Category Archives: Civil Society

Marina: What crime has Namewee committed?

PETALING JAYA: Offending sensibilities isn’t necessarily a crime, says human rights activist Marina Mahathir. Commenting on the arrest of controversial rapper Namewee over his newest music video, Marina told FMT she felt the police action was extreme and probably prompted … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Police

Behind the scenes – how the Citizens’ Declaration was made

The signing of the Citizens’ Declaration on Friday was hailed as a landmark re-alignment of forces in the country as it brought together the establishment loyal to former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the opposition and civil society. Much of the … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Najib Abdul Razak

Anti-graft group seeks tougher response to ‘bleeding’ civil service

(Reuters pic, November 12, 2014) The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) is demanding for an ombudsman to keep the public sector accountable in light of wastage and corruption highlighted by the Auditor-General’s Report. An anti-graft watchdog wants an … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Corruption

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