Launch of TPPDebate.org

TPPDebate.orgBannerTPPDebate.org is a web platform that promotes public debate about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a controversial trade pact to be signed by 12 countries including Malaysia. TPPDebate.org provides a neutral ground for both sides of the debate to raise arguments backed by facts and figures on how Malaysia and Malaysians will be affected by the TPP. Members of the public can voice their opinions and concerns, and policymakers can tap into the sentiments on the website to better make their decisions on the matter.

The TPP has received mixed reactions from civil society. Proponents of signing the agreement argue that Malaysia’s economy will benefit from joining the TPP as the TPP countries account for almost 40 percent of the world’s GDP and a third of global trade. Those against the TPP argue that Malaysia will lose its sovereign rights because of the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism enabling corporations to sue the country for lost profits, access to medicine and knowledge by regular Malaysians will be affected by tightened control over intellectual property rights, among other impacts. The TPP text will be debated in the Malaysian parliament in late January 2016.

We would like to cordially invite you to the press launch of TPPDebate.org, with the following details:

Date: 16 December 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 11am (Registration starts at 10:30am)
Venue: Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism & Human Rights (MCCHR) A-3A-8, Pantai Business Park, Jalan Pantai Baharu, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Speakers at this event are Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Chief Executive of Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and Azlan Awang, Deputy Chairperson of the Bantah TPPA coalition. There will also be a demonstration of the TPPDebate.org website.

Please RSVP to Dr Tan at info@tppdebate.org by 15 December 2015 to indicate your participation.

We look forward to having you at our event.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Jun-E Tan
Coordinator
TPPDebate.org

 

Tighter Internet laws needed to ‘preserve country’s harmony’, says new minister

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In a picture taken on August 27, 2012, students prepare for an exam in front of their computers at Kuala Lumpur-based Asia e University. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Putrajaya’s move to tighten Internet controls is needed to “preserve Malaysia’s harmony”, newly-appointed Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said.

Salleh also admitted that the amendments is needed since Putrajaya has failed to fully stop the public from accessing sites such as whistleblowers Sarawak Report, despite the block put in place by the Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission (MCMC). Read more

HAKAM Press Conference – The Nation in Crisis: An Action Plan

The National Human Rights Society of Malaysia (HAKAM) invites the media to a Press Conference to present an action plan to address the political crisis facing Malaysia. The Action Plan will be jointly presented by the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM) and Negara-Ku.

Ambiga Sreenevasan, President of HAKAM together with representatives from the three (3) organizations will be speaking at the press conference.

Date: Tuesday 28 July 2015
Time: 2 30pm
Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room, Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)

For more information please contact Thulsi at info@hakam.org.my/0123815009 or Ivy Josiah at 0123717070.

 

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HAKAM Press Conference on 28 July 2015 – The Nation in Crisis: An Action Plan

HAKAM invites the media to a Press Conference on 28 July 2015 for a presentation of an action plan to address the political crisis facing Malaysia. The Action Plan will be jointly presented by the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM) and Negara-Ku.

Ambiga Sreenevasan, President of HAKAM together with representatives from the three organisations will be speaking at the press conference.

 

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EMPOWER Press Conference on Police Inaction over Rape Threats

Press Conference on Police Inaction over Rape Threats

Dear friends,

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) would like to invite members of the media and representatives of civil society organisations to attend a press conference on the follow-up by the authorities – or lack thereof – to allegations that a police officer made rape threats against a woman detained during the anti-GST rally in May:

Date: 3 July 2015 (Friday)

Time: 10am

Venue: 13, Lorong 4/48E, Seksyen 4, 46050 Petaling Jaya

Map: http://bit.ly/1FeTkpd (EMPOWER’s office is located in a small bungalow. Parking space at the premises is very limited, so it is advisable for visitors to park at the nearby temples and school.)

Maisara Amira, who has lodged police reports and made calls for investigation on her ordeal, will be present with her lawyers. They will be joined by prominent individuals among civil society.

Please contact EMPOWER at 03-77844977 should you have any enquiries.
Yasmin Masidi
Communications and Media Officer
comm@empowermalaysia.org

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)