GATHERING & COOKING WITH GAS STOVES AT A GENTING PETROL STATION, VIRAL HONDA JAZZ GROUP MAY FACE UP TO 3-MONTH JAIL

The irresponsible actions of a group of Japanese car brand enthusiasts received the ire of Malaysians recently after a video of them gathering at a petrol station in Genting Highlands, Pahang went viral.

In the video, the Honda Jazz owners’ group can be seen parking their vehicles around the petrol station, causing congestion and inconveniencing other road users who visit the area.

Worse, the group gathered around a couple of gas stoves, cooking instant noodles and other snacks at a very precarious location: Right above the underground fuel tank reservoir of the petrol station.

A police siren could also be heard in the background near the middle of the video but the group seems nonchalant about the presence of the Mobile Patrol Vehicle (MPV) Unit of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

HERE'S WHY THE ISRAELI NATIONAL ARRESTED IN KL WITH 6 GUNS WON’T FACE THE DEATH PENALTY FOR FIREARMS TRAFFICKING

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Razarudin Husain made a bombshell revelation on 29 March, revealing how an Israeli national was arrested in Kuala Lumpur 2 days prior with 6 firearms and approximately 200 bullets in his possession. The 38-year-old Israeli, who holds dual citizenship with France and Israel, was identified as Avitan Shalom and had entered Malaysia through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) using his valid French passport.

During the arrest at a hotel in Jalan Ampang, the suspect was found with his 2 passports and a bag with 6 firearms and the bullets, including SIG Sauer, Smith and Wesson, as well as Glock guns, 3 of which were loaded. Investigations found that the man purchased the firearms while in Malaysia, all of which were believed to be ordered while here, using cryptocurrency.

SPREADING FAKE NEWS ABOUT THE CIVIL SERVICE, MYNEWSHUB ACCOUNT OPERATOR MAY FACE UP TO RM50K FINE, 1-YEAR JAIL OR BOTH

A popular social media account on X (formerly Twitter) came under scrutiny recently after it posted an old video with false information that can be deemed to instigate negative sentiments against the Government and the Malaysian civil service. The X account in question, MYNEWSHUB, had on 12 April posted a video featuring Malaysian civil servants but removed all the context behind the recording. As of the time of writing, the X post had garnered over 1.2 million views, 3,400 likes and 1,100 reposts.

PERPETRATORS OF THE APPALLING KK MART PETROL BOMB ATTACKS MAY FACE UP TO 14 YEARS IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE

Malaysia was rocked recently by a series of Molotov cocktail or petrol bomb attacks at 3 separate locations nationwide, purportedly targeting the same convenience store chain, KK Mart. While no parties have come out to claim responsibility for each attack, the incidents are believed to be related to the infamous offensive ‘Allah’ socks controversy involving KK Mart, of which the convenience chain founder and director have been charged with intentionally wounding the religious feelings of Muslims in our country.

The first petrol bomb attack happened in Bidor, Perak on 26 March, with the Molotov cocktail thankfully failing to explode. The next incident took place just 3 days later in Kuantan, Pahang and resulted in several items catching fire but thankfully, the flames were immediately put out by KK Mart workers who were on duty during that time.

THE HIGH COURT DECISION THAT MAY PERMANENTLY CHANGE HOW CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES SUCH AS CTOS OPERATE IN MALAYSIA

CTOS Data Systems Sdn Bhd (CTOS), the leading credit reporting agency in Malaysia, made headlines nationwide recently after the Kuala Lumpur High Court found that the company has no legal standing to actually perform the service that it was most known for, which is to formulate a credit score.

Furthermore, in the negligence and breach of fiduciary duty suit initiated by 43-year-old Malaysian businesswoman Suriati Yusof, CTOS was found to have breached the duty of care owed towards the plaintiff. Accordingly, High Court Judge Dato’ Haji Akhtar bin Tahir ordered CTOS to pay RM200,000 in general damages to Suriati and awarded her RM50,000 in costs.

