Malaysia asylum talks stall over identity papers

NEGOTIATIONS over the refugee swap with Malaysia are stuck on Australia’s insistence that asylum-seekers sent to Malaysia be given identity papers to ensure they are not harassed by police and that Kuala Lumpur give an explicit commitment not to send refugees back to the country they fled. As both houses of federal parliament yesterday passed…

HRW-Malaysia: Withdraw Invitation to Sudanese President, Al-Bashir Should Not be Welcome at Economic Forum

(New York, June 15, 2011) – Malaysia should withdraw its invitation to President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, an accused war criminal, to attend an international economic forum in Putrajaya from June 19 to 21, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today in letter to Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohammed Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak. The Malaysian Cabinet plans to discuss the matter on June 17. It was reported…

Kartunis saman polis, kerajaan kerana rampas bukunya

KUALA LUMPUR: Seorang kartunis hari ini memfailkan saman terhadap dua anggota polis dan tiga yang lain kerana menahan serta merampas 66 buku dan sebuah lukisan kartun miliknya. Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque atau Zunar dan syarikat miliknya, Sepakat Efektif Sdn Bhd menamakan Asisten Superintendan (ASP) Arikrishna dan ASP Marina Hashim sebagai defendan pertama dan kedua manakala…

Cartoonist sues cops, govt

Zunar wants the court to declare that his arrest was done in bad faith, and order the return of his books which were seized. KUALA LUMPUR: Cartoonist Zulkiflee SM UlHaque, better known as Zunar, and his company, Sepakat Efektif Sdn Bhd today filed a civil suit here against the police and the government. The suit…

Suhakam misquoted on refugee swap

Suhakam says that it was misquoted as supporting the Australia-Malaysia refugee swap. KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has shot down an earlier report implicating its support of the Australia-Malaysia refugee swap. Last Monday, Suhakam commissioner, Dr Khaw Lake Tee, was quoted by the New Straits Times as saying, “Malaysia has given…

Kugan: Lawyers feel witness not independent

The counsel for late Kugan’s family questioned the impartiality of the MMC inquiry. KUALA LUMPUR: The lawyers representing the family of A Kugan who died in police custody were taken aback when an expert witness turned up to testify on behalf of a pathologist. They cast doubts on the independence of the expert, Dr Mohd…

Why special treatment for Aussie boatpeople?

Malaysia’s move to exempt 800 boatpeople from its immigration laws has led to activists questioning the preferential treatment. PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s decision to grant the 800 boatpeople sent from Australia exemption from its immigration laws has been met with hostility from local activist groups. The Australian media yesterday reported that the asylum seekers would not…

Glenmarie shooting was murder, says lawyer

According to the post-mortem report, at least one of the three youths was kneeling when police shot him, N Surendran tells reporters. PETALING JAYA: It was murder in cold blood, according to a lawyer for the families of three youths whom police shot dead in Glenmarie last year. Addressing a press conference at the PKR…

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…