Let’s paint Malaysia YELLOW on Saturdays

November 18, 2007

Ceramah BERSIH: Datanglah ke Palm Grove Kelang malam ini untuk ceramah BERSIH. Saya akan berucap bersama dengan Dr Hasan Ali dan rakan-rakan seperjuangan lain.

AFP: Police confiscate activists’ leaflets in KL

POLICE disrupted a street protest on Saturday by confiscating balloons and leaflets after activists launched a campaign to urge Malaysians to wear yellow every Saturday to demand electoral reform.

At least 10 members of a group were distributing the materials to the public at a busy train station in Kuala Lumpur when police moved in.

Mr Ronnie Liu, of the opposition Democratic Action Party, described the police action as a form of ‘intimidation and harassment’.

‘I will say our street protest to promote a campaign to wear something yellow every Saturday was a success despite the police action. We managed to distribute the yellow balloons and ribbons before they stopped us,’ he said.

‘They also threatened to arrest us,’ he added.

He said yellow was chosen to represent people power, freedom and justice.

A protest on Nov 10 demanding electoral reform drew some 10,000 people despite rain and a police ban. The rally was suppressed by police using water cannon and tear gas.

But protesters managed to hand a memorandum to a palace official for the Malaysian King, who is highly respected but has a largely ceremonial role and usually stays out of politics.

The protest movement, a coalition of opposition parties and civil society groups called Bersih (‘clean’ in the Malay language), is pushing for reforms including a clean-up of the electoral rolls and an end to postal votes.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Gelombang Kuning: Polis pecahkan belon, rampas risalah Bersih

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  Sebelah Stesen Monorail Sentral  pada hari Sabtu 17 Nov 2007

Kira-kira sepuluh minit ‘Gelombang Kuning’ dilancarkan oleh Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil (Bersih) di pekarangan Stesen Monorail KL Sentral, polis mula bertindak dengan merampas risalah yang diedarkan oleh pertubuhan tersebut.

Dalam pelancaran yang bermula jam 2.00 petang itu, selain risalah, belon berwarna kuning yang tertulis perkataan Bersih termasuk yang berada di tangan orang ramai dipecahkan dan dipijak serta kenyataan akhbar berbahasa Melayu mengenai pelancaran tersebut juga dirampas anggota keselamatan yang hadir.

Malahan tujuh orang daripada dua belas anggota Jawatankuasa Bersih termasuk Ronnie Liu dan Faisal Mustaffa yang mengetuai pelancaran tersebut turut ditahan polis serta disoal siasat dan diminta menunjukkan MyKad masing-masing.

Menurut Faisal, apa yang memeranjatkan, mereka ditahan oleh 20 orang anggota polis yang tidak memakai pakaian seragam (polis preman) sedangkan polis berpakaian seragam turut berada di kawasan tersebut.

“Memang kami amat terkejut dengan penahanan tersebut. Sebaik sahaja ditahan, kami bertanyakan siapa mereka kerana mereka tidak memakai baju seragam polis. Mereka menyatakan mereka polis serta menunjukkan kad pengenalan sebagai anggota polis.

“Kami mempersoalkan kenapa kami ditahan. Katanya, kami ditahan di bawah Akta Penerbitan dan Percetakan 1984 dan menyatakan risalah kami mengandungi unsur-unsur yang mencurigakan. Mereka menggugut untuk membawa kami ke balai polis. Namun hampir setengah jam kami disoal dan ‘tercangak’ di situ, kami tidak juga dibawa ke balai polis,” kata Faisal sebaik sahaja dilepaskan polis.

Jelas Faisal, jika benar polis ingin menyoal siasat, mereka sudah bersedia untuk dibawa ke balai polis. Namun sungguhpun van polis sudah berada di kawasan tersebut, mereka tidak diarahkan untuk menaiki van tersebut.

“Kami memberitahu mereka kami memang bersedia untuk dibawa ke balai polis dan peguam kami juga sudah menunggu di sana. Tetapi mereka tetap tidak membawa kami. Bagaimanapun selepas setengah jam ditahan, kami dilepaskan begitu sahaja tanpa sebarang syarat, “katanya.

Dalam pada itu, jelas Faisal, pada waktu yang sama, difahamkan kira-kira 50 orang anggota polis berkawal di setiap sudut Stesen KL Sentral berkemungkinan maklumat yang disampaikan kepada mereka bahawa Bersih juga akan turut mengedarkan risalah di stesen tersebut.

Bagaimanapun kata Faisal, pihaknya tidak sempat ke stesen tersebut kerana mereka ditahan dan 200 risalah telah dirampas.

Sementara itu, Dr Hatta Ramli yang juga Ahli Jawatan Kuasa Bersih yang tiba sejurus tujuh orang AJK Bersih itu dilepaskan, menyatakan beliau sudah menjangkakan, selepas perhimpunan 10 November lalu, apa sahaja yang dikaitkan dengan Bersih akan diambil tindakan keras pihak polis.

“Mereka memang menggugut untuk menangkap pimpinan Bersih yang mengedarkan risalah untuk memperkenalkan Bersih kepada orang ramai,”katanya.

Jelas Dr Hatta, sebahagian masyarakat masih belum mengetahui dengan jelas perjuangan dan matlamat Bersih.

Tambahan pula katanya, kempen yang dibuat kerajaan mengenai Bersih dalam media rasmi menyebabkan rakyat semakin tidak memahami misi pertubuhan ini.

Dr Hatta yang turut tampil dengan berbaju kuning menyatakan tindakan kerajaan yang menggambarkan Bersih sebagai musuh kepada rakyat menyebabkan rakyat semakin kurang pemahaman mengenai tujuan Bersih ditubuhkan iaitu ke arah proses pilihan raya yang lebih telus.

“Sebab itu kami bertindak untuk mengedarkan sendiri risalah mengenai Bersih kepada rakyat. Nampaknya mereka menghalang untuk mengelakkan kita daripada mendidik masyarakat,” katanya yang juga Bendahari PAS Pusat.

Bagaimanapun tegas Dr Hatta, pihak Bersih tidak akan berputus asa serta akan meneruskan usaha untuk menimbulkan Gelombang Kuning kepada rakyat.

Sehubungan itu katanya, Bersih akan terus menggerakkan usahanya menyampaikan maklumat kepada rakyat pada setiap negeri.

Untuk menggerakkan Gelombang Kuningnya, Bersih mengajak rakyat mengenakan warna kuning pada pakaian, tali leher, selendang, payung, topi, serta mengingat riben berwarna kuning pada antena kereta dan cermin sisi pada setiap hari Sabtu sebagai sokongan kepada usaha pertubuhan ini.

BERSIH: Yellow Saturdays campaign will catch on like wildfire

November 17, 2007
In front of the main gate of the Palace: I was phoning several Yellow Walkers to bring some National Flags  to the front. We needed the flags to send our delegation to the Istana. Those young flers in maroon uniforms (right in front) are members of the Unit Amal. They have done all of us proud with their excellent performance. Terima kasih Unit Amal!

I am very confident that the Yellow Saturdays campaign will catch on like wildfire all over the country. My confidence stems from the fact that more and more Malaysians now realise that the current electoral system is full of frauds and the Election Commission (SPR) was willing to serve the interest of Barisan Nasional as if the EC is the 14th component party of the ruling coalition. And that some 100,000 rakyat have turned up on Nov 10 to voice their support despite of repeated threats from top BN leaders and the police. Even the roadblocks all over the country did not stop the rakyat from converging at the capital city last Saturday. 

