Court rules EC not obliged to explain redelineation

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Activist Haris Ibrahim reportedly filed for a court order in January 2015 to compel the EC to furnish the details of all constituencies in its redelineation exercise on its website, like in India. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 ― The Court of Appeal ruled today that voters were not entitled to receive information from the Election Commission (EC) on how it arrived at the redelineation process.

News portal Malaysiakini reported that the appellate court, in refusing activist Haris Ibrahim’s appeal to a decision by a lower court that had rejected his application to obtain information on the EC’s proposed redelineation, ruled that he had not pleaded on how the EC would be infringing on his rights.

Justice Datuk Zamani A. Rahim, who wrote the judgment, also reportedly cited the lack of federal legislation in Malaysia protecting freedom of information, compared to India and Canada.

“Based on the above, (Haris’) appeal is without merit and should be refused. It is a challenge to the constitutional duties of the EC as specified under Article 113 of the Federal Constitution,” he was quoted saying in the unanimous decision by the three-member bench. Read more

Be clear on RUU355’s hudud elements, Ambiga tells Bill’s proponents

Source: The Star Online

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: If the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 do not introduce hudud law, it should be stated clearly in the legislation, said Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan at a public debate on Friday.

“The best way to protect everyone is to state it in the legislation. If you say it’s not hudud, then put it in the law,” Ambiga said in response to lawyer Lukman Sheriff Alias who had argued that the amendments being proposed through the Bill, better known as RUU355, did not introduce hudud.

Lukman and Ambiga were speaking at a public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas at PJ Live Arts, here, on Friday night. Read more

Debat RUU 355: Kanun Keseksaan unsur Kristian, umat Islam tiada pilihan

Sumber: FMT News

Langkah meminda undang-undang sedia ada untuk meningkatkan hukuman mengikut ajaran Islam akan membolehkan umat Islam menerima pakai prinsip-prinsip moral mengikut agama mereka, kata peguam Aidil Khalid, pendebat menyokong RUU 355.

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

(From left) Bebas activist Azira Aziz, Aidil Khalid, Lukman Sheriff Alias, Bebas activist Boo Su-Lynn, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, and moderator Azrul Mohd Khalib, at the 17 March 2017 public debate on the motion “RUU355 amendments should be made into law” organised by non-governmental organisation Bebas. Pic taken from The Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: Seorang ahli panel debat mengenai pindaan Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidang Kuasa Jenayah) 1965 mendakwa Kanun Keseksaan yang diguna pakai di Malaysia terdiri daripada unsur-unsur Kristian, namun umat Islam tidak pernah menjadikannya satu isu selama ini.

Sehubungan itu, peguam Aidil Khalid berkata, langkah meminda undang-undang sedia ada untuk meningkatkan hukuman mengikut ajaran Islam akan membolehkan umat Islam menerima pakai prinsip-prinsip moral mengikut agama mereka.

Beliau berkata demikian pada debat anjuran badan bukan kerajaan Bebas di PJ Live Arts di sini, malam tadi.

“Umat Islam di negara ini tertakluk kepada undang-undang sivil,” kata beliau semasa debat mengenai pindaan Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidang Kuasa Jenayah) 1965 (Akta 355) sambil menambah, beliau tidak pernah mengadu mengenainya, terutama peruntukan yang terkandung dalam Kanun Keseksaan. Read more

Public Debate – “RUU355 should be made into law”

Source: FMT News

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This is a public debate on RUU355, the private member’s Bill by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

The motion is: RUU355 should be made into law.

The team for the motion are: Aidil Khalid and Lukman Sheriff Alias.

The team against the motion are: Ambiga Sreenevasan and Haris Ibrahim.

Bebas debate on Hadi’s bill to feature Ambiga

Source: FMT News

Organisers behind RUU355 counter-rally in Petaling Jaya last month keep spotlight on contentious issue by having debate on the motion: 'RUU355 should be made into law'. Pic from FMT News.

Organisers behind RUU355 counter-rally in Petaling Jaya last month keep spotlight on contentious issue by having debate on the motion: ‘RUU355 should be made into law’. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The organisers of a rally last month, against PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill on amending the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), now plan to host a debate on the matter.

On Feb 18, Bebas staged a gathering at the Tasik Taman Jaya in Petaling Jaya, to counter the rally organised by PAS in Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur, on the same day in support of Hadi’s bill.

The gathering did gain some attention but not the numbers hoped, with only about 200 people showing up to hear the likes of former minister Zaid Ibrahim and Gerakan youth deputy chief Andy Yong speak on the issue. It was notable that no opposition MPs turned up for the gathering too.

