December 2018 Newsletter

06-12-18 ~ Sinar Project December 2018 Newsletter


Open Government and Parliament

Asia Open Data Partnership Conference and Open Government Partnership Asia Regional Partnership, Seoul Korea

November 5 - 8

OCP Collaboration With Malaysia Open Data Programme photo of slides on laptop

From November 5th to 8th, Sinar Project attended the AODP Summit and OGP Asia-Pacific Regional in Seoul, Korea.

At AODP and Open Contracting Deep Dive workshop, The Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) shared that:

  • Malaysia is ready to adopt and sign on to International Open Data Charter
  • Malaysia will adopt Open Contracting into their Open Data Programme for publication of Procurement data from first Quarter next year
  • Pushing from public administration policy for Freedom Of Information Enactment and other steps required for Malaysia to be eligible to join Open Government Partnership

Additional resources

Written Answers to Malaysian Parliamentary Questions

Infographic from Parliamentary Reply

A common problem for government open data programmes is to identify and prioritise which datasets should be made available. Parliamentary Answers are an excellent source for identifying data demand, that involves and benefits multiple stakeholders. There is also accountability for quality, as the answers are official positions of the executive who are answerable for the reply provided.

Read the Blog Post Here: 

Elected Representatives #WakilRakyat Blacklist Criteria

Image of Ahmad Zahid Hamidi with blacklist tag on Wakil Rakyat

MP for Bagan Datuk, Zahid Hamidi is latest elected representative to be blacklisted for hate speech. Learn more about our blacklist criteria to hold our elected representatives accountable to higher standards of integrity

Learn more about our elected representative website for all elected parliamentarians and state representatives Wakil Rakyat

Transparency and Anti-Corruption

Sinar Project on "Let's Talk with Sharaad Kuttan"

November 10

Let's Talk Asset Declaration Promo Image

On November 10, Sinar Project coordinator Khairil Yusof was featured on “Let’s Talk with Sharaad Kuttan (Episode 33)” on Astro Awani TV, discussing asset declaration and the GIAT Good Governance Agenda.

Watch the Episode:

Uncovering Asia Investigative Journalism Conference

October 5-7

Open Data for Beneficial Ownership Slide

How can journalists use data on money and politics to do better reporting on elections, government and public accountability? Sinar Project along with panelists from Philippines and Japan showing how journalists are mining data to reveal the influence of money on politics in three very different environments.

g0v Summit 2018 Taiwan

October 5-7

Corruption happens when there is a lack of transparency. Those in power that benefit from a corrupt system do not have incentive to make data and information open and easily accessible. Our talk presented by Ng Swee Meng introduces open data and civic tech methods and resources for investigative journalists on where to look and how to make use of limited data and information to unmask government corruption at local and international level.



A Geospatial-Network Visualisation of the ICIJ Paradise/Panama Papers data

Malaysians have learned from 1MDB and Felda Global Ventures corruption cases, that they are increasingly complicated and global in nature.

Anti-corruption now work requires more advance tools in support of work of anti-corruption agencies and investigative journalists.

Our Contributing Researcher Kay Yen Wong has published some of her recent research work, code for web based interactive network visualisation of addresses in ICIJ Offshore Leaks database. 

Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online

OONI Regional Workshop

October 23

OONI Raspberri Pi

Sinar Project hosted a regional workshop on testing and collecting evidence of network interference, which aimed to increase and improve monitoring of internet censorship in Southeast Asia.

Read the Blog Post Here:

Social Audit Phase 1: Researching the Digital Divide in Subang Jaya

Sinar Project is in the preliminary stages of an "Internal Access Gap Audit"  - a social audit to research and measure the digital gender gap and other non-technical gaps in Internet access.

Read the Blog Post Here:

Researching the Digital Divide in Subang Jaya

Website Censorship Varies Across ISP’s

Earlier this year, using network monitoring nodes, Sinar Project found that several websites were blocked in Malaysia. Recently, we found discrepancies of censorship between different Internet Service Providers. Only a few non-porn/gambling sites were still blocked, including LGBT community and dating sites, and interfaith websites such as These sites are no longer blocked on DiGi but tests show they are still blocked on TMNet.

