Thursday, May 23, 2019

Politicians do not care unless some 'political advantage"? What say Anwar, Kit Siang?.Malaysian Pannir may lose his life this Friday?

Anwar, Kit Siang, MPs, ADUNs, Political Parties - do something to try save the life of Malaysian Pannir Selvam Pranthaman. He could be a voter in your constituency...or maybe his family/friends/relatives are voters...and if you do NOTHING it may affect political support come next elections. Is this all politicians and parties care about?
 
Do they not just do the right thing because they care...or because it is the right and just thing to do, even if it may threaten loss of political support...upholding cause of justice without fear and favour...here, it is about saving a life...
 
What about PM Mahathir - well, the PM and Cabinet are already acting ...Minister Saifuddin and  Liew Vui Keong are already on it ...and, so we are asking for the other MPs(not in Cabinet) and political parties to do something... If they are on the same page as the Cabinet, i.e. save Pannir's life - it really would help. Anwar may also have some influence with Singapore ...use it all..At the very least, come out publicly to say, we support the government's effort to try to save Pannir from the hangman's noose...SILENCE is not an option
 
Yet again, Singapore attempting to HANG another Malaysian - a 'drug mule'...and one wonders whether this new Pakatan Harapan government will fare better and save a man's life...
 
Pannir Selvam Pranthaman may be hanged to death on 24/5/2019(Friday). The Court of Appeal today will be hearing a final stay application...
 
Will Singapore's President Halimah heed the pleas...request of neighbor Malaysia, a fellow member of ASEAN, and commute the sentence to life imprisonment..?   

Why is Anwar Ibrahim or PKR leadership silent? Are they not bothered about the life of this Malaysian? What about DAP? Amanah? Bersatu? PAS?

Does the ethnicity/religion has any consideration when it comes to a political party's response? We all know that both PAS and even UMNO was very active when it came to saving the life of one Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, who was a young Malay woman sentenced to death in China for drug trafficking. Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, 24, a university science graduate from a poor Malay family of rice farmers, admitted to having 2.9 kilograms in her luggage when she was arrested at Shantou airport...
ASIAONE / NEWS / THE STRAITS TIMES / STORY
               
Political parties vie to help drug trafficker
Fri, Dec 14, 2007
The Straits Times
               
KUALA LUMPUR - THE fate of a young Malay woman, who has been sentenced to death by a court in China for smuggling heroin, is causing concern among rival political parties in her home state of Kelantan in Malaysia, with the parties competing to come to her aid.

Umi Azlim Lazim, a 24-year-old Universiti Malaysia Sabah honours graduate, was sentenced to death in May, after she pleaded guilty to trafficking 2.9kg of heroin into Shantou in China's Guangdong province.

Her case hit the headlines in Malaysia last week. On Dec 8, The Star newspaper reported that her family, accompanied by a state government officer, was flying to Guangdong.

Umi's father, Mr Mohamad Lazim, 50, is a car mechanic and her mother Umi Slaia Ibrahim, 45, is a pisang goreng (banana fritters) seller.

Mr Mohamad Lazim told The Star on Saturday that the opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), which rules in Kelantan state, was footing the bill for the trip.

PAS was also raising funds for Umi.

In a report yesterday, PAS deputy president Nasaruddin Mat Isa told Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper that the party was raising funds for the parents to visit Umi and to hire a Chinese lawyer to mount an appeal.

'We want the case reviewed,' he said.

The family has two years - from the time of the sentence in May - to appeal against the death penalty.

Umno, the main party of the ruling federal coalition, also wants to chip in.

The party's Pasir Puteh division head Kamaruddin Mohd Noor had announced the start of a fund to engage a 'top-notch' lawyer in either Malaysia or China.

'We are concerned for any Malaysian citizen facing the gallows abroad,' he said.

However, last week, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said that the Malaysian government could not do much other than ensure that drug offenders abroad received a fair trial.

'We have laws in our country too. You know that if you traffic in drugs, you face the possibility of being sent to the gallows. It is difficult for us to do anything for them other than ensure that the legal process is a just one,' he said.

Under Malaysia's tough anti-drug laws, offenders can be hanged for trafficking 15g or more of heroin.

Umi was employed by a Kuala Lumpur-based firm to market foot massaging equipment and was on a sales and marketing trip in January when she was found with the drugs in Shantou airport. She was then arrested.

Law Minister Nazri Aziz had suggested that she might have been an unwitting accomplice in a drug smuggling operation.

