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July 28, 2013

‘AG’s unfettered powers inconsistent with norms’

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Aidila Razak

The lack of court oversight on the attorney-general’s (AG) decision on whether or not to prosecute a case is inconsistent with “modern legal standards” in the region, an Asian fact-finding mission found.

According to mission member Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena (2nd right), unlike in Malaysia, other Asian courts have the power to review attorney-generals’ prosecutorial decisions.

“The attorney-general (in Malaysia) remains beyond all scrutiny, and cannot be reviewed by the courts. This is problematic.

“The concept of unfettered cannot be accepted in modern legal standards,” said the Sri Lankan senior lawyer. (more…)

July 26, 2013

Stupid Prank and Double Standards

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Kee Thuan Chye

Alvivi’s charges – under the Sedition Act, the Film Censorship Act and the Penal Code – are pretty serious. If found guilty, they could be imprisoned for a number of years.

Alvin Tan Jye Yee and Vivian Lee May Ling, collectively known as Alvivi, are now in prison, awaiting trial. The judge denied them bail after they pleaded not guilty to three charges related to alleged sedition, causing enmity between people of different religions, and displaying pornographic pictures on their blog.

The charges – under the Sedition Act, the Film Censorship Act and the Penal Code – are pretty serious. If found guilty, they could be imprisoned for a number of years. Not a bright prospect for two supposedly smart people in their mid-20s. (more…)

July 19, 2013

Sedition Act: Who’s the real enemy?

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Jeswan Kaur

The Home Minister’s open defiance of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak speaks volumes about his lack of concern for the voice of the majority

The country’s leaders gleefully gloat that Malaysia is a moderate Muslim nation. They boast over and over again that all is well back and that national unity is very much alive and kicking.

Is this is really the case, going by how some veteran politicians who hold ministerial positions seem to be callously abusing the accountability and trust placed in them by the rakyat by pursuing the Malay agenda. (more…)

July 17, 2013

Zahid explains call to keep Sedition Act: Alvin-Vivian perfect scapegoats for hardliners?

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Zahid explains call to keep Sedition Act: Alvin-Vivian perfect scapegoats for hardliners?

Maria Begum

As a controversial lawmaker made use of them to score brownie points in Parliament, Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee must feel like they have been hit by a double whammy after further unpleasant news that the Attorney General had confirmed they could be charged under the country’s oppressive Sedition Act or the Penal code, which could see them jailed for between 2 to 4 years.

Not only have the young couple angered Muslims with an insensitive greeting posted on Facebook during the Ramadan fasting month, which incidentally is also a month of soul searching and forgiveness, their action comes smack in the middle of a political debate on whether Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Umno government should retain the Sedition Act and introduce replacement laws for the repealed the Emergency Ordinance and Internal Security Act. (more…)

May 29, 2013

Tian re-arrested: Tells supporters to stay calm & continue to fight AUTHORITARIAN RULE

Tian re-arrested: Tells supporters to stay calm & continue to fight AUTHORITARIAN RULEMaria Begum

As public pressure mounts on embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is facing quit calls amid accusations of cheating at the May 5 general elections, the police have re-arrested two Opposition politicians, an activist and a student leader.

The arrests made in an unnecessarily showy manner are believed to be a bid to create public fear and block growing support for the Opposition’s hugely popular Black 505 rallies as well as a campaign to get 100,000 police reports lodged against the country’s controversial Election Commission, which has been slammed by many for unscrupulous bias towards Najib’s BN coalition during the recently-concluded ballot. (more…)

May 24, 2013

Crackdown begins!

AMIN ISKANDAR

Haris was arrested in a police crackdown today.

Batu MP Chua Tian Chang, activist Haris Ibrahim and PAS’s Tamrin Ghafar were arrested for sedition today and brought to the Jinjang police station for questioning, according to reports.

Home Ministry officials also carted off over 1,000 copies of PAS-owned Malay newspaper Harakah from shops and several distribution centres in a separate sting today, as Putrajaya mounts an apparent crackdown against Pakatan Rakyat (PR) supporters.

It is understood the trio were detained separately in an apparent police crackdown today after Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the new national police chief Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar vowed to clamp down on those who threatened to take down an elected government through revolt. (more…)

March 19, 2013

Najib resorting to Mahathirism as GE looms, say NGOs

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Mkini

NGOs have slammed Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for returning to ‘Mahathirism’ with the sedition charge against PKR vice president Tian Chua in the run up to the 13th general election.

The group of 47 NGOs were referring to Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad use of draconian laws such as the Sedition Act and Internal Security Act to silence the opposition.

“The sedition charge against Tian Chua could mean a breakaway from Najib Razak’s vow to transform the conservative BN rule. (more…)

March 15, 2013

Expired PM is desperate, fears losing Sabah, other PR leaders incl Anwar next

Malaysia ChronicleTIAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Najib is desperate, fears losing Sabah, other PR leaders incl Anwar next

MP for Batu Tian Chua pleaded not guilty to Sedition charges pressed against him by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government for allegedly linking the ruling Umno party to the Lahad Datu intrusion.

“These are politically-motivated charges and I will clear my name through the court,” Tian said as he made his plea.

His lawyers, Latheefa Koya and N Surendran, minced no words in his defence.Calling the charges a gross abuse of power and the judicial processes, they slammed the Najib administration for putting Umno above the government. (more…)

March 14, 2013

Swift action on Tian Chua, snail’s pace for Ibrahim Ali, Ridhuan Tee

The Malaysian Insider

PKR’s Chua Tian Chang was charged with sedition today for allegedly linking Umno to the on-going Sulu intrusion into Sabah.

Two surprises here.

One, that the Sedition Act is being used despite Putrajaya saying that the law will be repealed.

Two, allegedly offensive statements to burn Malay-language bibles by Datuk Ibrahim Ali and that against Hindus by academic Datuk Dr Ridhuan Tee have yet to see the police working as hard as they have with the Batu MP. (more…)

Tian Chua to be charged under Sedition Act on Thursday: Will Anwar be NEXT?

Tian Chua to be charged under Sedition Act on Thursday: Will Anwar be NEXT?

Maria Begum

MP for Batu Tian Chua will be charged under the Sedition Act for remarks allegedly made in connection to the Lahad Datu intrusion.

“This is a classic case of hypocrisy of the highest order. The Prime Minister himself announced last year the Sedition Act would be repealed and replaced with the National Harmony Act but now with the general election nearby, suddenly the Attorney General seems to have forgotten that,” Latheefa Koya, the legal affairs director for PKR, told Malaysia Chronicle.

It is not yet clear if Tian will be charged for alleged “mati katak”comments or for allegedly linking Umno to the Lahad Datu intrusion. (more…)

January 23, 2013

Prosecute Ibrahim Ali over bible-burning call, Bar Council urges

Syed Jaymal Zahiid 

Authorities may opt to charge Ibrahim under the Sedition Act or Penal Code over the remarks, said Lim.

Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali should be charged under the Sedition Act for his remarks advocating the burning of bibles, Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee said today, backing an similar call by an opposition lawmaker.

Lim said that although the Bar maintains the law deemed a political weapon to silence dissent, should be repealed, it must be impartially applied against Ibrahim given that authorities have charged opposition leaders under the same Act.

“If sedition charges were brought against Karpal Singh, equally charges should also be brought against Ibrahim Ali … Whilst the Bar calls for the repeal of the Sedition Act, if it were to be applied, it must be applied fairly and without discrimination. (more…)

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