Tuesday, April 30, 2019

PERMATA - Education Minister keeping it rather than abolishing it? Save our money?

Maszlee, our Education Minister, now reveals that the PERMATA program, which is now under the Education Minister, will not be abolished but will be renamed... PERMATA was previously under Rosmah(Najib's wife), under I believe the then PM's Department...which, I believe, should be abolished. Good elements could be incorporated into our education program...and even the Health Ministry(as that program also was about children hospitals). A lot of peoples' monies were spend to set up over 80 centres which caters for just about 2,000 student participants... 

The National Permata Programme that was the brainchild of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has now been rebranded as “Genius”, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said today.

As the Education Minister, Maszlee had not really been impressive - changing school students shoe colour, getting himself appointed as a University President(later resigned under pressure), backtracking on the UEC recognition, maintaining 90% quota for Malay and Sabah/Sarawakian native students in matriculation programs. He has yet to look into correcting the Malaysian History - which of course highlighted only the efforts of UMNO-MCA-MIC leaders, downplaying the contribution of many others ... Did the British colonial government hand over power to UMNO-MCA-MIC because they were cronnies who agreed to protect British interests? Post independence, the laws and policies that weakened trade unions and societies still remain...remembering that Trade Unions(workers) were active in the fight for independence of Malaysia too...

Personally, I believe it may be best that Maszlee be removed as Education Minister - we need a more effective Minister who will bring needed change...

SAVING MONEY - Well, then close the PERMATA program...reassign the public servants in that program to other Ministries...

Well, visit the site of the PERMATA program -  to get a better understanding...(Ooops site is not available now) - facts below obtained earlier when the site was operative...

PERMATA was, I believe,  the 'hobby program' of Rosmah - it really ought to be abolished - not renamed and continued by PH government.

There were already programs for the smarter students, those who excelled in sports, etc even before the PERMATA program came into being...

It is a program for gifted children - but is it a school? 

If education, then is not the government already having schools for allegedly smarter students ...the 'special' schools - the residential schools, MRSM, matriculation programs..

For those with sport talents - the special sports schools

Look at the number of students in the PERMATA program - are they smarter than those in ordinary schools...let us have a competition and see...

If the curriculum and the teaching methods are better, in PERMATA... maybe the Education Ministry can incorporate this into other schools, kindergartens, etc...

PERMATA has programs for those gifted in the arts...Really? Well, arts, music, dance...all these must be introduced in all schools - all students deserve the opportunity to learn and enhance their artistic and cultural skills. (Well, maybe then all schools should again have music teachers, dance teachers, etc...It was there before, but budget cuts in past government, made it a thing of the past...Maybe PH can bring back music classes, school bands, etc..).

PERMATA also plans to set up children hospital? Should this not be under the Health Ministry - do we have children wards in all our hospitals now - this should be for the benefit of all children all over Malaysia...

Does the PERMATA use ethnic quotas? What really is the percentage of students in the current PERMATA program coming from the various ethnic groups - just curious? Have we read anything in the media about how a PERMATA student excelled in exams, arts, etc?

'Genius'  Education Minister to continue this program is not an act of a Genius - PERMATA, in my opinion is a waste of money and should be abolished...

When we voted out BN, we wanted CHANGE - not simply re-naming and continuing BN programs like PERMATA..

Number of Students (Enrolment) in Malaysia
Level Total
Preschool 200,684
Primary 2,685,403
Secondary 2,188,525
Overall Total 5,074,612
Data APDM 31 Mei 2016 ( Website Ministry of Education)

PERMATA program involves about 2,000 students in over 80 PERMATA Centers - How many full time students in PERMATA Centers? Or are they simply pinched from existing education institutions as and when needed?

How many staff...teachers in all these centres? Public servants can be reassigned to relevant Ministries

Too much of our tax payers money being wasted.

Now, no access to PERMATA website so date here is what I got earlier 

Makluman: Laman Program PERMATA ditutup buat sementara waktu untuk proses penambahbaikan.

Untuk sebarang pertanyaan boleh diemailkan kepada kami di info.permata@moe.gov.my. Segala kesulitan amatlah dikesali. Sekian, terima kasih.
"Pengguna boleh melayari laman web alternatif bagi Genius@Kurnia / PERMATA Kurnia seperti berikut. Terima kasih”

Notice: Program PERMATA website is being temporarily closed down for upgrading.

For any enquiry, please email us at info.permata@moe.gov.my. We apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you.
“Users can access alternative websites for Genius@Kurnia / PERMATA Kurnia as follows. Thank you.”



Maszlee: Rosmah’s brainchild, Permata, now rebranded as ‘Genius’

Maszlee said the purporse of the rebranding was to make the child development programme more competitive. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Maszlee said the purporse of the rebranding was to make the child development programme more competitive. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — The National Permata Programme that was the brainchild of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has now been rebranded as “Genius”, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said today.

Berita Harian reported Maszlee saying that the Cabinet had decided on the rebranding the child development programme to make it more competitive and highly motivated.

“Though the functions and role remains the same, there are several programmes under it that will be enhanced in terms of quality,” he said after an event in Nilai, Negri Sembilan.

After Pakatan Harapan took over the government last May, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the new administration would not pull the plug on Permata, but would audit and review the programme.

The Pemata programme was previously helmed by Rosmah, the wife to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The programme was started nearly a decade ago after Najib then took office.

However the previous Barisan Nasional administration had claimed that Rosmah was not involved in Permata’s day-to-day operations.

In 2015, then minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said as patron of the programme, Rosmah does not handle any administrative, financial or managerial matters, as well as other functions that come under the purview of the civil service. - Malay Mail, 15/4/2019

Permata removed from list, no 'lead by example' award for Rosmah

Published     Updated
osmah Mansor will not be receiving the 'Lead by Example' Award from the Antiquities Coalition after the Permata programme was removed from the list of honourees.
It is learnt that Bernama, which reported about the award on Saturday, claimed that the award was being given by Unesco.

Permata is the brainchild of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's wife, who also serves as its patron. She was slated to receive the award at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York on Thursday.

In an email to the media, Antiquities Coalition spokesperson Andy Beck said: "Contrary to erroneous reports, the event is not a Unesco event, nor is Unesco giving the award."

Beck also shared a statement from Professor Tudor Parfitt, a British scholar, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and chair of the international academic advisory panel for the event.

"The committee recommended that Permata programmes receive recognition as they were seen to represent a model for potential imitation in other countries with diverse populations.

"The programme, which was founded in 2007 under the auspices of Rosmah Mansor, has already received recognition for its efforts to help deprived young people find employment and develop their potential," said Parfitt.

Parfitt said following inaccurate leaks of the committee’s recommendations, the organisation had been quizzed by the media about the sources of funding for Permata.

He said as academics, the organisation had no immediate means of verifying funding for Permata, and was not aware of any specific wrongdoing.
"However, we do not wish this important event to be dominated by anything other than the issue of how to mobilise and unite people in the fight against violent extremism," he said.
"The committee therefore decided it requires more time to review the comments that have been received, and has removed Permata from the list of Thursday’s honourees," he added.

On Saturday, Bernama reported that Rosmah was selected to be the recipient of Unesco's award in conjunction with the 71st United Nations General Assembly.

