Arumugam files review February 23, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, Malaysia, Race Relations.
(Lawyer Nik (left) with Arumugam at the Kuala Lumpur High Court Registry)
This afternoon was momentous for many of us.
K Arumugam who found his book, ‘March 8’ banned earlier this year, filed his judicial review to overturn the Ministry of Internal Affairs decision. To our knowledge, this is a first, despite having hundreds of books banned in the past few years.
It was lovely to see ‘Suaram-ites’ (both young and not-so-young) at the registry office. Present were former staff S. Arutchelvan, Tian Chua and I; founder member Dr. Nasir Hashim with his daughter; current staff Nalini and John Liu; and our friend Saravan. The wonderful lawyers from Chooi & co – Edmund, Nik and Adrian had worked around the clock, even during the holidays, in order to file it before the deadline expires.
(Arumugam flanked by former Suaram staff, Tian Chua (left) and S. Arutchelvan (right))
This is one distinct feature about Suaram – that no matter which generation one may come from – comradeship binds us through thick and thin.
Everyone was in good spirits and jokes were aplenty. Arumugam gave a copy of the book to Tian and said in jest – that would get him arrested rather than the OSA-ed Litrak Toll Agreement.
See the first piece for context.
Excerpts from Arumugam’s affidavit will be posted over the weekend, depending on the stability of my Tee-Am-Net bandwidth.