Monday, 30 December 2013

Malaysia-Press Release: Facilitate and Deal Peacefully with Peaceful Assemblies

Press Release: Facilitate and Deal Peacefully with Peaceful Assemblies


Press Release

Facilitate and Deal Peacefully with Peaceful Assemblies 

The Malaysian Bar calls on the authorities, including the police, to continue to facilitate peaceful public assemblies, such as the one that civil society groups reportedly plan to hold at Dataran Merdeka on 31 December 2013 to protest price hikes in the country.

It is the constitutional right of any Malaysian to assemble peacefully in public, whether in celebration or in protest.  This would be a legitimate expression by Malaysians of their concerns or objections, and an exercise of their constitutional right.  The existence of other avenues of raising their objections, such as organising petitions, writing letters of complaint or speaking to elected representatives, would not exclude or displace the right to peaceful and orderly public assembly.  These rights are cumulative and indivisible: they have equal status, and none of them operates to negate or exclude the exercise of the other.

The Malaysian Bar urges the police to respect, promote and protect the exercise of the fundamental freedoms of assembly and expression during such gatherings, and not try to stymie or prevent the assemblies.  The provisions of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 must be read and applied purposively to achieve this, and not applied narrowly, slavishly or technically to frustrate its purpose, as well as the purpose of Article 10 of the Federal Constitution.

The police have in effect had more than 10 days' notice of the planned event.  The fact that the police have been speaking about the gathering is itself evidence of their knowledge.  The police must not be pedantic in looking at the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.  The notice period of 10 days in the Act is not intended to prevent an assembly, but to allow time for the police to make arrangements to facilitate an orderly and safe assembly.  The police should therefore have been spending the time engaging with the organisers on this basis, instead of thumping their chests and rattling their sabres.

On various occasions in the past, the police have demonstrated that they can work with organisers of public assemblies to allow participants to walk or assemble, and openly and outwardly express their viewpoints, in safety.   We commend these positive and salutary examples.  It is thus evident that, with proper liaising and cooperation, it is possible for the police and the organisers to work together to ensure that these events proceed smoothly and peacefully. 

The Malaysian Bar reiterates that we support and defend the principle of any individual or group's fundamental freedom to speak, assemble or walk in order to publicly and openly promote and publicise a cause, if that freedom is exercised responsibly and peacefully.  We call on the police and Government to always protect and promote the freedoms of assembly and expression in a fair and equitable manner.  We also remind organisers of public assemblies of their responsibility to take all reasonable action to ensure a peaceful assembly.
Christopher Leong
Malaysian Bar
30 December 2013

Malaysia-The Tech Updates | MITF E-Newsletter Volume 9, December 2013

The Tech Updates | MITF E-Newsletter Volume 9, December 2013

Malaysia IT Fair 2014

17 - 19 Jan
Mid Valley,
Kuala Lumpur
PlayStation 4 debut in Malaysia
The long awaited Sony PlayStation 4 has made its debut in Malaysia today.  The PS4 console is sold at MYR$1,799 and the PS4 console with PS camera is sold at MYR$1,899.
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ASUS Fonepad 7 and Fonepad 6 available at RM749, RM1,399 respectively
ASUS Malaysia has announced the availability of its new ASUS Fonepad 7 (8GB variant) and ASUS Fonepad Note 6 in December. The ASUS Fonepad 7 is a 7-inch hi-definition 'phablet' with full 3G connectivity and it is sold at RM 749. The 6-inch ASUS Fonepad Note 6 comes with 3G phone function, stylus pen and pin-sharp Full HD Super IPS+ display that offers both multi-touch and stylus input. It is now available at the selling price of RM 1,399.
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iPad Air landed in Malaysia, priced from RM1599
Machines, the authorized reseller of Apple in Malaysia has revealed the pricing of the latest iPad Air. The iPad Air Wi-Fi is priced at RM1,599 for 16GB model, RM1,929 for 32GB, RM2,249 for 64GB and RM2,579 for 128 GB, while the iPad Air Wi-Fi+Cellular is priced at RM2,029, RM2,349, RM2,679 and RM 2,999 for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB model respectively.
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Samsung Smartphone Gamepad
Samsung has introduced the Smartphone GamePad and Mobile Console app to enhance the gaming experience on Samsung's popular line of Galaxy devices. Launched in response to the rapidly expanding global mobile gaming market, Smartphone GamePad provides consumers with a fun, convenient, and advanced gaming experience anytime, anywhere.
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Glasses free 3D tablet
The retailer Hammacher Shlemmer has announced a tablet that packs an 8-inch 3D screen, and the best part is you won't need to wear glasses to see into the third dimension either. It's similar to the effect on the Nintendo 3DS. It costs $349.95 and is set to ship on December 30.
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Oppo N1 phablet comes with 13MP Swiveling Camera
Oppo, the Chinese manufacturer has announced a new 5.9-inch phablet dubbed Oppo N1 with an innovative 13MP swiveling camera. The N1 boasts a 5.9-inch display with 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 377 PPI. It is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 3610mAh battery. Internal storage options include 16GB and 32GB, expandable by microSD. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
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TECH TITAN Headphones Series
A merry life lacks music is incomplete. TECH TITAN has launched a series of headsets /headphones for your immersive music indulgent. You can have endless fun by enjoying your music with the high definition headphones. Let the music lightens up your life or your journey.
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Kaspersky Lab makes its forecasts for the coming year
Kaspersky Lab's experts have made their predictions about 2014. Not surprisingly, much of what they have seen in their crystal balls is connected to the fall-out from Edward Snowden's revelations.

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The first Malaysia IT Fair in 2014 falls on 17 - 19 January
Malaysia IT Fair thanks you for your continued support throughout the year of 2013. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Our very first fair in 2014 will be held in Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur on 17 - 19 January.
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