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History May 26, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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On 8th March 2008, Malaysians made history at the ballot box.

Tonight, during the extended sitting of the 12th session of the Selangor State Assembly, we witnessed history in the making.

For the first time since 1960 (the year in which the Internal Security Act (ISA) was passed), a motion against the ISA and for the release of state assemblyman Manoharan (Kota Alam Shah) and other political detainees was moved in a Malaysian legislature, debated and passed!

Those who contributed to the debate were Lau Weng San (Bkt Tunku), Dr. Nasir Hashim (Kota Damansara), Saari Sungib (Ulu Klang), Gan Pei Nee (Rawang), Hannah Yeoh (Subang Jaya), Nik Nazmi (Seri Setia) and Amir Sari (Batu Caves). Those who witnessed the debates included Aliza, wife of Saari Sungib and Manoharan’s wife too. (Suaram – where were you on this momentous night??)

A step for Pakatan Rakyat, a giant leap for human rights in Malaysia.

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1. Francis Ngu - May 27, 2008

would this be a healthy precedence on other national issues of importance? Should the other Pakatan held state Govts.not follow and pass the similar motions on ISA?

2. monsterball - May 27, 2008

Selangor is controlled by People’s Party.
Yes…it is something we have never seen at all….but the country is still managed by UMNO.
And in the end….the 5 are still under ISA.
To get things done…UMNO must be removed…governing the country.
Otherwise….we will live for the next few yeas….with lot of political talks…nothing beneficial to Malaysians…and all will suffer much more than usual…which will be against People’s Party…voting for BN..by voters……out of no choice..in next election.

3. Abdul - May 27, 2008

Good step. However, can he be released even if the Assembly passes such resolution? Knowing that it involves higher authorities?

4. hafiz - May 27, 2008

congrats YBs! wish there’s a video on this somewhere so we can watch n listen too

5. tookia - May 27, 2008

I hope to see stronger unity in the pakatan soon.

right now, anwar is the only strong thread tying around the pakatan.

it is sad but a fact that till today most malaysians expect anwar to perform magic.

no matter how charismatic , talented, and sincere he is, to perform an overhaul of malaysian political culture and economy and education system is too much of a formidable task for a single individual.

malaysia deserves the position that it is in today.

since independence, the minorities are treated as second class citizens…

their numbers are now shrinking…

actually the chinese number about 5mil, not including the one mil in overseas…

the indians about two mil, stretching the number to include those in overseas….

the racial politics in the country has yet to phase out….

putting anwar into power and giving nep a new name like mea is not going to overturn racial politics ….

i am one who is against giving people false hope…

in malaysia, so long as numbers figure prominently in politics, racial politics will continue to be relevant….

don’t waste time and be fooled by the ‘liberalism’, don’t be conned by the ‘open mindedness’……

by the end of the day remember this: malaysia will be malaysia, which can only be slightly better than myannmar and countries like congo..

this is what is happening:

the immigrants who come here long long time ago will once again move on to another place….

the group in the country–which is ever so concern about their future–will inevitably get to face the future they have been wanting to avoid …

once the sons and daughters of the final generation of immigrants in malaysia leaves, the handing over exercise of the country to the group will be completed.

the prophecy—we will never perish from the earth–will be fulfilled.

6. Maverick - May 27, 2008

Hi ,
syabas to Selangor and many thanks to the brave and courageous ones. Selangor is now really begining to shine like a diamond. Truly a crown in the jewel …………..

7. Robert Teh - May 27, 2008

Long Live Freedom! There is hope after all for all Malaysians to live in a free and just country. I hope all other state govts (from both BN & PR) will pass the same motion to abolish the ISA at their state assemblies.

Bravo! to Tan Sri Khalid and your good and brave Team for taking the lead.

8. caravanserai - May 27, 2008

Selangor assembly passed a motion against ISA
A good try in history
When the Federal government isn’t changed
Nothing much the state government can do

Here lies the crunch of it
The Federal Government controls
BN can lose all the state seats
When Federal Government in BN hands
Will there be many changes in the end?

I don’t think so
Selangor gets to start a small fire
In it others may want to take
Another small fire in other state
Like the haze then it is gone……

It becomes history
The next round of debates and protests
Echoing pass the corridors of power
Nothing changes ISA will remain

Peoples’ Front should take the Federal Government
Otherwise it will be just dreams for now
BN knows it so they will hold on to it
And the rest can put up small fires………….
Thinking it can choke them to quit

Changing will come
In the Federal Government
EC said there could be a snap election
If that what BN wants
Bury them for good this time around

9. Edi神 - May 27, 2008

I found that most YB cant think properly… They just wanna argue

Argue

Argue

10. singh - May 27, 2008

Great. At least we are moving in the right direction. We cannot have an attitude that nothing is going to change if there is no change at Federal level. I admit that is the status quo at this point of time but everything has to start some where, and the momentum has started. The the passing of the motion at the state assembly is one of the many steps of the momentum, which had started earlier. Its the people’s momentum which cannot be ignored eventually. Public opinion can be brushed aside but for how long and it will eventually prevail. SYABAS.

11. J.Singh - May 28, 2008

Lau Weng San is Kampung Tunku, not Bukit Tunku

12. perumal - June 8, 2008

Did I hear correctly u calling for UMNO to be removed, Monsterball? Were you not the one who supported UMNO and BN especially Badawi in the 2004 general election, unless of course you say the archives in Malaysia Today lie


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