Edmund Bon

Social: Helping SMEs uphold human rights

The Edge Markets | SMEs, the backbone of supply chains, are at risk of losing out if they don’t change their business approach with respect to the environment and labour. Edmund Bon and other human rights experts sought to translate the corporate responsibility to protect human rights and the environment into tangible and simple tools for SMEs.

Sessions Court judge misdirected himself in convicting Repco’s Low of market manipulation, defence says

The Edge Markets | Counsel Edmund Bon, representing former Repco Holdings Bhd Chairman Low Thiam Hock, said the defence witnesses had described averaging-in of Repco shares, not market manipulation as alleged by the prosecution, and there was no rebuttal by the prosecution. Yet the judge did not address this in his judgment. Edmund appeared with Joshua Tay, New Sin Yew, and Chan Yen Hui.

NGOs, PKR leaders fail again to raise questions on Emergency

Free Malaysia Today | A three-member Court of Appeal bench said the High Court did not commit any appealable error to warrant an intervention, but ordered no costs as the issue was of public interest. The bench also dismissed a preliminary objection by federal counsel that any decision on constitutional reference applications before a High Court was not appealable. Edmund Bon represented the NGOs.

Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia: A Practitioner’s GuideKit

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Southeast and East Asia | FNF and AmerBON published a GuideKit for small and medium enterprises, dealing with issues ranging from due diligence and internal assessment, to environmental risks and fair recruitment. The book contains essential and practical tools that SMEs can use to meet their BHR obligations under the UN Guiding Principles.

The opaque Malaysian pardon system

BFM | Around 100,000 people have signed an online petition requesting that former PM Najib Razak’s petition for pardon be rejected, while a group of UMNO supporters submitted a memorandum seeking a royal pardon. Edmund Bon explained what the process entails, the difference between a conditional and a free pardon, and flaws in the system such as the absence of a right of the prisoner to be heard.

Following Najib’s sentence, Edmund Bon wants pardons system reformed

Malaysiakini | Human rights lawyer Edmund Bon called for the pardons system for convicted prisoners to be reformed, drawing attention to the thousands of prisoners waiting for their pardons to be heard and re-heard. The Pardons Board comprises the AG, the federal territories minister, and three other members appointed by the YDPA, who presides over the board.

Analysis: Abolishment of mandatory death penalty signals nuanced take on drug problems

Astro Awani | Malaysia announced on June 10 that it will abolish the mandatory death sentence for drug offences and murder among others, and leave the sentencing to the judge. Human rights lawyer Edmund Bon noted, if the abolishment of the mandatory death penalty has no impact on crime rates, the argument that it has not deterred crime is justified.

Analisis: Pemansuhan hukuman mati mandatori cerminkan pendekatan bernuansa tangani masalah dadah

Bernama | Malaysia akan memansuhkan hukuman mati mandatori terhadap kesalahan berkaitan dadah serta kes bunuh. Sejak sekian lama, pertubuhan hak asasi manusia berhujah bahawa hukuman mati tidak berkesan sebagai pencegah jenayah. Peguam hak asasi manusia Edmund Bon berkata, jika pemansuhan hukuman mati mandatori tiada impak ke atas kadar jenayah, maka ini mewajarkan hujah mereka.

Emergency proclamation: High Court dismisses bid by Bersih, Malaysian Bar to refer constitutional questions to apex court

Malay Mail | The Malaysian Bar had referred 27 questions of law on the validity of Malaysia’s emergency proclamation caused by COVID-19 while Bersih 2.0 had posed seven questions on the matter to the Federal Court. The High Court dismissed the application, stating that the jurisdiction to determine the constitutional questions lies within the High Court. Edmund Bon represented Bersih 2.0.

High Court sets May 18 to decide whether pandemic-driven emergency proclamation validity questions can be referred to apex court

The Edge Markets | The High Court will deliver its decision on May 18 on whether questions of law on the validity of Malaysia’s emergency proclamation during the pandemic should be referred to the Federal Court. Former Bar Council President Steven Thiru represented the Malaysian Bar in the case submission at the High Court while lawyer Edmund Bon Tai Soon represented Bersih.

Publisher, author win bid to quash ban on ‘Gay is OK’ book

Free Malaysia Today | In her ruling, KL High Court judge Noorin Badaruddin said the government “failed to show evidence of actual prejudice to public order that had occurred”, and that the book publisher and author were never given the right to be heard by the government to counter the allegations against them. Edmund Bon and Michael Cheah represented the applicants.

Mahkamah batal larangan buku ‘Gay is OK’

Free Malaysia Today | Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi membenarkan semakan kehakiman membatalkan larangan buku dan menyeru Menteri “memberi alasan atas keputusannya, lebih-lebih lagi dalam perkara yang menyaksikan kebebasan bersuara disekat dan prinsip keadilan yang dijamin di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan dicabuli”. Penerbit dan penulis buku diwakili Edmund Bon dan Michael Cheah.

Ban on ‘Gay is OK’ lifted

New Straits Times | Gay is OK! publisher Gerakbudaya Enterprise and author Ngeo Boon Lin filed a judicial review leave application to revoke the ban order dated Nov 27 last year, represented by lawyers Edmund Bon and Michael Cheah.

