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Hatta, Tian and 8 others freed, rest still in remand January 28, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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(UPDATED 3:00 pm)

35 persons are being charged in court for illegal assembly. Bail has been set at RM 1,000 each. If anyone wants to help with bail for some of these persons, please come to the Jalan Duta Sessions Court before 4 pm with your donation.

Malaysiakini journalist Syed Jaymal, who hasn’t appeared, is expected to face charges of obstructing the police in their work. (Asking questions = obstruction??!!)

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Malaysiakini’s headline story last night (updated 9 pm) was “Key players to be charged tomorrow“.

But around 10.30 pm, the third batch of detainees from Saturday’s anti-inflation protest of around 10 persons were released, after they presented their arguments to the magistrate. Initially, the police and DPP wanted to deal (further remand in exchange for family visitation and food from them) but this group refused and sought to argue their cases individually. To their surprise, the magistrate granted their release.

Those released were:- Tian Chua (Information Chief, People’s Justice Party – KeADILan); Dr. Hatta Ramli (Treasurer, Pan-Islamic Party Malaysia – PAS); Ginie Lim (Media Coordinator, KeADILan); Tan Chee Hooi (member, KeADIlan); Jonson Chong (lawyer); Saravanan, Faizal, Azhar, Zamhuri and Mohammad. (Names released by the lawyers)

The detainees were divided in 5 batches. Remand hearings began at two pm and ended past midnight. Unfortunately more than 30 people spent another night in the lockup, including S. Arutchelvan, Mohd Sabu, Dr. Dzulkfli and Malaysiakini reporter, Syed Jaymal. The latter reportedly lodged a police report earlier, after he was punched by the police.

It is expected that more people will be released later today.

Royal Commission on Lingam Tape – Whitewash? January 28, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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The Royal Commission on the Lingam tape today decided not to call in Anwar Ibrahim, Sivarasa Rasiah and Sim Tze Tsin as witnesses. Commission chairperson Haidar Mohd Noor said that the evidence to be given by them were not linked to the inquiry.

This was to be expected. We knew something was amiss when suddenly, the Commission hearings were held in-camera.

Anwar Ibrahim has released part of his testimony on his blog, i.e. Part III of the Lingam Tape (jeng, jeng, jeng!), with the transcript.

World HR Day protestors in court today January 28, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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The case of 8 persons arrested (5 of them human rights lawyers) on World Human Rights Day last month will be heard today at Jalan Duta Sessions Court 1 at 9 am. (Recap here.)

Saturday’s protest against price hikes January 27, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Economy, Event, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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Video on Saturday’s protest against price hike January 26, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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[YouTube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkuysxjsP7Q"]Today’s protest against pending price hike in petrol and other essential goods and services.

(Thanks MediaRakyat:)) 

Some 55 persons were recorded to have been arrested; 10 of them women, 3 senior citizens, 1 lawyer and 2 journalists. 

Photos in next post.

Take action on Saturday 26th Jan! January 25, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Economy, Event, Human Rights, Politics.
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11 am
“Save Bukit Gasing” Residents Hearing
Venue: Community Hall, Jalan 5/46, Gasing Indah (opposite Petronas)

3 pm
Protest against Price Hike of Petrol, Toll, Food, EVERYTHING!
Venue: KLCC, Petronas side

Few good men January 24, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, RIP.
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In the space of 4 weeks, we lost 3 good ‘Reformist’ men who helped change the course of history.

Adlan passed away this afternoon.

  • Adlan Benan Omar
  • Christopher Fernando
  • Pak Lang Zaki

Al Fatihah.

Happy Thaipusam! January 23, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations.
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Wishing my friends a very Happy Thaipusam.

Indeed it’s been a good one, thanks to HINDRAF — Public holiday, slashed prices for young ones carrying kavadi, easy traffic and breathing space this time round for Batu Cave visitors.

Here’s another video by my hardworking neighbour who’s a devoted father of two and avid YouTuber/videographer who goes by the name: ‘MediaRakyat‘.

This time, it’s Anwar Ibrahim on Hindraf, filmed recently during the launch of KeADILan’s William Leong and Gan Pei Nee’s campaign to wrestle Selayang (Parliament) and Rawang (state assembly) away from BN.

[YouTube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1xrLtjxHhY"]

EPF swoops in to save KLCI? January 22, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Economy, Huh?!, Malaysia, Politics.
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In case anyone noticed, right after the Prime Minister-cum-Finance Minister said last week’s rally was indicative of investors’ confidence in our economy, it’s been a bloodbath at the KLSE.

Some joker even said our economy won’t be affected by the downturn in the US.

Nope. Not say everyone else. “Malaysian shares open sharply lower as regional markets extend plunge” (Forbes.com)

“We’re in panic territory,” said Patrick Chang, who helps manage $4.5 billion at CIMB-Principal Asset Management Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur. (Quoted in Bloomberg News)

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ST: Design row keeps KL, Beijing a bridge apart January 22, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Economy, Malaysia.
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Satu lagi projek Bebal Nasional.
Expect delays and cost overruns.

A PROJECT to build South-east Asia’s longest bridge in Penang has stumbled over disputes between its Malaysian and Chinese contractors and a legal suit that could embarrass Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s government.

Government officials and engineers involved in the project say the state-owned concerns from Malaysia and China spearheading it have been locked in a dispute over the design of the four-lane expressway.

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