We often come across the following questions when raising fund for ‘TBH Trust for democracy ‘. We wish to make some clarification over these doubts.
- Question ‘I have donated to the trust before, why raise fund again?’ – We believe that many people had donated to ‘Teoh Beng Hock Trust’, a trust which set up in 2009 run by DAP to raise fund for Beng Hock’s son, Er Jia. We appreciate that your kindness to support the education fund that aims at take care of Er Jia. Our organisation Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy is a different entity, a non-governmental organisation formerly known as Malaysians for Beng Hock that worked on issues relating to Beng Hock, political persecution, death in custody and other democracy and human rights issues. The fund raising dinner on 5 December is our first big scale fund raising activity to set up a permanent office and establish a legal aid fund to support victims of political persecution and death in custody. We did small scale donation drive during the signature campaign in 2010, GE13 in 2013, and raise fund for victims of death in custody in 2013 and 2014.
- Question ‘TBH Trust for democracy is a political organisation’ – Since its inception in 2010, Malaysians for Beng Hock was endorsed by 8 civil society organisations and worked independently on every issues taken up by u. The board of directors comprised by social activists from various background with Pak Samad as our chairman (Read here : http://teohtbenghock.org/about-2/malaysians-for-beng-hock). Political persecution is a serious violation of human rights that affects politician, we will definitely work with any political party which is willing to give a hand, be it Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional. But unfortunately, not only involved in political plot that caused the death of Beng Hock, none of Barisan Nasional component parties really come forward in solidarity with the movement, not even organised a candle light vigil.
Please click the following link to know more details about ‘TBH Trust for democracy’.