It cannot be argued otherwise but principally and morally wrong for Minister of Rural and Regional Development Dato’ Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal to even suggest that there is a consideration to appeal on the Southwark Criminal Court’s judgment on Malaysian student Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin.
Shafie Apdal: Ministry may appeal ex-Mara student’s child porn conviction
Monday May 4, 2015 08:27 PM GMT+8 Shafie Apdal said the ministry may appeal a London court’s decision to sentence an ex-Mara student to five years in prison on 13 offences of possessing more than 30,000 pornographic images and videos of children. — Bernama pic
ROMPIN, May 4 — The Ministry of Rural and Regional Development will consider whether to appeal to the Southwark Crown court in London to reduce the sentence imposed on former Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) loan student Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin, 23.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said this when commenting on the London court’s decision to sentence Nur Fitri to five years in prison on 13 offences of possessing more than 30,000 pornographic images and videos of children. “We can appeal (to reduce the length of the sentence), the problem is we are subjected to the prevailing laws of the country. We have to respect the laws that other countries practice,” he told reporters after attending the Mara programme with Rompin entrepreneurs in Kuala Rompin here, today.
According to British newspapers, the smart mathematics student at Imperial College London was arrested during a raid at his home in Queensborough Terrace nearby Hyde Park on November 20 last year, while 600 category ‘A’ videos and images — defined by the British authorities as ‘extreme form of child sexual abuse’ were seized.
Mara, who sent Nur Fitri to London to further his studies last year, terminated the study loan upon his conviction on April 30. — Bernama
It is unsure what does the Minister in-charge of MARA attempting to gain with such a suggestive statement. Paedophile is utterly hedious crime in almost all sovereign societies.
It is almost very certain that even in Kuala Rompin, where the Minister was campaigning for the P99 Rompin Parliamentary by-election that the average fair minded folks in the area would reject the notion that it is fair to help the boy who committed such a heinous crime.
Nur Fitri did not commit a felony which average kids that age would probably inquisitively ventured to do, such as shop lifting, smoking marijuana, drunk and disorderly or even indecent behaviour. He fantasised sexual acts on minors who are by law prohibited to commit sexual acts, even by their own will and device,
That is highly in-despicable.
Malaysian Government has a moral duty to help any of the citizens of Malaysia when they are in trouble when they are abroad, even by their own device. However, that obligation should never be extended to people who have been convicted as a sexual deviant in a court of law for highly immoral crime.
It is a matter of principle. That is very important, to educate other Malaysians especially those who are impressionable and probably would have the tendency to experiment or veer off-course when they are all by themselves in a land far away from home.
*Updated Thursday 7 May 2015
More Cabinet Ministers voiced their discern for the suggestion of assistance to MARA student Nur Fitri Nordin after Southwark Crown Court convicted him for nine months jail for being a paedophile.
Astro Awani story:
There should be zero-tolerance against paedophiles: Khairy
Bernama | Updated: May 06, 2015
(First published on: May 06, 2015 20:05 MYT)
There should be zero-tolerance against paedophiles: Khairy
It was reported that when British police raided his home in Queensborough Terrace last year, they found Nur Fitri Azmeer (pic) with his laptop open, next to a life-size mannequin of a young boy.
PERMATANG PAUH: Paedophilia should never be condoned in a civilised nation like Malaysia and there should be ‘zero-tolerance’ towards paedophiles, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He hoped that Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) would reject the idea to appeal for its sponsored student Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin, 23, who is now undergoing five-year imprisonment in the United Kingdom after pleading guilty at a London court recently to possessing more than 30,000 images and videos on child pornography.
“This is a reminder to MARA’s board, do not be influenced by its members…(because) we must have zero-tolerance on paedophilia,” he said when met by reporters at Kampung Sama Gagah, here, today.
Khairy, who is UMNO Youth chief, was asked to comment on the statement from his UMNO Youth executive committee member Nazir Hussin Akhtar Hussin, who is also a MARA board member, that Nur Fitri Azmeer should be given a second chance.
READ: MARA to give Nur Fitri Azmeer a second chance
Nazir Hussin, in a recent news report, was quoted as saying that Nur Fitri should be given chance to pursue his study once he settled the punishment, and returned back to Malaysia.
When asked to comment further about Nazir Hussin’s statement, Khairy insisted that the former was commenting based on his capacity as a MARA board member and not representing the UMNO wing.
On May 2, MARA had terminated its study loan given to Nur Fitri Azmeer with immediate effect following his conviction for being in possession of images and videos on child pornography by a London court on Thursday (April 30).
READ: MARA terminates Nur Fitri Azmeer’s study loan
News portal United Kingdom International Business Times had reported that Nur Fitri Azmeer was sentenced to five years jail by the Southwark Crown, London after he pleaded guilty to 17 offences, including possession of indecent images and videos of children, with intent to distribute the material.
READ: Why should a paedophile be given a second chance? – Social media
READ: Malaysian math genius jailed in UK for child pornography
Read more at: http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/there-should-be-zero-tolerance-against-paedophiles-khairy-59016?cp
Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman is firm about not extending any hand to convicted sexual pervert such as Nur Fitri Nordin.
The Star story:
Published: Thursday May 7, 2015 MYT 5:19:00 PM
Updated: Thursday May 7, 2015 MYT 6:49:02 PM
Anifah Aman: Government will not ‘rescue’ child porn convict from British jail
BY M. KUMAR
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Government will not step in to help Mathematics scholar Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin (pic) who is serving a 18-month jail sentence for possession of child pornography material in Britain.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said that the Government viewed the matter gravely and would not step in to “save” Malaysians who had committed crimes abroad.
“Do not confuse consular services and the preservation of basic human rights with a right to be saved when committing an act deemed as a serious and inhumane crime, especially one related to children,” he said in a statement Thursday.
He also said that it is high time Malaysia considered establishing a register of convicted paedophiles that would be publicly available.
“I believe that this will act as a strong deterrent against such crimes, and parents and communities with young children will feel safer,” he said.
On Friday, British newspapers reported that student Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin was arrested in his bedroom in Queensborough Terrace, London on Nov 21 last year.
He was found to be using his laptop, sitting next to a life-sized mannequin of a boy.
In his computer was a cache of child pornography images and videos of minors being abused.
Many of the files were classified as Category A, meaning they depicted the most extreme form of abuse.
Nur Fitri was reportedly sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to 13 offences, including possession of indecent images and videos of children, with intent to distribute the material.
Hence, Shafie should retract his suggestion to provide Nur Fitri a ‘second chance’.