The national news agency quoted Education Ministry secretary-general Alias Ahmad, who is also Malaysian National Commission for Unesco vice-president, that Rosmah would be conferred the award for her efforts in developing the potential of children, especially through the Permata programme. - Malaysiakini, 19/9/2016

Award Canceled for Children’s Group With Ties to Malaysia’s First Lady

Rosmah Mansor, the first lady of Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, the capital, last month. She is known for her lavish spending on luxury items like Hermès Birkin bags. Credit Chris Jung/NurPhoto, via Getty Images

Organizers of a high-profile event to be held during the annual United Nations conclave this week have at the last minute canceled an award they had planned to give a Malaysian organization over concerns about its links to Malaysia’s first lady, whose family is mired in corruption allegations.

The event, to be held Thursday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, honors people and groups that have fought extremism. Among the scheduled honorees was Permata, a Malaysian children’s organization that was founded several years ago under the auspices of Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak.

Ms. Rosmah is known for her lavish spending on luxury items like Hermès Birkin bags.

The couple’s family and close friends are at the center of a Justice Department lawsuit claiming that $1 billion in assets — including a $30.6 million penthouse at the Time Warner Center in New York and a $39 million mansion in the Los Angeles hills — were bought with money stolen from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, called 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB.

A statement on Sunday from Tudor Parfitt, a scholar involved in the event, confirmed that the honor had been withdrawn.

The statement said that questions had been raised about the sources of Permata’s funding, and that although the event organizers were not aware of any specific wrongdoing, they did not have time to vet the organization.

The event is co-hosted by the head of Unesco, Irina Bokova. Ms. Bokova is running to be secretary general of the United Nations, so her actions are also being closely scrutinized. - New York Times, 18/9/2016

The Birth of an Idea

The idea for the PERMATA Negara project originated from the concern of YABhg. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor who was affected by the problems and social ills afflicting our youth today. She expressed her apprehension about this prevailing condition and its impact on the present generation should there be no early intervention.

To ensure that it contributes towards the child’s holistic development, the PERMATA Negara curriculum which underscores the National Education Philosophy stresses on five primary aspects namely (a) active interaction and communication (b) mind stimulation and literacy (c) child empowerment (d) independent learning (e) monitoring of a child’s abilities and potential, and (f) learning through play. The main objective of this curriculum is to enable a child to grow up as a loving, caring, confident and emotionally stable individual with a noble character.

The curriculum content covers six key areas of learning specifically for the mental, physical and emotional makeup of a child below 4 years old, namely (i) Physical (ii) Early Mathematics and Logical Thinking (iii) Senses and Understanding of his environment (iv) Language, Communication and Early Literacy (v) Creativity and Aesthetics and (vi) Personality, Socio-Emotional and Spiritual, as well as aspects of comprehensive childcare such as safety, balanced diet, nursery and childcare practices.

In addition, results of comparative studies on similar programmes implemented by developed countries were adapted and streamlined so that the PERMATA curriculum is in harmony with our local culture and the National Education Philosophy while fulfilling the needs and mental development of Malaysian children. This adaptation has made the PERMATA curriculum the best combined model drawn from the leading childcare centres in Europe, United States and some Asian countries. The curriculum is applied through learning activities that have been planned to suit the children’s development stage and ability according to their age group.






Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Alor Gajah

Lot PT 7295, Mukim Kelemak, Daerah Alor Gajah, 78000 Melaka
Contact Person: Nor Azliza Binti Abullah
Email: papnalorgajah@yahoo.com | alorgajah@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-5562223
Operating Date: 1 April 2011
Total Kids: 23

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Arau

Bekas Tapak Balai Penghulu, 02700 Simpang Empat , Perlis
Contact Person: Nor Afzal binti Darus
Email: papn_arau@yahoo.com | arau@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 04-9805546
Fax: 04-98057334
Operating Date: 6 April 2011
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Bachok

Pusat Ko-Kurikulum Kelantan, Jabatan Pelajaran Kelantan, Tangok 15310 Bachok, Kelantan
Contact Person: Aina Mardhiah binti Mohamed
Email: papn_bachok@yahoo.com | bachok@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-7780364
Fax: 09-7780366
Operating Date: 24 June 2011
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Bagan Pinang

No 18,19,20, Tmn Desa Pinang, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Contact Person: Rafidah binti Misran
Email: papnbaganpinang@yahoo.com | baganpinang@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-6462046 | 06-6462043
Fax: 06-6462042
Operating Date: 15 November 2009
Total Kids: 31

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Balik Pulau

Mukim B, Solok Nelayan 1, Kuala Sungai Pinang, Balik Pulau, 11010 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
Contact Person: Noor Azlia binti Ismail
Email: papnbalikpulau@gmail.com | balikpulau@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 04-8662041
Operating Date: 18 July 2011
Total Kids: 22

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Batu Pahat

JKR BP 7, Jalan Tasik, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor
Contact Person: Noor Faezah binti Hamidon
Email: papnbatupahat@hotmail.com | batupahat@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 07-4326215
Fax: 07-4326249
Operating Date: 30 December 2007
Total Kids: 30

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Batu Sapi

D/A Bersebelahan Sekolah Bandar II (SKII), Karamunting, Batu Sapi, 90009 Sandakan, Sabah
Contact Person: Nor Hafizah Binti Panandrang
Email: batusapi@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 089-611194

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Beaufort

KM 0.1, Jalan Perumahan JKR, Off Jalan Pejabat-Pejabat Kerajaan, 89807 Beaufort, Sabah
Contact Person: Wee Yen Ting
Email: beaufort@permata.jpm.my | papnbeaufort@gmail.com
Tel: 087-211397
Operating Date: 16 January 2012
Total Kids: 25

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Bentong

Kg. Bukit Gajah, Simpang Pelangai, 28740 Bentong, Pahang
Contact Person: Nurulhana binti Kamis
Email: papn_bentong@yahoo.com | bentong@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-2450264 / 09-2450063
Operating Date: 1 March 2011
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Bera

Taman Kerayong Indah, 28200 Bera, Pahang
Contact Person: Suria Binti Mohammed Ariff
Email: papnbera@gmail.com | bera@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-2552089
Fax: 09-2552087
Operating Date: 1 March 2011
Total Kids: 9

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Bercham

No JKR 5905, Persiaran Tasik Timur 7, Taman Mewah, 31400 Bercham, Perak
Contact Person: Norawanis binti Mansor
Email: permatabercham@gmail.com | bercham@permata.jpm.my |
Tel: 05-55482145
Fax: 05-55483050
Operating Date: 4 August 2008
Total Kids: 36

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Besout

Felda Gunung Besout 1, 35600 Sungkai, Perak

Contact Person: Norizam Binti Muhammad Desa
Email: permatabesout@gmail.com | besout@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 05-4313240 / 05-4313243
Operating Date: 9 November 2009
Total Kids: 19

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Bukit Katil

Lot PT 5497, Kawasan MITC, Ayer Keroh, 75450 Daerah Melaka Tengah, Melaka
Contact Person: Nuraziemah Binti Abdul Ghani
Email: papnbukitkatil@yahoo.co.uk | bukitkatil@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-2325173
Fax: 06-2325290
Operating Date: 1 April 2011
Total Kids: 19

