LFL: Stop misusing the OSA and drop all investigations against Rafizi Ramli

Press Statement Stop misusing the OSA and drop all investigations against Rafizi Ramli 6 April 2016   Lawyers for Liberty is shocked and appalled at Rafizi Ramli’s arrest outside Parliament gates yesterday for breaching the Official Secrets Act 1972 when he allegedly revealed excerpts from the Auditor General’s Report on the misuse of the Armed…

LFL: Government should embrace the Internet, not impose more restrictions to stifle news portals and blogs

Press Statement Government should embrace the Internet, not impose more restrictions to stifle news portals and blogs 23 March 2016   Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the Communications and Multimedia Ministry’s proposal for online news portals and political blogs to be registered with the government, thus effectively restricting further the ever-shrinking democratic space…

LFL: Cease the harassment and unconditionally release both Australian journalists

Press Statement Cease the harassment and unconditionally release both Australian journalists 13 March 2016   Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the arrest of Australian journalist Linton Besser and camera operator Louis Eroglu from the ABC Four Corners current affairs show last night in Kuching, Sarawak. Although both of them have been released, their passports were seized…

LFL: Federal Court’s compromised justice in S. Deepa’s custodial dispute

Press Statement Federal Court’s compromised justice in S. Deepa’s custodial dispute 11 February 2016 Lawyers for Liberty welcomes the Federal Court ruling yesterday in S. Deepa’s case that the civil court has exclusive jurisdiction to grant divorce, including custody, care and access of children where one spouse has unilaterally converted to Islam. In addition, the…

LFL: On the one year anniversary of Anwar Ibrahim’s imprisonment

Press Statement On the one year anniversary of Anwar Ibrahim’s imprisonment 9 February 2016 Tomorrow, 10 February 2016 is the one year anniversary of Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy charge conviction at the Federal Court, after a trial and appeal process that were widely condemned, sentenced him to five years’ imprisonment.   Anwar’s incarceration at Sungai Buloh prison remains…

LFL: Undemocratic and counterproductive to block critical websites and blogs

Press Statement Undemocratic and counterproductive to block critical websites and blogs 28 January 2016   Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) heavy handed and liberal use of its powers to block numerous websites and blogs critical of the government, especially on issues concerning 1MDB, corruption and Prime…

LFL: Reform the Attorney-General’s role and make him accountable to Parliament

Press Statement Reform the Attorney-General’s role and make him accountable to Parliament 27 January 2016 Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the actions of Attorney-General Apandi Ali in clearing Prime Minister Najib Razak from any criminal wrongdoing regarding the RM2.6 billion that were channeled into the Prime Minister’s bank accounts and SRC International Sdn…

LFL: The NSC Bill will not make Malaysia safer from terror attacks

Press Statement The NSC Bill will not make Malaysia safer from terror attacks 20 January 2015 The #TakNakDiktator Coalition is shocked and appalled at Prime Minister Najib Razak’s opportunistic view when he claimed that the National Security Council (NSC) law would enable the government to deal with terror threats in the country more efficiently in…

LFL: Judiciary cannot escape close scrutiny of its conduct and judgments

Press Statement Judiciary cannot escape close scrutiny of its conduct and judgments 13 January 2016 Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria’s press conference at the 2016 Legal Year event on 8 January 2016 where he was reported to have said that judges can accept genuine criticism, but not name-calling…