Political Parties Must Defend Our Democratic System

Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy 9 September 2014

In response to the on-going leadership crisis in Selangor, Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy urges all political parties to defend our democratic system, whereby heads of government must be decided by elected representatives voted in by the people.

It has been a practice since 1957 that the majority parties of the House of Representative and the State Assemblies decide the candidates for the Prime Minister and Menteri Besar/Chief Ministers respectively, therefore the current political leaders are morally obliged to defend the foundation laid by our forefathers.

Members of civil society should also stand by pro-democracy parties and uphold the principles that the sovereign power is vested in the people.

[Kenyataan Bersama] Pembentukan Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH)

KENYATAAN BERSAMA BERKENAAN PEMANSUHAN AKTA HASUTAN

DAN

PEMBENTUKAN GERAKAN HAPUS AKTA HASUTAN (GHAH)

5 September 2014, Kuala Lumpur

Kami, pertubuhan-pertubuhan seperti di bawah sesungguhnya membantah sekeras-kerasnya penggunaan berterusan undang-undang zalim, kolonial  dan tidak demokratik iaitu Akta Hasutan 1948.

Akta Hasutan ini merupakan suatu undang-undang zalim yang digubal oleh penjajah British untuk menyekat kebebasan bersuara dan pendapat moyang kita yang telah berjuang untuk kemerdekaan negara. Undang-undang ini perlu dihapuskan jika kita ingin menjadi negara yang benar-benar merdeka.

Akta Hasutan ini mempunyai tafsiran yang terlalu luas dan amat mudah untuk disalahgunakan oleh kerajaan. Ia boleh dan sedang digunakan untuk memperjenayahkan apa-apa ucapan bersifat demokratik termasuk kritikan terhadap kerajaan, pemimpin atau parti politik pemerintah. Menurut Akta Hasutan, hampir semua kenyataan atau terbitan yang boleh dipertikaikan walaupun tidak serius boleh dianggap sebagai hasutan. Akta Hasutan ini secara jelas sedang disalahgunakan untuk melindungi kerajaan dan kepentingan mereka, untuk menekan ahli-ahli politik pembangkang dan mereka yang membantah, melarang sesetengah isu dari diutarakan, menyekat hak kebebasan dan menimbulkan rasa takut membelenggu sebagaimana semasa pemerintahan kuku besi rejim Mahathir.

Aliran ini dengan jelas diperlihatkan di dalam sabitan pemimpin Hindraf, P. Uthayakumar pada Jun 2013 dan bekas pengerusi kebangsaan DAP, mendiang Karpal Singh pada Febuari 2014.

Sejak sebulan kebelakangan ini, Akta Hasutan telah digunakan secara melulu dalam satu arus penindasan politik baru yang amat dasyat dan rakus, dimana sasaran mereka termasuk wakil rakyat dan peguam yang mempunyai tanggungjawab untuk bersuara mengenai isu-isu berkepentingan awam.

Adalah amat membimbangkan bahawa dengan pendakwaan terpilih di bawah Akta Hasutan yang dilakukan oleh Peguam Negara yang jelas mensasarkan mereka yang kritikal terhadap kerajaan.

Antara mereka yang telah didakwa adalah:

1.         David Orok                                         Member, Sabah Reform Party
2.         Azmi Sharom                                      Law professor, University of Malaya
3.         N Surendran                                        Lawyer, Padang Serai MP
4.         Khalid Samad                                     Shah Alam MP
5.         RSN Rayer                                          Lawyer, Seri Delima ADUN
6.         Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman           President, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia
7.         Teresa Kok                                          Seputeh MP
8.         Chua Tian Chang                                Batu MP
9.         Hishamuddin Rais                              Social Activist
10.       Adam Adli                                          Student Activist
11.       Safwan Anang                                                Student Activist
12.       Haris Ibrahim                                      Lawyer/ Social Activist
13.       Tamrin Tun Abdul Ghafar                  Political Activist
14.       Md Shuhaimi Shafie                           Sri Muda ADUN

Lain-lain yang telah disiasat termasuk:

1.         Viktor Wong                                       Activist, Parti Rakyat Malaysia
2.         Susan Loone                                       Journalist, Malaysiakini
3.         Hassan Karim                                      Lawyer/ PKR Johor Vice Chairman
4.         Rafizi Ramli                                        Pandan MP
5.         Ali bin Jalil                                          Member of public
6.         17-year-old schoolboy                        (unnamed)
7.         Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin            Changkat Jering ADUN

Perdana Menteri telah berjanji untuk memansuhkan Akta Hasutan pada 11hb Julai 2012 dan 3hb Julai 2013. Adalah amat memeranjatkan bahawa walaupun janji telah dibuat kepada rakyat Malaysia, namun penggunaan Akta ini meningkat secara berleluasa.

