Malaysiakini | The government has set up a special task force to study an alternative sentence to the mandatory death penalty. Possible members of the task force include human rights lawyer Edmund Bon.
Thomson Reuters Foundation | Malaysia’s special court for human trafficking made only eight convictions in its inaugural year. Human rights lawyer Edmund Bon said there are gaps in the anti-trafficking law and urged for the law to be amended.
Suaram | A couple of weeks ago, Suaram spoke to New Sin Yew on the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and the Sedition Act 1948 in a new podcast series on human rights and current issues. Find out what he thinks about these laws on Suaram’s Podcast Ep. 2.
The Edge Markets | Former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman has been allowed by the Court of Appeal to retrieve his passport to resume medical treatment overseas. The decision was disclosed by Musa’s lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad.
Free Malaysia Today | The Court of Appeal today allowed former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman’s bid to get his passport back temporarily to seek medical treatment overseas. Musa was represented by lawyers Ng Aik Guan and Amer Hamzah Arshad.
Malaysiakini | Senior human rights lawyer Edmund Bon criticised political leaders for using “civil service sabotage” as an excuse for delays in reform. Speaking at a conference on hate speech and intolerance, Bon also said that instead of legislating against hate speech, it is better to enact a “positive” law on freedom of expression.
Free Malaysia Today | The National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) hailed a landmark Federal Court ruling that some banks promoted staff to executive positions to dilute the power of the union. NUBE’s lawyer Edmund Bon was quoted in the statement as saying this “ground-breaking ruling” would be applicable to all other sectors and industries.
Malaysiakini | The Federal Court upheld the finding that two banks were ‘promoting’ clerical staff to executives even though they were not given executive powers so that they can be excluded from the National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE). NUBE’s lawyer Edmund Bon said that the decision was significant as it wasn’t just one but all the courts agreed with NUBE.
Malay Mail | The National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) called for Bank Muamalat and Alliance Bank to be penalised for union-busting tactics. NUBE’s lawyer Edmund Bon noted that after the Director General of Industrial Relations had decided for NUBE, all three courts that heard the appeals also ruled this as a case of disguised promotion aimed at depriving employees of NUBE membership.
New Naratif | As Malaysia back-pedalled on abolishing the death penalty, the possibility of wrongful convictions remain, such as in the case of Mainthan Arumugam who is on death row. Amer Hamzah and Joshua Tay, who submitted Mainthan’s review application to the Federal Court, shared their views.