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

SPRM Mesti Bertanggungjawab Sepenuhnya Terhadap Kematian Sarbani

Kenyataan Media Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy pada 18hb Ogos 2015

Badan Amanah TBH Demi Demokrasi (Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy, TBH) rasa kesal terhadap keputusan mahkamah tinggi menolak tuntutan keluarga Ahmad Sarbani pada 17hb Ogos 2015, dengan alasan bahawa plaintif gagal membuktikan kematian Ahmad Sarbaniadalah disebabkan kecuaian Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM), walaupun hakim Kamaludin bersetuju pada ketika itu Sarbani adalah dibawah jagaan dan kawalan SPRM.

TBH berpendapat SPRM mesti bertanggungjawab sepenuhnya terhadap kematian Ahmad Sarbani kerana SPRM sememangnya bertanggungjawap menjaga keselamatan seseorang di bawah tahanannya. Kematian dalam bilik siasatan memang satu kecuaian SPRM yang tidak boleh dinafikan. Dakwaan bahawa Sarbani ‘keluar tingkap bilik siasatan sendiri’ adalah langsung tidak masuk akal, tiada sesiapa pun akan pilih tempat agensi kerajaan untuk bunuh diri.

Kes kematian Ahmad Sarbani amat mencurigai. Rekod video SPRM ketika itu “dibuang secara tidak sengaja” menunjukkan pihak tertentu cuba menyembuyikan kebenaran kes Sarbani. Pegawai SPRM juga pernah mengatakan kepada isteri Sarbani bahawa “Bukan saya, orang lain….”, polis telah gagal menyiasat kes ini secara teliti dan profesional.

Oleh itu, Badan Amanah TBH demi Demokrasi menyeru supaya parlimen merombak semula undang-undang supaya meletakkan beban pembuktian tidak bersalah dalam kes kematian dalam lokap ke atas bahu penguatkuasa, berbanding dengan sistem sekarang iaitu pihak mangsa dikehendaki membuktikan pihak penguatkuasa telah melakukan kecuaian yang menyebabkan kematian mangsa tahanan. Parlimen harus memastikan undang-undang Malaysia menghormati hak asasi manusia dan pihak penguatkuasa bertanggungjawap ke atas kematian atau kecederaan terjadi dalam lokap atau bilik siasatannya.

Badan Amanah TBH Demi Demokrasi

Reforming MACC to ensure its independence, accountability and effectiveness

Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 7 August 2015

In response to the current 1MDB political fiasco involving Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC), Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy calls upon the Malaysian public to demand a thorough reform of the MACC, so that the institution may be independent, accountable and effective in fighting graft, as well as safeguarding human rights, instead of being a tool of selective prosecution.

On top of supporting the MACC to carry out its task on 1DMB and fence off the Police’s institutional assault, the public pressure should also mount to demand the body to be made answerable to the Malaysian Parliament rather than, as at present, being placed under the Prime Minister’s Department.

Since its inception under former Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, the MACC has had its image tarnished by its own misconduct and failures in several high profiles cases.

The most shocking and outrageous one saw the killing of political aide of Selangor Exco Teoh Beng Hock in July 2009 after a torturous 11-hour detention at the MACC Selangor headquarters.

Teoh was only a witness to the investigation against his boss Ean Yong Hian Wah.Not only never owning up its responsibility in Teoh’s death as an institution, MACC even promoted two officers involved in his investigation and implicated for causing his death.

Earlier in January the same year, an UMNO Maran division committee member Halimi Kamaruzzaman complained of being punched, kicked and even stripped naked during his four-day detention at the MACC Pahang headquarters. To force him to admit his alleged involvement in money politics in UMNO party election, Halimi alleged that an MACC officer even threatened to arrest his wife and make her strip.

In the current investigation against the PM Najib Razak by MACC, we saw the MACC officers being harassed, arrested and raided. We urge the Najib government to stop persecution of MACC officers.

As the Police has the worst record in custodial torture and deaths, public pressure is indeed necessary to ensure no MACC officers under the Police’s investigation will be subject to tortures and threats like what Teoh and Hilmi went through. We must in fact end torture by law enforcement agencies against any body.

Such concern however must not derail us from recognizing the role of MACC as a tool of both selective prosecution on graft and selective clearance of graft. Such “usefulness” is in fact the very reason why MACC officers are vulnerable to persecution and threat.

Just few days ago, the MACC by-passed the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) task force and unilaterally announced that the allegedly RM2.6 billion deposited to the PM Najib Razak’s bank account was a donation by an unnamed donor.

The deliberate and desperate move to clear Najib from the 1MDB probe — which happened after the Police’s arrest, interrogation and prosecution of MACC senior officers — is nothing new in the MACC’s history.

In November 2009, the MACC cleared both VK Lingam and Former Chief Justice Eusoff of any wrongdoing in the judicial scandal, even though all evidence shows that Lingam and Eusoff Chin and families’ holiday trip to New Zealand was paid by VK Lingam.

About the same time, MACC also cleared former Minister of Transport Chan Kong Choy from misconduct in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal, yet it said ‘Investigation still in progress’. The loss of public fund in the PKFZ land deal amounted to RM12.5 billion (nearly 30% of 1MDB’s scale),

In 2013, an international organization Global Witness exposed former Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s family members explained that how Taib Mahmud needs to be granted 10 percent commission in major land deals in the state, yet the MACC failed to use such evidence to charge the powerful former chief minister.

The Malaysian public and civil society must therefore demand real reform to end the MACC’s shameful role as a window dressing of integrity which carries out selective graft prosecution and selective graft clearance.

Park Memorial – TBH 6th Anniversary

Approximately 80 persons attended the park memorial of Teoh Beng Hock on 25 July at Taman Wawasan, Puchong. This is the first “mobile memorial” organised by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy outside Kuala Lumpur. The co-organiser is Kinrara state assemblyman Ng Sze Han.

Our guest of honours planted six trees that marks 6 anniversary of the incident and symbolises Democracy, human rights, freedom, justice, truth and hope.

Photo credit to : Han Choo, CK Wee, Hui Yein, Jia Cheng, Sam Lee and Hui Peng

Incurring Accountability, Restoring Social Justice: 6th Anniversary of The Passing of Teoh Beng Hock

6th Anniversary of The Passing of Teoh Beng Hock

 

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A serial of events will be organized by the Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy to mark the 6th anniversary of the death of Teoh Beng Hock.

1) I want Justice for Beng Hock Postcard Campaign
I want Justice for Beng Hock” is a nationwide postcard campaign that requires citizens to send a postcard to Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, demanding the ministry and police to complete the second investigation on Beng Hock that has started since September 2014 immediately and bring the murderer to justice. Citizens can purchase a set of 10-piece postcards at RM10 and get friends to take action in support of the Teoh family.
Please contact 012-2658448 or teohbenghocktfd@gmail.com to enquire for the postcard


2) ‘Jatuh’ Film Screening and Discussion

‘Jatuh’ is a documentary on Teoh Beng Hock, which covers the timeline since his death to the setup of the Royal Commission of Inquiry. Let’s review one of the darkest political persecution case in the Malaysian contemporary history.

Date: 14 July 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Restoran Ramai, 24-34, Jalan Bandar 9, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.

Guest speakers: Gobind Singh (Puchong Member of Parliament)
Ng Sze Han (Kinrara State Assemblyman)
Teoh Lee Lan (Sister of the late Beng Hock)
Wong Siew Ki (Director of Jatuh)
Adrian Pereira (Human Rights Activist)

3) Park Memorial

This is the first time Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy takes memorial event from closed door to outdoor, from capital to community, conveying the message of relentlessly seeking justice to the grassroots. The memorial programs include moment of silence, singing, poetry recitation and tree planting.

Date: 25 July 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 7.30 am – 8:30 pm
Location: Puchong Wawasan Garden, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160 Puchong, Puchong Batu Dua Belas, Selangor, Malaysia.

(4) Earth Citizen Youth Camp (Mandarin Language)

Democracy Academy of Malaysia, an educational arm of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy, will organise a Earth Citizen Youth Camp in Puchong to educate secondary school students about climate change, garbage sorting, understanding environment policies and operation of administrative departments. The camp hopes to inspire participants the ways to protect the earth we are living in.

Date : 9 August 2015, Sunday
Time : 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Venue : Pusat Khidmat Komuniti Puchong Jaya, Jalan Merak 2, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Registration please click here : https://www.facebook.com/events/789798047805556/

The above series activities are organised by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy, Co-organised by Kinrara State Assemblyman Ng Sze Han.

 

[Feb 25- Wed, 8pm ] ‘Doghole’ film screening and discussion with Producer Wong Hoy Cheong

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We cordially invite you to the ‘Doghole’ film screening and discussion with producer Mr. Wong Hoy Cheong as follows:

Date : 25 February 2015, Wednesday
Time : 8:00 pm
Venue : Rumah Gerakbudaya, No 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Co-Organisers : Pusat Sejarah Rakyat, SIRD & Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy.

Doghole (2010) is Wong’s short film which has been acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection, an international renowned art museum in New York. It is a nuanced exploration of the occupation of pre-independent Malaysia by the Japanese during and following World War II. This analyzes the titular 1942 massacre through stories of terror and trauma related by survivors, and by the families of young Chinese who were detained by the Kempeitai (Imperial Japanese Army).

Doghole portrays the same historical event but concentrates on the single account of Wong Kum Peng, one of very few survivors of the detention cells. In this video, the artist delves deeper into the psychological effects of war, suggesting that its conditions of great stress and uncertainty tend to elicit equally extreme and ambiguous responses, including fantasies of escape and complicity, as well as unexpected acts of empathy and compassion.

Wong Hoy Cheong received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts in 1986. As well as maintaining a practice, he also teaches art. During his five years teaching at the Malaysian Institute of Art in Kuala Lumpur, he developed courses in Alternative/Third World Aesthetics, Installation, Performance and Video Art. He was the artist-in-residence at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, in 1992. In search of faraway places was included in ‘The Second Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1996.

Enquiry: contact Mr. Ng at 012-2658448

[Joint Statement] Parliamentary Select Committee instead of Police Crackdown to beat Borneo Separatism

~ Joint Statement of 33 Civil Society Organisations on 10 February 2015

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, call upon the federal government to stop crackdown on separatist lobbies like ‘Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia’ (SSKM).

Instead, it should appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to investigate the resentment of Sabahans and Sarawakians to invalidate the rationale for any call of secession.

We call upon the Police to immediately release the five SSKM activists detained in Lahad Datu on Sunday and drop all investigations on them as well as nine other SSKM activists arrested in Tuaran on February 1.

We do not at all support the allegedly call for secession but we stand up for the activists’ right, as fellow citizens, to peaceful advocacy of changes on two grounds.

First, insofar that violence is not employed and employment of violence is not advocated, Malaysians’ right to free speech is enshrined in the Article 10(1)(a). Leafleting, signature collection or possession of “seditious” materials cannot constitute any threat to national security unless we think Malaysia is widely rejected by Sabahans and Sarawakians and therefore cannot withstand any call of secession.

Second, cracking down on peaceful advocates of separatism only sweep under the carpet resentments held by many Sabahans and Sarawakians, and deny the nation the opportunities to make herself more inclusive and more just.

A PSC should be set up to find ways to improve East-West relation and national cohesiveness by reforming our federal arrangement and realising the promises laid down in the Malaysia Agreement and the Intergovernmental Committee Report.

The PSC’s terms of reference should cover scopes from regional imbalance, petroleum royalty, poverty, cultural and religious freedom, natives customary right (NCR) land, environmental destruction, carbotage policy, to influx of illegal immigrants,

Suppression of East Malaysian dissent instead of addressing them will only fuel alienation and validate the call by groups like SKMM. The Police must immediately stop their crackdown which is unwittingly undermining the legitimacy of Malaysia.
1. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
2. Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM)
3. Kelab Bangsar Utama (KBU)
4. Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
5. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower)
6. Focus on Sarawak
7. KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Women Section
8. Women Development Organization of Malaysia PJ Branch
9. ENGAGE
10. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
11. Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia (PROHAM)
12. Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI)
13. Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundatio (BOPIM)
14. Aliran
15. Writers’ Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)
16. Pusat Komas
17. Youth Section of Selangor & KL Hokkien Association
18. Parti Sosialis malaysia (PSM)
19. Save Open Spaces, Kota Kinabalu
20. JIHAD for JUSTICE
21. National Indian Rights Action Team ( NIAT )
22. We Are Malaysians
23. Ipoh Tamil Muslim Development Association
24. Penang Tamil Muslim Development Association
25. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)
26. Save Sarawak Rivers
27. Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya
28. University of Malaya Association of New Youth (UMANY)
29. UPM student progressive front
30. Persatuan Bahasa Tionghua USM
31. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur
32. Damn the Dams Action Group
33. Civil Rights Committee of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall

[Petaling Jaya@Feb 12] Ceramah “Empangan Telom untuk Siapa?”

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Badan Amanah TBH demi Demokrasi menjemput semua untuk menghadiri tayangan filem ‘Hentikan Empangan Telom’ dan diskusi bertajuk ‘Empangan Telom untuk Siapa’ pada 12hb Februari 2015, Khamis, 8:00pm di pejabat TBH dengan alamat No 11, Lorong 11/4E, Petaling Jaya.

Panelis diskusi termasuk Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Bertindak Kampung Pos Lanai, Encik Jeffrey Hassan dan Pengarah filem Peoples Documentary Leerang Bato.

Date: 12 February 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 8.00pm
Venue:  No.11, Lorong 11/4E, 46200 Petaling Jaya. (Click here to identify the location map of the office of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy.)