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On the Sri Maha Kaliamman shrine September 30, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.
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We have seen and felt the anguish of those who were forced to defend their temples and even suraus in past years, usually due to a parcel of land being subjected to development. I have seen my friend Uthayakumar beaten and arrested defending century-old temples and shrines – and now he has been detained without trial under the ISA for a year.

So when the rakyat gave us an opportunity to govern Selangor on 8 March, this means we have to try to do things differently, and attempt to rectify the mistakes of the past as far as possible. In fact, I touched on this issue in my speeches during the election campaign earlier this year.

The Pakatan Rakyat Selangor state government policy is clear:- That no place of worship (whether surau, tokong, kuil, church etc.) built prior to 8 March 2008 is to be demolished, unless and until a suitable site has been identified for relocation.

So, imagine our horror when we found out a Hindu shrine was demolished recently. No doubt it might have been built in a forest reserve or wherever for that matter, but the policy still stands regardless; we begin with the premise that most of these places of worship were forced over the years into this grey zone, and neglected until recently.

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AidilFitri Open House September 29, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Event, Malaysia.
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YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim

Menteri Besar Selangor (bersama Exco)
Venue: Pejabat SUK, Bangunan SSAAS, Shah Alam
Date: 1 October 2008
TIme:  11 am – 5 pm 
(I’ll be there ‘on duty’ from 2 pm onwards) 

Anwar Ibrahim, Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Parti KeADILan Rakyat
Venue: Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kg Baru
Date: 12 October 2008
Time: 2 – 5 pm 

(Will more dates to add to this list)

Mesej Hari Raya Aidilfitri September 29, 2008

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Mesej Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Sudah sebulan teman-teman yang beragama Islam menjalani ibadah puasa. Bulan Ramadan yang mulia telah melatih kita, bukan sahaja semua umat Islam tetapi secara tidak langsung keseluruhan rakyat yang duduk bersama dengan muslimin and muslimat di bumi yang dicintai ini, untuk berkorban, mengekang keinginan dan seterusnya memperkukuh akidah. Semangat ini sama dengan semangat perjuangan yang kita usahakan selama ini untuk mewujudkan sebuah masyarakat yang aman, toleran dan harmoni.

Tahun ini, rakyat Malaysia menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri dalam suasana ekonomi kehidupan yang semakin menekan dengan kenaikan harga minyak dan barang-barang keperluan yang terlalu tinggi. Pengurusan ekonomi kerajaan pusat yang kurang cekap dan tahap rasuah yang tidak berubah telah menyebabkan kesusahan ekonomi yang mendadah, pengangguran yang kian meningkat di kalangan orang muda serta pelaburan asing yang tidak menggalakkan.

Saya ingin merakamkan tahniah dan rasa hormat kepada semua umat Islam yang berjaya mengharungi bulan Ramadan. Kejayaan ini telah diraikan dengan penuh rasa syukur. Di samping itu, kita perlu sentiasa mengingati nasib golongan yang kurang bernasib baik berbanding kita khasnya semasa musim perayaan. Adalah penting untuk kita menghulurkan bantuan kepada mereka yang memerlukannya khasnya anak-anak yatim, orang kurang upaya, ibu tunggal dan keluarga yang miskin. 

Semoga kedatangan Aidilfitri ini akan mengukuhkan perhubungan persaudaraan sesama umat Islam dan bukan Islam di Malaysia. Bagi menghormati bulan yang mulia ini, saya harap semua pihak mengelakkan sebarang bentuk tindakan mahupun kenyataan yang boleh mewujudkan salah faham di kalangan masyarakat majmuk. Tangkapan ISA terhadap wartawan, blogger dan ahli politik dan kenyataan-kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh setengah pihak dengan niat mengapi-apikan sentimen perkauman amat bercanggah dengan prinsip demokrasi dan keharmonian antara kaum dan agama. 

Saya juga merayu kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia yang pelbagai kaum dan bangsa agar menjadikan Hari Raya Aidilfitri sebagai satu perayaan untuk lebih memahami dan mengeratkan hubungan bersama teman-teman yang beragama Islam. Di samping itu, Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat di negeri Selangor akan terus berusaha untuk mewujudkan suasana yang aman dan akan sentiasa mengambil initiatif untuk menggalakkan kesefahaman kebudayaan dan agama.

Akhir kata, saya ingin merakamkan ucapan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada seluruh umat Islam dan rakyat Selangor dengan ucapan:- Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

YB Elizabeth Wong
EXCO Kerajaan Negeri Selangor
ADUN Bukit Lanjan

Insult the egg, and you get petrol bombs & bad language September 27, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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The Front for Defenders of Eggs (FRODE) upped the ante early this morning by lobbing two petrol bombs in the house of Teresa Kok.

Included was a sinister message in bad BM, published by Malaysiakini Chinese version, but not (yet?) in the English or BM versions) which reads,

“WOI TERESA BABI!!! LU JAGA SIKIT. JANGAN SUKA CARI PASAL … NANTI GUA BAKAR SAMA LU DENGAN LU PUNYA FAMILY, PAHAM!!! C*BA* LU TERESA KOK”

I’m confident the Sentul Police investigations are underway, unless they are a little preoccupied with trying to stop tonight’s anti-ISA vigil at Dataran Merdeka.

Anti-ISA activities in Klang Valley September 24, 2008

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“Raya Demand Abolish ISA”

Date: 26 September 2008
Time: 12noon
Place: Please gather at main entrance of Masjid Jamek (near to Masjid Jamek LRT Station).
Please wear Black and Red coloured clothes to show your solidarity with Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI).
For more information contact Nalini at 019 3758912 or SUARAM office 03 77843525, or suaram@suaram.net.

Candle light vigil for Hindraf-5

Date : Saturday, 27th September 2008
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue : Dataran Merdeka , Kuala Lumpur
Organiser: HINDRAF

Anti-ISA activities in Penang September 24, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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For more information, contact Shu Shi at suarampg@gmail.com

TQ all for the ‘million’ … :D September 23, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Event, Note2Self, Writings.
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My left eye narrowed to relook at the numbers.

Yikes.

It was only this afternon that I realised I’d passed the ‘million’ benchmark (probably over the weekend) and had completely missed out celebrating the occasion :D 

Admittedly this blog has been a little slow (and rather restrained) in the past months, but here’s hoping things will pick up before the end of the year.

Thank you everyone for dropping by! 

PS. Rockybru is 7 million (plus plus) this week!

BN locks up Petra September 23, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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Barisan Nasional has just scored a world’s first for Malaysia.

First blogger locked up without trial. 

The fact that Raja Petra’s 2-year ISA detention order was signed by the Minister of Home Affairs just the night before his habeas corpus hearing this morning, shows Petra’s case is political, and has nothing to do with the waffle that BN has saying. It lends further credence to the fact that putting Petra into Kamunting is not negation of some of the articles and documents published in Malaysia. Otherwise existing laws which allows Petra to have an open trial would have been used. 

Which makes us ask yet again, a question which everyone knows the answer to by now – who stands to gain in putting a prolific writer in a detention camp?

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Free RPK, Free Hindraf 5, Free All Detainees!

The Internal Security Act under Article 149 of the Malaysian Constitution permits the detention, at the discretion of the Home Minister, without charge or trial of any person in respect of whom the Home Minister was satisfied that such detention was necessary.

A week ago, we have witnessed yet again, the abuse of the ISA in the case of the detention of Raja Petra Kamarudin – Editor of Malaysia Today, Tan Hoon Cheng – Journalist, Sin Chew Jit Poh and Teresa Kok Suh Sim – Member of Parliament, Seputeh.

To demonstrate stand on the abolishment of the ISA and to show our solidarity and support with all ISA detainees and their families, we are organising a forum with invited speakers with details as follows:

Date: 23 Sep 2008 (Tue)
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Jln Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur
Admission is Free; Bring Friends

The panel of Distinguished Speakers include:

* Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister, DAP MP Bagan, ADUN Air Itam
* Teresa Kok, Selangor State Exco, DAP MP Seputeh/ADUN Kinrara
* A. Sivanesan, Perak State Exco, DAP ADUN Sungkai
* Khalid Samad, PAS MP Shah Alam
* Nurul Izzah binti Anwar, PKR MP Lembah Pantai
* Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bar Council President
* Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, Chairman of Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) 

Moderator: Teo Nie Ching, DAP MP Serdang

The wives of some of the current ISA detainees, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, M Manoharan (DAP ADUN Kota Alam Shah) and V Ganabathirao will be present and be given an opportunity to speak. We should all be there to give the all the moral support we can! Forward to all your friends!

Abolish ISA or Abolish BN!

DUN Bukit Lanjan Lantern Festival, Solidarity Ceremony with ISA detainees. September 19, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Heritage, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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(Press Advisory) Bukit Lanjan State Assemblyman and Selangor State Exco, YB Elizabeth Wong invites you to the Bukit Lanjan Lantern Festival this coming Saturday – 20th September – at Bandar Utama 3 Civic Hall.

This festival will be start at 6 PM with the support from the Bandar Utama Resident’s Association (BURA).

Food, drinks and mooncakes (halal) will be served. There will be entertainment with performances from a traditional Instrumental orchestra and Fu Sheng Yuan Tai Chi Academy. A home-made lantern competition will be held for children and there will be three categories:- Category I (below 12 yrs), Category II (13-17 yrs), and Category III (17yrs and above) and participants will be judged on originality, design, creativity, and use of recycled materials.

The ADUN office of Bukit Lanjan will also have a solidarity ceremony with lanterns for fellow state assemblyman of Kinrara YB Teresa Kok and writer Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who are currently detained with trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

YB Elizabeth Wong welcomes all Bukit Lanjan residents as well as those living in the surrounding areas to join the celebrations and solidarity ceremony.

For inquiries, please contact Special Assistant to YB Elizabeth Wong, Miss Chua at 012-2027054.

邀出席采访9月20日(星期六)武吉栏樟公正中秋晚会! September 19, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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武吉栏樟州议员黄洁冰诚意将于明天,在Bandar Utama 3民众会堂的公正中秋晚会。中秋晚会的节目包罗万象,届时除了有灯笼制作比赛,精彩的华乐及太极表演,晚会也将播出”Meet the Rakyat”短片,里头记载着黄洁冰与西华(MP Subang,YB Sivarasa)自3月8日以来走访选区的点滴,以及与选民互动的珍贵故事。

当晚的中秋晚会也将是支援郭素沁及Raja Petra的烛光晚会。黄洁冰对于同是行政议员的郭素沁目前被内安法令扣留,而没法与家人欢庆团圆感到极度难过。黄洁冰认为,内安法令严重侵犯人权,并呼吁中央政府废除内安法令,释放郭素沁,Raja Petra及所有内安法令扣留者,放人团圆。

黄洁冰希望武吉栏樟的选民们扶老携幼,踊跃出席此晚会。用我们的烛光,照亮黑暗,赶走恐惧。中秋晚会详情如下:

日期 : 20-9- 2008 (星期六)
时间 : 7点半开始
地点 : Bandar Utama 3民众会堂,Jln BU 3/1

恳请贵报委派记者出席采访,届时备有晚餐招待。

如有任何疑问,请联络黄洁冰特别助理蔡依霖 012-2027054

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