Commenting on the matter, Malaysian Tamil Progressive Association president A Kalaimughilan said that he would bring up Mary Anne's case with the NRD office in Putrajaya for a solution.
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Subject: [Indian-Malaysian] Single mother is citizen without MyKad
Single mother is citizen without MyKadG Vinod | May 17, 2012She has been turned down by the Naltional Registration Department even though her parents are also citizens.PETALING JAYA: She is a Malaysian citizen for the last 20 years but till today she has not been issued with MyKad. This is despite the fact that both her parents are citizens of this country.Hair dresser Mary Ann, 32, from Batu Gajah said she has applied countless times for her card but nothing has come out of it.The mother of five said that her problem started when her mother passed away in 1992 when she was 12 years old.The youngest in her family, Mary Anne said that her mother's passing had put her family in much difficulty and her father only applied to get her MyKad when she was 14."When my father made the application with the Batu Gajah National Registration Department (NRD), the officer told my father that there was an error on his document pertaining to my grandfather."The officer subsequently told my father to bring one of his siblings as a witness. But he told them that he lost contact with them but the officer stuck to his decision," claimed Mary Anne.FMT's check on Mary Anne's birth certificate showed that both her parents were stated as citizens.Since then, Mary Anne said that she had applied to the NRD countless times to get her MyKad but her efforts remained futile."After my father passed away five years ago, NRD told me to bring my father's relatives now. I don't understand this as my older siblings were given MyKads except for me," said Mary Anne.However, Mary Anne's children were issued citizenship in their birth certificates and her 13-year- old son holds a blue MyKad.She also said that she made an application under the MyDaftar programme but received the same reply as well.MIC should not boast
Commenting on the matter, Malaysian Tamil Progressive Association president A Kalaimughilan said that he would bring up Mary Anne's case with the NRD office in Putrajaya for a solution."I will also refer Mary Anne's case to the Cabinet Committee on Indian Affairs member A Siva Subramaniam," he said.On the MyDaftar, Kalaimughilan said that MIC should not boast about the success of the programme, claiming there were many other Indians who are suffering the same fate as Mary Anne."With all this, MIC had the cheek to go to the Prime Minister's Office [PMO] to thank the prime minister (Najib Tun Razak) for solving the stateless Indians issue," said Kalaimughilan.On May 2, MIC Youth members went to the PMO to thank Najib for helping stateless Indians to get their citizenships.However, the gathering turned into a brawl when about 50 PKR members arrived at the same time to deliver a memorandum over a 17-year-old stateless girl, B Reshina.http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/05/17/single-mother-is-citizen-without-mykad/
Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar has clarified that confiscating memory cards and cameras belonging to journalists is not part of the police standard operating procedure (SOP).
This contradicts Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein's claim that the seizure of journalists' equipment while covering Saturday's Bersih 3.0 rally was part of police SOP.
"There is no such thing. We act in accordance with the law," Ismail replied curtly when pressed on the matter at a press conference at the police headquarters at Bukit Aman.
Yesterday, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that the camera and memory cards belonging to journalists were seized as part of the SOP.
Hishammuddin was cornered on the harsh action by the police on journalists covering the rally and whether it was to "black out" claims of police brutality at the scene.
Although he urged the people not to speculate on the severity of the claims, Hishammuddin commended the police for controlling the situation.
Among the journalists who were roughed up was Radzi Razak, fromTheSun, who claimed that he was beaten up by seven or eight police officers, despite displaying his media card.
Chen Shaua Fui, assistant editor of news site Merdeka Review, said four policemen tried to snatch her camera and when she showed her press card, it was thrown aside and she was threatened with arrest if she continued taking pictures.
Camera memory cards seized
Malaysiakini's photojournalist Koh Jun Lin was temporarily detained after taking photographs of police beating up protesters. Koh's camera and memory card were also seized but his camera was returned upon his release.
Arif Kartono, a photographer with The Malay Mail, reported that he was assaulted by six uniformed police personnel and his camera was smashed. His colleague, Ashraf Shamsul Azlan, was also threatened and had his camera memory card seized.
Makkal Osai photographer P. Malayandy also had his camera confiscated and said he was assaulted when he tried photographing police beating up protesters.
Al-Jazeeracorrespondent Harry Fawcett had said he and the international news network's cameraperson were shoved, causing their video camera to fall and be smashed, whileChannel News Asiavideographer Kenny Lew was allegedly punched by police and had his tripod seized.