'No young Malay woman, a graduate and employed, had been involved in trafficking. But recently, such incidents are surfacing because they are tricked by syndicates,' Datuk Seri Nazri was quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post.

'We are worried; we are studying the implications.'

His views were shared by Mr Bakri Zininas, director of Malaysia's Narcotics Department, who told The Star newspaper on Monday that Umi and others could have been used as drug mules by international syndicates.

'They were either tricked or they knew what they were doing,' he said, adding that 32 Malaysian women were in jails in China, Japan, Brazil and Chile for trafficking. 'Some have been sentenced, while others are awaiting trial.'

Hopefully, ethnicity and religion does not determine how we response to Human Rights violations  and Injustices - who the victims are or who the perpetrators are should never matter - our struggle is and must be for Human rights - and, here is for the LIFE of Pannir Selvam Pranthaman. Punish him but do not KILL him...

 
Saifuddin: Govt looking for ways to help Malaysian scheduled to hang in Singapore for drug trafficking

Nation
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:03 PM MYT




KLUANG (Bernama): The government is seeking ways to help a Malaysian who is scheduled to be hanged in Singapore on Friday (May 24) for drug trafficking, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

He said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong was making the efforts to try and save Pannir Selvam Pranthaman from the hangman's noose.

“Just now I discussed it with Liew and he is working on behalf of Putrajaya to try and convince the Singapore government to spare him the death penalty,” he told reporters at a Ramadan programme in Kampung Tengah here Tuesday (May 21).

He was asked to comment on an appeal by Pannir's family seeking the government's intervention because Pannir had allegedly not been given enough opportunity to apply for clemency under the republic's laws.


Saifuddin said in similar cases in the past, the government had also taken the same approach of trying to get a lighter sentence for those sentenced to death.

This is in line with Malaysia's move to place a moratorium on the mandatory death sentence.

Asked how Putrajaya could resolve the issue of allegedly short notice for carrying out the death sentence, he said there was nothing much the Malaysian government could do.

“This is the way Singapore administers its law. There is not much room for us to complain but normally what we do is we will try our best to help our people,” he said.

Tuesday, Pannir's family, through human rights group Lawyers for Liberty, turned to Putrajaya as their last hope to save him from the death penalty.

This followed their unsuccessful attempts to save Pannir, which included sending the final appeal to Singapore President Halimah Yacob.

Pannir, 32, was convicted of the offence by the Singapore High Court on June 27, 2017. - Bernama - Star, 21/5/2019

S'pore court to hear M'sian's application for stay of execution

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The Singapore Court of Appeal will hear tomorrow the application by Malaysian P Pannir Selvam to stay his execution scheduled for Friday, May 24.

“This application was filed by Pannir himself from prison,” Lawyers for Liberty adviser N Surendran said in a statement today.

Pannir had also submitted a final appeal for clemency to Singapore President Halimah Yacob.

He was convicted on June 27, 2017 by the Singapore High Court of trafficking 51.84g of diamorphine at Woodlands Checkpoint on Sept 3, 2014.

Drug mule's family make final appeal to Singapore president, urge Putrajaya to intervene

P. Pannir Selvam is due to be executed in Singapore on Friday. — AFP pic
P. Pannir Selvam is due to be executed in Singapore on Friday. — AFP pic
KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 — The family of P. Pannir Selvam, a Malaysian convict who is facing the hangman’s noose in three days in Singapore, have made a last-ditch appeal to the island nation’s president Halimah Yacob and the Malaysian government to intervene.

In a press statement today Pannir’s sister, P. Sangkari said the notice of execution which they received last week came as a “shock” since it was dated on the same day that Halimah had refused Pannir any clemency.

Pannir, 32 was convicted on June 27, 2017 by the Singapore High Court of allegedly trafficking in 51.84g of diamorphine at the Woodlands Checkpoint on September 3, 2014 despite consistently pleading innocence.

“We know that in the New Malaysia, our government no longer approves of the death sentence for drug trafficking.

“The Malaysian government is Pannir and our family’s last hope. We implore the Malaysian government to communicate and urge the Singapore government to halt Friday’s execution. Please give Pannir and our family a second chance,” she said.

Lawyers for Liberty adviser N. Surendran had asserted previously that there were several irregularities in the Singapore legal process that will see the Malaysian hanged to death this Friday even though the latter has strong grounds to obtain clemency.

“Once again, Singapore is planning to execute a mere drug mule, while the drug kingpins continue to ply their trade with impunity.

