli in the latter’s position as Court of Appeal president. Read more

‘Balloon girl’ will take stand in defence, lawyer says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — Dance producer Bilqis Hijjas will definitely take the stand after the High Court called for her defence, her lawyer said today.

The court had earlier today reversed a magistrate’s acquittal of the 38-year-old, who was dubbed the balloon girl after she was charged with “insulting behavior” by releasing yellow balloons at a 2015 event attended by the prime minister and his wife.

Lawyer Eric Paulsen said his client will not plead guilty.

“We are disappointed, but you know, promoting free media, justice and democracy certainly shouldn’t be a crime.

‘We are disappointed but nonetheless we will carry on with the defence,” he told reporters after High Court judge Datuk Indera Mohd Sofian Abd Razak allowed the prosecution’s appeal against a lower court’s acquittal of Bilqis of the charge. Read more

Promoting Umno in schools a sign of desperation, say politicians, activists

Source: FMT News

They want the government to promote quality education, not politics in school.

PETALING JAYA: Politicians and an activist have slammed Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor for abusing his powers to promote Umno in school instead of helping the government to promote quality education.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin said he should not mix politics with the functions of the government.

“It is an abuse of power. He is the government of the day and should not be mixing both.

“People vote the government to run the country for them and not to abuse it outright to recruit students. It is out of line,” she said.

Maria was asked to comment on a report that hundreds of pupils and teachers from SK Putrajaya Presint 14 (1) took part in a “class decoration and performance” competition with the theme “Umno and independence #Negaraku”.

During the function, Umno flags were draped all over the primary school.

The pupils also brandished Umno flags and sang the party’s anthem.

The report said at one point, a banner with the words “Hidup Umno, Hidup Melayu. Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya” (“Long Live Umno, Long Live Malays. Before, Now and Forever”) appeared on stage. Read more

Amnesty calls for ‘prisoner of conscience’ Tian Chua to be freed

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Tian Chua was charged under Section 4 (2) of the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act 1959 after he allegedly disobeyed police orders by refusing to leave Pulapol after being released. Pic by The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — Amnesty International demanded today the release of Batu MP Chua Tian Chang who was last week sentenced to a month’s jail after being convicted of trespassing the restricted police training centre (Pulapol) here in 2012.

Despite the conviction, the international human rights watchdog insisted the PKR vice-president’s arrest was unlawful as he was just exercising his basic rights in a peaceful protest.

“The Malaysian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release opposition lawmaker Chua Tian Chang, who Amnesty International regards as a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for exercising his human rights peacefully,” it said in a statement.

The group also said the arrest of Chua, better known as Tian Chua, shows an “alarming abuse of power” by authorities against government critics. Read more

Magistrate allows mother to decide sentence on son

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KOTA BARU, Oct 3 – In a move rarely seen in Malaysian courts, a magistrate today gave a mother the opportunity to decide the sentence on his son for threatening her life with a pair of scissors.

Magistrate Nik Habri Muhamad allowed Rahimah Abdul Rahman, 52, to sentence his son, Adam Abdullah, 28, who committed the offence at Lot 2606 Kampung Terap Banggu at 9.30am on June 19.

Adam was charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code which provides for jail sentence of two years’ or fine or both upon conviction.

Nik Habri said Rahimah could decide to pass a light sentence or a heavy sentence.

Rahimah, however, forgave her son and decided on a light sentence. The court them sentenced Adam to one year’s jail from the date of the offence (June 19).

Earlier, Adam, who was unrepresented by counsel sought forgiveness from his mother and promised not to repeat the offence. Deputy Public Prosecutor Hamidah Mahmood prosecuted.