HERE’S WHY MACC CAN’T INVESTIGATE WAN SAIFUL’S CLAIM THAT HE WAS ALLEGEDLY OFFERED RM1.7 MILLION BRIBE TO SUPPORT ANWAR

After a short hiatus, the Dewan Rakyat is now back in session, with many interesting discussions and debates taking place over the past 2 weeks or so in the Lower House of Parliament. One of the most striking incidents which turned the heat up among Members of Parliament (MPs) has got to be the claim by Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan that he had allegedly been offered a bribe to support Tambun MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister.

During the sitting on 28 February, Wan Saiful claimed that he had several closed meetings with certain individuals after they failed to contact him via telephone. In the meeting, the Tasek Gelugor MP alleged that he would be rewarded should he pledge support to Anwar, including an RM1.7 million allocation for his constituency and projects allocation that can be distributed to his cronies.

INVESTIGATED FOR SARCASTIC FACEBOOK POSTS ON NAJIB’S REDUCED SENTENCE, TONY PUA MAY FACE UP TO 3-YEAR JAIL & RM50K FINE

After days of speculation brought forth by media publications publishing unverified news about former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s royal pardon bid, the Pardons Board finally released a statement on 2 February announcing that Najib has been granted a reduced punishment for his sentence on the SRC International case. These include his imprisonment being reduced from 12 years to 6 years and his RM210 million fine to RM50 million fine.

This means that Najib will be released from prison on 23 August 2028 or a year later on 23 August 2029 should he fail to pay the reduced RM50 million fine. Furthermore, there is also a possibility for the former Prime Minister to be released as early as January 2025 for good behaviour.

CAN THE GOVT REMOVE NETFLIX'S 1MDB DOCUMENTARY FOR SUB JUDICE AS REQUESTED BY NAJIB'S LAWYER?

Beyond the recent Royal Pardon received by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak which halved his imprisonment from 12 years to 6 years and reduced the fine from RM210 million to RM50 million for the SRC International case, a complaint raised by his lead defence lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah during the ongoing 1MDB trial have made headlines in Malaysia. This was after Shafee sought for “Man on the Run”, a Netflix documentary on 1MDB to be removed from the platform because its contents are “extremely Sub Judice and contemptions”.

According to a report by Malay Mail, Shafee told the High Court on 8 January that the programme has about 160 excerpts that are contemptuous and Sub Judice to the ongoing trial. Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Ahmad Akram Gharib then suggested that Shafee should write to the relevant authorities such as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to alert them about the situation. He has since done so and also sent a copy of those communications to the Attorney-General.

OBSTRUCTING AMBULANCE ON MRR2 HIGHWAY, 41YO DRIVER WITH PSYCHIATRIC ISSUES MAY FACE UP TO 5-YEAR JAIL & RM15K FINE

Recently, there have been several regrettable cases of drivers in our country not giving way to ambulances transporting emergency patients on the road. On 6 January, the Sri Aman District Police released a statement regarding a Perodua Kembara not giving way to an ambulance in Sri Aman, Sarawak, while on 16 January, St John Muar Ambulance shared how one of their ambulances being blocked by a pickup truck and the passengers laughing at them after finally giving way on Pedas Linggi highway.

The most recent case involves a Toyota Camry on the MRR2 highway in Kuala Lumpur. According to NST, the driver can be seen driving recklessly and blocking the ambulance. NST in an update then reported that the driver has since been identified as a 41-year-old female who is suffering from psychiatric issues and was taken to Kuala Lumpur Hospital for treatment and to obtain a medical report.

ASKING UK TRAVELLERS RM100 TO “SETTLE” SUMMON ON THE SPOT, VIRAL POLICEMAN MAY FACE UP TO 20-YEAR JAIL & RM10K FINE

A viral incident has caught the attention of Malaysians recently and put our country in a negative light among international travellers after a British couple travelling the world in a campervan shared on YouTube how they were stopped by a traffic policeman in Malaysia for allegedly going above the 60km/h speed limit. The policeman then asked for a bribe of RM100 from the couple to “settle” on the spot a summon of RM300 for the “offence”.