Todate, some 60,000 Yellow T-shirts have been sold all over the nation.

 Hidup BERSIH! Hidup Rakyat!

以干扰公众抵触印刷法为由
警方阻推介“黄色星期六”

■日期/Nov 17, 2007   ■时间/08:47:33 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/merdekareview特约谢晶晶
           
【本刊特约谢晶晶撰述】警方强行阻止干净与公平选举联盟(Bersih,简称净选盟)今午在吉隆坡中环车站(KL Sentral)举办的“黄色星期六”推介仪式,一度没收净选盟代表身份证,更套以“干扰公众”罪名。

紧随上周六“诉求干净选举”大游行、全国掀起“黄潮”之势,净选盟决定打铁趁热在今天推介“黄色星期六”,呼吁公众每逢周六穿着黄色衣物,响应改革选举制运动。

净选联盟近十名代表今午二时许集合在吉隆坡中环车站,由民主行动党非政府组织局主任刘天球发表约五分钟的演说后,开始向人潮派发净选运动的宣传册子及黄色汽球。

约十分钟后,数名便衣警察突然趋前指示净选盟代表出示身份证,然后在没有给予理由的情况下,没收七名代表的身份证。

净选联盟成员刘天球随即询问警方扣留其身份证的原因,警方原本回应说净选盟代表活动干扰公众,随后又改口指警方怀疑宣传册子内容违反《1984年印刷法令》,并要求净选盟的代表随同警方前往十五碑(Brickfield)警局问话。记者趋前聆听双方对话时,数度遭一名便衣警察推开。

刘天球及净选盟代表与警方和平交涉约半小时后,十五碑警区总部卡玛鲁汀祖助理警监(Kamarudin Zul)接到一通电话,指示属下将身份证归还给净选联盟代表,并要他们结束今天的活动。

警方:没收身份证只为记录

卡玛鲁汀较后指出,警方向净选盟代表收集身份证只是用作记录用途,不会逮捕净选联盟代表,同时受到上头指示必须没所有宣传物品,及解散这项活动。

基于所有的宣传册子及汽球已被警方没收,净选联盟逼于无奈结束今日的推介活动。被没收的宣传册子还包括介绍公民智囊团(Citizen Think Tank)的宣传册子。

七名遭警方扣留身份证的代表包括刘天球、净选联盟秘书处成员Madeline Chang、法沙慕斯达化(Faisal bin Mustaffa)、公民智囊团(Citizen Think Tank)代表朱达(Dzuldah)、阿兹米尔(Azmir Zrm bin Rose)和再益(Zaib bin Ibrahim)。

据记者现场观察,净选盟今天举办的推介活动,并没有为人来人往的中环车站制造困扰,现场秩序良好。他们友善地向路人派发宣传册子和汽球,没有高喊口号或举大字报的激昂场面,只是一般的宣传活动。

一名净选盟代表说,警方在活动开始前已派出大批人手在附近驻守,他在中环车站内就看到至少有五十名制服警察。

警方驻守戒备

在活动开始前,中环车站只有两、三名制服警员巡逻,后来至少有九名便衣警察出现,随后还有一辆警车停在路边驻守。

便衣警察表明身份后与净选盟代表交涉时,曾吸引少数的路人围观,但大多数路人并不以为然。净选盟代表也协助几名被人潮阻挡去路的盲人过马路。这场风波由始至终没有引起很大的骚动。

上星期六净选联盟在吉隆坡市中心举办选举改革大集会,警方如临大敌般在市中心布署壮大的镇暴阵容,并在多处实行封路措施和进行路检;最后,这场大集会在四万名参与者守纪律的情况下和平结束。

相较于大集会的四万名参与者,净选联盟会此次的活动参与人数只有区区不上十人,但警方仍然严正以待,就便衣警察的人数已超过净选联盟代表。警方及政治的干预使选举改革运动经历一波三折。

刘天球:警方理由不合理

刘天球指出,净选盟有权向公众分发宣传册子,而有关宣传册子经过律师研究后,证实没有触犯任何法令,于半年前已开始印刷及发派;因此,警方以干扰公众及宣传册子内容违法的理由扣留众人的身份证是不合理的。

刘天球说:“我曾询问警方是否要逮捕我们,对方否认,但是,如是不是逮捕,警方没有理由可以扣留我们的身份证及要求我们到警局问话。”

净选盟秘书处成员法沙慕斯达化(右图)表示,该联盟今天的目的是推介“黄色星期六”活动,而警方有关举动使该他们认为这是当权政党尝试阻止选举改革的手段之一。

虽然今天的活动受到警方干扰,但无阻选举改革运动继续进行。”净选盟在今日发表的文告中写道:“我们的声音必须被听见,我们的信息必须被理解,我们的权力必须被恢复!”

他指出,继本月10 日以“以黄潮淹没吉隆坡”为主题的游行大集会得到巨大回响后,该联盟决定顺水推舟,推介“黄色星期六”活动,并将之纳入是净选运动的其中一部分。

他表示,黄色并不只是代表皇室的颜色,它还是代表反对、新闻自由及人民力量的颜色。他说:“上星期六举办的大集会人数相信有十万人,除了聚集在皇宫外的人群,其实还有许多人在吉隆坡一带遭拦截而无法前来共襄盛举。”

在“黄色星期六”活动下,净选联盟呼吁关心选举改的国人联同他们的亲友,即日起每逢星期六在穿着及其它方面配上黄色,如穿黄衣、戴上黄色丝带、黄色领带或头巾,携带黄色雨伞、在车镜、脚车绑上黄丝带等…

法沙慕斯达化指出,这项全国性的活动将持续至选举改革成功为止。

刘天球:选委会成为国阵“帮手”

刘天球在推介“黄色星期六”活动发表演说时指出,此活动目的是推动清廉与公正的选举。他呼吁人民与净选联盟站在同一阵线,一起推动选举改革。

刘天球(左图)说:我国的选举委员会已成为国阵政府的‘帮手’,以协助国阵在大选中胜出。只要选举制度不进行改革,在野党就不会有机会打败国阵,根据估计,在野党可在来届大选中获得60%的选票,但在野党仍不能取代国阵组成政府。”

国阵政府实行不公平的国会及州选区划分,举个例子,选举委员会允许一万名国人成为怡保东区的新选民,其中三千人是邮寄选民,讽刺的是,怡保东区并没有军营或警察宿舍,何来这么多邮寄选民?”

另一个明显例子是上届大选,选举委员会宣布展延雪州选民的投票时间至傍晚七时。”

他表示,现场民众对这项活动的反应尚算良好,但据他了解,经过大集会后,很多人渴望参与“黄潮”。刘天球说:“我们须给予有关单位作出决定,目前我们还未决定是否展开新一轮的游行。”

Yellow Saturdays launched off today despite of police interference

November 17, 2007

Nov 10: Marching in the rain. We were on the way to the Palace.

I was alomost arrested for distributing the BERSIH leaflets with other supporters of BERSIH this afternoon at the Sentral Monorail Station in Kuala Lumpur.

Some 20 over SB officers from the Brickfields police station disrupted the launching of the Yellow Saturdays campaign. The took our Mykads and wanted us to go to the police station for investigation.

