Greater emphasis on sustainable development — Group of 16 NGOs

JANUARY 25 — Amid speculations and uncertainties, Malaysians know the 14th General Election (GE14) is on the way, as the parliamentary term is due to expire in August 2018. A group of non-governmental bodies have come together to call on political parties to recognise the environmental aspirations of the citizens of Malaysia by including their commitment to the environment in their Party Manifesto and ensuring that they are given high priority to safeguard sustainable development for current and future generations.

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Suhakam: Stop imposing conditions on stateless kids entering schools

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has criticised the government for still imposing conditions on stateless children wanting to enter public schools.

Suhakam chief Razali Ismail said the position taken by the government is severe and detrimental to such children.

He was referring to the statement by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Jan 11 that only stateless children whose citizenship applications are pending will be allowed to enrol in government schools.

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Zaid turns to courts for remedy over ban of his book

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Zaid Ibrahim has filed a judicial review to quash a recent ban on his book which has been in circulation for about two years.

The former de facto law minister said the book titled “Assalamualaikum (Peace Be Upon You): Observation on the Islamisation of Malaysia” did not cause any prejudice or likelihood of prejudice to public or national interests.

He said the order was also a breach of his constitutional right under Article 10 (1) of the Federal Constitution which guaranteed freedom of speech and expression.

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Report: Asean not spending enough on cybersecurity

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Although awareness of digital attacks is high, Asean countries including Malaysia are not spending enough on cybersecurity, a global consulting firm says.

In a report released on Tuesday, AT Kearney said in 2017, Asean countries collectively spent only 0.06% of their GDP, or US$1.9 billion (RM7.4 billion), on cybersecurity.

This was in contrast to the global average of 0.13%.

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Gender identity not determined by genitals, civil societies insist amid Nur Sajat’s test

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — A coalition of NGOs has slammed the federal Islamic authority over a “gender test” on celebrity entrepreneur Nur Sajat Kamaruzzaman, explaining today that one’s genitals do not determine his or her gender identity.

The groups stressed that nobody should be forced to undergo gender or medical tests to prove their gender identity, and Putrajaya should instead implement meaningful measures to increase understanding and educate government agencies and the public regarding gender identity and gender-based bullying and violence.

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Malaysian Gopi Kumar is 6th victims of Minister’s Delay bringing into force law that abolishes mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking — Charles Hector

BY CHARLES HECTOR 

For and on behalf of MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture)

MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) notes that despite the fact that the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2017 receiving royal assent on 27/12/2017, that effectively abolishes the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking, the failure of the Minister to do the needful to bring the law into force has resulted in Malaysian judges still having no choice but to sentence convicted drug traffickers to death.

‘…”Since there is only one sentence provided for under Section 39B of the Act, the court hereby sentences all the accused to death,” he [Judge Datuk Ghazali Cha] said….’(The Sun Daily,22/1/2018). Until the new Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2017 comes into force, Judges continues to have no discretion but to sentence those convicted to death.

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PM to launch National Human Rights Action Plan in March – Azalina

Source: Malaysiakini

The government is set to launch the much-awaited National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) in March this year, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said today.

Speaking at her annual address to the Legal Affairs Division (BHEUU) in Putrajaya, Azalina thanked the division for its achievements in 2017 and anticipated that the launch of the NHRAP would be another milestone.

“Prime Minister (Najib Abdul Razak) will launch the National Human Rights Action Plan and my target is either early March or the end of February.

“The setting up of this National Human Rights Action Plan will be a success, as we know this is the PM’s legacy.

“(This is) so that the rakyat will understand that human rights issues are very important in our country,” she said as she addressed members of the 13 agencies parked under the division.

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