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‘Show-cause’ by Beth Yahp September 16, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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(for RPK, Teresa Kok, Tan Hoon Cheng and all ISA detainees)
© Beth Yahp 16 September 2008
I’m putting you on notice.
You, up there pulling the strings,
whipping up shadows
for your danse macabre.
You think we don’t see your antics,
we’re trussed like chickens to market,
blind clawed, basket cases, 
ripping and pecking to your tune.
You think our throats are already slit.
And you can drain away our voices.
And sell us to the highest bidders
to feather your executive jets.
You think we’ll go quietly, alone
in our colour-coded cages
in our separate sacks of god-given
skin. Hateful of our neighbours.
You think we’re just like you.
(In fact you’re betting on it: a prod here,
a poke there, gets us hot and bothered,
pecking and ripping in concert,
and you laughing all the way to market.)
In case you haven’t noticed,
we’ve stitched our throats together.
It’s not pretty,
but it’s a start.
We’re tending our wounds, our wounded,
Staunching your haemorrhage
of our spirit, our neighbourliness,
our trust. You don’t get it, do you?
You think you’re still the wayang masters,
Overseeing us with your big shields,
big sticks. You still have power to disappear
us. Crack our backs, our pockets, our hearts.
But we aren’t just puppets seeking better
masters. We’re not just jumping to the beat
of alternate messiahs. We aren’t game-play fodder
to be whirled as needed, then swept aside.
Pull all your strings, but we’re the dancers.
We’re bone and sinew, tears and sweat,
dancing the dance of our own history
in the making, singing from our own slit throats.
And we’re singing: We don’t need protection
from each other, thank you
We’re singing: We refuse.
We’re singing: We accuse.
We’re singing: We hear your promises.
We’re singing: We’re watching you.
And we don’t need your protection,
thank you, except from you.

ISA tool to remain in power September 13, 2008

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Rights groups condemned the arrests, saying it was an abuse of power by Abdullah’s government.

Amnesty International wants the United States to consider raising the case at the current UN General Assembly, where a special forum was to scrutinize human rights situation of member nations, said the group’s Washington-based Asia Pacific advocacy director T Kumar.

“It appears that the Malaysian government is engaging in a witch hunt against peaceful dissent,” he said. “The government should release all ISA detainees and not use the law as a tool to maintain political power.”

Human Rights Watch, an independent US group, said Malaysia risked “irreparable harm” to its “already fragile reputation” if those arrested were not freed.

“The Malaysian government apparently thinks it can only maintain power by jailing journalists and opposition politicians,” said Elaine Pearson, the group’s deputy Asia director. “Such tactics have no place in a modern democracy.” (AFP)

Teresa Kok’s press statement hours before her arrest September 13, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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Operasi Lalang Strikes Again?

Press statement by Teresa Kok on 12th Sep 2008 at Kuala Lumpur

 Today, blogger Raja Petra was nabbed under the ISA – Internal Security Act. In the meantime, three dailies viz. Sin Chew Jit Poh, The Sun and PKR’s party organ, Suara Keadilan were also slapped with show cause orders for their coverage of recent controversial issues. 

The reaction of the government makes us wonder whether this is a prelude to a new “Operasi Lalang 1987″?

In this globalised age,  it is incomprehensible that government would use such brute tactics against dissenters yet again.

It is very sad that media professionals are once again used as scapegoats to pay for the wrong doings of bigoted UMNO politicians. I am reminded of the “Nude Squat” incident when senior editors of The China Press were dismissed to take the rap for their coverage of the matter although that was clearly a matter of public interest. 

The quick reaction of government in the case of Raja Petra and the three dailies slapped with “show cause” orders contrasts sharply with the “kids’ glove” treatment given to UMNO extremists and their inciteful hate speech. 

I call upon civil society to rise up and speak out against this latest oppression of the human spirit and the assault of freedom of speech.

If the government wishes Malaysians to continue supporting it as a legitimate democratic government, it should immediately and unconditionally release Raja Petra and rescind the “show cause” orders issued to the three dailies. 

The last days of BN September 13, 2008

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The last time I saw Teresa Kok was on Wednesday during Exco Meeting in Shah Alam. Despite the blatant lies spun from a dentist with a penchant for fancy watches and a daily which functions as the mouthpiece of Umno, she was a little cheered up when we told her she’ll be a very wealthy woman once she wins her lawsuit. 

