LFL: Books should be read, not banned

Press Statement Books should be read, not banned 3 August 2017 Lawyers for Liberty view with grave concern the government’s continued trigger happy approach in using the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 to arbitrarily ban books they find prejudicial to public order, morality or security, including books on moderate and progressive interpretations of Islam.…

LFL: Wrong for the Dewan Rakyat Speaker to berate and caution journalists

Press Statement Wrong for the Dewan Rakyat Speaker to berate and caution journalists 28 July 2017 Lawyers for Liberty view with extreme concern the conduct of Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia yesterday when during an extensive press conference, he berated the press on their coverage of parliamentary proceedings. He likened his position to a…

LFL: POCA amendments will no longer allow any opportunity to be heard

Press Statement POCA amendments will no longer allow any opportunity to be heard 26 July 2017 Lawyers for Liberty view with extreme concern the proposed amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA) that was recently tabled in Parliament which will in effect worsen the already harsh detention without trial law. Under POCA, a…

LFL: Threats of violence against Siti Kasim must not be tolerated

Press statement Threats of violence against Siti Kasim must not be tolerated 24 July 2017 Lawyers for Liberty are appalled by news reports that lawyer Siti Kasim has received online threats to rape, behead and attack her with acid over her alleged views on LGBT rights and Islam. Any threats of violence against women, even…

LFL: Caning has no place in this day and age

Press Statement Caning has no place in this day and age 13 July 2017 Lawyers for Liberty view with extreme concern the amendments to the Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002 that were passed by the Kelantan state assembly yesterday, thus allowing for caning to be carried out in public for certain syariah offences – zina,…

LFL: Unconstitutional appointments of the Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal undermine the independence of the judiciary

Press Statement Unconstitutional appointments of the Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal undermine the independence of the judiciary 10 July 2017 Lawyers for Liberty view with extreme concern the appointment of Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Md Raus Sharif and Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin through the unusual process of “additional judges”…

LFL: Serious concern regarding the “Mega Mydaftar” campaign

Press Statement  Serious concern regarding the “Mega Mydaftar” campaign  8 May 2017 Lawyers for Liberty refer to MIC president Dr. S Subramaniam’s recent announcement that the government plan to embark on the “Mega Mydaftar” campaign to help members of the Indian community who do not possess identification documents. We view with serious concern the campaign…

LFL: Reject extension of SOSMA detention powers

Press Statement  Reject extension of SOSMA detention powers  30 March 2017 Lawyers for Liberty is appalled by the Home Minister’s proposal for the police power of 28 days detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) to be extended by another five years. Under SOSMA, the police holds special powers among others, to arrest…