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It’s illegal to carry ‘offensive weapons’ in public, offenders face up to 10-year jail and whipping

Recently, a controversial parade by Terengganu state PAS Youth at a resort in Setiu sparked a debate among Malaysians. Part of a 2-day gathering called “Himpunan Pemuda Islam Terengganu” or Himpit, videos and photos of the parade are now practically everywhere on social media.

The parade involved PAS Youth members clad in mediaeval Islamic war costumes while wielding ‘replica’ swords, spears and shields. Furthermore, a pickup truck carrying a giant fake sword can also be seen.

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Matters regarding the National Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) have always been a hotly contested subject in our country. An agency under the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) that is responsible for giving study loans to students pursuing tertiary education, it is not an understatement to say that PTPTN is the reason many Malaysians can afford to further their studies in colleges and universities.

However, given its ubiquity and how PTPTN loan defaulters are listed in the Central Credit Reference Information System (CCRIS) since 2015, many movements have called for PTPTN’s abolishment. This is due to many Malaysians not being able to get a loan from financial institutions and were blacklisted from leaving the country due to their defaulted PTPTN loans.

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Malaysians face up to 1-month jail for lighting up fireworks, firecrackers other than “Pop-Pop” and “Happy Boom” this CNY

This Chinese New Year (CNY), Malaysians are bound to hear the sound of firecrackers or witness the skies light up with fireworks. Indeed, such sounds and sights are pretty common in our country during festive seasons, regardless of the celebration, be it religious holidays such as CNY, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali or even national celebrations like Hari Merdeka.

However, did you know that most fireworks and firecrackers are actually illegal in our country? In fact, only two types are allowed, from the brands Happy Boom and Pop-Pop. Moreover, should you be caught igniting fireworks and firecrackers other than the two aforementioned brands, you may even face imprisonment of up to one month, a fine of up to RM100 or both!

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Employers face up to RM100k fine, 5 years jail if they don’t adhere to the Employment (Amendment) Act 2022

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim made waves in Indonesia recently during his first official foreign trip as Malaysia’s 10th Prime Minister. During the two-day visit to Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta, Anwar met with his counterpart, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and discussed pressing matters between our two countries, from economic cooperation to regional security issues.

One of the more notable issues addressed was the strengthening of the protection of migrant workers in Malaysia. As reported by The Star, Anwar said that the matter has hurt the feelings of the Indonesian people and their government and promised a more comprehensive solution.

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Anti-Hopping Law: Here’s why the 4 Sabah MPs who quit Bersatu won’t lose their Parliament seats

With the delayed Padang Serai polls successfully held on 7 December, the 15th General Election (GE15) is finally done and dusted. At long last, all 222 Members of Parliament (MPs) have been elected and Malaysia can finally move forward.

However, before the first session of the 15th Parliament even started, there was a shake-up in the composition of the Dewan Rakyat. As reported by The Edge Markets, 4 Sabah MPs from Bersatu announced their exit from the party, part of an exodus that included all other Bersatu Sabah leaders.

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Here’s why DAP and PH can’t sue Hadi Awang for defamation despite his continuous slanderous allegations

Recently, PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang was summoned by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) for alleged seditious statements he made during the 15th General Election (GE15). As reported by Astro Awani, following several police reports being lodged against him, Hadi ended up spending almost 2 hours giving a statement at the Sentul district police headquarters.

One of the police reports was from DAP Secretary and Member of Parliament (MP) for Kepong, Lim Lip Eng after the PAS president had made remarks linking Pakatan Harapan (PH) to communism and blasphemy at a ceramah in Temerloh, Pahang. Besides that, on 28 November 2022, the PAS president also attacked DAP and claimed that the party is spreading Islamophobia and is bent on “destroying” Islam in a lengthy Facebook post.


What legal action can Peter Anthony take after SPR wrongly rejected his #GE15 nomination?

The campaigning period for the 15th General Election (GE15) is nearly coming to an end. For the past two weeks or so, everywhere Malaysians go, there are political parties’ flags waving and posters of hopeful candidates courting voters to cast their ballots in their favour. This time though, some big names are absent from the candidates’ list, including veteran politicians that decided to retire or take a rest from the scene, or those unfortunate enough to be dropped by their respective parties.

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The convict candidate: Can former Prime Minister Najib Razak become a surprise #GE15 candidate from behind bars?

Following months of uncertainties, Malaysians finally got confirmation that the 15th General Election (GE15) will be held soon, specifically on 19 November 2022. This is brought about by the dissolution of Parliament by now-caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

While our last article elaborated on whether the dissolution itself was legitimate, this time around, we are here to focus on one of Ismail Sabri’s predecessors, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and whether he can still contest in GE15 despite currently being behind bars. Of course, UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) have recently announced their list of candidates and the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Pekan’s name was noticeably missing, stranger things have happened in the past.

‘Cap’ dan ‘rice’ tidak jatuh reputasi Caprice – peguam

PETALING JAYA – Perkataan ‘cap’ dan ‘rice’ yang dimuat naik dalam hantaran syarikat pemborong dan peruncit, Mydin Mohamed Holdings Berhad (Mydin) di Twitter baru-baru ini tidak akan menjejaskan reputasi penyanyi rap, Caprice.

“Isu Caprice dan Mydin ini menarik perhatian saya apabila Caprice ingin saman RM30 juta sekiranya Mydin gagal membuat permohonan maaf dan turunkan semula hantaran tersebut.

“Saya ingin nyatakan isu ini dari segi pandangan undang-undang dengan apa yang akan berlaku sekiranya saman ini betul-betul berlaku,” katanya.

Jelasnya, sekiranya situasi itu berlaku, pihak peguam akan melihat ia sebagai saman berbentuk fitnah.

