Faisal Aziz (Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz) currently is President of Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM) and Deputy Chairperson of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih). He is a lawyer by profession and previously served as the Head of Litigation Department focusing on public interest litigation and criminal defenses. He also represented cases involving refugees and asylum seekers with full cooperation by United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) and various Embassies. He was also a Member of the Successor Generation Initiative (SGI) Advisory Board of the British High Commission and a Panel Consultant in drafting the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) for Malaysia. He is a columnist for Malaysiakini portal and has authored the book ‘Islam and the Future of Reformist Thought’. He is also active on twitter with the username @faisalazizfa.
His paper highlights the need from the authorities to consider applying the doctrine of proportionality in order to ensure the preservation of the elements of justice, reasonableness and equality when imposing punishments. Further, the paper outlines the need for the National Harmony Bill as an amicable solution to ensure that the element of proportionality will be enforced in applying restrictive laws curbing the freedom of speech.
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