“More disturbingly, Pannir’s final recourse of a clemency petition to the president of Singapore has been tainted with illegality and unlawful acts by the Singapore authorities,” Surendran said.

The former lawmaker highlighted that Pannir had aided the Singapore authorities by providing critical information about one Anand, believed to be the mastermind who had duped Pannir into carrying a package containing drugs to Singapore.

However, he claimed the Singapore public prosecutor unreasonably denied the certificate of assistance to Pannir that would have enabled the court to sentence the Malaysian to life imprisonment instead of death. - Malay Mail, 21/5/2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Azmin and 10 KL/Selangor Schools RM3.43million - Raises Questions? Abuse or new hope?

Schools -  well, is it not under the Education Minister? Should it not be this Ministry that should be responsible for maintenance, repairs, upkeep and ...?

In this 2 media report, Azmin Ali, who is now the Economic Affairs Minister seem to be the Minister who seem 'approved' the construction and now money is being channeled? Odd, because should it not be an application by the Education Ministry ...and should not the money be chanelled to the Education Ministry...or maybe the Public Works Ministry, who is responsible also for Federal Buildings?

The Economic Affairs Ministry in a statement yesterday said the assistance was channelled via the Special Project Allocation to build better facilities and to meet the needs of students and teachers.
Its Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali presented the approval for the construction of infrastructure together with community contributions.

Second Issue -  Who is applying? The report said that it was the PIBG (Parent Teacher Association). It also says that '...the site evaluation was conducted by the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) in the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) and the reports were submitted to the ministry....' Should not the Works Minister, JKR, Education Ministry...be involved...

“Approvals for the projects are based on applications by the Parent Teacher Association (PIBG) of the schools involved.“Among the projects were building open air hall, school fencing, upgrading and repairing of suraus as well as basic school facilities,” the statement said.

According to the statement, the site evaluation was conducted by the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) in the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) and the reports were submitted to the ministry.

Does this mean that Parent-Teacher Associations and maybe even Alumni Associations directly make application for building additional infrastructure, etc directly to Azmin Ali, Minister of Economic Affairs? 

Third issue - 10 schools in KL/Selangor - surely there are other schools in Malaysia that have more pressing needs with regard to maintenance and additional infrastructure...many schools, even in Temerloh, have not enough money to even repair doors, tables, chairs, windows...surely, more important would have been to provide basic maintenance to all schools....Then, we see that some of these schools may also be in the Parliamentary Constituency and/or State seat in which Azmin Ali is MP and/or ADUN - did this affect the decision? A Minister is responsible for the whole country - and his own constituency should never be seen as getting special treatment...

Among the schools involved are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sungai Pusu, Gombak and SMK Hulu Kelang in Selangor and SMK Bukit Indah, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Is there anything wrong with this - what do you think? 

So now PIBG and Alumni Associations can directly apply to the Minister of Economic Affairs - and he will deliver? The government must tell us the proper process - we always thought that we should raise this issues to the Headmaster...to the District Education Office ...to the Education Minister...but this report suggest that there are other 'more efficient' ways of improving the condition of the schools that our children attend...

Our schools in Malaysia needs attention - maintenance and upkeep...Football fields need to be re-surfaced, windows/doors/tables/chairs need repair...paint jobs, etc..

 

 

Ministry: 10 schools in KL, Selangor to get RM3.43m allocation for infrastructure

Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali presented the approval for the construction of infrastructure together with community contributions. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali presented the approval for the construction of infrastructure together with community contributions. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — Ten schools in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor have been allocated RM3.43 million to build various infrastructure.

The Economic Affairs Ministry in a statement yesterday said the assistance was channelled via the Special Project Allocation to build better facilities and to meet the needs of students and teachers.
Its Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali presented the approval for the construction of infrastructure together with community contributions.

“Approvals for the projects are based on applications by the Parent Teacher Association (PIBG) of the schools involved.

“Among the projects were building open air hall, school fencing, upgrading and repairing of suraus as well as basic school facilities,” the statement said.

According to the statement, the site evaluation was conducted by the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) in the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) and the reports were submitted to the ministry.

Among the schools involved are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sungai Pusu, Gombak and SMK Hulu Kelang in Selangor and SMK Bukit Indah, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama - Malay Mail,5/5/2019


RM3.43 juta bina prasarana sekolah di KL Selangor
BERNAMA | 05 May 2019
Azmin Ali - Foto Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR - Sejumlah RM3.43 juta peruntukan diberikan kepada 10 buah sekolah bagi pembinaan prasarana di sekolah sekitar Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor.

