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BERSIH: Leaders must watch their words

November 15, 2007

 L to R: Saari Sungib, Ronnie, Wan Azizah, Dr Syed Azman and Yap Swee Seng were talking to Aleyasak Hamid, 31. He was pushed, kicked and thrown into the police truck by a uniform police at Jalan Tun Perak (near Dataran Merdeka) on Saturday’s peaceful gathering of 100,000 organised by BERSIH. His left leg was broken badly and he needed at least 3 to 6 minths to recover according to his doctor.

This is a solid proof of police brutalities on “Yellow Walkers” on Saturday.

The IGP and the PM must apologise to Sdr Aleyasak Hamid for the brutalities. BERSIH will get a lawyer to assist Sdr Aleyasak Hamid to bring the culprits to courts.

I told the press this afternoon that that all political leaders and police officers must watch their words in future. I said that PM Abdullah and the KL CPO who uttered harsh words before the peaceful gatherings {such as ” Saya pantang dicabar”( I hate being challenged) ; ” tindakan keras akan diambil (harsh actions will be taken)} would have influenced the police officers in the ground to act violently and therefor they must be held responsible for Aleyasak’s injury.

Before visit Aleyasak in Datuk Keramat, Sivarasa , Dr Syed Azman and I went to the Commercial Crime Department in Bukit Perdana , Jalan Datuk Onn to give our statements on BERSIH. We were called up by the police based on three police reports against BERSIH. Since all three reports were made on the same day i.e. Oct 25, and citing similar grounds( BERSIH is unregistered) , we believe the action was orchestrated by our political foes.

In my statement, I said that BERSIH is a coalition and therefore the question of not registered as a society does not arise. I gave the Coalition for Peace (Aman Malaysia) as an example.

三人同日不同地点举报
净选盟疑有人幕后操纵
■日期/Nov 15, 2007   ■时间/04:24:14 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/Merdekareview 曾薛霏
           

【本刊曾薛霏撰述】干净与公平选举联盟(Bersih,净选盟)的三名代表今天到武吉阿曼警察总部商业罪案调查组录口供,才知道有三名公众人士曾于1025日在雪州三个不同地点报案,宣称担心1110日举行的“万人诉求公平选举和平大集会”将引发混乱;不过,净选盟发现三份报案书的内容和语法相近,怀疑慕后有人操纵。

武吉阿曼警察总部商业罪案调查组早前传召净选盟的四名秘书处成员今天录口供,其中三人今天到案时,该组助理警监安然(ACP Amran)向他们出示三份报案书,并说警方是根据这三份报案书调查上周六举行的大集会。

这三份报案书是由两名巫裔一名印裔1025日在雪兰莪州不同地点投报;由于三份报案书不但在同一天报案,而且内容和语法相近,因此怀疑幕后有人操纵报案。

被传召录口供的人民公正党全国副主席西华拉沙Sivarasa Rasiah,左图说:“警方出示三份报案书给我们看,令人惊讶的是报案书的内容和语法很接近,而且都在10月25日同一天投报。”

当记者指出民众报案时,大集会尚未举行,西华拉沙笑说:“是啊,报案书的写法是,担心这场集会将引起混乱。”

由于如今的话题焦点已转移到净选盟的游行上,反而忽略了净选盟的选举改革诉求,西华拉沙一再重申,净选盟号召游行是要行使自由集会的权利及推动公平和干净的选举,不应转移焦点。

民主行动党非政府组织事务秘书刘天球(右图)表示:“净选盟的目标只有一个,就是要干净和公平的选举制度;我们可以从很多例子看到,选举委员会本身不中立,譬如,选委会最近没有通知怡保东区国会议员林吉祥,搬进了万名新选民进入该选区,而且其中三千人是军警我们知道,怡保东区并没有军营,也没有新的警察局,何来那么多军警投票?”

此外,刘天球也指出,在2004年大选时,选委会临时在雪兰莪州延长两小时投票时间,乃违法决策

净选盟的四大诉求为:一、采用不褪色油墨;二、废除军警投票,因为缺乏透明度;三、清理选民册;四、公平使用媒体。目前选委会只答应在来届大选采用不褪色油墨。上周六的“万人诉求公平选举和平大集会”,四万至五万人共同步行到国家皇宫,呈交备忘录给国家元首,请求国家元首行使宪法权力,在选制改革完成之前,不解散国会。

调查净选盟是否非法组织

今早10时,净选盟秘书处三位成员人民公正党副主席西华拉沙(Sivarasa Rasiah)、回教党中委赛阿兹曼(Syed Azman)和民主行动党中委刘天球,由各自代表律师苏廉德兰(N.Surendran)、张国伟及尤斯马迪(Yusmadi Yusoff)陪同到武吉阿曼警察总部商业罪案调查组录口供,他们分别由该组助理警监安然盘问。安然也告诉他们,警方将援引《1966社团法令》第42条调查净选盟是不是合法组织。

1966年社团法令》(Societies Act 1966)第42条款阐明,任何管理或协助经营非法组织人,罪成成立可被判监禁不超过年或罚款不超过千元或两者兼施。

西华拉沙录口供后,在警察总部外对记者说,他录口供时向警方汇报净选盟的资料和活动,并重申净选盟是合法的。

他说:“净选盟成立以后,其运作都非常具有透明度,如果任何人想要知道净选盟的资讯,都可以通过净选盟的网站查知。指净选盟乃非法联盟指控并无根据而且净选盟也不是我国第一个联盟,例如废除内安法令联盟GMI),还有前首相倡立的‘马来西亚和平联盟(Malaysians for Peace)。”

净选盟将于本周六推介“黄色星期六”(Yellow Saturday),呼吁人民每周六穿戴黄色,继续支持选举制度改革诉求。

 

Police quiz Bersih leaders
Soon Li Tsin
Nov 15, 07 6:53pm
Malaysiakini
Three Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) leaders were quizzed on the legality of the organisation during their meeting with the Commercial Crimes Department in Kuala Lumpur today.PKR vice-president Sivarasa Rasiah, DAP NGO bureau chief Ronnie Liu and PAS central committee member Dr Syed Azman Nawawi – all of whom are Bersih committee members – were questioned for an hour.

Contacted later, Sivarasa said they were asked on the status of the coalition based on several police reports that were lodged on Oct 25.

“One of them was by a Rela (volunteer corp) officer who said that the rally organised by Bersih (last Saturday) could endanger the public,” he related.

The three Bersih leaders met investigating officer ASP Amran Jusin at about 10.30am after receiving notices from the police two days ago.

Another Bersih leader PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu was not feeling well and did not attend the questioning session.

The meeting was the committee’s first after a series of postponements.

Just like Peace Malaysia

Sivarasa said they were asked to explain what Bersih is about and the police officers had tried to gather more information about the rally.

“I told them a coalition is just a body made up of many other organisations and parties. Also, if they wanted more information about Bersih, they can visit the website.

“I explained by giving examples like the Peace Malaysia coalition started by (Education Minister) Hishammuddin Hussein. It’s a not about the people in it but the campaign message,” he said.

Peace Malaysia is an Umno Youth-led coalition of NGOs, youth bodies, political parties, students, professionals and others with the common goal of pursuing world peace in the wake of the Iraq war. 

Bersih – launched in November 2006 – is a coalition of five political parties and 67 civil society groups campaigning for electoral reforms.

Sivarasa, Azman and Liu were interrogated by different officers in separate rooms. They were represented by lawyers N Surendran, Jonson Chong and Yusmadi Yusoff.

Surendran later told the press that Bersih was being investigated under Section 42 of the Societies Act whereby office-bearers of an unlawful society maybe subjected to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine not exceeding RM15,000 or both.

About 30 supporters had gathered at the Commercial Crimes Department located on Bukit Perdana carrying banners and placards.

The weekend gathering organised by Bersih saw some 40,000 people taking to the streets.

SPECIAL REPORT: Bersih’s Nov 10 mass rally

商業罪案調查組
向淨選盟3成員錄口供

SinChew Daily
updated:2007-11-15 18:14:41 MYT

(吉隆坡訊)武吉阿曼商業罪案調查組已開始對乾淨與公平選舉聯盟(Bersih)進行調查,並在今日(週四,1115日)早上傳召3名反對黨領袖錄取口供。

這3人是人民公正黨副主席西華拉沙、民主行動黨全國中委劉天球和回教黨中委賽阿茲曼。他們於早上10時35分在3名律師和支持者陪同下,到拿督翁路的商業罪案調查總部錄取口供,前後約1個小時。

西華拉沙和劉天球過後對記者說,他們受傳召主要是有人曾在10月25日分別向吉隆坡3間警局包括蕉賴警局報案,指乾淨與公平選舉聯盟是一個非法組織,而11月10日主辦的大集會可能會引起混亂,因此,警方已援引社團法令42條文調查。

他們說,他們告訴了查案警官安南助理警監有關乾淨與公平選舉聯盟的地位與角色,乾淨與公平選舉聯盟是在去年11月由70個團體包括政黨和非政府組織組成,所有活動都是公開的。

他們強調,乾淨與公平選舉聯盟是由多個註冊團體和政黨組成的聯盟,沒有招收個人會員,因此無需註冊,有團體才要註冊。

西華拉沙和劉天球也指出,乾淨與公平選舉聯盟將從這個周六開始,每逢星期六展開“黃色星期六運動”。 (星洲日報•2007.11.15)


 

Hawker: Police broke my knee during rally

Fauwaz Abdul Aziz
Nov 15, 07 12:27pm
Malaysiakini
Aleyasak Hamid Ali Hassan, a pisang goreng seller, offers incontrovertible proof that police had used excessive force in dispersing the Bersih rally for electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday. A bystander whose curiosity got the better of him, his left knee was broken and crushed “by police officers” in the crackdown on protesters gathering in the vicinity of Masjid Jamek.”I just wanted to see – to observe – this rally that people had been talking about. I wasn’t wearing yellow that day, I was wearing black, and it never even crossed my mind to participate in the rally,” said Aleyasak, 31, who lives in Kajang, Selangor.”I also never imagined I would end up with a knee smashed by those who are supposed to be protecting the people against violence.”

Bersih – a polls watchdog coalition of 67 NGOs and five political parties – organised the rally and march to the national palace to submit a memorandum to the King’s representative. Some 40,000 people took part despite prior threats of action by both the police and cabinet ministers.

Aleyasak, – who disclaims any membership or affiliation to NGOs and political parties – was among dozens who took the brunt of a crackdown on what the police described as an illegal assembly after refusing to approve the organisers’ application for a permit.

He spoke to Malaysiakini yesterday, barely an hour after being discharged from Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL).

Grimacing in pain with every movement of his leg, Aleyasak related his ordeal while his wife, Maryam Jameela Megat Mohd Yusof, sat by his side.

“I had read about the Bersih gathering a month ago in the newspapers. As my mother-in-law was holding a Hari Raya open house on Saturday evening, we decided to drive around as a family to see what was going on,” he said.

“While caught in a traffic jam, we saw that the people demonstrating at Masjid Jamek were peaceful – they had nothing in their hands. So, I decided to get down from the car at about 3.30pm at the corner of Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman to watch them from afar.”

Popping sound

Barely 10 minutes after his wife drove off to her mother’s house in nearby Kampung Baru, riot police took over the area in front of Masjid Jamek.

“A group of protestors near Masjid Jamek ran towards City Hall (in Jalan Raja Laut). I saw a number of police officers chasing then. They were all running towards where I happened to be standing.

“People were yelling ‘Run! Run!’ so I got scared and turned to run as well.”

Aleyasak did not get very far. After a few metres, he lost his footing on the slippery rain-washed pavement and fell face forward on the pedestrian walkway.

Seconds later, he was set upon by four to six uniformed police officers.

While several police held his head to the ground, another officer stepped on Aleyasak’s left leg which had folded at the knee behind him.

“He was applying his full weight on it. I heard my knee cracking, then, I head a ‘pop’ sound. I knew right away it was broken,” said Aleyasak.

Ordered to stand up, he told the police officers that his leg was broken. Instead of being carried, he was subjected to foul language and told to walk unaided towards a police truck waiting nearby.

He said: “I was told ‘Why should we carry you? Are you so special to receive that kind of treatment? You’re just a nuisance!’.

“One officer – I don’t remember any of the names or numbers on their uniforms – kicked my injured leg and it slammed against part of the truck. Another detainee already in the truck felt sorry for me and helped me to get into the vehicle.”

About a dozen detainees were taken to the police contingent headquarters. Almost immediately on arrival, Aleyasak said a St John’s ambulance took him to HKL where he was admitted.

Following surgery on Monday, Aleyasak was told it would take three to six months for his knee to heal. However, he will have to wait a full year before doing any sports activities or exercises.

“I won’t be able to work for the next few months in my condition,” he said, appearing resigned to the situation.

‘Do something’

On the advice of friends, Aleyasak filed a police report at the HKL police beat-base, providing details of the incident.

He wants at least an apology from those responsible for the injury, and has not ruled out legal action against the police or government.

“I haven’t done anything wrong. I do not want to cause any trouble. I am not a member of any political party. I’m not against the police. We need to them to maintain security,” he said.

“But I want something done. Anything… but something. At this point, even just an apology from the police officers who did this to me would be good.”

Echoing this, Maryam, 29, said her husband’s injury has jeopardised their livelihood and meager earnings.

A tuition teacher, she said she was shocked and incredulous when she found out what Aleyasak had gone through.

“We are ordinary people. We have nothing to do with politics. Why was he treated that way? Even if the police were cracking down on protestors – my husband was just a spectator – there must be some limit to what they can do,” she said.

She said their children – aged six and two – have been curious about why their father has been injured.

“We don’t want them confused by telling them that the police were the ones that did this to their father,” said Maryam.

She was also incensed by those who had denied that any violence or excessive force had been used by police.

“I feel sad and angry. We want justice done. You can’t do this to people,” she said.

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Ijok: Lessons for the opposition parties

May 1, 2007

LATEST: Tan Sri Khalid will be going back to Ijok to thank the people for supporting PKR at 3.30pm today. The team will be led by PKR advisor  Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, party chief Datin Seri Wan Azizah, information chief Tian Chua and others. I have accepted their invitation to join the walkabout in Pekan Ijok and Batang Berjuntai.

The writings is on the wall. BN had won 92% of the Parliamentary seats in the 2004 GE and defeated the opposition in all the five by-elections (except for Batu Talam which was contested by an Independent). We need to find a winning formula to defeat BN.

BN has been able to win big because there was no true unity among the opposition parties. There’s no true opposition unity to face the the might of BN coalition. There’s no way to beat BN if the opposition parties could not work together effectively to face their common enemy-the Umno-led BN coalition.

Yes, the people of Malaysia suffer much under the current BN administration. They hope the opposition parties could work together to pose a real challenge to the mighty Umno-led BN coalition.

The people do know that BN is corrupt to the core. They know that BN leaders abuse their power to amass wealth for themselves. They were fed up with empty promises and very disappointed with the Prime Minister who could not walk the talk. But where is the alternative? 

Please bear in mind that only the well-informed voters and hardcore supporters vote for the opposition. Voters with pro-winner mentality (commonly called lalang, fence-sitters, the silent majority etc) would only vote for the winners (or potential winners).  They would never vote for the opposition if the opposition looked set to remain as opposition. But these voters with pro-winner mentality is not a small group. And we would not be able to win their votes without presenting them a winning formula.

 Please vote for Khalid !

It’s the duty and responsibility of the opposition parties to offer a winning formula for all to see. Politics of hope is an essential ingredient that we must provide for the voters. The opposition parties must project a winning position and work towards a winning agenda. We owe it to ourselves to do it. 

Yes, the opposition parties are having opposing views on the issue of religion. But that does not mean that we could not resolve or put aside our differences.

Malaysia is rotting slowly day by day. We are facing all kinds of problems and crises. We are also losing our pace to our neighbouring countries. The answer lies in a change of government. Only a change of government could get rid of these greedy and corrupt BN politicians. What could be more important than serving the larger intertest of the people by affecting a change of government?

Ijok is a good beginning for opposition unity. Top opposition party leaders and members in general have put in serious efforts to campaign for PKR. But we were facing various problems due to a poor uncohesive campaign machinery. I personally feel that Khalid could have done better or even made it if there were greater cooperation among the opposition parties. Only true opposition unity and cohesive machinery could destroy the BTF tactics (bribes, threats and frauds) launched by the corrupt BN coalition.

I strongly suggest DAP to openly team up with PKR, and PKR to team up with Pas. And DAP and Pas must at the same time declare that their common enemy is the Umno-led BN coalition. DAP and Pas may not be allies but we are certainly friends in the opposition. It’s only natural that friends in the opposition must put aside our differences for the benefit of the rakyat. We need to help each other to challenge our common enemy.

We will never be able to convince everyone to agree with the strategic partnership among the opposition parties. But politics is about taking risks. The fear of losing seats is something we need to overcome. The ruling class and those with vested interest will be all out to discourage the opposition from achieving true unity and full cooperation. In short, they fear  opposition unity. They know if the opposition really works together, they will eventually lose their grip on power.

Dear fellow Malaysians, there’s no point crying over spilled milk. Ijok is just a temporary setback. We must not lose sight and we certainly must not lose hope. Ijok is nothing compared to the real war-general elections.

The defeat in Ijok actually gives me hope. What about you?

Source: Malaysiakini

HAPPY Labour Day! Highest tribute to all workers who contribute towards nation-building and a peaceful and prosperous society.

Ijok: Kit Siang returns to Ijok tonight

April 26, 2007
Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang decided to give another push to the PKR’s campaign by meeting the Ijok people tonight. This will be his third visit to Ijok since Tuesday.I will be there early to make the necessary arrangement before his arrival at 8pm. The question now is whether ceramahs lined up tonight would be allowed to take place or again stopped or disrupted by Kuala Seloangor OCPD Ibrahim with the help of FRU just like the previous two nights.DAP SG Lim Guan Eng is scheduled to return to Ijok on Friday, the eve of polling day.I will be talking to the Ijok people on issues closest to their heart, and explain why a vote for Khalid could change their lives.I will also ask the Ijok people should the OCPD of Kuala Selangor resign for failing to carrying out his duties and responsibilities effectively.

On the other hand, Tan Sri Khalid has another nice surprise from the former prime minister TDM. He has urged the Ijok people to send a signal to the “rotten” Umno-led BN Goverment. He too believes that BN has changed the nature of the race from by-election to buy-election.

Malaysiakini has the report.

Send signal to the ‘rotten’ government

Fauwaz Abdul Aziz
Apr 26, 07 10:53am
Malaysiakini
The Ijok state seat by-election this Saturday is the right time for the voters to shatter the government’s propaganda that all is well, said former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.While he did not outrightly called on the 12,000-odd Ijok voters not to back the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, he nevertheless urged them to vote wisely this Saturday.“If you don’t think (about) what you are doing, you don’t use your vote intelligently, then of course, you are to be blamed,” he told malaysiakini yesterday.

“Unless you send a signal to the government that, ‘Look, if you don’t behave yourself, you may not get my vote at the next election,’ then the government will say, ‘You see? The people are voting for us. We are doing well,’ he said.

He added that if the Ijok voters got swayed by the by-election goodies in the form of new development in the state constituency, they will only have themselves to blame if a ‘rotten’ government is voted in.

“If you vote (BN) because you get a lot of money or because you get a lot of projects, you may get a rotten government which uses money in order to buy your vote,” said Mahathir.

He lamented that BN supporters would blindly vote for the ruling coalition.

“They don’t care whether it is a good government or not. We are Barisan people. We vote Barisan. No assessment, no study. We vote (Barisan) because we must. That’s why I say a country deserves the government it gets.

“If you don’t think (about) what you are doing, you don’t use your vote intelligently, then of course, you are to be blamed,” he added.

If they lose, Khir Toyo will be blamed

He predicted that should the ruling coalition win, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would get all the credit.

“If they win, it’s because of Pak Lah, if they lose, it’s because of (Selangor Mentri Besar Mohd) Khir Toyo,” he said with his trademark sarcasm.

While declining to describe that he was urging Ijok to register a ‘protest vote’, Mahathir said the BN should not be given unquestioned support.

“Don’t vote BN blindly, don’t vote PAS blindly, don’t vote DAP blindly. Think. Use your faculties to think,” he said.

The Ijok by-election has been called following the death of its incumbent K Sivalingam on April 4.

BN’s MIC candidate K Parthiban will faces off against opposition candidate Khalid Ibrahim of Parti Keadilan Rakyat in the by-election.

In the past week, the landscape of Ijok has changed with millions of ringgit being allocated for mosques, schools, newly surfaced roads, drainage, street lights and other facilities for the voters in this Malay-majority constituency 50km northwest of Kuala Lumpur.

Previously Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said that there was a ‘feel good’ atmosphere pervading the country, and that he was waiting for the ‘feel good factor’ to get even better before calling for general elections.

Mahathir has been involved in a running battle with his handpicked successor over the latter’s alleged mismanagement of the country’s economy, corruption and cronyism.

Fact boxes on Ijok

Warning! Protesters may ‘hit’ back one day

March 24, 2007
Time and again, protesters were beaten up by police officers who were not wearing name tags and badges with code numbers. Some of these creatures do not even wear a uniform. How the hell we know they were real policemen or hired thugs? Must the authority wait until a real blood bath has taken place before they could act sensibly? That will be too late.

Warning! Protesters may ‘hit’ back one day

Fauwaz Abdul Aziz-Malaysiakini
Mar 24, 07 11:33am
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An opposition politician has issued a warning – participants of peaceful assemblies may lash back as violently as the police if the cops continue with their excessive action against protesters.

DAP leader Ronnie Liew said unless the authorities take concrete steps to check violence and other excesses by the police force in violation of the people’s constitutional right to assemble peacefully, the police may in the future find itself dealing with demonstrators willing to lash back just as violently.

“I hope Suhakam will take a very strong stand on (this) as I am worried that, at the rate we’re going, if we don’t stop the police from their acts of brutality, one day it will force protesters and the public in general to also react strongly to their violence,” he cautioned.

Liu said this when commenting on the Suhakam findings into last year’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ incident. The report was released yesterday.

Suhakam’s panel of inquiry into allegations of police violence during the anti-fuel hike demonstration on May 28 at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre concluded that the police used ‘excessive force’ in dispersing the crowd.

‘What choice do we have?’

The image of blood flowing profusely from the head of one demonstrator and of others being beaten by riot police shocked witnesses at the scene of the demonstration and those who saw photos of the incident. 

Liu also cited the assault on PAS leader Saari Sungib during last Sunday’s anti-toll hike protest outside the Summit USJ shopping mall in Subang Jaya, Selangor. 

While Malaysians have often derided demonstrators in other countries such as South Korea and Thailand when they clash with police using sticks and stones, anger at the police’s brutality against unarmed protesters in Malaysia may lead to similar developments, he said.

“If police continue to use (force with such) brutality, what choice do we have?” he asked.

Echoing Liu’s statements on the matter, Saari said while Suhakam and civil society have consistently advocate and exercise the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, the police have demonstrated only consistent abuse of their powers.

“The police have been consistent in terms of violating our right (to peaceful protests) and in disregarding the recommendations of Suhakam,” said Saari.

Public opinion vital

Liu, Saari and representatives of other concerned groups present at the release of Suhakam’s findings congratulated the inquiry panel – led by commissioners KC Vohrah, Zaitoon Othman, Choo Siew Kioh, and Dr Michael Yeoh – for the comprehensiveness of its recommendations.

Aside from recognising the excessive force with which the police and the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) had acted on May 28, Suhakam also urged for the repeal of provisions in Section 27 of the Police Act 1967 that, in requiring a license for any public assembly, conflicted with the constitutional guarantee to freedom of assembly.

Foremost among the groups’ concerns, however, was whether the police force and other relevant government agencies would act upon the recommendations and how Suhakam would ensure steps were taken towards that end, said human rights group Suaram coordinator Chang Li Kang.

Responding to these concerns, Vohrah (left) said Suhakam was not alone among national human rights institutions around the world in lacking powers to enforce its recommendations.

Yeoh suggested that the media and public opinion should not be discounted in affecting the changes that are required in the police force.

“I think the weight of public opinion is very important and carries some resonance with the police… and weight,” said Yeoh.

“That’s why we need your support to publicise the report and mobilise public opinion,” he told reporters.

Suhakam must be given enforcement power

March 23, 2007
I was arrested soon after I started my speech.

Without the enforcement power, the recommendations of the Commission would continue to be ignored by the police.It’s so sad but true. MerdekaReview has a report…

“528血腥星期天”报告结论
警方过度暴力侵犯集会权利

■日期/Mar 23, 2007   ■时间/08:19:02 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/本刊林宏祥
           

【本刊林宏祥撰述】528血腥星期天调查报告书》证实,警方在528日反对燃油涨价集会中使用过度暴力,侵犯宪法中保障的集会自由权利。以本地著名法官霍拉(K.C. Vohrah)为首的调查委员会建议,废除《1967年警察法令》第27A条文,让集会主办单位在毋需申请准证、只需向警方发通告的情况下,行使宪法赋予的权利。【点击:镇暴队警棒直往集会者头部打 528双峰塔和平集会血迹斑斑】

该委员会重申立场,尊重集会、自由表达的基本人权,认为警方不该阻止或驱散和平的集会。他们强烈建议站岗警员必须出示身份,让公众鉴别,并约束警员在和平集会中使用藤鞭、警棍、催泪弹、水炮与化学物威胁人群,也建议警方避免使用直升机干扰集会。

这个总共传召54证人、52证物、为期三周的听证会,由霍拉、杨元庆、再顿奥斯曼(Zaitoon Othman)与朱绍驹主持。听证会于去年105日召开,同月18日结束,然后该委员会用了五个月的时间,完成了这份厚达355报告。除了集会召集人、受伤的与会者、媒体工作者,该委员会也传召警员,包括金马区(Dang Wangi)警区主任卡玛巴沙(Kamal Pasha Jamal)。

该委员会今天召开发布会,发表这份针对去年528日抗议燃油涨价集会事件的报告书。除了鉴定警方使用过度暴力驱散和平集会,报告书也对照澳洲、香港、南非、英国与美国有关集会权利的法律条文,并提出建议。读者人权委员会官方网站下载完整报告

人权委员会无执法权

出席者包括律师公会代表、人权组织、政党领袖、学生组织、当天集会参与者等,由于没有充足时间细读此报告,因此无法深入评述。无论如何,发言的代表皆肯定人权委员会的努力,却对人权委员会没有执法权表示遗憾。

上周日(318日)才在集会中被身份无法鉴定的警员捉捏下体的沙礼顺吉Saari Sungib,右图)就幽默说道:人权委员会对集会的权力立场很一致、而我们号召集会的、参与集会的,也很一致,一切遵照秩序、没有混乱、没有挑衅。而警方也是很一致,以暴力强硬驱散群众。

他认为人权委员会交出了一份好的报告书,如同20018月,该委员会就2000115日沙亚南大道(Kesas)大集会事件呈上的报告书。遭政府援引1960年内安法令》扣留两年的他透露:你知道吗?政治部人员(Special Branch)对人权委员会,是如何的不屑?他们说,他们不屑一顾!(They don’t give a shit!)

民主行动党非政府组织局主任刘天球也提出执法权的问题,认为人权委员会的报告书并没有法律约束。他在谈话中不禁流露其担忧:警察从来不是我们(抗议)的对象。我们过去取笑韩国,集会者必须拿木棍到街上与警员对峙。这是我们不愿看到的,我本身就十分不愿意这样做。但是,若警察继续用暴力,我们还有什么选择?

霍拉(左图)承认本身意识到没有执法权的问题,但是认为这并不只是马来西亚的问题,全世界的人权机构都面对这样的问题。当然,他举例印度,他们能够就警方构成的伤害要求赔偿。

他表示知道改善人权的斗争还很漫长,但是人权委员会已经开始到警队里,向执法人员授课,提升他们的人权意识。

另一名委员朱绍驹则说,每个机构都有各自的角色。人权委员会完成了提呈报告书任务以后,媒体就应该在公共空间掀起舆论,制造压力,改善马来西亚的人权情况。点击:528和平请愿血迹斑斑系列报道

Good recommendations by Suhakam but …

March 23, 2007

I have just returned from the Suhakam office after attending the “Bloody Sunday” Incident press conference hosted by Commissioners KC Vohrah, Zaitoon Othman, Choo Siew Kioh and Micheal Yeoh a while ago.The 365-page report pointed out that the police were found using “excessive force” in carrying out their duties, causing harm and wounded several protestors. The Commission also made some very important recommendations to the police. 

In my immediate response to the report, I commended the Commissioners for their thorough report and the useful recommendations made in the report.

I also echoed the call made by a former Commissioner Prof Hamdan that Suhakam must be given the enforcement power in order to be effective in checking human rights violations. I criticised the BN government for not allowing any debates in the Parliament on the various Human Rights Reports tabled by Suhakam in the past. 

In the press conference, I also said that as one of the organisers of  peaceful demonstrations, I always made it a point to remind the police that they were not our target. They should remain neutral and their single duty was to maintain law and order. But the message seems to be fallen on deaf ears so far and there were signs that the police force was getting more and more aggressive and cruel to the protesters. I warned that if the police continues to behave like hooligans, one day, the protestors may be forced to protect themselves by reacting with force or even retaliate. I said that we used to criticise protestors in other countries for bringing sticks and stones to the demonstarations. But if the police continues to act violently against the protesters, who knows even protestors in Malaysia may be forced into corners and also resort to such measures. No one wants to see Malaysia to be reduced to such sorry state.

I repeated a point I made in the public enquiry earler, where I insisted that all police officers who were sent to control crowd must wear their name tags and number badges for identity. I believed such practise will also help to deter the police officers from using violence against the protestors. I noticed that Suhakam has included my suggestion in their recommendations. Watch this blog for more details of the Suhakam report.

Sdr Saari Sungib was also there to air his views. He said that while the Commission has been consistent in their reports and recommendations, he was very disappointed with the police force because they “consistently”used violence on peaceful and orderly protestors. Saari, a former ISA detainee and regular participant of public protests, was assaulted by the police last Sunday at the Summit toll hike protest.I can still see the bruises on his wrist very clearly.

A member of the press “cynically” remarked that the police seems to have chosen to ignore whatever recommendations made by Suhakam and the Commission was seen to be toothless and helpless. Chang Lih Kang of Suaram asked whether the Suhakam has a route map to implement all recommendations.

KC Vohrah’s response to my comments gives us an impression that he too believe in having the enforcement power, but he said that most of the human rights commissions in the world were not given such powers except for India, where the commission has the power to grant compensations to the victims. He said the Commission has been organising education roadshow with the police officers on human rights, but short of admitting that such programs have failed to work.

Both Commissioners Choo and Micheal Yeoh turned the table by asking the press to provide prominence to the Suhakam findings and recommendations. Choo says that media could play a vital role by giving good media reports and Yeoh argues that such complete media reports would help to drum up public opinion and eventually help to improve human rights conditions in this country. A picture of “toothless media vs toothless Suhakam” quickly froms in my mind. I count myself lucky because no one has told me right in my face that the opposition was also toothless. 🙂

I was arrested soon after I thanked the Sarawakians for voting in more opposition representatives as a protest on petrol hikes, among other issues like land and social injustices.

Police brutality would not deter toll hike protest to proceed

March 22, 2007
Nora was never afraid of the police. She’s my hero.

What the police officers have done to Sdr Saari Sungib last Sunday at the Summit Shopping Complex in Subang Jaya during the toll hike protest was ugly and unacceptable. How dare they tried to hurt Saari in such an uncivilised manner? If the police continues to behave like hooligans, I’m afraid the protestors would also react violently and even retaliate. The IGP and the Prime Minister AAB must take full responsibility for their silly actions and apologise to Saari Sungib and other protestors.Time and again, we have told the police that they were not our target. Our target of protest is none other than the Umno-led BN Government. The police’ s duty was to maintain law and order. It’s our rights to assemble to voice our disagreement with the present corrupt and arrogant government. The police must at all times remain neutral and not to take sides. The protestors have proven to the world that we can maintain discipline, law and order in all our peaceful gatherings, big or small.

This couple with a pair of special chidren never fails to attend toll hike protest organised by the Coalition. We salute you!

We see the police force as part of the rakyat. They too suffer from the sharp toll hikes. We once again warn them not to use violence against the protestors.  The police have no reason to serve the interest of Umno. Their salaries (even the salaries enjoyed by all the Cabinet ministers for that matter) were paid by the rakyat (taxpayers) and certainly not paid by Umno.The hooligan-like behaviours have caused much unhappiness and anger among the protestors. Do not force the protestors to retaliate.

 Malaysians are urged to participate  inthe 6th toll hike protest organised by the Coalition on 22 April 2007 in Cheras at the Leisure Mall.

Suhakam will be releasing its report on the Bloody Sunday Incident outside KLCC tomorrow at 11.30 am at its headquarters. We will see what the Suhakam has got to say.

Coalition: Tool protests to continue

Bede Hong
Mar 22, 07 2:34pm
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Protes, a coalition of opposition parties and non-government organisations (NGOs), will sustain its protest until the government declassifies toll concession agreements.“The prime minister has remained silent on this issue. Until we see results, our campaign will continue,” said committee member Tian Chua today.Chua, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information chief, told this to reporters at a press conference at the PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.The coalition has organised five protests to date since the toll rates for five highways in the Klang Valley saw a sharp hike effective Jan 1.The protests were held at the Sunway Pyramid/Damansara-Puchong highway, Gombak highway, Cheras-Kajang highway, Puchong toll plaza and outside the Summit USJ shopping mall.

Three of the protests were marred by arrests and allegations of police abuse. 

Police rapped

Protes will organise its next demonstration outside the Leisure Mall in Cheras on April 22. According to the organiser, this will be the biggest. Previous protests have attracted between 200 and 1,000 people.

“The government must reveal the toll documents and explain why such agreements were made,” Chua said.

“We don’t want payment to continue to be made from our national treasury to these (concession) companies … and see the inflation rate to go up,” he added.
Chua claimed that the police employed tactics “that seem to side the toll operators” such as turning on the sirens during the protest outside the Summit mall and drowning the disgruntled voices.

“They have no role in deciding what the public should hear or not. Whatever we say has nothing to do with them,” he said.

He cited the earlier protest outside Sunway Pyramid, which drew more than 1,000 people, but saw no untoward incidents.

“That was a situation where people were relaxed and there was no tension. Summit USJ (protest) showed the negative side of the police yet again,” he said.

‘Testicles grabbed’

Meanwhile, PAS Gombak infromation chief Saari Sungib, who was also present at the press conference, claimed that he was a victim of police brutality during the protest outside the Summit mall (see photos and video).

He plans to file a police report over this later today.

Recounting the incident, Saari claimed that police personnel had ‘grabbed his testicles’.

“Several men in plainclothes surrounded me … I was dragged by my neck … and thrown down to the ground,” he said.

“Although my body was held hard, I managed to clamp my knees together to prevent them from crushing my testicles,” he added.

Saari alleged that the arrest was a ‘vindictive act’ on the part of Special Branch officers who are upset with his criticisms against the police.

He said that he also sustained injuries to his neck, arms and left shoulder as a result of that incident.

Saari also revealed that he will take legal action against the government, inspector-general of police and all those involved in violating his human right.

Four-minute video of the press conference

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Five-minute video of Saari Sungib’s arrest
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Stop persecuting Tian Chua

March 10, 2007

The police has decided to charge Tian Chua for having an intention to murder. Are you kidding, PDRM? The police force was once again proven to be impartial. They were on the side of developers. By right, they should remain neutral and stick to their role- maintaining law and order.

Columnist Yang Bai Yang,just like me, do not believe that Tian Chua could be a killer. We know the guy. He was just trying to help the Kg Berembang villagers who were dislodged by the developers. The developers should not have hired thugs and the authority should not have made use of the RELA members in the first place.

Yang Bai Yang has made some very nice comments in his column in Malaysiakini…

原来蔡添强会杀人
杨白杨
07年3月9日 早上9:41
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杨白杨,原名杨文波,另有笔名欧阳恩、李安、马明、胡先及陈默等,马来亚大学中文系及教育系毕业,擅长散文、杂文及时评。他在我国报章撰写过多个专栏,其文字多变,或正经严肃、讲情说理,或嬉笑怒骂、反讽侧击,或直抒胸怀、真情流露,极受读者欢迎。

已结集出版者有《坦然集》、《华团漫步》、《神伤中国》、《黑白之间》、《无关政治》及《百字书》。

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真是不可思议,蔡添强这文弱书生,原来也会杀人。认识蔡添强的人,都以为他只会纠群集众在街头示威演说,煽动人民起来反政府,没有想到他竟然还会杀人。

看到人民公正党宣传主蔡添强被控上安邦再也推事庭,面对刑事法典第307条文企图谋杀罪的朋友们,都说人不可貌相,文质彬彬如蔡添强,其经典照片就是被警察连拖带拉押上警车,完全是个弱者的形象,这种人,被人家杀就有可能,怎么突然变成企图杀人的嫌疑犯了?真是不可思议。

我们不懂法律的人,看到蔡添强涉嫌企图谋杀而被扣留调查,第一个反应是:原来蔡添强会杀人!因为在我们的印象中,蔡添强这种文弱书生,是绝对不会杀人的。我们也听说过,在强奸案里,被告如果是性无能,其强奸罪名就不能成立。因此要控告蔡添强企图杀人,先决条件是蔡添强会杀人,蔡添强如果不会杀人,就像强奸犯不能人道,罪名应该也不会成立。 

无论如何,蔡添强被控企图谋杀,已经引起国人的翩翩联想。一个反对党执政的话可能会当部长的大好青年,为什么要冒这样大的风险去干大奸大诈的人才会干的事情呢?所谓企图谋杀,到底是怎样一回事?政治人物企图谋杀,是不是把威力足以炸毁二十层楼的炸药绑在谋杀对象的身上,夜黑风高时押到深山野岭,碰一声灰飞烟灭?或者像一位前部长那样,半夜把政敌叫出来,然后掏出手枪,就地把他解决?

根据平面媒体和网站新闻报导,虽然稍有出入,不过都告诉读者,蔡添强企图谋杀,手段没有国人所联想的那么高级。公正党媒体宣传主任林秀凌说,蔡添强和其他反对党人及社会运动分子前往支援房屋被拆的甘榜柏仁邦居民,开车到达现场,面对发展商所设的路障,就向守卫放话,若不放行,就要硬闯,守卫就移开路障让他进去了。但是警方的说法是蔡添强硬闯路障,差点伤及一名发展商职员,因此以企图谋杀罪扣留他进行调查。

蔡添强如果真有谋杀的企图,看来他的企图并没有成功。他是文弱书生,都不会杀人的,就像一个性无能的人,那里能够成功的强奸他人呢?或许有人会说,性无能的人,也可能企图强奸,不会杀人者,也可能企图杀人。说得好,我给你驳倒了。我转换话题。我们姑且承认不会杀人者也可能企图谋杀,然而在蔡添强的事件中,为什么大家印象中不会杀人的蔡添强竟然企图杀人呢?

企图谋杀总得有个动机。蔡添强涉嫌企图谋杀,其动机是什么?是看到官商勾结强拆民屋搞发展赚大钱而妒忌到想杀人了吗?或者是因为州议员违反条例建造皇宫式豪宅而消遥法外,低下层老百姓求个安身之所而不可得,气得蔡添强都想杀人了吗?

一个社会,如果众人眼中绝不会杀人的好好人,看多了人间不平,义愤填膺,气到想杀人,那么,这个社会已经走到危险的地步了。全国人民祈祷吧,祈祷这个国家没有走到这个地步,祈祷蔡添强不会杀人,也没有气到想杀人,不只是因为爱护蔡添强,而是因为社会问题搞到蔡添强都想杀人的话,这个国家的灾难也就不远了。

Toll hike demo: Cops must explain assaults

February 15, 2007
The guy who was being manhandled here is Tan Boon Wah, the Chairman of Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Action Committee ( BMC OARAC). I was arrested together with Tan and 19 other protestors like Dr Hatta Ramli, Tian Chua, Eanyong Hian Wah on Jan 21, 2007 at the Grand Saga 11th Mile toll plaza.Suhakam: Cops must explain action
Andrew Ong-Malaysiakini
Feb 15, 07 12:07pm
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Suhakam wants an explanation from the police regarding their actions during the demonstration near the Cheras-Kajang highway on Jan 21.The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) made the decision following a complaint lodged by Selangor DAP, who alleged that excessive force was used by the police to break up the demonstration.During the incident, 22 individuals were arrested and at least three of them have claimed that they were victims of police brutality.

A video clip was of protester Ho Chee Loong, 28, being allegedly roughed up during arrest and later being repeatedly punched in the groin was also submitted as evidence to Suhakam.

The protest was held against the Jan 1 hike in the toll charges for five highways in the Klang Valley.

Wait for report

“As far as Suhakam is concerned, we are for freedom of assembly,” said Suhakam commissioner N Siva Subramaniam when contacted today.

He said the commission would submit a comprehensive report on freedom of assembly and highlight some ‘areas of concern’ to the police soon and would expect the police to reply.

While not ruling out a public inquiry into the incident, Siva said Suhakam would have to wait for the publication of a report on a previous public inquiry alleged human rights abuse by the police during a demonstration on May 28 last year, near the Suria KLCC shopping complex.

“The commission is of the opinion that the (issue raised by DAP Selangor) was similar to the KLCC incident and we would wait for the report which is being finalised,” he said.

The report is expected to be made public in mid-March.

Photo gallery

February 11, 2007

In order to promote awareness among the people about the true ugly faces of BN leaders, Protes will certainly press on for more public actions despite of the arrests of protestors, police brutalities and the OSA threat.

The coalition against toll hike, Protes, has decided to take a break during the Chinese New Year festive season and resume with its public actions soon after the long holiday. Plans include a public ceramah in Puchong and a peaceful demonstrations each at the Summit in Subang Jaya and Leisure Mall in Cheras. Watch this blog for further details.