Government Urged to Restore Public confidence in MACC and PDRM [Press Conference]

A group of 37 NGOs today released a press statement calling the government to restore public confidence on MACC and PDRM. A press conference which was attended by the representatives of the 8 of the NGOs was held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall: Zaid Kamaruddin, the  Chair of Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM)  cum Deputy President of Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia , read out the statement during the press conference. He further stressed the importance of police and authorities maintaining public trust and confidence and hoped that it…

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Breaking Down Democracy: Goals, Methods, and Strategies of Modern Authoritarians [Report]

Key Findings Modern authoritarianism has succeeded, where previous totalitarian systems failed, due to new strategies of repression, the exploitation of open societies, and the spread of illiberal policies in democratic countries themselves. Russia, under President Putin, has played an outsized role in the development of modern authoritarian systems, especially in media control, propaganda, the smothering of civil society, and the weakening of political pluralism. The toxic combination of unfair elections and “majoritarianism” is spreading to illiberal leaders in what are still partly democratic countries. Increasingly, populist politicians—once in office—claim the…

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Hearing of Challenges to the Election Commission Should be Fair to All Parties

The Malaysian Bar is concerned about recent news reports stating that the Chief Justice of Malaysia has ordered that the hearing of two legal challenges against the Election Commission (“EC”) in relation to the ongoing electoral redelineation exercise be expedited to 20 June 2017. In the first of these two cases, involving the State of Selangor and the EC, case management had been set for 6 July 2017.  This relates to appeals by both parties with respect to the decision of the High Court.  The Registrar of the Court of…

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Towards a people’s charter on trade

Free trade agreements have been the battering rams that have been used by the political elite of advanced countries to create a lop-sided economy that favours billionaires, says Jeyakumar Devaraj. Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) has been part of a network of groups that have objected to some of the trade agreements being negotiated by the Malaysian government. We mobilised against the free trade agreement with the United States in 2005-2006, then against the TPPA in 2014–2016. Now we are part of a group responding critically to the proposals being brought…

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Malaysia: Social Media Users Must Not Be Co-Opted to Censor Online Dissent

ARTICLE 19 is concerned that a new “advisory for group admins” released by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) attempts to co-opt social media users to censor third-party content which the government considers “inappropriate”. The MCMC advisory is a clear reminder to Internet users that they are expected to enforce Malaysia’s tough restrictions on freedom of expression online through private censorship. The advisory, released on World Press Freedom Day (3 May 2017), targets “administrators” of group pages hosted on communication platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Wechat, Viber, and Telegram,…

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