|Can or should the Minister even defend the appointment of Zaki Azmi to the Federal Court? Was he not appointed by the YDP Agung acting on the advice of the Prime Minister. The way Nazri is defending the appointment, it looks as though he had a role to play in the choice. It is the PM who should be answering (unless Nazri is really representing the Prime Minister here). |
On Sept 5 2007, Zaki Azmi became the first person to be appointed direct to the Federal Court, bypassing the convention of first serving in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. (not really, previously we had Sri Ram who was appointed directly to become a Judge of the Court of Appeal.)
Wonder whether Zaki Azmi is going to be made Chief Justice - the head of the Malaysian Judiciary? That will really not be good for the perception of independence of the judiciary, and this perception is VERY important.
Nazri defends Zaki's appointment as judge
|Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Oct 30, 07 6:51pm|
De facto law minister Nazri Aziz was the ‘man of the hour’ in Parliament today.
First Umno judge?
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
|1,830 rape cases in 7 months|
|Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 08:31pm|
• Absence of Witness Protection Act not cause of unsolved rape cases
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 24, 2007): A total of 1,830 rapes were reported in the first seven months of this year, of which 85% or 1,606 cases were solved by the police, Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow said.
To a supplementary question from Karpal Singh on whether the proposed Witness Protection Act would be extended to cover rape victims, which would enable them to provide help to the police and courts, Fu said: "The Act is still being studied.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
|Why M'sia refuses to ink refugee pact|
Why Malaysia has not signed the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 and the Convention relating to the Stateless Persons 1961 despite being a United Nations member for more than 50 years?
According to Foreign Ministry parliamentary secretary Ahmad Shabery Cheek, refugees will take jobs away from Malaysians.
"Malaysia is an escape door to people from our neighbouring countries like the Philippines, Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand. And we all know that there are internal problems in these countries.
However, he told Parliament today that the government had adopted a policy where refugees are given "temporary shelter" to those who need it.
"For those who don't want to, we provide temporary shelter in countries recognised by UNHCR," said Ahmad Shabery.
Ahmad Shabery that as of May, there were some 28,668 refugees from countries like Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Nepal, China, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Burma in Malaysia.
|Remembering those still not free|
From late afternoon on Oct 27, 1987 and well into the night, operatives of the Special Branch moved like snakes in the grass.
We have gone to great lengths to obliterate vestiges of British colonialism like renaming roads named after prominent Englishmen, but we have religiously maintained the draconian British legacy of the ISA.
The detainees were psychologically and physically tortured and interrogated without sleep and held in solitary confinement. Family visits were denied until after the first week, but some would only receive visitors after a fortnight.
DAVID ANTHONY is a freelance writer.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
|Malek: My ISA detention horror|
People often forget incidents of the past but for former ISA detainee Abdul Malek Hussin, one horror event will forever be etched in his mind - his 57 days of living hell in detention.
Abdul Malek Hussin, 51, was this week awarded RM2.5 million in damages against the government over his arrest and torture in 1998. This was the result of a civil suit he filed in March 1999, naming special branch officer Borhan Daud, the then Inspector General of Police Abdul Rahim Noor and the government as respondents.
He then said he wanted to conduct a search in my house and I asked him where was the warrant. In fact, I asked for the warrant of arrest under the ISA. He said it was not necessary and I asked him why and he said well, ISA, and he said I should know that.
Then they went to my study room and ransacked and checked all my documents. He entered my master bedroom where my wife and children were sleeping. My wife was shocked and asked me what was happening and I showed her the handcuffs and when she asked me why, I said, “ISA”.
My friend had just left the scene. (Borhan) became so angry and irritated by my response that he slapped me there and then - the pain I can feel until today. There is this drizzling sound I am still hearing it now, until today. I think I have got more than 40-50 percent hearing loss in my left ear. When this was brought up in the courts, Borhan denied it.
You can imagine the smell from the T-shirt which he must have worn from early morning and it was then midnight. It was so smelly. They forced me down inside the car. I knelt down and told not to look anywhere because they did not want me to know where I would be taken.
They brought me to a room and I was told to sign a certain (piece of) paper which stated that I was arrested under the ISA prepared by Borhan - so Borhan was the arresting officer.
(After) I undressed myself completely, suddenly an officer handcuffed me very tightly from the back and there were about six to eight officers in front of me in a small room on the first floor. I was handcuffed and they blindfolded me with two (pieces of) black cloth and I was completely disoriented. I did not know who they were so I guess they were all the arresting officers led by Borhan.
And because the (blindfold) had fallen, I was shocked and he was also shocked because I could recognise him and he just ran away behind the door, and the officers all fled the scene because they did not want to be recognised. Then they turned me to the wall and blindfolded me again and the beating went on until I passed out.
And he threatened me that he wanted to use the syringe which contains HIV virus to be injected into my body because I told him, “You better kill me. What's the point? What are you trying to prove? What are you doing here? Why are you so cruel?” I asked them. (He said) “Oh you wanna die, oh then we'll kill you slowly, we'll put the HIV virus into you”. Of course, they didn't do that.
On Sept 26, by mid-afternoon I was taken to Bukit Aman and placed in solitary confinement only to see sunshine on the 28th day of my detention. So if you ask what's my feeling about that, (it was) very cruel and inhumane. (The police) are not human. I feel even animals have compassion. Even dogs know their masters and even dogs don't bite any other people. They are worst than dogs. If people say they are anjing kerajaan (government dogs), I think at that time they were worse then dogs.
I was not given any opportunity to lodge any report, not given any opportunity to meet my lawyer, no access to my family and I was only given medical attention a couple of days later in Bukit Aman.
I was under solitary confinement, there was no sunshine, I did not know whether it was the morning, I did not know at all. On the 28th day, on the (day of) family visit when I was taken to IPK from Bukit Aman - I really appreciate the sunlight, it was wow, the beauty of the sunray. I tell you, it was beautiful.
I was subjected to interrogation for 17 days on the third floor of the (Bukit Aman) building. They would ask me questions from the morning, afternoon, until evening and then sometimes, late in the night. Once when they were dissatisfied with what was going on outside where people were still gathering on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (and) in Kampung Baru, they were unhappy so they call me very late in the night for further interrogation until early morning.
Then Nurul Izzah was meeting (deposed Philippines president Joseph) Estrada in the Philippines and (former US secretary of state) Madeline Albright. I was inside and the activities were outside, and they were asking me what was this Gerak (reformasi coalition) and that was formed, and about political reform, on PAS, on whether ISA should be abolished or not.
They denied me of utensils if they found I was not cooperative enough. (They would) pull out the mattress or take away the pillows. After the family visited, they told me I would only be detained for a month and they would release me. (They said) if I do not get the recommendation to release me, then they would extend it until the end, and it went on until the 57th day.
I must cooperate with them and the psychology was that they have the power to re-arrest me. So there was that constant fear in me of being re-arrested. It took me quite some time to gather the strength and courage to lodge a police report, and I arrived at that decision in March (1999).
They were really surprised. Then friends convinced me - why not I speak out, and in February I spoke in an event organised by (opposition alliance Malaysian People's Movement for Justice) Gerak by (the late former PAS president) Fadzil Noor in Kuala Lumpur's Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in February 1999.
I regained my courage and you have to make the most of the (police) report. And you have the understanding that you (would) be accused of making a false report. I have to prepare a very lengthy police report and very detailed and an affidavit to file for the civil suit.
They've been very supportive in the sense that there has been no resentment from my family.
Friday, October 19, 2007
|DAP’s Liu wins suit against police|
The police have been ordered to compensate DAP central committee member Ronnie Liu RM21,220 for injuries suffered during his run-in with riot police in 1995.
Shah Alam Sessions Court judge Latifah Mohd Tahar allowed his claims with costs today, ending a nine-year wait for the case to be resolved.
|Will Malek even see a single sen?|
How long would it take for the government to pay ISA detainee Abdul Malek Hussin RM2.5 million in damages awarded in court yesterday?
Judging from DAP central committee member Ronnie Liu's experience, the government is likely to drag its feet.
Liu was awarded RM21,220 on July 11 last year for injuries suffered at the hands of riot police in 1995 during a squatter demolition exercise in Kampung Taman Aman, Petaling Jaya.
“18 months have passed. I have yet to be compensated,” said Liu in a press statement to the media today.
Bloodied and bruised
Liu mentioned the government’s failure to fulfil the court’s decision in passing in his statement.
He also called for action to be taken against those responsible for his and Abdul Malek’s assault.
In Liu’s case, he had submitted to the courts that he was beaten by five baton-wielding riot police resulting in injuries to the forearm, collarbone, abdomen and a six-inch laceration on the chin.
Abdul Malek on the other hand claimed that he was beaten and sexually assaulted while naked and blind folded. He was awarded RM2.5 million by the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday.
In both cases, the courts were convinced that the plaintiffs were assaulted by police personnel.
Book those responsible
Liu said that it was regrettable that those responsible for the assaults were never brought to book.
He called on the government to form a Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe Abdul Malek's allegation of torture and abuse, including the role of then IGP Rahim Mohd Noor.
“No amount of money is sufficient to compensate for the losses incurred by the victims and their families,” said Liu, adding that a royal commission would discourage police personnel from engaging similar acts in the future.
“If the public continues to be silent on police assaults or tortures, they are shielding the police who breaks the law and justice cannot be upheld,” he added.
|Ex-ISA detainee gets RM2.5 million|
Ex-ISA detainee Abdul Malek Hussin, 51, today won a rare law suit against the government over his arrest and torture in 1998, and was awarded RM2.5 million in damages.
Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus in a landmark decision ruled that Abdul Malek’s arrest at the height of the reformasi demonstrations was unlawful and that he was assaulted under custody.
Abdul Malek was detained under the draconian security law for 57 days before he was released without being charged.
He filed his civil suit in March 1999, naming special branch officer Borhan Daud, the then Inspector General of Police Abdul Rahim Noor and the government as respondents.
He also testified that he saw Rahim punching him at his chin in the interrogation room when his blindfold accidentally dropped.
However, he said the judgment was not about the monetary compensation but bringing the police officers involved in his torture to justice.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
|Malek gets RM2.5 million for ISA arrest|
Ex-ISA detainee Abdul Malek Hussin today won his legal suit against the government over his arrest and torture in 1998, and was awarded RM2.5 million in damages.
The court also ruled that he was denied access to his lawyer.
|Parents irked by school's costume ruling|| || |
|Thursday, 18 October 2007, 09:23am|
SEREMBAN: The parents of several non-Muslim students of SMK Datuk Sedia Raja in Rembau are unhappy that their children are required to wear traditional Malay costumes for a school function next month.
One of the parents, G. Rajendran, of Taman Koperasi Chembong in Rembau, said he was shocked to learn that the school had made it compulsory for non-Muslim students participating in the school's certificate presentation ceremony on Nov 5 to wear baju kurung, baju melayu and songkok.
He said this was not the first time the school had come up with such a decision as previously the school's Red Crescent Society had compelled non-Muslim female members to wear the tudung during a march.
Monday, October 08, 2007
|17 years on, Penang Indians 'have nothing'|
When the standard of living among some sections of Indian Malaysians falls lower than that of foreign workers in the country, tough questions have to be asked.
United Hindu Religious Council president G Mugunthan said Koh should have kick-started such a policy when he was sworn as the state’s third chief minister 17 years ago - not now.