STUDENT activism in Universiti Malaya thrived in the 1960 and early 1970s. One of the key student leaders was Syed Hamid Ali who was University of Malaya Students’ Union (Umsu) general-secretary from 1967 to 1969, before he was elected president for the 1969 to 1970 term. Syed Hamid’s activism inadvertently began because he couldn’t be […]
“Mahasiswa jurubicara rakyat”By Gan Pei Ling
ON 11 Aug 2010, the cabinet reiterated its decision that students are not allowed to be involved in political parties. However, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, said this should not prevent students from discussing politics and current affairs. Citing the speaker’s corner in some universities, Muhyiddin said […]
Detention without trial allowed under other lawsBy The Fairly Current Show
THE Internal Security Act (ISA) has been receiving much attention, with expectation that the government plans to amend this legislation that allows for indefinite detention without trial. However, civil society groups have been fighting to draw more focus to two other laws that also allow for detention without trial. The Fairly Current Show host Fahmi […]
Ab Aziz Ab Kadir (Ketereh) [Updated 15 July 2010]By Koh Lay Chin
KETEREH Member of Parliament (MP) Ab Aziz Ab Kadir’s response to the MP Watch: Eye on Parliament project, which asks all 222 MPs six questions. Name: Ab Aziz Ab Kadir Constituency: Ketereh Party: PKR Years as MP: Since 2008 Government position: None Party position: None Membership in parliamentary committees or caucus: None Blog/Website: None Original […]
How the govt undermines SuhakamBy Deborah Loh
WE know that Senator Ezam Mohd Nor was diverting from the real issue when he commented on the story about foreign workers at the new Istana Negara construction site allegedly not being paid their wages. He turned what was really a human rights issue and possible labour law violation into a case of undermining the monarchy. What is more important than Ezam’s rhetoric is that once again, an authority tasked with protecting people, the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam), is disregarded.
No reply for 9 July 2010By Deborah Loh
THE following Member of Parliament (MP) has not replied to the six questions under MP Watch: Eye on Parliament as of 9 July 2010, the end of a two-week deadline. His response will be updated if and when he replies. Name: Jamaludin Mohd Jarjis; constituency: Rompin.
Suara Keadilan suspension: Meddling with the mediaBy Ding Jo-Ann
WHOM should the media be accountable to – the public or the government? Judging from the Home Ministry’s refusal to renew the permit of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) newspaper Suara Keadilan, it appears the government is still intent on making the media answerable to it. The ministry was apparently “not satisfied” with Suara Keadilan’s response […]
No reply for 5 July 2010By Koh Lay Chin
THE following Member of Parliament (MP) has not replied to the six questions under MP Watch: Eye on Parliament as of Monday, 5 July 2010, the end of his two-week deadline. His response will be updated if and when he replies. Name: Yussof Mahal Constituency: Labuan Party: Umno Years as MP: Since 2008 Government position: […]
Idris Haron (Tangga Batu)By Deborah Loh
TANGGA Batu Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Idris Haron’s response to the MP Watch: Eye on Parliament project, which asks all 222 MPs six questions.
What happens under ISA detentionBy Gan Pei Ling
PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak promised to review the ISA when he came into office in April 2009. But the government continues to defend the need for detention without trial in the interest of “national security”. In the meantime, those who have been detained under the ISA tell stories of state abuse of power and torture.
In this second of a series of interviews with former ISA detainees, The Nut Graph speaks with Mat Sah Mohd Satray and his wife, Norlaila Othman, about his arrest and detention under the ISA in April 2002.