‘Hypocritical, insincere’ for Malaysia’s government leaders’ praise Michelle Yeoh while persecuting local film producers and actors, says LFL

Malaysian government leaders have been criticized for praising Michelle Yeoh’s Oscar win while simultaneously persecuting local film producers and actors.

Zaid Malek, the Director of Lawyers for Liberty (LFL), called out the government for their hypocrisy and insincerity in celebrating Yeoh’s win while hardworking local film producers and actors are subjected to harassment and criminal investigations over the content of their films.

He pointed out that it is contradictory for government leaders to celebrate Yeoh’s win while local films with LGBT themes are being investigated for “offending sentiments” or “breach of religious sensitivity.”

Malek urged the government to give film producers and artists artistic freedom and halt investigations on those involved in local films such as ‘Mentega Terbang’ to promote the growth of the local industry.

Lawyers for Liberty condemns arrest of teens over SPM paper criticism as “excessive and arbitrary”

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA— Lawyers for Liberty (LFL), a human rights and law reform NGO based in Malaysia, has strongly condemned the recent arrest of two high school students for posting a video on social media where they expressed dissatisfaction with their SPM history paper. In a press statement issued on February 26, LFL argued that … Read more

Lawyers For Liberty: Unacceptable for Malaysia’s new govt to use police powers against PM’s critics

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Lawyers For Liberty (LFL), human rights and law reform NGO said it is unacceptable for Malaysia’s new government, which promised reform, to immediately call for police action against critics of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. “The Prime Minister holds no special status at law, and cannot lawfully call on the police to … Read more

Lawyers For Liberty: Contempt of court threat a “disproportionate response” to Malaysian news portal’s article on Changi Prison death row inmates’ landmark lawsuit

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Threatening a Malaysian news portal with contempt of court action over its article on a landmark lawsuit by Changi Prison death row inmates is a “disproportionate and heavy-handed response” by the Singapore government, said human rights NGO Lawyers For Liberty (LFL). The article referenced by LFL is a publication dated 31 … Read more

Why invoke POFMA when a simple Facebook post will do the trick?

On 22 January 2020, the Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a Correction Direction under POFMA against The Online Citizen SG (TOC) for reporting about allegations made by Lawyers for Liberty (LfL). On 25 January 2020, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) posted a clarification on its Facebook Page in response to rumours relating to … Read more

The Case Against Prabgaran’s Execution; Are we 100% sure that this man is guilty?

Prabagaran, a 29 year-old Malaysian, is set to be hung at dawn in less than 48 hours. With the exception of Kho Jabing, all executions in Singapore have always been carried out on Friday at dawn, and barring a miracle, Praba will suffer the same fate soon. At 5.15am on 12 April 2012, Praba was … Read more