Social: Helping SMEs uphold human rights

The Edge Markets | SMEs, the backbone of supply chains, are at risk of losing out if they don’t change their business approach with respect to the environment and labour. Edmund Bon and other human rights experts sought to translate the corporate responsibility to protect human rights and the environment into tangible and simple tools for SMEs.

Sessions Court judge misdirected himself in convicting Repco’s Low of market manipulation, defence says

The Edge Markets | Counsel Edmund Bon, representing former Repco Holdings Bhd Chairman Low Thiam Hock, said the defence witnesses had described averaging-in of Repco shares, not market manipulation as alleged by the prosecution, and there was no rebuttal by the prosecution. Yet the judge did not address this in his judgment. Edmund appeared with Joshua Tay, New Sin Yew, and Chan Yen Hui.

NGOs, PKR leaders fail again to raise questions on Emergency

Free Malaysia Today | A three-member Court of Appeal bench said the High Court did not commit any appealable error to warrant an intervention, but ordered no costs as the issue was of public interest. The bench also dismissed a preliminary objection by federal counsel that any decision on constitutional reference applications before a High Court was not appealable. Edmund Bon represented the NGOs.

Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia: A Practitioner’s GuideKit

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Southeast and East Asia | FNF and AmerBON published a GuideKit for small and medium enterprises, dealing with issues ranging from due diligence and internal assessment, to environmental risks and fair recruitment. The book contains essential and practical tools that SMEs can use to meet their BHR obligations under the UN Guiding Principles.

The opaque Malaysian pardon system

BFM | Around 100,000 people have signed an online petition requesting that former PM Najib Razak’s petition for pardon be rejected, while a group of UMNO supporters submitted a memorandum seeking a royal pardon. Edmund Bon explained what the process entails, the difference between a conditional and a free pardon, and flaws in the system such as the absence of a right of the prisoner to be heard.

Following Najib’s sentence, Edmund Bon wants pardons system reformed

Malaysiakini | Human rights lawyer Edmund Bon called for the pardons system for convicted prisoners to be reformed, drawing attention to the thousands of prisoners waiting for their pardons to be heard and re-heard. The Pardons Board comprises the AG, the federal territories minister, and three other members appointed by the YDPA, who presides over the board.

Analysis: Abolishment of mandatory death penalty signals nuanced take on drug problems

Astro Awani | Malaysia announced on June 10 that it will abolish the mandatory death sentence for drug offences and murder among others, and leave the sentencing to the judge. Human rights lawyer Edmund Bon noted, if the abolishment of the mandatory death penalty has no impact on crime rates, the argument that it has not deterred crime is justified.

Analisis: Pemansuhan hukuman mati mandatori cerminkan pendekatan bernuansa tangani masalah dadah

Bernama | Malaysia akan memansuhkan hukuman mati mandatori terhadap kesalahan berkaitan dadah serta kes bunuh. Sejak sekian lama, pertubuhan hak asasi manusia berhujah bahawa hukuman mati tidak berkesan sebagai pencegah jenayah. Peguam hak asasi manusia Edmund Bon berkata, jika pemansuhan hukuman mati mandatori tiada impak ke atas kadar jenayah, maka ini mewajarkan hujah mereka.

Emergency proclamation: High Court dismisses bid by Bersih, Malaysian Bar to refer constitutional questions to apex court

Malay Mail | The Malaysian Bar had referred 27 questions of law on the validity of Malaysia’s emergency proclamation caused by COVID-19 while Bersih 2.0 had posed seven questions on the matter to the Federal Court. The High Court dismissed the application, stating that the jurisdiction to determine the constitutional questions lies within the High Court. Edmund Bon represented Bersih 2.0.

High Court sets May 18 to decide whether pandemic-driven emergency proclamation validity questions can be referred to apex court

The Edge Markets | The High Court will deliver its decision on May 18 on whether questions of law on the validity of Malaysia’s emergency proclamation during the pandemic should be referred to the Federal Court. Former Bar Council President Steven Thiru represented the Malaysian Bar in the case submission at the High Court while lawyer Edmund Bon Tai Soon represented Bersih.

Publisher, author win bid to quash ban on ‘Gay is OK’ book

Free Malaysia Today | In her ruling, KL High Court judge Noorin Badaruddin said the government “failed to show evidence of actual prejudice to public order that had occurred”, and that the book publisher and author were never given the right to be heard by the government to counter the allegations against them. Edmund Bon and Michael Cheah represented the applicants.

Mahkamah batal larangan buku ‘Gay is OK’

Free Malaysia Today | Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi membenarkan semakan kehakiman membatalkan larangan buku dan menyeru Menteri “memberi alasan atas keputusannya, lebih-lebih lagi dalam perkara yang menyaksikan kebebasan bersuara disekat dan prinsip keadilan yang dijamin di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan dicabuli”. Penerbit dan penulis buku diwakili Edmund Bon dan Michael Cheah.

Ban on ‘Gay is OK’ lifted

New Straits Times | Gay is OK! publisher Gerakbudaya Enterprise and author Ngeo Boon Lin filed a judicial review leave application to revoke the ban order dated Nov 27 last year, represented by lawyers Edmund Bon and Michael Cheah.