Pakatan Rakyat an exciting alternative…

Jui Meng finds things very different in opposition

Chua feels free… Speaking during the Permatang Pasir campaign. – Picture by Jack Ooi

IPOH, Sept 6 — After decades of politics MCA-style, the experience of just over a month of fiery Opposition politics has been nothing short of a major culture shock for former party stalwart Datuk Chua Jui Meng.

For once, he is finding his oratory skills can be put to good use and people actually listen to him in rapt attention during ceramahs.

Those who turn up also do not seem to expect free handouts like transportation, food, money or goodie bags.

In fact, many appear willing to travel some distance to attend such rallies.

This was evident during the ceramah at the Tow Boo Keong hall here on Saturday night where more than 1,000 supporters gathered to listen to a star-studded line-up of speakers, which included Chua himself, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PKR vice-president R. Sivarasa and Parti Keadilan Rakyat strategic director Tian Chua.

In his speech, Chua, who not too long ago had adamantly said he would never leave the MCA for PKR, said such a sight was enough to convince him he had indeed made the right move to leave.

“I woke up on Merdeka morning and told my wife who was lying down beside me — I feel good and so young today — and I knew what made me feel that way.

“When I joined the PKR, it was after a long struggle for me. It was not easy to leave and join a new pathway.

“But after that decision, I suddenly began to feel…like how you felt when you voted for the Opposition… I felt free,” he said, to thunderous applause.

The former MCA man claimed he had never before experienced such “heart-warming” and overwhelming response for any political function in his political career until the day he joined PKR.

“I was in Permatang Pasir, helping with the by-elections and it was so amazing, so overwhelming to see the crowd come together.

“It is so heart-warming to see people of different races actually sitting together and working together and getting along — and they all want change,” he said in a press conference after the function.

His eyes lit up when reporters asked if he would be instrumental in the coming by-election for the Bagan Pinang state seat in Negeri Sembilan.

“Yes, yes, I will be there to contribute. Definitely,” he firmly said.

In fact, Chua is also confident that more would follow in his footsteps and leave the MCA to join a Pakatan Rakyat component party.

During the function earlier, a total of 600 applications for PKR memberships, signed by Barisan Nasional members, were handed over to Anwar.

Of the lot, at least 400 were from MCA, and officials claimed they comprised a former elected representative, a former division deputy chairman, scores of central delegates, divisional party post holders and members.

“It is no surprise that so many would join us from MCA. We expect that this wave is only just the beginning,” said Chua.

He added that the crossovers only mirrored the fact the party members were finally waking up to see that MCA was only a space-filler in the Barisan Nasional structure.

“We are only there to say yes and to take up some spots in the Cabinet and in the Government.

“MCA does not rule the nation. In the end, it is Umno that leads Malaysia, under the name of the BN,” he said.

Chua said that MCA could probably stand a better chance of survival if it abandoned the coalition and stood on its own.

During the function, Umno strongman Datuk Dr Abdul Malek Md Hanafiah, who is a former Perak state executive councillor, former Kamunting assemblyman and former Taiping Umno division chairman, was also seen confidently strolling into the temple hall shortly after Anwar’s arrival, to loud applause from the people.

Anwar however said that Abdul Malek was “yet to make any crossover announcement.”

Kartika ditemui oleh Ketua Wanita KEADILAN

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN, Zuraida Kamaruddin telah menemui Kartika di kediamannya di Kuala Kangsar siang tadi.

Dalam pertemuan tersebut, Kartika telah menegaskan bahawa beliau tetap dengan keputusannya untuk dihukum menurut undang-undang syariah.

Turut bersama Zuraida Kamaruddin ialah Naib Ketua Wanita, Noorsham Abu Samah dan EXCO Wanita KEADILAN, Rozaini Mohd Rosli.

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Apabila mendekati tarikh 31hb Ogos, ingatan kita akan mengimbas kembali rentetan peristiwa dan perjuangan rakyat yang berkemuncak dengan Kemerdekaan. Tarikh tersebut terungkap sebagai tarikh keramat ,menjanjikan kebebasan daripada cengkaman penjajah dan menyelamatkan martabat hidup rakyat.

