Police to submit investigation papers on Zunar to DPP

Source: The Star Online

Kartunis kontroversi itu ditahan semalam di bawah Seksyen 124(c) Kanun Keseksaan berkaitan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Kartunis kontroversi itu ditahan semalam di bawah Seksyen 124(c) Kanun Keseksaan berkaitan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The police will submit their investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for the next course of action following the arrest of cartoonist Zunar, says Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman.

He said Zunar was picked up with four others at an event here on Saturday. All of them were released on bail yesterday morning after being detained at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.

On Saturday, police raided a fund­raising event with Zunar’s fans at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chi­nese Assembly Hall.

The four detained were Zunar’s sales assistants Megat Abdul Wahid and Lawrence Jeyaraj, DAP member Jimmy Wong and a fan who wished to be known as A. Toong.

Their lawyer Nicole Tan said Zunar, Megat and Lawrence were being investigated under Section 124c of the Penal Code for activities detrimental to parliamentary demo­cracy.

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Zunar bebas dengan jaminan polis tengah malam tadi

Sumber: FMT News

Kartunis kontroversi itu ditahan semalam di bawah Seksyen 124(c) Kanun Keseksaan berkaitan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Kartunis kontroversi itu ditahan semalam di bawah Seksyen 124(c) Kanun Keseksaan berkaitan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Kartunis kontroversi Zunar bersama 4 individu lain yang ditahan polis dalam sebuah majlis kutipan dana petang semalam, dibebaskan tengah malam tadi.

Zunar dalam satu kenyataan berkata, beliau disoal siasat polis hampir 6 jam semalam, sebelum dibebaskan dengan jaminan polis.

“Saya perlu melaporkan diri di balai polis pada 30 Disember 2016.”

Zunar atau nama sebenarnya, Zulkilflee Anwar Ulhaque ditahan ketika menghadiri majlis “Minum Petang Bersama Zunar” di Dewan Perhimpunan Cina Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor (KLSCAH), kira-kira 3 petang Sabtu.

Ini adalah kali kedua beliau ditahan dalam tempoh kurang sebulan. Read more

Malaysian Bar calls for Maria’s release from Sosma detention

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Steven said allegations that Maria attempted to undermine parliamentary democracy appeared to be baseless. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Steven said allegations that Maria attempted to undermine parliamentary democracy appeared to be baseless. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah’s detention without trial under a security law cannot be justified and she should be released immediately, the Malaysian Bar said today.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said allegations that Maria attempted to undermine parliamentary democracy appeared to be baseless, adding that her 28-day detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) was unjustifiable.

“The arrest and detention of Maria Chin Abdullah is widely perceived to have been intended to victimise and prevent her from leading the Bersih 5 rally on the day following her arrest.

“Any misuse of laws for ulterior or colourable purposes by the authorities cannot be condoned, as it would be tantamount to abuse of power,” he said in a statement on behalf of the professional body representing lawyers from peninsular Malaysia.

Maria was arrested just a day before the Bersih 5 protest against corruption last Saturday. She was investigated under Section 124C of the Penal Code for the offence of attempting to commit activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy, due to claims that Bersih 2.0 had purportedly received foreign funding.

In condemning Maria’s arrest and detention, Steven listed various facts to back his assertion that it was unjustifiable, noting that the Open Society Foundations (OSF), which had allegedly given funds to the polls reform group, is not regarded as an “unlawful society”, nor a “listed terrorist organisation” under local laws. Read more

Report: Bar Council probed under security law over Soros funding

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 ― Police are investigating the Bar Council for allegedly attempting to undermine parliamentary democracy because it purportedly received a grant from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF) for a research study.

News portal Malaysiakini reported Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar as saying that the Bukit Aman five-member special team that is investigating polls reform group Bersih 2.0 and Malaysiakini under the same law ― Section 124C of the Penal Code ― is also responsible with probing the decision-making body of the Malaysian Bar.

“Once investigations are completed, we will submit our findings to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action,” Khalid was quoted saying. Read more

Justify use of ‘severe’ security law on Malaysiakini, media groups demand

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 ― The police needs to justify the use of a “severe” law to investigate Malaysiakini for allegedly trying to undermine parliamentary democracy by receiving foreign funds, journalist groups have said.

Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm) spokesman Radzi Razak said Section 124C of the Penal Code ― which comes with a hefty punishment of a mandatory jail term that can go up to 15 years ― was a severe law that cannot be used without clear justification.

“The issue on Malaysiakini’s funding has been raised for years and this newest allegation was addressed by the operators of the news portal as well.

“The police will have to let the public know why they use this Section as it is a matter of public interest,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted yesterday. Read more

Lawyers: Vague law used against Bersih, Malaysiakini as foreign funding not a crime

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 ― The authorities are just using a so-called vague law to investigate electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 and media outlet Malaysiakini as receiving foreign funds by itself is not a crime, lawyers have said.

Lawyer New Sin Yew said there is no law prohibiting anyone from receiving funds from overseas, adding that this is also not barred under Section 124C of the Penal Code which is being used to probe Malaysiakini and Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah.

“If there is no law against receiving funds from overseas, there is nothing for the police to enforce.

“Section 124C is vague and vague laws are prone to abuse. But even with its vague wordings, it does not prohibit receiving foreign funds. The police cannot use 124C as a catch-all and to create an offence when there is none,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted yesterday. Read more

Azmi Sharom: University students risk expulsion over vague law protecting ‘parliamentary democracy’

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lawyers and law experts slam usage of 124 B Penal Code amendments as being unconstitutional. Pic taken from FMT News.

Lawyers and law experts slam usage of 124 B Penal Code amendments as being unconstitutional. Pic taken from FMT News, associated with the next article.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 — Undergraduates can be expelled from universities if they are charged with a law that vaguely outlaws activities harmful to parliamentary democracy, senior law lecturer Azmi Sharom said today.

Azmi highlighted the problem of the new criminal offence introduced in 2012 as Section 124B of the Penal Code, with the vague and undefined phrase of “parliamentary democracy” making it impossible to know what would amount to a threat against it.

“Where students are concerned, if they are charged, they can have disciplinary action taken against them, that is (in) the Universities and University Colleges Act, so you don’t have to be found guilty to be expelled from your institution, you can merely be charged,” the associate professor at Universiti Malaya’s (UM) law faculty said at the Bar Council’s forum “Section 124 of the Penal Code and Parliamentary Democracy” here. Read more

Public Forum on Section 124B-J of the Penal Code and Parliamentary Democracy

Public Forum on Section 124B-J of the Penal Code and Parliamentary Democracy (20 May 2016)

The Bar Council Criminal Law Committee is holding a public forum on Section 124B-J of the Penal Code and parliamentary democracy.

Sections 124B to 124J of the Penal Code were tabled in Parliament in 2012 as amendments to the Penal Code.  It was suggested by the Malaysian Government that the amendments were necessary to deal with violent offences such as assassination of heads of state, coup d’état, armed insurgency or guerrilla warfare, and breach of constitutional provisions.

However, the recent application of section 124B of the Penal Code raises uncertainty as to the ambit of an “activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy”.

The following are details of this forum:

Date:                           20 May 2016 (Friday)
Time:                          3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (registration begins at 2:30 pm)
Venue:                        Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium, Straits Trading Building, Unit 2-02A, 2nd Floor, 2 Leboh Pasar Besar,
                                      50050 Kuala Lumpur

This forum is open to the public, and admission is free of charge.

The confirmed speakers are as follows:

  • Gobind Singh Deo, Member of the Bar;
  • Associate Professor Dr Azmi Sharom, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya; and
  • Gurdial Singh Nijar, Consultant, Messrs Sreenevasan.

We have also invited the following:

  • YA Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Haji Mohamed Apandi b Ali, or a representative from the Attorney General’s Chambers; and
  • Supt S Shanmugamoorthy Chinniah, Legal and Prosecution Division (D5), Criminal Investigation Department, Bukit Aman, or a representative from the Royal Malaysia Police (Polis Diraja Malaysia, “PDRM”).