Akta Hasutan sedang digunakan sebagai suatu jenis ISA baru untuk menyekat dan menindas parti pembangkang, masyarakat sivil dan orang awam.

Pada waktu kritikal, apabila hak asasi manusia kita sedang ditekan sewenang-wenangnya, kami, gabungan pertubuhan seperti di bawah dengan ini ingin menyokong pembentukan Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH).

Objektif GHAH adalah untuk melaksanakan kempen secara kebangsaan untuk menghentikan ancaman terhadap kebebasan bersuara dan berpendapat oleh Akta Hasutan yang mencengkam setiap warganegara Malaysia.

Tuntutan-tuntutan kami adalah:

-          MANSUHKAN AKTA HASUTAN 1948

-          GUGURKAN SEMUA PENDAKWAAN

-          BEBASKAN SEMUA YANG TELAH DIPENJARAKAN DIBAWAH AKTA HASUTAN

-          TIADA UNDANG-UNDANG GANTIAN YANG SERUPA ZALIM

GHAH akan dilancarkan secara rasmi pada 15hb September 2014 dan akan menjelajah ke seluruh negara bagi mendesak demi mencapai tuntutan-tuntutan kami diatas.

Disokong oleh:

  1. Aliran
  2. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
  3. Amnesty International Malaysia
  4. Anak Muda Sarawak
  5. Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (Warga AMAN)
  6. Asian Law Students Association (ALSA)
  7. Association of Women Lawyers
  8. Baramkini
  9. Bersih Sibu
  10. Borneo Resources Institute (BRIMAS)
  11. Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
  12. Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
  13. Center for Reform, Democracy and Social Initiatives (CRD)
  14. Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4)
  15. Community Action Network (CAN)
  16. Dam the Dams
  17. Dapur Komuniti Serdang
  18. Dignity International
  19. ENGAGE
  20. Federation of Malaysian Indian Organisation (PRIMA)
  21. Friends of Kota Damansara
  22. Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Se-Malaysia (G.A.M.I.S.)
  23. Gabungan Persatuan Alumni Universiti Taiwan, Malaysia 大马留台联总
  24. Gerakan Bunga Raya
  25. Global Bersih
  26. Himpunan Hijau
  27. Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs Studies (IDEAS)
  28.  Institute for Development of Alternative Living (IDEAL)
  29. Institute for Leadership and Development Studies (LEAD)
  30. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
  31. Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia (JAGAM)
  32. Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS)
  33. Jihad for Justice
  34. Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)
  35. Kajian Politik untuk Perubahan
  36. Kelab Bangsar Utama
  37. Knowledge and Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces (KRYSS)
  38. Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
  39. Kuen Cheng Alumni Association
  40. Kumpulan Aktivis Mahasiswa Independen (KAMI)
  41. Lawyers for Liberty
  42. Legasi Mahasiswa Progresif
  43. Life for Democracy
  44. Linkaran Islam Tradisional
  45. LLG Cultural Development Centre
  46. Malaysia Indians Progressive Association (MIPAS)
  47. Malaysia Physicians for Social Responsibility
  48. Malaysia Youth and Students’ Democratic Movement (DEMA)
  49. Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce
  50. Malaysian Youth Care Association (PRIHATIN)
  51. Mama Bersih
  52. Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN)
  53. Nanyang University Alumni Association
  54. National Indian Rights Action Team (NIAT)
  55. National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW)
  56. Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall
  57. New Era College Alumni Association
  58. Northern Green Youth
  59. Pahang Raub Ban Cyanide in Gold Mining Action Committee
  60. Parti Sosialis Malaysia, Cawangan Nusajaya
  61. Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah (Pacos Trust)
  62. Pax Romana International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA)
  63. Penang Forum Steering Committee
  64. People Welfare and Rights Organisation (POWER)
  65. Perak Green Pioneer (PGP)
  66. Perak Women for Women Society (PWW)
  67. Persahabatan Semparuthi, Johor
  68. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM Kuala Lumpur & Selangor
  69. Persatuan Bahasa Tionghua Northern Region Alumni
  70. Persatuan Bahasa Tionghua Universiti Sains Malaysia
  71. Persatuan Bekas Siswazah Universiti and Kolej di China
  72. Persatuan Hopo Kuala Lumpur & Selangor, Bahagian Belia 隆雪河婆同乡会青年部
  73. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)
  74. Persatuan Koh Yew Kuala Lumpur & Selangor 隆雪高要会馆
  75. Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor & Kuala Lumpur
  76. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor (PERMAS)
  77. Persatuan Rapat Malaysia (RAPAT)
  78. Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM)
  79. Projek BERES
  80. Projek Dialog
  81. Pusat Komas
  82. Rainbow Genders Society
  83. Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
  84. Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA)
  85. Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (SAWO)
  86. Sahabat Rakyat Working Committee
  87. SAVE Rivers
  88. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia ( SABM )
  89. School of Acting Justly, LovingTenderly n Treading Humbly (SALT)
  90. Selangor & Federal Territory Chung Shan Association 雪隆中山同乡会
  91. Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Hokkien Association
  92. Selangor Hokkien Association Youth Section
  93. Sembang Sembang Forum
  94. SHIELD Tam (ST)
  95. Sisters in Islam
  96. Student Progressive Front of Universiti Putra Malaysia (Gerakan Mahasiswa Maju University Putra Malaysia)
  97. Students Progressive Front University Sains Malaysia
  98. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
  99. Tamil Foundation Malaysia
  100. Tamilar Action Force (TAF)
  101. Tenaganita
  102. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
  103. Tindak Malaysia
  104. The Selangor & Kuala Lumpur Kwang Tung Association Youth Section
  105. The Selangor & Kuala Lumpur Nan Ann Association雪隆南安会馆
  106. United Chinese Scholl Alumni Associations of Malaysia (UCSAAM)
  107. Universiti Terbuka Anak Muda (UTAM)
  108. Women Development of Malaysia PJ New Town Branch
  109. Women’s Aid Organization (WAO)
  110. Women’s Centre for Change
  111. Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)
  112. Youth for Change (Y4C)