Persoalan yang menerjah kita semua ialah; bagaimana kita menghayati makna tarikh tersebut hari ini. Pergulatan ini menjadi penentu kepada persoalan makna diri kita sebagai rakyat Malaysia.Tekad baru untuk memahami makna diri Malaysia sebagai bangsa merdeka juga menuntut kita untuk memahami bagaimana kita menjadi tidak merdeka; bagaimana kita hilang kemerdekaan sebelum kita memperolehinya kembali.

Lebih dua ribu tahun yang lalu, Brutus bertanya warga Kota Rom “siapakah yang begitu hina sehingga mahu hidup sebagai hamba ?” Ceasar mahu memiliki kuasa yang tidak terbatas. Nafsunya sebegitu besar dan mahu memastikan Rom dalam genggamannya.

Pertentangan antara Brutus dengan Ceaser adalah pertentangan antara kebebasan menentang nafsu kekuasan tidak terbatas. Sejak negara kita merdeka kita masih bergelut dengan pertentangan ini. Kebebasan – kebebasan bersuara, kebebasan media, kebebasan institusi kehakiman sentiasa mahu disekat oleh penguasa. Oleh itu kita menginsafi hanya bangsa yang pernah melalui gelita penjajahan akan mengerti makna cahaya kemerdekaan. Bagitu juga, hanya diri yang pernah kebebasannya diragut akan menghargai nilai kebebasan.

Syarahan Perdana Professor Dr. Syed Muhammad Naguib al-Attas yang berjudul Islam Dalam Sejarah Dan Kebudayaan Melayu juga menghuraikan dengan panjang lebar peranan paksi tauhid sebagai aqidah menambat keyakinan baru yang menolak faham tahyul dan perhambaan, seterusnya menjadi pelantar kepada pemikiran yang berakar dengan tradisi aqliyah dan mencernakan budaya segar dengan bahasa Melayu sebagai pertuturan kepustakaan(lingua franca) rantau ini. Ratusan tahun berlalu yang sewajarnya tambah memperkukuh dan memantapkan semangat dan keyakinan baru tersebut.

Cantik sungguh puteri Palembang,
Sayang bersunting bunga pudak;
Betapa keras dilambung gelombang,
Kucacak tiang, kulayar jua.

Manakala melangkaui separuh abad kemerdekaan, kita rakyat Malaysia sewajarnya mempunyai kesedaran betapa Bahasa Melayu bukan sekadar bahasa pasar, bahasa komunikasi basahan untuk berjual beli. Bahasa Melayu adalah bahasa ilmu, bahasa tamadun dan bahasa untuk mengungkapkan pengalaman kemanusian yang paling mendalam dan luhur. Bahasa Melayu telah menjadi bahasa intelektual dan kerohanian untuk umat Islam, makanya Bahasa Melayu juga seharusnya menjadi bahasa intelektual dan kerohanian umat Budha, Hindu, Kristian dan lain-lain keyakinan.

Bahasa Melayu yang saya sebutkan di sini bukanlah bahasa milik orang Melayu semata-mata. Bahasa Melayu adalah milik rakyat dan bangsa Malaysia yang berketurunan Melayu, Cina, India, Kadazan, Dayak dan lain-lain. Bahasa Melayu adalah milik semua rakyat Malaysia.

Kemerdekaan mestilah tidak terperangkap dengan bahana dari politik sempit dan kelam sesebuah parti politik tertentu. Kemerdekaan perlu di lihat dari perspektif rakyat keseluruhannya; perjuangan pelbagai kaum, menggunakan pelbagai wadah, dan melibatkan pelbagai aliran pemikiran. Sejarah ternyata mengajar kita bahawa Perjuangan Menuntut Kemerdekaan menerbitkan kesatuan semangat untuk menentang penjajah dan imperialisme Barat ketika itu.