Kementerian Hal Ehwal Ekonomi dalam satu kenyataan berkata, bantuan yang diberikan menerusi Peruntukan Projek Khas bakal memberi kemudahan yang lebih selesa dan memenuhi keperluan para pelajar serta guru.

Menterinya, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali menyampaikan kelulusan pembinaan prasarana tersebut bersama sumbangan kemasyarakatan.

“Kelulusan projek-projek ini adalah berdasarkan permohonan sumbangan daripada pihak Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru (PIBG) sekolah yang terlibat.

“Antaranya pembinaan dewan terbuka dan pagar sekolah, menaik taraf dan membaik pulih surau, bangunan serta kemudahan asas sekolah,” jelas kenyataan tersebut

Menurut kenyataan itu, semakan dan penilaian di tapak telah dijalankan oleh Unit Penyelarasan Pelaksanaan (ICU), Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM) dan laporan dikemukakan kepada pihak kementerian.

Projek itu kemudiannya diluluskan memandangkan terdapat keperluan mendesak untuk dilaksanakan di sekolah terbabit.

Antara sekolah terbabit ialah Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sungai Pusu, Gombak dan SMK Hulu Kelang di Selangor serta SMK Bukit Indah, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. - Bernama - Sinar Harian, 5/5/2019

RAYA BONUS/AID - Injustices and Discrimination? For all poor - not just government employees?GLCs?

All Malaysians are the concern of government - and that means all workers too, not just civil servants. 

Of primary concern must be the POOR, be they workers, self-employed, the elderly, etc... and, in the determination of who is the 'poor', consideration must not simply be the question of 'monthly income' but also the assets(land/shares/etc) that they own. 

Hari Raya is around the corner, and many State and even the Federal government, once again is going to give ONLY civil servants(government employees' Raya bonuses...great...but what about the other poor? Do they not get any financial assistance? 

Can highly indebted Malaysia afford such generosity - to even high income workers?

Is Pakatan Harapan just simply following blindly what UMNO-BN did in the past?

After all, civil servants or public sector workers are today maybe in a much better position compared to private sector workers(including also the 'outsourced workers' supplied by 'contractors for labour' and the self employed, etc.. ) - they have employment security (regular employment until retirement age, annual wage increments, increasing rights - like number of annual leave, etc... , other benefits(low interest loans for housing, etc)...WHILE PRIVATE SECTOR workers today are increasingly without employment security( with the rise of short-term contracts and use of workers supplied by contractors for labour)...farmers/fishermen too are dependent on fluctuating cost and even 'weather'...

It is the peoples' money that is expended to employ and pay civil servants ...and now, their Raya bonuses?  What about the rest of POOR Malaysians...Is the governments(State and Federal) not bothered?

DETERMINING THE POOR? WHO ARE THE POOR?

POOR - Do we now have a comprehensive list of the 'poor and needy' individuals in Malaysia? Previous surveys seems to be only concerned with 'households' - that meaning all who live within a house? What we need is a comprehensive list of poor individuals. 

Income Tax Returns - well, it may be best that ALL Malaysians should be required to make submissions, irrespective of whether they qualify to pay income tax or not - that will help the government identify the poor and needy...(The Ministry could double check to ensure that they are really poor, deserving of government assistance...)

ASSISTANCE should be for all POOR Malaysians - not just civil servants for Hari Raya, Deepavali, Chinese New Year, Gawai, etc...and this assistance must flow from the relevant government departments/Ministries...

POVERTY LINE INCOME - Well, Malaysia need to speedily determine this, and it may be different from one region to another. Those in KL and Klang Valley really have a higher cost of living - so poverty line income may be higher that some other places..

Who should qualify?

- Individuals (who have completed education/training), above the age of 21 who are employed or unemployed who have no or low income based on employment/business activities/other sources of income like ASN/Shares/Rental/etc...who have/earn less than RM2,000 monthly?

- The Elderly (those above 60) - who do not have a source of income, especially those from poorer families or who are not receiving adequate support and/or assistance from their children, etc...who have/ear less than RM2,000 monthly?

- Home makers (housewifes or house 'husbands' who have to stay home to care for children/elderly..) should also be given such assistance..

The Ministry responsible for WELFARE should have a comprehensive list, and disbursement of assistance must be done by the relevant Ministry...not through politicians and/or political parties.

Overcoming poverty and unstable financial security amongst workers?

