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Info on HINDRAF Rally November 24, 2007

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Forget about what that police fella said. Blah, blah blah.

If you’re sick of reading about yet another Indian temple being smashed, sick of seeing Indian plantation workers and their families forced out from their workplace and homes, sick of seeing how Samy Vellu and MIC plunder and enslave those they profess to represent, sick of Umno Youth antics, and sick of this recalcitrant evil Empire also known as Barisan Nasional, then stand up and be counted on Sunday.

If you’re bored with brainless reactionary liberals, recycling the state’s rationale against the rally and silencing a most marginalised community ironically, while hoisting the banner of multiculturalism, please go read Nat Tan’s “Why I will walk This Sunday“.

Presentation of 100,000 signatures to Queen Elizabeth II at the British High Commission

Venue : British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur.

Date: 25.11.2007 (Sunday)

Time: 10.00a.m to 12.00p.m

Salleh Abas speaks November 16, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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This week the three-member ‘Independent’ panel investigating the Lingam tape apparently said that it “favoured” the creation of a Royal Commission.

Tonight, Tun Salleh Abas, the former Lord President who was sacked in the 1988 Judicial Crisis, will speak for the first time on the recent judicial crisis, as well reflect on the legacy of the events of 1988.

Joining him are former senior judge Shaik Daud and Bar Council Vice President, Ragunath Kesavan.

Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy Prime Minister and currently advisor to KeADILan, will also share his views on judidical reform.

This is an event not to be missed.

Public Forum on Judicial Crisis
Friday, November 16, 2007
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Federal Hotel
35, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Cowardly cops November 13, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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The Government of Malaysia accepts the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child but expresses reservations with respect to article 1, 2, 7, 13, 14, 15, 22, 28, 37, 40 paras 3 and 4, 44 and 45 of the Convention and declares that the said provisions shall be applicable only if they are in conformity with the Constitution, national laws and national policies of the Government of Malaysia.

Malaysia is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with “reservations” (in other words, the Malaysian government doesn’t want to recognise these articles of rights) on all articles relating to fundamental civil and political rights. Unsurprisingly, our pariah government has reservations on this Article:-

Article 15 (1). States Parties recognize the rights of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly.

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Beth Yahp: Open letter to Abdullah Badawi November 12, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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(My guest-blogger and award-winning author, Beth Yahp, who participated and witnessed 10 November, writes an open letter to the Prime Minister.)

OPEN LETTER TO DATUK SERI ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI, PM

A FICTION WRITER WRITES IN SUPPORT OF JOURNALISTS

Dear Prime Minister Abdullah,

26 September 2007 saw two thousand lawyers “Walk for Justice” to defend the good name and protest the sliding standards of their profession. “When lawyers march,” said Ambiga Sreenevasan, President of the Bar Council, “something must be wrong.”

Last Saturday (10 November 2007), 40,000 people from all walks of life and all ages walked through rain-drenched Kuala Lumpur, skirting roadblocks, locked LRT stations, FRU batons, tear gas and water cannons, as well as weeks of misinformation and propaganda through the mainstream media and hacked alternative media. They marched to show their disappointment in the current electoral system and their hopes for reform.

Malaysian citizens travelled for hours through the night from all over the country to play cat-and-mouse in Kuala Lumpur with an intimidating array of security forces, whose role was clearly not to secure our safety.

I saw men armed only with shouted slogans beaten with batons and shields and thrown to the ground. I saw an old woman in a wheelchair halted by a barricade of troops, wielding a deafening siren at her ears. I saw a child clinging to his mother’s shoulders being crushed back, and back. He looked terrified, and rightly so.

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Rakyat pantang dicabar! November 10, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, History, Human Rights, Politics.
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Last night, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi stupidly said, “Saya pantang dicabar” (I will not be challenged by BERSIH).

That no doubt pissed a lot of fence sitters off.

artmalaysiaprotestapgi.jpgToday, 50,000 people rallied in Kuala Lumpur (see AFP photo on right – WOW!), braving rain and massive police force to reach the Royal Palace in order to hand in the memorandum on free and fair elections. The police were helpless when confronted by a feisty sea of yellow.

RAKYAT PANTANG DICABAR!

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BERSIH solidarity November 10, 2007

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Smoothriver (below) now lives and works in Shantao University (China), with JerryWho. They’ll be having their own Yellow Power party going on Saturday.

There will be solidarity protests from London to Ulan Bator on Saturday too!

If you’re far from Kuala Lumpur, you can still join in solidarity, via your blogs, websites, or wearing yellow or hanging yellow ribbons on your cars. Just remember to take pics (and pingback here) 🙂

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24 hours to go: Updates November 9, 2007

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bersih_bn_poster.jpgThis post will be updated regularly in the next 24 hours

(11:55 pm) PUBLIC RESOURCES MISUSED
RTM Radio has had on rotation, false news that the gathering has been postponed.

Satu lagi projek mewah Abdullah ‘Islam Hadhari’ Badawi.

(11:45 pm) DOCUMENTATION

Should you see any person arrested and brutalised by the police, please document it (pics, video, names, description) and report to Suaram.

email: suaram@suaram.net
tel: 03-7784 3525 (don’t leave a message on the machine); 03-7783 5724.

And be smart. If the cops want your camera, pls take out the memory card first before handing it over!

(3:15 pm) VENUE

If Dataran Merdeka is closed tomorrow, you should gather at these 4 points and wait for instructions from the organisers.

1. Sogo
2. Masjid Negara
3. Masjid Jamek
4. Pasar Seni

In the alternate universe of UMNO, SBs November 9, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Huh?!, Human Rights, Islam in Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.
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20071107-tan.jpgOn Tuesday night when the Suaram Secretariat met, we were informed that leaflets with a photo of Sivarasa Rasiah, one of our founding members, were found in mosques, surau‘s, bus-stops etc. where there are large populations of Muslims.

The message in the leaflet was to urge Muslims not to attend BERSIH Nov 10th gathering for free and fair elections, as it’s organised by ‘non-Malays Islam-haters promoting the Inter-Faith Commission‘ (paraphrased).

Harrrh?
The next morning, Latheefa Koya sent me a text message. Apparently there are five faces on the leaflet – Sivarasa, Tian Chua, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Ronnie Liu and … me (!?!).

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Why fear? November 9, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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Take the power back!
“It is not the people who should be afraid of the government, the government should be afraid of the people. ..”

From DarnMalaysia.com:-

I will show up at Dataran Merdeka at 3pm, wearing yellow. Is that against the law?
I will show up a gathering that the organizers have insisted will be peaceful, and I intend to be peaceful. Is that against the law?

I will show up and walk to the Istana Negara because I believe all of us in the country, regardless or religion, color, or gender, deserve an elections process that is free, fair, transparent. Is that against the law?

I will show up because I want the Elections Commission to be free of government interference and be answerable to the people and not the government of the day. Is that against the law?

I will show up because I want to show the Agong that there are massive numbers of people out there that want change, and are not able to affect change because the powers of the government are already deeply rooted in the legislature, judiciary, and supposed independent bodies. Is that against the law?

(con’t)

48 more hours: Take the Power Back! November 8, 2007

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