Generasi terdahulu yang sama-sama berjuang untuk kemerdekaan, dan mereka yang menempuh zaman mudanya di masa awal kemerdekaan menjadi saksi kepada kepelbagaian aliran dan wadah perjuangan rakyat. Tetapi penulisan sejarah kemerdekaan yang disampaikan kepada generasi hari ini masih belum berlaku adil kerana fakta yang bercampur propaganda. Ini merupakan beban dan tanggungjawab kepada ahli-ahli sejarah kerana tanpa pensejarahan yang adil, kita tidak akan dapat melihat dan menemui makna dan rupa diri bangsa kita yang sebenarnya. Nama pejuang kemerdekaan seperti Dato’ Onn Jaafar, Ustaz Abu Bakar Baqir, Dr Burhanuddin al Helmy, Ahmad Boestamam, Mat Salleh, Panglima Rentap dan Rosli Dhobi tidak sewajarnya digelapkan dari sejarah menuntut kemerdekaan.

Kemerdekaan adalah untuk kebebasan dan keadilan. Inilah yang dijanjikan kepada kita pada 31 Ogos 1957. Sekiranya kita mahu berdegil untuk meneruskan saki baki peninggalan feudal, atau mahu memperkokohkan lembaga-lembaga sistem otoritarianisme, sudah pasti kita menjadi bangsa yang terpinggir. Bangsa Malaysia tidak miskin dengan sumber daya manusianya. Dengan paras pembangunan yang telah dicapai dan kekayaan yang kita miliki Malaysia boleh menjadi negara yang besar. Dan kita perlu yakin bahawa Malaysia boleh menjadi bangsa yang besar. Tetapi kita tidak boleh menjadi bangsa yang besar sekiranya rakyatnya tidak bebas dan merdeka.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

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Kartika’ caning – Round peg in square hole

* Headlines
* Opinion
* Religion in the News

2009-08-31 12:05

LETTER

While Mr. P. Gunasegaran ( No to whipping for drinking, 28 Aug 2009, Star ) and those in the similar vein are entitled to their freedom of expression, it nonetheless needs to be pointed out that his abrasive intrusion into the intoxicating whipping debate is in extreme bad taste and a blatant affront to Muslim sensitivity.

His high and mighty pronouncement ( read fatwa ) based on his secular theology and his one sentence reference to some unnamed Muslim scholar, makes him an overnight jurist ( read Mufti ) !

Despite 52 years of Merdeka, quite apparently and most unfortunately, the civilized and democratic values of mutual respect is sorely missing in our multi-religious co-existence. And as far as Muslims are concerned, there has been one too many Islamophobic sentiments snowballing by the day in the mainstream editorials, press reports and cyber portals.

Fed by deep-seated prejudice, and popular misconceptions towards Islam and the Shariah, the words “barbaric”, “cruel”, and “inhumane” are hurled without regard for the sensitivity of Muslims.

Barbaric, cruel, and inhumane are after all relative terms that are employed to demonize the other. This media onslaught, directly or indirectly, knowingly or unknowingly, attempts to belittle and humiliate the Shariah justice system, an entire institution whose place in our nation is legitimated by history and the Constitution.

What else does one make of the following headlines “and lets do away with a slew of outmoded, archaic laws in the statute books, both syariah and civil”. He further adds “there is real danger of disarray when man purports to speak for God”. I hasten to respond by asking – should we then let him (the editor) play God or better still be God ?

Islam, meaning ‘submission’- however awkward such a notion is to secular liberal thinking – is acceptance with a free conscience both the tenets of the faith and outwardly the injunctions of the Shariah which encompasses formal ritual worship and the regulation of personal and social mores based on sacred texts.

Believers of other faiths, liberal secularists and secular atheists need to understand that Islam is the governing principle in every aspect of a Muslim’s life to a degree seldom seen in the adherents and practitioners of other religions. Islam is not just a matter of rituals and worship; Islam is a complete way of life. For those who cannot or will not accept the crucial importance of this most important reality in the life of all Muslims we can only say, hopefully without insult, please stay out of our business.

As Muslims we have no difficulty accepting that non-Muslims have different beliefs and live their lives differently than we do. Please show us the same courtesy.