To overcome poverty amongst workers, the government really must work towards EMPLOYMENT SECURITY(which means restoring regular employment until retirement/retrenchment - short-term contract employment must be abolished or seriously limited, 'Contractor For Labour' system must be abolished in favour of direct employment, wage increments must be a reality,...), 

Civil Servants or Public Servants or 'Penjawat Awam' getting bonuses for Hari Raya - does that also include the 'outsourced' workers that some government departments use - or will these bonuses be given to the 'Contractor For Labour'...who takes a cut and gives some to their workers?? 

RAYA BONUSES - FOR WHOM AND BASIS? (listing just about few states not all) - See my comments and questions in BLUE for reflection. You may want to read the news reports below before looking at the comments ...some states paying fix sums...some paying equivalent to one month's salary(so, someone earning RM10,000 gets another RM10,000?), some paying GLC workers...???

- If only to the poorer workers, say those earning less than RM3,000 or RM4,000, may be fair - but when given to all, it is wasteful spending especially when it not a fix sum like RM450 or RM500 but 'one month's salary' - so those with large salaries like RM8,000 will get a RM8,000 Raya Bonus - so UNJUST? it is the poorer that should receive more aid to help them celebrate Raya or ...

- Why is SELANGOR government using Selangor peoples' money to pay bonus for staff in GLCs - which are companies? It should be company's funds that should be used to pay out Raya bonuses or other bonuses - and bonuses depend on how the company is doing...making profits or suffering losses - so ODD that Selangor MB using 'government funds' or is he using GLC's funds? Najib seem to have used GLC funds even to pay himself...according to allegations made in recent SRC case - is the Selangor MB also committing the same crime - GLCs, mind you are companies - some not even 100% owned by government - and all its decisions should really be made by the Board of Directors - not MB of Selangor?

- Why 'mosque and surau' workers - whose employees are they? Are they not 'civil servants'? Should they not be 'civil servants'? They get RM450 each in Selangor?
- Federal government paying retirees - but not State governments?

- Malaysia has a lot of debt - so much so many Malaysians 'donated' to help our country - so, can it afford 'bonusses'? 

- Federal government only helping 'poorer' civil servants - those below Grade 56(but how much do this grade earn?) - Right to provide financial assistance to the lower income civil servants and retirees - and best it be a fixed sum of RM450-500, not equivalent to one month's salary...The higher income civil servants do not need aid reasonably. 

- 'VOTE BUYING' - to ensure political support and victory in upcoming elections? What does EC have to say about this? SUHAKAM? 

- POOR, be they in civil service, private sector, self-employed, unemployed, elderly, sick, etc - they are the ones that deserve financial assistance...certainly not people who are already earning more than RM3,000...at this time, considering the state of financial affairs of the nation, assistance maybe should just be given to those earning less than RM2,000, and it really should be a fixed sum of RM400-RM500 depending on the state of government financial positions...

Federal Government - RM450 each to almost 1.5 million civil servants...with Grade 56 and below. RM225 special aid will also be given to nearly 800,000 retirees.

PENANG special Aidilfitri bonus of half-month salary or a minimum of RM1,000 to all state civil servants

KELANTAN6,000 state civil servants will receive an RM500 bonus

SABAH 21,000 state civil servants will receive their RM500 Hari Raya bonus

SELANGOR 19,244 Selangor civil servants will receive a bonus of one month’s salary, while the 739 federal staffer serving in the state will receive RM1,000 each.
- one-month bonus will also be given to 1,521 government-linked company (GLC) staff and those working in strategic planning organisations like Universiti Selangor (Unisel), Yayasan Hijrah Selangor, Tourism Selangor, Invest Selangor and Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor, 
 - "Mosque workers are made up of the nazir, a couple of imam, bilal and siak who will receive RM400 each. Surau staff will receive RM300 each

Penang civil servants to get special Hari Raya bonus

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The Penang government today announced a special Aidilfitri bonus of half-month salary or a minimum of RM1,000 to all state civil servants. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the bonus is given because the state government was concerned with the rising cost of living in the wake of the festive season faced by the civil servants. This will involve an allocation of RM5.27 million and will benefit 3,905 civil servants in Penang, he told a press conference in George Town today. - Malaysiakini, 13/5/2019

Kelantan civil servants to get RM500 Raya bonus

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More than 6,000 state civil servants will receive an RM500 bonus soon for Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations, Kelantan Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob said today. Ahmad said the bonus payout, the same as the one paid out last year, will involve some RM3.3 million....-

Selangor MB confirms one-month Raya bonus for state civil servants, RM1,000 for federal staff

Selangor Mentri Besar Selangor, Tuan Amirudin Shari speaks to the media after presenting the 2019 Selangor Budget in SUK Selangor, November 23, 2018. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Selangor Mentri Besar Selangor, Tuan Amirudin Shari speaks to the media after presenting the 2019 Selangor Budget in SUK Selangor, November 23, 2018. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
SHAH ALAM, May 17 — Selangor Mentri Besar, Amirudin Shari, announced news of the special payment today during a speech delivered at a Ramadan event with civil servants.