[Join Statement] The Formation of Abolish The Sedition Act Movement / Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH)

JOINT STATEMENT ON ABOLISH THE SEDITION ACT

AND

THE FORMATION OF ABOLISH THE SEDITION ACT MOVEMENT/ GERAKAN HAPUS AKTA HASUTAN (GHAH)

5 September 2014, Kuala Lumpur

We, the undersigned organisations have come together to express in the strongest terms our protest against the continuing usage of the repressive, colonial and undemocratic Sedition Act of 1948.

The Sedition Act is a piece of repressive legislation made by the British colonial government to suppress freedom of expression and opinion of our forefathers who fought for the independence of our country. This legislation has to go if we want to be a truly independent nation.

The Sedition Act is too broadly defined and is easily open to abuse by the government. It can and is being used to criminalise almost any kind of democratic speech including legitimate criticisms against the government, its leaders or the ruling political parties. Under the Sedition Act, almost anything said or published that is remotely contentious can be deemed seditious. The Sedition Act is clearly being misused to protect the government and its interests, clampdown on the opposition and dissidents, make certain issues off limits, stifle civil liberties and create a climate of fear reminiscent of the worst days under the iron fisted Mahathir regime.

This trend is clearly illustrated in the conviction of Hindraf leader, P. Uthayakumar in June 2013 and former national chairman of Democratic Action Party, the late Karpal Singh in February 2014.

Over the past month, the Sedition Act has been indiscriminately used in a new wave of political repression and terror whose targets have included elected representatives and lawyers who have a public duty to speak on matters of public interest.

We are also extremely concerned with the selective prosecution under the Sedition Act by the Attorney General who is clearly targeting those who are critical of the government.