In the video, the couple, Marianne and Chris of the TREAD the globe YouTube channel were stopped by a traffic policeman while driving their campervan on the way to Ipoh. The officer then gave the travellers an option, either paying RM300 at the police station or “pay here” for just RM100.

ALLOWING A THAI-REGISTERED CAR TO FILL RON95, RAWANG FUEL STATION OWNER MAY FACE UP TO RM3 MILLION FINE

One of the biggest perks of being a Malaysian is that our country has one of the lowest prices for petrol and diesel in the region, all thanks to the subsidies put in place by the government. Specifically, the government has continued the policy of blanket-subsidising RON95 and diesel until today, though this will change later this year as the administration introduces a targeted subsidy system, the mechanism of which is yet to be announced.

However, the blanket subsidy has unfortunately resulted in those not eligible for the subsidy, namely foreigners, taking advantage of the cheap fuel prices. Throughout the years, many foreign-registered vehicles have been spotted filling in RON95, with the most recent incident that went viral taking place at a fuel station in Rawang, Selangor.

ASSAULTING A MAN IN VIRAL VIDEO, ALLEGED JOHOR POLICE STATION CHIEF MAY FACE UP TO 1-YEAR JAIL, RM2K FINE OR BOTH

A distressing video went viral on social media recently, depicting an individual being assaulted by a man who is allegedly a police officer at an eatery. As reported by FMT, the incident took place in April last year but the video only recently circulated online, catching the attention of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM)

In a statement by Johor Police Chief CP Dato’ Kamarul Zaman bin Mamat, the Johor Police Contingent was made aware of the video on 12 January after it was uploaded to the social media platform X. In the post, it was alleged that the perpetrator is a Sergeant-Major who is also the Sri Gading police station chief.

ALLEGEDLY MISUSING RM500K FROM SALE OF CLIENT'S HOME, WHAT LEGAL ACTIONS CAN BE TAKEN AGAINST THE VIRAL LAW FIRM?

There are bad apples in every profession and the Malaysian legal community unfortunately had to endure the ire of netizens recently due to the actions of a lawyer allegedly misusing a huge sum of his client’s money for his own personal use.

Going viral online, a Malaysian shared the nightmare that he and his family purportedly endured after a law firm allegedly used up the family’s proceeds from selling their home, a whopping RM500,000!

TRESPASSING SELANGOR MB RESIDENCE, 3 MEN, INCLUDING AN ALLEGED HARAKAH REPORTER FACE UP TO 6-MONTH JAIL & RM3K FINE

An incident took social media by storm recently after a viral video recording showed 3 men being apprehended by the authorities for illegally trespassing the official residence of the Selangor Menteri Besar in Section 7, Shah Alam.

The incident which took place on 5 January 2024 was confirmed by the Shah Alam District Police Chief ACP Mohd Iqbal bin Ibrahim, who also asserted that the 3 suspects have been detained and remanded for 2 days to assist in investigations.

WHY KUALA KANGSAR MP IS UNAFFECTED BY ANTI-HOPPING LAW DESPITE GOING AGAINST PN AND SUPPORTING ANWAR

There was yet another twist in the already convoluted storyline of Malaysian politics recently as out of the blue, a Member of Parliament (MP) from the opposition went rogue against his own party and pledged support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. In a statement on 12 October 2023, Kuala Kangsar MP Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid said that despite now supporting Anwar, he is still loyal to Bersatu and only made the decision for the benefit of his constituents in dealing with the rising cost of living.

YOU CAN GET UP TO RM5K FINE FOR PARKING IN FRONT OF YOUR OWN HOUSE & WHY YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T WORRY ABOUT IT HAPPENING

A notice by the Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) went viral recently, with many Malaysians perplexed at its apparent absurdity. The notice, dated 2 October 2023 by MBPG Mayor, prohibits homeowners within MBPG’s jurisdiction from parking vehicles in front of their neighbour’s homes or even their own houses.

SHAHIDAN KASSIM MISLED PARLIAMENT, “WALLAHI, WABILLAHI WATALLAHI” PHRASE HAS NEVER BEEN PART OF AN MP’S SWEARING-IN OATH

Things got heated up in the Dewan Rakyat recently, with both government and opposition Members of Parliament (MP) engaging in a shouting match which ended with the latter staging a walkout from the 19th September session. We’ve previously covered the potential defamatory remarks by both Putrajaya MP Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim towards the other and why no court proceeding can be heard regarding the incident.