His editorial among others, reflect the distressing trend that non-Muslims are making ill-informed, prejudiced and unwelcome comments on the religion of the majority of people of this country. This is very unhealthy, and dangerously crossing the lines of civilized discourse.

There exists a myriad of opinions on the issue of consumption of intoxicants. But the Muslim scholars are unanimous that the offender must be punished.

If the offence is considered under the jurisdiction of hudud (limits), as is embraced by the schools of thought of Syafie, Maliki and Hanafi, caning must be meted without exception. This being the stipulate of God for the good of the bigger society.

However, Al-Qaradhawi, the celebrated contemporary scholar, in consonant with the likes of At-Tabari, Ibn Munzir, As-Syawkani and Ibn Qayyim opines that this offence is within the domain of ta’zir (discretionary penalty). Thus, the judge may choose to forgive the first time offender or he may elect to cane the offender and would stipulate the number of canings. As alluded by others, the caning is unlike the brutal and vicious whippings as prescribed by the civil courts.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Zulfakar, who lectures Islamic criminal law in the International Islamic University of Malaysia, and Datuk Abdul Munir Yaakob, SUHAKAM commissioner, concurred that the courts acted within the State Shariah Criminal Offences Act notwithstanding the seven day remand order.

The Shariah court is part of Malaysia’s dual justice system which has jurisdiction over Muslims and the decision of the Kuantan Shariah High Court must be respected as such That is the rule of law enjoyed by both the Shariah and Civil courts and outside interference would tantamount to contempt of court. The due process of appeal is open to the victim if justice is not done or seen to be done.

In this media frenzy, the irony has not been lost that Kartika herself has accepted the sentence and has refused appeal despite the suggestion by no less the Prime Minister himself. This underscores one of the objectives of the Shariah, to guide Muslims to be more observant of their religious obligations through remorse and repentance.

The controversy surrounding Kartika’s sentencing also exposes the sometimes uneasy co-existence of the world views of Islam and that of modern secular society. Attempts to fit Islam into the secular world view is like forcing a square peg into a round hole.

Globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that alcohol causes 1.8 million deaths (3.2% of total) and 58.3 million (4% of total) of Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). The U.S. Department of Justice Report on Alcohol and Crime found that alcohol abuse was a factor in 40 percent of violent crimes committed in the U.S. The British Home office reports a figure of 45% which rose to 58% in cases of attacks by unrecognized persons. We have not even begun to mention the primary role of alcohol in road traffic accidents, domestic violence, drug dependence, alcoholism, women and alcohol, adolescents and alcohol, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol and liver cirrhosis, alcohol and brain damage, alcohol and cancer risk, the causal link between alcohol and 60 different types of diseases etc.

God says in the Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 219 :
“They ask you concerning wine and gambling. Say: ‘There is a great sin in both of them, and (some) profits for people; but their sin is greater than their profit …”

As Muslims, our absolute love and allegiance is to our Creator, whose infinite wisdom we do not question. Thus, it is completely unacceptable and reprehensible that any from amongst his creations, should instruct us otherwise applying their fallible human and secular opinions and standards.

(Board of Directors
Muslim Professionals Forum
Dr. Mazeni Alwi
Dr. Jeffrey Abu Hassan
Dr. Shaikh Johari Bux
Haji Mohamed Ali Ghazali
Dato’ Dr. Musa Mohd. Nordin)
KualaLUmpur
28 Aug 2009
MySinchew 2009.08.31

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A MERDEKA DAY MESSAGE FROM 54 NGOs
Aug 31, 09 10:00am

Fifty-four civil society groups have come together to express their outrage over the threat of violence and the offending display of a cow head at a protest in Shah Alam last Friday.

In a statement, the NGOs demanded that those responsible for the incident be investigated and charged for inciting violence instead of sedition, which is considered a much lighter offence.

“Hatred and bigotry must be condemned and distanced by every ethno-religious community especially those the bigots claim to represent,” it said.

“We hope this message representing the view of various segments of our society – Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Chinese, Indian, human rights, women rights, media freedom, culture, business – will be given its commensurate coverage for all Malaysians to ponder upon while celebrating our national independence.” said Wong Chin Huat, one of the spokespersons for the group.