I challenged the police officer to state the reason for retaining our Mykads but to no avail. I refused to follow them to the balai because we have the rights to distribute leaflets and they have no rights to stop us.

After some 15 minutes of stand-off with the police, they finally returned the Mykads to us without the need to go to the balai for investigation.

They have also confiscated some of our balloons and leaftlets without justification.

We managed to read out our statement and distributed some ballons and leaflets to the public before the disruption.

We in BERSIH will continue to promote our Yellow Saturdays campaign all over the country. No amount of pressure from the police/ BN could stop us from pushing for clean and fair elections.

This is the statement from BERSIH today…

Coalition For Clean And Fair Elections (BERSH) 4A Jalan Sepadu, Taman United, Off Jalan Klang Lama, 58200 Kuala LumpurTel: (03) 79806571   Fax: (03) 79802697   URL: www.bersih.org   Email: info@bersih.org 

 Press Release 17 November 2007 The Yellow Wave Continues… 

Hot on the heels of the highly successful and historic 100, 000 People’s Gathering on 10 November, BERSIH continues on its mission for clean and fair elections with the launch of the Yellow Wave campaign.

As evident in the People’s Gathering on 10 November, we can truly make an impact if we all stand together and speak as one voice. On 10 November, we made a statement that was heard all over the world. And the world took notice, not least because we stood out in YELLOW, the colour chosen to symbolize our protest.

BERSIH believes that our flawed electoral process is a core cause for the exploding political, administrative and judicial rot in Malaysia, therefore we have an obligation to maintain the momentum for change and reform. We need to send a strong, consistent signal to the government, and what better way to remind them of our demands than to wear YELLOW, the colour of 10 November!

BERSIH urges all concerned Malaysians and their friends to wear something YELLOW every Saturday, starting from today. Wear a yellow ribbon on your shirt. Wear a yellow necktie or scarf. Use a yellow umbrella. Tie a yellow ribbon on your car’s antenna or side mirrors. Tie a ribbon on your bike. Wear a yellow armband. Better yet, wear your BERSIH T-shirt!

Our voices must be heard. Our message must get across. Our rights must be restored!

Let us paint the country yellow, starting today!

                                                                                                                                                   About BERSIH
Launched in November 2006, BERSIH started off as a coalition of 26 NGOs and 5 political parties. Today BERSIH is supported by over 70 NGOs and 6 political parties.  BERSIH’s four immediate demands for electoral reform are:

  • The use of indelible ink to prevent multiple voting
  • The abolition of postal voting for the armed forces
  • A thorough cleanup of the electoral roll to eliminate fraudulent registrations
  • Fair and equitable access to the media
Launch of ‘yellow day’ marred by police harassment
Fauwaz Abdul Aziz
Nov 17, 07 5:22pm
Malaysiakini
Today’s launch of polls watchdog coalition Bersih’s ‘yellow day’ was marred by what one Bersih leader described as police harassment in order to disrupt their campaign for clean and free elections.Several Bersih leaders, including DAP leader Ronnie Liu and PKR leaders N Subramaniam and Faisal Mustaffa, had just begun distributing balloons and pamphlets to pedestrians and commuters in front of the KL Central monorail station in Brickfields.Reading from a prepared statement, Liu called on the public to wear “something yellow” every Saturday as a statement of support for electoral reform and to send a message to the government for clean and free and elections.“Wear a yellow ribbon on your shirt! Wear a yellow necktie or scarf! Use a yellow umbrella! Tie a yellow ribbon on your car’s antenna or side mirrors! Tie a ribbon on your bike! Wear a yellow armband! Better yet, wear your Bersih t-shirt!“Our voices must be heard. Our message must get across. Our rights must be restored!” said Liu when the launch started at 2:30pm a few feet away from PKR’s information office.

Pamphlets, balloons seized

The upbeat mood of the activists, however, took a downturn 15 minutes after they started their distribution campaign when several police officers from the Brickfields district police station appeared and ordered them to surrender their identification cards (IC).

Leading the operation, district ant-vice division chief Kamaruddin Yusof initially told Liu and the others that they were suspected of violating the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

About 50 copies of Bersih pamphlets – and 20 of Bersih’s yellow balloons – were seized.

Kamaruddin refused to say, however, what offence had been committed exactly or the relevant section that had been infringed.

“You cannot just tell me we’ve done something wrong under the Presses Act. You have to tell me what we’ve done exactly,” said Liu.

“Don’t argue with me. Not here. I’m not going to argue with you. Whatever you want to say, say it at the police station,” Kamaruddin responsed.

Several minutes later, Kamaruddin also said the Bersih activists were disturbing public order as “we have observed that you have been creating public disorder here.”

Also present with him was district public order division head Mohd Khalid Adun.

Kamaruddin told Liu and several others that their ICs were needed to record their particulars. A vehicle was called to take them to the district police station.

‘Orders from above’

The 15-minute wait for the police vehicle in the hot sun, however, seemed to to mellow the initially rigid stance of Kamaruddin and other police officers.

“You don’t have to come to the police station. You can have back your ICs. You’re free to go,” said Kamaruddin before ordering the documents to be returned to their owners.

“I have orders from above, lah,” Kamaruddin told reporters when asked what the whole affair was about.

Speaking to Malaysiakini later, Liu said the episode was a clear example of harassment by the authorities in order to disrupt Bersih’s public education and awareness campaign.

It will not, however, dissuade the coalition from continuing with its efforts.

“We will continue the campaign. We still want the people to know about the Bersih campaign and to wear something yellow every Saturday,” said Liu.

Bersih – made up of 67 NGOs and five political parties – has taken the royal colour of yellow to beseech the King’s hand in calling for electoral reform.

Last Saturday, they held a rally and march to the national palace to submit a memorandum to the King’s representative.

BERSIH’s response to the statement issued by Datuk Pengelola Bijaya …

 Who’s this fler? Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Istana Negara, Datuk Wan Mohd Safiain Wan Hasan, IC No: 461214035359, is an UMNO member, membership No: 03728983, from Cawangan Taman Desa Minang, Gombak Setia, Gombak. Aha…


 

Coalition For Clean And Fair Elections (BERSH) 4A Jalan Sepadu, Taman United, Off Jalan Klang Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur Tel: (03) 79806571  Fax: (03) 79802697  URL: www.bersih.org  Email: info@bersih.org 

Press Release 17 November 2007 BERSIH’s response to the statement issued by the Palace 

BERSIH wishes to put in on record that we have never said at any time that the memorandum handed over to Yang DiPertuan Agong on 10 November was handed over with his Majesty’s tacit or express approval. The Rakyat of Malaysia are free to petition our King at any time on matters of major public interest, including free and fair elections, a position we are sure His Majesty would surely agree with. BERSIH again thanks the Palace for receiving on Tuesday, 6 November 2007, our written request for the appointment at 5 pm on 10 November 2007 to hand over the memorandum. We also appreciate the request from the Palace for the list of names of the delegation who was to hand over the memorandum to a representative of his Majesty and which we duly submitted on Friday, 9 November 2007. Finally, BERSIH wishes to record again our thanks to His Majesty for receiving the memorandum through his appointed representative on 10 November 2007. As citizens of Malaysia, it is our expectation that His Majesty will continue to play the role that he has been entrusted with under the Federal Constitution, and in so doing, to protect the rights and interest of all Malaysians and to ensure the integrity of our institutions. On our part, BERSIH will continue its struggle for free and fair elections and for genuine democracy in Malaysia. For enquiries, please contact the secretariats; Faisal Mustaffa 019-2232002 or Medeline Chang 012-2192010.  

