Press statement by the Malaysians for Beng Hock movement

To prevent the recurrence of political persecution cases like the Teoh Beng Hock tragedy and to put pressure on the government to stop all incidents of custodial death and human rights violation, the Malaysians for Beng Hock movement will carry out Operation Uphold Democracy for Human Rights during the 2013 general election. We will conduct road shows around the country to talk about the tragedy of Teoh Beng Hock, deaths in custody of enforcement agencies, and police killings.

We urge candidates of both ruling and opposition parties to invite us to their election ceramahs in order to brief the electorate on how the current government undermined democracy and violated human rights. We hope electoral candidates can look seriously at the problems. Their election manifestoes should include upholding democracy and improving the human rights status in the country. They ought to pursue agenda of democracy and human rights in the parliament or state assemblies.

Malaysians for Beng Hock urges the electorate to vote only for candidates and parties that uphold the principles of democracy and human rights. Regardless of the slogan — be it “stability above chaos,” “1 Malaysia,” “PAS for all,” “ubah sekarang, bersihkan Malaysia,” “negara berkebajikan,” or “demi rakyat” — the voters should ask themselves whether or not the party behind it is committed to policies that strengthen democracy and human rights and whether or not the candidate walks the talk of protecting democracy and human rights.

We would not hesitate to state that the electorate should vote for parties and candidates who have helped the Teoh family in seeking justice, should vote for parties and candidates who have actively assisted in cases of custodial death and police killing, and should vote for parties and candidates who provided legal or moral assistance to the arrested participants in the Bersih rallies. Each and every sweet slogan, such as “1 Malaysia,” should be rigorously examined by the electorate, who we believe will be wise enough to reject candidates who are against the principles of democracy and human rights.

Five years ago Teoh Beng Hock gave up his career as a journalist and joined politics. He felt encouraged by the new political landscape and wished to participate in the process of democratization of the country. He worked relentlessly for a better Malaysia. Unfortunately he was killed as a result of a Barisan Nasional plot to overthrow Selangor’s Pakatan Rakyat government by dirty tactics and his ambition was unfulfilled. Today, Malaysians for Beng Hock carries on his will by launching Operation Uphold Democracy for Human Rights for the 2013 general election, so as to carry forward his spirit and strive for a democratic Malaysia!

For further enquiries, please contact Ng Yap Hwa at 012-2658448 or leave a message at msians4benghock@gmail.com

Malaysians for Beng Hock