Condemn Trial by Media and Selective Prosecution of Lim Guan Eng

Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 30 June 2016
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy condemns Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission for unnecessary arrest and detention of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, the extraordinary arrest and detention one day before the prosecution is highly unusual since Lim had given full cooperation with MACC and his statement recorded on 6 to 7 May 2016.
We also criticise the attorney general chamber for selective prosecution on Lim Guan Eng’s bungalow purchase case when it has failed to charge the Prime Minister Najib Razak for being implicated in the RM2.6 billion political donation and the larger 1MDB scandal. We urge the AG to not practice double standard and to immediately prosecute persons involved in the 1MDB scandal.
We also lament the obvious trial by media orchestrated by those mainstream media outlets controlled by the Government. Both the selective prosecution and trial by media have undoubtedly, jeopardised rule of law in the country and eroded public confidence in these public institutions.
We call upon the government to reform MACC and AGC and appoint impartial and professional replacement to their current leadership to clear the public perception that both institutions are political pawns of the ruling regime.
Ng Geok Chee
Vice Chair Person
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy

Human Rights Awareness Via Arts Commemorate the 7th Anniversary of the Passing of Teoh Beng Hock

Still awaiting justice after 7 years
Still awaiting justice after 7 years


(Petaling Jaya, 25 June) In conjunction with the 7th anniversary of the passing of Teoh Beng Hock, Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy with the support of Kampung Tunku State Assemblyman Lau Weng San and Bukit Gasing State Assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran, will organise commemoration events of the 7th anniversary of the passing of Teoh Beng Hock themed ‘Remembering Beng Hock, Defending Human Rights’.

“Remembrance as Resistance : Human Rights Art Exhibition” is one of the main events of the 7th Anniversary of the Passing of Teoh Beng Hock. Twenty five artists participated in the exhibition will present their art works in different forms in remembrance of the late Teoh Beng Hock and other victims of custodial death. The objective is to create awareness on human rights violations in Malaysia, as well as to educate member of public regarding their rights under custody.

The Art Exhibition will be held as follows :
Date : 22 – 24 July 2016 (Friday to Sunday)
Time : 10am – 10pm
Venue : Boulevard, PUBLIKA, Solaris Dutamas

The launch will be on 23 July, Saturday, 11am at the exhibition venue.
On the other hand, the reprinted copy of the drawings will also be exhibited at a few cafés or restaurants from early july to end of july, the cooperating partners are as follows :
1) Aku Cafe & Gallery – No.8, 1st Floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur, 12/7-24/7

2) New Black Coffee Lab – Plaza Crystalville @ Setapak. B-2A-1, Jalan Danau Kota, 53300 Kuala Lumpur. 9/7-24/7

3) Await Cafe – No.9-1-5, Jalan 3/109F, Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur. 9/7-24/7

4) The Augmented – No.149, Jalan SS 2/6, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. 9/7-24/7

5) Gerakbudaya Coffee Corner – No. 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya. 9/7-24/7

6) Dotz Cafe – No.3-1, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla 31/93, Shah Alam. 9/7-24/7

7) Seraph Awaken – No.28, Jalan Stesen 1, Klang. 9/7-24/7

8) CAFFEine : G-09-1,Level 1, Block G, SetiaWalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Selangor: 9/7-24/7

The other two commemoration events are:

Public Memorial in Petaling Jaya


This is the second year Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy takes the memorial event out of Kuala Lumpur, previous year in Puchong. The objective of ‘mobile memorial’ is to actively reach out to the public by bringing the issue to the community. This is to convey a message that Teoh family and civil society still demand justice for Beng Hock, the government should arrest and charge the killers immediately.

There will be singing, cartoon drawing, short play at the memorial event. The guest of honours are Teoh family representative, famous cartoonist Zunar, Selangor State Exco Ean Yong Hian Wah and Bukit Gasing state assemblyman Rajiv.

The details of the memorial as follows :
Date : 16 July 2016 (Saturday)
Time : 8:00 pm
Venue : SS2 Basketball court, Petaling Jaya.

Earth Citizen Youth Camp 2.0

Democracy Academy of Malaysia, an educational platform of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy, will organise Earth Citizen Youth Camp 2.0 in Petaling Jaya to promote awareness on environmental protection, rights of citizens and system of government among secondary school students.

We believe that by bringing up real issues affecting communities, such as garbage sorting, solid waste pollution and climate change, we can provide participants a critical view of current social problems, thus foster the students’ ability of independent thinking and problem solving. The community members must take ownership of their living environment and voice out against unsustainable development.

The details of the youth camp is as follows :
Date : 14 August 2016 (Sunday)
Time : 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Venue : Dewan Komuniti & Pejabat Ahli Majlis MBPJ Zon 20, Jalan SS3/39, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

The speakers are KC Heng from Malaysia Green Peace and the convener of Democracy Academy of Malaysia Chan Yit Fei.

Prosecute MACC Officers Involved in Sarbaini’s Death

Demand justice for Ahmad Sarbaini
Demand justice for Ahmad Sarbaini

Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 21 June 2016

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy (“TBH Trust”) applauds the decision of the Court of Appeal which ruled that negligence by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission had led to the death of Selangor Customs assistant director Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed in 2010 and awarded a total of RM213,000 in damages to his family.

TBH Trust in its press statement said that the irresponsible public institution and those officers involved must be held accountable for two consecutive deaths in its premises in 2009 and 2010, that is, Teoh Beng Hock and Ahmad Sarbaini.

However, TBH Trust note with regret that neither any of the top officials of MACC took responsibility of causing the deaths by tendering resignations nor make public apologies The image of the anti corruption institution is marred for repeated human rights violations since it’s establishment.

Justice for Ahmad Sarbaini and Teoh Beng Hock should not end with monetary compensation only, the police and attorney general should pursue criminal responsibility of those responsible in MACC. TBH Trust urge the government to initiate prosecution against the MACC officers who were involved in causing the death of Ahmad Sarbani for culpable homide under section 304a of the Penal Code.

Similarly, those officers involved in Teoh Beng Hock’s death must also be charged and punished.

A. Samad Said                                                                                                                                                         Chair Person Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy

Memorandum to EAIC

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Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy, sebuah badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) ditubuhkan pada 2014 untuk menyokong keluarga Teoh untuk menuntut keadilan, memfailkan aduan ini supaya pihak Suruhanjaya Integriti Agensi Penguatkuasaan (EAIC) menubuhkan pasukan petugas untuk menyiasat (1) Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh, (2)Deputy Federal CID director Deputy Comm Datuk Amar Singh, berkenaan mereka gagal menjalankan siasatan yang bebas, telus dan adil terhadap kes kematian mendiang Teoh Beng Hock di ibu pejabat SPRM Selangor. Kami mengesyaki pihak polis menyelewengkan kuasa mereka untuk melindungi kelakuan jenayah dan seterusnya menjejaskan integriti agensi penguatkuasaan.

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


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.

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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.


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