A total of 19,244 Selangor civil servants will receive a bonus of one month’s salary, while the 739 federal staffer serving in the state will receive RM1,000 each.

"The special financial aid called Insentif Mahabbah Selangor, with an allocation of RM33.84 million, will be paid out on June 7," he said

A one-month bonus will also be given to 1,521 government-linked company (GLC) staff and those working in strategic planning organisations like Universiti Selangor (Unisel), Yayasan Hijrah Selangor, Tourism Selangor, Invest Selangor and Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor, with the amount totalling RM5.621 million.

The state government will be also distributing RM4.17 million worth of Insentif Mahabbah Ramadan to those running the 2,053 surau and 390 mosques in the state.

"Mosque workers are made up of the nazir, a couple of imam, bilal and siak who will receive RM400 each. Surau staff will receive RM300 each," he said.

Amirudin said the state government has also decided that Selangor civil servants will receive two months’ bonus at the end of the year.  — Bernama - Malay Mail, 17/5/2019

Raya bonus of RM450 each for civil servants

The special aid will not only benefit civil servants but also 800,000 retirees, who will each get RM225.
PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister’s Office has announced a Hari Raya Aidilfitri bonus of RM450 each to almost 1.5 million civil servants.

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said the aid would be given to civil servants with Grade 56 and below to celebrate Raya.

“This special aid will also be given to nearly 800,000 retirees.

“They will receive RM225 each,” it said in a statement. The money will be paid on May 24.
The special payment will cost the government RM855 million. - FMT, 16/5/2019

Sabah civil servants get RM500 Raya bonus

KOTA KINABALU: More than 21,000 state civil servants will receive their RM500 Hari Raya bonus within two weeks, says Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He said the RM500 was not much, but hoped it would help reduce the burdens of civil servants, especially those celebrating Hari Raya.

"This decision was made after we checked our accounts and taking into account the amount of loans the state government has to pay," he said after handing over Raya cookies and goodies to representatives of security forces here on Tuesday (May 21).

The bonus payout will involve some RM10.5mil in government funds. - Star, 21/5/2019


* Will we also be expecting financial aid during CNY, Deepavali, Christmas, Wesak, Gawai...Orang Asli 'celebrations'...??? 

OR maybe, we should be not be 'so generous' until our financial position is stronger...maybe other needs of the people should be prioritized - rather than having 'extra money' to spend for festivals...PH has revealed how UMNO-BN has left Malaysia in a very indebted situations - it is easy to just transfer the problems to the next generation ...or maybe we should simply settle our debt problems today...and that may mean no more UN-needed bonuses...only maybe some 'aid' as and when really needed...and only for the POOR and truly deserving...

Monday, May 20, 2019

Malaysia violated the principle of non-refoulment?

Shameful that Malaysia violated the principle of non-refoulment? Is this the new PH government that we chose? They should be protecting and promoting human rights - but alas after one comes into power, they sometimes do change ...


UNJUST when Malaysia arrests and send back to Thailand a UNHCR recognised asylum seeker?

Where the Members of Parliament who are for human rights and justice? Why are they not speaking up? Have they been compromised by 'power' or 'fear'? There is nothing wrong for MPs, especially not in the Cabinet, to speak up against government wrongdoings - remember, it is their role as 'Backbenchers' to play the important role of check and balance...Stand up...speak out without fear or favour even if you are alone...

Press Release

The Malaysian Government Must Uphold the Customary International Law of Non-Refoulement

The Malaysian Bar is deeply concerned with the Malaysian Government’s action in deporting Praphan Pipithnamporn, an asylum seeker registered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (“UNHCR”) in Kuala Lumpur, to Thailand on 10 May 2019, reportedly upon the request of the Government of Thailand.

According to media reports, Praphan Pipithnamporn, a Thai national, is a member of the Organization for Thai Federation, a peaceful anti-monarchy group.  She had been arrested many times between September and December 2018 by the Thai authorities, and an arrest warrant was issued in January 2019 for her participation in an anti-monarchy activity during the birthday memorial for the late King Rama IX on 5 December 2018.

