Court upholds eight-month jail term against Amanah leader for sedition

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — The High Court here today upheld the eight months jail sentence imposed on former PAS Youth treasurer Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar for uttering seditious words in calling for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s release in a street protest, three years ago.

Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah made the decision after dismissing Mohd Fakhrulrazi’s appeal against his conviction and sentence handed down by the Sessions Court on Aug 25, 2016.

The court also dismissed the cross-appeal by the prosecution against the sentence imposed on Mohd Fakhrulrazi, who is now Parti Amanah Negara Youth vice-chief.

Azman said the decision made by the Sessions Court judge was safe and the sentence was appropriate. Read more

Data breaches: How they compromise your rights and what should be done to stop them — Ellen Hays

BY ELLEN HAYS 

Photo by Ilya Pavlov on Unsplash

Recent data breaches in Malaysia have made for dramatic news headlines. But what exactly is a data breach? And how can they affect your life?

Data breaches may seem like a remote, technological issue that is irrelevant to our everyday lives. You may be surprised to learn that data breaches are an important human rights issue that can touch upon the lives of everyone. Read more

High court quashes UM’s conviction of 4 students

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Counsel Lim Wei Jiet (left) speaking to plaintiffs in the case against the Universiti Malaya disciplinary authority, at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Farhan Nazmi, February 27, 2018.

THE high court today quashed the Universiti Malaya disciplinary authority’s decision to convict four students who held placards during a 1Malaysia Development Bhd town hall meeting in 2016.

Judge Azizah Nawawi said the reason for the ruling was because the university did not comply with Rule 54 of the Universiti Malaya (Discipline of Students) Rules 1999.

“The disciplinary authority is required to find that there is a case to answer first, before it questions the students or the students are allowed to give evidence,”   counsel Lim Wei Jiet told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

“What has happened here is that the university, before finding a case to answer, had questioned, asked and cross-examined the students to clarify what this video is about, what these photographs are about, which the judge believes is a form of non-compliance with procedures.” Read more

Federal Court defers to Shariah courts in Sarawak apostasy cases

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Palace of Justice in Putrajaya – File pix

KUCHING, Feb 27 — The Federal Court ruled today that the Sarawak Shariah Court has jurisdiction over the bid by four Sarawakians — a Malay-Muslim and three Muslim converts — to embrace Christianity.

Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin said the decision was unanimous.

“We have studied written submissions and arguments by from both parties and we found  that there is no merit in the appeals,” he said.

He added that while there is no specific provision in the Sarawak Shariah Court Ordinance 2001 concerning conversions into and out of Islam, there were provisions under the Sarawak Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) concerning such matters.

He said these existed under Sections 68, 69 and 70 of the MAIS Ordinance.

On the applicants’ legal question asking if the Shariah courts have jurisdiction over apostasy applications when there are no specific provisions in the Sarawak Shariah Court Ordnance 2001, Zulkefli said the answer was yes.

Today’s decision means the four applicants — Syarifah Nooraffyzza Wan Hosen and Muslim converts Jenny binti Peter alias Nur Muzdhalifah Abdullah, Mohd Syafiq Abdullah alias Tiong Choo Ting and Salina Jau binti Abdullah — must have their cases heard by the Shariah courts. Read more

Stunted children among urban poor at crisis level, Unicef report says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — A Unicef report has found higher levels of poverty and malnutrition among children living in low-cost housing in Kuala Lumpur compared to the national average.

The study by the United Nations agency titled “Children Without: A study of urban child poverty and deprivation in low-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur” found almost all children, or 99.7 per cent, living in low-cost flats in the capital city lived in relative poverty, while seven per cent lived in absolute poverty. The percentage of those suffering from problems linked to malnutrition was said to be alarming.

“Urban child poverty and deprivation in low-cost flats highlights how poverty impairs the opportunities of children living in low-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur to early education and makes them more vulnerable to malnourishment,” Unicef said in a statement released together with the report today. Read more

Malaysia’s Cedaw review: Stem the regression of women’s rights — Comango

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY COMANGO

FEB 26 — The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (Comango) congratulates the government of Malaysia for participating in its second constructive dialogue with the Cedaw Committee at its 69th session in Geneva, Switzerland.

However, the government of Malaysia is yet to reply to some key questions and critical concerns raised by the Cedaw Committee. Comango echoes these concerns and urges the government to step up its commitment to stem the regression of women’s rights in Malaysia. Much more concerted efforts need to be done in order to promote and protect women’s rights and gender equality.

The Cedaw Committee was dismayed that overall, women’s human rights — especially those of Muslim women — has regressed. Malaysia has also maintained their reservations on Articles 9(2) (women and men should have equal rights with regard to the nationality of their children), and Articles 16 (1) (a) (c) (f) and (g) (rights of women on marriage, divorce and over their children). Read more

Selangor BN protests against EC’s second redelineation proposal

Source: The Malay Mail Online

SHAH ALAM, Feb 26 — The Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) today lodged protests against the redelineation’s second proposal of the constituencies involving seven parliamentary constituencies to the Election Commission (EC).

The parliamentary constituencies were Tanjong Karang, Kuala Selangor, Subang, Kuala Langat, Gombak, Ampang and Serdang.

Selangor BN chairman Tan Sri Noh Omar said among the protests was related to the transfer of the Sawah Sempadan District Voting Centre (PDM) under the Sungai Burong State seat to the Permatang state seat which were both within the Tanjong Karang Parliamentary constituency.

The excuse for the EC’s second recommendation was that the transfer of the PDM was to balance the number of voters in the two state constituencies was debatable, Noh, who is also the Tanjong Karang MP, told reporters after a protest hearing session to the EC here today. Read more

Court refuses to strike out suit against Pandikar over Hadi bill

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Former MP Tawfik Ismail (left) and lawyer Rosli Dahlan outside the High Court after the court’s ruling that it has jurisdiction to hear suit by Tawfik against Dewan Rakyat Speaker. Pic from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has refused to strike out a suit by former MP Tawfik Ismail against Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia seeking to stop the tabling of a bill from PAS to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act.

Justice Kamaludin Md Said ruled that Tawfik’s lawsuit is not a plain and obvious case to be struck out.

“In my opinion, the court has jurisdiction to hear this case,” he said, before setting the next case management for March 6. Read more

Top court to hear who has power to decide four Sarawakians’ conversion out of Islam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Four Sarawakians are seeking to have the civil courts declare that they are Christians and have the government’s recognition that they are no longer Muslims. — File picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — The Federal Court is scheduled to hear today the joint appeal of four Sarawakians who want to know if it is the civil or the state Shariah courts which can decide on their bid to convert out of Islam.

The hearing is part of the many years of waiting by the four who just want their identity card and official records to reflect the fact that they are now practising Christians. Read more

Veterans say army votes secret, but want govt guarantee

Source: Free Malaysia TodayMohamed-Arshad-Raji-2

PETALING JAYA: National Patriots Association (Patriot) president Brig-Gen (R) Mohamed Arshad Raji has urged the heads of the country’s security forces to assure those serving under them that their votes will not be traced in an election.

He said armed forces chief Gen Raja Mohamed Affandi Noor and inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun should issue a statement to the men and women under their charge that they may vote without fear or favour.

He said they should inform all the officers that “voting is also their patriotic duty.”

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