Malaysian Bar renews call for IPCMC after Balamurugan’s custodial death

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Counsel N. Surendran speaks to the family of S. Balamurugan at the High Court in Shah Alam February 15, 2017. — Bernama pic

Counsel N. Surendran speaks to the family of S. Balamurugan at the High Court in Shah Alam February 15, 2017. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — The Malaysian Bar demanded today for the establishment of the long-proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) after the latest death in custody case.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru expressed outrage that none of the police officers at the North Klang district police headquarters, who are under investigation over S. Balamurugan’s death, have been suspended or arrested after a second autopsy purportedly confirmed that the 44-year-old had suffered multiple beatings in police custody.

“The IPCMC is a crucial first step, and the only way in which the rogue elements in the police force can be identified, isolated and held accountable for their misconduct and criminal acts,” Steven said in a statement. Read more

Malaysian Bar to receive ‘Rule of Law’ award for promoting human rights

Source: NST Online

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru delivers his welcoming address at the International Malaysia Law Conference 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, September 21, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 ― The Malaysian Bar will be the first recipient of the inaugural Rule of Law Award by the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) that will be presented during UIA’s 60th Congress in Budapest next month.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru today read out the letter from UIA, which is based in Paris, to the Malaysian Bar announcing the latter as the winner of the award, which is being held in cooperation with Lexis Nexis, the global pioneer of electronic accessibility of legal documents.

The letter, read at the Bar’s International Law Conference, commended the Malaysian Bar for its “strong and unfailing commitment to the defence and promotion of human rights and the rule of law.”

UIA said that with the award, it intends to “support and encourage” the Malaysian Bar.

“The Malaysian Bar is truly humbled and honoured by this generous recognition by the UIA, particularly at this critical time for us,” Steven said.

“It will certainly serve to further strengthen our resolve and galvanise us in our efforts to repulse the attempts to interfere with our independence,” he added.

The award comes as the Malaysian Bar is vehemently opposing the government’s proposed amendments to the Legal Profession Act 1976, which lawyers allege would curtail the freedom of the Bar and are tantamount to state intervention in its affairs. Read more

Watch: Our “Ask Me” Series FBLive #2 with Steven Thiru, recorded on 25 August 2016

Jom Tanya Steven Thiru on FBLive #2.
Crucial answers to important questions.

This was a live broadcast, streamed via Facebook Live from HAKAM’s Facebook Page and recorded on 25 August 2016.

In this FBLive Session #2 broadcast, Mr Steven Thiru, President of the Malaysian Bar, answered your questions on a number of current Malaysian issues, especially on topics dealing with the administration of justice, the Federal Constitution, the concept of separation of powers, the role of the Malaysian Bar in defending human rights, as well as the role of the Malaysian Bar vis a vis various other institutions such as the Judiciary, Attorney General’s Chambers and law enforcement agencies in Malaysia and his thoughts on the legal profession in Malaysia.

Check out HAKAM FBLive sessions to come.

HAKAM thanks Mr Chacko Vadaketh for moderating this Facebook Live broadcast.

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Siri “Jom Tanya Saya” bersama Steven Thiru

HAKAM-AskMeAnything-FBLive#2

HAKAM “Ask Me” series on the topic of Malaysian Current Issues.

Malaysians are concerned. HAKAM wants to continue and open up space for Malaysians to have CONVERSATIONS THAT MATTER. We can shape the narration on Malaysia.

In this FBLive Session #2, Mr Steven Thiru, the President of the Malaysian Bar will answer questions you may have on current issues, especially on Malaysian topics dealing with the administration of justice, our Constitution, the role of the Malaysian Bar and various institutions like the Judiciary, Attorney General’s Chambers and law enforcement agencies in Malaysia and how it affects the wellbeing of the people.

On this same day on 25 August, KL High Court is scheduled to deliver its decision on the legal suit the Malaysian Bar has instituted against the AG for closing the corruption investigation against the Prime Minister. You can ask him about the case! ##

Steven Thiru will answer questions on FB Live:
Thursday, 25 August 2016 at 3pm to 4pm.

