Malaysians worried about climate change, survey shows after Earth’s hottest year

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A total of 65.3 per cent perceived the temperature in Malaysia to be higher compared to three years ago. — AFP pic

A total of 65.3 per cent perceived the temperature in Malaysia to be higher compared to three years ago. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — Majority of Malaysians are concerned about climate change and dissatisfied with the government’s efforts in managing it, a Merdeka Center survey has shown.

The survey, which was conducted in December 2016, showed that 81 per cent of Malaysians expressed worry about climate change, even as 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded at 1.1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial revolution average.

“When asked about their satisfaction with the government’s handling of climate change, only 37.5 per cent of respondents report satisfaction while close to one-half (49.7 per cent) expressed dissatisfaction,” Merdeka Center said in a statement.

“The survey found that Bumiputera respondents were more likely to be satisfied with the government efforts while those with higher education and incomes were more dissatisfied,” the polling outfit added.

According to Merdeka Center, the survey showed that respondents with a higher income, college education and those aged above 40 years old were more concerned about climate change compared to their peers.

Even though 70 per cent of respondents believed that climate change was caused by human activities, a significant minority at 22 per cent thought that climate change was a result of natural causes. However, scientists blame global warming on human activity.

“Malaysians were also split when assessing their own personal efforts at protecting the environment with 38.9 per cent of the respondents claimed they had done enough while 42.5 per cent of the respondents claimed they had not done enough,” Merdeka Center said. Read more

Stories Learnt on the Struggle for Internet Freedoms in Southeast Asia

Introduction:

#NetMerdeka is a campaign by NGOs and activists in Malaysia to advocate freedom of internet and freedom of expression, and rights of the netizens in Malaysia. It is formed in February 2016, in response to increasing proposals to regulate the internet, in particular proposals to amend the already broad and vague Communications and Multimedia Act.  HAKAM is part of this coalition alongside CIJ, SUARAM, Amnsety International Malaysia, and Lawyers for Liberty, just to name a few.

The coalition is moving towards drafting the People’s Charter of the Internet.internet-censorship-1-728

Follow #NetMerdeka at this link.

Read the full findings at the ASEAN People’s Forum 2016 in Dili, Timor Leste, on the struggles of Southeast Asian countries with internet freedom below or download the report “[download-attachment id=”10154″ title=”Stories on Struggles for Internet Freedom”]”: Read more

Workshop on Rights and Freedom of Internet

Source: Daily Express

internet-censorship-1-728Penampang: Thirty seven youths from all over Sabah participated in a two-day workshop at a private venue here in the weekend on the subject of Rights and Freedom of the Internet.

The facilitators are under an umbrella organisation “Net Merdeka” which is a coalition of nine NGOs, the prominent ones being Centre for Independent Journalism, National Human Rights Society, Amnesty International Malaysia and Lawyers for Liberty.

When asked about the main concerns, the facilitators said it is the violation of human rights against internet users over what they upload or write in the web. There are threats, harassments or arrest over small matters that a selected few deemed as sensitive or punishment that does not commensurate with the content that was allegedly offensive or illegal. Read more

#NetMerdeka Stakeholder Workshop on Internet Freedom [Bengkel Mempelihara Kebebasan Internet]

Bengkel Mempelihara Kebebasan Internet

4 Jun 2016, Petaling Jaya

Satu bengkel bertema “Kebebasan Internet di Malaysia” akan dianjurkan pada 4 Jun (Sabtu) bertempat di Awe Gallery, No. 21 Jalan 20/13 Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, pada jam 9 pagi – 5 petang (maklumat lanjut dilampirkan dalam Bahasa Inggeris).

