1MDB is all the reason you need to vote out Najib and BN

1MDB is all the reason you need to vote out Najib and BN Just a few days away from GE14, with Dr Mahathir Mohamad leading the opposition charge towards Putrajaya, one gets the feeling that this will be a momentous occasion for Malaysia. Older readers may recall a time back in the 1980s and the…

Stealing GE14

Stealing GE14 A couple of weeks away from GE14, Malaysians are finally coming to terms with the lengths the Barisan Nasional (BN) government will go to ensure that they come out on top once again. Sensing a renewed Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition challenge under the leadership of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister Najib Razak and…

How to not draft a Fake News Law

How to not draft a Fake News Law                 Jumping on the Donald Trump ‘fake news’ bandwagon, Law Minister Azalina Othman announced on 30 January 2018, the formation of a special committee to look into new legislation to curb fake news that could threaten political stability, public order and national security. Her announcement came on the…

Amri Che Mat, Shia Muslims and national security in Malaysia

Amri Che Mat, Shia Muslims and national security in Malaysia Some 14 months after Amri Che Mat’s mysterious disappearance, his case appears no closer to being resolved. An ongoing inquiry by SUHAKAM has prompted a verbal back and forth between Norhayati Ariffin, the victim’s wife, and Perlis mufti, Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, with the…

Transgender misrepresentation in the news media

Transgender misrepresentation in the news media In the latest twist to the ongoing Nur Sajat saga, the well-known cosmetic entrepreneur bemoaned the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the public preoccupation over her gender identity. ‘This gender issue…is like the country’s biggest issue,’ she wrote in Malay on her Facebook page. She continued. ‘Should Nur…

Gambaran yang salah oleh media berita terhadap transgender

Gambaran yang salah oleh media berita terhadap transgender Dalam perkembangan terbaharu saga Nur Sajat, usahawan kosmetik yang terkenal tersebut menyuarakan kerunsingan beliau terhadap keasyikan Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) dan orang awam terhadap identiti jantinanya. ‘Issues jantina ini…ibarat issues masalah besar dalam negara..’ ujarnya di dalam kemaskini status halaman Facebook beliau. ‘Tetapi patut ker issues…

Our Top Five Recommendations for the new Inspector-General of Police

Our Top Five Recommendations for the new Inspector-General of Police  We at Lawyers for Liberty congratulate Datuk Seri Mohd Fuzi Harun on your recent promotion as the new Inspector-General of Police. As you may know, we work on numerous human rights and constitutional issues, and in the process we have had more than our fair share of…

LFL is hiring! Looking for Legal/Campaign Coordinator

Job Description for Legal/Campaign Coordinator   Lawyers for Liberty is seeking a qualified and motivated applicant for the position of Legal/ Campaign Coordinator to support its work through human rights and public interest litigation, research, campaign and advocacy work.   Vacancy Announcement Position Title: Legal/Campaign Coordinator Employment Type: Full time, 1 year contract (subject to initial…

A Case for Malaysia to Ratify the UN Convention Against Torture

A Case for Malaysia to Ratify the UN Convention Against Torture On 10 December 1984, the same day Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) was…

Open letter to the Vice-Chancellor of UKM

Last Friday, I received a telephone call from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) chapter of the Asian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) to inform me that my invitation to speak at their national conference on Sunday had been abruptly cancelled by the UKM administration, apparently on the account that I was “controversial”.   I had been scheduled…

LFL: A bleak Human Rights Day for Malaysia, again

Commentary A bleak Human Rights Day for Malaysia, again On this Human Rights Day on 10th December which commemorates the day, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Malaysia once again has very little to celebrate. The nation’s human rights status in 2015 is nothing short of deplorable, probably the worst since the height…