Court frees Zaid Ibrahim of offensive blog posting charge

Source: The Malay Online

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Three years ago, Zaid was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) under which stipulates that another person who was annoyed had to be called to give evidence. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 ― DAP member Datuk Zaid Ibrahim was today acquitted by the Cyber Court over an allegedly offensive blog post he made in 2015.

Justice Zaman Mohd Noor who made the ruling, said the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case.

“The prosecution failed to sufficiently establish the case as there is a need to call the victim, [to ask] whether he is annoyed and how he felt. “Therefore the accused is released,” he said.

Three years ago, Zaid was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) under which stipulates that another person who was annoyed had to be called to give evidence, which in this case would be the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Read more

DPM: Kids have ‘blanket approval’ to attend school pending citizenship nod

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said those whose citizenship applications are being processed should be allowed to attend school in the meantime.— Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 — Children awaiting approval for Malaysian citizenship have a right to attend government schools, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

“Following a blanket approval, the Education Ministry allows such children to attend school, while their application is being processed.

“Anyone facing problems enrolling their children should refer the case to the ministry to get it sorted,” Zahid who is also home minister told reporters after his ministry’s monthly assembly here.

He was responding to news reports of a stateless adopted seven-year-old girl who was purportedly denied entry to a school in Seremban, Negri Sembilan pending her citizenship application.

While decisions over birth certificates and such records was under the purview of the  National Registration Department (NRD) — which comes under his ministry, Zahid said those whose applications are being processed should be allowed to attend school in the meantime.

“The documents which state they have already submitted an application should be accepted by schools to enable them to have an education,” he added. Read more

Proham: Denying school for stateless children violates UN treaty signed by Malaysia

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Pic drawn from FMT News

Proham says as a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the government has a duty to uphold its commitment to the protection and welfare of all children.

PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department’s policy requiring stateless children to have a passport before they can attend school is preposterous and violates an international treaty that Malaysia is part of, a rights group said in the wake of a report that a stateless child had been turned away by a school in Negeri Sembilan.

The Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) said Malaysia was a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, making it the government’s duty to uphold its commitment to the protection and welfare of all children.

“Children’s rights under the convention include the right to association with both parents, human identity, physical protection, food, universal state-paid education, healthcare and the child’s civil rights,” said its chairman Kuthubul Zaman and secretary-general Ivy Josiah.

“Hence, all states being parties to the convention must ensure and guarantee these rights to each and every child irrespective of whether they are citizens, stateless or refugees.” Read more

School defied minister’s instructions, says child welfare society

Suriana Welfare Society says only education ministry can allow children to attend school without citizenship.

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PETALING JAYA: A children’s welfare organisation has criticised the actions of a school in Negeri Sembilan which prevented a Year One child from attending class as she did not possess a passport. Pic drawn from Free Malaysia Today

The Suriana Welfare Society, which comprises charitable and welfare organisations, said the school had defied the recent instructions given by the education minister to allow children without citizenship to attend school.

“If the minister’s instructions were taken into account and taken seriously, these children would not be in this current situation,” said the organisation’s leader, Scott J Wong.

On Jan 6, Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid said children without citizenship could attend school even though their citizenship applications were still being processed.

However, in the first week of school, a seven-year-old girl in Seremban was barred from attending based on a new policy by the Immigration Department, as she did not have a passport.

Her family had adopted her legally and was awaiting approval for the citizenship application.

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