Amidst the chaos, there was another controversial incident that took place during the same session that was overshadowed by the Radzi vs Anwar hullabaloo. We are of course talking about the allegation made by Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim who claimed that the phrase “Wallahi Wabillahi Watallahi” was removed from the oath of office during the swearing-in of new Kulai MP Suhaizan Kaiat on 18 September.

RADZI JIDIN VS ANWAR: WHY BOTH CAN’T TAKE THE OTHER TO COURT FOR DEFAMATORY REMARKS MADE IN PARLIAMENT

There was chaos in Parliament recently after the session on 19 September turned feisty during Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s winding-up speech on the 12th Malaysia Plan Mid-Term Review. In what should’ve been remembered as the first time such a mid-term review was made in the Dewan Rakyat, the session will now infamously be known for the verbal feud between Members of Parliament (MPs) and an opposition walkout.

HERE’S WHY THE MOTORCYCLIST WHO CRASHED INTO A JPJ OFFICER AT A ROADBLOCK WAS ‘ONLY’ FINED RM5,000

Social media in Malaysia saw an increase in viral stories involving motorcyclists and road enforcement officers recently, may it be the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Road Transport Department (JPJ) or even the city council. These include the hullabaloo surrounding the cancelled event involving Yamaha RX-Z motorcycle owners dubbed the RXZ Member 5.0 gathering, the seizure of 25 motorcycles which obstructed pedestrian walkways by the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) and the seizure of a p-hailing rider’s motorcycle who didn’t renew its road tax and insurance for some 7 months.

WHY THE SINGAPOREAN DRIVER WHO CAUSED A FATAL CRASH IN PORT DICKSON MAY ONLY FACE UP TO 10-YEAR JAIL & RM50K FINE

A fatal accident in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan angered many Malaysians recently after footage of the driver driving recklessly prior to the crash went viral. Happened on 8 September 2023 and involved a 33-year-old Singaporean man driving a Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class who hit a 26-year-old Malaysian man and his 4-year-old son riding on a motorcycle.

In the aftermath, the child was sadly pronounced dead at Port Dickson Hospital while his father fractured his right shoulder and right leg. The perpetrator escaped the crash unharmed and has since been arrested by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

AN UPSIDE DOWN MALAYSIA FLAG MAY LAND YOU UP TO 2-YEAR JAIL, RM50K FINE! HERE'S HOW TO CORRECTLY HANG THE JALUR GEMILANG

August and September are special months for Malaysians as two of our nation’s most important dates are within this period. Of course, we are talking about Merdeka Day or Independence Day on 31 August and Malaysia Day on 16 September.

Accordingly, Malaysians throughout the globe take the opportunity during this period to showcase their patriotism and national pride. These include proudly displaying our national flag, the Jalur Gemilang.

SHARING PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF ELMINA CRASH VICTIMS ONLINE MAY LAND YOU UP TO 1-YEAR JAIL, RM50K FINE OR BOTH

17 August 2023 will forever be engraved as a grim day in Malaysian history after a Beechcraft 390 aircraft crashed at the Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE) in Elmina, Shah Alam. The tragedy claimed the lives of 10 Malaysians, with the whole nation reeling from the aftermath, mourning the loss.

Ever since the incident took place, photos and videos of the tragic crash have been dominating social media, most of which are from those near the vicinity when it happened. Unfortunately, the images and footage that went viral also include some that are extremely graphic, particularly of the two casualties on the ground following the crash’s impact.

