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Of ceramahs, errata, etc. February 29, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Politics.
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I’m speaking intermittently here and there, and usually the schedule won’t be confirmed til the morning of the ceramahs.

But on 6th March night, Sivarasa and I will be speaking at Bandar Utama. Details will be posted as soon as details are firmed.

In the meanwhile, come Sunday, we are launching our MOBILE KEADILAN at Centrepoint, Bandar Utama 0930 hours. This is all thanks to a fantastic team of supporters who walked in and offered their help this week.

We will then be roaming around the constituency and making speeches on the go :). Tentative schedule of my stops are as below:-

0930 Centrepoint (Launch)
1130 Sri Damansara 1-5
1230 Back to Centrepoint
1430 One Utama, Curve
1600 End

On the matter of the PACA written earlier, Madeleine clarified that the deadline was for PACA for postal votes. So, we still have time ’til this Wednesday for the deadline.

2100 Ceramah @ Damansara Damai

(GE12) Subang voters – book this Friday night! February 21, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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The KeADILan Subang Election Operations HQ will officially kick-off this Friday (22/2) night! 😀

Time – 9:00pm

Add: 9G Jalan Sepah Puteri 5/1B, PJU 5 (Section 5), Kota Damansara, 47810 PJ
(500 meters after Kota Damansara exit of NKVE Tol)

Speakers: Dr. Nasir Hashim, Elizabeth Wong, Tian Chua, R Sivarasa


Volunteers needed!

If you are living in voting constituencies (state) of Paya Jeras, Kota Damansara and Bukit Lanjan, and have spare time, please come to help! You can be in the Operations offices, or leafleting, or talking to people.

We also need polling/counting agents – like 100 per state constituency!!! Come come! Don’t let those phantoms get past us!!!

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)

Sivarasa’s Press Statement at the ACA October 11, 2007

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This morning Mr Sim Tze Tzin ( Personal Assistant to Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim ) and I delivered our written responses to the notices issued by the ACA on 4th October 2007 under section 22 of the Anti Corruption Act 1997 ordering us, amongst others, to provide details of the identity of the persons who brought the video clip to us.

We have declined to provide any information on the identity of the source or information that might lead to disclosure of their identity ( such as the name of the restaurant where we met them ) on the basis that it might compromise their personal safety. We have also said that it is not in our power to give such information as we had given them our undertaking not to reveal it to any one without their prior permission. We do not, at this point of time, have their permission to do so. We have also said that we will be able to supply that information once they authorise its disclosure.

We also informed the ACA that it is our view that issuance of the above-said notice under section 22 of the Act is an unreasonable exercise of power and is wrong in law for the following reasons:


Siva, Sim continue to protect source October 11, 2007

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The two men were at the ACA office (opposite Dayabumi) for almost 2 hours, with their lawyers William Leong and Amer Hamzah, and firmly showed the finger told the ACA that they would continue to protect their source.

“Until the whistleblowers authorise us to reveal their identities, we will honour our promise to protect them,” he (Sivarasa) added. (Malaysiakini)

Sivarasa said the ACA was, in fact, abusing their powers in their zeal to go after the source, and that authenticity should be a technical matter.

He raised an additional matter on the role of the ACA in the Lingam-Fairuz Videotape saga vis-a-vis the ‘Independent’ Panel and the government,


Lingam tape – Whistleblowers to be charged October 5, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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This was Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007

We may be chanting in due time, “Save the whistleblower”, next to “Save the Judiciary”, if this is allowed to go on.

This was Thursday, 4 Oct 2007

Reveal the source of the ‘VK Lingam’ video or go to jail. This is the ultimatum given by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to two PKR members (Vice president and senior human rights lawyer R. Sivarasa (right) and party worker TT Sim). (lead story in Malaysiakini)

ACA goes after PKR whistleblowers (The Sun lead story, internet edition)

Today is Friday 5 October 2007.