Pusat Anak PERMATA NEGARA Bukit Peringgit

No. 47 Kuarters Kerajaan, 75150 Bukit Peringgit, Melaka
Contact Person: Amilia Binti Mohd Amin
Email: permata_melaka@yahoo.com | bktperinggit@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-2821309
Fax: 06-2821396
Operating Date: 3 December 2007
Total Kids: 26

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Cameron Highlands

Lot 360, Jalan Istana, Tanah Rata, 39000 Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Contact Person: Noor Shakirah Binti Omar
Email: papncameronhighlands@yahoo.com | cameron@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 05-4914137
Operating Date: 1 March 2013
Total Kids: 16

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Chembong

Rumah Contoh No. 5&6 Taman Chembong Jaya, 71300 Rembau, Negeri Sembilan
Contact Person: Nur Syazwani Binti Mohd Fauzi
Email: papnchembong_08@yahoo.com | chembong@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-6853584
Fax: 06-6853581
Operating Date: 25 February 2008
Total Kids: 19

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Chiku

Felda Chiku, Gua Musang, 18300 Gua Musang, Kelantan
Contact Person: Nurul Nadia Kamila Binti Kamarudin
Email: permatachiku@gmail.com | chiku@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-9284001
Fax: 09-9284003
Operating Date: 1 July 2010
Total Kids: 20

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Chini

Felda Chini Timur 3, 26690 Chini, Pahang
Contact Person: Ida Hayana binti Mohamed Idris
Email: papnchinipermata@yahoo.com | chini@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-4571058
Fax: 09-4571053
Operating Date: 16 July 2007
Total Kids: 35

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Desa Tun Hussein Onn

Kompleks Perumahan Desa, Tun Hussein Onn, Jalan Jelatek, 50634 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Person: Anne Maria Sofiana binti Ahmad Tarmizi
Email: permatadtho@yahoo.com.my | dtho@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 03-41421735
Operating Date: 1 June 2011
Total Kids: 25

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Dungun

PT 13234, Kampung Temiang, Seberang Pintasan, 23000 Dungun, Terengganu
Contact Person: Hanisah Binti Abu Bakar
Email: permatadungun@yahoo.com | dungun@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-8454626
Fax: 09-8454626
Operating Date: 3 December 2007
Total Kids: 36

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Duyong

Lot 3677 dan Lot 3678, Jalan SP 10, Taman Semabok Perdana, 75050 Semabok, Melaka
Contact Person: Nur Amalina binti Ahsain
Email: duyong@permata.jpm.my | permata_duyong@yahoo.com
Tel: 06-2815978
Fax: 06-2817267
Total Kids: 27

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Felda Raja Alias

No. 1, Perumahan Feldajaya Selatan, 72120 Bandar Baru Jempol, Negeri Sembilan
Contact Person: Aminah Binti Mohd Yusof
Email: papnraja_alias@yahoo.com.my | rajaalias@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-4581178 | 012-2658164
Fax: 06-4581159
Operating Date: 9 November 2009
Total Kids: 19

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Gadek

Lot 180, Japerun Lama Gadek, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka
Contact Person: Asmawati binti Mohd Rapa
Email: permatagadek@yahoo.com | gadek@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-5547163 | 0194036334
Fax: 017-6332195

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Gemencheh

Kg. Jelawai, 73200 Gemencheh, Negeri Sembilan
Contact Person: Nor Afikah Binti Mohamad Homidi
Email: papngemencheh@yahoo.com.my | gemencheh@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-4310468
Fax: 06-4310468

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Gopeng

​Lebuh Rapat Baru 19, Taman Song Choon, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
Contact Person: Wan Aminah binti Wan Abdul Rashid
Email: permatagopeng@yahoo.com.my | gopeng@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 05-3114231 / 05-3122461
Fax: 05-3113720

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Hulu Selangor

Aras Bawah Blok C, Apartment Kenanga, Taman Bunga Raya, Bukit Beruntung, 48300 Rawang, Selangor
Contact Person: Nur Hidayati Abdul Rahman
Email: papnrawang@yahoo.com | huluselangor@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 03-60211495
Operating Date: 18 April 2011
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Hutan Melintang

Parlimen Bagan Datoh, Belakang Bangunan UMNO, 36400 Hutan Melintang, Perak
Contact Person: Siti Fatihah Binti Asahar
Email: permatahutanmelintang13@yahoo.com | hmelintang@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 05-6412620
Fax: 05-6411569

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Jasin

Lot PT 5566, Jalan Melaka, Taman Bahagia, 77000 Jasin, Melaka
Contact Person: Priscilla Poumin
Email: permatajasin@gmail.com | jasin@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-5293089
Fax: 06-5292291
Operating Date: 1 April 2011
Total Kids: 17

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Jelebu

Kawasan Lapang, Kuarters Mengkan, Jalan Petaling, 71600 Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan
Contact Person: Nurul Mardhiana Binti Abdul Manap
Email: papnjelebu@yahoo.com | jelebu@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-6134160 | 0129394068
Fax: 06-6134326
Operating Date: 18 April 2011
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Jeli

Hadapan Jabatan Perhilitan, 17600 Jeli, Kelantan
Contact Person: Norazela binti Ghazali
Email: papn_jeli@yahoo.com | jeli@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-9440061 | 09-9440108
Fax: 09-9440158
Operating Date: 1 March 2010
Total Kids: 30

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kangar

Rumah Kerajaan JKR 395, Jalan Pegawai, 01000 Kangar, Perlis
Contact Person: Nurul Hafizah binti Ahmad Zuki
Email: permatakgr@gmail.com | kangar@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 04-9763717
Fax: 04-9766509
Operating Date: 11 April 2011
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kepala Batas

Mukim 12, Taman Seri Menerong, Tasek Gelugor, Seberang Perai Utara, 13300 Seberang Perai Utara, Pulau Pinang
Contact Person: Nor Adillah binti Abd Rahman
Email: permata.kb@gmail.com | kepalabatas@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 04-5733381
Fax: 04-5733522
Operating Date: 1 March 2007
Total Kids: 21

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kerinchi

Aras Bawah, Blok F, PPR Kerinchi Jalan Pantai, Permai 2, 59200, Kuala Lumpur
Contact Person: Nur Masitah binti Razak
Email: papnkerinchi@gmail.com | kerinchi@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 03-22400221
Operating Date: 7 June 2012

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kerteh

Felda Kerteh 5, 23300 Ketengah Jaya, Dungun, Terengganu
Contact Person: Aimi Izian Binti Ahmad
Email: papnkerteh@yahoo.com
Tel: 09-8200012
Fax: 09-8200015
Operating Date: 1 July 2010
Total Kids: 34

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Ketereh

Lot 450, Kg Padang Upeh, 16450 Kota Bharu, Kelantan
Contact Person: Yuziana Binti Yusuf
Email: ketereh@gmail.com | ketereh@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-7530120
Operating Date: 10 July 2011
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kota Belud

