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Lawyer ‘hero’ December 10, 2007

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Only 2 weeks ago, these lawyers were working overtime, for almost 3 days, to assist the hundreds of demonstrators who were arrested during the HINDRAF rally on 25 November. (captured below)

Coincidentally (or maybe not?) Latheefa, Edmund, Eric, Sivarasa and Surendran are members of Suaram, with the former two sitting in the current Secretariat.  

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Latheefa Koya with her bundle 

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N. Surendran speaking to families of those arrested during the HINDRAF rally  

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Amer Hamzah speaking to Surendran  

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Edmund Bon exiting PULAPOL gates after meeting with detainees 

All of them, together with R. Sivarasa, John Nadu, Nooraza Othman and Eric Paulsen are expected to be charged in court on World Human Rights Day at 9 am, Duta magistrates Court.  

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Video on lawyers arrested December 9, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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An independent account of the events that happened at the ‘Lawyers For Freedom Of Assembly Bersama Rakyatmarch from Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman to Bar Council building on December 09 2007 from 0745 hours to 0900 hours

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)

Bar declines, but lawyers will march on :) December 7, 2007

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fight4freedom.jpg“WE WILL MARCH ON SUNDAY!” says “Lawyers for Freedom of Assembly”.

“I write solely to declare that lawyers who are determined to defend the freedom to peacefully assemble will nevertheless march on Sunday Dec 9 at 7.30am from Sogo to Central Market in commemoration of Human Rights Day.

We will march for the following reasons :

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Royal quip October 29, 2007

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 The Prime Minister was a no-show this morning at the opening of the much anticipated Malaysian Law Conference.

It was either bad time-management by his office, a public snub, or perhaps he didn’t fancy facing hundreds of lawyers on a Monday morning. He is said to be hosting the Conference dinner tonight.

And even if he did turn up, he would be upstaged by my home state and Perak’s Sultan Azlan Shah, who was once the Lord President, who quipped (apparently by accident, according to Malaysiakini) during his speech, “there are good lawyers and bad judges”

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Nazrism October 29, 2007

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My newspaper delivery guy did an extraordinary thing – he delivered the New Sunday Times early yesterday at 8.00 am (usually he takes his time on Sundays and drops it off around noon), knowing full well I would be keen to read the headline story.

So Sunday morning was well spent, laughing in bed and playing a game of “spot the logical fallacies“.

I certainly didn’t have the patience, but Malik Imtiaz did and wrote a blow-by-blow rebuttal of the NST interview with the de facto Ministry of Law, Nazri Aziz (See here and here).

And Nik Nazmi, a King’s College law graduate was similarly tickled, and defined this endemic phenomenon, “Nazrism“, as:-

“An idiotic response to a political issue, as a result of lack of proper thinking on the matter and the need to justify the government’s actions.”

Hehehehe….

pencACAi October 23, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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We may have been to space and back, but something tells us that this government’s brains is permanently stuck at the *rse-end of the universe.

Yesterday, Anwar Ibrahim who had given us the Lingam-Fairuz video, was served with an ultimatum by the ACA to surrender the original video by Thursday, or face jail up to two years.

Yes, our very same ACA who claimed that they taught the Hong Kong ICAC a few things.

Not.

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Cr*ck October 18, 2007

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(Source: The Star)

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On 8th October, the Bar Council wrote to the Legal Division of the PM’s Department. And on 10th October, the Council received this (right) from Director-General of the Legal Division, Dato’ Abdullah Sani b. Ab Hani, who was apparently instructed by former Justice Haidar, to ask them to lay the Council’s agenda and issues on the table first (click on thumbnail, right).

Perhaps this is a new case of the “missing …”? Like the “missing seal“?

The Bar Council has made available, the exchange of correspondence and its memorandum, here.

1st class policing October 10, 2007

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Not.

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