RPK: What the eye does not see

November 17, 2007

  On Nov 4, BERSIH has submitted a letter to the Istana Negara, informing HRH Agong that we will be presenting a memo on a clean and fair electoral system to HRH on Nov 10.

The fact remains unchanged: we have submitted a letter to the Istana Negara by hand before the Peaceful People’s Gathering and the palace authority has asked for a namelist of our delegation the Nov 10 event. This indicated clearly that the palace has wanted to receive the memorandum and look into our demand. We would not be shaken by a statement supposedly issued in the name of  HRH and feel rejected or disappointed.

We urge the rakyat to be patient and let us wait for HRH Agong to respond positively. 

We respect the views of HRH Agong and we are grateful that HRH has accepted our memorandum for a clean and fair electoral system.

Btw, who’s this chappie?

Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Istana Negara, Datuk Wan Mohd Safiain Wan Hasan, IC No: 461214035359, is an UMNO member, membership No: 03728983, from Cawangan Taman Desa Minang, Gombak Setia, Gombak.

Do you see the link now?

  

16/11: What the eye does not see

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Posted by: raja petra

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Now you see it, now you don’t. Yes, people like David Copperfield make a very good living doing silap mata. The English call it magic. Actually it is more a sleight of hand. The hand moves faster than the eye, they always say, so while they make you focus on one hand, the other hand does the ‘magic’ trick. Malays call it silap mata, which translates literally to ‘fault of the eye’. Whatever it may be, and whatever language you are comfortable with, the main gist to the whole thing is: what you see is not what you get — or in ‘computer language’, WYSINWYG.

And today the Government of Malaysia tried doing a David Copperfield on us.

“Tuanku Mizan Regrets Claims He Supports Illegal Rally,” screamed the Bernama headlines. The Malay version said, “Tuanku Mizan Kesal Dakwaan Baginda Sokong Perhimpunan Haram.” Both versions can be read below.

Wow! To the layman this sounds very serious indeed. A very ‘high-ranking’ Istana Negara official named Datuk Wan Mohd Safiain Wan Hasan and going by the title of Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja has issued a statement of behalf of The Agong. Who is this guy anyway?

Well, this guy holds the position that Jeanne Danker used to hold before she dislodged the Raja Permaisuri Agong to become Malaysia’s so-called ‘First Lady’. Actually, the Prime Minister’s wife is maybe the ‘22nd Lady’ after the Raja Permaisuri Agong, the consorts of the nine State Rulers, the four Undangs, the four Governors, followed by the few ex-Raja Permaisuri Agong still living. But the government-controlled media would like us to believe that the Federal Constitution of Malaysia is wrong in placing 21 other ladies above the Prime Minister’s wife.

This Wan Safiain chappie hails from Terengganu and works for the Prime Minister’s Department. In fact, the entire office of the Istana Negara comes under the Prime Minister’s Department. I remember relating an incident which happened way back in November 1999, a few days before the Tenth General Election.

In November 1999, I was tasked with the job of delivering a letter from Barisan Alternatif to the Istana Negara requesting an audience with The Agong then, my uncle. I delivered the letter at noon on Friday and went off to the mosque for my Friday prayers. When I went back to the office around 2.30pm there was a reply waiting for me in the fax machine turning down our request for an audience, with a suggestion that we try again after the general election. Our letter was addressed to The Agong. The reply came from the Prime Minister’s Department. The Agong never got to see the letter and was not even aware that one had been sent. And that was probably the fastest reply ever from a government department in Malaysia’s entire history.

So now we know how the Istana Negara office works. The office comes under the Prime Minister’s Department and the people in that office are planted there by the Prime Minister’s Department to be the eyes, ears and sometimes mouth of the government as well. And today we saw an example of how it has become the mouth of the government. Today’s announcement by the Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja, not the Keeper of the Royal Seal but the Keeper of the Royal Linen a la Jeanne Danker before she became ‘First Lady’, is a prime example of how these plants from the Prime Minister’s Department are the eyes, ears and mouth of the government.

That is why it was not wise to quietly deliver the BERSIH Memorandum to The Agong. If that had been done, then the Memorandum would have been hijacked and would have been diverted to the Prime Minister’s Department instead — and The Agong would have never seen it. And that was also why it was necessary for 100,000 citizens to march to the Istana Negara to ‘escort’ the Memorandum — although only 50,000 eventually got through because they sealed off all the roads into Kuala Lumpur which resulted in one of the worst traffic jams in history.

This Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja chappie is a most unpopular personality in the Palace office. Everyone in the Palace office knows he has been planted there as the eyes and ears of the government. And his job is not only to keep a watch on things and report back to the Prime Minister’s office whatever is happening in the Palace, but he has also been tasked with the job of frustrating every effort of The Agong in interacting with the rakyat (citizens).

Today’s press announcement did not come from The Agong. It did not even come from the Keeper of the Royal Seal whose job it is to make official statements on behalf of The Agong. It came from a glorified chamber maid planted in the Palace as an enemy in the blanket. These are the worst kind of slime-balls and scumbags. They smile and call you friend. Then they stick a dagger in your back.

100,000 rakyat wanted to meet their Monarch that afternoon of Saturday, 10 November 2007. The Agong did not say no. The Agong will never say no to 100,000 rakyat who wish for an audience with His Majesty. The Agong just wanted to know how many people will be representing the 100,000 rakyat and what their names are.

The Agong also realised that the government will certainly try to frustrate the effort of the 100,000 rakyat who wished for an audience with His Majesty. And this did happen. The government said that a police permit would be required and that the organisers should apply for one. So the organisers did, but the application was rejected. And the government warned that if the 100,000 rakyat still insisted on pursuing the march then the government would retaliate with force. And the government did as promised.

When the first volley was fired on the assembled marchers around the Masjid Jamek-Masjid India area, word was passed down the line that the 19th Brigade of the Royal Malay Regiment or Regimen Askar Melayu Di-Raja (RAMD) was on stand-bye, to move in if there are any fatal casualties. Fourteen armoured cars (kereta perisai) had earlier arrived from Sungai Petani and were parked at the Sungai Buloh military camp, ready to roll at a minute’s notice. It would take them ten or fifteen minutes to arrive at the scene of any violence against the rakyat.

Panic buttons were pressed and alarm bells rung. This had happened once on 13 May 1969 in Kampong Baru. The Royal Malay Regiment is not one to mess around with. The Agong is their Commander-in-Chief and soldiers are trained to obey their Commander-in-Chief at no consequence to their own lives.

The police backed off. They were reduced to traffic control where those positioned at junctions stopped cars to allow the marchers to safely cross the road. The RAMD remained on stand-by and the next morning the fourteen kereta perisai quietly slipped out of Sungai Buloh and went home.

This has worried the government. The Agong did not say he did not wish to meet the representatives of the 100,000 marchers. He in fact asked for their names. And when the government issued threats of violence against the marchers, the 19th Brigade of the RAMD was brought into Kuala Lumpur with fourteen kereta perisai. This was The Agong’s way of saying that if you shoot the marchers, just like you did in Batu Burok in front of The Agong’s palace in Kuala Terengganu, then all hell will break loose.

So the government backed off. They had no choice. The 100,000 rakyat wanted to meet The Agong and His Majesty had said yes. And the 19th Brigade of the RAMD came to town to ensure that yes means yes.