Jalan Sulidan, 89150 Kota Belud, Sabah
Contact Person: Resthra Binti Lesuin
Email: kotabelud@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 088-971478
Fax: 088-971478
Operating Date: 15 March 2012
Total Kids: 22

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kota Kinabalu

Taman Keramat Batu 2, Jalan Tuaran, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Contact Person: Vianney Lainor
Email: kotakinabalu@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 016-8141597
Operating Date: 13 April 2015

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kota Samarahan

Sublot 8, Blok 1, Desa Ilmu, Jalan Dato Mohd Musa, 94300 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak
Contact Person: Peron Nanty Anak Rupa
Email: papnsamarahan@yahoo.com.my | samarahan@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 082-896231
Operating Date: 3 March 2008
Total Kids: 18

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kota Tampan

No.172 Taman, Sri Adika Raja, Jalan Bukit Raja, 33400 Lenggong, Perak
Contact Person: Nor Azirah binti Mat Jamal
Email: papnlenggong@yahoo.com | kotatampan@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 05-7676569 / 05-7676570
Fax: 05-7676453
Operating Date: 18 February 2013

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kuala Ketil

Lot. 3610 (GM2517), Pekan Malau, Mukim Bakai, 09020 Baling, Kedah
Contact Person: Nurizzati binti Omar
Email: papan_kualaketil@yahoo.com | kualaketil@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 04-4723116
Fax: 04-4723118
Operating Date: 8 November 2009
Total Kids: 37

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kuala Pilah

Bekas Kediaman Kerajaan JBA (Bersebelahan Rumah Rehat Kuala Pilah), Jalan Bukit, 72000 Kuala Pilah, Negeri Seremban.
Contact Person: Norshila binti Md Nor
Email: papnkualapilah@gmail.com | kualapilah@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-4810905
Total Kids: 17

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kuantan

Astaka Village, 26060 Kuantan, Pahang
Contact Person: Nurfathiah binti Mat Nang
Email: papntanjunglumpur@yahoo.com | kuantan@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-5344142
Fax: 09-5344139

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kudat

Jalan Flat Persekutuan, 89058 Kudat, Sabah.
Contact Person: Nurul Nadiah Binti Abu Bakar
Email: kudat@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 088-611751

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Kulaijaya

LOT 23780, Jalan Sri Putri 1/13, Taman Putri, 81000 Kulaijaya, Johor
Contact Person: Siti Nooratiqa Ain binti Parmin
Email: papn_kulaijaya@yahoo.com | kulai@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 07-6623117 | 013-6345078
Operating Date: 2 June 2012
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Maran

Bersebelahan Perumahan Maran Damai, Luit 26500 Maran, Pahang
Contact Person: Siti Latifah binti Muda
Email: papnmaran@yahoo.com | maran@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-4771231
Fax: 09-4771230
Operating Date: 7 March 2011
Total Kids: 20

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Matunggong

Pejabat Pos Mini, Matunggong, 89058 Kudat, Sabah
Contact Person: Leciaty Ubid Boruboi
Email: papnmatunggong@yahoo.com.my | matunggong@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 088-611120
Fax: 088-611135
Total Kids: 14

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Membakut

Jalan Papar- Beaufort, 89720 Membakut, Sabah
Contact Person: Farasuhada binti Suhaimi
Email: membakut@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 0172741386
Operating Date: 1 March 2016

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Mempaga

No 28, Felda Jaya Timur Mempaga, 28600 Karak, Pahang
Contact Person: Nazzatul Izan Binti Abdul Aziz
Email: papnmempaga_jpm@gmail.com | mempaga@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-2222406
Fax: 09-2222406
Operating Date: 5 March 2007
Total Kids: 14

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Merlimau

Lot 481, Jalan Merlimau-Jasin, Bersebelahan Klinik Kesihatan Merlimau, 77300 Merlimau Jasin, Melaka
Contact Person: Nor Azliza Binti Azik
Email: papnmerlimau@yahoo.com | merlimau@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 019-7729434

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Nibong Tebal

Hadapan 468, Jalan Selamat, Lot 500 Sungai Bakap, 14200 Sungai Jawi, Seberang Perai Selatan, Pulau Pinang
Contact Person: Nur Liyana binti Adnan
Email: papn_nibongtebal@yahoo.com | nibongtebal@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 04-5823146 | 013-6517971
Fax: 04-5821144
Operating Date: 1 August 2011
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Padang Besar

Lot 3591, Mukim Paya, Beseri, 01000 Kangar, Perlis
Contact Person: Noor Razatul Aizie Bt Ramli
Email: papnpadgbesar@yahoo.com | padangbesar@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 04-9381994
Operating Date: 18 July 2011
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Padang Rengas

Jalan Seri Permai 5, Taman Seri Permai, 33700 Padang Rengas, Perak
Contact Person: Siti Noorazi binti Abdullah
Email: papnpdgrengas@yahoo.com | padangrengas@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 05-7583215 / 05-7583392
Fax: 05-7583086
Operating Date: 13 February 2013

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Papar

Jalan Tanjung Pagar, 89600 Papar, Sabah
Contact Person: Evy Susanti Binti Edy Susanto
Email: papar@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 088-911015
Fax: 088-911262
Total Kids: 19

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Parit Buntar

Lot 10642, Jalan Persiaran Permai, Taman Kerian Permai, 34200 Parit Buntar, Perak
Contact Person: Wan Khairiyah binti Abd Rahim
Email: papnparitbuntar@yahoo.com | paritbuntar@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 05-716 2814
Operating Date: 3 March 2011
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Parit Guntong

TLJM 336 Parit Guntong, Mukim Lubok, Semerah 83600, Batu Pahat, Johor
Contact Person: Farhana Binti Ghazali
Email: papn_pguntong@yahoo.com | paritguntong@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 07-4163036
Fax: 07-4163043
Operating Date: 9 November 2009
Total Kids: 17

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Pasir Gudang

PTD 158017 Persimpangan Jalan Gunung, Jalan Gunung 41, Bandar Sri Alam, 81750 Masai, Johor
Contact Person: Karimah Binti Ahmad
Email: pasirgudang@permata.jpm.my |
Tel: 07-3861070
Operating Date: 2 May 2012
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Pasir Mas

JKR 287 Kg. Kubang Panjang, 17000 Pasir Mas, Kelantan
Contact Person: Shamilah binti Aseri
Email: pasirmas@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-7904351
Fax: 09-7904359
Operating Date: 3 December 2007
Total Kids: 37

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Penampang

Kampung Inobong, PO Box 331, 89507 Penampang, Sabah
Contact Person: Noorkhadizah Binti Hj.Ismail
Email: penampang@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 019-5324967
Operating Date: 5 May 2015

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Pengkalan Hulu

JKA 18, Jalan Sri Adika Raja Kompleks Kerajaan, 33100 Pengkalan Hulu, Perak
Contact Person: Norazian Hani binti Mat Noor
Email: papn_pengkalanhulu@yahoo.com | pgklnhulu@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 04-4770431
Operating Date: 18 February 2013
Total Kids: 34

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Pokok Sena

Desa KEDA Batu 13, Jalan Kuala Nerang, 06400 Pokok Sena, Kedah
Contact Person: Nurul Aziela binti Sulaiman
Email: pokoksena@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 04-7821352
Fax: 04-7821459
Operating Date: 28 July 2011
Total Kids: 24