Those who have been charged are:

1.         David Orok                                         Member, Sabah Reform Party
2.         Azmi Sharom                                      Law professor, University of Malaya
3.         N Surendran                                        Lawyer, Padang Serai MP
4.         Khalid Samad                                     Shah Alam MP
5.         RSN Rayer                                          Lawyer, Seri Delima ADUN
6.         Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman           President, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia
7.         Teresa Kok                                          Seputeh MP
8.         Chua Tian Chang                                Batu MP
9.         Hishamuddin Rais                              Social Activist
10.       Adam Adli                                          Student Activist
11.       Safwan Anang                                                Student Activist
12.       Haris Ibrahim                                      Lawyer/ Social Activist
13.       Tamrin Tun Abdul Ghafar                  Political Activist
14.       Md Shuhaimi Shafie                           Sri Muda ADUN

Numerous others are being investigated including:-

1.         Viktor Wong                                       Activist, Parti Rakyat Malaysia
2.         Susan Loone                                       Journalist, Malaysiakini
3.         Hassan Karim                                      Lawyer/ PKR Johor Vice Chairman
4.         Rafizi Ramli                                        Pandan MP
5.         Ali bin Jalil                                          Member of public
6.         17-year-old schoolboy                        (unnamed)
7.         Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin            Changkat Jering ADUN

The Prime Minister had on 11 July 2012 and 3 July 2013 promised to repeal the Sedition Act.  It is shocking that despite this promise to the Malaysian public, the usage of the Act has greatly increased.

The Sedition Act is being used as a new type of ISA, to stifle and repress the opposition, civil society and the public.

At this critical hour, when our human rights are being trampled upon with impunity, we, the undersigned endorse the formation of Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH).

The objective of GHAH is to carry out a national campaign to bring to an end the ever present threat of freedom of expression and opinion by the Sedition Act that hangs over every Malaysian.

Our demands are:

-       REPEAL THE SEDITION ACT 1948

-       DROP ALL EXISTING CHARGES AND RELEASE ALL THOSE INCARCERATED UNDER THE SEDITION ACT

-       NO REPLACEMENT ACT WTH SIMILAR DRACONIAN PROVISIONS

GHAH will be officially launched on 15 September 2014 and will be going nationwide to urgently push for the fulfillment of the above demands.

Endorsed by:

  1. Aliran
  2. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
  3. Amnesty International Malaysia
  4. Anak Muda Sarawak
  5. Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (Warga AMAN)
  6. Asian Law Students Association (ALSA)
  7. Association of Women Lawyers
  8. Baramkini
  9. Bersih Sibu
  10. Borneo Resources Institute (BRIMAS)
  11. Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
  12. Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
  13. Center for Reform, Democracy and Social Initiatives (CRD)
  14. Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4)
  15. Community Action Network (CAN)
  16. Dam the Dams
  17. Dapur Komuniti Serdang
  18. Dignity International
  19. ENGAGE
  20. Federation of Malaysian Indian Organisation (PRIMA)
  21. Friends of Kota Damansara
  22. Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Se-Malaysia (G.A.M.I.S.)
  23. Gabungan Persatuan Alumni Universiti Taiwan, Malaysia 大马留台联总
  24. Gerakan Bunga Raya
  25. Global Bersih
  26. Himpunan Hijau
  27. Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs Studies (IDEAS)
  28.  Institute for Development of Alternative Living (IDEAL)
  29. Institute for Leadership and Development Studies (LEAD)
  30. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
  31. Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia (JAGAM)
  32. Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS)
  33. Jihad for Justice
  34. Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)
  35. Kajian Politik untuk Perubahan
  36. Kelab Bangsar Utama
  37. Knowledge and Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces (KRYSS)
  38. Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
  39. Kuen Cheng Alumni Association
  40. Kumpulan Aktivis Mahasiswa Independen (KAMI)
  41. Lawyers for Liberty
  42. Legasi Mahasiswa Progresif
  43. Life for Democracy
  44. Linkaran Islam Tradisional
  45. LLG Cultural Development Centre
  46. Malaysia Indians Progressive Association (MIPAS)
  47. Malaysia Physicians for Social Responsibility
  48. Malaysia Youth and Students’ Democratic Movement (DEMA)
  49. Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce
  50. Malaysian Youth Care Association (PRIHATIN)
  51. Mama Bersih
  52. Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN)
  53. Nanyang University Alumni Association
  54. National Indian Rights Action Team (NIAT)
  55. National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW)
  56. Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall
  57. New Era College Alumni Association
  58. Northern Green Youth
  59. Pahang Raub Ban Cyanide in Gold Mining Action Committee
  60. Parti Sosialis Malaysia, Cawangan Nusajaya
  61. Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah (Pacos Trust)
  62. Pax Romana International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA)
  63. Penang Forum Steering Committee
  64. People Welfare and Rights Organisation (POWER)
  65. Perak Green Pioneer (PGP)
  66. Perak Women for Women Society (PWW)
  67. Persahabatan Semparuthi, Johor
  68. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM Kuala Lumpur & Selangor
  69. Persatuan Bahasa Tionghua Northern Region Alumni
  70. Persatuan Bahasa Tionghua Universiti Sains Malaysia
  71. Persatuan Bekas Siswazah Universiti and Kolej di China
  72. Persatuan Hopo Kuala Lumpur & Selangor, Bahagian Belia 隆雪河婆同乡会青年部
  73. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)
  74. Persatuan Koh Yew Kuala Lumpur & Selangor 隆雪高要会馆
  75. Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor & Kuala Lumpur
  76. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor (PERMAS)
  77. Persatuan Rapat Malaysia (RAPAT)
  78. Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM)
  79. Projek BERES
  80. Projek Dialog
  81. Pusat Komas
  82. Rainbow Genders Society
  83. Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
  84. Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA)
  85. Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (SAWO)
  86. Sahabat Rakyat Working Committee
  87. SAVE Rivers
  88. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia ( SABM )
  89. School of Acting Justly, LovingTenderly n Treading Humbly (SALT)
  90. Selangor & Federal Territory Chung Shan Association 雪隆中山同乡会
  91. Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Hokkien Association
  92. Selangor Hokkien Association Youth Section
  93. Sembang Sembang Forum
  94. SHIELD Tam (ST)
  95. Sisters in Islam
  96. Student Progressive Front of Universiti Putra Malaysia (Gerakan Mahasiswa Maju University Putra Malaysia)
  97. Students Progressive Front University Sains Malaysia
  98. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
  99. Tamil Foundation Malaysia
  100. Tamilar Action Force (TAF)
  101. Tenaganita
  102. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
  103. Tindak Malaysia
  104. The Selangor & Kuala Lumpur Kwang Tung Association Youth Section
  105. The Selangor & Kuala Lumpur Nan Ann Association雪隆南安会馆
  106. United Chinese Scholl Alumni Associations of Malaysia (UCSAAM)
  107. Universiti Terbuka Anak Muda (UTAM)
  108. Women Development of Malaysia PJ New Town Branch
  109. Women’s Aid Organization (WAO)
  110. Women’s Centre for Change
  111. Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)
  112. Youth for Change (Y4C)

Seeking Public Donation For Office Facilities

Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
4 September 2014

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy has set up an office in Section 11 of Petaling Jaya, Selangor effective from 3.9.2014. Being a very old building, the office premises is in a dilapidated state that required immediate renovation before it could be put into operation.

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy is a newly constituted Organisation whose primary objective is to promote and enhance the level of understanding of democracy among fellow Malaysian and to provide aids to those wrongfully detained by the authorities. As its inception, the trust fund has no income and/or any resources. Under such premise, the trust fund appeal to the members of the public and business concern to contribute renovation materials and office equipment to assist the trust fund in setting up its “Home”.

The renovation committee chair person Sam Lee said the trust fund need to clean up the entire compound of the office premises, repaint the walls of the building and to install office equipment and furniture. The required renovation materials and office furniture/equipments are as follows :

• 6 unit of white paint
• 20 feet of PVC floorings
• 6 set of fluorescent lights
• 4 unit of air-conditioners
• 2 unit of office table
• 1 unit of meeting table
• 4 unit of foldable banquet table
• 50 unit of PVC chairs
• 1 unit of fax machine
• 3 unit of desktop computer
• 2 unit of bookshelves
• 1 unit of sound system for small scale talk
• 1 unit mini sofa
• 1 unit of Photostat machine
• Stationaries

Board member Ng Geok Chee said the trust fund was established on 16.7.2014 (previously known as Malaysians for Beng Hock) under the helm of A. Samad Said and 3 trustees namely Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, Dr. Toh Kin Woon and Dr. Ahmad Farouk Musa. The vision of the trust fund is to create a society free of political persecution and death in custody.

