Court allows whistleblower to strike out Jamil Khir’s suit

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KUALA LUMPUR: National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW) director, Akmal Nasir, is free from a lawsuit.

The High Court allowed Akmal on Thursday to strike out a lawsuit by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom. Akmal had reportedly claimed the latter abused public funds.

Akmal’s lawyer, Razlan Hadri Zulkifli, disclosed that Justice Nor Bee Ariffin found that the impugned statement by his client was a comment on Jamil’s conduct as a Minister.

“She (Justice Nor Bee) applied the case of Utusan Malaysia and Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaacob,” he said. “The court awarded cost of RM3,000 to Akmal.”

Lawyer Adnan Seman, acting for Jamil, said he will seek instructions from his client on whether to appeal over the striking out.

Jamil, in charge of Islamic affairs, sued Akmal on November 19 last year. He claimed that Akmal had alleged that he abused his position as a Minister. Akmal had reportedly further alleged that Jamil had used the Islamic Economic Development Foundation (YaPEIM) funds for personal use. Read more

Fortifying OSA will not stop whistleblowers, says NOW

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PETALING JAYA: Whistleblowers will still expose wrongdoing and abuses of power even if the Attorney-General strengthens the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and imposes heavier punishments, said the National Oversight and Whistleblowers Centre (NOW).

Speaking to Malaysiakini, its director Akmal Nasir said although the move could be seen as protecting those who do wrong, he was confident whistleblowers would still do what was right in the interests of the public. Read more

Cops probe into NOW for ‘unlawfully obtaining’ Yapeim documents

Source: The Malaysian Insider

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Police have started their investigations on whistleblower group National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW) for “unlawfully obtaining” documents related to Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim), Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

This came after a police report lodged by the Yapeim chief executive officer Datuk Abibullah Samsudin at the Dang Wangi police headquarters on Wednesday.

“Yes, we have started investigation. As for the misuse or abuse of power case, it is being handled by Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC),” said Khalid.

He said so far, no arrest has been made as the investigation is still at the preliminary stage. Read more