HERE’S WHY THE HIGH COURT ACQUITTED MUHYIDDIN'S 4 ABUSE OF POWER CHARGES AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

It was all smiles for former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently after he garnered back-to-back “victories” that would undoubtedly benefit his political career. First, Perikatan Nasional (PN), the political coalition of which he is chairman, had an impressive showing in the 2023 State Elections and just a few days later, 4 of the 7 criminal charges against him have been discharged and acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

The 4 acquitted charges were in relation to alleged abuse of power by the Pagoh Member of Parliament (MP) linked to the Jana Wibawa programme during his premiership. However, Muhyiddin’s 3 other charges still remain, which include charges under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorist Financing and Proceeds of Illegal Activities Act 2001

THE LEGAL AMBIGUITY THAT ALLOWS THE HOME MINISTRY TO BAN RAINBOW SWATCH WATCHES IN MALAYSIA

Malaysia recently made headlines worldwide after the Home Ministry raided 11 Swatch boutiques in several states and confiscated watches from the brand with alleged elements associated with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Plus (LGBTQ+) community. As reported by NST, the raids were conducted between 13 and 15 May 2023 at Swatch boutiques nationwide, including Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, One Utama, Sunway Pyramid, Setia City Mall, Mid Valley Megamall, Southkey, Sunway Putra Mall, Sogo KL, Queensbay, Fahrenheit 88 and Suria Sabah.

Meanwhile, 5 other Swatch boutiques were issued a warning, which were the ones in Kuala Terengganu City Centre, AEON Kota Baru, Aman Central Kedah, City Square and Viva City Kuching. It was later revealed that a total of 172 timepieces were confiscated in the raids.

HERE’S WHY SANUSI WON’T FACE ANY ACTION FOR PUBLICLY SHOWING HIS BALLOT PAPER DURING PRN 2023

The political climate in our country has turned up a notch recently due to the 2023 State Elections (PRN) which saw six states that didn’t dissolve their respective State Legislative Assemblies (DUN) during or prior to the 15th General Election (GE15) go to the polls. These include Selangor, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah.

In the end, the status quo remains the same, as all previous State Governments at the six states being given the mandate again. However, Malaysians are still reeling in PRN 2023’s aftermath as there are many talking points from its results and incidents that remained unresolved.

HERE’S HOW MALAYSIANS CAN REPORT SHOPS THAT IMPOSE EXTRA CHARGES OR A MINIMUM AMOUNT FOR CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS

Over the past few years, especially during the pandemic, cashless transactions in Malaysia have increased dramatically. In fact, in a study by Visa last year as reported by Bernama, 74% of Malaysian consumers have gone cashless and 60% of consumers are using less frequently in our country.

These cashless payments include e-wallets and the focus of this article, credit and debit cards. In relation to that, have you ever encountered any stores or merchants that impose a surcharge or a set minimum purchase amount when you’re paying using a credit or debit card?

TESLA IS OFFICIALLY IN MALAYSIA, BUT LETTING ITS EVS FULLY SELF-DRIVE MAY LAND YOU UP TO 5-YEAR JAIL, RM15K FINE

Malaysia made a marquee move into the electric vehicle (EV) market after Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc officially began operations in our country last month. Furthermore, the company’s investment in Malaysia made headlines worldwide, showcasing our nation’s intention to promote low-carbon mobility, support the EV industry and boost economic growth. 

Indeed, the arrival of Tesla also means that the nationwide EV charging infrastructure would be dramatically improved, thanks in part to the company’s commitment to setting up a vast network of fast charging and regular charging stations nationwide. On the federal government’s part, Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad previously asserted that our country is aiming to install 10,000 EV charging points by 2025.

Here’s why Sanusi can still contest PRN 2023 despite being charged under the Sedition Act in Court

The 2023 State Elections (PRN) are now underway, with all political parties now in full ‘war mode’, vying to form the State Government in the six participating states. One of those states, Kedah, is expected to see the most intense ‘battle’ to win voters’ support by the two main Malaysian political coalitions, incumbent Perikatan Nasional (PN) and the Unity Federal Government’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN) pact, as despite PH winning the state in 2018 by a simple majority, PN had taken over Kedah after the infamous Sheraton Move. .

Nonetheless, PH-BN has a tough challenge to overturn the so-called ‘green wave’ in Kedah though, as the 15th General Election’s (GE15) results show that a majority in the state is behind PN. This is also a testament to the influence and popularity of caretaker Kedah Menteri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor which extends far beyond the borders of the state.