Huang An Jian, a photographer with Chinese newspaper Guang Ming Daily, was arrested while taking photographs of protesters being arrested and The Malaysian Insider's Lisa J. Ariffin took a hit from a tear gas canister launched at the crowd.
Contrastingly, however, was the statement by Al Hijrahvideographer Mohd Azri Mohd Salleh, who said he was by protesters when he tried to protect a policeman.
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12:34PM Apr 16, 2012
The new Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill 2012 tabled for its second reading in the Dewan Rakyat today is no different from the Internal Security Act it is replacing, says Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
If anything, Anwar declared, it is more repressive and open to abuse.
"What is its difference from the ISA?" the Permatang Pauh MP asked at a press conference in the Parliament lobby, commenting specifically on indefinite detention.
"If before this, the Home Ministry and police were used, now it is the court process," said Anwar.
He was referring to a clause in the new Bill that allows for the public prosecutor, by way of an oral application, to ask that the court extend the detention of anyone acquitted for any offence under the proposed legislation.
"This is mandatory under the new law. The judge will have to agree. All it takes is an oral request," said Anwar, arguing that the end result iwould be just the same - indefinite arrest and detention of a person by a legislation that is open to abuse.
Under the ISA formulated in 1960 to fight the communist armed insurgency, the home minister can, upon request of the police and at his discretion, prolong detentions indefinitely.
This is something much criticised by anti-ISA advocates and what the government claimed the new law has addressed.
'Ties the hands of the courts'
Anwar argued that provisions under the new law, such as the mandatory extension of detention pending prosecution has "tied the (hands of the) courts" despite the government's claim that there is legal recourse for detainees.
He also criticised provisions that allow police and the prosecution to circumvent rigorous requirements for testimonies and evidence in court under the Evidence Act and to use "sensitive information" in court without disclosing nor verifying its veracity.
Such provisions, Anwar argued, were as good as imprisoning and accusing detainees without court-admissible evidence, as is the case under the present ISA.
This is something much criticised by anti-ISA advocates and what the government claims the new law has addressed.
In an immediate response, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has called the opposition leader's allegations on the new law "irresponsible".
"This shows that they are an irresponsible opposition," Hishammuddin said, calling their opposition to the new security law an "empty show" for political mileage.
"Observing their debate I saw no content to their argument. They are just trying to deny the fact that we are moving forward," he added.
2:10PM Apr 16, 2012
COMMENT Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) is alarmed by Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein's statement that the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA) will not limit the powers of the police (Source: Bernama April 15, 2012).
The Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill 2012, tabled on April 10, once again provides excessive powers to the police with limited oversight or accountability.
Suaram has been concerned about these powers since the legislation was tabled and the remarks made by the home minister have confirmed our doubts and strengthened our call for the Bill to be cancelled immediately.
Laws should be made by taking into account the views of the people, not the police alone!
The statement quoted the minister as saying "the new Bill would not have been tabled if police as the 'end users', who ensure the security of the country, are not comfortable with it".
This sends out a message that the government and Hishamuddin (right) never had the desire to take into account the views of the people, but have been only concerned with how the police view the law because of their role as law enforcers.
This position once again confirms the view of civil society and many others that Malaysia is a police state and the police can operate without accountability.
Clause 4 of the new Bill allows a person to detained for 28 days without being brought before a judge and would also give the police broad powers to conduct searches and intercept communications without a judicial warrant and will allow for abuse of power by the police.
The history of human rights violations by Malaysian police while using repressive laws such as Internal Security Act (ISA) and Emergency Ordinance (EO-Public Order and Crime Prevention 1969) - that have been documented over the years by Suaram - clearly show why the police should not be given such broad powers.
There has been a lack of justice and accountability on a range of human rights violations by the police, such torture and ill-treatment, deaths in custody, unlawful police shootings and abuse of power and corruption in the police force.
This has contributed to the lack of support and trust in the Malaysian police.
Today's police service in Malaysia has failed to realise the goals set for the establishment of a truly modern, representative and democratic police service.
There has been a lack of progress in reforming the Malaysian police service over the years and effective police oversight mechanisms do not exist at all. Yet the government has once again provided the police with a wide range of powers in the name of national security.