“Pretending that such incident did not happen or downplaying it would do no good to our national consciousness and the preservation of peace in this country.”

Among the key groups which backed the statement are Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Jemaah Islah Malaysia (JIM), Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF), Coalition of Selangor Indian NGOs and Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) Youth.

The following is the statement in full

We, the undersigned civil society organisations are shocked, angered and saddened by the ‘Cow-head protest’ in Shah Alam last Friday against a proposed Hindu temple in Section 23 of the city.

The carrying of the head of a freshly slaughtered cow, a sacred animal to the Hindus, and the unveiled threat of bloodshed on the eve of Merdeka celebration suggest that all Malaysians need to reflect deeply about our 52 years of nationhood, and the clarion call of 1Malaysia

From the outset, these heinous acts of crime perpetrated by the irresponsible few must never be seen as a conflict between the two faiths or the two faith communities.

All major spiritual traditions, Islam and Hinduism included, uphold peace and human dignity as their common and core values. Our spirituality and love for humanity mandates us for the perpetual quest for peace and abhorrence of all forms of hatred and civil disorder.

The Shah Alam incident sadly reveals that violence and hatred are still inadequately delegitimised in our society. We exhort all Malaysians to unite in our joint efforts to decry and delegitimise violence and hatred to prevent any individual or grouping from resorting to intimidation or provocation when faced with any town-planning disputes or rows of similar nature.

We the undersigned, taking cognisance of the above, do hereby:

1. Urge that all disputes in civil society must be resolved through peaceful means such as peaceful demonstrations, rational dialogues, extensive consultations and legal suits. The Selangor state government’s plan to hold a town hall meeting to facilitate communication and engagement with all stakeholders is highly commendable.

2. Condemn in the strongest possible language any act to humiliate and intimidate any ethno-religious community, in this case the irreligious and irresponsible display of a cow head.

In the Shah Alam incident, not only the Hindus are humiliated and hurt but also all thinking Malaysians – Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Sikh, those of other spiritual traditions and atheist. We particularly share the pain and anguish of the Shah Alam Hindu community.

3. Urge all religious authorities, community leaders and political parties to unreservedly condemn the perpetrators of the reprehensible ‘cow head’ act. Every racial and religious bigot should be shamed and distanced by the general public especially by their ethno-religious community which they seek to represent.

Political parties must also take disciplinary action against members involved in inciting hatred. This would deprive them the pleasure and gratification of self-righteousness and heroism. Legal punishment alone may prove inadequate because it may instead grant the offenders the self-perceived honour of martyrdom

4. Support a thorough investigation of those responsible for the ‘cow head’ protest for threatening violence (not sedition) on both the local Hindu community and the elected state government of Selangor.

Threats of violence, for whatever reason, has no place in a civilised society. Violence must be condemned and can only be completely delegitimised when society has zero tolerance for it and every offender is appropriately punished.

5. Express shock and dismay at the failure of the police force to stop the protestors from issuing their threats of bloodshed. An independent investigation on professional negligence should be
immediately initiated to examine these policing failures of a potentially fulminating racial and religious crisis.

This incident among others further highlights the dire importance and urgent need for an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). The IPCMC is a must if the Najib administration is genuinely committed to peace in Malaysia.

6. Call on all Malaysians to heed our plea to completely delegitimise violence and hatred and to strive towards its elimination from our public life. Let this be our joint resolution for our nation’s
forthcoming Merdeka anniversary. Let us usher in a Malaysia which cherishes the values of peace, reason, justice, freedom, equity and inclusion for all Malaysians.

