DBKL ‘vandals’ damage estate property

PETALING JAYA: The residents of Bukit Jalil estate claimed another “official vandalism” took place yesterday when nearly 30 Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officers tore their banners. It all took place in the presence of nearly 20 police officers. The estate action committee treasurer K Balakrishnan said that DBKL officers arrived at the estate at…

Malaysian police slammed for marking ‘prostitutes’

Malaysian activists condemned police on Saturday for using marker pens to “brand” 30 suspected prostitutes with large crosses on their foreheads. Newspaper pictures published on Friday of the 29 Chinese and one Vietnamese arrested in a vice raid on a high-end nightclub on the holiday island of Penang sparked outrage among rights groups who demanded…

HRW – Indonesia/Malaysia: New Pact Shortchanges Domestic Workers

Weak Protections as Global Body Finalizes Comprehensive Standards (Geneva, May 31, 2011) – A revised agreement between Malaysia and Indonesia provides some benefits for migrant domestic workers but fails to provide some needed safeguards linked to low wages and high recruitment fees, Human Rights Watch said today. A series of high-profile abuse cases led Indonesia in June 2009 to ban new…

Detention without trial must end now

KUALA LUMPUR: Four NGOs -Suaram, Bar Council, Loyar Burok, Lawyers for Liberty- would be filing a judicial review to challenge the detention of three youths under the Emergency Ordinance. Muhamad Arif Abu Samah, 20, was placed under EO in Mersing this month.Two brothers – Mohamed Ramadan Mohamed Ali, 22, and Mohamad Rafe, 20, were placed…

Refugee nightmare plays out for Gillard

The past week has brought home that the Labor government can’t claim a shred of principle on asylum policy any more. It has shamed itself repeatedly and in a most hypocritical way. Those who condemned the Pacific solution have embraced a Malaysian one. The people who said Nauru was unacceptable for offshore processing in part…

Three to challenge Emergency Ordinance

  KUALA LUMPUR: Three young men detained under the Emergency Ordinance (EO) for suspected vehicle theft will be asking the court to compel the Cabinet to advise the King to revoke the 1969 law, in a test case to challenge the long-standing EO. Muhamad Arif Abu Samah, 19, Mohamed Ramadan Mohamed Ali, 22, and Mohamed…

Setiap bangsa itu istimewa

Membaca berita tentang adik Patmanaban yang gagal mendapat biasiswa kerajaan untuk melanjutkan pelajaran sangat menyesakkan dada saya. Boleh dikatakan setiap tahun ada sahaja kes seumpama ini yang berlaku. Saya sendiri tertanya-tanya, apakah kaedah yang digunakan untuk menyaring dan memilih calon–calon yang layak mendapatkan biasiswa ini. Adakah kelayakan akademik, aktiviti ko-kurikulum dan temuduga sahaja yang menjadi…

Malaysia-Australia deal ‘threatens migrants’ safety’

Tenaganita executive director Irene Fernandez (left) talks to journalists outside the Australia embassy in Kuala Lumpur on May 25, 2011. — PHOTO: AFP   KUALA LUMPUR – RIGHTS activists stepped up their battle on Wednesday against Australia’s decision to send 800 boatpeople to Malaysia, claiming the deal threatens the migrants’ safety. Representatives from five rights…