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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.

Hindraf rally: 500 arrested November 25, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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Remember PM Abdullah Badawi’s fluffy feel-good line about wanting to hear the truth?

This is what happens when one speaks truth to UMNO/BN.

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(Pics above, AFP)

Thus far, Gobalakrishnan, Member of KeADILan Supreme Council, is the first to be remanded for 3 days. This was done at Ibu Pejabat Kontingen (IPK), Kuala Lumpur this evening around six pm. More to be remanded.

There were close to a hundred detained at IPK earlier, but the bulk of the protestors, numbering some 400, was held at PULAPOL (Pusat Latihan Polis) Jalan Semarak.

More later. Internet cafe not reading my thumbdrive 😦

On the gathering at Jalan Ampang, he (Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan) said police exercised maximum restrain and only used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd and there was no body contact. (Source: The Sun)

Pics of two young men who were injured during the rally. They were released from detention to seek hospital treatment. (more…)

Cowardly cops November 13, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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The Government of Malaysia accepts the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child but expresses reservations with respect to article 1, 2, 7, 13, 14, 15, 22, 28, 37, 40 paras 3 and 4, 44 and 45 of the Convention and declares that the said provisions shall be applicable only if they are in conformity with the Constitution, national laws and national policies of the Government of Malaysia.

Malaysia is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with “reservations” (in other words, the Malaysian government doesn’t want to recognise these articles of rights) on all articles relating to fundamental civil and political rights. Unsurprisingly, our pariah government has reservations on this Article:-

Article 15 (1). States Parties recognize the rights of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly.

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