The undersigned groups

1. All Women’s Action Society Malaysia (Awam)
2. Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI)
3. Civil Rights Committee, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (CRC-KLSCAH)
4. Civil Society Committee, LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLGCSC)
5. Civil Society Initiative for Parliamentary Reform (CSI@Parliament)
6. Coalition of Malaysian NGOs Against Persecution of Palestinians (Complete)
7. Coalition of Selangor Indian NGOs
8. Consumer Association of Klang
9. Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) Youth
10. Council of Malaysia Indian Trustee
11. Friends in Conversation (FIC)
12. Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC)
13. Hindu Youth Organization, Port Klang
14. Human Development and Research Centre
15. Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (Imam)
16. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
17. Jemaah Islah Malaysia (JIM)
18. Justice for Beng Hock Facebook Group
19. Kelab Sukan Depot, Port Klang
20. Klang Vellarun Kalai Pannai
21. Letchumi Pooja Dhana Manbran, Klang
22. Majlis Kelab Bell Tamil, Selangor
23. Malaysia Belia Hindu, Negeri Selangor
24. Malaysia Hindu Sangam, Klang Council
25. Malaysia Hindu Sangam, Selangor State Council
26. Malaysia Indian Youth Council, Selangor
27. Malaysian Hindu Dharma Mamandram, Selangor
28. Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
29. Nadaraikia Sangam, Selangor
30. Pamban Swami Maha Teja Mandala Sabai
31. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM (Lihua), Selangor and Kuala Lumpur
32. Persatuan Kebajikan Bharathana, Selangor
33. Persatuan Kebajikan Cahaya Wawasan, Selangor
34. Persatuan Kebajikan Nammakkal
35. Persatuan Kebajikan Vanniar
36. Persatuan Kemajuan Pendidikan, Malaysia
37. Persatuan Pembaca Tamil, Klang
38. Persatuan Peniaga Little India, Klang
39. Persatuan Penyelidikan Astronomi, Selangor
40. Persatuan Prihatin Belia Malaysia
41. Persatuan Thiruvallavar
42. Persatuan Wawasan India, Selangor
43. Pertubuhan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian India, Selangor
44. Pertubuhan Kesedaran Hara Krishna, Klang
45. Research for Social Advancement (Refsa)
46. Selangor Indian Videographers Association
47. Sri Vadivelu Culture and Welfare Association Selangor
48. Sri Vaishnava Paribalana Saba

Menteri betul tidak faham…

Mansuh ISA!

Abolish ISA!

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

ISA, Police Act amendments to include freedom of assembly

By Neville Spykerman – The Malaysian Insider

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says the ISA is only used against threats to national security and stability. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — The government will table amendments to the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Police Act during the next Parliamentary sitting, with changes in the laws to include the freedom to assemble in specific areas without the need for a permit.Home Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein said today that among other provisions that may be relaxed is the initial 60 days detention period of the ISA.

The amendments are part of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promised reforms.

But it is likely to fall short of demands from the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and other activists who want the ISA repealed.

“There may be only time to hold a first reading in October but hopefully the amendments can be debated by the end of the year,” said the minister

Hishammuddin denied claims that the law, which was passed in order to counter the threat of the communist insurgency in the 1960s, had ever been abused.

However he said each provision of the ISA is being reviewed along with other restrictive laws and the Police Act, in order to make them more relevant in today’s landscape.

He pointed out the ISA was still relevant and cited the example of the prevention of terrorism.

The Home Minster was speaking to the press today after chairing a special meeting on national security issues with Minster in the Prime Minster’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz and Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.

He added the government is considering holding an “aggressive” nationwide campaign to explain their stand in reviewing the ISA and their determination not to abolish the controversial law, which allows detention without trial.

The planned campaign will provide a comprehensive explanation on the various provisions of the ISA, so people will understand the law is not draconian or used arbitrarily.

He said the awareness campaign is to inform the people that the government was serious in overcoming the weaknesses in the ISA and were moving to ensure there is no room for the law to be abused, to prevent further allegations.

“We want the people to understand that the ISA is a preventive law to protect the country and its multiracial communities.”

When asked if the ISA would still be used against politicians, he said the Home Ministry had been consistent and used the law against any threat to national security and stability.

He added the right of the majority deserved equal protection.

Today’s meeting was held following a Cabinet decision which called on the Home Ministry, the Prime Minister’s Department and the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry to co-ordinate the roles of the various agencies under their jurisdiction.

Hishammuddin said while there would not be censorship of the internet, existing laws and agencies will be used against those who commit sedition, including against bloggers who touch on sensitive issues such as religion and the royalty.