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara PPR Air Panas

Tingkat Bawah Blok E, Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kolam Air Panas, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), Lot 200429, Jalan Kolam Air Panas, Mukim Setapak, 53200 W.P. Kuala Lumpur
Contact Person: Nurul Fadhlian Abd Salam
Email: airpanas@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 017-8920751 | 019-4940955 | 012-3304469
Operating Date: 13 April 2015

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara PPR Seri Semarak

Tingkat Bawah, Blok F, Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Seri Semarak, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), Lot 28425, Jalan Ayer Keroh, Mukim Setapak, 53300, Wilayah Kuala Lumpur
Contact Person: Zuhaida binti Zabidi
Email: serisemarak@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 012-3141682 | 013-3791173
Operating Date: 13 April 2015

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Pulau Pangkor

Lot 3765, Kg. Sungai Pinang Besar, Pulau Pangkor, 32300 Lumut, Perak
Contact Person: Nurul Nabilah Binti Ismail
Email: papnpangkor@gmail.com | pangkor@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 05-6851189
Fax: 05-6851088
Operating Date: 4 March 2011
Total Kids: 26

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Putatan

Bersebelahan Jabatan Belia dan Sukan Sabah, Jalan Taman Pasir Putih, Putatan, 88998 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Contact Person: Nur Atikah Binti Abdul Rahim
Email: putatan@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 010-2105695
Operating Date: 13 April 2015

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Putrajaya

No. 5, Jalan P16G, Presint 16, 62150 Putrajaya
Contact Person: Noor Azila binti Fadzin
Email: papnputrajaya2@gmail.com | putrajaya2@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 03-88889845
Fax: 03-88886109
Operating Date: 1 March 2010
Total Kids: 51

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Putrajaya Presint 16

Aras Bawah Kompleks Kejiranan Presint 16, 62150 Putrajaya
Contact Person: Huratul Maliah Binti Hasbullah@Awang
Email: papn_putrajaya@yahoo.com.my | putrajaya1@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 03-88811316
Fax: 03-88811317
Operating Date: 1 March 2007
Total Kids: 26

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Rahang

Jalan Keliling, 70100 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Contact Person: Rohaniah Bt Ngateni
Email: papnrahang@yahoo.com | rahang@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-7623525 | 010-4214496

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Ranau

Jalan Smk Agama Lama Ranau, 89307 Ranau, Sabah.
Contact Person: Edayu Edwin
Email: ranau@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 088-875286
Fax: 088-875218

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Raub

Taman Amalina Lestari, 27600 Raub, Pahang
Contact Person: Nurhafiza Binti Abd Halim
Email: papnraub@yahoo.com | raub@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-3551675
Fax: 09-3551675
Operating Date: 1 August 2012
Total Kids: 17

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Rembau

Jalan Ekar 2, Taman Bandar Ekar, 72100 Rantau, Negeri Sembilan
Contact Person: Tengku Mazira Binti Tengku Muda
Email: papnrembau@gmail.com | rembau@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-691743
Fax: 06-6941742
Operating Date: 6 April 2011
Total Kids: 17

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Sandakan

Batu 1 1/2, Jalan Phang Kok Yuen, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah
Contact Person: Noraslizah Binti Sundalu
Email: sandakan@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 088-9212025
Fax: 088-9212136

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Sarikei

Jalan KJD, Blok 10, Lot 515, Kampung Nyelang, Batu 5, 96507 Meradong, Bintangor, Sarawak
Contact Person: Diana Ameera Abdullah
Email: papnsarikei@gmail.com | sarikei@permata.jpm.my
Operating Date: 1 March 2013

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Segamat

Lot 15550, Mukim Sg Segamat, Bandar Putra, 85000 Segamat, Johor
Contact Person: Mira Binti Che Mil
Email: permata_segamat@yahoo.com | segamat@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 07-9432385
Operating Date: 27 May 2012
Total Kids: 27

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Serkam

Lot 3306, Taman Serkam Perdana, Jalan Serkam-Bemban, 77300 Merlimau Melaka
Contact Person: Harisahtulakmar Binti Ishak
Email: papnserkam@yahoo.com | serkam@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-2631005
Fax: 019-5035542

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Sibu

Jalan Kemboja, Lot 909, Blok 2, Sibu, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak
Contact Person: Ainul Ashiqin binti Mohammad
Email: permatasibu@yahoo.com | sibu@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 084-320794
Fax: 084-317098

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Subang Jaya

Aras Bawah, Kompleks 3C Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya, Jalan PJS 11/2, 46000 Bandar Sunway, Selangor
Contact Person: Zuraidah binti Ajab
Email: papnsubangjaya@yahoo.com.my | subangjaya@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 03-56355467
Fax: 03-56359054
Operating Date: 1 March 2007
Total Kids: 15

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Sungai Besi

Kem Perdana Sungai Besi, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Person: Nurul Saadah Binti Mohamad
Email: sungaibesi@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 03-90562054

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Sungai Siput

RPA Rimba Panjang, 31100 Sungai Siput (U), Perak
Contact Person: Nur Asyikin binti Abd Majid
Email: papnsungaisiput@gmail.com | sungaisiput@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 05-5972307
Fax: 05-5483050

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Sungai Udang

Lot 2223, Jalan Wira Ria 18, Taman Peruna, 76300 Sungai Udang, Melaka
Contact Person: Nuratika binti Abd Wahab
Email: papnsg.udang@gmail.com | sungaiudang@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-3510043
Operating Date: 1 March 2013
Total Kids: 21

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Taboh Naning

PAPN Taboh Naning, Kg. Simpang Ampat Taboh Naning, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka
Contact Person: Nur Baiduriah binti Sinang
Email: papntabohnaning@yahoo.com | tabohnaning@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 0195324967
Fax: 019-5056431

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Tambun Tulang

Dewan Serbaguna Perumahan Awam Kos Rendah, Tambun Tulang, 02600 Arau, Perlis
Contact Person: Siti Norzulaikha binti Zulkifly
Email: permataperlis@gmail.com | tambuntulang@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 04-9862677
Fax: 04-9862677
Operating Date: 10 December 2007
Total Kids: 24

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Tampin

Taman Gunung Mas, Pekan Tampin Tengah, 73000 Tampin, Negeri Sembilan
Contact Person: Farzihan binti Hitam
Email: papntampin@yahoo.com | tampin@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 06-4411469
Fax: 06-4411507
Operating Date: 22 April 2011
Total Kids: 16

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Teluk Intan

Lot 125 & 127, Jalan Jawa, 36000 Teluk Intan, Perak
Contact Person: Norliza binti Zakaria
Email: papntelukintanperak@yahoo.com | telukintan@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 05-6214844
Fax: 05-6214772
Operating Date: 1 March 2011
Total Kids: 40

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Temerloh

Lot 1623, Jalan ¼, Taman Tualang Indah, 28400 Mentakab, Temerloh, Pahang
Contact Person: Nur Hidayah binti Musa
Email: papntemerloh@gmail.com | temerloh@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-2770775
Fax: 09-2773328
Total Kids: 34

