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Allegations of thousands dead, monks dumped in jungle October 1, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, International, Note2Self, Politics.
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Unable to verify to date, but London’s Evening Standard reports:-

Burma: Thousands dead in the massacre of the monks dumped in the jungle
01.10.07

Thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle, a former intelligence officer for Burma’s ruling junta has revealed.

The most senior official to defect so far, Hla Win, said: ‘Many more people have been killed in recent days than you’ve heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand.’

Mr Win, who spoke out as a Swedish diplomat predicted that the revolt has failed, said he fled when he was ordered to take part in a massacre of holy men. He has now reached the border with Thailand.

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Hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle

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Red alert for Burma in KL September 28, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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(Updates) Protests all across Southeast Asia today. Most significant was in Jakarta, where50 Indonesian foreign ministry officials, dressed in red shirts, observed a period of silence to express solidarity with Myanmar’s pro-democracy protestors.

“We pray that the people of Myanmar will enjoy peace,” said Umar Hadi, the ministry’s director of public diplomacy.

Wisma Putra – when are *you* going to do the same? Or it’s business with the junta as usual?

News from inside Burma, from my friend, Khin Ohmar, who’s coordinating information outflow, after internet has been cut off in Rangoon.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said, “Fear is a Habit; I am not Afraid.”

The people marching on the streets cry out: “WE CAN’T LOSE AGAIN!!!!”

As of this posting (4:00 Burmese Std Time), people in Burma are continuing with their defiance and gathering on the streets again in downtown Rangoon despite of the extreme use of force and violence by the authorities that they have experienced and witnessed over the past twodays – the beating, shooting and killing, and the continuing arrests. There have placed double barricades blocking that no one gets near to Sule Pagoda where shooting and killing took place yesterday.

At least 10,000 or so protesters are gathering around the Theinggyi market area in downtown Rangoon and trying to get into group. But soldiers (Battalion 66 as shown on the badges) are patrolling in the area and when they see people starting gathering they fire guns into the air, chase the people and beat and arrest those who could not run.

An hour ago, this is the update on people arrested: About 10 people, mostly young women, were arrested in front of Ministers Office (Wongyimyar Yone), Ahnawrata Road. About 50 have been arrested in Theingyi market area. There can be more that we don’t have information yet.

In spite of the international outcry, the Burmese junta continues to prove who they are and challenge the world community as they continue to commit the violence against the people. (Cut)

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(EARLIER) Some 2,000 Burmese and Malaysians joined in a solidarity protest to support the democratic movement in Burma and to protest against the killings of monks, civilians and a journalist.

This was one of the fastest mobilisations to date, as a decision was only firmed around 9 pm last night among the organisers.

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Wear Red for Burma this Friday September 27, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Event, Human Rights, International.
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Updates:

  • More Burmese feared dead in today’s shoot-out in Rangoon.
  • Al-Jazeera reports receiving news that a foreign photojournalist has been shot and killed while covering the protests.
  • Burmese embassy in Kuala Lumpur is said to have stopped processing visas and only taking applications.

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On 28th September 2007, the Burmese democracy activists are asking the international community to wear a RED shirt or top, in solidarity with those currently engulfed in the fight of their lives in Burma against the most despicable regime, which our government had supported since 1997 when it allowed Burma to join ASEAN.

This simple act of solidarity will further inflame the hopes and strength of those who have struggled and resisted peaceably for 20 years now.

We are at crossroads now. It’s now or never.

There will be a demonstration tomorrow in KL and a candlelight vigil in the evening. More details to follow.

100000 in the streets of Rangoon! September 24, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Event, History, Human Rights, International, Southeast Asia.
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Many tens of thousands of people led by Monks and celebrity artists peacefully demonstrated against the military regime, on 24.09.2007, in central Rangoon, near Sule Pagoda. (video Ko Htike; photos Zaw Sai)

[Photos on www.burmadigest.info ]


Be Brave
ACT

Confirmed: Judiciary not independent September 24, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.
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This is a most telling statement to date.

In the past, at least the government puts up a facade and employs politically-correct language to soothe one’s apprehension over the state of democracy and the independence of the judiciary.

Today, it has been affirmed that the three fundamental pillars of a democratic society – the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary – are not independent.

Today’s statement, as reported by Malaysiakini, by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department should shock everyone.

“I am his minister. I am the minister in charge of legal affairs. ”
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On why Ahmad Fairuz (the Chief Justice) has been evading the media, Nazri said it was because the former is not answerable to the press.

I’m going through all the politically sensitive cases now, the most glaring being the trial of former deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in 1998-99, condemn by all and sundry as a ‘kangaroo’ trial.

