Student groups plan protest rally over suspension of UKM activist

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Kesatuan spokesperson Anis Syafiqah Yusof says the suspension will make it impossible for final-year law student to sit his exam.

Kesatuan spokesperson Anis Syafiqah Yusof (third from left) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia student activist Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi (fourth from left) at a joint press conference. Image from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: A coalition of student groups, called Kesatuan, has threatened to hold a protest rally against Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) over its decision to reinstate a suspension order on final-year law student Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi.

Kesatuan spokesperson Anis Syafiqah Yusof gave UKM a week to respond and explain why the suspension has been reinstated.

She said the student groups will hold the rally outside UKM.

On November 2016, Asheeq was suspended for one semester by UKM and fined RM200 for his involvement in the #TangkapMO1 rally.

Asheeq, at that time, had argued that he was never charged in court for any offences.

The rally was organised by a coalition of students and youth groups calling for the arrest of the person named “MO1” in the United States’ Department of Justice’s civil suit related to state investment fund 1MDB. Read more

Use of Sedition Act unconstitutional ‘as it’s not made by Parliament’

Source: The Malaysian Insight

picture of Former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram

Former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram speaking at the launch of the Selangor Bar’s new auditorium in Section 13, Shah Alam, today. He says if a pre-Merdeka law cannot be brought to accord with the constitution because it violates the doctrine of separation of powers, then the court has ‘no choice, but to strike it down’. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Kamal Ariffin

THE use of the British-inherited Sedition Act 1948 to prosecute individuals is unconstitutional as it is a pre-Merdeka law, said a former Federal Court judge.

Gopal Sri Ram, who represented Anwar Ibrahim in the opposition leader’s second sodomy trial in 2014, said only Parliament had the power to impose restrictions on freedom of speech.

“The Sedition Act is an existing law. All right. It is good. You can frame it up on your wall. But, you cannot prosecute anyone under it because it is not a law made by Parliament.

“So, it is an existing law and a valid law, but it cannot be enforced,” he said during a lecture at the launch of the Selangor Bar’s new auditorium in Section 13, Shah Alam.

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Court frees activist Adam Adli from 2015 KitaLawan rally charge

Source: Malay Mail Online

Student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim joined his first protest when he was 12 years old. — Picture by Choo Choy May.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — A magistrates’ court today acquitted activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim of an unlawful street protest charge stemming from a #KitaLawan rally in 2015.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya, who represented Adam Adli today, confirmed that magistrate Ahmad Solihin Abdul Wahid acquitted her client of the charge under the Peaceful Assembly Act.

“He just read out, saying the prosecution had failed to prove prima facie case against the defence,” she told Malay Mail Online when contacted today. Read more

Amnesty: Malaysia still lagging on rights issues

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Protesters sit on the road at Jalan Ampang during the Bersih 5 rally in Kuala Lumpur November 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

Protesters sit on the road at Jalan Ampang during the Bersih 5 rally in Kuala Lumpur November 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 ― Malaysia has not made progress on various human rights areas, Amnesty International (AI) said in its annual report on the country released today.

The group highlighted six problem areas for the country: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, arbitrary arrests and detentions, police and security forces, refugees and asylum seekers and death penalty.

“The persistent crackdown on the rights to freedom of expression and the lack of police accountability in Malaysia are among the major concerns raised in the Amnesty International Report 2016/2017 released today. Read more

Mahasiswa tidak mahu dibisukan, gesa Najib transformasi pendidikan

Sumber: FMT News

Aktivis anak-anak muda ini berharap perdana menteri mencontohi sikap Presiden AS Barack Obama menyokong hak mahasiswa berbeza pendapat ketika berhadapan protes di UM. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Aktivis anak-anak muda ini berharap perdana menteri mencontohi sikap Presiden AS Barack Obama menyokong hak mahasiswa berbeza pendapat ketika berhadapan protes di UM. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Ketika meletakkan sasaran tinggi melalui Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50), kerajaan tidak boleh lupa untuk mengubah sistem pendidikan yang menekan mahasiswa, kata aktivis Ashraff Nazrin Noor Azman.

Bekas pelajar Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UMS) itu salah seorang daripada 14 aktivis anak muda yang berhimpun malam ini di pintu utama Universiti Malaya, tuan rumah kepada acara tertutup TN50 yang dihadiri Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“Dalam TN50, transformasi pertama seharusnya institusi pendidikan agar mahasiswa boleh menyuarakan pandangan mereka,” kata Ashraf, yang kini bergerak melalui Gerakan Anak Muda Malaysia.

Beliau dan aktivis lain berhimpun sejak 8 malam tadi kerana mahu menyambut kedatangan Najib dengan plakard seperti “Tangkap MO1”. Turut bersama aktivis DAP Young Syefura Othman dan aktivis pelajar UM, Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof. Read more

Digantung semester, aktivis siswa saman UKM

Sumber: FMT News

Asheeq Ali yang menyertai perhimpunan #TangkapMO1 berkata, hukuman dijatuhkan universiti bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Asheeq Ali yang menyertai perhimpunan #TangkapMO1 berkata, hukuman dijatuhkan universiti bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

SHAH ALAM: Aktivis siswa, Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi memfailkan saman terhadap Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) ekoran tindakan menggantung pengajiannya selepas terlibat dalam perhimpunan #TangkapMO1 pada Ogos lalu.

