Apa khabar? Should we care about Prince William – Kate Middleton – Rose Hanbury drama since King Charles’ coronation is near? After all, we were invaded by these folks, and the least we can have after having our spices stolen is some gossip 😉
To those of you who attended our trivia at Rock Bottom last week, BRAVO. For those of you who didn’t, stay tuned – truth be told, organising a trivia is tiring so we are not sure if we will do it again. However, if you want us to, write to us!
Niresh Kaur, Shambavi Shankar
What’s the tea in Malaysia?
Latest update in the Sapura Energy-Rafizi Ramli story
Rafizi Ramli has secured the discovery* of documents related to the salary and allowances paid to the former CEO. This is following Shahril Shamsuddin filing a lawsuit against Rafizi claiming that the latter made a libellous statement concerning his remuneration.
Rafizi then made an application to the court to secure the documents from Sapura Energy stating that it was necessary for his defence.
If you’re wondering what discovery is, keep scrolling. Spoiler alert: It’s not a TV channel.
Children’s citizenship – what’s going on?
The good news – in February this year, Malaysia agreed to allow automatic citizenship to children born overseas to Malaysian mothers via a constitutional amendment. However, the proposed amendment is set to be tabled during the next Dewan Rakyat sitting in June.
Other highlights of the week:
1. MACC is hard at work and we’re not complaining. The Human Resources Minister, Sivakumar, was recently summoned by MACC upon the arrest of his aides. This arrest was done in relation to the allegations of corruption in recruiting foreign workers.
2. What’s hot this tax season: Travel restriction. Even for tax arrears of RM100, individuals have been barred from travelling overseas by LHDN.
3. Baby you’re a firework! In February, the government agreed to legalise the sale of fireworks and firecrackers. This policy was supposed to come into effect in April for Hari Raya celebrations. Well, if you can’t beat them, might as well regulate it.
4. Boom, but wait! Don’t get any crazy ideas yet, police have recently arrested a man who was seen on the viral video clip setting off fireworks on the MRR2 (Middle Ming Road 2). This case is being investigated under Section 6 of the Explosives Act 1957 (for using explosives that endanger the life or property of others) and Section 3(5) of the Minor Offences Act 1955 (For playing with fireworks).
5. Pardon my 1MDB: Najib Razak, who is currently in prison for a 12-year sentence and after his appeal in the SRC International case failed, is seeking for Royal Pardon.
Based on the Federal Constitution’s Article 42(1), the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has the power to grant pardon for offences committed within the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan, while state Rulers have the power to grant pardon for offences committed in the states.
No date has been set to hear Najib’s request.
Legal Lingo of the Week – Discovery*
Discovery refers to the process of obtaining evidence or information that is relevant to a legal case. It is a pre-trial procedure in which each party to a lawsuit can request the production of documents, physical evidence, or testimony from the other party or a third party.
The purpose of discovery is to allow each side to gather as much information as possible about the case so that they can prepare their arguments and evidence for trial.
Question of the week
Q: What is the process of Royal Pardon? Asking for a friend.
Answer for last week’s question
Q: Is it an offence to send nudes to someone?
A: Sending nudes is definitely an offence under Malaysian law. You can be charged under Sections 211 and 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. While we’re on the topic, asking for nudes too is an offence under Section 233 of the abovementioned Act. However, according to the wording of Section 233, it is an offence if the intention was to ‘annoy, abuse, threaten or harass the other person’.
Further confusion – if you were to take a nude photo of yourself, that’s fine. You are free to express yourself under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution. However, being in possession of nudes is illegal under Section 292 of the Penal Code.
Tip: Use the disappearing image function. (For legal reasons, this is a joke).
Unless you are Moira Rose, why do you even need to take nudes?
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