PSM to hold People’s Tribunal to evaluate Perak MB’s performance

Source: The Malay Mail Online

People’s Tribunal coordinator Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj (third left) handing the Perak People’s Tribunal invitation to Hanita Alang Ismail (sixth left) and Asad Safwan Mazlan (fifth left) in Ipoh February 27, 2018. — Picture by Farhan Najib

IPOH, Feb 27 — Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) will be holding a People’s Tribunal to evaluate Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir’s performance as the state leader in handling issues of the people.

The Perak People’s Tribunal Committee today handed an invitation to Zambry to attend the People’s Tribunal which will be held at the Dewan Tow Boh Keong, Jalan Kampar here from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday.

The invitation was submitted by the People’s Tribunal coordinator Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj and was received by the State Secretariat’s Administration Officer Hanita Alang Ismail and Social Development and Complaint Unit Executive Officer Asad Safwan Mazlan on behalf of Zambry.

Dr Jeyakumar, who is also PSM’s central committee member, said that they decided to hold a tribunal as most of the land issues faced by the B20 category (underprivileged people) in the state have not been solved. Read more

Courts fail voters in EC redelineation challenges, says Sri Ram

Source: FMT News

Retired Federal Court judge and lawyer Gopal Sri Ram in an October 30, 2014 picture by Najjua Zulkefli

PETALING JAYA: The year saw superior courts – the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court – delivering numerous judgments that touched on the basic constitutional rights of citizens.

The most significant were legal challenges mounted by voters and the PKR-led state government in Selangor against the Election Commission (EC) for its alleged failure to follow procedures and demarcate election boundaries as required under the Federal Constitution. Read more

Ex-judge says court failed to use its additional powers in EC case

Source: FMT News

Paragraph 1 of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964 gives judges the additional power to remedy a wrong, especially on fundamental rights enshrined in the Federal Constitution, says Sri Ram. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The courts have additional powers to check on illegality and correct any injustice with regard to complaints against the Election Commission (EC) in carrying out the redelineation exercise, a retired judge said.

Gopal Sri Ram said judges could then issue the appropriate order to compel the EC to act in accordance with the law.

“The law is that if the EC acts contrary to the Federal Constitution in the exercise of its powers, then the court can examine the legality of the conduct.

“If there is either illegality in the way in which the power is exercised or any injustice has resulted because of the exercise of its powers, the court can issue the appropriate order to compel the EC to act in accordance with the law,” he told FMT. Read more

Perak Sultan: Courage needed to stop Rohingya genocide

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — National and regional leaders must find the will to stop the mass killings of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah said.

The Sultan of Perak also stressed that considerations such as non-interference and financial concerns should be secondary to the addressing the sectarian crisis in Myanmar.

“We cannot allow fears of upsetting our neighbours; or fear of being accused of interference; or fears of affecting our regional trade and commerce to prevent us from voicing out our anxieties and alarm at what is happening in Rakhine state,” he said at a dinner to raise funds for the Rohingya people this evening.

In his speech, Sultan Nazrin quoted Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who once said, “It is not power that corrupts but fear”. Read more

Custodial deaths: This time, heads must roll!

Source: Astro Awani

In Malaysia, the number of deaths in police custody is significantly high and has become a matter of public concern and scrutiny. Photo for illustration purpose

In Malaysia, the number of deaths in police custody is significantly high and has become a matter of public concern and scrutiny. Photo for illustration purpose

KUALA LUMPUR: On March 20, another custodial death has allegedly taken place in Tapah prison in Perak.

R. Siva, 30 was supposed to have been released on March 20 but when a family member went to the prison to bring him home, he learnt the unbelievable: the detainee had died and his body taken to the Tapah Hospital, awaiting post-mortem.

As news of his death in police lock up resurfaced, one can expect the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) to dutifully announce that the agency would investigate the matter.

It is only the first-quarter of the year and already four custodial deaths have been reported, to date.

The EAIC had reportedly confirmed several weeks ago that it has formed a task force aimed at investigating the deaths of two inmates — Soh Kai Chiok at the Bera district police headquarters in Pahang on Jan 18 and S. Balamurugan at the Klang Utara district police headquarters in Selangor — on Feb 8.