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi issued a decree at the Umno General Assembly the day before the Saturday, 10 November 2007, march. He said he ‘pantang dicabar’. This translates to mean he is allergic to being challenged. And his son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, asked the police to arrest all the marchers. Yes, arrest all the marchers. Arrest all 1,000 of them! Arrest all 2,000 of them! Hey, even if it is 5,000, arrest all 5,000 of them. But wow, it is 50,000 with another 50,000 on the way. How to arrest 50,000, or 100,000 if the other 50,000 reach Kuala Lumpur?

Oops, forget about arresting them. 50,000 is too large a number to arrest. There are not enough trucks to ferry 50,000 and not enough jails to house 50,000 people. Instead, close all the roads leading into Kuala Lumpur. Seal off Kuala Lumpur and not allow anyone in. Let it remain 50,000. Don’t allow it to grow to 100,000. Then we will announce we won. We will announce that the march failed and the ‘illegal demonstrators’ were prevented from assembling at Dataran Merdeka.

Shit, now we are told that they never intended to assemble in Dataran Merdeka in the first place. The Dataran Merdeka thing was a decoy, a Red Herring. They wanted the police to assemble in Dataran Merdeka so that they can march unhindered to the Istana Negara. We were tricked. They won. We lost.

Okay, all is not lost. We can still announce that The Agong is not happy with the march. We will announce that The Agong did not agree to the march. We will announce that The Agong did not consent to the march. That will give the perception that we won and the 100,000 marchers lost. And we will get the head of housekeeping to make that announcement. After all, he is our plant in the Palace. He is our man and on our payroll. And, since he carries this very impressive title, no one will know he is just in charge of making the beds and not actually anyone important.

Oh yeah? Well, Malaysia Today knows. And Malaysia Today knows that most in the Istana Negara regard him as a slime-ball and a scumbag. And anything he who makes the beds says does not matter as long as it is not The Agong himself who said it. Try again guys. Maybe you will have better luck next time. And please, don’t ask that slime-ball and scumbag to make any statements if you want us to believe that it is really The Agong who is saying it.

Tuanku Mizan Regrets Claims He Supports Illegal Rally

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 (Bernama) — Yang di- Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin has expressed regret over claims that he and the Palace approved and supported Saturday’s illegal rally in the city.

In a statement issued here today by the Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja of Istana Negara, Datuk Wan Mohd Safiain Wan Hasan, the King also regretted the gathering which was organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) and supported by the opposition parties.

Tuanku Mizan stressed that he and Istana Negara had at no time approved or given any support, directly or indirectly, to any quarters that organised or was involved in the illegal assembly or any other activities that contravened the law.

On Saturday, Bersih, which comprises several non-governmental organisations, as well as some opposition parties had gathered their supporters at various spots in the city, including around Masjid Jamek, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and the National Mosque, before marching to Istana Negara to hand over a memorandum to Tuanku Mizan.

The following Monday, PAS secretary-general Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar said Bersih had decided to submit the memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after the ruler himself approved of it, and that the presence of Bersih at Istana Negara was to hand over the memorandum to the King’s representative.

In the statement, Tuanku Mizan said as the head of state, he was responsible in ensuring that the country’s administration based on the constitutional monarchy system, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, was respected and adhered to by all.

He hoped that the people would act in accordance with the law and not be involved in any illegal action or activity.

“Every Malaysian citizen is responsible for maintaining public order for continued peace and stability in the country,” Tuanku Mizan said.

The King also hoped that the people would together work at preserving unity and harmony to ensure that the country would continue to develop, prosper and be respected.

Meanwhile, Wan Mohd Safiain said that Istana Negara, for the first time, summoned the media to publicise the content of the statement as the King viewed the matter seriously.

“Normally, Istana Negara would issue a statement via facsimile but this time, we had to call the media here to ensure that the King’s message reaches the people,” he added.

Tuanku Mizan Kesal Dakwaan Baginda Sokong Perhimpunan Haram

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 Nov (Bernama) — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin melahirkan rasa kesal dengan dakwaan kononnya baginda dan Istana Negara memperkenankan dan menyokong satu perhimpunan haram di sini Sabtu lepas.

Dalam satu kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Istana Negara Datuk Wan Mohd Safiain Wan Hasan hari ini, Seri Paduka Baginda juga melahirkan rasa kesal dengan perhimpunan itu yang dianjurkan oleh satu kumpulan dikenali Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil (BERSIH) yang disokong parti-parti pembangkang.

Dalam kenyataan itu, Tuanku Mizan menegaskan bahawa baginda dan Istana Negara tidak pernah pada bila-bila masa jua memperkenankan atau memberikan apa-apa sokongan secara langsung atau tidak langsung kepada mana-mana pihak yang menganjurkan atau terlibat dalam perhimpunan haram itu dan apa-apa jua kegiatan lain yang berkaitan yang menyalahi undang-undang negara.

Sabtu lepas, BERSIH yang disertai oleh badan-badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) dan parti pembangkang mengumpulkan penyokong-penyokongnya di beberapa tempat di sekitar ibu kota termasuk Jalan Masjid Jamek, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman dan Masjid Negara sebelum berarak ke Istana Negara bagi menghantar memorandum kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Isnin lepas, Setiausaha Agung PAS, Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar, berkata dalam satu kenyataan bahawa BERSIH mengambil keputusan menyerahkan memorandum itu kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong setelah Tuanku sendiri memberikan perkenan Baginda, dan kehadiran BERSIH ke Istana Negara pada hari Sabtu itu, adalah bagi menjunjung perkenan Tuanku untuk menyerahkan memorandum itu kepada wakil Baginda.

Tuanku Mizan bertitah sebagai Ketua Utama Negara, baginda bertanggungjawab untuk memastikan bahawa prinsip sistem pentadbiran negara berlandaskan prinsip Raja Berperlembagaan seperti yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan sentiasa dihormati dan dipatuhi oleh semua.

Baginda berharap agar rakyat Malaysia sentiasa bertindak dengan mematuhi undang-undang negara dan tidak melibatkan diri dalam apa-apa juga kegiatan atau tindakan yang menyalahi atau bertentangan dengan undang-undang negara.

“Setiap rakyat Malaysia bertanggungjawab untuk memelihara ketenteraman awam demi menjamin keamanan dan kesejahteraan negara,” titah baginda.

Seri Paduka Baginda juga berharap agar rakyat dapat bersama-sama mengekalkan semangat persaudaraan dan perpaduan demi membina negara yang lebih makmur, bersatu padu dan dihormati.

Wan Mohd Safiain pula berkata pihak pengurusan Istana Negara buat pertama kalinya memanggil media untuk menghebahkan kenyataan ini kerana Yang di-Pertuan Agong memandang serius perkara itu.

“Kebiasaannya Istana Negara mengeluarkan kenyataan melalui faksimili, tetapi kali ini terpaksa memanggil media untuk memastikan ianya dapat dihebahkan kepada seluruh rakyat,” katanya.

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Mik wrote:

The next time i see sirens with royalty convoy when i m stuck in heavy traffic jam, i will gladly move and giveway without complains.The Royalties has earned their respect and love, i would say. Thanks to malaysia-today for that. IF MT didn’t reveal how UMNO hijacked the Royalties’ power since 1980s, i will never know. Looking back now, i m wondering what are other lies they told us.