PRN 2023: Here’s why Lim Guan Eng can’t be elected as Penang Chief Minister again

Malaysians are going to the polls again, well, at least some of them, as the 2023 State Elections (PRN 2023) is now underway. Involving six states which didn’t dissolve their respective Legislative Assemblies (DUNs) during or prior to the 15th General Election (GE15), many analysts see this as an opportunity to gauge our country’s political climate post-GE15.

Speaking of which, there has been some speculation in Penang regarding an alleged change in leadership for the state’s top post. Popping up long before the Penang DUN was even dissolved, rumours suggest that the ruling party there, DAP, may pick someone else other than current caretaker Chow Kon Yeow as Chief Minister (CM) should they retain the state.

PH-BN plans to elect a non-ADUN as Selangor Speaker, but is this even legal? Here’s everything you need to know

The campaigning period for the 2023 State Elections (PRN) is now underway, with all political parties now in full ‘battle mode’ to win voters’ support. Involving all Malaysian states which didn’t dissolve their respective Legislative Assemblies (DUN) during or prior to the 15th General Election (GE15), this PRN won’t affect the government at the federal level but only the establishment of the state governments of six states, namely Selangor, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan and Penang.

One of the more interesting legal questions that have popped up regarding this PRN involves the Selangor DUN, specifically on the election of its Speaker. This is after the incumbent Pakatan Harapan (PH) Selangor state government revealed prior to PRN that its candidate for the Speaker role is former Banting ADUN Lau Weng San; part of an agreement between DAP and Barisan Nasional for the former to give the Dusun Tua seat to the latter.

No, PRN 2023 won’t affect the Dewan Rakyat or the Federal Government as claimed by PAS President

The 2023 State Elections are currently underway, involving six states that didn’t dissolve their respective Legislative Assemblies (DUN) during or prior to the 15th General Election (GE15). These include the states of Selangor, Penang, Kelantan, Kedah, Terengganu and Negeri Sembilan.

Accordingly, all political parties and coalitions contesting this State Elections are now hot on their campaign trail, trying to woo voters with their visions and manifestos for the respective states. In relation to that, a recent speech by PAS President Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang during a Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) ceramah caught the attention of Malaysians thanks to his bold claims on how the state polls would see a change in the federal government.

ORDERED TO PAY RM10 MILLION TO PKR FOR DEFECTION, WHAT’S NEXT FOR ZURAIDA IN HER INFAMOUS CIVIL CASE?

The Kuala Lumpur High Court made a historic decision recently after ruling that former Member of Parliament (MP) for Ampang, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin had breached a bond with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) by defecting from the party following 2020’s infamous Sheraton Move. She had since been ordered to pay RM10 million for the bond breach and an additional RM50,000 in legal costs to PKR.

In his judgement, Justice Akhtar Tahir said that the bond signed by Zuraida on 25 April 2018 was a valid and binding contract. He also stressed that the RM10 million sum was not disproportionate as the former Ampang MP had acknowledged in court that the PKR had spent an amount exceeding RM10 million on her candidacy during the 14th General Election (GE14).

WHAT LEGAL ACTION CAN MALAYSIA TAKE AGAINST COMEDIAN JOCELYN CHIA FOR HER INFAMOUS STANDUP VIDEO?

Recently, a video of a standup comedy routine performed in New York’s The Comedy Cellar became viral on social media, with many Malaysians taking exception to its joke on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The standup routine, depicting the rivalry between Malaysia and Singapore since the latter’s secession was branded as ‘tasteless’ by many, causing a controversy that propelled the comedian, Jocelyn Chia into infamy.

In fact, it even devolved into a diplomatic incident as Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan ended up apologising to Malaysia for Chia’s “horrendous comments” and stressed that she “certainly does not speak for Singaporeans”. It was later revealed that Chia was born in Boston and held joint American-Singaporean citizenship until adulthood, upon which she chose to become an American citizen.