She said: “This is the first time we set up an office for operating purpose and a “Home” for the trust fund members who have worked very hard for many years striving to create an awareness among Malaysia to appreciate the importance of democracy and the fundamental rights of an individual.”

She urge the public to donate generously new or used furniture to the organisation. Volunteers are welcome to render help and assistance in electrical wiring, repair steel-made gate and mable polishing, or to help in other renovation works. Any forms of support for the trust fund are welcome.

Please contact the Executive Secretary Mr. Ng at 012-2658448,www.teohbenghock.org if you have any queries.

Photo description : (from left) Renovation committee head Sam Lee, Deputy head Vivek, (the 5th from left) Board member Liau Kok Fah, (the 6th from left) Treasurer Ng Geok Chee.
Photo description : (from left) Renovation committee head Sam Lee, Deputy head Vivek, (the 5th from left) Board member Liau Kok Fah, (the 6th from left) Treasurer Ng Geok Chee.

Please spread the message, welcome to donate new or old office facilities and materials to us!

Wan Junaidi Must Resign for Undemocratic Remarks

Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 29 August 2014

Referring to a statement addressed by Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi in which abuses of liberal space is the reason of increasing prosecutions under 1948 Sedition Act, Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy urges Deputy Minister to resign immediately for failing to uphold freedom of speech guaranteed by Federal Constitution Article 10 (1) (a).

We are of the view that critiques against other political parties or government agencies of abusing authority is deemed normal in a democratic society. Reasonable doubts, criticizing religious department’s actions or even impolite accusations are tolerable within the scope of freedom of speech, thus imposing punishment to those making above actions by government is absolutely not acceptable.

Consecutively, three Pakatan Rakyat members of parliament were charged under sedition act. The former two were charged for alleging UMNO for orchestrating political conspiracies in Selangor Menteri Besar controversy and Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial. The later, for suggesting law amendment to control state Islamic department directly by Selangor government with the aim of curtailing improper action of state Islamic department.

Other cases involving Penang State Assemblyman Nayer for saying ‘UMNO Celaka’; DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang for commenting on Teoh Beng Hock unsolved murder case and PKR Johor vice president Hassan Karim for expressing his view on Selangor Sultan and constitution. These prosecutions and investigations clearly violated opposition leaders’ democratic rights and eroded the freedom of speech.

Why BN government repeatedly invoking notorious sedition act to prosecute opposition leaders while the Selangor Menteri Besar controversy and Anwar’s sodomy trial are around the corner? The persecution of opposition leaders is seemingly political-motivated for the benefit of ruling coalition.

This shows Prime Minister Najib Razak is gradually shrinking the space of free speech, by using archaic and draconian law instituted by the British colonial in 1948 to clamp down pro-democracy movement and to strengthen his political dominance. The misconduct has demeaned the founding constitution of the country. The freedom of speech is facing the most serious menace since the Abdullah government.

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy

Berpuas hati terhadap keputusan Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat untuk terus berada dalam Pakatan Rakyat, Menyeru Khalid Meletak Jawatan

“Kempen Kembalikan Selangorku: Reben Hitam”
18hb Ogos 2014
“Kempen Kembalikan Selangorku: Reben Hitam” berpuas hati terhadap keputusan Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat semalam yang mendahulukan persefahaman ketiga-tiga anggota parti Pakatan Rakyat lalu menyokong keputusan Pakatan Rakyat dalam sebulat suara. Keputusan yang dibuat oleh PAS pada masa kritikal ini adalah amat penting iaitu terus berganding bahu dengan Pakatan Rakyat. Hanyalah kerjasama ketiga-tiga anggota parti dapat meneruskan dan memperluaskan haluan demokrasi Malaysia.

Keputusan ini menunjukkan PAS menghormati hasrat pengundi yang telah mengundi Pakatan Rakyat sebagai pemerintah kerajaan gabungan negeri Selangor dalam Pilihanraya Umum 13. Tindakan ini tidak mengecewakan harapan, kepercayaan dan mandat para pengundi, dan ini juga telah melaksanakan deklarasi politik bersama dan manifesto Pakatan Rakyat.