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Tenggaroh

No.1, Jalan Cempaka, Felda Tenggaroh 2, 86810 Mersing, Johor
Contact Person: Hanim binti Ishak
Email: papn_tenggaroh10@yahoo.com | tenggaroh@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 07-7911059 | 013-6247392
Fax: 07-7911059
Operating Date: 1 July 2010
Total Kids: 17

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Tuaran

Rumah JKR 7, No.4503, 89200 Tuaran, Sabah
Contact Person: Nurul Halyzan Binti Jaudi
Email: tuaran@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 088-787195
Fax: 088-787196
Operating Date: 3 March 2008
Total Kids: 25

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Tumpat

Pengkalan Kubor, 16210 Tumpat, Kelantan
Contact Person: Tuan Syarifah Rosliah Bt Tuan Mat Zin
Email: papntumpat@yahoo.com | tumpat@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 09-7211236
Operating Date: 19 October 2011
Total Kids: 25

Pusat Anak PERMATA Negara Yan

Permatang Kelumpang, 06900 Yan, Kedah
Contact Person: Siti Shuhaida binti Yaacob
Email: papnyan@gmail.com | yan@permata.jpm.my
Tel: 04-4655069
Total Kids: 29

Permata Website

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Lawyer Guilty of 'scandalising the court' contempt, and jailed...time to abolish this contempt in Malaysia?

Lawyer Arun Kasi was convicted on 23/4/2019 of scandalising the court through two articles titled: 'How a dissenting judgment sparked a major judicial crisis' and 'Tommy Thomas must look into arbitration centre that sparked judicial crisis'. Federal Court sentenced Arun Kasi, to 30 days’ jail and fined him RM40,000 after finding him guilty of contempt of court over his two statements criticising the proceedings and decision of a court case.

CONTEMPT OF COURT can be punished. This would be disobeying a court order, or even actions disrupting a judicial proceedings. But certainly not highlighting possible corruption and/or hanky panky that happens in court...People do not have the capacity of personally investigating and getting to the truth - that is the job of the relevant authorities to investigate and get to the truth - the idea of 'punishing' someone who highlighted these possible wrongs really is disappointing...

'criticising the proceedings and decision' of court - well, that is what lawyers do when they appeal court decisions. Well, this is also what many writers and commenters do about many a court decision, an exercise that has helped also make the administration of justice better...

Courts and judges are infallible and 'good' - they will always act INDEPENDENTLY and no judges will be 'corrupted' by money or 'directions' or 'orders' or other threats or promises? No judges will make mistakes by reason of ignorance or failure to consider legal points/arguments...

This is Malaysia, and we have a history of 'allegations' and raising of issues and concerns about the 'corruption' of the administration of justice...Remember the 1988 Judicial Crisis, remember the allegations against Judge Augustine Paul in his handling of the Anwar Ibrahim trial, the issue about a lawyer found holidaying with a senior judge, the issue of a retiring Chief Justice joining a law firm soon after retirement,...the contempt of scandalizing the court/judiciary must be abolished...

Now, in this case there was question of corruption and MACC - will the allegations be investigated?

There was also the question of the higher court expunging part of the dissenting judgment of the lower courts - Any explanations? A court order could be 'corrected' - but not a written judgment which sets out the views and reasoning of a judge ...so, here there are questions of whether this happened, and WHY?

The contempt proceedings over but what about the matters highlighted in the articles of the said lawyer --- will we get some answers?

Did what was alleged FALSE - or it matters not? That be the question now...

See earlier related post:-

'Scandalizing the Court' a contempt that should be abolished in Malaysia? Freedom of expression and duty to highlight suspected wrongdoings/mistakes more important?

Maybe not proper for Tommy Thomas to act for AG in this contempt proceedings Arun Kasi?



Lawyer Arun Kasi gets 30 days’ jail, RM40,000 fine for contempt of court

23 Apr 2019 / 17:27 H.
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court today sentenced lawyer Arunachalam Kasi, better known as Arun Kasi, to 30 days’ jail and fined him RM40,000 after finding him guilty of contempt of court over his two statements criticising the proceedings and decision of a court case.

Justice Tan Sri Ramly Ali, who led a five-member panel, held that Arun Kasi’s contemptuous statements against the Federal Court were very serious and tarnished the good name of the judiciary as a whole, undermined the public confidence in the judiciary, and ridiculed, scandalised and offended the dignity, integrity and impartiality of the court.

“We have also considered the Bar’s submission not to impose a custodial sentence. However, the gravity of the offence committed by Arun Kasi, coupled with his refusal to tender an unreserved apology, justifies this court taking a serious view of the matter.

“In the circumstances, we are of the view that the appropriate sentence is a term of imprisonment of 30 days from today and a fine of RM40,000 in default 30 days’ jail,” said Justice Ramly.

The panel, which also consisted of Federal Court judges Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed, Datuk Rohana Yusuf, Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan, had dismissed Arun Kasi’s application for a stay of execution of the ruling.

“We find there is no merit to stay the ruling. Stay is dismissed. Arun Kasi to serve his sentence today,” said Justice Ramly.

Datuk Joy Appukuttan, counsel for Arun Kasi, requested for a stay of execution, saying he will file the review application against today’s decision. Attorney-General Tommy Thomas argued that this was not a criminal case that needs to get a stay pending an appeal to the next stage.

Arun Kasi, who was standing outside the dock, also asked for a stay and informed the court that he is currently receiving treatment in a hospital and the doctor had given him permission to attend court proceedings and that he has to return to the hospital.

On Feb 27 this year, the Federal Court allowed the Attorney-General’s ex-parte application for leave to initiate contempt proceedings against Arun Kasi for allegedly making criticisms in reference to an affidavit of Court of Appeal judge Dr Abdul Hamid Abu Backer on alleged judicial misconduct, in two articles published on the Aliran online portal on Feb 16 and Feb 22, 2019.

In both the articles, Arun Kasi had allegedly criticised the conduct of the proceedings by the Federal Court and the decision that was delivered on Nov 11, 2018, in the case of PCP Construction vs Leap Modulation.

Justice Ramly said the panel, in imposing the sentence, had carefully considered the submission of the Attorney-General and the mitigation by Arun Kasi and his counsel.

“We note that he (Arun Kasi) has expressed his regret if his writing is seen to have undermined public confidence in the judiciary. But, at the same time, we note that he has not tendered an unreserved apology despite a query from the court,” he said.

Justice Ramly said the case should serve as a reminder that while the members of the public are entitled to express their opinion rationally and engage in discussion on the decision of a court, this has to be done within the limits permitted by law.

He said it is important to emphasise that the jurisdiction of the courts does not exist to protect the dignity of individual judges personally but serves to protect the Judiciary as the third branch of government.

“Neither is such jurisdiction to be utilised to restrict honest criticism, which is based on rational grounds, to ascertain the manner in which the court performs its functions. Any such discussion should, in any event, be conducted bona fide, for and in the public interest,” he said.

The judge said the panel was not persuaded that Arun Kasi’s statements were authored in the public interest as it was clear to the court that the authority of the law as administered by the courts was flouted and, Arun Kasi, as an officer of the court, was expected to uphold the dignity of the court.