INSULTING & OBSTRUCTING THE DUTY OF 2 POLICEMEN, WOMAN IN VIRAL VIDEO FACE UP TO 7-YEAR JAIL, RM10,000 FINE OR BOTH

Recently, an incident involving a civil servant and two police officers has been the talk of Malaysians. A couple of videos recorded during the incident have been circulating on social media, with a couple of unrelated incidents involving the civil servant, who is a senior-rank police officer, have also gone viral.

In one of the videos, the woman can be seen berating and belittling two men in uniform, asserting that they are not high-ranked enough to be talking to her. Subsequent to the incident, it was revealed that the two police officers hold the rank of Lance Corporal and were only doing their jobs by requesting the woman to show her IC and police authority card.

USING A HELICOPTER TO ALLEGEDLY SEND A CHILD TO SHAH ALAM SCHOOL, AIRCRAFT OPERATOR MAY FACE UP TO RM100K FINE

Recently, an incident involving an aircraft in Shah Alam has been hovering all over social media due to the absurd nature of the whole situation. The incident, which was captured on video by an anonymous resident, showed a helicopter landing on a field in the Selangor capital, purportedly to send a child who was seen disembarking from the aircraft to school.

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has since released a statement saying that it will lodge a report with the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) regarding the incident. Furthermore, the police said that it would leave it to CAAM to investigate the matter as it is within the latter’s jurisdiction.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DECRIMINALISATION OF ATTEMPTED SUICIDE IN MALAYSIA

Our country made history recently after the Dewan Rakyat unanimously approved several Bills that would decriminalise attempted suicide in Malaysia. A move several years in the making, the decriminalisation of attempted suicide was lauded by the de facto Deputy Law Minister Ramkarpal Singh as a stepping stone to help those in need.

However, amending something that has been part of the Malaysian legal system since before independence is not without its challenges. As mentioned earlier, the move required the amendments of several laws, including the Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and the Mental Health Act.

CHILD NEGLECT: PARENTS OF THE 2 MINORS WHO CRASHED A CAR IN LANGKAWI FACE UP TO 20-YEAR JAIL, RM20K FINE OR BOTH

Recently, an incident involving two underaged children shocked Malaysians after they went out late at night without their parents’ knowledge, drove the family car and crashed it into a lamppost after travelling 2.5km.

More shocking is the fact that the two brothers are well below the age of being able to legally drive, as they are only aged 6 and 3 respectively. A follow-up to the incident by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM)  revealed that they learned how to drive by watching YouTube and ironically, both went out driving to buy a toy car.

Intimidating noisy ‘mat rempits’ on Hari Raya, Terengganu man in viral video may face up to 7-year jail, fine or both

Recently, a video went viral in Malaysia of a man who allegedly had enough of the ruckus caused by a group of illegal street racers or ‘mat rempit’ and decided to take matters into his own hands. Using two objects believed to be wooden sticks, the man can be seen standing in the middle of a road in Kemaman, Terengganu where the mat rempits were performing their unruly acts.

Wearing a sarong and a sleeveless black shirt, the man can be seen calling out to the biker group while brandishing the two objects. At the start of the video, we can see at least one of the bikers running a red light while riding dangerously.

The 1982 ruling that finally standardised the nationwide Hari Raya Aidilfitri date in Malaysia

After weeks of speculation, Malaysians finally know the date of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which this year falls on Saturday (22 April 2023). Unlike last year, neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and Thailand would be welcoming 1 Syawal on the same day as us.

For reference, Aidilfitri was celebrated in Singapore a day after Malaysia last year, meaning that Johoreans can cross the Causeway to celebrate Har Raya twice. As bizarre as it sounds, such an occurrence, while not common, does happen from time to time.

Reappointed Minister despite losing GE15, does Tengku Zafrul need to resign at the end of his Senatorship?

After the state of limbo that our country faced following the 15th General Election (GE15), Malaysia has thankfully moved forward and finally found a sense of political stability. Unprecedented during its formation back in November 2022, the Unity Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is now more than 5 months old.

Despite murmurs of a Sheraton Move-like plot behind the scenes, this union of former adversaries in the Federal Government remains resolute. A quick glimpse at the Cabinet lineup and their political party allegiance is a testament to our maturing political scene.