Reform of police crucial
The reform of the police is crucial for the development of a stable democracy, and the development of political and social structures representative of the values and needs of society.
The government needs to recognise the crucial role that the reform of the police plays in stabilising societies.
Furthermore, the police reform process should be viewed in the context of the need for a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system and police accountability.
Respect for human rights and the presumption of innocence are the cornerstones of a fair and impartial criminal justice system.
These principles must transcend the work of the police, be reflected in accountability procedures and define the manner of their interaction with the public.
We are very concerned about the excessive powers given to police in this Bill will act to further restrict fundamental rights and provide wide powers to a police force that has failed to undergo reform and implement the recommendations of the Commission on Policing dealing with human rights.
Suaram believes that the new Bill will strengthen the current climate of impunity and exacerbate the abuse of power by the police.
Therefore, Suaram demands the following be done:
1. Withdraw and cancel the Bill immediately
2. The government establishes the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) as per the recommendations made by the 2005 Royal Commission on Policing without further delay.
3. All persons currently detained under the ISA be released immediately and unconditionally and be provided reparations equivalent to the torture and sufferings experienced by the detainees and family members;
4. Establish a Truth Commission to review all past ISA arrests with a view to bring perpetrators of torture and ill-treatment as well as other human rights violations committed against former detainees to justice in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards; and
5. The government must abolish all other detention-without-trial laws, such as the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA).
Sri Lanka's problems cannot be solved overnight, and Malaysia is giving the war-torn country time to help itself, says deputy minister Richard Riot.
KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya has defended the decision to abstain from voting in a United Nations resolution urging Sri Lanka to "credibly investigate" allegations of war crimes during the final months of its civil war there.
Amongst the reasons, according to Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Richard Riot, was that Sri Lanka's problems were too complex to solve in a short time.
He said that the country, which had fought a civil war between 1972 to 2009, tabled a report investigating the war's atrocities in its own parliament on Dec 16, 2011.
"Taking into account 30 years of conflict and complexities of domestic issues… unfair for (the UN) resolution to impose an obligation on the government of Sri Lanka to report in just three months," he said, during the wind-up on the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong's Speech today.
Riot also said that Malaysia had acknowledged Sri Lanka's national reconciliation process as a domestic issue.
He added that Sri Lanka had taken the "necessary steps" to share information with the international community over reconciliation and development efforts.
Riot was referring to the US-led resolution which was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on March 22. The resolution was passed with 24 votes in favour, 15 against and eight abstentions.
(The countries that abstained from voting were Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia and Senegal.)
In the last few months of the war, more than 40,000 people were alleged to have been killed by security forces and Sri Lankan rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE).
To this, the Malaysian government acknowledged that genocide had indeed taken place in the conflict-ridden country, citing a paper known as the "Darusman Report".
"…the report has said there were human rights violations and crimes against humanity…(by the) Sri Lankan government and the LTTE," said Riot.
He said that Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) confirmed the same thing, adding that the country's security forces had acted in self-defence.
He also claimed that Malaysia's abstention was not a double standard and that the country did not interfere in other countries' domestic affairs.
Regarding the Israel-Palestinian issue, Riot said that Malaysia was looking for a peaceful solution between the two states.
He also reassured MPs present that Malaysia would give Sri Lanka a chance to prove itself.
"(But) if during the period of reconciliation, that they don't achieve peace, then the international community will meet and vote whether they will interfere or not," he told the House.
Business deals allegation
Pakatan Rakyat MPs however were not satisfied with Riot's response.
Criticising the LLRC as "weak", Klang MP (DAP) Charles Santiago said that the LLRC report supported the Sri Lankan government.
Ipoh Barat MP (DAP) M Kulasegaran said that it was "shameful" for Malaysia to be one of the eight abstaining countries.
"I compare, these are irrelevant countries. They are substandard (in) human rights values and so forth. Can we compare to them?"
"No! Malaysia is entirely different. Our standard is very high, our per capita income is very high. The expectation of the world is very high and we are a member of the Human Rights Council!" he said.
He also asked on the allegation that Malaysia's abstention was due to billion-ringgit business deals with Sri Lanka.
Kulasegaran claimed that there were "many big business people" in league with the Barisan Nasional government who were investing in Sri Lanka.
In response, Riot said that matters of foreign trade did not come under his ministry and that it came under the Ministry of International trade and Industry.