BUKIT LANJAN: All humans are born equal

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BUKIT LANJAN: All humans are born equal

Article 1 of the United Nations universal declaration of human rights states: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

And the second paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence starts as follows: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

“Are Malaysians adhering to the above universal declarations?” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff asked.

“The news article titled ‘Singapore to cane Saudi diplomat for molesting hotel intern - paper’ had captured my attention, prompting me to say my ten cent’s worth.

“Just because he’s a diplomat does not give him more rights than others. It does not give him more dignity and rights.

“In fact he has not only brought shame to himself and his family, but also to his country,” he added.
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Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said being a diplomat, he should be punished severely.

“And the Singapore court did just that,” he added.

He said errant or misbehaving diplomats should also be treated the same in Malaysia.

“In this case, the Saudi diplomat who is serving in Beijing was holidaying in the city state. So he enjoys no diplomatic immunity.

“The case will be even more complicated if he was a serving diplomat in Singapore,” he said, adding that diplomats’ immunity should not cover crime.

This was what was reported and posted by The Star Online:


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Friday, 3 February 2017 | MYT 5:31 PM

Singapore to cane Saudi diplomat for molesting hotel intern - paper

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Singapore court sentenced a Saudi Arabian diplomat to four strokes of a cane and more than 26 months in jail for molesting a young hotel intern while on holiday in the city state last year, the Straits Times newspaper said on Friday.

Bander Yahya A. Alzahrani, 39, who is attached to the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Beijing, is appealing against his conviction and sentence, the newspaper said.

Caning is legal for male offenders in Singapore. The judicial system can hand down the corporal punishment for offences such as drug and sexual abuse, vandalism and rioting, or to foreigners who overstay visas by more than 90 days.
The practice also occurs in Saudi Arabia."



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