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Petra free! 3.30 pm at Shah Alam High Court November 7, 2008

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Congratulations to all those fine lawyers who worked on the habeas corpus case.

Be at Shah Alam High Court 3.30 pm to greet a free man!

These ISA protest letters go directly to Sleepy, Mongolia, Botak dll October 6, 2008

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Hope everyone’s Raya was grand.

Save a day trip to Janda Baik and Bentong, mine was delightfully domestic, doing stuff that I once enjoyed like cooking, going to the supermarket, buying books (not withstanding the latest edition of the Environment Quality Act), doing the laundry, sleeping and reading 😀

Now for another nifty petition for the release of Raja Petra and all ISA detainees :-
http://abolishisa.com/project1/abolishisa_login.php

Please do spread it around. Surely we can do better than the current 13k signatories?

Anti-ISA activities in Klang Valley September 24, 2008

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“Raya Demand Abolish ISA”

Date: 26 September 2008
Time: 12noon
Place: Please gather at main entrance of Masjid Jamek (near to Masjid Jamek LRT Station).
Please wear Black and Red coloured clothes to show your solidarity with Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI).
For more information contact Nalini at 019 3758912 or SUARAM office 03 77843525, or suaram@suaram.net.

Candle light vigil for Hindraf-5

Date : Saturday, 27th September 2008
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue : Dataran Merdeka , Kuala Lumpur
Organiser: HINDRAF

Anti-ISA activities in Penang September 24, 2008

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For more information, contact Shu Shi at suarampg@gmail.com

BN locks up Petra September 23, 2008

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Barisan Nasional has just scored a world’s first for Malaysia.

First blogger locked up without trial. 

The fact that Raja Petra’s 2-year ISA detention order was signed by the Minister of Home Affairs just the night before his habeas corpus hearing this morning, shows Petra’s case is political, and has nothing to do with the waffle that BN has saying. It lends further credence to the fact that putting Petra into Kamunting is not negation of some of the articles and documents published in Malaysia. Otherwise existing laws which allows Petra to have an open trial would have been used. 

Which makes us ask yet again, a question which everyone knows the answer to by now – who stands to gain in putting a prolific writer in a detention camp?

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Free RPK, Free Hindraf 5, Free All Detainees!

The Internal Security Act under Article 149 of the Malaysian Constitution permits the detention, at the discretion of the Home Minister, without charge or trial of any person in respect of whom the Home Minister was satisfied that such detention was necessary.

A week ago, we have witnessed yet again, the abuse of the ISA in the case of the detention of Raja Petra Kamarudin – Editor of Malaysia Today, Tan Hoon Cheng – Journalist, Sin Chew Jit Poh and Teresa Kok Suh Sim – Member of Parliament, Seputeh.

To demonstrate stand on the abolishment of the ISA and to show our solidarity and support with all ISA detainees and their families, we are organising a forum with invited speakers with details as follows:

Date: 23 Sep 2008 (Tue)
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Jln Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur
Admission is Free; Bring Friends

The panel of Distinguished Speakers include:

* Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister, DAP MP Bagan, ADUN Air Itam
* Teresa Kok, Selangor State Exco, DAP MP Seputeh/ADUN Kinrara
* A. Sivanesan, Perak State Exco, DAP ADUN Sungkai
* Khalid Samad, PAS MP Shah Alam
* Nurul Izzah binti Anwar, PKR MP Lembah Pantai
* Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bar Council President
* Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, Chairman of Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) 

Moderator: Teo Nie Ching, DAP MP Serdang

The wives of some of the current ISA detainees, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, M Manoharan (DAP ADUN Kota Alam Shah) and V Ganabathirao will be present and be given an opportunity to speak. We should all be there to give the all the moral support we can! Forward to all your friends!

Abolish ISA or Abolish BN!

邀出席采访9月20日(星期六)武吉栏樟公正中秋晚会! September 19, 2008

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武吉栏樟州议员黄洁冰诚意将于明天,在Bandar Utama 3民众会堂的公正中秋晚会。中秋晚会的节目包罗万象,届时除了有灯笼制作比赛,精彩的华乐及太极表演,晚会也将播出”Meet the Rakyat”短片,里头记载着黄洁冰与西华(MP Subang,YB Sivarasa)自3月8日以来走访选区的点滴,以及与选民互动的珍贵故事。

当晚的中秋晚会也将是支援郭素沁及Raja Petra的烛光晚会。黄洁冰对于同是行政议员的郭素沁目前被内安法令扣留,而没法与家人欢庆团圆感到极度难过。黄洁冰认为,内安法令严重侵犯人权,并呼吁中央政府废除内安法令,释放郭素沁,Raja Petra及所有内安法令扣留者,放人团圆。

黄洁冰希望武吉栏樟的选民们扶老携幼,踊跃出席此晚会。用我们的烛光,照亮黑暗,赶走恐惧。中秋晚会详情如下:

日期 : 20-9- 2008 (星期六)
时间 : 7点半开始
地点 : Bandar Utama 3民众会堂,Jln BU 3/1

恳请贵报委派记者出席采访,届时备有晚餐招待。

如有任何疑问,请联络黄洁冰特别助理蔡依霖 012-2027054

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

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Show-Cause
(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)

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.

Anwar free! Now Petra arrested enroute to IPK??!! July 17, 2008

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After spending the night on IPK KL’s cold hard cement floor, this morning, Anwar Ibrahim is free. 

He will hold a press conference at 2 pm at his home.

But Raja Petra was due at the IPK, said to be charged for criminal defamation. But he was arrested while on the way there (is this police SOP now?) and whisked to the Duta High Court. What the ************!!!!

If the two had the opportunity to meet there and compare notes, they may stumble upon the fact that the architects of their persecution are one and the same.