Parliament to commence on July 16

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has announced that the first Parliament meeting of the 14th Dewan Rakyat will commence on July 16 to carry out the Government’s promise of repealing several laws.

Dr Mahathir said that the Dewan Rakyat will sit for 20 days.

“In that time, we will discuss several papers and work on the repealing several laws as we promised,” said Dr Mahathir after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

“The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be abolished. The Anti-Fake News Act will also be abolished, as well as the other laws we promised,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said that the swearing in and the speech from the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong will be held on July 16.

Putrajaya withdraws Bill banning unilateral child conversions

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 ― The government has withdrawn a Bill from Parliament that would have prevented the religious conversion of children to Islam with the consent of just one parent after conservative Muslims protested against it.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman informed the withdrawal of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Dewan Rakyat this morning.

In a statement issued later, Azalina said the government will table a new version of the Bill for first reading tomorrow, but with the removal of Article 88(A) that states that should a spouse convert to Islam, a child must remain in the religion of the parents during their marriage prior to the conversion unless both spouses agree to convert their child to Islam, subject to the child’s wishes upon turning 18.

She said the government was amending the Bill to prevent any conflict with the Federal Constitution and that the amendment was in line with the “stare decisis” doctrine, which obligates courts to look to precedent when making decisions, where the highest court’s decision on the interpretation of Article 12(4) of the Federal Constitution is bound. Read more

Cukai pelancongan ditangguh 1 Ogos, kata Nazri

Sumber: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Cukai pelancongan yang dijadual dikuatkuasakan mulai 1 Julai ini akan ditangguhkan sehingga 1 Ogos memandangkan sistem terbabit belum siap sepenuhnya, kata Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

Menteri pelancongan dan kebudayaan yang dipetik Sin Chew Daily berkata, di bawah pelaksanaan dasar baru itu, semua pelancong asing akan dikenakan cukai pelancongan, tetapi warganegara Malaysia yang tinggal di hotel 3 bintang dan ke bawah tidak perlu membayar cukai pelancongan.

Katanya, Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia akan bertanggungjawab mengutip cukai baru itu.

“Kami rancang mula kutip cukai ini pada 1 Julai, tetapi sekarang ia belum siap lagi, jadi ia ditangguhkan sehingga 1 Ogos.

“Sudah tentu ini ialah sasaran kami, sama ada ia boleh dilaksanakan secara lancar bergantung kepada persiapan Jabatan Kastam,” katanya kepada akhbar itu. Read more

Shariah bill will be tabled by government, says Zahid

 

HAKAM Comment: DPM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the Shariah bill will be tabled by government and that the PM is committed to bring up the amendments without jeopardising other faiths.

We say please ensure extensive time is given to consider and debate this Shariah bill and allow all MPs to vote on it irrespective of party lines.

Source: FMT News

DPM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the PM is committed to bring up the amendments without jeopardising other faiths. Pic drawn from FMT News.

DPM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the PM is committed to bring up the amendments without jeopardising other faiths. Pic drawn from FMT News.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Prime Minister Najib Razak is deeply committed to bring up amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (also known as Act 355 or RUU355) without jeopardising the other faiths.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said: “The RUU355 will be tabled by the government itself in Parliament soon.”

He disclosed this in his speech when opening the Umno Branches Cluster Meeting at the Terengganu state level today.

Act 355 aims to enhance the powers of shariah courts but has been objected to by many parties.

The amendments are expected to be tabled in the present sitting of Parliament, with it being listed 7th in the Order Paper. Read more

Azalina calls on all MPs to support Child Sexual Offences Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — All Members of Parliament (MPs) have been urged to give their full support to ensure that the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 will be tabled and passed during the current meeting of Dewan Rakyat.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the Bill was vital as emphasised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when opening a seminar on addressing child sexual crimes here, earlier today.

“As emphasised by the prime minister, we definitely cannot compromise in the issue of child sexual crimes,” she said in a statement here.

Najib, in his speech at the event, announced that a new bill to specially address child sexual crimes in a holistic and comprehensive manner would be tabled in the current session of Parliament. Read more

Work to amend Shariah Bill started in 2004, minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

dewan_rakyat_signpost_2015_-_parliament_reportKUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The government first began efforts to amend Act 355 or the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 way back in 2004, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said today.

