Category Archives: Civil Society

Court complaint lands Uthayakumar in death row chambers

Instead of getting better treatment after complaining to the courts, Hindraf de facto leader P Uthayakumar is now being treated worse in Kajang Prison, claims Hindraf. “After attending court on Sept 24, 2013, P Uthayakumar is now being further punished … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Court case

We will march if EC heads do not resign, say NGOs

A coalition of NGOs has warned that unless the Election Commission (EC) heads step down or are fired for alleged electoral fraud, the people will take to the streets. Following the ninth Black 505 ‘People’s Gathering’ in Petaling Jaya last … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Election Commission, NGO's

Akhbar Satar replaces Paul Low as president of TI-Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) has elected Datuk Akhbar Satar (pic) as its new president. Akhbar is a former official with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and is president of the Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysian Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Outgoing president … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, NGO's

Forces of darkness gaining upper hand, warns bishop

By Terence Netto Catholic bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing said the latest arrests under the Sedition Act were for him “an eerie reminder of Operation Lalang” – the October 1987 detentions under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) of … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Religion

Auntie Bersih gives vigil-goers words of wisdom

By Ahmad Fadil KC Annie Ooi – a senior citizen who rose to fame following an iconic photograph of her during the Bersih 2.0 rally – was the voice of reason at the solidarity vigil outside the Jinjang police station … Continue reading

Posted in Bersih, Civil Society

Josie Fernandez expected to vie for top TI-M spot

By Susan Loone With Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) set to elect its new president on Friday, its secretary-general Josie M Fernandez is once again expected to vie for the top spot in the largely male-dominated NGO. Since its formation in … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, NGO's

‘1 million people’ street rally planned for KL

By Ram Anand NGOs led by Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) and Asalkan Bukan Umno (ABU) have pledged to mobilise at least one million people in the streets of Kuala Lumpur for a mammoth rally against electoral fraud later this … Continue reading

Posted in 13th General Election, Civil Society

Gov’t lifts four-year ban on Hindraf

More than four years after being outlawed and branded as an illegal organisation, government has lifted its ban on the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf). Hindraf chief P Waythamoorthy in a text message said this was made known to the … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, NGO's

Sharifah: ‘Listen, listen’ video spun to support opposition

An embattled Sharifah Zohra Jabeen Syed Shah Miskin has broken her silence on the infamous ‘listen, listen’ video recording of her berating a law student. She has claimed that it has been “creatively spun” to gather support for an opposition … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Education

Zaid: Patrick Teoh wasn’t ranting against Islam

By K Pragalath The former minister says prohibiting views would lead to the end of freedom of expression. PETALING JAYA: Founding president of Kita, Zaid Ibrahim has defended actor and former radio deejay Patrick Teoh by arguing that the latter … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Religion

Small fry SW1Mming in big murky lake

By Ali Cordoba Sharifah Zohra is only a small fry in this problem that has plagued Malaysia. With Suara Wanita 1Malaysia (SW1M) president Sharifah Zohra Jabeen’s cavalier approach towards a querying student, KS Bawani, we can see the never-ending attitude … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Education

SW1M leader’s fiasco inspires deluge of ads

Product advertisers are riding high on the wave of discontent over the video clip of a panellist berating a student at a forum at a public university last month, poking fun at the fracas in advertisements ranging from fried chicken … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Education

Why I did not attend KL112

A letter in Malaysiakini By Tan Zhong Yan I did not attend and participate in the People’s Uprising Rally or simply known as the KL112. This is for two reasons. Firstly, I do not see any specific purpose and objectives … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Special Interest

Mahathir, Muhyiddin and mob-rule

By Mariam Mokhtar Oh, to be a fly-on-the-wall in the home of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad when he witnessed the outpouring of support for the KL112 rally – dubbed the People’s Uprising Rally, last Saturday. Did his purse his … Continue reading

Posted in Barisan Nasional, Civil Society, Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Najib: KL112 shows success of BN’s reforms

By Hazlan Zakaria Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak today thanked Pakatan Rakyat for its conduct during last Saturday’s mega-rally, which he believes exemplifies the success of BN’s political and governmental reforms. “I say thank you to the opposition, though … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Najib Abdul Razak, Pakatan Rakyat

Activist Haris Ibrahim dares Cecil Abraham to sue him

Human rights activist Haris Ibrahim has challenged lawyer Cecil Abraham to sue him to clear his name. Haris (left) had previously lodged complaints to the Bar Council, urging it to investigate Cecil for professional misconduct in preparing private investigator P … Continue reading

Posted in Bar Council, Civil Society | 1 Comment

Phang: I’ve no power to influence police transfers

Former anti-corruption adviser Robert Phang has denied the claim that he had influenced the transfer of a senior police officer, as alleged by former inspector-general of police Musa Aman. At a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today, Phang mocked Musa, … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Police

Phang had hand in cop’s transfer, says ex-IGP

By Kuek Ser Kuang Keng In an apparent tit-for-tat response, ex-police chief Musa Hassan has accused former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory panel member Robert Phang of threatening a high-ranking police officer and having him removed from his post. Musa … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, MACC, Police

Survey: Half of M’sian firms lost contract to bribery

By Koh Jun Lin Half of companies operating in Malaysia surveyed have reported that they have lost contracts or business to a competitor due to bribery over the past year, according to an international survey. “This is an extraordinarily high … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Corruption

Why is PKR sleeping with ex-IGP, asks Phang

Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory panel member Robert Phang has ticked PKR off for allegedly “sleeping” with their former enemy ex-inspector general of police (IGP) Musa Hassan. Responding to Musa’s statements during a press conference by the new NGO … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, PKR Updates, Police

6P agents ‘cheated 200,000 migrant workers’

As many as 200,000 migrant workers may have been cheated by agencies approved by the government to facilitate the ‘6P programme’ – a legalisation and amnesty exercise for illegal immigrants. Migrants’ rights NGO Tenaganita, which made this claim based on … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Crime

Green marchers to wait for MPs at Dataran Merdeka

By Lee Way Loon The the anti-Lynas green walk organiser has made a slight change to its plan. The protesters will not march to Parliament House as originally planned for the culmination of their 14-day, 300km journey. Instead, the green … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society

Actress lends support to Kuantan-KL green march

By Lee Long Hui Himpunan Hijau’s 300km march from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur has given a celebrity shot in the arm in form of Singaporean comedian Tay Yin Yin, who was born in Kuantan. Tay, who stared in hit Singaporean … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, NGO's

Sarawak anti-dam group joins anti-Lynas march

In a show of solidarity, volunteers from the SAVE Rivers campaign will join environmental group Himpunan Hijau on a 14- day march from Kuantan to the Parliament which starts today. “Our participation in the Green March is also our way … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, NGO's

M’sians seek plaintiff status in ‘Musa Aman case’

A group of 255 Malaysians has teamed up with Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), seeking to be admitted as plaintiffs in an ongoing criminal case linked to Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman. According to BMF, the case involves accusations … Continue reading

Posted in Bruno Manser Fund, Civil Society, Court case, Sabah