2015: Malaysians vs the law(s)

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 — While we are celebrating the new year, let us pause to take stock of how Malaysians appear to have been increasingly pitted against laws — those that are enforced, those that are ruled on, those that are created — meant to help keep the peace.

1. The triple whammy of laws for more power and less rights

* National Security Council Bill  (NSC)

Malaysians were taken by surprise and slapped rudely with a law where the government — backed by the full force of the state — will have Emergency-like or warzone-like powers against its citizens.

This law is aimed at securing a hazily-defined “national security” for the good of Malaysians, especially when there is a threat in an area that can be unilaterally declared a “security area” by the prime minister on the advice of the National Security Council. Read more

Public Forum on POTA 2015 & amendments to Sedition Act 1948 [Penang]

The Penang Bar Committee is organising a public forum on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (“POTA”) and the amendments to the Sedition Act 1948.

The forum will be a platform to address concerns on POTA and the amendments to the Sedition Act 1948, which are a gross violation of the rule of law and the constitutional safeguards enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

The invited speakers include:

  • Ravi Nekoo, Member of the Bar Council; Co-Chairperson, Bar Council National Legal Aid Committee; and
  • Syahredzan Johan, Member of the Bar Council; Co-Chairperson, Bar Council National Young Lawyers Committee.

The forum will be moderated by Shyama MM Narayanan Nair, Chairman, Penang Bar Committee.

Admission is free but advance registration is required. Please register using the organiser’s form found at this link.

End All Political Prosecution and Persecution! – SUARAM

Source: SUARAM

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention’s stance on the detention of Anwar Ibrahim and fully supports the call for the Government of Malaysia to release Anwar Ibrahim and the reinstate all of his political rights that was denied following his conviction.

Arbitrary detention of any individual should not be the norm of any states and government irrespective of their political ideology and must not be the tool for government to suppress political dissidence. The idea where a person’s right to liberty and security of person can be compromised thus based on the whim of those in power is highly unconscionable and must be condemned and stopped whenever possible. Read more

Restricting speech gets you Arab Spring, Amnesty International warns Malaysia

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Amnesty International secretary-general Salil Shetty today warned Malaysia that it would see an “Arab Spring” if it continued to clamp down on the people’s freedom of expression.

He said Amnesty International was “deeply concerned about the rapid deterioration of basic freedom and human rights” in Malaysia.

“When I speak to the government here, they’ve been saying ‘we can’t just give freedom of expression to the people, you could have an Arab Spring-like situation’,” said Shetty (pic) in his speech at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2015 in Putrajaya. Read more

Anti-terrorism law comes into effect, says Zahid

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota) officially came into effect yesterday.

He said the enforcement of Pota was in line with the tabling of the White Paper by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on November 26, 2014 entitled “Towards Handling the Threat of the Islamic State Militant Group’ at the Dewan Rakyat. Read more

Public Forum on POTA 2015 & amendments to Sedition Act 1948 [Alor Setar]

The Kedah Bar Committee and Perlis Bar Committee are co-organising a public forum on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (“POTA”) and the amendments to the Sedition Act 1948.

The forum will be a platform to address concerns on POTA and the amendments to the Sedition Act 1948, which are a gross violation of the rule of law and the constitutional safeguards enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

The invited speakers include:

  • Steven Thiru, President, Malaysian Bar;
  • Ravi Nekoo, Member of the Bar Council; Co-Chairperson, Bar Council National Legal Aid Committee;
  • Supt S Shanmugamoorthy, Prosecution and Law Division (DS), Criminal Investigation Department, Royal Malaysia Police, Bukit Aman; and
  • Dr Zainal Amin Ayub, Dean, School of Law, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah.

Admission is free but advance registration is required. Please register using the organiser’s form found at this link.

Public Forum on POTA 2015 & amendments to Sedition Act 1948 [Batu Pahat]

The Bar Council and the Johore Bar Committee is organising a public forum on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (“POTA”) and the amendments to the Sedition Act 1948.

The forum will be a platform to address concerns on POTA and the amendments to the Sedition Act 1948, which are a gross violation of the rule of law and the constitutional safeguards enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

The invited speakers include:

  • Ravi Nekoo, Member of the Bar Council, Co-Chaiperson, Bar Council National Legal Aid Committee;
  • Syahredzan Johan, Co-Chairpeson, Bar Council National Young Lawyers Committee;
  • Richard Wee, Co-Chairperson, Bar Council Safer Malaysia Committee, Chairperson, Bar Council Professional Development and Standards Committee.

The forum will be moderated by R Jayabalan, Chairman, Johore Bar Committee.

Admission is free but advance registration is required. Please register using the organiser’s form found at this link.

Public Forum on POTA 2015 & amendments to Sedition Act 1948 [Kuala Lumpur]

The Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee is organising a public forum on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (“POTA”) and the amendments to the Sedition Act 1948.

The forum will be a platform to address concerns on POTA and the amendments to the Sedition Act 1948, which are a gross violation of the rule of law and the constitutional safeguards enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

The invited speakers include:

  • Syahredzan Johan, Co-Chairpeson, Bar Council National Young Lawyers Committee;
  • Firdaus Husni, Co-Chairperson, Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee Past President; and
  • New Sin Yew, Member of the Bar.

Admission is free but advance registration is required. Please register using the appended form.

 

Detention without trial can encourage more terrorism, says Bar president

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Countries that have fought terrorism using detention without trial have found that such laws only served to encourage more support of terrorists, says Bar Council president Steven Thiru. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, August 7, 2015

Countries that have fought terrorism using detention without trial have found that such laws only served to encourage more support of terrorists, Bar Council president Steven Thiru said at a forum on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota) tonight.

The use of similar laws used in other countries ended up alerting other terrorists in the network, causing them to go into hiding and regroup later, making it even more difficult to cripple such groups, he said,

Countries have also realised that human rights and rule of law must be adhered in the fight against terrorism, or more people could become radicalised, he added.

He said that provisions in Pota which allows for a person suspected of being involved in terrorism activities to be detained for up to two years without trial, would only cause people to become upset and and promote sympathy for the detainees, who is seen as a victim.

“That is how it could actually add numbers to the terrorism cause. Read more

Public Forum on POTA 2015 & amendments to Sedition Act 1948 [Selangor]

The Selangor Bar Committee is organising a public forum on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (“POTA”) and the amendments to the Sedition Act 1948.

The forum will be a platform to address concerns on POTA and the amendments to the Sedition Act 1948, which are a gross violation of the rule of law and the constitutional safeguards enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

The invited speakers include:

  • Steven Thiru, President, Malaysian Bar
  • Ravi Nekoo, Member of the Bar Council; Co-Chairperson, Bar Council National Legal Aid Committee; and
  • Muhammad Rafique b Rashid Ali, Selangor Bar Committee Member and criminal law practitioner.

The forum will be moderated by Fareh Jinnaz, Chairperson, Continuing Legal Education Sub-Committee, Selangor Bar Committee.

Admission is free but advance registration is required. Please register using the form accessible at this link.