“Terdapat tiga elemen dalam kes fitnah, saya akan kongsikan dua dan berbalik kepada isu tersebut adakah ia membawa fitnah dan ditujukan kepada Caprice?,” soalnya.

Syed Muhammad Adeeb memaklumkan, dua perkataan yang ditulis pihak Mydin tidak mempunyai unsur menjatuhkan reputasi Caprice.

“Itu satu elemen yang jelas menunjukkan saman tersebut tidak akan berjaya,” ujarnya.

‘Cap’ dan ‘rice’ tidak jatuh reputasi Caprice – peguam

PETALING JAYA – Perkataan ‘cap’ dan ‘rice’ yang dimuat naik dalam hantaran syarikat pemborong dan peruncit, Mydin Mohamed Holdings Berhad (Mydin) di Twitter baru-baru ini tidak akan menjejaskan reputasi penyanyi rap, Caprice.

Perkara itu dijelaskan oleh peguam Syed Muhammad Adeeb Barakbah Syed Muhammad Azman Barakbah menerusi hantaran video di TikToknya semalam.

“Isu Caprice dan Mydin ini menarik perhatian saya apabila Caprice ingin saman RM30 juta sekiranya Mydin gagal membuat permohonan maaf dan turunkan semula hantaran tersebut.

“Saya ingin nyatakan isu ini dari segi pandangan undang-undang dengan apa yang akan berlaku sekiranya saman ini betul-betul berlaku,” katanya.

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Can the Prime Minister dissolve Parliament without getting approval from Cabinet?

After being in a state of limbo over the past few months, Malaysians can finally stop guessing whether we are heading to the polls as the 15th General Election (GE15) is now confirmed to take place by the end of the year. This is following the announcement by now-caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob that Parliament has been dissolved on Monday (10 October 2022).

As reported by Bernama, Ismail Sabri revealed that he has obtained the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to dissolve Parliament during an audience with the King at Istana Negara on 9 October 2022. Accordingly, as per Article 55 (4) of the Federal Constitution, a General Election must be held within 60 days of Parliament’s dissolution, with polling day and other relevant dates to be decided by the Election Commission (SPR) soon.

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Can you be charged in Malaysia for smoking marijuana while overseas?

Recently, de facto Law Minister Dato Sri Dr Haji Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar announced that the federal government has agreed to replace the mandatory death penalty for 23 offences, including Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (Act 234). As reported by Malaysiakini, this move is part of the government’s initiative to abolish the mandatory death penalty and replace it with other types of punishment at the court’s discretion.

Moreover, the proposed amendment to Act 234 is also relevant given the recent exploits of the Ministry of Health (MOH) in reassessing medical marijuana in our country. According to The Sun Daily, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin himself visited Thailand – the first Asian country to decriminalise cannabis – to learn more about the nation’s evidence-based applications and cannabis-related pharmaceutical products.

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Here’s why Siti Nuramira won’t be charged in Syariah Court for the infamous Crackhouse Comedy Club incident

Comedy is no laughing matter in Malaysia recently thanks to an infamous incident that shocked the nation which took place at Kuala Lumpur’s Crackhouse Comedy Club. The catalyst of the hullabaloo is Siti Nuramira Abdullah, who in a viral video was seen on stage during open mic night at the said premise to perform a stand up comedy set that many would describe as offensive rather than funny.

She and her boyfriend, V. Alexander Navin who allegedly recorded and distributed the video have since been detained and subsequently charged at the Sessions Court on 13 July 2022 for causing disharmony and hatred. A few days later on 18 July, the couple posted the set bail of RM40,000 and were temporarily released.

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Did you know that Malaysians can actually lodge a police report online? Here’s how

Regardless of the legal predicament that you may find yourself in, more often than not, lodging a police report would be a crucial step in rectifying the matter. In fact, in one of our previous articles, we detailed how a police report plays a big role in cases of assault under criminal law, as well as how it can be used as evidence in a civil suit.

However, the process of filing a police report can sometimes be tedious, especially if you’re not familiar with the procedure. Speaking of which, did you know that even for relatively minor matters such as the loss of passport, the procedure for you to get it replaced requires for a police report to be made first?

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Convicted after twice acquitted, what’s next for Sam Ke Ting in the infamous ‘Basikal Lajak’ case?

Five years on since one of the most shocking road incidents in our nation’s history, the tragic deaths of eight ‘Basikal Lajak’ cycling teenagers in Johor is back in the public eye once again.

On 13 April 2022, the Johor Bahru High Court overturned the acquittal of Sam Ke Ting, the driver during that fateful night. She has now been convicted with reckless driving which caused the death of the teenagers at 3am on 18 February 2017.

This is despite the accused being freed twice – once after the end of the prosecution case, and in another instance at the end of the defence case – by the Magistrates’ Court for the same charge. So, what has changed over the past five years that the High Court decided to overturn the decision of the Magistrates’ Court after the full trial?

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What legal action can you take in Malaysia if someone slapped you in the face like Will Smith did to Chris Rock?

The recently held Academy Awards bear witness to one of the most shocking events in its 93-year long history. Global super star actor Will Smith (who won the Best Actor award the very same night) in a candid moment stormed the stage and struck host Chris Rock across the face for joking about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

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With his ‘fresh’ evidence application dismissed, is Najib being denied a fair trial?

Last Wednesday (16 March 2022), the esteemed 5-person Federal Court bench led by Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat unanimously dismissed Dato’ Sri Najib Razak’s application to introduce new evidence in his infamous SRC International corruption trial. Two-time is definitely not the charm for the former Prime Minister, as this latest dismissal affirmed the decision made by the Court of Appeal last December.

So, why was this alleged ‘fresh’ evidence dismissed by both courts?