He said the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will work more closely with the police and the Attorney-General to ensure cases are dealt with more effectively.

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Posted by barred at 8/20/2009 02:49:00 AM

OKT Perhimpunan menentang ISA: Keputusan Mahkamah yang tidak konsisten(Updated)

Sivarasah bebas dari sebarang tuduhan, tetapi lima wanita didakwa…

Kenapa pula ini? Adakah staf Mahkamah kurang/tidak buat kerja dengan sebaiknya?

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Aug 4, 2009
29 charged in KL

All plead not guilty and are out on bail

By Hazlin Hassan, Malaysia Correspondent
In the biggest demonstration in Malaysia for nearly two years, police used tear gas and water cannon on Saturday to disperse thousands of people calling for the abolition of laws that allow for detention without trial. — PHOTO: AP

KUALA LUMPUR – A TOTAL of 29 people were charged in court here on Monday for taking part in a massive protest at the weekend against the Internal Security Act (ISA).

In all, 589 people were arrested during Saturday’s demonstrations in downtown Kuala Lumpur, but most of them were released, including opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president R. Sivarasa, who was freed on Monday.

Among the 29 hauled up in court on Monday were a 16-year-old boy, a 60-year-old woman and another woman, Norlaila Othman, whose husband has been an ISA detainee for the past seven years.

The accused were charged with taking part in an illegal assembly or aiding an illegal organisation in connection with the protests.

All of them pleaded not guilty. They were freed on bail and will be tried on Sept 4. If convicted, they face jail terms of one to three years.

Saturday’s demonstration, which drew a turnout of some 15,000 to 20,000 people, was organised by the Abolish ISA Movement and attracted the support of opposition party leaders.

The protesters say the ISA should be scrapped because it is being used as a means to quash legitimate dissent from opposition party members and civil rights groups.

In court on Monday, defence counsel Azizul Shariman Mat Yusoff argued that the group that mounted the protest should not be regarded as an illegal organisation.

‘The Abolish ISA Movement is a coalition comprising 83 registered NGOs and political parties,’ he said.

Separately, human rights group Suaram issued a statement saying it would lodge a police report against the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, for curtailing the protesters’ freedom of assembly.

100++ hari Najib yang tercemar

2009年7月13日 星期一

Pengacara ntv7 Diberi Amaran

“Tak Wajar Menilai Najib”
Pengacara ntv7 Diberi Amaran

Oleh Wong Shu Qi

Eksklusif Pengacara rancangan isu semasa ntv 7 , Point of View, Florence Looi menerima surat amaran kerana meminta ahli panel undangan untuk meramal kemungkinan Najib membuka ruang demokrasi. Secara kebetulannya, salah seorang ahli panel memberi penilaian yang rendah ketika menjawab soalan tersebut.

Dalam Point of View yang disiarkan pada 5 Julai, sebelum rancangan sampai ke penghujungnya, Florence Looi telah meminta ahli panel untuk meramal kemungkinan Perdana Menteri yang ke-6, Najib Abdul Razak membuka ruang demokrasi di Malaysia. Soalan ini telah menyebabkan Florence menerima surat amaran.

Menurut sumber dalaman stesen televisyen tersebut, surat amaran itu dikeluarkan atas sebab ” Florence Looi tidak harus meminta ahli panel undangan untuk menilai (grade) Najib. Ini tidak selaras dengan panduan dalaman stesen tv.”

Point of View yang disiarkan pada 6 petang, 5 Julai ini merupakan episod terakhir untuk musim ini. Ahli panel yang dijemput ke rancangan ialah kolumnis, Syed Akbar Ali dan editor Malaysian Insider, Leslie Lau.

Leslie menilai : C atau D

Ketika ditemuramah merdekareview, Leslie Lau berkata bahawa dirinya tidak mengetahui apa-apa berhubung isu Florence Looi menerima surat amaran. Beliau tidak pasti sama ada C atau D diberikannya kepada Najib ketika menjawab soalan yang diajukan oleh Florence Looi.

