Yes! SheDecides: Affirming women’s rights to their own body

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Every girl and every woman has the right to choose what she does with her body. Unfortunately millions of girls around the world and in our region are unable to do so. And that is why we need to come together, to stand up and speak out to say, ‘Yes! SheDecides’. Sexual and reproductive rights are integral to individual autonomy, to freely decide on matters of sexuality and reproduction, to have the right to consent and bodily integrity,” — Sivananthi Thanenthiran, Arrow executive director and the SheDecides champion for Asia-Pacific.

A panel of women’s rights activists and global representatives gather at an event to commemorate SheDecides’ first anniversary at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur March 2, 2018. — Picture courtesy of Arrow

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — A group of stakeholders and global representatives came together today to express their support for SheDecides — a movement that promotes, provides, protects and enhances the fundamental rights of every girl and woman to freely decide about their sexual lives.

The discussion, organised in conjunction with SheDecides’ first anniversary, saw participations of regional non-profit group Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (Arrow) and representatives from Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland, among others.

In a statement, Arrow executive director and the SheDecides champion for Asia-Pacific Sivananthi Thanenthiran said the movement is critical to the region, citing the stigmatisation of abortion as one of the occurences. Read more

Renewed calls for IPCMC after failure to stop custodial deaths

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Civil society groups have renewed calls for the government to establish an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), calling the current Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) an organisation without “bite”.

In a public forum organised by the Bar Council Task Force on IPCMC today and in collaboration with several other human rights groups at the Bar Council’s new headquarters near Dataran Merdeka, they insisted that the EAIC had failed to stop deaths in custody.

Other participants included representatives from the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), National Human Rights Society (Hakam), the Promotion of Human Rights Malaysia (Proham), and Eliminating Deaths and Abuse in Custody Together (EDICT). Read more

MACC can still investigate Bukit Aman CID chief, forum told

Source: The Malaysian Insight

THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission can still investigate a person for corruption even if that person has been cleared by police of wrongdoing.

A public forum on police accountability in Kuala Lumpur, co-organised by the Bar Council, was told Bukit Aman’s criminal investigation department chief Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd could still be investigated under MACC Act 2009, which allows for Malaysians to be charged for corruption offences committed abroad.

Lawyer M. Visvanathan, founder of Eliminating Deaths and Abuse In Custody (Edict) corrected Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner Mah Weng Kwai who said during the Q&A session that Malaysia had neither extra territorial jurisdiction nor an extradition treaty with Australia which meant that the alleged wrongdoer was “quite safe” from the law at home.

The MACC Act 2009 provides for extra-territorial jurisdiction to deal with corruption offences committed outside Malaysia by its citizens and permanent residents as though the offences were committed in Malaysia. Read more

Bar fails to compel chief judge to advice king to appoint retired judges

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Istana Kehakiman / Palace of Justice ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court today ruled that it had no power to direct the present chief judge of Malaya (CJM) to advice the king that a special panel of retired judges be appointed to rule on the legal status of the country’s two top judges.

A three-man bench led by Hasan Lah said under Article 122 (1A) of the Federal Constitution, it was the chief justice who had the sole discretion to advise the king to appoint additional judges.

Hasan added that Article 131A, which allowed the most senior judge to exercise the powers of the chief justice during his incapacity or absence, was only discretionary.

“No one else, not even the court, has the constitutional right to direct or dictate that discretion to be exercised,” he said in dismissing the Malaysian Bar’s motion.

Sitting with Hasan were Zaharah Ibrahim and Balia Yusof Wahi. Read more

Court allows EC to submit delimitation report to PM

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Today’s ruling could effectively render academic the Selangor government’s appeal to set aside a High Court’s ruling that declared the delimitation exercise in the state valid and constitutional, according to one of its lawyers. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PUTRAJAYA, March 2 — The Election Commission (EC) today succeeded in throwing out Selangor’s bid to prevent its report on delimitation, also known as redelineation, from reaching the prime minister.

A three-man Court of Appeal panel led by Tan Sri Idrus Harun today ruled that restraining the EC would have blocked the commission from performing its constitutional duty and obstruct Parliament from receiving the report, hindering due process.

Today’s ruling could effectively render academic the Selangor government’s appeal to set aside a High Court ruling that declared the delimitation exercise in the state valid and constitutional, according to one of its lawyers.

The appeal will be heard on March 23. Read more

CID chief’s Australia bank account with RM1 million frozen

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd (2nd from left), with senior Australian police officers, after his appointment as the CID chief last year. (PDRM pic).

PETALING JAYA: Australian authorities have frozen close to RM1 million in a bank account belonging to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd, according to a special report by Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) today.

The report said Australian Federal Police suspected a “flurry of suspicious cash deposits” into Najmuddin’s Commonwealth Bank “Goal Saver” bank account, which had been laying dormant after it was opened in 2011. Read more

Top GOP donor sought $75M fee if DOJ ended probe into Malaysian scandal: report

Source: The Hill

Top GOP donor sought $75M fee if DOJ ended probe into Malaysian scandal: report

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A longtime Republican donor allegedly sought to make tens of millions of dollars if the Department of Justice (DOJ) dropped its investigation into an investment deal connected to the Malaysian prime minster.

Elliott Broidy and his wife, attorney Robin Rosenzweig, reportedly discussed in emails over the past year arranging a consulting contract with Jho Low, the businessman at the center of an investment scandal that ensnared Malaysian leader Najib Razak.

One email includes a proposal for a $75 million fee for the couple if the Justice Department dropped its investigation into the scandal, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Trump ally offered to help Jho Low in DoJ’s 1MDB probe, says report

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Citing emails, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) says a top Republican donor close to President Donald Trump discussed setting up a consulting contract with businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low. (AFP pic)

PETALING JAYA: In the latest turn of events surrounding 1MDB, a US paper claims a top Republican donor close to President Donald Trump was in negotiations for a US$75 million (RM295 million) fee if the Department of Justice (DoJ) dropped its investigation into the state fund.Citing emails from Elliott Broidy and his wife, Robin Rosenzweig, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said they had discussed setting up a consulting contract with businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low. Read more

Neelofa, Zouk guests can be charged with insulting Islam, Sharie lawyer claims

Source: Malay Mail Online

Neelofa was hit with criticism following images posted online of her new range of tudung and turban for men at the popular nightclub in conjunction with her 29th birthday. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Neelofa was hit with criticism following images posted online of her new range of tudung and turban for men at the popular nightclub in conjunction with her 29th birthday. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — A Sharie lawyer asserted today that legal action under Shariah laws can be taken against celebrity entrepreneur Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor and her brand for holding the Be Lofa range launch at the Zouk club here last Monday.

According to Malaysian Syarie Lawyers Association president Musa Awang, Neelofa, the organiser and even the guests who attended the tudung and turban launch could be charged with insulting Islam for bringing disrepute to a symbol of the religion.

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