Bengkel ini adalah sebahagian siri aktiviti yang dianjurkan oleh satu gabungan kumpulan masyarakat sivil, dikenali sebagai Gabungan Net Merdeka. Usaha-usaha gabungan ini yang bermula sejak awal tahun ini adalah berpunca daripada tindakan-tindakan kerajaan dan badan kerajaan untuk mengurangkan lagi hak dan ruang masyarakat untuk bersuara, serta hak-hak siber yang lain. Lebih-lebih lagi, pihak kerajaan berkemungkinan besar akan membentangkan pindaan kepada Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998 yang bakal mengekang lagi kebebasan rakyat bersuara. Setakat ini, akta ini telah digunakan untuk menyiasat atau menahan mereka yang mengendalikan portal media, wartawan dan juga aktivis.

Jemputan menghadiri bengkel ini adalah terhad kepada individu-individu terpilih, berdasarkan kerja dan penglibatan dalam mempromosikan demokrasi dan hak asasi manusia di kalangan ahli masyarakat dan menerusi masyarakat sivil. Banyak kumpulan masyarakat dan NGO bergantung kepada Internet untuk menggerakkan ahli mereka, berkomunikasi dan berkongsi maklumat, tapi ruang ini semakin dikekang. Penglibatan Peserta-peserta bengkel diharap akan dapat menyebarkan mesej kepada kesemua ahli masyarakat mengenai betapa pentingnya kebebasan internet dipertahankan.

Peserta-peserta bengkel antara lain akan membincangkan prinsip asas dan perkembangan yang memberi impak kepada kebebasan Internet. Pihak penganjur akan juga mengajak peserta untuk mengguna kandungan yang diraih dari bengkel ini untuk perbincangan dengan kumpulan sasaran anda. Kami berharap proses ini akan mencucuh perbincangan meluas di kalangan masyarakat dan menyumbang kepada usaha membentuk satu Piagam Kebebasan Internet Rakyat. Sesi lanjutan boleh dianjurkan dalam bentuk perbincangan atas talian (online discussion) ataupun  forum dan mesyuarat.

Latar belakang serta program deraf aktiviti ini disertakan di bawah dalam Bahasa Inggeris.

 


#NetMerdeka Stakeholder Workshop on Internet Freedom

internet-freedom-supportThis one-day by-invitation-only workshop is organised for attendees to discuss key issues regarding Internet Freedoms in Malaysia, who are to become focal points to conduct follow up discussions with their constituents. The workshop will be held on 4 June 2016 (Saturday) at the Awe Gallery, No 21 Jalan 20/13 Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor between 9am and 5pm (details attached).

This workshop is a series of activities carried out by a coalition of civil society groups, called Net Merdeka, which came about early this year in response to the narrowing spaces for free expression and rights online. It was also prompted by the proposed amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA 1998) and the actions taken against online media, journalists and activists, among others, for their online publication or content.

Those attending this workshop are individuals who work on the promotion of democracy and human rights in the community and civil society. Most groups and individuals use the Internet to mobilise, communicate and share information, and this platform is becoming more and more restricted. Attendees are expected to spread the awareness of the importance of Internet freedoms to their constituents from their participation at the workshop.

During the workshop, key principles and developments related to Internet freedom will be discussed. We will also discuss with participants at this workshop how to conduct similar sessions with your constituents on their feedback and input into a proposed People’s Charter for Internet Freedoms. The follow up sessions can be conducted online or through gatherings and forums.

Background information for Focal Point Stakeholder Groups

Background

As part of the campaign to defend Internet freedoms in Malaysia, the Net Merdeka coalition, comprising nine civil society organisations and media [Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia, Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER), National Human Rights Society (HAKAM), Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Sinar Project, Cilisos, Amnesty International, Malaysia, Lawyers for Liberty, Pusat Komas] will conduct a workshop for focal points from among stakeholder groups. Activities to be organised in this second phase of the project are aimed at encouraging public participation in the drafting of the Charter of Internet Freedom. The overall project is in response to the narrowing spaces for free expression and rights online, prompted by the proposed amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA 1998) and the actions taken against online media, journalists and activists, among others, for their online publication or content.

