Monthly Archives: July 2020

Amending Finas Act 1981 is an opportunity for Saifuddin to show that he is a serious reformer

Govt has no intention of using Finas Act to restrict social media users

Let’s take a throwback to when the Finas Act was enacted. It was 1981. There was no Internet. We only had two TV stations – RTM1 and RTM2. We had to line up for public phones. Almost forty years on, we remain governed by such a legal framework. Which such an awareness, it would come […]

Justice and Closure for Kevin Morais and his close ones

The original prosecution team reunited on Kevin Morais' judgment day

Murder may pass unpunished for a time, but justice will eventually overtake the crime. The late Anthony Kevin Morais, was found murdered five years ago. Today, I sit in with my ex colleagues and Datuk Richard Morais (Kevin’s brother) as we watch High Court Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah sentenced to death the six men for […]

Condemned for Contempt? The Malaysiakini Case And The Problem With Contempt Proceedings In Malaysia

Contempt hearing against Mkini, top editor begins in Federal Court

Digital media has democratised the space for expression at a rate so fast that law and order have time and again found the need to play catch up. Once again, we have been caught in another pickle – the case with Malaysiakini and its run in with contempt of court. A poignant photo of Steven […]

The position of the Speaker of the House in Malaysian democracy

The position of the Speaker of the House in Malaysian democracy

We have often heard such questions, time and time again: Can the Speaker be partisan? Can the Speaker be removed? Can the Speaker be an MP as well? It is time to settle the score: Is the Speaker part of the Government? No. In Malaysia, power is separated into three branches: The Government (Executive Branch), […]