Main suspect in Teoh’s case being promoted three times MACC’s integrity is non-existent

TBH Trust for Democracy Press Statement

3rd March 2016

TBH Trust for Democracy condemns the ignorant act of MACC for promoting main suspect of Teoh Beng Hock’s case Hishammudin Hashim for three times under the situation where the truth has not been revealed and his charges being cleared. This attitude is clearly ignoring the sentence made by the Court of Appeal on 5th Sept 2014 that one or more individuals are involved in causing Teoh Beng Hock’s death. This is not only bringing harm to the Teoh’s family for the third time but once again corroded the integrity of our nation’s democratic institutions.

Unscrupulous bureaucratic system which gives birth to privileges such as the culture of impunity and lack of professional accountability among civil servants has severely tarnished our public institutions and have clearly violated principles of good governance. Not to mention this equates to permission to continuous power abuse by certain bureaucrats, this will also further corrode the law and order of our nation which will resulted in harming the national interest as well as citizen’s rights. All of these are only a tip of the iceberg of the corrupted system which is also causing numerous occurrence of death and corrupt practices within public sectors and the inability to close these cases with sound and justifiable outcome.

The MACC and the police force were indecisive to convict the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak who is involved in the 2.6 billion political donation scandal while the newly appointed Attorney-General hurriedly dismissed the PM’s conviction without sound justification. In addition, after the president of the Public Accounts Committee is swapped, the 1MDB scandal is not further discussed again. PM Najib Tun Razak is literally untouchable by any of the law enforcement authorities. This is the consequence of the lack of institutions to hold the leaders accountable for their misconduct. We solemnly urge the MACC to have the promotion revoked, Hishammudin Hashim sanctioned until the result of the investigation is out. The Barisan Nasional government has to stop the further deterioration of the accountability system and to carry out the constitutional responsibility to restore the corrupted social justice and citizens’ freedom and rights.

President of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
A. Samad Said

Take the lead in Decentralisation by Implementing Local Government Election in Sarawak

Joint press statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy and Civil Rights Committee of KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on 19 Jan 2016.
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy and Civil Rights Committee of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall urge the Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem to initiate the decentralisation process which is under the state’s jurisdiction instead of demanding the federal government to relinquish power to Sarawak state government.

The two organizations state that Articles 95 and 76 of Federal Constitution provide that the federal government cannot enact laws on lands and local governments of Sabah and Sarawak, thus the Sarawak government can amend the state’s Local Authorities Ordinance 1996 to implement the local government election. This will show that the political alliance led by Adenan is not masquerading as pioneer of reform but walking the talk for institutional reform.

The two organizations support in principal the decentralization of political power and are of the view that state resources, education, official language and local government should fall under the jurisdiction of the state government while the federal taxes ought to be distributed fairly and justly to all state governments.

The two organizations note with regret that in the past 10 years under the previous leadership, Sarawak were subjected to innumerous problems  such as the  uncontrolled expansion of oil palm estate resulted in inequitable deprivation of native customary lands of indigenous people, the SCORE’s 12 mega dams project which had and still will mercilessly displace tens of thousands of  the indigenous people. The above instance are just a few to evident the arbitrary and draconian administration of the state government at the expense of the people’s right to land, right to live and their right to a safe and quality environment.

The two organizations strongly believe that  decentralisation of power and resource will not help to eradicate corrupt practices of the Sarawak government.

Therefore, instead of advocating decentralisation in the state assembly, the two organizations urge Adenan to lead the democratic process of implementing local government election, relinquish the state government’s power to a people elected autonomy for accountability and responsibility. Adenan’s bold and dynamic step of democratization will earn support from his people and carve a name for himself in Malaysia history. Hopefully this will drive Malaysia to another wave of democratization.

Meminda Perlembagaan untuk Menyelesaikan Kontroversi Penukaran Agama

Kenyataan Media  Bersama 07-01-2016

Badan Amanah TBH demi Demokrasi dan Bahagian Wanita Dewan Perhimpunan Cina KL dan Selangor menggesa Perdana Menteri menunaikan resolusi kabinet beberapa tahun dahulu iaitu dalam kontroversi penukaran agama, kanak-kanak mesti dibesarkan dengan agama ibubapa waktu perkahwinan.

