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Zunar on Obama … and PKNS November 5, 2008

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Checkmate, Najib July 3, 2008

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3 July 2008, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Today we witness another episode of a consistent pattern of abuse of power and manipulation of the criminal justice system.

Recently one of the witnesses in the Altantuya trial approached us with detailed information of events connected to her disappearance and murder. The information was shocking.

Mr. P. Balasubramaniam, who was engaged by Abdul Razak Baginda as a private investigator was advised to seek legal counsel and document his story independently.

Today he is releasing a statutory declaration dated 1st July 2008 to the public detailing the story that he has to tell about what actually happened and what was told to him by key personalities in this saga including Abdul Razak Baginda and Altantuya herself.

These revelations speak for themselves. They reveal, amongst others, the following allegations: (more…)

Stat Dec: Najib knew Altantuya, dinner in Paris July 3, 2008

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I, Balasubramaniam a/l Perumal (NRIC NO: 600928-08-6235) a Malaysian Citizen of full age and residing at No. 32, Jalan Pelangi 1, Taman Pelangi, Rawang, Selangor do solemly and sincerely declare as follows :-

1. I have been a police officer with the Royal Malaysian Police Force having jointed as a constable in 1981 attached to the Police Field Force. I was then promoted to the rank of lance Corporal and finally resigned from the Police Force in 1998 when I was with the Special Branch.

2. I have been working as a free lance Private Investigator since I left the Police Force.

3. Sometime in June or July 2006, I was employed by Abdul Razak Baginda for a period of 10 days to look after him at his office at the Bangunan Getah Asli, Jalan Ampang between the hours of 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m each working day as apparently he was experiencing disturbances from a third party.

4. I resigned from this job after 2 ½ days as I was not receiving any proper instructions.

5. I was however re-employed by Abdul Razak Baginda on the 05-10-2006 as he had apparently received a harassing phone call from a Chinese man calling himself ASP Tan who had threatened him to pay his debts. I later found out this gentleman was in fact a private investigator called Ang who was employed by a Mongolian woman called Altantuya Shaaribuu.

6. Abdul Razak Baginda was concerned that a person by the name of Altantuya Shaaribuu, a Mongolian woman, was behind this threat and that she would be arriving in Malaysia very soon to try and contact him.

7. Abdul Razak Baginda informed me that he was concerned by this as he had been advised that Altantuya Shaaribuu had been given some powers by a Mongolian ‘bomoh’ and that he could never look her in the face because of this.

8. When I enquired as to who this Mongolian woman was, Abdul Razak Baginda informed me that she was a friend of his who had been introduced to him by a VIP and who asked him to look after her financially.

9. I advised him to lodge a police report concerning the threatening phone call he had received from the Chinese man known as ASP Tan but he refused to do so as he informed me there were some high profile people involved.

10. Abdul Razak Baginda further told me that Altantuya Shaaribuu was a great liar and good in convincing people. She was supposed to have been very demanding financially and that he had even financed a property for her in Mongolia.


Ops Selamat Pak Lah December 11, 2007

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Ongoing alerts the whole day

11 DEC 2007 (4:30 pm)


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:


PM hates free and fair elections too December 9, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Politics.
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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

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Politics.
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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)

Electric Elections Down Under November 24, 2007

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Our moment to change will soon descend upon us.
I pray we will be as courageous as the Australians.




Action at my former residence:-

“THE MOOD IS ABSOLUTELY ELECTRIC…” has been heard on a number of occasions.

Live radio coverage on 2UE
Virtual tally by the Australian Elections Commission.

Deputy Labor leader Julia Gillard has called for elections for Labor. 2UE is calling Kevin Rudd ‘Prime Minister-elect’ and reported on major swings in all states except Western Australia. John Howard has yet to concede defeat.

By 7.53pm, after almost two hours of counting and before polls had closed in Western Australia, the Australian Electoral Commission had awarded 53 of the 150 House of Representatives seats to Labor, 26 to the Liberals and six to the Nationals, with one independent.

Two seats I’ll be watching:-


At Bennelong – the seat of John Howard, it is still too close to call, but (potential dragon-slayer) Maxine McKew still leads by a whisker 🙂

Melbourne, where Adam Bandt (Greens) is running. Bandt and I were in the same student organisation, Left Alliance, so it would be great to see him win 🙂

Who is R. Sivarasa October 5, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Politics, Readings.

Perhaps this is the perfect moment to introduce R. Sivarasa, one of most renown, committed and consistent human rights advocate in Malaysia.

Siva was a key mover in the ISA Family Support Group during the turbulent time of the 1987 ISA arrests of social activists, politicians, activists, trade unionists etc.

He, with ISA detainees who were later released from Kamunting, formed Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), which grew to be Malaysia’s leading human rights organisation.

He’s even on Wikipedia 🙂


International Day of Blogs for Burma October 4, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Human Rights, International, Politics.
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Free Burma!

To register and join, go to: http://www.free-burma.org

thanks to Ghostline for the reminder 🙂

Vigil for Burma (Friday) October 3, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Politics, Southeast Asia.

A Solidarity vigil will be held this Friday night, in support of Burma’s people, who are unable to exercise their fundamental rights in their country, and to express our opposition towards the Burma military junta’s bloody crackdown on protestors.

There are now reports filing in, that hundreds have been killed and some 6,000 people are being held at various detention facilities. Thousands of monks have been forcibly defrocked and are believed to be on their way to the military junta’s deadly labour camps.


The vigil is an initiative of civil society organisations, including Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Civil Rights Committee of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH-CRC), Youth For Change (Y4C) and Amnesty International (AI) Malaysia.


Date: Friday, 5 October 2007

Time: 8 p.m.

Venue: KLCC (entrance nearest to Menara Maxis, opposite Avenue K)


Please come to show your solidarity. Please bring candles, candle-holders, tang-lungs, pelitas and banners. Wear your red top too.


“Please use your liberty to promote ours”
– Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, detained Nobel Peace Laureate.


For further information, please contact SUARAM (MoonHui) at 03-77843525 or Amnesty International (K.Shan) at 03-79552680.