This was followed by the investigation of M.Thanaseelan at the Bukit Sentosa police station lock up in Hulu Selangor on Feb 25. Read more

Abused workers kept in jungles, says Tenaganita

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Most cases involving the abuse of migrant workers occur deep in jungles and in plantations located far from towns, the human rights organisation Tenaganita has alleged.

According to Tenaganita executive director Glorene Das, the abused workers, including those with families, are kept in “absolute isolation” from the outside world.

“Many don’t even know where they are and are too afraid to leave or run away because they have been threatened by the employers and agents, who use local gangsters to control them,” she told FMT.

She said Tenaganita was also aware of families brought into Malaysia on tourist visas and then sent to work deep in the jungles. She said they would remain in employment after the expiry of their visas.

“The agents and employers practise this form of exploitation and violation because there is no clear comprehensive policy for recruitment, placement and employment of migrant workers,” she added.

She was responding to a recent news report about human trafficking and the abuse of eighteen people at an oil palm plantation in Pengkalan Hulu.

According to The Star daily, the victims, including five children, were lured to the isolated plantation, accessible only by four-wheel drive along dirt roads. After their rescue, they told police they were made to work long hours, with the children forced to carry the harvested fruits. Read more

Perak police have evidence children used as forced labour in Gerik

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Perak police said they have evidence of children being used as forced labour believed by a human trafficking syndicate in Pengkalan Hulu, Gerik. — Pic from AFP.

Perak police said they have evidence of children being used as forced labour believed by a human trafficking syndicate in Pengkalan Hulu, Gerik. — Pic from AFP.

SUNGAI SIPUT, Feb 28 — Perak police said they have evidence of children being used as forced labour believed by a human trafficking syndicate in Pengkalan Hulu, Gerik detected on Sunday.

Perak Police acting chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan said it was based on information received and thorough investigations carried out by the police on the case.

“But we cannot disclose more details on the investigations to protect the safety of the informant,” he told reporters after the handing over of duties relating to the Sungai Siput District Police chief here today.

At the event, Perak Police Standard Compliance and Integrity Department head Supt Abd Fatah Abd Rahman was appointed as the new Sungai Siput District Police chief effective today to replace Supt Abdul Aziz Ahmad who is on mandatory retirement.

Abd Fatah, 55, who served 32 years in the police force, had worked in the Special Branch, Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division (D7) and Management Department’s Administrative Division.  Read more

Exploited workers get 12-hour shifts, RM100 per month

Source: FMT News

Negri Sembilan man says his family left their hometown thinking their life would turn around but it only got worse at the oil palm plantation in Pengkalan Hulu. Pic taken from FMT News.

Negri Sembilan man says his family left their hometown thinking their life would turn around but it only got worse at the oil palm plantation in Pengkalan Hulu. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Eighteen people who were allegedly trafficked and exploited at an oil palm plantation in Pengkalan Hulu say they were made to work 12-hour shifts and paid next to nothing despite promises of a steady salary.

According to The Star daily, the victims, including five children, were lured to the isolated plantation, accessible only by four-wheel drive along dirt roads. There, they told police, they were made to work long hours with the children forced to carry the harvested fruits.

Although they were paid, they said the management deducted excessive amounts of money for every food item they received, sometimes leaving them with only RM100 at the end of the month.

“We were promised a steady income but once we got our salaries, the management would give excuses by saying that we told them to get so many things and they were at a loss,” Jag, 29, was quoted as saying. Read more

Perak police rescue 18 human trafficking victims in Gerik

Source: The Malay Mail Online

HumanTrafficking2IPOH, Feb 26 — Perak police rescued 18 locals, including five children, believed to be victims of a human trafficking syndicate in Pengkalan Hulu near Gerik, about 170km from here early today.

The victims comprising five men and six women aged between 27 and 64; two boys aged 13 and 17; and five children aged betweeb two and seven.

A police team rescued the victims in a raid at an oil palm plantation in Kampung Tasek, Belukar Semang at the Kroh sub-district at 12.10am.

State CID chief Datuk Gan Tian Kee said a married couple believed to have masterminded the syndicate was detained to facilitate investigations. Read more