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The case of the Perak Excos August 25, 2008

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The two Perak Excos were charged in the Ipoh sessions court this morning.

I know one of them, Capt Osman, who is my counterpart in tourism. Suffice to say, his arrest and that of his mates had nothing to do with corruption. If not for the brave magistrate who refused to grant the additional remand order, there could well be a new government in Perak by this week – a goal relentlessly pursued by Umno Perak.

There were some preliminary objections this morning, including state jurisdiction. This will be an exciting case to look forward to – exciting as it will reveal the machinations of the BN state apparatus involving the ACA, the Special Branch and its links with Umno. Mention will be on 15 September.

I am very grateful to my old schoolmate, Wende, who joined the legal team yesterday with her legal partner and brought in more firepower to defend these men.

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KL blocked, democracy locked down July 13, 2008

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In anticipation of the vote of no-confidence scheduled to be up on Monday morning, the police have set up road blocks all around Kuala Lumpur. There appears to be an order to lock-down the Parliament on Monday morning from 7 am onwards.

Question is: Are the police doing this to protect public security or to deter the curious and interested public from turning up in Parliament tomorrow. There is no rally tomorrow at Parliament scheduled. But there is an emergency motion on the state of the country especially since the price hike of fuel and other basic essentials.

Lest we forget, Parliament is not a security-zone. This is the second time the police have attempted to stop public access to the very halls which decide on laws which govern our lives, where debates pertaining to our lives and livelihood occur. We have every right to go in, witness the debates just as with public access into any other public buildings.

So in an attempt to shield all the Prime Minister’s men/women tomorrow morning, the traffic jam has sprawled as far as Klang where I was this morning. This doesn’t inspire any further confidence in Abdullah Badawi.

Saturday’s protest against price hikes January 27, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Economy, Event, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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Video on Saturday’s protest against price hike January 26, 2008

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[YouTube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkuysxjsP7Q”%5DToday’s protest against pending price hike in petrol and other essential goods and services.

(Thanks MediaRakyat:)) 

Some 55 persons were recorded to have been arrested; 10 of them women, 3 senior citizens, 1 lawyer and 2 journalists. 

Photos in next post.

Tian dragged from car December 11, 2007

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It happened this morning on the road near Parliament.

The little Tiara was later found torched, which Tian Chua said, was the work of the police. (updated: See pics after ‘more’)

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Photo source: Syafiq Sunny

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Why Pak Lah wants to crush BERSIH December 11, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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(Updated) Bravo to the Opposition MPs who refused to be present during the ramming through of the Constitutional amendment (first reading only today!) which extends the age of retirement of the Elections Commission from 65 to 66 years of age.

Expect General Elections before this chap’s 67th birthday.

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See the memorandum which rattled the embattled Elections Commission chief and the Prime Minister.

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BERSIH Memorandum to the
Parliament of Malaysia and All Its Members
11 December 2007

SAY NO TO THE “SAVE RASHID”
AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) urges the Parliament of Malaysia, which consists of His Majesty the Yang diPertuan Agong, Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara to reject the proposed bill to amend Article 114 of the Federal Constitution, which will effect in Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman’s extension as the Election Commission (EC) Chairperson up to one-and-a-half years.

BERSIH stresses that Tan Sri Abdul Rashid, whose service is continuously marred with recurring electoral frauds and manipulations, is not fit for the job and must go immediately. All parliamentarians must therefore vote against this Constitutional Amendment Bill so obviously being rushed through to keep him the job is an insult to both the Constitution and Parliament.

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Ops Selamat Pak Lah December 11, 2007

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MEDIA ALERT (4)
11 DEC 2007 (4:30 pm)

BERSIH DELEGATION RELEASED; TIAN CHUA RETURNED TO IPK-KL

Tian Chua, the Information Chief of the People’s Justice Party (KeADILan), was brought back to the Kuala Lumpur Police Headquarters (IPK-KL).

Tian was earlier taken from IPK-KL to the Duta Kuala Lumpur Courts. However, after sitting in the Court lockups for more than three hours, an instruction arrived to return him back to the police headquarters. He was not charged in court and there is no information to date, why he was separated from the rest of the detainees earlier.

BERSIH delegates had their particulars taken down by the police and were released by four pm today. The names of the eight persons released are:

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PM hates free and fair elections too December 9, 2007

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We have been informed that those arrested during the BERSIH (Coalition for Free and Fair Elections) rally on 10 November have been summoned today to report to IPK Kuala Lumpur today.

According to Suaram, it is likely that the police intends to charge them.

More updates later.

Suaram’s Review of 2007 Civil and Political Rights Report will be released tomorrow morning at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall at 9.30 am.

Expect some fireworks.

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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Suaram: Demonising HINDRAF hurts Malaysia December 7, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, News Archive, Politics, Race Relations, Southeast Asia.
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SUARA RAKYAT MALAYSIA
Address:433A, Jalan 5/46, Gasing Indah, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Telephone: +6 03 7784 3525 Fax: +6 03 7784 3526
Email: suaram@suaram.net Web: www.suaram.net

PRESS STATEMENT: 7 December 2007

Demonising HINDRAF hurts Malaysia:
Class, not ethnicity should be national focus

The intensive media and political attacks against HINDRAF for almost two weeks have served only to hurt and embarrass the nation.

Instead of addressing and resolving the substantive and the essence of HINDRAF’s grievances, the government has instead sought to use all its available resources and state functionaries – from the police to government-linked non-government organisations (GONGOs), from the mass media to government institutions such as the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), to demonise and vilify HINDRAF and Malaysian citizens of Indian descent.

This reflects badly on the government of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, who rode into power in 2004 on the promise that he would listen and act on the people’s grievances. However when citizens march on the streets wanting to be heard, the Prime Minister, who is also the Internal Security Minister, turned a deaf ear and instead threw chemically-laced water and teargas canisters at them.

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