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Malaysia: New Security Law Being Considered

(Apr. 17, 2012) On April 10, 2012, a bill for a new law on national security was introduced in the Malaysian Parliament. It will be debated in the lower house of the Parliament during the week of April 16; if it is approved there, it will go to the upper house and then to the […]

Malaysia; Saudi Arabia: Journalist Deported to Face Blasphemy Charges

(Feb. 17, 2012) On February 9, 2012, the police in Malaysia detained a journalist from Saudi Arabia, Hamza Kashgari; on February 12 he was sent back to Saudi Arabia. Kashgari had landed at the international airport at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and the detention was pursuant to a request made through Interpol by the Saudi […]

Malaysia: Bill on Peaceful Assembly Criticized

(Dec. 9, 2011) Malaysia's parliament has passed a bill on peaceful assembly that has been called a threat to the basic freedom in that country. The law has been described by United Nations' experts as designed to “arbitrarily and disproportionately restrict the right to assemble peacefully.”(Malaysia: New Bill Threatens Right to Peaceful Assembly with Arbitrary […]

Malaysia: Proposed Repeal of Security Laws

(Oct. 7, 2011) On October 3, 2011, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, initiated in the Parliament a proposal to repeal the country's strict security laws, the Internal Security Act of 1960, Act 82 (ISA), and the Restricted Residence Act of 1933, Act 377 (RRA) (both as amended to Jan. 1, 2006, and both […]

Malaysia: Native Villagers Lose Land Rights Suit over Bakun Dam Construction

(Sept. 12, 2011) On September 8, 2011, Malaysia's Federal Court, the highest judicial authority in the country, delivered a unanimous ruling against members of an indigenous tribe who had challenged Sarawak State's seizure of land to build the massive Bakun Dam. The three-judge panel dismissed the villagers' appeal. The tribe members had argued that the […]

Malaysia: Seven Alleged Pirates Charged with Firearms Offenses

(Feb. 16, 2011) On February 11, 2011, Malaysian prosecutors filed charges against seven Somali nationals who had been captured by Malaysian naval forces in the Gulf of Aden on January 20, 2011. (Seven Somalis Face Death Sentence Under Firearms Charge, BERNAMA (Feb. 11, 2011),http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=563146.) The seven men and boys (three of the accused are 15 […]

Malaysia: New Provisions on Plea Bargaining to Come into Force

(Dec. 23, 2010) On December 13, 2010, it was reported that a change in the Malaysian Criminal Procedure Code to include the concept of formal plea bargaining in criminal cases would soon be implemented by the courts. (Formal Plea Bargaining to Be Implemented Soon, Offering 50 Per Cent Reduction of Punishment, BERNAMA (Dec. 13, 2010), […]

Malaysia: Court Rejects Appeal of Case Involving Sodomy Charge Against Opposition Leader

(Sept. 23, 2010) On September 20, 2010, the Court of Appeals in Malaysia rejected an appeal from an August 16 decision of the Kuala Lumpur High Court in a case involving charges of sodomy against an opposition leader. The Court of Appeals, led by Justice Ahmad Maarop, determined that it did not have jurisdiction under […]

Malaysia: Taskforce to Examine Potentially Divisive Internet Postings

(Sept. 9, 2010) On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Matter on Internet, THE STAR ONLINE (Sept. 3, 2010), http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/9/3/nation/6974745&sec=nation.) The police, Internet regulators, the Information […]

Malaysia: Controversial Caning Sentence Commuted

(Apr. 16, 2010) It was reported on April 1, 2010, that the caning sentence of part-time model and mother of two Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, which had been delayed since August 2008, has now been commuted, despite Kartika's wish to undergo the punishment. The sentence had been six strokes of the rattan cane and a […]