Activist claims trial to obstructing DBKL officer

KUALA LUMPUR: A student activist claimed trial today to obstructing a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officer from arresting another activist at Dataran Merdeka yesterday. Umar Mohamad Azmi, 23, was charged in the magistrate’s court with intentionally preventing Mohd Masran Mamat, 33, from arresting 34-year-old Mohd Fahmi Reza Mohd Zarin at Dataran Merdeka, Jalan Raja, Dang…

MYANMAR: What next for the Rohingyas?

Photo: David Swanson/IRIN Only a fraction of the Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh are registered BANGKOK, 29 March 2012 (IRIN) – As Myanmar gears up for a by-election on 1 April, experts and community leaders are divided over what the ongoing reforms may hold for the Rohingya people, a stateless Muslim ethnic group living…

Bar Council: MACC’s demand to question lawyers accompanying witnesses is tantamount to intimidation of lawyers

The Malaysian Bar condemns the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (“MACC”) for ordering Latheefa Koya and Murnie Hidayah Anuar, the two lawyers who acted as legal counsel for Shamsubahrain Ismail and accompanied him during his questioning by MACC, to be similarly questioned, in the name of assisting an investigation into an offence. The presence of a lawyer…

Kemiskinan 101 buat Perdana Menteri

Dalam konteks Malaysia, berdasarkan metodologi tahun 2005, pendapatan garis kemiskinan (PGK) adalah setara dengan pendapatan minimum yang diperlukan oleh sesebuah isirumah bagi mencapai taraf hidup minimum, cukup untuk menampung perbelanjaan membeli atau menikmati keperluan asas sama ada makanan dan bukan makanan. PGK makanan, yang digunapakai bagi definisi kemiskinan tegar adalah berdasarkan keperluan diet/nutrisi asas rakyat…

Nasib malang Sabah: Negeri antara terkaya, Rakyat pula termiskin

Mungkin ramai penganalisis ekonomi antarabangsa dan tanahair, penggubal dasar ekonomi di peringkat pusat mahu pun di peringkat negeri, para pejuang hak asasi manusia dan aktivis sosial malah rakyat Malaysia secara umumnya bingung dan termangu-mangu dengan dakwaan PM Najib bahawasanya Sabah bukan lagi negeri termiskin di Malaysia hanya berdasarkan kepada purata pendapatan per kapita negeri tersebut…

Arutchelvan, student activist hauled up by police

PSM sec-gen Arutchelvan and Mohd Khalid are being investigated under the Sedition Act for speeches made at an ABU ceramah on Jan 23. KAJANG: PSM secretary general S Arutchelvan and second year UiTM law student cum activist Mohd Khalid Ismath were called up by the police and questioned for about 40 minutes today over speeches…

Hamza Kashgari : Anda Memilih Kami atau Darah Anda Halal Bagi Kami!

Sewaktu artikel ini ditulis, saya tidak pasti apakah nasib Hamza Kashgari. Sudah lebih dua minggu beliau dihantar pulang (dideportasi) secara tidak sah ke Arab Saudi oleh kerajaan Malaysia. Penghantaran pulang secara tergesa-gesa dan tidak menurut lunas-lunas perundangan ini sudah pasti menimbulkan banyak tanda tanya, tambahan apabila ia melibatkan dua negara yang menjadi anggota kepada Majlis…

The Rohingya Moment

Statelessness and Burma’s democratic transition Rohingya children in Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state. Images: Eric Paulsen         In the midst of the cautious excitement accompanying Burma’s seeming democratic transition, one of the key human rights issues that international leaders and Burma’s pro-democratic and ethnic activists have failed to address is the continuing statelessness and…