Activity: Drafting a People’s Charter on Internet Freedoms

The coalition members will hold a workshop for focal points of specific stakeholder groups to enable them to lead de-centralised discussions on Internet rights, towards the drafting of the People’s Charter with their own constituents. These focal points will carry out decentralised stakeholder discussions subsequent to the workshop, to get input for the drafting of the People’s Charter. The discussions will be partially funded by the respective stakeholder focal points as an in-kind contribution to the project.

The first workshop will target between 25 and 30 people representing the priority stakeholders. The follow up workshops by the identified focal points will target approximately 30 people each, and these will be supported by the project resources.

 

Methodology

The Charter will be drafted by the coalition in discussion with the stakeholder focal points and based on input from their respective groups. Two Google Hangout sessions will be held with specific stakeholder groups – the tech community and content creators – to heighten the visibility of the campaign for the Charter.

Outputs

1. Documents on the amendments and FAQs will be created in multiple languages (English, Malay, Chinese, Tamil)

2. Workshop documentation and group discussion guidelines will be produced

3. An input template for the Charter to be used during the group discussions.

4. Final document of the Charter to be handed to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

In long-term, these activities will sustain the advocacy on the CMA 1998 amendments and the ideal role of the MCMC, as well as Internet rights generally.

Details of the workshop

Date: 4 June 2016
Venue: Awe Gallery, 21 Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor (googlemaps link)
Time: 9am – 5pm

Draft programme

8.30-9am                 Registration of participants

9– 9.30am               Welcome and introduction to the Net Merdeka Campaign

                                           Introductions

Objectives of Stakeholder Workshop

9.30-10.45am          Revisiting civil society concerns about internet freedom from the 2015 ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum Discussion on new/emerging issues

10.45-11.15am          Break

11.15am-12.30pm    Breakout groups: The Internet We Want (1) – Cluster of topics could be access, affordability, technology development

12.30-1.00pm           Report back and discussion

1.00-2.00pm             Lunch

2.00-3.45pm            Breakout groups: The Internet We Want (2) – Cluster of topics could be freedom of expression, safety, offences, promotion

3.45-4.15pm             Break

4.15-5.30pm            Conducting consultations with communities – key messages and suggestions

 

Google Hangout – #NetMerdeka: CMA amendment – Impact on Tech & Business

Join in the conversation.
Your internet: Your space, Your say.

#NetMerdeka_25May2016_GoogleHangout

Your Internet may change if the Communications and Multimedia Act is amended.

Would this amendment impact on tech and business?

Discussants:
– Asohan, Digital News Asia
– Colin, Geek businessman
– Lais, 8spaces (startup)
– Wk, OnApp Network Engineer
– Shawn, Geek with law background
– Roy Ngerng, Singaporean activist/blogger

This Google Hangout organised by #NetMerdeka coalition ( Amnesty International Malaysia, Cij M’sia, Cilisos, Lawyers for Liberty, Malaysia’s National Human Rights Society (HAKAM), Empower Malaysia, Sinar Project, and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) )

#NetMerdeka is a campaign to advocate for internet rights and freedom of expression online in Malaysia. It is formed in February 2016, in response to increased proposals to regulate the internet, in particular proposals to amend the already broad and vague Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA)

Google Hangout – #NetMerdeka: Regulating Malaysia’s Internet

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Your Internet may change if the Communications and Multimedia Act is amended this May.

How will the amendment affect you?

Your internet. Your space. Your say.

Join the conversation with human rights advocates and journalists as we discuss potential impact.

Discussants:
* Boo Su-Lyn, Malay Mail Online
* Syahredzan Johan, Human Rights Lawyer
* Thilaga, Feminist Activist, Justice for Sisters
* Firdaus Abdullah, Blogger, Apanama
* Deborah Brown, Internet Rights Advocate, Association for Progressive Communications

Make yourself heard. Join us at http://www.bit.ly/NetMerdeka

Organised by the #NetMerdeka Coalition: CIJ Malaysia, EMPOWER, HAKAM, Cilisos, Sinar Project, Amnesty International Malaysia & SUARAM