What an interim prime minister can do

BFM | BFM talked to constitutional lawyer New Sin Yew about Tun Mahathir’s resignation and the possible scenarios that can unfold. The Prime Minister’s resignation will not be formalised until there is someone else who can command the confidence of the majority in Parliament, or if the Yang di-Pertuan Agong dissolves the House of Representatives.

Death sentence – committee submits report on alternatives

Malaysiakini | The special committee to review alternative sentences to the mandatory death penalty has submitted its report to the government after consultations with international experts, families of crime victims, families of prisoners on death row, prisoners on death rows themselves, government agencies, religious groups, civil society as well as government and opposition Members of Parliament. Edmund Bon was a member of the special committee.

Sungai Kim Kim case: Judge visits used tyre processing factory site

The Malaysian Reserve | Sessions Court judge for the case of the disposal of toxic waste into Sungai Kim Kim last March visited the tyre processing factory in the Tanjung Langsat Industrial Area, Johor Bahru. Also present were other interested parties in the case, and counsel Joshua Tay who represented one of the company directors, Sim Wei Der.

Lawyers pull balancing act in Bar Council election

Free Malaysia Today | Lawyers in the country have pulled off a balancing act in electing an equal number of direct members from two opposing camps to manage the 2020/2021 Bar Council. Of the 12 council members elected, six are from the “Star” team, including AmerBON’s New Sin Yew.

Sg Kim Kim pollution trial begins

Malaysiakini | The trial on the Sungai Kim Kim chemical dumping case began in the Sessions Court in Johor Bahru today. Among the accused was Sim Wei Der from Singapore, represented by counsel Joshua Tay.

Unfair to compare Yazid Sufaat to LTTE suspects – Yazid’s lawyers

Malaysiakini | Responding to Klang MP Charles Santiago’s article comparing the SOSMA cases of Yazid Sufaat and the LTTE detainees, counsel Amer Hamzah, New Sin Yew, and Joshua Tay argued that those who oppose laws on detention without trial should oppose its use against everyone, regardless of race, religion or political ideology.

10 pakar undang-undang kaji hukuman gantian mati

Harian Metro | Bekas Ketua Hakim Negara Tan Sri Richard Malanjum mengetuai Jawatankuasa Khas Kajian Hukuman Gantian Terhadap Hukuman Mati Mandatori. Selain Richard, sembilan ahli jawatankuasa itu terdiri daripada pakar perundangan, termasuk Pengasas Bersama dan Pengarah ‘Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights’ (MCCHR), Edmund Bon.

I saw who hit, used hot iron on Zulfarhan: Witness in UPNM student murder trial

New Straits Times | A witness in the murder trial of National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM) cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain told the High Court that he was certain who had hit and injured the victim because he had witnessed the incident. He was cross-examined by lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad who was representing the first and second accused in the trial.

Lawyers fear 12 charged for LTTE links will not receive fair trial

Malaysiakini | Lawyers, including New Sin Yew and Amer Hamzah Arshad, expressed concern that those charged for purported links to a now-defunct terrorist group may not receive fair trial. They pointed out the trials would be governed by the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), which makes it easier for the prosecution to secure a conviction and is open to abuse.

Second accused apologises to Zulfarhan’s parents

Bernama | The trial of 18 students of Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) charged with injuring and murdering naval cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain turned emotional. During the proceedings, lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad, representing Muhammad Azamuddin, asked his client whether he had something to say to Zulharfan’s parents and this prompted the accused to make an apology.

Jho Low’s Cypriot passport

BFM | BFM talks to constitutional lawyer New Sin Yew about Jho Low’s alleged Cypriot passport, the prohibition of dual citizenship for Malaysians, and what this means for Jho Low.

What happens next for assemblymen charged with terrorism related offence?

Malay Mail | Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran and Gadek assemblyman G. Saminathan were charged with supporting a Sri Lankan militant group, which is now defunct. Human rights lawyer New Sin Yew weighed in on the positions of the elected representatives and the status of their habeas corpus application.

Ex-Sabah CM Musa freed of 5 corruption charges

Free Malaysia Today | The High Court acquitted former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman of five counts of corruption amounting to US$12.8 million. He was represented by AmerBON’s Amer Hamzah Arshad and Joshua Tay, together with Francis Ng and Ragunath Kesavan.

Group offers to help Putrajaya draft and review human rights laws

Free Malaysia Today | The Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) has gathered a team of local and international experts, including our lawyers from AmerBON, to help Putrajaya review laws in five areas that concern human rights. The areas include freedom of assembly; freedom of expression and hate speech; anti-trafficking, anti-smuggling of people and modern slavery; nationality, statelessness and citizenship; and expanding civil society space for human rights organisations in Malaysia.

Rights group lists 4 amendments for Peaceful Assembly Act

Free Malaysia Today | There should be no need for consent or permission to organise assemblies in areas under local councils as these are public places. Edmund Bon Tai Soon noted that this was among other issues in the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 highlighted for amendment by experts.