“As an officer of the court, he should always act in a responsible manner and, in particular, he should not breach the law, for, if he does so, he must face the consequences.

“That is why, in the present case, we hold the view that the sentence must reflect the seriousness of the offence committed by him,” the judge said.

In his judgment, Justice Ramly said the panel had given serious consideration to Arun Kasi’s testimony that his two statements were not directed at the Federal Court or Judiciary. However, having applied the objective test the panel outlined earlier and reading the statements in their entirety, it is crystal clear that the statements were directed at the Federal Court and Judiciary.

“We have weighed the competing evidence and submissions as to whether the impugned statements are fair criticism or amount to scandalising contempt.

“For the reasons stated above, we are satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Arun Kasi’s statements were calculated to erode public confidence in the administration of justice and the Judiciary. We, therefore, allow the Attorney-General’s application for committal. We find Arun Kasi guilty of contempt of court,” said Justice Ramly. — Bernama - Sun Daily, 23/4/2019,

Abolish laws against scandalising court, Parliament told after Arun Kasi’s conviction

Arun Kasi was convicted of scandalising the court through two articles titled: 'How a dissenting judgment sparked a major judicial crisis' and 'Tommy Thomas must look into arbitration centre that sparked judicial crisis'. — Reuters pic
Arun Kasi was convicted of scandalising the court through two articles titled: 'How a dissenting judgment sparked a major judicial crisis' and 'Tommy Thomas must look into arbitration centre that sparked judicial crisis'. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 — A group of lawyers and NGOs have demanded the Parliament today to review and abolish laws against scandalising the court, in light of yesterday’s conviction against fellow lawyer Arun Kasi for two of his articles.

In a press statement, the group argued that the offence of scandalising the court is an “antiquated” form of contempt and whether or not there was merit to the publication, the public must have freedom of expression without the threat of incarceration.

“By prosecuting and punishing Arun Kasi in this manner, the Attorney General and the Federal Court have unwittingly given Arun Kasi a wider audience than he would otherwise have had,” said the joint press statement.

“In fact, the offence of scandalising the court has been found to be incompatible with the freedom of speech in many jurisdictions such as England, Canada and the United States.

“Further, the attempt to defend the judiciary through this outmoded offence only provokes further ridicule from the public,” they added.

Arun Kasi was convicted of scandalising the court through two articles titled: “How a dissenting judgment sparked a major judicial crisis” and “Tommy Thomas must look into arbitration centre that sparked judicial crisis”.

The articles insinuated that the Federal Court Judges who heard the Leap Modulation case were corrupt, warranting an investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Attorney General Tommy Thomas then initiated contempt proceedings against him in relation to the two articles, accusing it of lowering the court’s authorities in the eyes of the public.

The group consisting of organisations such as Bersih 2.0, Centre for Independent Journalism, Tenaganita, Suaram and individual lawyers Siti Kassim, Sukhindarpal Singh and Andrew Khoo among others added that misconducts and injustices had been exposed through freedom of speech.

“Public criticism and debate, though it may be rude or offensive or even incorrect, must be allowed to take place with freedom of speech as its cornerstone.

“An enforced silence through an offence of scandalising the court may foster discontent, suspicion and contempt among the public much more than it would enhance confidence in the judiciary,” said the statement.

They also claimed that the sentence of 30 days imprisonment and a fine of RM40,000 was also disproportionate to Arun’s offence as it does not endanger national security, public order or mroality.

The statement pointed out that if the judiciary already enjoys high public confidence, it can easily shrug of any criticisms, including unfounded ones.

“The irony is that more damage seems to have been caused by the Attorney General and the Federal Court by the conviction and sentence of Arun Kasi.

“In light of this, Parliament must now take necessary steps to review the common law on scandalising the court with a provisional view to abolish the same to prevent future incidents such as this,” said the statement. - Malay Mail, 24/4/2019


Press Release
Arun Kasi Found Guilty of Contempt of Court  

The Malaysian Bar is deeply concerned with the decision of the Federal Court today in finding Arunachalam s/o Kasi (“Arun Kasi”) guilty of contempt of court, and the steep sentence of 30 days’ imprisonment and a fine of RM40,000 and, in default of the fine, a further 30 days’ imprisonment.
It has been reported in the online media that during mitigation of his sentence, Arun Kasi had said that he had not intended to undermine the Judiciary, but only wanted reforms to be carried out in the Asian International Arbitration Centre (Malaysia). 

First and foremost, it is crucial to appreciate that the law of contempt serves the public interest.  The root principle on which the law of contempt is founded is not to vindicate the dignity of any particular judge or the Court itself, but is, in the words of our Federal Court, to “prevent an undue interference with the administration of justice in the public interest”.  There is a complex interplay between this objective and the fundamental liberty of freedom of speech and expression, which is enshrined in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution.  A balance between these two weighty concerns — one relating to the public interest, and the other to individual liberties — must therefore be struck. 

The prosecution of contempt against Arun Kasi and the sentence meted out create a negative perception of a stifling effect on public discourse, which is exacerbated by the lack of clear parameters governing the offence.   The Malaysian Bar is of the view that — as was submitted by our counsel in the Federal Court today — custodial sentences should not be imposed for contempt of court except perhaps for the most serious cases imaginable. 

Every individual has the right to make fair comment — within the boundaries of courtesy and good faith — on any matter of public importance.  In no way should criticism of court decisions within these limits be viewed as contemptuous.  In order for judicial decisions to stand the test of time, they must survive the test of public scrutiny.  Only then can they be seen as sound judgments that are worthy to govern our conduct and direct our actions. 

To this end, the Malaysian Bar notes that the offence of “scandalising the Court” has been abolished in the United Kingdom (England and Wales).  It bears reminding that the Court’s power to punish for contempt should be used sparingly and, as recently held in our High Court, as a “last resort in the interest of administration of justice”. 

We understand that Arun Kasi’s requests for the audio recordings (“CRT recordings”) of the earlier proceedings of his case had been rejected by the Court.  As he intends to apply for a review of today’s Federal Court decision, the Malaysian Bar urges the Court to accede to his request without delay.  All relevant and requisite information or materials must be made available to Arun Kasi, as the affected party, to enable him to take legal advice and prepare for his case.  

Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor
Malaysian Bar
23 April 2019


Malaysians need also be concerned about this issue. Will Malaysia also start revoking citizenship of Malaysians 'alleged' of participating in 'terrorist' or other overseas organisations wars and/or conflict be faced with their citizenship being revoked? Will these revocation be done without first according the right to be heard and fair trial? This question came to light when some Malaysians were allegedly in Syria to support one or the other conflicting parties.

Should Malaysia make it an offence for any Malaysians to be involved in such armed conflicts...or even in some crimes committed in other countries? 

Personally, citizenship and nationality that is a birth right should never be revoked - if these Malaysians are guilty of a crime in accordance to Malaysian laws, then they should be brought back, charged and tried in Malaysian courts, and if found guilty, sentenced accordingly. No democratic government should have the right to extinguish citizenship and/or nationality of a Malaysian...However, if it is a citizenship or permanent residency status accorded by the government to someone, then maybe, there may be a right to revoke such status ...BUT only after a FAIR TRIAL. 