On March 17, however, Bebas will be holding a debate on Hadi’s bill at the Studio, PJ Live Arts, in the Jaya One commercial complex in Petaling Jaya. Read more

Activist: It’s now up to the people to bring about change

Source: FMT News

I will speak at public forums to educate and create awareness among the people of their rights, says activist Haris Ibrahim after the Court of Appeal ruled against him earlier today. Pic from FMT News.

I will speak at public forums to educate and create awareness among the people of their rights, says activist Haris Ibrahim after the Court of Appeal ruled against him earlier today. Pic from FMT News.

PUTRAJAYA: A defiant Haris Ibrahim said political reform now has to come from the people as public institutions could not be relied on to bring about change.

“Each time you rely on the institutions, it is another nail in the coffin,” the former lawyer turned activist told reporters.

Earlier, the Court of Appeal, in dismissing Haris’s appeal for more information on the on-going redelineation exercise, said the Election Commission (EC) was legally not entitled to meet the demands of voters.

Haris said he would speak at public forums to educate and create awareness among the people of their rights. Read more

Haris Ibrahim a ‘prisoner of conscience’, global rights watchdog says after sedition conviction

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Amnesty International has condemned the sedition conviction of activist Haris Ibrahim (pictured). — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Amnesty International condemned today the sedition conviction of activist Haris Ibrahim over a three-year-old speech calling for a government change in Putrajaya.

The global human rights advocacy group also said it would consider the 57-year-old father of two a “prisoner of conscience” if he were imprisoned, a sentence the court has stayed pending his appeal.

“Today’s conviction of human rights activist Haris Ibrahim is the latest travesty in a series of politically motivated actions to silence dissent in Malaysia,” Amnesty International’s Southeast Asia director of campaigns, Josef Benedict said in a statement.

He urged the federal government to stop prosecuting dissenters who advocate governmental and electoral change peacefully and to repeal the Sedition Act 1948.

“This case demonstrates the importance of repealing Malaysia’s Sedition Act, a repressive law that has been used with impunity against government critics.

“Such laws have no place in a modern, rights-respecting society,” Benedict added.

He also urged the government to revoke all other sedition convictions and replace the colonial-era law with greater protections of its citizens’ right to peaceful assembly, association and free speech. Read more

Guilty of sedition, activist says ‘no regrets’

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Activist lawyer Haris Ibrahim said he does not regret making the 2013 speech calling for a change in government. — file picture

Activist lawyer Haris Ibrahim said he does not regret making the 2013 speech calling for a change in government. — file picture

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Activist lawyer Haris Ibrahim said he does not regret making the 2013 speech calling for a change in government although his remarks resulted today in a sedition conviction and an eight-month jail term.

Speaking to reporters after the court’s decision this afternoon, the 57-year-old Haris claimed all he had done was express public opinion regarding the outcome of the 13th general election.

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Activist jailed eight months over seditious call to change government

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Activist Haris Ibrahim is found guilty over remarks he made three years ago, urging for a change of power in Putrajaya. ― Picture by Choo Choy May - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/activist-found-guilty-of-sedition-over-call-to-change-government#sthash.6Ug9RiCA.dpuf

Activist Haris Ibrahim is found guilty over remarks he made three years ago, urging for a change of power in Putrajaya. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 ― The Sessions Court today sentenced activist Haris Ibrahim to eight months’ jail after finding him guilty of sedition over a speech he made three years ago where he urged for a change of power in Putrajaya.

Before sentencing, Sessions Court judge Shamsudin Abdullah said he had considered the need for the punishment to serve as a lesson to both Haris and the public.

“The court takes into account public interest so that security will not be threatened and will not cause public distress. The accused is sentenced to eight months’ jail starting from this day,” he said.

But the judge also allowed a stay of the execution of the sentence pending an appeal by Haris’ lawyers to the High Court, and fixed bail at RM10,000, an increase of RM5,000 from the current sum.

Haris was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act, which is punishable with a maximum fine of RM5,000 and a maximum three-year jail term. Read more

Decision on Haris Ibrahim’s sedition trial [Updated]

Activist Haris Ibrahim ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Activist Haris Ibrahim ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Haris Ibrahim’s sedition trial will be decided on at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court (Criminal Sessions Court 12 / MSJ 12) by the presiding judge Mr. Shamsuddin bin Mohd Zakir.

Haris is charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 for allegedly uttering seditious words in a public forum.

 

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