Zaid turns to courts for remedy over ban of his book

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Zaid Ibrahim has filed a judicial review to quash a recent ban on his book which has been in circulation for about two years.

The former de facto law minister said the book titled “Assalamualaikum (Peace Be Upon You): Observation on the Islamisation of Malaysia” did not cause any prejudice or likelihood of prejudice to public or national interests.

He said the order was also a breach of his constitutional right under Article 10 (1) of the Federal Constitution which guaranteed freedom of speech and expression.

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Court frees Zaid Ibrahim of offensive blog posting charge

Source: The Malay Online

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Three years ago, Zaid was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) under which stipulates that another person who was annoyed had to be called to give evidence. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 ― DAP member Datuk Zaid Ibrahim was today acquitted by the Cyber Court over an allegedly offensive blog post he made in 2015.

Justice Zaman Mohd Noor who made the ruling, said the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case.

“The prosecution failed to sufficiently establish the case as there is a need to call the victim, [to ask] whether he is annoyed and how he felt. “Therefore the accused is released,” he said.

Three years ago, Zaid was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) under which stipulates that another person who was annoyed had to be called to give evidence, which in this case would be the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Read more

Zaid: Denial of leave to question AG ‘greatest travesty’

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Zaid Ibrahim says the decision of the Federal Court to deny him leave to challenge the discretion of Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali in not prosecuting Prime Minister Najib Razak over the RM2.6 billion donation was the “greatest travesty of them all”.

The former defacto law minister also took issue with the three-man bench led by Chief Justice Raus Sharif.

“All I was asking for was leave (that is, the permission of the court) to start an action against the attorney-general. I don’t have to prove anything at this stage, as I just need to show there are serious questions to be considered.

“The threshold is low and generally, all over the world, leave will be granted without much fuss. Yet, I could not even pass the gate,” Zaid said, questioning the rationale for the decision. Read more

Bar, Zaid, Khairuddin lose case against AG ‘failing to prosecute’ Najib

Source: FMT News 

PUTRAJAYA: The 18-month battle by the Malaysian Bar and two government critics to review the prosecutorial power of the attorney-general (AG) in refusing to frame charges agains Prime Minister Najib Razak over the RM2.6 billion donation has come to an end.

The Federal Court, in dismissing their leave applications, today affirmed the findings of the High Court last year that the A-G’s discretion could not be questioned.

A three-man bench chaired by Chief Justice Raus Sharif said the issue was settled following a series of past cases. Read more

CJ declines to recuse himself in historic application by Bar, two others

Source: FMT News 

PUTRAJAYA: No one in Malaysia’s legal history has ever applied for a chief justice to recuse himself from hearing a case – until today.

The Malaysian Bar and two government critics today applied to disqualify Chief Justice Raus Sharif from hearing their leave applications in their case against the attorney-general’s failure to prosecute Prime Minister Najib Razak over the RM2.6 billion donation.

However, the three-man bench of the Federal Court, chaired by Raus himself, dismissed the application, saying there was no merit to the case.

“However, rest assured that any decision will be made with two others based on facts and law,” he told lawyers for the applicants.

Others on the bench were justices Ahmad Maarop and Azahar Mohamed. Read more

Get involved if you want justice, Ambiga urges Malaysians

Source: The Malaysian Insight

From left) Archbishop Julian Leow, Marina Mahathir, Ambiga Sreenevasan and Zaid Ibrahim at the Day of Solidarity function at the CCM Ecumenical Centre today. The event focuses on pilgrimage towards justice and peace. – Pic from the Malaysian Insight.

From left) Archbishop Julian Leow, Marina Mahathir, Ambiga Sreenevasan and Zaid Ibrahim at the Day of Solidarity function at the CCM Ecumenical Centre today. The event focuses on pilgrimage towards justice and peace. – Pic from the Malaysian Insight.

LAWYER turned human rights advocate Ambiga Sreenevasan urged people to get involved in the political process if they want to see justice prevail.

At the “Day of Solidarity – pilgrimage towards justice and peace” event at the CCM Ecumenical Centre, the former president of the Bar Council said there was a lack of justice and erosion in the rule of law in Malaysia.

“The idea of acting justly is not ingrained in our institutions,” Ambiga told some 300 people at the event today.

