Report: Putrajaya widening 1MDB dragnet to BN politicians, law firms

Source: Malay Mail

File photo shows a man walking past a 1MDB billboard in Kuala Lumpur  — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — The multi-agency probe on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal could entangle Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians or political parties that received the state investment company’s funds.

According to Singapore daily The Straits Times (ST), the investigation would also be expanded to include law firms that handled transactions for such personalities and entities.

Citing senior government officers and financial executives, the ST said 1MDB case investigators are scrutinising the flow of funds from 1MDB-linked firms and former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s bank accounts to BN politicians.

The officials would not identify the politicians or law firms as the ongoing investigations were now at a “sensitive” point, the paper reported.

The ST noted allegations that 1MDB changed from its initial nature as an investment fund into a “private political slush fund” for BN, adding that there were claims of BN politicians being funded by 1MDB money. Read more

Bersih 2.0 chief backs Ambiga for EC spot, but says ‘many’ suited for the role

Source: Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 will propose several candidates including Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s consideration to be the new Electoral Commission (EC) Chairman.

Chairman Shahrul Aman Mohd Saar agreed with the suggestion of Ambiga, but stressed that there were many who would do as well in the role.

“Well she can (carry the responsibility), I think definitely, I am sure the media and Malaysian people also thinks the same.

“But having said that, it is not just one person, there any many persons out there,” he said. Read more

After triumph of ‘people power’, Dr M suggests lowering voting age to 18

Source: Malay Mail

Legal Ages infographic by Malay Mail

PUTRAJAYA, June 21 — The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government may lower the voting age from 21 to 18, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggested today.

In an exclusive interview with Malay Mail, the prime minister said the suggestion would be an acknowledgement of the strong political awareness shown by young voters in the 14th general election last month that saw Barisan Nasional (BN) ousted after six decades.

“I think it is worthwhile to consider that,” he said, referring to lowering the voting age.

“We follow the practice in other parts of the world. It’s a big jump from 21 to 18, but it is a manifestation of our belief that people are better educated and they can make a judgment.”

Many countries around the world have adopted 18 as the legal qualifying age to vote, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, India and Iran. In South-east Asia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia have all followed suit.

In Malaysia, the age of maturity is 18 years old, meaning one can drive, get married, sign contracts and be tried in court as an adult. But Article 119(1) of the Federal Constitution states eligibility for voting is a citizen who has reached 21 years of age. Read more

End child marriage in Malaysia as promised, UN agencies tell Pakatan government

Source: Malay Mail

A young actress plays the role of Giorgia, 10, forced to marry Paolo, 47, during a happening organised by Amnesty International to denounce child marriage, on October 27, 2016 in Rome. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government must put a stop to child marriages in Malaysia by introducing laws that will make it illegal for anyone below the age of 18 from marrying, a combined 50 bodies, including several United Nations (UN) agencies, said today.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and 49 groups said it was time for PH to fulfil its promise in its election manifesto to “introduce a law that sets 18 as the minimum age of marriage”.

“Malaysia has the unique opportunity to send a clear message: The law must be amended to set the minimum age for marriage to 18 years for all legal frameworks, including civil, Muslim and native customary law marriages, without exceptions,” the groups said in a joint statement today.

The 50 groups listed four steps that it wanted the PH government to do to end child marriages, including issuing a “statement of commitment” to raise the minimum marriage age to 18 years old. Read more

Suhakam wants govt to help refugees

Source: The Sundaily

Suhakam chairman Razali Ismail says the commission will strive to improve Malaysia’s human rights situation. Image from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: In conjunction with World Refugee Day, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is standing firm with 68 million refugees worldwide.

While criticising the United Nations (UN) and the UN Security Council over its failure to end the conflicts and wars in many countries, resulting in the extraordinary influx of refugees into other nations, the commission was, however, hopeful the new Malaysian Government would do more for them.

Its chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail (pix) said many of the refugees were from Yemen, Syria, Palestine and Myanmar who made their way to many countries, including Malaysia

Suhakam also welcomed the new Malaysian Government’s commitment and promise to ensure refugees were given the ‘right to work’ in the country, he said. Read more