Menurut Leslie, seorang lagi panel, iaitu Syed Akhbar Ali tidak menjawab soalan tersebut. Selain soalan tersebut, perbincangan dalam rancangan hari itu berkisar pada prestasi Najib dalam 100 hari pertama beliau menyandang jawatan Perdana Menteri.

Point of View adalah rancangan perbincangan isu semasa dalam bahasa Inggeris, mula disiar sejak 9 Januari tahun ini, dijadualkan pada jam 6 petang, setiap hari Ahad di saluran ntv7.

Florence Looi Diturun Pangkat?

Sumber maklumat dalaman memberitahu merdekareview, selain menerima surat amaran, Florence Looi yang asalnya memegang jawatan Assistant Assignment Editor, tidak perlu membuat liputan di luar (pejabat), kini diminta memikul semula tugas sebagai wartawan, dengan alasan “tenaga kerja wartawan tidak mencukupi”.

Walau bagaimanapun, salah seorang sumber maklumat dari ntv7 juga memberitahu, kontrak asal antara ntv7 dengan Florence Looi adalah “wartawan penyiaran”. Florence Looi telah dinaik pangkat kemudiannya, namun stesen televisyen tersebut tidak memperbaharui kontraknya. Dengan kata lain, syarat lama yang terkandung dalam kontrak sebagai wartawan penyiaran diteruskan.

Sumber ini mengesahkan, apa yang benar adalah, Florence Looi telah menerima surat amaran. Namun, beliau enggan komen sama ada Florence Looi “diturun pangkat” kerana peristiwa ini.

Isu Khir Toyo

Selain itu, merdekareview juga dimaklumkan, setelah rancangan Point of View melabuh tirai, ada cadangan supaya disusuli dengan rancangan isu semasa dalam bahasa Cina. Namun, setelah perbincangan dalam pasukan produksi, mereka memutuskan untuk tidak mengisi slot selama 13 minggu ini.

Sumber maklumat menjelaskan fikiran pasukan produksi, “Daripada membuat satu rancangan Cina yang tidak bermakna, lebih baik tidak buat.”

Ini dipercayai setelah Najib (gambar kanan) mengambil alih tampuk pemerintahan, ruang yang ada di stesen televisyen semakin mengecut. Pasukan produksi yang enggan menjadi sasaran serangan, lebih sanggup untuk melepas tangan.

Minggu lalu, Malaysiakini melaporkan isu banglo bekas Menteri Besar Selangor, Khir Toyo telah diharamkan di stesen televisyen. Sama ada ADUN Sekichan Ng Suee Lim yang membongkarkan kes ini, mahupun Khir Toyo yang berada di posisi untuk membela diri, kedua-dua tidak menjelma di skrin televisyen.

Pengamal media yang mengendalikan buletin televisyen memberitahu, walaupun ruang kebebasan bersuara bukannya disekat secara keterlaluan sejak Najib berkuasa, namun dalam isu-isu tertentu, mereka memilih untuk mengendalinya secara low profile.

“Pandai-pandailah,” katanya.

Tafsiran Pengamal Media Berlainan

Pada 6 April, Najib berucap di Majlis Malam Wartawan Malaysia sebagai PM yang baru. Menurut laporan Nanyang Siang Pau, Najib menekankan bahawa pentingnya laporan yang bertanggungjawab. Beliau menjelaskan bahawa tanggungjawab ketika membuat laporan bukan bermakna memihak kerajaan, tetapi memperluas dialog politik ke seluruh pelusuk negara.

Beliau mahu media tidak gentar untuk memantau kerajaan dengan laporan yang berasas.

Walau bagaimanapun, tafsiran pengamal media berlainan. Secara terus terang, seorang pengamal media mengaku kepada merdekareview, “apabila pemimpin membincangkan soal profesional, kebebasan bersuara, itu bukan perkara yang baik. Seolah-olah ada orang dengan sengaja berkata, ‘saya mahu lebih terbuka, kamu boleh bincang dengan saya’.”

“Akhirnya, sesiapa yang pergi berbincang dengannya, tidak tahu bagaimana dia di-sudah-kan,” jelas beliau.