The STATEMENT, even if its a spin, i must say didn’t really bother me. 1st the Agung did not condemn the rally. He said he was disappointed his name was mentioned. The statement claims:

“In the statement, Tuanku Mizan said as the head of state, he was responsible in ensuring that the country’s administration based on the constitutional monarchy system, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, was respected and adhered to by all.”

Now, i would love to see that happens. That is not a light statement compares to the part “regret”. The statement did not say don’t demonstrate. It asked to UPHOLD the law. Well, the law is above the government or the police. Sadly in our country, we have different versions, one for the rich and another for the layman. Illegal activity? The march wasn’t illegal. It was made illegal by the present government. Well, the statement put it..1st uphold the constitution, then the law, and lastly don’t do anything illegal. Now, i hear that peaceful demos are allowed under the Law of Land, now how can dat be illegal? You mean we can’t overwrite the ban if we bring them to court? Say, if the court is nuetral, without the influence of UMNO. Bet we will win.
His statement again:
“Tuanku Mizan stressed that he and Istana Negara had at no time approved or given any support, directly or indirectly, to any quarters that organised or was involved in the illegal ****embly or any other activities that contravened the law.”
It reads like some legal do****ent. Anyways.. the rally is not legal if the present government had the guts to follow the constitution and allows the march to take place. Isn’t it illegal to deny the march? No? Yes? Leave them to argue.
So why worry guys. I for one, welcome the statement. Of coz i will be more happy if its wrong. still.. Now, we have now a KING!

Daulat Tuanku!

I feel more patriotic now. I bet alot of ppl out there share the same feeling. Now, something occurred to me. There is nothing wrong with this country, alot of things wrong with ruling party. I love Malaysia.

17/11 01:43:22

toolan wrote:

Daulat Tuanku Daulat Tuanku Daulat Tuanku

This is really the stuff where hopes are raised and prayers are finally answered.

This should serve as an inspiration and aspiration to remove any doubts of those who suffer but are unwilling to voice or show their discontentments towards all that are wrong in this country.

Its time for the nation to embrace this wind of change.

17/11 01:33:21

confuseus wrote:

“DAULAT TUANKU”
TUANKU AND the 19th Brigade of the Royal Malay Regiment or Regimen Askar Melayu Di-Raja (RAMD) are indeed the PAYUNG for RAKYAT !!!

THANK YOU, RPK. You make my day !!!
Now I can sleep peacefully.

17/11 01:10:14

stocktube wrote:

well, without this article everyone would have thought that the “chappie” actually represents Agong and the “regret” statement was from Agong and because of the protocol Agong might not comes out and speaks it out but thru this chappie …

but that’s not the point here … the point here is the damage has been done and almost (99%?) everyone who read or hear the news now have a “perception” that it was Agong’s official statement, ****uming what RPK said in the article is true … so how RPK? how to undo the damage(s)?

on the other hand, if this chappie is just a nuttie, then shouldn’t the Agong do something about it? If not does that means Agong is helpless against even a “planted s****bag” who is supposed to be a small-fly?

so what now? what is Agong going to do? or maybe there’s nothing can be done after all and we’re back to business as usual …

cheers …

17/11 00:50:19

miwaki wrote:

BN government will continue to cheat the rakyat just to remain in power.But now they have Malaysia Today to contend with.

Can anyone imagine what is life without MT ? All of us will be ill informed all the time.My suggestion to BN is give up your power and let someone else manage this country for the better.

17/11 00:45:59

malgal wrote:

well thank goodness you set the record straight rpk about the RAMD on standby and ready to pick the erstwhile rakyat up from being trampled to the ground. because i had been quite keciwa to say the least when i heard the agong was not there to see for himself his 50,000 loyal rakyat who risked life and limb to prove their signatures meant business and instead turned out to be at a monsoon cup function. the monsoon cup! wasnt that yet another funnel for misplaced funds…

i have just gotten back from a forum for stopping the judiciary rot and about to iron my yellow tshirt for tomorrow. please let the agong know there must surely be lots like me ironing their yellow tshirts on friday evenings and if he likes, he could really make his Linen Man with the fancy title iron his and join us. nothing like sharing the sentiments right? at least his Linen Man with the fancy title could report to his keepers the bersih linen the agong keeps in his cupboards.

see u in yellow tomorrow and good night.

17/11 00:42:30

Salmah wrote:

Can’t Berseh make a police report about this national lies. TV 3 repeated the lies again on the 12 mig night news.

17/11 00:38:28

Lady wrote:

I think it’s time the Agong should have his own blog. Now, won’t that make things difficult for the powers that be? *chuckles*

17/11 00:37:10

michael wrote:

wiltda13 wrote:
michael wrote:
On the 13th May 1969 incident, the Royal Malay Regiment was reported to have done unthinkable cruel things to the Chinese, in particular.

http://blog.limkitsiang.com…
RPK,

If what I said here is out of line and may get M2day into problem please delete as you see fit.

Thanks
_________________________________________________________________

Thank you for the link, Wilda13. It confirms what I read as a student in Australia years back.

There Must be 100% Trust between the Royalties and ALL of their subjects. The subjects must also have total and complete confidence in the Royalties that the Royalties will exercise their responsibilities under the Constitution when they are called for. And when they do exercise their powers they do so in accordance to the Constitution. This means protecting all regardless of their race or religion.

If the Malay Regiment was under the direct command of the Agong on 13th May 1969, isn’t it correct to ****ume, without disrespect, then that the former Agong has failed his subjects terribly. His army was the biggest culprits in the murder of many innocent people, the every people they were suppose to protect. Till today there has been no official acknowledgement that this has happened, let alone explanations, of the atrocious actions of the Malay Regiment, and sadly so no closure on this subject, possibly for a very, very long time too.

I recall as a child in Johor Bahru, there was generally “Peace” in the Johor State. I understand from my parents then that it was because the Sultan of Johor sent his personal army up to the northern part of Johor to prevent the racial violence problems from spreading down his State. This very act has always given me confidence in the uprightness of the Royalties because of Sultan Ismail. I will always have this deep respect for the late Sultan Ismail of Johor. For me he will always be the exemplary King.

I feel the non-Malays have no problems with honoring and respecting the Malay Royalties. However, there are many who are suspicious of the infighting going on between UMNO and the Royalties because they view this as a Malay Power issue, and that they are just going to be the scapegoats at the end of the day. The memory and lack of closure of the actions of the Malay Regiment on 13 May 1969 racial riots doesn’t help at all.

I am asking questions on the Malay regiment, not to create doubts on the integrity of the Royalties. On the contrary, I want 100% subjects’ respect for OUR Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. All I am requesting is that the lessons of the Malay Regiment be learnt, instituted and never ever be allowed to be repeated again. The Malay Regiment must be impartial when exercising their duties to protect the Agong, the Rakyat and the Constitution.

Honestly, the Royalties do not have many opportunities to gain Real respect from the Rakyat, especially in the political system such as in Malaysia; and when they do, they will be judged and remembered for their Actions or Inactions taken.

RPK has already done wonders in reviving the Trust and Need for the Malay Royalties which has so cleverly been dismantled by UMNO over the years. His royal blood links, his integrity and his steadfastness in fighting for a better Malaysia has given many people hope and confidence in what royalties are and can do. The Royalties must now take all the steps that they are empowered to do so under the constitution to save this beloved country Malaysia.

