Blogger held under draconian Official Secrets Act

first_img March 17, 2021 Find out more July 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger held under draconian Official Secrets Act RSF_en Follow the news on Malaysia News February 22, 2021 Find out more MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed to learn that the blogger Syed Abdullah Hussein Al-Attas has been held since yesterday under the Official Secrets Act as a result of a complaint by a group of 30 people over controversial posts about the Sultan of Johor. A young woman who was with him at the time of his arrest is also being held.“Syed Abdullah’s arrest is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Why was the complaint filed by 30 people and not the person targeted in the posts? Why did the authorities think it was necessary to detain two people because of what appears in reality to be nothing more than an ordinary defamation suit? “The authorities have carried out arrests and are now conducting an investigation on the basis of this group complaint, but they show no desire to investigate the documented information posted by Syed Abdullah. We insist that they explain the reasons for their actions, which are at the very least disturbing and suggest that his arrest was politically-motivated.“Freedom of information must take precedence over any law covering state secrets, which should be invoked only in clear cases of espionage and in other very clearly defined and limited circumstances. Government officials should not, under any circumstances, be able to use state secrets as a pretext for putting themselves above the law and flouting the fundamental right to information.”Arrested at around 9:45 p.m. at the Senawang toll plaza in Seremban, southeast of Kuala Lumpur, Syed Abdullah is now being held at Air Molek police station in Johor Baru, the capital of the state of Johor. Johor criminal investigation department deputy director Muhammad Akhir Ishak confirmed today that he is being held under paragraph 8 (1) (d) of the 1972 Official Secrets Act.Judge Isa Mohamed gave the police permission to hold him for four days in order to investigate the possibly defamatory nature of his blog posts. The woman who was arrested with him and who is also being held was named as Siti Nadhirah Mohd Zain, 26.According to the Malaysia Chronicle website, most of the 30 people who filed the complaint against Syed Abdullah at the central police station in Johor Baru were linked to the United Malays National Organisation, the prime minister’s party. The complaint described Syed Abdullah’s posts about Sultan Ibrahim, the crown prince and other Johor officials as provocative, insulting and seditious. It also claimed that he had posted confidential documents.Better known by the blog name of “Uncle Seekers” and a believer in the paranormal, Syed Abdullah is the son of a leading political writer, Syed Hussein Al-Attas. He has dedicated more than 60 posts in Malay to the theme of “Sultan Johor Atau Kerabatnya” (The Sultan of Johor or his relatives). They have included documents supporting his claims that part of the fortune left by the late Sultan Iskandar, who died in 2010, was embezzled.When asked by his followers on Twitter to comment yesterday, Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim posted: “Let the dog bark as much as he wants. I know the truth, Johoreans know the truth. Why should I react to bullshit?”Syed Abdullah’s posts have also referred to a lawyer, Kamal Hisham Jaafar, who is alleged to have embezzled 660,000 ringgits (151,000 euros) from a Johor-based company and who claims that a member of the Johor palace has threatened to kill him. The lawyer says he had to flee the country and cannot return to defend himself because he has received at least five death threats in the past year. Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information center_img News Organisation Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again News to go further Receive email alerts News New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth January 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

News story: Ministerial meeting to discuss key drugs issues

first_imgMinister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care Jo Churchill said: Drug misuse can have a tragic impact on people’s lives, health, and families, causing untold pain and suffering for some of the most vulnerable in our society. It is essential we tackle the root causes of substance abuse, to prevent drug use in our communities, help people recover and stop lives being lost needlessly. I am committed to ensuring that illegal drug users are able to access appropriate services and treatment and to understanding the impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on this important issue. Illegal drugs ruin lives and corrode the foundations of society. We are continuing to work closely across all nations within the UK to tackle drug misuse and the harm that it causes. Building on the Drugs Summit held in Glasgow in February, the meeting brought together academics, experts and government ministers from across all four nations of the UK.Topics discussed included reducing drug deaths, treatment and recovery and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on illegal drug taking.There was also a focus on opportunities to work together to tackle drug harms.Kit Malthouse, Minister for Crime and Policing, said: Those attending the meeting included Dame Carol Black, Professor Catriona Matheson, a professor in substance use at the University of Stirling and Chair of the Ministerial Drug Deaths Taskforce for Scotland, and Professor Owen Bowden-Jones, chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.In February, the Home Office hosted a UK-wide Drugs Summit, which brought together a variety of experts from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to discuss the best ways to tackle problem drug use.The Summit coincided with the publication of the first part of Dame Carol Black’s Independent Review of Drugs. The second part of the independent review is focusing on prevention, treatment and recovery.last_img read more

Breaking down the TRID fix: Rate lock revised LEs are one and done

first_img continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How’s 2018 treating you so far, credit union compliance world?My year started out right. Last week, I contacted the CFPB through their Regulatory Inquiry website and got a call back same day. That’s a response time that the NAFCU Regulatory Compliance Team can appreciate. And the informal answer from the Bureau: you don’t have to do any extra work unless you want to. So I’m batting a thousand so far.The Question: Rate Lock Revisions and the 2013 PreambleSubsection 1026.19(e)(3)(iv) describes when a revised Loan Estimate can be used to reset tolerances. The subsection contains five paragraphs describing five sets of circumstances where a revised Loan Estimate can be issued and used to reset tolerance for good faith purposes. Four of these circumstances are permissive, meaning that a revised Loan Estimate can, but is not required to be, issued. In other words, if the credit union decides that reissuing the Loan Estimate is not worth the cost, it can chose not to, though it won’t be able to reset tolerances due to the event.One of the circumstances is not voluntary, it’s required. That’s paragraph 19(e)(3)(iv)(D). If the rate was not locked when the initial Loan Estimate was provided, and the applicant locks in the rate, a revised Loan Estimate is mandatory. The language of this paragraph is quite specific:last_img read more