If you are on an ISP or mobile provider other than TMNet or Digi and have the OONI Probe mobile app, please help test for censorship on your network by clicking on the following link.

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Please share what results you're getting on other networks.

Local and Regional Updates

Code For All: Lessons Learned from Civic Tech by Adriana Spulber

Code for All is an international network of civic tech organisations. They support members in their work to empower citizens and help institutions be more open, democratic, and equitable in the services they provide to the public. In this post Adriana Spulber, from Code4Romania, report on the importance of “getting involved and getting others involved”

Read about lessons learned from Civic Tech around the world, here:

SUARAM Human Rights Report Overview 2018

The SUARAM Human Rights Report Overview 2018 is now available to the public. It highlights current human rights issues in Malaysia such as: the application of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 and Prevention of Crime Act 1960 during the 14th General Elections; harassment against human rights defenders and activists; child marriage; moratorium on draconian laws; and democratization and inclusive policy making.

Read the report here: …

Upcoming Events

  • Socialism 2018, December 7-9, Kuala Lumpur

    Socialism 2018, the annual forum conducted by Parti Sosialis Malaysia, will be held from Dec 7-9 at the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, and this year's speakers really are from all over the world. There is a registration fee of RM35 (inclusive of lunch and complimentary T-shirt)

    Contact: 012-3902544 or 016-4407422

  • National Consultation and Strategizing Session on CMA & Human Rights, December 7-8, Petaling Jaya

    Organized by SUARAM, the National Consultation and Strategizing Session aims to gather participants from all across Malaysia to meet and discuss the prevailing issues relating to Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Human Rights issues associated with the digital world and Internet.

    Contact: [email protected]

  • Festival Perempuan: Dec 5-9

    Empower brings a week full of arts, poetry, music, films and talks, highlighting gender equality and women's lived experiences through Festival Perempuan!

    More Info:


  • UN Democracy fund
    The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy during the annual proposal window. The next window is expected to be open in mid-December 2018 at Only on-line proposals during this period, in either English or French, will be accepted.  UNDEF projects are two years long. Applicants can request a grant of a minimum of 100,000 US dollars and a maximum of 300,000 US dollars.

    In this Round, UNDEF particularly welcomes proposals in the areas of gender; rule of law; media; or electoral processes focusing on elections scheduled for 2020 at the earliest.
  • MCCHR Project Officer
    The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) are looking for a Project Officer to assist them in carrying out the National Consultation on Media Freedom and the Proposed Establishment of a Media Council. It is a paid position for a duration of 4 months starting on this month. If interested, submit a cover letter and your curriculum vitae by email to [email protected] by Monday, 10 December 2018.

    Position Requirements: Job description for : MCCHR Project Officer

  • EngageMedia: Job position opening: Impact and Engagement Manager
    The Impact and Engagement Manager leads EngageMedia’s editorial, outreach and communications initiatives. This senior position works closely with the editorial and program team to increase the audience and social impact of our work.
    If interested, submit your application by email to [email protected] by December 18th, 2018.

    Position Requirements: Impact and Engagement Manager

  • #GE14 Media Monitoring
    CIJ Malaysia is Looking for volunteers to do 14th General Elections media monitoring. Keeping an eye out on elections coverage is an important part of  keeping our elections clean and fair. If you are an avid reader of news - online, print, BM, English, Mandarin or Tamil - CIJ Malaysia wants you to join their team! An honorarium will be granted. DM if interested:

    Contact @CIJ_Malaysia 
  • Women Who Code: Call for Proposals
    Submit a talk for CONNECT, Women Who Code's premier technical conference. CONNECT 2019, will include 500 of the industry's most influential leaders, engineers, and more. The conference will be held on April 13, 2019 in San Francisco, CA.

    Submit Your Proposal:

  • OTF | Internet Freedom Fund

    The Internet Freedom Fund is OTF's primary way to support projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centric projects that promote human rights, internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks for at-risk users including journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and every-day people living within repressive environments who wish to speak freely online.

    Next deadline for applications January 9 2018. Details here

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