That UMNO has the guts to put words into the Agong’s mouth to deceive the public is simply just too unbelievably shocking for me to believe that it can be allowed to happen in our country. If this isn’t an act of treason, what is?

Daulat Tuanku! X3 X3 X3

17/11 00:36:51

atsanee wrote:

I say it agin.
Pray for Palace support,and as it will not be so openly given,prepare to stand alone.
Just dont lose sight of your objectives and mission.
Dont get bogged down on whether this or whether that is true.
Just carry on in the worse case scenario.

17/11 00:15:10

Farish A.Noor: Rehab for whom?

November 17, 2007

Rehabilitation for whom?

By Farish A. Noor

He’s trying to make me go to rehab;
I said no, no, no.
I ain’t got the time
And if my daddy thinks Im fine…
He’s trying to make me go to rehab;
I said no, no,no.

– Amy Winehouse, ‘Rehab’ (2007)

So now its ‘political rehabilitation’, is it? As a corrective measure for
kids who go to demonstrations and who have been ‘bad’ in the eyes of the
government? That Malaysia’s leaders can even suggest such a thing speaks
volumes about the extent to which the space of alienation between the state
and the nation has grown over the years, and points to the lack of contact,
communication and understanding between the powers-that-be and the real
Malaysian nation made up of the rest of us.(1)

But are we surprised? After all this is the same country whose geography is
now cluttered with a smattering of ‘faith rehabilitation centres’ that have
been set up under the auspices of an Islamist project said to promote some
skewered vision of a modern, pluralist, democratic Islam that is benevolent
and accommodative: So accommodative in fact that it can accommodate dozens,
if not hundreds, of Malaysian citizens deemed ‘immoral’, ‘deviant’,
‘apostate’ and out of the ordinary according to the norms set by an
invisible and unaccountable cabal of Islamic experts in the pay of the
state. We already have rehabilitation centres whose job it is to ‘turn over’
these alleged deviants and misfits and force them to conform to the
normative praxis of Islam that is deemed correct by the state, so should we
be surprised if the leaders of UMNO and the government can go one step
further and call for the rehabilitation of children as well?

From the viewpoint of an academic who studies the development of modern
postcolonial states, Malaysia seems to be a textbook example of postcolonial
development turned awry. What began as a country with so much promise – its
plural racial and ethnic composition, blessed with plentiful resources that
was also strategically located at the cross-roads between East and West –
has been squandered for the sake of one ruling party that seems to cater
primarily to the needs and demands of one specific ethnic-religious
constituency.

That Malaysia’s leaders still cannot understand and appreciate the extent of
dissatisfaction, frustration and cynicism among the Malaysian public points
to a state that has concentrated all power – including educational and
mediatic – in the hands of an alienated ruling elite. Since the 1980s
practically every institution of the state has undergone a serious
compromise thanks to the dominance of the Executive at the expense of all
other arms of the state apparatus: The emasculation of the judiciary, the
tighter and tighter controls on the press, the depoliticisation of the
universities (and the educational system in general), the promotion of a
sectarian divisive politics based on race and religious communitarianism,
the politicisation of institutions like the police, etc. have all created an
increasingly small and narrow political arena that has come to be dominated
by a small clique of power-hungry politicians and ruling families.

Worst still is the fact that the ruling elite of the country – made up as it
is by a handful of key families of the UMNO fraternity – has come to believe
its own rhetoric and the story they have spun for themselves: that they are
the protectors of the Malay community and identity, that they and they alone
are responsible for the fate and future of the Malaysian nation. Their
continued reliance on the state-controlled media to disseminate this inbred
propaganda they have invented for themselves fails to note the fact that the
very same Malay community they purport to represent is now fragmented,
hybrid and plural, and that the younger generation of Malay youth, like
their other Malaysian counterparts, no longer buy the stale and insipid
narrative of a cohesive united nation led by a handful of Malay ruling
families.

Dismissive accounts of demonstrations as being ‘un-Malay’ and ‘un-Malaysian’
have clearly fallen on deaf ears, as the younger generation of Malaysians
could not care less about courtly protocol, the symbolism of UMNO and its
nationalist rhetoric, the appeals to racial superiority and unity, etc.
Despite the now tiresome brandishing of the keris and frothy speeches about
Malay unity at the recent UMNO assembly, many of the thousands of
demonstrators who took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur last weekend happened
to be Malay: the very same community that is no longer beholden to UMNO and
immune to its fanciful appeals to racial cohesion and unity.

So what does the future hold for Malaysian society and where will the events
of 10th November lead us? It is clear that the Bersih demonstration had
managed to do the one thing that the leaders of the Barisan Nasional dread
above all: to bring together Malaysians from all walks of life and cultural
backgrounds on one neutral issue that unites rather than divides their
interests. The fact that the Islamists of PAS and the secular leftists of
DAP could come together along with the activists of PKR and the NGOs
suggests that the civic spirit of Malaysians is not quite dead, despite all
attempts to squash any attempt at multi-racial and cross-communal political
activism in the country.

Unable and unwilling to accept the new realities on the ground the political
elite of Malaysia has resorted to the same worn out clichés and the call to
rehabilitate the younger Malaysians who were present at the demonstration
reveals the extent to which this ruling elite is so thoroughly bankrupt of
ideas. No, it is not the younger Malaysians who are in need of
rehabilitation- In fact the activist in me would say that activism and civic
responsibility should begin from our school days and that every young
citizen should be made aware of her and his rights and responsibilities as
early as possible, as a rite of civic membership.

If anyone is in need of rehabilitation, it is the politicians and ruling
elite of Malaysia themselves, who should learn that this diverse and plural
society of ours happens to be a complex nation undergoing a slow democratic
transformation and that the future of Malaysian politics should reflect this
multicultural diversity. So I strongly suggest that the right-wing
communitarian leaders of Malaysia sign up for their own rehab courses as
soon as possible, for their and our own good, and learn the following:

       That Malaysian citizenship, and not race or religious identity,
should serve as the basis of political participation and political rights;
       That the language of racial superiority and racial exclusivism is
not only morally repugnant, racist and dangerous but outdated and has no
resonance with the Malaysian public today;
       That the fundamental duty of all citizens is to demand that the
state serves the interests of the nation as a whole and not just a coterie
of landed elites living in their comfortable and alienated paradise of
select privileges and luxury;
       And that the right to speak one’s mind and to demand that the state
carries out its fundamental democratic functions are among the basic rights
of all citizens, and not some outrageous demand by anarchists, mobsters and
unruly nihilists.

And while taking these basic lessons in democracy, do leave the kids alone.
At least they don’t go on the stage brandishing weapons and screeching about
racial superiority… They are too matured to do such stupid things!

End.

Note: (1): ‘Detained Children to be ‘Rehabilitated’- NST, 14 Nov 2007.

Dr. Farish A. Noor is a Malaysian political scientist and historian based at
the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin; and one of the founders of the
www.othermalaysia.org research site.


MCA: The Malay running dog

November 16, 2007

RPK was not the first person who called MCA ‘running dog ‘. Many Chinese have called MCA by this name in the past. For me,  I prefer to call MCA the party that Make Chinese Angry.

