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Ariffin Sha

Ariffin Sha reads law at the Victoria University of Wellington. He speaks and writes on socio-political and legal issues in Singapore. He has been writing regularly for the The Online Citizen since 2014.

Malaysian AGC contradicts AG’s directions in the case of a Singaporean Man

On October 9 2018, the Malaysian Immigration Department detained Gilbert Louis, a Singaporean National, at his home in Johor Bahru. He was detained together with four Phillipines Nationals - three of them who allegedly had no valid visas. As of 13 November 2018, he has yet to be charged with any offence. The Immigration Department has also yet to deport …

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Tribunal: Lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam’s Poem was not “a deliberate assault upon judicial integrity”

A tribunal appointed by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has ruled that a poem penned by criminal and human rights lawyer, Eugene Thuraisingam, "is more likely to have been an authorial misstep than a deliberate assault upon judicial integrity." The tribunal, comprising of Senior Counsel Cavinder Bull and Lawyer Teo Weng Kie elected not to refer Mr Thuraisingam to the Court of …

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“President Halimah Yacob has breached due process in her handling of Prabu’s Clemency Petition” – Human Rights Lawyer

By M. Ravi I refer to the Malaysian Lawyer N. Surendran's quote following Prabu N Pathmanathan's execution earlier today:- "Late last night, the Singapore President’s Office delivered a letter to Prabu’s family in response to their clemency petition. The letter stated that ‘the clemency process has concluded’ and ‘we are unable to accede to your request ... This rejection is …

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“Singapore does not have a Constitution” said Malaysia’s new Attorney-General, Mr Tommy Thomas in 2009

In a speech froom 2009 which focused on where Malaysia's constitutional lawyers seek inspiration and precedents from, the current Attorney-General ("AG") of Malaysia and constitutional expert, Tommy Thomas highlighted the jurisdictions of India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In listing these jurisdictions, he made reference to how their constitution and the constitutional courts have developed a robust system over …

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