High Court orders federal and state government to compensate orang asli villagers

Source: The Star

JOHOR BARU: The High Court here has ruled that the Federal and Johor governments have failed to protect the land ownership rights of the orang asli in two villages.

High Court judge Justice Teo Say Eng ordered both governments to compensate villagers of Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Temon and Kampung Orang Asli Bakar Batu Perling for releasing portions of the 137.5ha-orang asli land to developers and individual buyers.

Under the order, both governments have to pay the villagers according to the market value of the land. Read more

Ipoh school cleaners cry foul over 8 months’ unpaid wages

Source: FMT News 

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56 2 0 75 Ipoh school cleaners cry foul over 8 months’ unpaid wages Ho Kit Yen | February 23, 2017 They are owed RM139,250 after they were told to continue working by the Kinta Utara District Education Department after their company went broke. – Pic taken from FMT News

PUTRAJAYA: Twenty cleaners from seven schools in Ipoh are hoping against hope that they will be paid the RM139,250 owed them in unpaid salaries since 2015.

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) central committee member S Arutchelvan told FMT that the government was unable to provide a solution.

“The government has said it could not do anything to help us get the eight months’ salaries owed to each of the cleaners,” he said after meeting an education ministry official here. Read more

Sabah told to use right to register births and deaths

Source: FMT News

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Darell Leiking says a child of a Sabahan parent is a citizen and can’t be denied access to education. – Pic taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Penampang MP Darell Leiking has urged the Sabah government to take charge of birth and death registration in the state amid a controversy over the religious status of a boy who was born to a Christian woman but registered as a Muslim in his birth certificate.

Speaking to FMT, Leiking said the right to register births and deaths in Sabah belonged to the state under the Sabah Birth and Death Registration Ordinance. Read more

KL Bar election: First female lawyer elected as chairman

Source: Malay Mail Online

Goh had contended against outgoing KL Bar committee members Alex Anton Netto and Mohd Amir Sharil Bahari Md Noor or Amir Bahari. ― Picture courtesy of Goh Siu Lin, taken from MMO

Goh had contended against outgoing KL Bar committee members Alex Anton Netto and Mohd Amir Sharil Bahari Md Noor or Amir Bahari. ― Picture courtesy of Goh Siu Lin, taken from MMO

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — Lawyer Goh Siu Lin today became the first female to win the chairman post in the Kuala Lumpur Bar committee, besting two other contenders for the position.

Outgoing KL Bar chairman Ravinder Singh Dhalliwal, who is better known as Ravin Singh, confirmed that Goh was elected to the position today based on the results of the polls during the KL Bar’s 25th annual general meeting (AGM) this afternoon.

When contacted, he told Malay Mail Online that Goh is the “first female” in the Kuala Lumpur Bar’s history to be voted into the position. Read more

Rasuah: SPRM tahan pegawai kanan tentera

Source: Utusan Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR 23 Feb. – Seorang pegawai kanan tentera ditahan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Pahang kerana disyaki terlibat rasuah.

Sumber SPRM memberitahu , suspek berusia 57 tahun yang berpangkat Leftenan Kolonel itu ditahan di Pejabat SPRM Temerloh pada 2.30 petang hari ini selepas hadir memberi keterangan berhubung siasatan kes melibatkan dirinya.

“Suspek yang bertanggungjawab menyelia kontraktor, memantau proses kerja, mengesahkan spesifikasi piawaian dan memperakukan tuntutan kerja oleh kontraktor di Zon Timur dipercayai menerima suapan daripada kontraktor proksi termasuk syarikat milik ayahnya dengan isteri suspek merupakan pengarah syarikat berkenaan,” katanya.

Timbalan Ketua Pesuruhjaya (Operasi) SPRM, Datuk Azam Baki ketika dihubungi mengesahkan tangkapan itu.

