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al-Fatihah Toni Kasim June 4, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, RIP.


A ‘behind the scenes’ video of Toni’s beautiful voice and of our mad rehearsal that Sam and Jerry did, which was only available as a podcast until Jerry put on YouTube today.

Toni sang ‘Like a Star’ then, for Suaram’s Tribute to Human Rights Defenders a year and a half ago. Today, she joins the rest of our stars. May she have a good journey home.


al-Fatihah – Salman Nasaruddin March 5, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, RIP.
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On Tuesday, my friend, Salman passed away at UH, a victim of a hit-and-run accident in the affluent Section 16.

He was walking back at around 10 pm and when he was hit, it was so loud some of his neighbours heard it, including his sister. She called an ambulance, not reaslising it was her brother who was hit.

I took some time off yesterday to visit his house. Election or no election, he was still my friend.

Salman was a keen photographer and we had been planned a group photo exhibition together. But of  late, he is better known as the person who has been taking those fantastic panoramic photos, on the campaign trail of Anwar Ibrahim.

I was lucky to have caught with him last week and spoke about his work. “We got to sit down after the elections,” I’d said to him.

One of our madcap ideas last year was to go to Janda Baik with a group, stake our tripods and take night photos.  There is said to be a spot filled with an abundance of stars. Now we won’t be able to do it.

This has cast a pall on the remaining days of the election. Many of us were aghast and broken that someone could drive and hit another person, and leave him there to die. I appeal to to anyone who may have witnessed this inhumane crime to let us know the details.

We shall miss you, Salman.

Few good men January 24, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, RIP.

In the space of 4 weeks, we lost 3 good ‘Reformist’ men who helped change the course of history.

Adlan passed away this afternoon.

  • Adlan Benan Omar
  • Christopher Fernando
  • Pak Lang Zaki

Al Fatihah.

Unbearable October 10, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Aufheben, Note2Self, Photojournalism, RIP.
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André Gorz (obit) and Dorine Keir
“Lettre a D. Histoire d’un Amour” (2006)

(Photo © Jérôme Delay)

Alexandra Boulat
– “Capturing Gaza’s Hell”


RIP: Abdul Razak Ahmad August 12, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, History, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations, RIP, Southeast Asia.

“Young members of the Bar may not know of the struggles that Razak Ahmad has been through, fighting for what he believes in.

There are a number of things that I respect about Razak. Years ago, he could have easily joined the ruling party, and become a Minister at least. There were, I believe, more than a few opportunities in which he could have crossed over to the “winning side”.

He chose not to. He clung on to his convictions.

I once asked him whether it had occurred to him to try to make changes from within the system. He replied that, under our system, that would not be possible.

What would probably happen is that one then becomes part of the system that creates the problems; and he does not want to become that.

It is easy to proclaim to hold on to principles. It is difficult to continuously do so knowing full well what one is giving up.

Razak passed the test, many times over.”

(Yeo Yang Poh, former President of the Malaysian Bar, 25 June 2007)

Al-Fatihah: Abdul Razak Ahmad August 12, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, History, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations, RIP, Southeast Asia.

Abdul RazakMalaysia kehilangan seorang tokoh progresif, nasionalis dan anti-rasis.

Abdul Razak Ahmad yang lahir pada tahun 1939 telah meninggal dunia pada pukul 1.20 petang hari ini di Hospital Tun Aminah, Johor Baharu.

Beliau seorang peguam hak asasi membela nasib rakyat miskin, terutamanya masyarakat peneroka bandar. Razak menyandang jawatan Pengerusi Perhubungan KeADILan Johor dan sebelum itu, Timbalan Presiden Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM).

Kes yang paling baru, di mana Razak telah membantu Suaram ialah bila dua aktivis Suaram ditahan polis semasa demonstrasi di hadapan rumah Menteri Besar Johor mengenai masalah jenayah di Johor.

Razak ialah bekas Presiden Kelab Sosialis, Universiti Singapura yang pernah ditahan dan dibuang negara oleh Singapura, dan semenjak itu, tidak dibenarkan masuk kembali.

Dalam tahun 1975, beliau ditahan di bawah ISA kerana memperjuangkan hak peneroka bandar di Tasek Utara.

Apabila Presiden Israel melawat Singapura pada tahun 1986,  Razak telah membaring di atas landasan keretapi sebagai tanda bantahan beliau, dan beliau terpaksa diheret keluar oleh pihak polis.

Parti KeADILan telah hilang seorang pejuang yang telah berkorban seumur hidupnya demi menegakkan prinsip keadilan dan hak-hak asasi. Malangnya sejarah resmi negara kita akan mengabaikan pejuang tulen seperti Razak.


R.I.P. Michelangelo Antonioni August 1, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Art & Visuals, Note2Self, RIP.


Death’s double-whammy this week.

While all film buffs dissected “Blow Up” (1966), not many have seen his banned 1972 documentary (voiced-over by the man himself) of China – “Chung Kuo” during the cultural revolution; an extraordinary exploration of a then closed society.



R.I.P. Ingmar Bergman July 31, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Art & Visuals, Note2Self, RIP.


It began and ended at Valhalla (Glebe).

“I want God to stretch out His hand, uncover His face and speak to me.” (Seventh Seal, 1957)

Obituary: 30 July 2007

Dialogue when Block meets Death. (Seventh Seal, 1957) (more…)

Andainya Aku Pergi Dulu Sebelum Mu June 4, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, Note2Self, RIP.

Loga, 54, of the wonderful Alleycats, passed away this morning.

It was only last month when we were asking ourselves when and where Alleycats would be playing. It was Suaram’s favourite band and we’ve always tried to make it a group outing each time they played in PJ.

RIP Loga.
Terima Kasiiiihhhh….

Andainya Aku Pergi Dulu Sebelum Mu
Janganlah kau bersedih hati …

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Tributes flow for human rights activist March 24, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, RIP.

Tributes flow for human rights activist

More than 1,000 mourners attended the funeral service of a 29-year-old human rights activist from Palmers Green who was killed in a motorcycle crash in Malaysia.