We find that even back in 1789 after the French Revolution, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen had this concept:- “Any society in which rights are not guaranteed, or in which the separation of powers is not defined, has no constitution.” (Article 16).

About a hundred years on, Lord Acton wrote this much-loved line:-
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” (3 April 1887 in an letter to the Bishop of London, Mandell Creighton).

Then about another century forward in 1988, Malaysia saw the complete dismantling of the independence of the judiciary.

And what we learnt today is:-
The Chief Justice is answerable to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department = Prime Minister.

Think no further.
Be brave.
ACT.

Demi mempertahankan dan memulihkan kewibawaan badan kehakiman negara September 22, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, International, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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YB. Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib
Yang DiPertua,
Dewan Rakyat Parlimen Malaysia,
50680 Kuala Lumpur.

21 September 2007
YB. Tan Sri,

PERKARA: USUL MENANGGUHKAN MESYUARAT DI BAWAH PERATURAN MESYUARAT 18(1)

Merujuk kepada Peraturan Mesyuarat 18(1) dan (2) dengan ini saya ingin mengusulkan supaya mesyuarat ini ditangguhkan untuk membincangkan perkara tertentu, berkepentingan ramai dan perlu disegerakan

Saya, YB. Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Permatang Pauh) mohon mencadangkan:

“BAHAWA SATU SURUHANJAYA DIRAJA DITUBUHKAN UNTUK MENYIASAT PENYALAHGUNAAN KUASA DALAM PERLANTIKAN HAKIM-HAKIM NEGARA”

Tan Sri Yang diPertua,

Sejak 20 September 2007, media tempatan dan antarabangsa telah melaporkan dengan meluas, pendedahan bukti berbentuk video oleh bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim berhubung isu penyalahgunaan kuasa dan campur tangan dalam perlantikan hakim-hakim Malaysia.

Ini telah mencetuskan krisis kehakiman yang baru, sehingga menyebabkan kegelisahan di kalangan rakyat terhadap sistem kehakiman negara.

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Support Unions! September 7, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Aufheben, Current Affairs, Democracy, Economy, Event, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Southeast Asia.
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Here’s hoping Cuepacs leadership and its members turn up in solidarity. MTUC was with you when you asked for your wage increase and COLA. Now it’s your turn to support MTUC and private sector workers (us!)

Merdeka lawsuit in UK August 30, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Event, Huh?!, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations.
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By the time we clock off from work today to join the Merdeka celebrations, a Malaysian, Waytha Moorthy, who leads the Hindu Rights Action Front (HINDRAF), will be filing a public interest lawsuit at the English courts, asking the British government, among other things, 100 billion sterling pounds for “crimes against minorities”.

He is also claiming for:-

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‘Ganyang’ Malaysia II August 29, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Southeast Asia.
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(poster oleh mob1900)

Selepas kasus Donald Kolopita dari tim karate Indonesia yang ditahan lalu dipukul oleh polisi Malaysia tanpa alasan, pemerintah Malaysia seharusnya meminta maaf.

Tetapi ini tidak berlaku.

Donald, sampai hari ini, masih memerlukan rawatan hospital.

Sekarang, rakyat Indonesia mula beraksi di depan kedutaan and kantor pemerintah Malaysia, dari Sumatera ke Pulau Jawa. DPR pun mahu masuk dalam gelanggang. Ada segolongan yang sedang buat ‘sweeping’ – mencari rakyat Malaysia untuk dipukul, seperti mana di Surabaya.

Apa salahnya, kalau pemerintah Malaysia mengaku salah? Mengapa mereka harus melindungi polisi suka menyalahgunakan kuasa mereka?

Mungkin pihak polisi udah biasa memukul orang Indonesia, orang Myanmar, membuli TKI di sini. Tetapi kali ini, kononnya mereka terpilih orang yang salah.

Pak Lah dan Musa Hassan – “Say sorry!”

What’s in your MyKad? August 24, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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Press Statement: 24 August 2007
SUARAM DIRECTOR DENIED ENTRY INTO SARAWAK

MYKAD IS AN ACCESSORY OF A MALAYSIAN POLICE STATE

Dr Kua Kia Soong, a director of SUARAM was denied entry into Sarawak at 9pm, 23 August 2007. Kua, who is also principal of the community-funded New Era College, was on his way to officiate the graduation ceremony of teachers who have attained the New Era College Diploma in Education at Kuching and Sibu.

After screening Kua’s MyKad, the immigration officer at Kuching airport informed him that he had been refused entry into Sarawak because he is on the “blacklist for involvement in anti-logging activities”. From the computer reading of Kua’s MyKad, the officer also knew that Kua is a former member of parliament.

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