Suing PAS for defamation over LGBT claims, here’s why Mujahid’s suit may ultimately fail

There has been a flurry of civil suits in our country recently involving politicians, usually in regard to alleged defamatory remarks. The latest which has been making headlines nationwide has got to be the former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa’s defamation suit against PAS.

As reported by FMT, Mujahid, who is also Amanah vice president, is taking legal action against PAS for a malicious posting on the party’s official Facebook page on 16 October 2022. The post, titled “Mantan menteri agama PH sokong LGBT?” or translated to English as “Former Pakatan religious minister supports LGBT?” makes direct references to Mujahid and even used his photo.

Abolition of mandatory death penalty: The legal repercussions and how it affects convicts currently on death row

Malaysia made history after approving a Bill that would abolish the mandatory death penalty in our country. Passed in the Dewan Rakyat on 3 April 2023 via a voice vote, the move has been in the works since 2018 and for many Malaysian human rights activists, this was a culmination of over a decade of struggle.

Now, the Abolition of Mandatory Death Penalty Bill 2023 needs to be approved in the Dewan Negara and presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for royal assent before officially going into effect. With its enforcement, Malaysia will be bucking the trend in Southeast Asia which saw our neighbours Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar stepping up the use of capital punishment.

Selling kidneys and other human organs is illegal in Malaysia, offenders may face up to 15-year jail and fine

The issue of human organ trafficking has been a hotly contested topic in Malaysia recently. This is after the Member of Parliament (MP) for Machang, Wan Ahmad Fayhsal claimed that some Malaysians are resorting to selling their kidneys due to dire financial constraints.

Speaking at a press conference in Parliament on 3 April 2023, Wan Fayhsal alleged that this happened due to the government refusing to allow for another withdrawal from the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF). The Perikatan Nasional (PN) MP claimed that this is no laughing matter and that the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has yet to update him on the government’s plan to help the needy if targeted EPF withdrawals are not allowed.

Everything you need to know about the government’s move to legalise fireworks and firecrackers

We’re almost halfway through the holy month of Ramadan and most Muslims in Malaysia are now starting their preparations to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Just like other festive celebrations in our country, the closer we are to the holiday season, the louder the sound of firecrackers and fireworks will be filling our nights.

Well, as per our previous insight, most firecrackers and fireworks are actually illegal in our country. In fact, should you be caught igniting unauthorised fireworks and firecrackers, you may face imprisonment of up to one month or a fine of up to RM100 or both. Moreover, an individual caught manufacturing, importing or even having in their possession illegal fireworks face even worse punishment: Up to 5-year jail or RM10,000 both or both!

Muhyiddin’s Corruption Case: Here’s why bail for his 7 charges was set at ‘only’ RM2 million

Recently, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made unwanted history after becoming the second former Prime Minister to be charged in Court. As reported by NST, Muhyiddin was charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on 10 March 2023 with six counts of corruption and abuse of power involving RM427.5 million.

A day later, he was slapped with another charge at the Shah Alam Sessions Court. This time around, he was charged with one count of money laundering amounting to RM5 million.

 

Here’s everything wrong with MACC’s probe against the judge who convicted Najib in High Court

In April last year, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) launched an investigation against Court of Appeal Judge YA Dato’ Mohd Nazlan bin Mohd Ghazali JCA, a move that many saw as undermining the rule of law. While judges are not above the law, the public nature of the probe raised a lot of concerns from the public regarding the independence and impartiality of the Judiciary.

In fact, the Malaysian Bar even held an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in response to the public probe and passed a resolution urging Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun to take all necessary steps to protect the institution of the Judiciary. Furthermore, a ‘Walk for Judicial Independence’ (WFJI) peaceful demonstration was also planned to take place on 17 June 2022, though the march ultimately ended before it even began due to intervention by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

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.

Such a military-like ‘war march’ understandably caused uneasiness and concerns among the public, especially during the tense political climate that Malaysia is in. Many have since voiced out and publicly criticised the parade, including Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution.

HERE’S WHY RAFIZI AND PH CAN’T SUE WAN FAYHSAL OVER HIS PTPTN REMARKS IN PARLIAMENT

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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?