Please note the programme outlined below:

Programme Details

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm      Registration

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm      Opening Remarks
                                 George Varughese, Vice-President, Malaysian Bar

3:15 pm – 5:15 pm      Panel Discussion
                                 Section 124 of the Penal Code and Parliamentary Democracy

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm      Tea Break

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm      Question-and-Answer Session

Places are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, please complete and submit the linked registration form by email to rajeswari@malaysianbar.org.my and florence@malaysianbar.org.my; or by fax to 03-2032 2043.   

Should you have any enquiries, kindly contact Rajeswari Gunarasa, Officer (03-2050 2089, rajeswari@malaysianbar.org.my) or Florence Laway, Senior Administrative Assistant (03-2050 2104, florence@malaysianbar.org.my).

Thank you.

 

Salim Bashir Bhaskaran and V Sithambaram 
Co-Chairpersons
Criminal Law Committee

 


Reports: 

  • Azmi Sharom: University students risk expulsion over vague law protecting ‘parliamentary democracy’ [20 May 2016]
  • Protests asking PM to quit not illegal, says Azmi Sharom [20 May 2016]

Abuse of a ‘new’ crime? – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

RECENTLY I wrote of a fresh danger against dissident voices: the newly-minted Section 124B of the Penal Code. It provides for a jail term of up to 20 years on conviction of an offence for “activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy”.

Now it has come to pass.

Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan has been detained pending investigation under precisely this provision. His alleged crime as reported? Giving the attorney-general of Switzerland documents on the RM42 billion 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue, presumably for investigation. In short, seeking the help of another jurisdiction in respect of a possible crime.

The new crime of “activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy” is for doing anything “designed to overthrow or undermine parliamentary democracy by violent or unconstitutional means.”

What activity will “undermine parliamentary democracy” is not defined. Read more

KENYATAAN: Berkenaan Penggunaan SOSMA & Penangkapan Kritik 1MDB

KENYATAAN BERTARIKH 25 SEPTEMBER 2015
PENGUNAAN SOSMA & PENANGKAPAN KRITIK 1MDB

Termasuk ADDENDUM BERTARIKH 26 SEPTEMBER 2016 *

The Rakyat Post file pic

The Rakyat Post file pic

Pada 24 September 2015 bekas pemimpin UMNO Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan telah ditangkap dibawah Akta Kesalahan Keselamatan (Langkah-langkah Khas) 2012 (SOSMA). Datuk Khairuddin telah ditangkap dipercayai disebabkan oleh laporan-laporan yang telah dibuat olehnya dengan penyiasat-penyiasat di luar negara terhadap 1MDB. Beliau telah ditangkap dan direman dahulu pada 18 September 2015 di bawah Seksyen 124C Kanun Keseksaan kerana didakwa terlibat dalam aktiviti-aktiviti yang menjejaskan demokrasi berparlimen. Selepas beliau dilepaskan beliau telah ditangkap semula dibawah SOSMA.

Datuk Khairuddin kini ditahan untuk siasatan di bawah Seksyen 124K dan Seksyen 124L Kanun Keseksaan, dipercayai untuk kesalahan-kesalahan “sabotaj” atau “percubaan untuk sabotaj negara”.

HAKAM mengambil pendirian yang sama dengan Majlis Peguam dan banyak lagi badan-badan bukan kerajaan lain dan juga semua warga Malaysia yang berfikiran munasabah dalam mengkritik dan mengecam tindakan-tindakan ini sebagai tindakan yang menindas dan bertentangan dengan kedaulatan undang-undang. SOSMA merupakan satu akta yang bersifat autoritarian dan menindas dan ia kini digunakan pula untuk melindungi Perdana Menteri (yang sepatutnya bertanggungjawab kepada rakyat) daripada penelitian. Dalam perbandingan yang begitu ketara, individu yang mengugut untuk mengadakan rusuhan di Petaling Street pula dipandang ringan dan tidak berdepan dengan tidakan polis. Ini menyerlahkan lagi penyalahgunaan kuasa dan tindakan-tindakan penguatkuasaan ini yang mempunyai agenda politik. Read more