Student groups plan protest rally over suspension of UKM activist

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Kesatuan spokesperson Anis Syafiqah Yusof says the suspension will make it impossible for final-year law student to sit his exam.

Kesatuan spokesperson Anis Syafiqah Yusof (third from left) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia student activist Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi (fourth from left) at a joint press conference. Image from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: A coalition of student groups, called Kesatuan, has threatened to hold a protest rally against Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) over its decision to reinstate a suspension order on final-year law student Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi.

Kesatuan spokesperson Anis Syafiqah Yusof gave UKM a week to respond and explain why the suspension has been reinstated.

She said the student groups will hold the rally outside UKM.

On November 2016, Asheeq was suspended for one semester by UKM and fined RM200 for his involvement in the #TangkapMO1 rally.

Asheeq, at that time, had argued that he was never charged in court for any offences.

The rally was organised by a coalition of students and youth groups calling for the arrest of the person named “MO1” in the United States’ Department of Justice’s civil suit related to state investment fund 1MDB. Read more

Muslim docs say no to punitive amputation

Source: Free Malaysia Today

picture of doctor

Pic drawn from Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Three prominent Muslim doctors of medicine have voiced outrage over the Kelantan government’s proposal to use the services of surgeons in amputating the hands of thieves found guilty under hudud law. They told FMT that would mean asking a doctor to violate his professional oath of doing no harm to the human body.

The three are Islamic Renaissance Front director Ahmad Farouk Musa, who is a cardiothoracic surgeon, California-based surgeon and political commentator M Bakri Musa and Kota Raja MP Siti Mariah Mahmud, a doctor who used to teach medicine at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

In a recent press interview, Kelantan deputy menteri besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said contemporary Islamic scholars were of the opinion that the services of surgeons were needed in carrying out punitive amputation to ensure that no part of the body beyond one of the wrists would be harmed.

Farouk said Amar was perhaps unaware that a universal guiding principle for physicians is, “First, do no harm.” He criticised Amar for ignoring the “moral wrong” of what he was suggesting.

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Punishing the wrong people — Mustafa K. Anuar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Dr Mustafa K. Anuar would still like to believe that the earth is flat so that all the elements of social injustice, bigotry and tyranny on this earth can be pushed off the edge. On this supposedly flat surface, he is a Fellow at the Penang Institute. Pic form the MMO.

Dr Mustafa K. Anuar is a Fellow at the Penang Institute. Pic from the MMO.

DECEMBER 21 — It is disturbing that authorities in Universiti Malaya (UM) handed down harsh sentences to its student activists who participated in the “Tangkap MO1” rally recently.

The Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) administration also did the same with a student who joined the same demonstration.

Furthermore, it is appalling that the university establishment has continuously and unabashedly aped the attitude and demeanour of the powers-that-be who are inclined to rule by fiat as opposed to having intellectual engagement in the form of, say, dialogue, debate or discussion as is expected in a functioning parliamentary democracy.

It is even more alarming for a university, supposedly an academic domain that encourages intellectual discourse and the pursuit of truth and knowledge, to have acted in a manner that is ironically anti-intellectual in nature and consequently provides bad example to its students, many of whom look up to the authorities for good leadership.

After all, didn’t the Minister of Higher Education Idris Jusoh declare — i.e. if we were to take his word at face value — that this is “a free country” when he countered the accusation of “external interference” in this issue?  Read more

Digantung semester, aktivis siswa saman UKM

Sumber: FMT News

Asheeq Ali yang menyertai perhimpunan #TangkapMO1 berkata, hukuman dijatuhkan universiti bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Asheeq Ali yang menyertai perhimpunan #TangkapMO1 berkata, hukuman dijatuhkan universiti bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

SHAH ALAM: Aktivis siswa, Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi memfailkan saman terhadap Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) ekoran tindakan menggantung pengajiannya selepas terlibat dalam perhimpunan #TangkapMO1 pada Ogos lalu.

Mahasiswa jurusan undang-undang tahun ke-3 UKM itu berkata, tindakan tersebut diambil kerana hukuman yang dijatuhkan terhadapnya tidak berasas dan bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan.

“Ia bercanggah dengan Perkara 10 Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan panel perbicaraan UKM juga gagal membuktikan terdapat kes yang kukuh untuk mengambil tindakan.