“With regards to government’s efforts to amend Act 355, actually the suggestion to amend Act 355 started as early as 2004, and the government had put continuous efforts for it,” Jamil Khir said in a parliamentary reply to PAS’ Kubang Kerian MP Ahmd Baihaki Atiqullah.

“Several suggestions for amendments were made and it was also tabled in the 18th Shariah and Civil Law Coordination Meeting in 2008.

“Thereafter, from time to time to date, all efforts are being continuously done to amend Bill 355, to ensure that the amendments are in line with the structure of the Federal Constitution,” he added.

Ahmad Baihaki had asked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to state his reasons as to why the government itself has not taken any initiative to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 when the motive has already garnered unwavering support from Muslims in Malaysia, including supporters of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government. Read more

PM says new law to address child sexual crimes

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — A Bill to specially address child sexual crimes in a holistic and comprehensive manner is to be tabled in the current session of Parliament, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

He said it was hoped that the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 would receive the support of all MPs because it was the responsibility of all parties regardless of political affiliation.

“The Bill should not be opposed by any political party,” he said in his speech opening a seminar on addressing child sexual crimes, at the Putra World Trade Centre, here today.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi; Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor who is Permata patron; Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Indonesia’s fifth president Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Najib said the government planned to establish a special court to hear child sexual crime cases.

The Prime Minister said the Special Criminal Court would be different from the existing Children’s Court which only handled cases where the criminal offenders were children.

He also said that the government would not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse of children and would strive to eliminate these heinous crimes. Read more

Malaysia’s new morality: The unspoken deceit in Act 355 — Francesca Ross

Source: Asean Today

BY FRANCESCA ROSS

Malaysia’s parliament is to vote on amendments which would increase the severity of sentences which the country’s Shariah courts can pass. Minority groups worry this is a slow march to an Islamic penal code.

What kind of crime deserves 30 years of imprisonment? Malaysian politicians are asking themselves that question as the amendments to the controversial Sharia Court Act again come up for national and parliamentary debate in March. Does a moral mistake deserve the same level of punishment as a criminal act? If members decide the answer is yes, then religious issues in the country just reached a whole new level of relevance – all thanks to political desperation. Read more

Violence against women in politics — Lim Su Lin

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY LIM SU LIN

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NOVEMBER 22 — There was no question that the remarks directed by Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman to Member of Parliament (MP) for Seputeh, Teresa Kok, in parliament on November 21 were meant to be crude and sexist.

The recording of his full spoken sentence is as follows: “MP Seputeh ni keh-keh-keh pasal apa? (What is the Seputeh MP giggling about?) The only woman with a ‘Kok’ is in Seputeh.” The recording further shows him raising his eyebrows and grinning as he utters this sentence. [1]

The Deputy Speaker, Datuk Dr Ronald Kiandee, who was the presiding speaker at that time, could have used this opportune time to reprimand the Deputy Minister for making those sexist remarks and to ask him to withdraw (or “tarik balik”) the offensive and sexist phrase in question. Instead, the Deputy Speaker gave the Deputy Minister a pass and defended him by saying that he was only referring to Teresa Kok’s surname.

The Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, had another opportunity to rectify this situation when Member of Parliament for Batu Kawan, Kasturi Patto, asked him to rule on her motion to refer the Deputy Minister to the Parliament Privileges Committee for disciplinary action over his sexist remarks. Instead, the Speaker defended the previous ruling of his Deputy and no action was taken against the Deputy Minister.[2] Read more

Speaker rejects Amanah’s alternative Shariah Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

dewan_rakyat_signpost_2015_-_parliament_reportKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 — Parti Amanah Negara’s (Amanah) bid to table its alternative Bill to enhance the Shariah courts failed to pass muster at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Kota Raja MP Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud told reporters at Parliament that Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected her motion, filed on October 11, as it did not fulfil Section 23(1)(h) of the Standing Order, which bars asking questions to gain an opinion as a solution to an abstract or hypothetical legal case.

But Dr Siti disputed the Speaker’s grounds for rejection, insisting that she had not filed it as a question as alleged but as a private member’s Bill.

“The reason under 23 (1) (h) is not viable as it is on questions and not motions. I think the reasoning is not a real reason,” she said.

However, the Amanah women’s wing chief said she will not be appealing the Speaker’s decision, claiming it was pointless. Read more