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Immigration D-G’s threat to revoke foreign nationals’ passes over negative statements ‘extreme’ but legal, say lawyers

Malay Mail | Under the Immigration Act 1959/63, the director general may revoke the passes of foreign nationals. Lawyer New Sin Yew agreed with others that this must be done with reason. There is no law that criminalises speech that damages Malaysia’s image. Criminal sanctions are meant to address more extreme actions such as incitement to violence.

M’sian journo named ‘information hero’ by international watchdog

Malaysiakini | Reporters Without Borders (RSF) named South China Morning Post reporter Tashny Sukumaran among a list of 30 coronavirus “information heroes”. Tashny was questioned by police over her tweets regarding the 1 May immigration raid at Selangor Mansion. Lawyer New Sin Yew called it plain harassment.

Bar Council needs to step up fight against sexual harassment, says activist

Malaysiakini | AWL deputy president Meera Samanther lamented that nothing is being done to address sexual harassment within the legal fraternity. New Sin Yew agreed that policies and complaint mechanisms must be in place. Victims should not be afraid of sharing their stories; perpetrators should be afraid.

Union wants justice for hospital cleaners

Free Malaysia Today | A national union for hospital cleaners claims that a government-linked subcontractor, hired to manage cleaning at public hospitals, is exploiting workers. Human rights lawyer Edmund Bon said the contract system meant that the cleaners would not enjoy the same benefits as someone employed as a permanent staff.

Absorb hospital cleaners to prevent exploitation, gov’t told

Malaysiakini | During a forum on the rights of hospital cleaners, lawyer Edmund Bon urged the government to protect frontliners who earned a low wage. Even when services are privatised, there should be a tripartite agreement, with the government also part of the contract.

Musa Aman freed of corruption, money laundering charges

Free Malaysia Today | The High Court freed former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman of his 46 corruption and money laundering charges in relation to timber concessions in the state. Lawyer Amer Hamzah said Musa was previously cleared by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption.

M’sian journo named ‘information hero’ by international watchdog

Malaysiakini | Reporters Without Borders (RSF) named South China Morning Post reporter Tashny Sukumaran among a list of 30 coronavirus “information heroes”. Tashny was questioned by police over her tweets regarding the 1 May immigration raid at Selangor Mansion. Lawyer New Sin Yew called it plain harassment.

Bar Council needs to step up fight against sexual harassment, says activist

Malaysiakini | AWL deputy president Meera Samanther lamented that nothing is being done to address sexual harassment within the legal fraternity. New Sin Yew agreed that policies and complaint mechanisms must be in place. Victims should not be afraid of sharing their stories; perpetrators should be afraid.

Union wants justice for hospital cleaners

Free Malaysia Today | A national union for hospital cleaners claims that a government-linked subcontractor, hired to manage cleaning at public hospitals, is exploiting workers. Human rights lawyer Edmund Bon said the contract system meant that the cleaners would not enjoy the same benefits as someone employed as a permanent staff.

Absorb hospital cleaners to prevent exploitation, gov’t told

Malaysiakini | During a forum on the rights of hospital cleaners, lawyer Edmund Bon urged the government to protect frontliners who earned a low wage. Even when services are privatised, there should be a tripartite agreement, with the government also part of the contract.

Musa Aman freed of corruption, money laundering charges

Free Malaysia Today | The High Court freed former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman of his 46 corruption and money laundering charges in relation to timber concessions in the state. Lawyer Amer Hamzah said Musa was previously cleared by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption.