Date : 29 Mac 2013 (Friday)
Time : 8:00 pm
Venue : Auditorium, 1st floor, KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
No. 1, Jalan Maharajalela, 50150 Kuala Lumpur
（1） Anna Husarska
- Senior policy adviser at the International Rescue Committee.
- A translator, journalist, and humanitarian worker.
- She has reported from major conflict zones around the world for leading newspapers and policy magazines, including the Washington Post, Newsweek, WSJ & The Guardian.
(2) Hishamuddin Rais
- Well known social activist and blogger.
- He has been involved in many influential social movement in the country e.g. BERSIH, 112 People’s rally, Himpunan Hijau, Pahang Green Corridor & Reformasi movement in 1999
March 25, 2013
Civil Society Joint Statement
We, members of the civil society, are deeply concern over a statement on forming a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the Sulu incursion in Lahad Datu, Sabah on 23rd March 2013 made by the Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. It stated that the details would be revealed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Monday 25 March.
While the setting up of an RCI on the Sulu incursion is welcome in principle, however we are alarmed by the haste at which the Government is doing this in the run up of the next general elections. We are further dismayed by the suspicious manner which it is being planned while the public is kept in the dark of its Terms of Reference (TOR) and criteria in selecting the commissioners.
We hold that the appointment of RCI is a major decision and as the Parliament will be dissolved anytime now, the current government should restrain from making this decision in the spirit of caretaker government. Unfortunately in Malaysia’s history, as shown by the RCI on the custodial death of Teoh Beng Hock, the RCI can be a tool of injustice rather than an avenue for delivering justice.
18 March 2013
Joint Press Statement
Civil Society Condemns Sedition Charge Against Tian Chua
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, condemn the sedition charge brought against PKR Batu MP Chua Tian Chang (popularly known as Tian Chua) for alleging that UMNO orchestrated the intrusion of Sulu gunmen into Sabah.
The Prime Minister, Najib Razak, had announced on 11 July 2012 that the government would repeal the Sedition Act 1948 to ensure the freedom of speech enshrined in the Federal Constitution. We demand an answer from the PM whether or not he has, by charging Tian Chua under the draconian act, broken his promise and failed to deliver his legislative reforms.
The Sabah intrusion incident is no forbidden zone for public interest, as the people have the right to information that must not be curtailed on any grounds by the authorities. We have seen BN and PR politicians cross swords by accusing each other of having a hand in the armed intrusion and we see no reason why such remarks should be categorized as “seditious.”
The Penang Jatuh Screening and ceramah is confirmed on 17 Mac 2013 (Sun), 8pm at Padang Taman Pekaka, Sungai Dua, Penang. Organized by office of YB Raveentharan, ADUN Batu Uban.
7 March 2013
An Open Letter to Y.A.A. Tun Arifin bin Zakaria, Chief Justice of Malaysia
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
Malaysians for Beng Hock, a citizens’ movement that supports the Teoh family in seeking truth and justice for the late Teoh Beng Hock, is deeply disappointed that the Court of Appeal has so far failed to hold a judicial review hearing in spite of the approval on 2 February 2012 of the Teoh family’s application.
Following an open verdict delivered on 5 January 2011 by Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas, the attorney general and the Teoh family filed review applications in mid-January 2011. However, a relevant review application was rejected in the High Court on 1 December 2011 by Justice Dato’ Abdul Rahim Uda before the Court of Appeal on 2 February 2012 granted the leave to appeal against the open verdict. Since the approval, the Malaysian people have waited a long 13 months for relevant hearings to open in the Court of Appeal.
As a famous quote about the judicial process goes, justice delayed is justice denied. We urge Y.A.A. Tun and the Court of Appeal to speed up the judicial review of the case. We believe there should not be any more delay, regardless of whether the 13thgeneral election is looming.
The tragedy of Teoh Beng Hock has remained an issue of national focus since 2009 for it had elements of state-sponsored persecution and serious violation of the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Affirming the findings of renowned Thai pathologist Dr. Pornthip Rojanasunand, Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas had ruled that pre-fall injuries existed on Teoh Beng Hock’s neck. Whatever the causes, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission must be held fully responsible for the injuries and death in its custody.
Last but not least, Malaysians for Beng Hock, like most Malaysians, expects the Court of Appeal to review the case without fear or favour.
Thank you for your attention.
Chong Kok Siong
Coordinator, Malaysians for Beng Hock
20 February 2013
Press Statement by Malaysians for Beng Hock
Malaysians for Beng Hock urges member of public generously give donation to the three families to help them overcoming the economic hardship – Gunasegaran Rajasundram and Ulaganathan Muniandy, together with Gunasegaran’s witness Selvach Santhiran Krishnan.
Malaysian society needs to standby the victims of custodial death for justice, as well as forming a strong and supportive environment so that witnesses can courageously voice against injustice. Donor can give donation by bank in to Maybank account 5641 4653 3656, joint account holder Teoh Lee Lan & Liau Kok Fah. Please fax bank in slip to KLSCAH at 03-22724089 or send email to email@example.com and remarks “Donation for custodial death families”.
Gunasegaran died in police custody in July 2009. Although there were witnesses had seen Gunasegaran beaten up by a policeman until unconscious and the second autopsy reeled a scar measuring 28cm (L) by 8 cm (W) by 5cm (D) on his chest, the inquest coroner delivered an open verdict in Oct 2010. Since then, Gunasegaran family lost the sole bread winner, his son has been suffering from serious diabetes and consuming insulin, despite of that hard time, his sister Ganga Gowri is determined in seeking justice by taking up civil suit against 12 police personnel.
Ulanganathan Muniandy was detained at Kajang police station under Emergency Ordinance since 12 May 2003. He was found dead in police custody on 21 July 2003. A witness said Ulaganathan was hit by police personnel several times at the stomach until lost conscious. Since then, Ulanganathan’s family suffering economic hardship, the parent unable to pay rental and forced to move out, his father’s also suffered from diabetes and his leg undergone amputation surgery recently.
Selvach Santhiran Krishnan was detained together with Gunasegaran, he bravely testified that Gunasegaran was assaulted by policeman in custody despite threats to his safety. He was arrested and beaten up by police, then under detention without trial for 2 years. Because of that, his family could not afford to pay the government apartment rental, electricity and water bill amounting RM1400, his son has not been attending school because of not able to pay bus and school fees.
Chong Kok Siong
Malaysians for Beng Hock movement
15hb Februari 2013
Kenyataan Media Gerakan Malaysians for Beng Hock
Gerakan Malaysians for Beng Hock mengecam intimidasi politik dan keganasan terhadap Mahasiswa yang berlaku di Pekan, kawasan Parlimen Perdana Menteri Najib Razak di Pahang. Kami menggesa Najib Razak mengambil pendirian dalam insiden ini, jika beliau tidak menegur tindakan samseng sebegini, masyarakat Malaysia akan anggap Perdana Menteri bersetuju dengan intimidasi politik dan keganasan yang terjadi di kawasan parlimen beliau.
Berdepan dengan cabaran gerakan mahasiswa yang berhasrat menempatkan calon dalam pilihanraya umum akan datang, Najib Razak, yang berkemungkinan besar calon Barisan Nasional di Pekan, sepatutnya bertanding secara beradab dengan calon mahasiswa. Kami menyokong seruan mahasiswa bahawa Najib Razak harus berdebat dengan calon mahasiswa, malah kami sudi menyediakan platform untuk kedua-dua calon supaya berdebat tentang dasar-dasar kerajaan, terutamanya dalam bidang demokrasi, hak asasi manusia dan pendidikan.
Kami mengutuk kenyataan Ketua Polis Daerah Pekan, Superintendent Yahaya Othman bahawa mahasiswa harus berjumpa dengan ketua kampung dahulu sebelum mengedarkan risalah-risalah kepada penduduk.
Hak Kebebasan Bergerak rakyat telah termaktub dalam artikel ke-9 Perlembagaan Persekutuan iaitu semua rakyat berhak bergerak secara bebas di dalam persekutuan Malaysia dan tinggal di mana-mana bahagiannya. Tanggungjawab polis ialah untuk menjaga keselamatan rakyat dan mengambil tindakan terhadap pelanggar undang-undang.
Menurut laporan polis kumpulan mahasiswa, pihak polis dikehendaki membuat siasatan terperinci di bawah kod penal, iaitu artikel 350 serangan jenayah dan artikel 506 intimidasi jenayah. Pihak polis harus ’buat kerja sendiri’ dan bertindak secara profesional, bukannya bertindak seolah-olah penjaga kepentingan Barisan Nasional sahaja.
Malaysians for Beng Hock juga akan melancarkan kempen di kawasan parlimen Pekan semasa pilihanraya umum ke-13, kami akan membawa isu demokrasi dan hak asasi manusia ke kawasan parlimen tersebut untuk mendapatkan sokongan calon-calon, seperti isu persecution politik Teoh Beng Hock dan kematian dalam pusat-pusat tahanan.
Chong Kok Siong
Malaysians for Beng Hock