Citing the recent case pertaining to Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, she said his attackers faced a fine of RM100 compared with activist Lena Hendry’s fine of RM10,000 for screening the Sri Lankan civil war documentary No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka.

“And to add to it, the attorney-general intends to appeal the fine. It is already RM10,000 too much,” said the National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president. Read more

Zaid to appeal court ruling on RM2.6 billion ‘donation’

Source: FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim has joined two others to appeal against the refusal of the High Court to grant him leave to initiate judicial review on a RM2.6 billion “donation” case.

His counsel Americk Sidhu said his client had changed his mind and filed the notice of appeal before the 30-day deadline expired last month.

“The Court of Appeal has fixed the case management for sometime this week,” Americk said.

On Nov 11, Justice Hanipah Farikullah denied leave to Zaid, the Bar Council and former Batu Kawan Umno deputy chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan.

A disappointed Zaid told reporters then that he would not appeal.

“There are things we don’t want to do,” he had said at the time. Read more

What if it happened to us, former minister asks ‘facilitators’ of unilateral conversion — Zaid Ibrahim

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Perlis legislative assembly approved the Islamic Religion Administration Enactment (Amendment) 2016 Bill by a 13-1 majority on 9 December 2016. Image taken from FMT News.

Perlis legislative assembly approved the Islamic Religion Administration Enactment (Amendment) 2016 Bill by a 13-1 majority on 9 December 2016. Image taken from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 — Perlis lawmakers who passed an amendment to permit unilateral conversion were disregarding the suffering that the practise could cause, according to Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

The former de facto law minister said while the Muslim assemblymen who voted in favour of the change may believe they were acting for the benefit of their faith, they were being unfair to the families who would be affected.

“How would they feel if (hypothetically) a non-Muslim parent could unilaterally convert a Muslim child to Hinduism or Christianity? They would cry: that’s not fair. The whole country would be in turmoil,” he wrote on his blog today.

“And yet these same Muslims don’t think about treating others with fairness because others cannot convert their Muslim children. They are spared the need to reciprocate and be reasonable. That’s what too much power can do to Malays.”

Non-Muslims are forbidden by law to proselytise to or convert Muslims in Malaysia, but not vice versa.

Perlis last week amended its Administration of the Religion of Islam Enactment 2006 from requiring the consent of both parents or a guardian, to the consent of one parent or guardian. Read more

Zaid Ibrahim promises tell-all in sedition probe

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (pic) said he takes courage from jailed de facto Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, whom he said reminded the public that “only courage scares the bad guys in this world”. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng, the Malay Mail.

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (pic) said he takes courage from jailed de facto Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, whom he said reminded the public that “only courage scares the bad guys in this world”. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng, the Malay Mail.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 — Former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has pledged that he will not sugar-coat his answers and tell the truth when the police question him for an allegedly seditious tweet.

Zaid said he takes courage from jailed de facto Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, whom he said reminded the public that “only courage scares the bad guys in this world”.

“The police have kindly agreed to see me for questioning at Bukit Aman on Wednesday 16 November at around 11am. I will be careful with my answers, but as my friends should know, when the police question someone he or she is bound by law to answer them truthfully.

“I will be truthful and I will be candid. If I think there was a cover-up I will say so,” Zaid wrote in his blog today. Read more

High Court throws out bids to challenge AG’s ruling not to prosecute PM

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The High Court rejected the leave applications to challenge the AG's decision filed by Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and the Malaysian Bar. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

The High Court rejected the leave applications to challenge the AG’s decision filed by Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and the Malaysian Bar. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 — The High Court today dismissed three leave applications for a judicial review to challenge the Attorney-General’s decision to close investigations on the transfer of a RM2.6 billion donation and funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s account and not to prosecute him over the issue.

Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah rejected the leave applications to challenge Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision filed by former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, former Batu Kawan Umno vice head Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and the Malaysian Bar.

Senior Federal Counsel Datuk Amarjeet Singh told reporters that the judge, who made the decision in chambers, ruled that the AG had absolute discretion under Article 145 of Federal Constitution on prosecution and that the court had no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

“The court has no jurisdiction on such matters and the court accepted the AG’s explanation in his affidavit that the decision to close the file was an administrative decision.

“Therefore, the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) is free to open and investigate on new evidence and facts received by them on the issue of the donation and SRC,” he said. Read more