She arrived in Malaysia in January 2019, and subsequently applied for asylum at UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur.  On 2 April 2019, UNHCR registered her claim as an asylum seeker and designated her as a “person of concern”.  As such, she should rightfully be protected under the fundamental principle of international law known as non-refoulement.

It is disheartening and troubling that the Malaysian Government violated international law, and abdicated its legal and moral obligation not to deport individuals to situations where their very lives may be in serious jeopardy.

Although Thailand and Malaysia have signed a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, under Section 8 of our Extradition Act 1992 there are prohibitions against extradition in certain circumstances, including:

(1) if the offence in respect of which [an individual’s] return is sought is of a political character or he proves to the Minister that the warrant for his return has in fact been made with a view to try or punish him for an offence of a political character;

(2) if the request for his surrender although purporting to be made for an extradition offence was in fact made for the purpose of prosecuting or punishing the person on account of his race, religion, nationality or political opinions; or

(3) if he might be prejudiced at his trial or punished or imprisoned by reason of his race, religion, nationality or political opinions.

The Malaysian Bar cautions the Malaysian Government not to dismiss due consideration of these provisions.  

The Malaysian Bar calls on the Malaysian Government, as a responsible member of the international community, to honour, respect and uphold the rules and customs of international law — including the principle of non-refoulement — as well as the provisions of Malaysian law.

Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor
President
Malaysian Bar

17 May 2019

Rights groups: Three Thais activists accused of insulting king have disappeared

Thailand's deputy prime minister Prawit Wongsuwan denied the three activists were in Thai custody. — Reuters pic
Thailand's deputy prime minister Prawit Wongsuwan denied the three activists were in Thai custody. — Reuters pic
BANGKOK, May 10 ― Three Thai activists facing charges of insulting the monarchy have disappeared after reportedly being arrested in Vietnam, rights groups said today, months after two exiled critics of the military and monarchy turned up dead.

Thailand's deputy prime minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, denied the three activists were in Thai custody, as has been reported by the Thai Alliance for Human Rights.
Chucheep Chiwasut, who broadcasts political commentary to Thailand from exile, and fellow activists Siam Theerawut and Kritsana Thapthai were reportedly turned over to Thai authorities by Vietnam on May 8, Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

“Vietnam's alleged secret forced return to Thailand of three prominent activists should set off alarm bells in the international community,” Human Rights Watch Asia Director Brad Adams said.

London-based Amnesty International said Chucheep had long faced charges of lese-majeste, or insulting the monarchy.

Siam and Kritsana were also under police investigation for lese majeste, the rights group said.

Article 112 of Thailand's criminal code says anyone who insults the king, queen, heir or regent faces punishment of up to 15 years in prison.

The US-based Thai Alliance for Human Rights first reported that Chucheep, also known as Uncle Sanam Luang, had been sent back to Thailand.

“Uncle Sanam Luang and two others were apprehended ... a month ago. But they were just transferred to Thailand on May 8 from Vietnam,” the alliance's Piangdin Rakthai said in a YouTube video.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit denied the report.

“Vietnam has not coordinated transfers. We have not received any request. If there is, it would be through the foreign ministry and police,” Prawit told reporters.

Human rights groups have accused the ruling military of applying the lese majeste law more widely since a 2014 military coup as a way to silence critics.

In January, the bodies of two exiled critics of the military and royal family, Chatcharn Buppawan, 56, and Kraidej Luelert, 46, were along the Mekong River border with Laos.

Their bodies had been stuffed with concrete, apparently to make them sink.

The military said at the time it had no information about the bodies.

Activist Surachai Danwattananusorn, 78, who operated an online radio station critical of the junta and monarchy from Laos, disappeared in December. His whereabouts are not known.

“We are worried about the situation,” Piangdin said in his video.

“There have been disappearances and deaths of political activists who are against the military government and criticise the monarchy.” ― Reuters - Malay Mail, 10/5/2019


Rights group fears Thai activists have been 'disappeared'
Vietnam reported to have handed over three dissidents who fled Laos after other activists were abducted and found dead 
 
Rights group fears Thai activists have been 'disappeared'
A visitor looks at a portrait of missing Thai activist Surachai Danwattananusorn during a human rights forum at the Netherlands embassy in Bangkok on March 12. Surachai, a prominent critic of Thailand's monarchy and the junta, went missing in December 2018 with two aides. Surachai's whereabouts are still unknown, while the battered bodies of his two aides were washed ashore in the Mekong River on the Thai-Laos border. (Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP)
ucanews.com reporter, Bangkok 
 
Thailand
May 10, 2019
 
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Thai government to reveal the whereabouts of three activists who were reportedly extradited from Vietnam to Bangkok. 
 
