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100000 in the streets of Rangoon! September 24, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Event, History, Human Rights, International, Southeast Asia.


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

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.

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. ”
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.

Tabula rasa September 21, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.

Fahri Azzat, lawyer, in “The Chief (In)Justice, Malaysiakini

Whatever the talk may be, I think this latest video revelation is a fitting farewell for Ahmad Fairuz. He has surpassed all the previous Chief Justices and brought the bar so low on all attributes required of a Chief Justice of Malaysia that only Mother Nature’s most useless and vile creatures would have the necessary (not required) attributes to assume the position.

Amer Hamzah Arshad, lawyer, in “Time for Action, By Any Means Necessary”, Malaysian Bar website.

Let us not have the ‘what if’ thought when we are on our deathbeds, wondering if there was something else that we could have done other than merely attending the EGM and issue statement/comments.

If blood has to be shed, let it be for the cause of upholding the integrity of the judiciary.

If heads have to roll, let them be the heads of the culprits that have brought eternal shame to our judiciary.

“Poison pen letter against Ahmad Fairuz surfaces“, Malaysiakini.

In their joint statement, they (former Transparency International Malaysia presidents Param Cumaraswamy and Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim) urge Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to invoke Article 125 of the federal constitution to set up a tribunal for the removal of Ahmad Fairuz as judge.

(Updated) The website of the Malaysian Bar went kaput this afternoon. Thus the full text of Amer Hamzah Arshad’s commentary is reproduced as below:-


Status quo for Malaysian football September 9, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Democracy, Huh?!, Malaysia, Politics, Southeast Asia.

fam_04.gifThis just in from klpos.com. The unofficial results of FAM elections.

President FAM: Sultan Ahmad Shah
Deputy President: Datuk Redzuan Sheikh Ahmad, Khairy Jamaluddin

Just when we thought Malaysian football would be free from the iron-grip of the royalty and Umno-types, after our humiliation recently. Still want to sapu all.

What lar? Why so hangat-hangat want to be in FAM? Got money there izzit?

Cis. I’m sticking with Aussie Rules.

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!)

Who hijacked Merdeka? August 31, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, History, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.

An unfactored immobility saw my switching on the telly close to midnight only to view what was the start of the BN General Elections Campaign 2007.

From here on, kiddies will learn that only Umno, MCA and MIC were part of the independence struggle. Repeat a lie enough times and they will swallow. Then again, they’ve been shoving this rubbish of a propaganda for decades now, only this time, we get the visual effects, not to mention:-

a. The Prime Minister’s Son-in-Law aka Tok-Mat-Rempit being given the ‘honours’ to lower the Union Jack and to hoist the national flag. One can tell, he really practised for hours on end;


The Unfinished Business of Merdeka August 30, 2007

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

… Suaram calls on the people to seize back power to determine the future of our country and continue the spirit of Merdeka, fighting for the full realization of fundamental rights and an accountable and responsible government.

(This is our statement for Merdeka – a call to action and not just talk.)


‘Ganyang’ Malaysia II August 29, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Southeast Asia.

(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!”

Industrial Relations Act August 27, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Economy, Huh?!, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.

Members of the Malaysian Trade Union Congress had gathered at Parliament this morning to hand in a letter of protest against the amendments to the Industrial Relations Act, scheduled to be first bill debated today.

However, the police prevented them from entering this public building.

One of the secretaries of the Back-Benchers Club came out to inform the unionists that the Supply Bill (Additional) will be debated instead and will take a few days. When I was told of this, I said, this can’t be. The Supply Bill is only at first reading.

“Come back on Wednesday, Thursday…” the secretary said, and proceeded to take their letter.

Come noon, guess which bill was first up for debate? (more…)

“The Japanese Occupation of Malaya: Discoveries and Misconceptions” August 14, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Event, History, Malaysia, Southeast Asia.

Lecture invitation:

“The Japanese Occupation of Malaya: Discoveries and Misconceptions”

The Working Committee In Commemoration Of The Malaysian Fellowmen Sacrificed During The Japanese Occupation is organizing a history talk to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War.

The talk of “The Japanese Occupation of Malaya: Discoveries and Misconceptions” will be given by Dr. Paul H. Kratoska, the Managing Director of National University of Singapore Press.

Dr Paul H. Kratoska has taught at the Ateneo de Manila University, Universiti Sains Malaysia and the National University of Singapore. He is the author of a number of World War II related books. One such book is “The Japanese Occupation of Malaya, 1941-1945”, a social & economic history, published in 1998.