Media Statement  9/4/2019


We, the undersigned individuals, organizations and groups are appalled that the United Kingdom has revoked the citizenship of Shamina Begum, a 20-year-old mother who asked to come back to the UK after giving birth to a baby boy in a Syrian Refugee camp. While the UK government refused to allow her and her child in, the baby died.

It was reported that the Home Office sent Begum’s family in UK a letter informing her that Home Secretary Sajid Javid had made an ‘…order “removing her British citizenship” on Tuesday [19/2/2019]. The document, addressed to Begum’s mother, said the decision was taken “in light of the circumstances of your daughter…” (Independent, 20/2/2019)

Denial of Right To Be Heard & a Fair Trial

It is unconscionable and unjust that anyone is deprived of one’s citizenship and/or nationality. It is even more shocking when they have not been accorded the right to be heard and to a fair trial. In addition, any decision should be made by the courts – not merely an administrative order of some Minister, in this case the Home Secretary.

The fact that the UK government knows that Begum is in a Syrian Refugee camp, not in the United Kingdom, and that she had been asking the government to help her and her baby get home, made this act of citizenship cancellation even more outrageous. The tragic death of her child, who was born a British citizen and may have been saved had he been allowed into the UK with his mother, is unconscionable.

The Home Secretary allegedly made his decision “…in light of the circumstances…” but Begum has not been heard, therefore the ‘circumstances’ may not be true – they have certainly not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Fifteen-year-old Begum, with a couple of friends, allegedly left the UK and travelled to Syria. She then allegedly got married to a man from Holland. They allegedly had children, and this is now her third child. Her other children apparently are also no longer alive. Her ‘husband’ was allegedly involved in ISIS and/or a terrorist group. There are allegations that Begum herself may have supported terrorist agendas, beliefs, ideology and may even have participated in their activities.

There can be many allegations, but allegations are irrelevant when it comes to the administration of justice, especially when the end result is the possible deprivation of liberty, or worse, the loss of nationality. Allegations need to be proven beyond reasonable doubt especially when it comes to cancelling one’s birth right. Begum was a citizen at birth. She was not granted her nationality by any subsequent act of government.

What we have heard and seen in the media may have influenced the government of the day. There is always the possibility of bias, selective ‘quotes’ and/or selective reporting that may invite wrong conclusions.

The government, on the other hand, must be more thorough and just, especially if the end result is the expulsion of a person from the UK, the only country that Begum belongs to, the separation from her family there, and now the death of a new born.

At present, there is no crime in UK law that prescribes that the penalty is the revocation of citizenship. Even the worst of criminals, such as convicted mass murderers like the Yorkshire Ripper keep their nationality.

A mother, wife, child or relative of a person convicted of a crime should never be considered guilty simply because of family ties or association. If Shamina Begum did break UK law, then she should be brought back to the UK and accorded a fair trial. If convicted, then she should be sentenced as a citizen in accordance with the law.

DISCRIMINATION – Different treatment based on parentage

Discrimination is also a major concern if different treatment is being accorded to a class of citizens who are assumed to be or maybe entitled to dual nationalities through parentage, or even marriage. Would other citizens of the UK, with no migrant heritage, be treated in the same way ending up with the revocation of their UK citizenship?

‘...Speaking after he revoked her British citizenship, [Home Secretary,] Sajid Javid said he would not take a decision that would leave an individual with nowhere to go… Although he has not commented directly on the case, Mr Javid appeared to confirm earlier in the week the government felt able to take such action – which would prevent her from returning to the UK – because she is a dual national or has the right to citizenship elsewhere. Under international law, revoking someone's citizenship is only permissible if it does not leave that person stateless...’ (Sky News, 21/2/2019).

It must be noted that Begum does not hold dual citizenship, which is permitted in the UK, but is a UK citizen from birth. The Home Secretary’s order would thus now make her stateless. Bangladesh has already stated that Begum does not have any right to Bangladeshi citizenship.

The position adopted by the UK is clearly discriminatory. It sets a frightening precedent for millions of people born in the UK to immigrant parents. They can now lose their citizenship whilst those born to British-born parents cannot.

It is most disturbing to find out that there has been a significant escalation of removal of citizenship. This was highlighted by the Windrush scandal where Commonwealth citizens who had lived in the UK for decades were deported if they could not show documentation proving their citizenship.

Removal of Citizenship has increased by 600% in a year. Over the past 10 years, 150 people have been deprived of UK nationality. Fourteen people were deprived of citizenship in 2016, and 104 in 2017. (Independent, 21/2/2019).

This is another result of the ‘racist policy’ to create a ‘hostile environment’ against anyone assumed to be an immigrant from the ‘New Commonwealth’ (i.e. people from countries with mainly non-white populations) put in place by Prime Minister Theresa May when she was then Home Secretary.

Child Rights Convention – Removing A Mother’s Nationality Is Not In The Best Interest Of A UK Child Citizen

Begum’s son was born days before her citizenship was revoked and was therefore a UK citizen.  The government’s action was against the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), amongst others, as it deprived him of his mother and of his right to be breastfed by her.  It was certainly not in the best interest of the child. His subsequent death is a tragedy that may have been avoided had his rights been prioritized. Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott questioned whether stripping Begum of her nationality “made it impossible for her to fulfil her duties as a mother and bring her baby home to a safe place.”

Therefore we

Call on the UK government to forthwith revoke the Home Secretary’s order removing Begum’s UK citizenship/nationality, and immediately bring her back to the UK as per her request;

Call on the UK Government to respect human rights, including the rights of the child as contained in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); and

Call on the UK to abolish laws and/or policies that can result in discriminatory treatment against citizens based on factors including parentage.

Charles Hector

Selma James

Nina Lopez

For and on behalf of the 16 organisations and 27 individuals listed below

Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters - HRDP in Myanmar
Disabled People Against Cuts
English Collective of Prostitutes
Global Women’s Strike
Haiti Action Committee, US
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, UK
Legal Action for Women
MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture)
Marvi Rural Development Organization, MRDO
North South Initiative
Payday men’s network
Peter Tatchell Foundation
Single Mothers’ Self-Defence
WH4C (Workers Hub For Change)
Women of Colour GWS
Women for Justice and Peace in Sri Lanka

Ahmed Aydeed, solicitor
Hannah Baynes, solicitor
Sara Callaway, Women of Colour GWS
Chris Callender, solicitor
Professor Tom Cheesman
Louise Christian (Human Rights lawyer)
Elizabeth Cross
Dr Jonathan Fluxman
Anthony Gifford QC
Teresa Hayter
Charles Hector, advocate and solicitor
Toufique Hossain, solicitor
Selma James, Global Women’s Strike
Lorry Leader
Nina Lopez, Legal Action for Women
Barbara Le Fevre
Daniel Machover, Hickman Rose solicitors
David Malone, barrister
Anna Mazzola, writer
Bhatt Murphy, solicitor
Jacqueline McKenzie, immigration and asylum lawyer
Sally Middleton, Birnberg Peirce & partners solicitors
Giorgio Riva
Akua Rugg
Jane Ryan
Rachel Zeng, human rights defender
Benjamin Zephaniah, poet, musician