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Insult the egg, and you get petrol bombs & bad language September 27, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Bebal-ism, Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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The Front for Defenders of Eggs (FRODE) upped the ante early this morning by lobbing two petrol bombs in the house of Teresa Kok.

Included was a sinister message in bad BM, published by Malaysiakini Chinese version, but not (yet?) in the English or BM versions) which reads,

“WOI TERESA BABI!!! LU JAGA SIKIT. JANGAN SUKA CARI PASAL … NANTI GUA BAKAR SAMA LU DENGAN LU PUNYA FAMILY, PAHAM!!! C*BA* LU TERESA KOK”

I’m confident the Sentul Police investigations are underway, unless they are a little preoccupied with trying to stop tonight’s anti-ISA vigil at Dataran Merdeka.

DUN Bukit Lanjan Lantern Festival, Solidarity Ceremony with ISA detainees. September 19, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Heritage, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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(Press Advisory) Bukit Lanjan State Assemblyman and Selangor State Exco, YB Elizabeth Wong invites you to the Bukit Lanjan Lantern Festival this coming Saturday – 20th September – at Bandar Utama 3 Civic Hall.

This festival will be start at 6 PM with the support from the Bandar Utama Resident’s Association (BURA).

Food, drinks and mooncakes (halal) will be served. There will be entertainment with performances from a traditional Instrumental orchestra and Fu Sheng Yuan Tai Chi Academy. A home-made lantern competition will be held for children and there will be three categories:- Category I (below 12 yrs), Category II (13-17 yrs), and Category III (17yrs and above) and participants will be judged on originality, design, creativity, and use of recycled materials.

The ADUN office of Bukit Lanjan will also have a solidarity ceremony with lanterns for fellow state assemblyman of Kinrara YB Teresa Kok and writer Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who are currently detained with trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

YB Elizabeth Wong welcomes all Bukit Lanjan residents as well as those living in the surrounding areas to join the celebrations and solidarity ceremony.

For inquiries, please contact Special Assistant to YB Elizabeth Wong, Miss Chua at 012-2027054.

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

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Event, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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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)

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

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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.