Thai authorities have not acknowledged their arrest and detention, raising grave concerns that they have become victims of enforced disappearance, the New York-based rights group said on May 9. 
 
Vietnamese authorities reportedly arrested Chucheep Chivasut, Siam Theerawut and Kritsana Thapthai early this year for illegal entry and using fake travel documents. Vietnam handed them over to Thai authorities on May 8, according to media reports. Thai authorities have accused the three men of breaking Thailand’s strict lese majeste laws by insulting the monarchy, including by broadcasting online anti-monarchy radio programs and mobilizing supporters of Chucheep’s Organization for Thai Federation to hold demonstrations against the monarchy by wearing black T-shirts in Bangkok and other provinces.
 
HRW Asia director Brad Adams has called on the Thai government to immediately disclose the whereabouts of the activists and to permit their family members and lawyers to see them. “Only by publicly affirming that these three activists are in detention and in contact with their relatives and legal counsel will the authorities put to rest the fear that these men have been forcibly disappeared,” he said. Since the May 2014 coup, 
 
Thai authorities have aggressively pursued Chucheep and other anti-monarchy activists who have operated from neighboring countries. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan announced in September 2018 that the Organization for Thai Federation is an outlawed group and threatened to arrest everyone involved with it. 
 
Chucheep and his two colleagues moved from Laos to Vietnam after activists Surachai Danwattananusorn, Kraidej Luelert and Chatchan Buphawan were abducted by unknown people in Laos in December. The battered and disemboweled bodies of Kraidej and Chatchan were later found in the Mekong River. Unconfirmed reports said a third body was found at the same time but then lost again. Surachai’s fate is unknown. 
 
Anti-monarchist activists Itthipol Sukpaen and Wuthipong Kachathamakul were abducted in Laos in June 2016 and July 2017 respectively. 
 
Enforced disappearances are defined under international law as the arrest or detention of a person by state officials or their agents followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or to reveal the person’s fate or whereabouts. 
 
Enforced disappearances violate a range of fundamental human rights protected under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Thailand has ratified. “Vietnam’s alleged secret forced return to Thailand of three prominent activists should set off alarm bells in the international community,” 
 
Adams said. “United Nations agencies and concerned governments should press the Thai government to immediately reveal where Chucheep and his two colleagues are being held and allow others to visit them.” - UCA News, 10/5/2019
 

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15 years after activists' disappearance in Bangkok, family of missing Thai lawyer still 'waiting for justice'

AFP-JIJI
The wife of a lawyer who vanished after being snatched off the streets of Bangkok 15 years ago urged Thailand on Tuesday to toughen laws to end impunity of officials accused of carrying out enforced disappearances.

Rights groups say 30 human rights activists have disappeared or been murdered in Thailand since 2001.

While local officials have been accused of being involved in some cases, they are rarely held accountable in a country where the police and courts are warped by power and influence.

A draft law on preventing enforced disappearances is currently in parliament.

But the bill must be toughened up as it currently is focused “on protecting government officials,” said Angkhana Neelapaijit of Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission.

“The state must stand with the victims.”

Angkhana is the wife of prominent Muslim human rights lawyer Somchai, who disappeared on this day 15 years ago when he was bundled into a car off the streets of Bangkok, according to eyewitnesses.

Well-known for representing clients accused of insurgency-related violence in Thailand’s deep south, Somchai’s abduction came while he was defending suspected Islamic militants who had accused authorities of torturing them while in custody.

Five police officers — one of whom was briefly jailed — were eventually acquitted in Thailand’s Supreme Court, a verdict that is a stain on the country’s law enforcement record.

“Bringing perpetrators to justice … cannot be ignored, no matter the level of the government official,” Angkhana said during a memorial event at the Netherlands Embassy in Bangkok.

“The families of the disappeared — including myself — are still waiting for justice.”

The event Tuesday was attended by family members of other missing activists around the region, including Shui-Meng Ng, whose husband, environmental campaigner Sombath Somphone, went missing in 2012 in Laos.

Speaking to a sombre crowd, Shui-Meng urged the Thai government to give closure to Somchai’s family, saying she “stands in unity with your pain … with your anger and indignity.”

Somchai’s unsolved case is one of at least 82 cases of enforced disappearances in Thailand since 1980 recorded by the United Nations. - Japan Times, 12/3/2019