Abuse of Domestic Workers is Unacceptable and Must be Punished Accordingly — Malaysian Bar

Source: Malaysian Bar

Press Release

Abuse of Domestic Workers is Unacceptable and Must be Punished Accordingly

The Malaysian Bar supports the Attorney General’s decision to file a notice of appeal against the manifestly inadequate sentence imposed on Datin Rozita Mohamad Ali, who was let off with merely a good behaviour bond for five years with one surety of RM20,000 by the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court on 15 March 2018.  She had pled guilty to a charge of voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means, under Section 326 of the Penal Code.

Datin Rozita Mohamad Ali had used a kitchen knife, a clothes hanger, a steel mop and an umbrella to cause multiple injuries to migrant domestic worker Suyanti Sutrinso’s head, hands, legs and internal organs.

The blatantly light sentence meted upon the accused is shocking and inappropriate, especially in light of the extreme and appalling nature of the injuries inflicted upon Suyanti Sutrinso. Read more

STATEMENT: Dire Need for Institutional Reforms to Uphold the Rule of Law and for Effective Checks and Balances

STATEMENT DATED 18 APRIL 2016

DIRE NEED FOR INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
TO UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW AND FOR
EFFECTIVE CHECKS AND BALANCES

1. HAKAM is gravely concerned with the seemingly increasing disregard for the fundamentals of democracy by the Federal Government and key institutions of the nation.

2. That the situation is critical is evident given the increasingly strident and combative tone that the Government and institutions have adopted in dealing with, and rejecting, widespread criticism over the manner in which matters of national importance and public interest have been dealt with. Without intending to define or limit the nature of these matters, HAKAM views with concern the manner in which the following matters have, or have not, been addressed:

2.1 Race relations and increasingly contentious and divisive ethno-religious issues. The direct impact on the social and economic environment can no longer be ignored. It is no coincidence that an increasing number of Malaysians are looking for more fulfilling lives elsewhere;

2.2 The administration of justice. It is no longer possible to brush aside the obvious signs of a significant loss of public confidence in institutions involved in this vital aspect of the democratic framework of this nation. Internationally recognised indexes conclusively show that Malaysia is no longer perceived as a country that upholds the Rule of Law. The efficacy of these public institutions is made possible only by the fact that stakeholders continue to have confidence in them;

2.3 Free and fair elections. This needs no explanation; and

2.4 Corruption and illicit capital out-flow. This has hurt and continues to hurt all Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion and background.

3. The dismissiveness of the Government and its reliance on a legal framework that it has harnessed to suppress legitimate dissent on matters that affect all Malaysians, regardless of their backgrounds and political leanings, clearly point to the interest of the nation having been made subservient to political interests. Read more

STATEMENT: Dire Need for Institutional Reforms to Uphold the Rule of Law and for Effective Checks and Balances

pdfSTATEMENT DATED 18 APRIL 2016

DIRE NEED FOR INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
TO UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW AND FOR
EFFECTIVE CHECKS AND BALANCES

 

1. HAKAM is gravely concerned with the seemingly increasing disregard for the fundamentals of democracy by the Federal Government and key institutions of the nation.

2. That the situation is critical is evident given the increasingly strident and combative tone that the Government and institutions have adopted in dealing with, and rejecting, widespread criticism over the manner in which matters of national importance and public interest have been dealt with. Without intending to define or limit the nature of these matters, HAKAM views with concern the manner in which the following matters have, or have not, been addressed:

2.1 Race relations and increasingly contentious and divisive ethno-religious issues. The direct impact on the social and economic environment can no longer be ignored. It is no coincidence that an increasing number of Malaysians are looking for more fulfilling lives elsewhere;

2.2 The administration of justice. It is no longer possible to brush aside the obvious signs of a significant loss of public confidence in institutions involved in this vital aspect of the democratic framework of this nation. Internationally recognised indexes conclusively show that Malaysia is no longer perceived as a country that upholds the Rule of Law. The efficacy of these public institutions is made possible only by the fact that stakeholders continue to have confidence in them;

2.3 Free and fair elections. This needs no explanation; and

2.4 Corruption and illicit capital out-flow. This has hurt and continues to hurt all Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion and background.

3. The dismissiveness of the Government and its reliance on a legal framework that it has harnessed to suppress legitimate dissent on matters that affect all Malaysians, regardless of their backgrounds and political leanings, clearly point to the interest of the nation having been made subservient to political interests. Read more

Bar will sue those obstructing probe into 1MDB

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Malaysian Bar president, Steven Thiru says legal action will be taken against anyone, including the prime minister, who may have obstructed investigations into the transfer of RM2.6 billion into his personal bank account. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, September 12, 2015.

The Malaysian Bar will initiate legal action against public officers who may have obstructed the course of justice in investigations into the transfer of RM2.6 billion into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts.

President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru said those named in the suit could include the prime minister, as well as other public officers who were seen to have interfered with investigations into the RM2.6 billion deposits and allegations of financial impropriety involving 1MDB and its related companies.

“This is not about who is innocent or guilty, but to uphold the rule of law in respect to the investigations which were derailed.

“There are some people who are guilty of interfering with the investigations and that is what we are not happy with,” Thiru said at a press conference after the Bar’s extraordinary general meeting which was attended by 1,040 members.

The Bar also called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the RM2.6 billion donation.

These were among five resolutions passed at the Bar’s EGM today. Read more