Mahasiswa jurusan undang-undang tahun ke-3 UKM itu berkata, tindakan tersebut diambil kerana hukuman yang dijatuhkan terhadapnya tidak berasas dan bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan.

“Ia bercanggah dengan Perkara 10 Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan panel perbicaraan UKM juga gagal membuktikan terdapat kes yang kukuh untuk mengambil tindakan.

“Saya mengambil tindakan guaman ini kerana proses rayuan dalaman UKM mengambil masa yang lama, sudah lebih sebulan,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan. Read more

Parliamentarians call on Malaysian authorities to release Bersih activist

Source: Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR)

maria-chin_law_6001_1aphr-logoJAKARTA — Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia today joined the growing chorus of civil society groups and human rights advocates calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Maria Chin Abdullah, Chairperson of Bersih 2.0, a movement for clean government and free and fair elections in Malaysia.

MPs also called for the repeal of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), an anti-terror law which was invoked following Ms. Chin’s arrest on Friday.

“SOSMA is a security law designed to arrest terrorists. There is no justification for its use in this case and it is clearly being abused. Maria Chin Abdullah is not a terrorist; she is a human rights defender and a committed citizen promoting peaceful public activism. She must be immediately and unconditionally released,” said Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian Parliament and Chairperson of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).

Maria Chin Abdullah was arrested the night of Friday, 18 November under Section 124C of the Penal Code, which outlaws “attempts to commit an activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy.” On Saturday authorities revealed that she was also being investigated under SOSMA, which allows for her detention without charge for up to 28 days. Read more

We won our independence on the streets, says Bersih Chairman

Source: The Sundaily

Bersih 2.0’s chairman Maria Chin Abdullah— Picture by Saw Siow Feng, taken from Malay Mail Online.

Bersih 2.0’s chairman Maria Chin Abdullah— Picture by Saw Siow Feng, taken from Malay Mail Online.

PETALING JAYA: Hours after Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said street demonstrations are not part of the Malaysian culture, Maria Chin Abdullah (pix) reminded everyone that it was through that means that the country gained independence.

The Bersih 2.0 chairman even suggested to the Prime Minister that Umno would not have survived today if it had not gone out to the streets to demonstrate.

“Street demonstrations have always been our culture. If you even remember how we won our independence, we were on the streets.

“Right from the beginning of our history. It is part of our right to dissent,” she told a press conference, here, today.

“We wanted to show them (British) at that time that we wanted change, and now to show to the government that people are serious about it,” she added.

Maria said she was also confident that the turnout for the Bersih 5 rally tomorrow would be huge, despite the threats hurled by Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos and his Red Shirts. Read more

Ku Li tidak setuju senaraihitam syarikat sokong Bersih

Sumber: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran Umno Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah membantah cadangan agar syarikat yang didakwa menaja perhimpunan Bersih 5 disenaraihitam daripada kontrak kerajaan.

Ahli Parlimen Gua Musang itu berkata sumbangan boleh diberikan kepada mana-mana pihak asalkan tidak melanggar undang-undang.

“Saya tidak fikir ia langkah yang betul. Mana-mana pihak boleh menyumbang kepada mana-mana badan selagi ia tidak melanggar undang-undang atau perlembagaan,” katanya selepas berucap pada majlis pelancaran buku “The End of Umno?” di sini hari ini.

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Kerajaan tiada hak senarai hitam syarikat taja Bersih, kata Maria Chin

Sumber: FMT News

Maria mempertahankan syarikat yang membiayai Bersih atas alasan kebebasan berpersatuan yang perlu dihormati semua pihak. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Maria mempertahankan syarikat yang membiayai Bersih atas alasan kebebasan berpersatuan yang perlu dihormati semua pihak. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Pengerusi Bersih 2.0, Maria Chin Abdullah, terkejut dengan ancaman kerajaan untuk menyenaraihitamkan penaja Bersih dan menuntut penjelasan atas dasar apa ia diambil..

Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, yang menyelia Unit Perancang Ekonomi dan Unit Kerjasama Awam-Swasta hari ini berkata, syarikat yang ingin mendapatkan kontrak kerajaan akan diteliti sama ada mereka terlibat dalam membantu membiayai Bersih.

Maria berkata ia merupakan satu keputusan yang mengejutkan kerana Bersih, gabungan reformasi pelbagai kumpulan ditubuhkan untuk memerangi rasuah dan tadbir urus yang baik serta pilihan raya bebas dan adil.

“Apa isu beliau dengan Bersih? Adakah anti rasuah, atau pilihan raya yang bersih dan adil? Beliau menakutkan syarikat (dengan mengancam menyenaraihitamkan mereka),” katanya. Read more