Sementara itu, menurut sistem pemerintahan monarki berperlembagaan, parti pemerintah kerajaan berhak untuk memilih calon Ketua Eksekutif untuk dilantik oleh pemerintah. Dengan ini, Kempen Reben Hitam menyokong calon Menteri Besar baru yang dicadangkan oleh parti pemerintah untuk menggantikan Tan Sri Khalid yang telah disingkirkan oleh Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Kami juga amat berbangga kerana gender bukan merupakan faktor semasa mencadang dan memilih calon Menteri Besar Selangor.

Dengan ini, kempen ini dengan sesungguhnya menyeru bahawa Khalid yang tidak berparti meletak jawatan sebagai Menteri Besar. Dengan ketiadaanya sokongan parti pemerintah negeri, maka tiada lagi mandat untuk Khalid menjawat jawatan Menteri Besar. Berpegang kepada jawatan itu seolah-olah suatu penghinaan pilihan pengundi Selangor dalam Pilihanraya Umum ke-13. Khalid kini telah menjadi penghalang bagi negeri Selangor untuk maju ke depan. Meletak jawatan telah menjadi pilihan Khalid yang satu-satunya. Merujuk kepada kenyataan Khalid yang menuduh bahawa Pakatan Rakyat adalah tidak sah kerana tidak mendaftar, kempen ini berpendapat bahawa walaupun Pakatan Rakyat adalah tidak sah dalam sisi undang, tapi ia adalah sah menurut pilihan rakyat. Yang anehnya pula, Khalid menyertai plilihanraya umum yang lepas dengan menjadi calon Pakatan Rakyat untuk mendapatkan jawatan ADUN Pelabuhan Klang.

Kami amat berterima kasih kepada rakan-rakan dan pengundi-pengundi negeri Selangor yang mengikuti Kempen Reben Hitam. Krisis Menteri Besar Selangor ini dapat meningkatkan kefahaman orang ramai terhadap cara operasi sistem pemerintahan monarki berperlembagaan dan ini merupakan peluang pendidikan yang baik untuk meningkatkan kesedaran demokrasi.

“Kempen Kembalikan Selangorku: Reben Hitam” akan terus mengikut perkembangan isu Menteri Besar dan kempen akan dilancarkan pada masa yang kritikal supaya pendapat pengundi Selangor dapat disampaikan.

Suspend IGP Khalid Abu Bakar for Kugan’s Death

Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 9 August 2014

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy welcomes the decision of the court of appeal on 8 August 2014, which upheld the high court ruling that the former Selangor Police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar and his police officers must responsible for the custodial death of A. Kugan in 2009.

By affirmation of high court and court of appeal, we urge the federal government to suspend the current Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar immediately for his failure to ensure Kugan’s safety while under police detention. The police force must comply with international standard human rights practice that stipulated in United Nation’s Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

As one of the top police officers in the country, Khalid must also be charged for giving false public statement aimed at denying the police’s responsibility over Kugan’s death.

Kugan was detained at Taipan police station on 14 January 2009 in relation to investigations of alleged car theft, he died five days later in the police custody.

Right after Kugan’s death in custody, Khalid Abu Bakar reported that Kugan collapsed shortly after drinking water due to asthmatic attack. Later, he announced that the post-mortem report stated the cause of death was due to water in his lungs. In contrary, the second post mortem revealed by pathologist Dr. Prashant that Kugan had 45 external injuries and numerous internal injuries. This shows that Khalid Abu Bakar was blatantly lying to cover up wrongdoings of police officers and against professional ethic of civil servant.

We applaud the statement by the court of appeal judges that the government should have zero tolerance towards death in custody and public inquiry must be held to investigate custodial death cases.

We urge the government to organize roundtable discussion with human rights and professional organisations to discuss the mechanism and criteria of the coroner courts that newly set up by the government, this is to ensure that the coroner courts could operate independently and professionally, to act as an institution to reveal truth over mysterious death and to check police force from abusing the detainees in the lock-ups.

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy was established on 16 July 2014 to make the legacy of Mr Teoh Beng Hock an invaluable asset to Malaysian society by working towards a democratic nation free from political persecution, torture and human rights violation

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy