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

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:

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:

(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):


(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:

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