Imagine our shock and anger while at a Taipei hotel check-in counter when we received news of her detention under ISA. Her arrest was premised on those same lies which were debunked by the Kota Damansara Mosque which  became the pawn of the dentist and his evil partymen. 

When a government acts against folks like Raja Petra, Tan from Sin Chew (who merely did her job of reporting what was said by a racist) and Teresa, their actions are against all that is decent and good in humankind. The Islam Hadhari government of Abdullah Badawi, Najib Razak, and every single member in Barisan Nasional is now not only incompetent and pathetic, but downright evil

And cheap too. They couldn’t even bother to be a little more creative in trying to save their asses, but followed the same old recycled script of 1987.  

This current operation didn’t just happen but has been pre-planned for a while now with a series of bad acting in front of our eyes in the past weeks. Don’t be surprised if the whole Ahmad Ismail PDA (public display of aggression) had the full consent of his leaders. Small-timers don’t act without instructions and support from the bosses.

These are the last days of BN – their last gasp will be foul and deadly. Don’t let history repeat itself. Don’t let this evil government get away this. Kick ’em out of our political map forever.

History May 26, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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On 8th March 2008, Malaysians made history at the ballot box.

Tonight, during the extended sitting of the 12th session of the Selangor State Assembly, we witnessed history in the making.

For the first time since 1960 (the year in which the Internal Security Act (ISA) was passed), a motion against the ISA and for the release of state assemblyman Manoharan (Kota Alam Shah) and other political detainees was moved in a Malaysian legislature, debated and passed!

Those who contributed to the debate were Lau Weng San (Bkt Tunku), Dr. Nasir Hashim (Kota Damansara), Saari Sungib (Ulu Klang), Gan Pei Nee (Rawang), Hannah Yeoh (Subang Jaya), Nik Nazmi (Seri Setia) and Amir Sari (Batu Caves). Those who witnessed the debates included Aliza, wife of Saari Sungib and Manoharan’s wife too. (Suaram – where were you on this momentous night??)

A step for Pakatan Rakyat, a giant leap for human rights in Malaysia.

Free H5 February 15, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations.
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Free H5!
No to Detention without trial
YES to Equality
YES to Change!!

Red & Yellow Roses
16 Feb 2008

Kuala Lumpur
Venue : Parliament House Kuala Lumpur
Address: Jalan Parlimen, 50680, Kuala Lumpur
Time : 10.00 am -12.00pm

If you are living abroad, there will be solidarity actions in the following cities! (more…)

(16 Feb) Day of the Roses in Parliament February 12, 2008

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Mark this on your calendar.

Maybe baby January 7, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, South Asia, Southeast Asia.
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NDTV: Do you have any evidence to back your government’s charge that the Hindraf has links with terrorists?

D S Vellu: Hindraf said they would fight like the Tigers, the way the Tigers are fighting in Sri Lanka. It was by Vedamurthy. After he talked like that, we did an investigation and it was felt that he may have gone there for training.

NDTV: Do you have evidence of this?

D S Vellu: No. It is our suspicion.


Credit to to reader Hutchrun for spotting this.

Velocity of liberty December 26, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.
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It takes less than 3 seconds to sign an ISA detention order which condemns a person to indefinite detention without trial.

But it will take 3 weeks, according to Government prosecutors to prepare their case in court.

High Court judge Zainal Azman put off the hearing after the prosecution team, led by senior deputy public prosecutors Kamaludin Md Said and Abdul Wahab Mohd, said that they needed more time to prepare for the hearing.

“We will need at least three weeks to file in the 40 affidavits and prepare our case,” said Kamaludin. (Malaysiakini, 26 Dec 2007)

Yes, it takes this long. Despite what the Inspector-General of Police, Musa “Turn-Over” Hassan deems as irrefutable proof of the Hindraf-5’s terrorist links, apart from his litany of the five men’s alleged threat to national security.

Three whole weeks. Irrefutable proof. Wow.

Hearings will only commence Jan 24, 2008.

V. Ganabathirau December 14, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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A touching portrait of V. Ganabathirau, from Tony Pua, DAP economic advisor and head of DAP Damansara branch.

Ganabathi will not have the chance to see his 8-month old baby girl grow up, thanks to Abdullah Badawi and UMNO.

Please forward this around as you won’t get to read this in any of our mainstream newspapers. Pah…