To facilitate the session, please POST YOUR QUESTIONS
via comments below or on our FB Event Page or
on twitter @HAKAMalaysia from NOW onwards.
Hashtags to use: #MacamManaMesia or #HowNowMalaysia

Questions will be answered by Steven, in the sequence he chooses. Any questions left unanswered LIVE will be answered by Steven on our FB Event Page as a reply to your question.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
1. Please refrain from asking personal questions
2. Kindly ask questions pertaining to current affairs
3. Please do not use vulgarities
4. Please keep in mind everyone is entitled to their own opinion

While we welcome a lively debate, Admin reserves the right to delete and/or censor any post which breach any of the first 3 rules.

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## Hear from Steven Thiru on what the Malaysian Bar has stood for, especially in upholding justice. In particular, ask him about the legal action taken or will be taken against those who interfere with the administration of justice.

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Siri “Jom Tanya Saya” bersama Steven Thiru di FBLive:
Khamis, 25 Ogos 2016, 3 ptg – 4 ptg.

di mana beliau akan menjawab soalan-soalan anda mengenai hal-hal terkini di Malaysia secara “live” di laman Facebook kami.

Anda dijemput/digalak untuk menujukan soalan-soalan anda secara terlebih dahulu
sebagai suatu komen di bawah laman ini
atau di laman acara Facebook HAKAM
atau melalui twitter @HAKAMalaysia dari sekarang.
Sila gunakan Hashtags: #MacamManaMesia atau #HowNowMalaysia

Steven akan menjawab soalan-soalan anda sebagaimana yang beliau pilih, dan mana-mana soalan yang tidak sempat dijawab dalam sesi “live” akan dijawab secara bertulis di laman acara Facebook kami setelah tamatnya acara ini.

PERATURAN ACARA
1. Soalan-soalan peribadi tidak akan dilayan
2. Sila hadkan soalan-soalan kepada hal-hal terkini di Malaysia
3. Sila bersopan-santun ketika menceburi acara ini
4. Sila berperihatin kepada dan hormati hak setiap-tiap orang untuk menyuarakan pendirian masing-masing

Walaupun debat dan perbualan aktif dialu-alukan, Penyelia mempunyai hak untuk memadamkan ataupun menapis mana-mana soalan-soalan mahupun komen-komen yang dianggap menyalahi  mana-mana peraturan-peraturan 1-3 di atas.

Australian Bar denounces proposed amendments regulating Malaysian Bar

Source: Malay Mail Online

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru previously described the proposed amendments as a ‘severe threat’ to its independence. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru previously described the proposed amendments as a ‘severe threat’ to its independence. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 ― The Australian Bar Association (ABA) urged Putrajaya today to reconsider the proposed changes to Malaysia’s Legal Profession Act 1976 that it said would threaten the Malaysian Bar’s independence.

ABA president Patrick O’Sullivan QC noted that Australia and Malaysia enjoy “good relations” and “shared values” like the acknowledgment that an independent legal profession was crucial for the protection of human rights, the rule of law, good governance and democracy.

“This proposal would effectively not only give the Attorney General the opportunity to receive reports on the deliberations and actions of this independent institution but importantly, it also provides the opportunity to influence those deliberations and actions,” O’Sullivan said in a statement.

“The Malaysian Bar has long been a defender of human rights and the rule of law in Malaysia. It is that very independence which has benefited the people of Malaysia for many years.

“However, under such an arrangement, the Malaysian Bar’s ability to address on controversial issues that are at odds with the government would be compromised. As a consequence, the people of Malaysia would be adversely affected,” he added. Read more

Heed Wake-Up Call to Establish a Comprehensive National Child Protection Policy — Malaysian Bar

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Heed Wake-Up Call to Establish a Comprehensive National Child Protection Policy

The Malaysian Bar is aghast at the recent public disclosure that close to 200 young and vulnerable children, aged between 6 months and 12 years, were systematically sexually abused over a period of almost nine years between March 2006 and December 2014, by a British citizen residing in Malaysia.

All the children preyed upon by the paedophile, Richard Huckle — now branded “Britain’s worst paedophile” — were pre-pubescent vulnerable children from minority ethnic communities into which he had ingratiated himself. The paedophile was able to gain access to the children, including those living in shelter homes, by posing as a student, a photographer, an English teacher and/or a philanthropist. He offered to help with the children’s education, when in fact he was systematically abusing the children.