“Saya mengambil tindakan guaman ini kerana proses rayuan dalaman UKM mengambil masa yang lama, sudah lebih sebulan,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan. Read more

Why right-wing politics succeed

Source: FMT News

Political analyst Faisal S Hazis believes economic conditions influence the rise of the right wing heavily. Pic from FMT News.

Political analyst Faisal S Hazis believes economic conditions influence the rise of the right wing heavily. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Economic conditions play a large part in attracting voters to right-wing political narratives, according to political analyst Faisal S Hazis of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Speaking to FMT, he noted that the swing to the right was happening not only in Malaysia but also many other parts of the world, including advanced countries like the United States and countries at the other end of the economic spectrum, such as Myanmar.

“This phenomenon has a lot to do with economics, with the fact that there’s been one recession after another and with the expansion of the gap between rich and poor,” he said.

Speaking of Malaysia, he said the swing became clear after the 2013 general election. Read more

HAKAM Statement in Support of Students Participating in #TangkapMO1 Rally

STATEMENT DATED 27 OCTOBER 2016pdf

STUDENT ACTIVISM SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED – FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

Show Cause Letter issued to Anis Shafiqah Binti Mohd Yunos, one of the organizers of #TangkapMO1 rally.

Show Cause Letter issued to Anis Shafiqah Binti Mohd Yunos, one of the organizers of #TangkapMO1 rally.

HAKAM is dismayed that university authorities of University of Malaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia have taken action to issue show cause letters to the students namely, Anis Shafiqah binti Mohd Yunos and Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi for participating at the #TangkapMO1 rally held on 27thAugust 2017.  Even more surprising is that the show cause letters were issued only two months after the event.

The #TangkapMO1 rally was initiated and led by youth leaders and participated by mostly youths who have courageously taken the stand to protest against the largest financial scandal which has rocked our nation. The scandal has been touted as the “world’s biggest financial scandal” and involved 1MDB and the official known as MO1. This case had been highlighted by our own Members of Parliament and numerous civil society organisations for the past two years. Investigations by law enforcement agencies from no less than 9 foreign countries are in progress. Newspapers and the media worldwide has published extensively on this plunder of our nation’s resources. Read more

HAKAM Statement in Support of Students Participating in #TangkapMO1 Rally

STATEMENT DATED 27 OCTOBER 2016

STUDENT ACTIVISM SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED – FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

Show Cause Letter issued to Anis Shafiqah Binti Mohd Yunos, one of the organizers of #TangkapMO1 rally.

Show Cause Letter issued to Anis Shafiqah Binti Mohd Yunos, one of the organizers of #TangkapMO1 rally.

HAKAM is dismayed that university authorities of University of Malaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia have taken action to issue show cause letters to the students namely, Anis Shafiqah binti Mohd Yunos and Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi for participating at the #TangkapMO1 rally held on 27thAugust 2017.  Even more surprising is that the show cause letters were issued only two months after the event.

The #TangkapMO1 rally was initiated and led by youth leaders and participated by mostly youths who have courageously taken the stand to protest against the largest financial scandal which has rocked our nation. The scandal has been touted as the “world’s biggest financial scandal” and involved 1MDB and the official known as MO1. This case had been highlighted by our own Members of Parliament and numerous civil society organisations for the past two years. Investigations by law enforcement agencies from no less than 9 foreign countries are in progress. Newspapers and the media worldwide has published extensively on this plunder of our nation’s resources. Read more

UKM retracts Eric Paulsen’s speaking invite on IS, security laws

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lawyer Eric Paulsen features on the ALSA National Conference 2016. ― Picture courtesy of Eric Paulsen, taken from the Malay Mail Online

Lawyer Eric Paulsen features on the ALSA National Conference 2016. ― Picture courtesy of Eric Paulsen, taken from the Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 ― Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) abruptly cancelled lawyer Eric Paulsen’s speaking engagement about security laws and the Islamic State (IS), two days before the event tomorrow.

Paulsen said he had accepted the invitation by UKM’s Asian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) back in July to speak at a panel discussion about various controversial security legislations like the National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016, the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA), the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (POTA), as well as the abolished Internal Security Act (ISA), and threats from the militant group.

He said, however, that ALSA representatives called him yesterday informing him about the cancellation as the public university’s administration found him too “controversial”.

“Public universities are accountable to the public, they must justify their actions,” Paulsen told Malay Mail Online. Read more