Kedua-dua organisasi melahirkan kekesalan terhadap interpretasi terpilih dan sempit mahkamah rayuan dalam kes penukaran agama anak Indira Gandhi. Dua orang hakim mahkamah rayuan menolak keputusan mahkamah tinggi yang memutuskan adalah salah untuk menukarkan agama anak secara unilateral, berdasarkan seksyen 121 (1A) perlembagaan persekutuan yang mengatakan mahkamah tinggi tidak ada hak menyemak perkara di bawah jurisdisi mahkamah syariah. Ini sebenarnya menggagalkan tanggungjawab dan melucutkan hak unggul yang diperuntukkan pada mahkamah sivik oleh perlembagaan persekutuan.

Kedua-dua organisasi berpendapat bahawa pemimpin politik mesti mempunyai political will untuk menangani kontroversi tersebut, meminda perlembagaan persekutuan untuk mengesah kedudukan unggul mahkamah sivik dan perhubungan sekunder mahkamah syariah, untuk mempertahankan hak kebebasan agama rakyat, khususnya bukan muslim.

Adalah ditegaskan bahawa kerajaan dan pemimpin politik tidak harus mengapi-apikan emosi rakyat, mengkritik melalui media tetapi tidak mencari jalan penyelesaian bagi kes penukaran agama dengan saluran dalaman kerajaan. Sebenarnya kes ini dab juga kes-kes lain yang saksama boleh diselesaikan jikalau badan-badan kerajaan boleh menegakkan keadilan, malangnya Indira Gandhi terpaksa membawa kes ke mahkamah sebab badan kerajaan gagal mempertahankan hak asasi beliau.

Mahkamah sivik adalah tulang belakang sistem kehakiman Malaysia dan peranannya jelas dinyatakan dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan, mahkamah syariah hanya ditubuhkan dibawah perundangan negeri. Maka keengganan mahkamah rayuan menyemak kes tersebut telah merendahkan kedudukan sendiri dan mengabaikan jaminan kebebasan beragama di bawah seksyen 11 Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Ia mengancam kebebasan beragama bukan muslim, merosakkan prinsip semangat rule of law dan kesaksamaan semua rakyat

Akhirnya, kedua-dua organisasi  menyeru semua parti politik mengemukakan usul untuk meminda seksyen 121 (1A) Perlembagaan Persekutuan, menyatakan dengan jelas bahawa semua kontroversi agama antara muslim dan bukan muslim, mesti diuruskan oleh mahkamat sivik. Dengan ini boleh mempertahankan sistem demokrasi dan kedudukan sekular justeru menyelesaikan masalah penukaran agama kanak-kanak secara muktamad.

Badan Amanah TBH Demi Demokrasi &
Bahagian Wanita Dewan Perhimpunan Cina KL dan Selangor

[Gallery] Introduction to Human Rights Talk

In conjunction with World Human Rights Day 2015, Democracy Academy of Malaysia and Civil Rights Committee of KLSCAH co-organised an Introduction to Human Rights Talk on 6 December at KLSCAH. Approximately 25 students and member of public attended the talk give by Dr. Khoo Ying Hooi, senior lecturer from University of Malaysia.

Introduction to Human Rights Talk

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Date : 6 Dec 2015, Sunday
Time : 2pm-4pm
Venue : Ground floor meeting room, KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Co-organiser : Democracy Academy of Malaysia and Civil Rights Committee of KLSCAH.

The prevalence of human rights violations are everywhere. You hear it in international and domestic debates on the role human rights can play. But what exactly are human rights? This public talk is designed to provide a basic introduction to human rights. It will introduce the notion of human rights, its philosophical and historical foundations as well as the current practice of protecting human rights. Participants will benefit from this talk by gaining substantive knowledge on human rights and developing an appreciation of the wider political contexts through which human rights discourse is articulated and implemented. Most importantly, you will be able to apply these knowledge in your daily advocacy for the betterment of the country. Students and members of the public are encouraged to attend the talk. No specific previous human rights experience of knowledge is required. Required, however, is a willingness to appreciate diversity of opinion and respect for differing views. The session will be conducted in English.

Speaker : Dr. Khoo Ying Hooi

Dr. Khoo Ying Hooi is Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya. She teaches social movements and democratization, and human rights in international politics. A columnist with the Malaysian Insider, she is the author of “Seeds of Dissent”, a compilation of her commentaries on academic freedom, human rights, protests and political change in Malaysia.

Kindly fill in the google form below to allow us to keep track of the number of participants.
http://goo.gl/forms/9ikfz5eGu9

 

Demand A Written Guarantee to Stop Baram Dam Development Project

Civil Society Joint Statement

10 November 2015

Coinciding with the second anniversary of Baram blockade, We, the 24 civil society groups signing this statement, strongly demand the state government of Sarawak to immediately stop the Baram Dam development project with written guarantee and to stop encroaching the Native Customary Land.

Although Chief Minister Adenan has verbally instructed the suspension of this project, people of Baram would continue their resistance movement until the final written guarantee is presented by the state government.

We would like to reiterate, that, the local villagers have never been consulted prior to commencement of the dam project. It indicates a violation by the state government of the development principles of “Free, Prior, Inform and Consent” stated in United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This mega dam project would force twenty thousand indigenous people to relocate, and annihilate heritages and cultures. An area as large as Singapore would be flooded, posing a long-term environmental destruction. Not only should the state government halts the Baram dam project, all 12 mega dam projects proposed under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) should also be canceled.

Baram people have been stationing at the two camps, namely Long Lama and KM15 in the past two years to prevent staff and contractors of Sarawk Energy Berhad (SEB) from going into the project construction site. Last year at KM 15, fourteen confrontations with SEB occurred in three months, during which SEB personnel were expelled and machines were moved away. A huge hole was also dug at the main road heading to the construction site.

The state government must recognize the perceived meaning of “development” by indigenous villagers. They would never accept any forms of exploitation of natural resources, let alone their ancestral land and rivers. They demand a sustainable development – provision of basic infrastructures and democratic life without sacrificing environmental ecology and culture. Therefore mega dam project at rural Baram should be replaced by construction of amenities (roads, schools and hospitals), as well as supplying electricity and clean water.

Signatories:

1.      Baramkini

2.      Damn the Dams Action Group

3.      Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy

4.      Pusat KOMAS

5.      Center for Orang Asli Concern

6.      Institut Rakyat

7.      Rainbow Genders Society

8.      Institute for Development of Alternative Livestyle Lifestyle (IDEAL)

9.      Civil Rights Committee of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall

10.  Malaysian Youth and Students’ Democratic Movement (DEMA)

11.  Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)

12.  Tindak Malaysia

13.  Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

14.  Sahabat Rakyat

15.  Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET)

16.  Save Rivers

17.  In Between Cultura

18.  Community Information and Communications Centre (CICOM)

19.  Bukit Bandarraya Residents Association

20.  Focus On Sarawak

21.  Aliran

22.  Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)

23.  Sunflower Electoral Education (SEED)

24.  Ban Cyanide Mining in Raub

Enquiry please contact Mr, Ng at 012-2658448

Skim Bantuan Kewangan Kepada Keluarga Mangsa Kematian Dalam Lokap

Kenyataan Media Badan Amanah TBH Demi Demokrasi pada 12hb Oktober 2015

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Badan Amanah TBH demi Demokrasi (Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy) mengumumkan satu skim bantuan kewangan kepada keluarga mangsa kematian dalam lokap dan peguamnya dengan tujuan menyokong rakyat menuntut keadilan dalam kes-kes mencabul hak asasi manusia, khasnya mereka yang berasal dari keluarga kurang upaya dari segi kewangan.

Skim tersebut membenarkan keluarga mangsa memohon bantuan kewangan untuk perbelanjaan dalam inkues sebanyak RM6,000 atau 50% daripada jumlan perbelanjaan, yang mana lebih rendah. Kos yang diberi subsidi termasuk kos pengangkutan keluarga mangsa dan peguamnya dari tempat kediaman keluarga mangsa ke destinasi mahkamah, kos penginapan dan subsidi makanan untuk tempoh menghadiri inkues. Jika kes tersebut dibawa ke mahkamah atasan seterusnya, maksimum bantuan kewangan untuk kes tersebut adalah RM10,000.

Kami menyeru keluarga mangsa, peguam atau NGO-NGO yang mengendali kes-kes kematian dalam lokap memuat turun borang permohonan skim tersebut daripada laman web Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy untuk mengemukakan permohonan.

Kami juga ingin mengumumkan bahawa permohonan pertama yang diluluskan adalah kes Kamarulnizam Ismail dari Bukit Mertajam. Kamarulnizam adalah seorang pekerja kilang yang ditahan sejak 3 Mac 2014 dan didapati mati di penjara Tapah pada 8 Mac 2014 atas sebab ‘Infeksi dada’. Keluarga Kamarulnizam mensyaki punca kematian sebenar Kamarulnizam adalah kerana terdapat lebam pada pipi kanan dan bawah lengan kiri badannya. Sejak bulan Julai 2015, Badan Amanah TBH demi Demokrasi telah menyumbang sebanyak RM3,000 ke atas kes ini.

Kami menegaskan bahawa kerajaan mesti mengambil sikap tolerasi sifar terhadap kematian dalam lokap atau agensi kerajaan. Menurut Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (SUHAKAM), sebanyak 242 kes kematian dalam lokap polis telah dilaporkan dari 2000 hingga 2014. Pihak polis diraja Malaysia, pusat tahanan, penjara dan SPRM perlu mengambil langkah-langkah untuk menghormati hak asasi rakyat di bawah tahanannya, keganasan polis mesti dihentikan dan hak akses kepada perkhidmatan kesihatan mesti dijamin.

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The TBH 6th anniversary programs

In conjunction with the 6th anniversary of the death of Teoh Beng Hock, the Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy (TBHTD) smoothly organized 4 events commencing in July.

1) “I want Justice for Beng Hock” Postcard Campaign

Postcards to demand justice for Teoh Beng Hock
Postcards to demand justice for Teoh Beng Hock

“I want Justice for Beng Hock” postcards were sold at a very affordable price. The caring citizens simply needed to send the postcards to the Home Ministry to demand a fresh, comprehensive and complete investigation on the unforeseen death of the late Teoh Beng Hock that shocked Malaysian.

2) ‘Jatuh’ Film Screening and Discussion session

Kinrara Assemblyman Mr Ng Sze Han recalled his memories about Teoh Beng Hock.
Kinrara Assemblyman Mr Ng Sze Han recalled his memories about Teoh Beng Hock.

We held the ‘Jatuh’ short documentary on Teoh Beng Hock at Restoran Ramai in Puchong on 14 July 2015. Various guest speakers such as the Mr Ng Sze Han (Kinrara State Assemblyman), Ms Wong Siew Ki (Director of Jatuh), Mama Bersih member shared their comments, and Ms Teoh Lee Lan (Sister of the late Beng Hock) delivered a touching review.

For further info, please check out our Facebook link here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1607716192841541.1073741851.1436364823310013&type=3

3) Park Memorial

 

Teoh Lee Lan and her family remain strong in the journey to seek justice for Teoh Beng Hock.
Teoh Lee Lan and her family remain strong in the journey to seek justice for Teoh Beng Hock.

On 25th July 2015, we held the first outdoor memorial event by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy that narrow down to the community of Puchong.  The memorial programs consisted of a moment of silence, singing session, poetry recitation and tree planting. Kinrara State Assemblyman Mr Ng Szhe Han, Puchong parliamentarian Gobin Singh, Ms Teoh Lee Lan addressed their speeches respectively.

For further info, please check out our Facebook link here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1611296459150181.1073741853.1436364823310013&type=3

(4) Earth Citizen Youth Camp (conducted in Mandarin Language)

 

A team of dynamic global citizen.
A team of dynamic global citizen.

Our educational arm Democracy Academy of Malaysia, conducted a one day Earth Citizen Youth Camp in Puchong, Selangor on 9 August 2015. Contents covered the climate change, garbage sorting, an integrative approach to introduce the concepts of global citizen and environmental policies, the role and operation of administrative departments (focused on local government). The camp hopes to inspire participants the multiple approaches to protect the earth we are living in.

For further info, please check out our Facebook link here (only in Mandarin version):

  1. https://www.facebook.com/events/789798047805556/
  2. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.520309554787212.1073741843.245088672309303&type=3

(5)   Adjunctive activities: I want justice for Beng Hock campaign

We have been collaborating with local communities from every corners in the country, with people who would like to engage in our anniversary programs. We have held a few related events randomly nationwide such as Mentakab, to name a few.

Menntakab stop: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1622657268014100.1073741855.1436364823310013&type=3