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Tian dragged from car December 11, 2007

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It happened this morning on the road near Parliament.

The little Tiara was later found torched, which Tian Chua said, was the work of the police. (updated: See pics after ‘more’)

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Photo source: Syafiq Sunny

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Why Pak Lah wants to crush BERSIH December 11, 2007

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(Updated) Bravo to the Opposition MPs who refused to be present during the ramming through of the Constitutional amendment (first reading only today!) which extends the age of retirement of the Elections Commission from 65 to 66 years of age.

Expect General Elections before this chap’s 67th birthday.

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See the memorandum which rattled the embattled Elections Commission chief and the Prime Minister.

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BERSIH Memorandum to the
Parliament of Malaysia and All Its Members
11 December 2007

SAY NO TO THE “SAVE RASHID”
AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) urges the Parliament of Malaysia, which consists of His Majesty the Yang diPertuan Agong, Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara to reject the proposed bill to amend Article 114 of the Federal Constitution, which will effect in Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman’s extension as the Election Commission (EC) Chairperson up to one-and-a-half years.

BERSIH stresses that Tan Sri Abdul Rashid, whose service is continuously marred with recurring electoral frauds and manipulations, is not fit for the job and must go immediately. All parliamentarians must therefore vote against this Constitutional Amendment Bill so obviously being rushed through to keep him the job is an insult to both the Constitution and Parliament.

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Ops Selamat Pak Lah December 11, 2007

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Ongoing alerts the whole day

MEDIA ALERT (4)
11 DEC 2007 (4:30 pm)

BERSIH DELEGATION RELEASED; TIAN CHUA RETURNED TO IPK-KL

Tian Chua, the Information Chief of the People’s Justice Party (KeADILan), was brought back to the Kuala Lumpur Police Headquarters (IPK-KL).

Tian was earlier taken from IPK-KL to the Duta Kuala Lumpur Courts. However, after sitting in the Court lockups for more than three hours, an instruction arrived to return him back to the police headquarters. He was not charged in court and there is no information to date, why he was separated from the rest of the detainees earlier.

BERSIH delegates had their particulars taken down by the police and were released by four pm today. The names of the eight persons released are:

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World Human Rights Day 2007 December 10, 2007

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World Human Rights Day 2007 was spent at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court 1 and 2, with some of Malaysia’s finest folks – lawyers, activists, politicians, friends new and old, and Mr Velvet; who had all come to give support to our own ‘prisoners of conscience’ i.e. all those detained during the lawyers’ and civil society march yesterday and the wonderful brave men of BERSIH, especially from PAS’ Unit Amal.

Eight plus hours on spiky heels. Well worth it, seeing the Attorney-General sweat over small stuff like bail. (hehe…)

It was the most memorable HR Day ever. 😀

Lawyer ‘hero’ December 10, 2007

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Only 2 weeks ago, these lawyers were working overtime, for almost 3 days, to assist the hundreds of demonstrators who were arrested during the HINDRAF rally on 25 November. (captured below)

Coincidentally (or maybe not?) Latheefa, Edmund, Eric, Sivarasa and Surendran are members of Suaram, with the former two sitting in the current Secretariat.  

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Latheefa Koya with her bundle 

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N. Surendran speaking to families of those arrested during the HINDRAF rally  

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Amer Hamzah speaking to Surendran  

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Edmund Bon exiting PULAPOL gates after meeting with detainees 

All of them, together with R. Sivarasa, John Nadu, Nooraza Othman and Eric Paulsen are expected to be charged in court on World Human Rights Day at 9 am, Duta magistrates Court.  

Video on lawyers arrested December 9, 2007

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An independent account of the events that happened at the ‘Lawyers For Freedom Of Assembly Bersama Rakyatmarch from Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman to Bar Council building on December 09 2007 from 0745 hours to 0900 hours

PM hates free and fair elections too December 9, 2007

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We have been informed that those arrested during the BERSIH (Coalition for Free and Fair Elections) rally on 10 November have been summoned today to report to IPK Kuala Lumpur today.

According to Suaram, it is likely that the police intends to charge them.

More updates later.

Suaram’s Review of 2007 Civil and Political Rights Report will be released tomorrow morning at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall at 9.30 am.

Expect some fireworks.

Abdullah Badawi declares war on Bar Council December 9, 2007

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fight4freedom.jpgA march for freedom of assembly was halted and 8 persons, 5 of them
prominent human rights lawyers in Malaysia were arrested. Another was arrested at the premises of the Bar Council.

The names of those arrested, obtained thus far, at the March are as follows:-

1. R. Sivarasa
2. Latheefa Koya
3. N Surendran
4. Amer Hamzah Arshad
5. Eric Paulsen
6. Noorazah Othman
7. Anthony Andu

Edmund Bon, the chair of the Bar Council Human Rights Committee was
also arrested when he attempted to stop the Kuala Lumpur City Council
(DBKL) from taking down banners with human rights messages. (See Malaysiakini.com for details)

DBKL and the police were reported to have harrassed those who were at and outside the Bar Council premises.

The march, which was held in conjunction with World Human Rights Day,
began at 8 am from the Sogo Departmental Store and was expected to end
at Central Market. However they were unable to complete the march when
the police swooped in to detain them.

Those arrested are currently held at the IPK Kuala Lumpur (Kuala
Lumpur Police Headquarters) on Jalan Hang Tuah.

Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang today said,

“The police arrests of the eight on International Human Rights Day is doubly ominous for it is a clear symbol that the Abdullah premiership, which had started with the false promise of greater respect for human rights, has finally taken off its velvet glove to show the iron fist within to crush expressions of human rights in the country.” (source)

Readings: Malaysia’s Prague Spring? December 8, 2007

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Malaysia’s Prague Spring?
Asian Analysis, ASEAN Focus Group 

In the past month, two massive rallies calling for political change were held in Kuala Lumpur. In any democracies, this would be quite normal but in Malaysia, rallies are the purview of the ruling National Front (BN), carefully staged to show support to the government or the ruling UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) party. The police often deny a permit for opposition parties to hold outdoor demonstrations or rallies. These two rallies were different; they were organised by NGOs, albeit with support from opposition parties.

The first rally, on 10 November, was organised by BERSIH (Malay for clean), a coalition of NGOs and opposition parties calling for “clean” elections. Under the existing electoral system, through indirect control of the Electoral Commission, ethnic mobilisation, money politics, manipulation of the electoral roll, gerrymandering, postal votes, double voting, mass media control and others, the BN has won every election since independence. The standing joke in Malaysia is that BN wins the election before the first vote is cast, the only question is the margin of victory. BERSIH wants electoral reform in all the areas mentioned above. To the surprise of many, more than 40,000 BERSIH supporters in yellow t-shirts came out despite public warnings from the Prime Minister and the Police that the rally was illegal and those who take part will be arrested. The police attempted to lock-down downtown KL but failed. In some areas, the police used tear gas and water cannons laced with chemicals to clear the streets. Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Hadi Haji Awang, leaders of the three main opposition parties – National Justice Party (PKR) , Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Islam (PAS) respectively – managed to evade the police and lead thousands to hand over the BERSIH memorandum on electoral reform to a representative of the royal palace.

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Bar declines, but lawyers will march on :) December 7, 2007

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fight4freedom.jpg“WE WILL MARCH ON SUNDAY!” says “Lawyers for Freedom of Assembly”.

“I write solely to declare that lawyers who are determined to defend the freedom to peacefully assemble will nevertheless march on Sunday Dec 9 at 7.30am from Sogo to Central Market in commemoration of Human Rights Day.

We will march for the following reasons :

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