“Saya mengesahkan penahanan suspek pada hari ini dan akan ada beberapa tangkapan lagi dibuat berhubung siasatan kes ini,” katanya yang enggan mengulas lanjut.-BERNAMA

Sukarelawan misi ‘Food Flotilla For Myanmar’ selamat kembali

Source: Utusan Malaysia

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KETIBAAN para sukarelawan misi kemanusiaan Food Flotilla For Myanmar disambut oleh Menteri Pertahanan, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein di Jeti Boustead Cruise Centre, Pelabuhan Klang, hari ini. – Pic taken from Utusan Online

KLANG 3 Feb. – Misi kemanusiaan Malaysia Food Flotilla For Myanmar anjuran Kelab Putera 1Malaysia (KP1M) dan Majlis Perundingan Pertubuhan Islam Malaysia (Mapim) selamat kembali ke tanah air selepas 20 hari menjayakan misi bantuan kepada etnik Rohingya.

Ketibaan Kapal Nautical Aliya yang membawa 230 sukarelawan pada pukul 10 pagi disambut Menteri Pertahanan, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein di Jeti Boustead Cruise Centre, Pelabuhan Klang, di sini.

Sepanjang tempoh tersebut, Nautical Aliya yang membawa 2,200 tan bekalan makanan, ubat-ubatan serta pakaian merentasi Laut Andaman untuk ke Myanmar dan Bangladesh. – UTUSAN ONLINE

CIJ slams conviction of activist for screening documentary

Source: FMT News

Activist Lena Hendry is seen outside the courtroom after the film censorship case decision in Kuala Lumpur February 21, 2017. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Activist Lena Hendry is seen outside the courtroom after the film censorship case decision in Kuala Lumpur February 21, 2017. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR: The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is the latest to criticise the conviction of activist Lena Hendry for screening a documentary on the carnage that took place in the last months of the Sri Lankan civil war.

CIJ said in a statement that Hendry’s conviction was a serious violation of the fundamental human right to access information and of freedom of expression.

“This demonstrates the targeting of civil society by the Malaysian government for promoting discussions on human rights and expression of political viewpoints.

“Censorship laws – whether impacting journalism or creative content – are drawn up and implemented arbitrarily, and historically abused to silence critical content.”

The statement also criticised “the politically motivated pressure” that led to the crackdown on the screening and eventual persecution of Hendry.

‘Human Rights Watch stated in its statement in 2013 that prior to the screening by Pusat Komas, where Hendry was working as a programme coordinator, an official from the Sri Lankan embassy in Kuala Lumpur met with the venue management and tried to persuade them to stop the screening.

“The Sri Lanka embassy was said to have communicated with the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Censorship Board to urge the film not be shown.”

On Feb 21, the Magistrates’ Court convicted Hendry for screening the documentary, “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”, without the permission of the official film censors in July 2013. Read more

RUU355 not hudud, but is it OK? – Azmi Sharom

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY: AZMI SHAROM

FEBRUARY 22 — The proposed amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 are very clever. When Hadi first proposed it, the original draft was arguably against the Constitution. But now they have changed it and the constitutional argument becomes harder to use.

Let me explain why. In the original draft there was a possibility that some of the additions to the law would mean there is an overlap with ordinary criminal law. This could mean that there was a question of two criminal systems in one country, and that is against the Article 8 of the Constitution which states that everyone must be equal before the law.

The current amendments merely increase the punishments for existing offences. So, nothing new is added, it is just that the penalties are harsher.

Does this make it all OK? Read more

Recognise stalking as domestic violence – Yu Ren Chung

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

BY: YU REN CHUNG

FEBRUARY 22 — After years of abuse, Nina left her husband. Yet she was not safe.

Wherever she moved, her husband would look her. One time, Nina noticed men taking pictures of her children at her house.

She was being stalked.

Worried, she lodged a police report, but she was not given protection. Soon after, while leaving work, Nina was attacked by two men — acquaintances of her ex-husband. They slashed her with a machete, scarring her cheek and cutting-off her thumb.

If Nina received protection after she had been stalked, her gruesome attack may have been prevented.

Unfortunately for Nina, and thousands of Malaysians like her, stalking is not a crime in Malaysia. Read more