The paedophile was arrested by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Authority (“NCA”) on his arrival at Gatwick Airport in London in December 2014. He was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, 71 counts of child sex offences in the United Kingdom. On 7 June 2016, he was sentenced to 22 life sentences to be served concurrently. He now faces a minimum jail term of 23 years and 242 days. Read more

Arbitrary travel bans without legal basis, Malaysian Bar tells Putrajaya

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said the government had no general discretionary power to restrict a citizen’s right to travel in and out of Malaysia. — File pic

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said the government had no general discretionary power to restrict a citizen’s right to travel in and out of Malaysia. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — The government’s claimed power to arbitrarily restrict the travels of any Malaysian is a “myth”, said the Malaysian Bar today.

Disputing Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed who asserted such powers, Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said authorities were only empowered to enforce travel bans in limited scenarios such as bankruptcies and tax defaults.

“There is no general discretionary power to restrict a citizen’s right to travel in and out of Malaysia. Unrestrained discretion in the hands of the government is a myth,” he said in a statement today.

The head of the peninsular professional legal body said the Immigration Act 1959/63 does not contain an expressed provision to bar travel.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah was prohibited last Sunday from flying to South Korea to accept a human rights award on behalf of the electoral reform group. Read more

Judiciary must be fearless, independent, says retired judge

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus says judgeship is a public trust. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 19, 2015.

Retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus says judgeship is a public trust. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 19, 2015.

The position of a judge is one of public trust and on no account should that trust be betrayed, retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus said today.

He also told the audience at a forum that judges should be courageous and assert their independence in carrying out their duties.

“What do the judges want? They want to be respected or they want to be looked down upon by the citizens?

“It is true that there’s a powerful executive to contend with, who has the power of appointment, promotion and even removal of judges in some cases,” he said, in answer to a question from the audience on how to protect judges from being victimised.

Hishamudin said the threat of being victimised should not be reason for judges to refuse to assert their independence.

“A person who is meek should not accept the appointment to be a judge.

“Judgeship is a public trust and this trust must not be betrayed,” he said. Read more

Kematian dalam tahanan terbaru bukti polis tak mampu awasi diri sendiri, kata Badan Peguam

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Presiden Badan Peguam Malaysia Steven Thiru berkata, kematian Syed Mohd Azlan Syed Mohamed Nur, 25, di Balai Polis Sungai Rengit di Johor pada 3 November, 2014 menunjukkan polis tidak dapat mengawasi diri mereka sendiri. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 7 November, 2015.

Keyakinan orang ramai terhadap pasukan polis hanya boleh dikembalikan semula jika tindakan segera diambil bagi memastikan dalang di sebalik kes kematian dalam tahanan dibawa ke muka pengadilan, kata Badan Peguam Malaysia, hari ini.

Presidennya Steven Thiru berkata, kematian Syed Mohd Azlan Syed Mohamed Nur, 25, di Balai Polis Sungai Rengit di Johor pada 3 November, 2014 menunjukkan polis tidak dapat mengawasi diri mereka sendiri.

“Keyakinan awam hanya boleh dikembalikan semula, dan keadilan dilihat dilaksanakan, jika tindakan segera diambil bagi memastikan pelakunya dibawa ke muka pengadilan dan didakwa sehingga ke tahap undang-undang sepenuhnya,” kata beliau dalam satu kenyataan hari ini. Read more

Reveal steps taken to stop custodial deaths, IGP, Zahid urged

Source: MalaysiaKini

Malaysian Bar Council president Steven Thiru - Pic by Malaysiakini/Loh Jun Lin

Malaysian Bar Council president Steven Thiru – Pic by Malaysiakini/Loh Jun Lin

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi must provide a detailed account of the steps that have been taken to combat the occurrence of custodial deaths, said Malaysian Bar Council president Steven Thiru.

“The Malaysian Bar calls upon the IGP and the minister to now provide a comprehensive account of the steps that have been taken in the intervening 17 months, and account for the failure of the measures intended to eradicate the occurrence of deaths in custody,” he said in a statement today.

His statement follows the IGP’s recent pledge to take action against any police personnel who were involved in the custodial death of Syed Mohd Azlan Syed Mohamed Nur.

Thiru is concerned that the IGP’s announcement may be a ‘mere platitude’, as custodial deaths have continued unabated. Read more