MCA: the Malay running dog

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

“Suhakam probes Batu Buruk shooting,” said Charles Ramendran of The Sun. The Sun went on to say:

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has initiated a public inquiry into the discharge of firearms by the police which injured two people during a demonstration in Batu Buruk, Terengganu, on Sept 8.The inquiry will look into whether there was justification for the police to fire several gunshots at the assembly, given the circumstances at that time.Suhakam has appointed three commissioners to conduct the inquiry, headed by Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who will be assisted by Prof Datuk Khoo Kay Kim and Tan Sri Asiah Abu Samah.

In a press conference in Suhakam’s Jalan Raja Laut office today, Muhammad Shafee said the inquiry was proposed after the commission found that there was no specific probe into the shooting, except that it could have been part of the overall police investigations into the assembly and riot.

He said since the incident, the police had charged 12 participants of the assembly in court.

He said there was however no explanation on the shooting from the police’s probe into the incident.

Muhammad Shafee said since Suhakam found no court proceedings were pending on this issue, it decided to pursue it at the commission’s 93rd meeting on Monday (Nov 19).

“This inquiry is solely on the use of firearms on that day and not the assembly itself. Suhakam views the usage of live ammunition at a public assembly with great concern,” he said.

“If there is no justification for the use of live ammunition, then it is a very serious issue. Since we found no court proceedings pending on this issue, we decided on Monday (Nov 12) at the commission’s meeting to pursue it,” he said.

He added that the inquiry will look into how such a violation had occurred, and the administrative directives and procedures that could have led to the incident, among others.

The police had tried to stop a rally organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) on Sept 8, calling for electoral reforms. Several people were injured in the melee that ensued and a policeman in plain clothes fired several shots and injured two people.

Bersih submitted a memorandum on Sept 13 asking Suhakam to look into the matter. Suhakam conducted an investigation and decided that although the complaint had its merits, but due to the operation of the law, a panel of inquiry could not be convened to investigate the complaint.

Muhammad Shafee said measures to prevent such incidents from recurring will also be on the list of recommendations at the end of the inquiry.

“The inquiry will be carried out without prejudice to see if there was any breach of human rights in the incident,” he said.

The Star carried the same story but its headline said, “Inquiry into Batu Buruk riot.” And The Star went on to say:

The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) will hold a public inquiry from Dec 11-15 into allegations about the use of live ammunition during the Sept 8 Batu Buruk riot in Terengganu.Suhakam commissioner Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said the inquiry would be held in Kuala Terengganu and he urged the public to come forward to give information, documents and other evidence pertaining to the incident.He said there has not been an inquiry on the firing of live ammunition to date, with no other court proceedings pending on the issue.

“Suhakam, therefore, found the necessity for a public inquiry to ascertain whether the use of live ammunition by the police during the riot was justified.”

Muhammad Shafee, Prof Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim and Tan Sri Asiah Abu Samah would conduct the inquiry.

He said the terms of reference of the public inquiry were to inquire about the circumstances of the situation, the justifiability of the police to use live ammunition on the crowd and whether it was a violation of human rights.

Now, note the difference between the two reports.

The Sun headlines: Suhakam probes Batu Buruk shooting

The Star headlines: Inquiry into Batu Buruk riot

While The Sun says that Suhakam wants to probe the shooting, The Star suggests that Suhakam wants to probe the riot. This means two different things and is clearly aimed at painting a negative picture of what happened — meaning of course negative for BERSIH.

The Sun: Suhakam has initiated a public inquiry into the discharge of firearms.

The Star: Suhakam will hold a public inquiry into allegations about the use of live ammunition.

The Sun says that ‘Suhakam will probe the discharge of firearms’, which means it did happen. The Star says that Suhakam will probe the ‘allegations about the use of live ammunition’, which means it may not have happened at all. The Sun suggests that it did happen so they want to know how and why it happened. The Star suggests that the probe will be about whether it did or did not happen.

The Sun also said:

“This inquiry is solely on the use of firearms on that day and not the assembly itself. Suhakam views the usage of live ammunition at a public assembly with great concern. If there is no justification for the use of live ammunition, then it is a very serious issue. Since we found no court proceedings pending on this issue, we decided on Monday (Nov 12) at the commission’s meeting to pursue it.”

But The Star only said this:

“Suhakam, therefore, found the necessity for a public inquiry to ascertain whether the use of live ammunition by the police during the riot was justified.”

The Sun says that Suhakam is not interested in talking about the assembly but only about the shooting. The Star uses a different quote from that of The Sun and instead gives the impression that Suhakam want to find out whether the use of live ammunition was ‘justified’.

Two newspapers, each saying different things, and both are ‘government-controlled’ news organs mind you — even though Umno has accused The Sun of being too much ‘pro-opposition’. But there is one difference between the two — one, The Sun, is private-owned while the other, The Star, is MCA-owned.

This is not the first time The Star has distorted the news. One day before the 30 October 2007 Conference of Rulers, The Star reported that the Rulers will be discussing the extension of the Chief Justice’s term of office. One day after the Conference of Rulers, Bernama carried an announcement by the Keeper of the Royal Seal that the Rulers did not even touch on the subject. His Majesty, The Agong, a week before that, had rejected the extension of the Chief Justice’s tenure and that was enough for the Rulers. They supported what The Agong had decided and saw no reason for further raising the matter or to discuss it at the Conference.

Anyway, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi refuses to accept defeat. He still wants to get in the last word and show the Rulers who is boss. It appears like Penang may soon get a new Governor in the form of the recently-retired Chief Justice. I did say that the position of Governor is reserved for those who have no other place to go and this assumption will soon be proven beyond any shadow of doubt.

The Star, which is MCA-owned, and therefore can be interpreted as ‘Chinese’ since MCA claims to be the legitimate party representing Chinese interests, has also strengthened something else which I have been saying many times in the past: and that is the Chinese, in particular the MCA Chinese, are Umno’s running dogs.

Yes, the Chinese are very upset. They condemn the present government as the ‘Malay’ government. They accuse the ‘Malays’ of screwing up the country. They refer to the government as ‘Islam-Malays’. But from where I am sitting it looks like it is the MCA Chinese and not the Malays who are Umno’s running dogs.

So, the Chinese are very upset. Yeah, sure they are very upset. They are very upset with the Malays. They are very upset because the Malays are running this country. They are very upset because the Malays are screwing up this country. Then why are they the running dogs of the Umno Malays?

Yeah, sure, I know. They have no choice but to become the running dogs of the Umno Malays. Chinese are a minority. Chinese must think of cari makan first. Chinese must protect their rice bowl. Chinese want to make sure that their business does not suffer so they must become running dogs of the Umno Malays. It’s all about money, money, money. Money comes first. Money calls the shots. M-C-A; Money Controls All.

No problem then. If money is the overriding factor and if money decides what you must do then do it. Be that Umno Malay running dog if you so wish and if that will guarantee you a good and prosperous future. I have no problem with that. But stop blaming the Malays for the ills of this nation. Stop blaming the Malays when this country goes to the dogs. The reason this country is going to the dogs is because you are the running dog, not because of the Malays.

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.

BERSIH Four to meet CCD of PDRM tomorrow

November 14, 2007
BERSIH was indeed the organiser for the NOV 10 Peaceful People’s March. But that’ our right under the Federal Constitution. No one, incl the PDRM and the PM, have no right to deny our right of assembly. And the RAKYAT have proven beyond any doubt that we can march in peace despite of the huge turnout. Even provocations and attacks from certain bad elements of the police force have failed to stop us. We were very proud of everyone who has taken part in the long march.

Also tomorrow, we will be paying visit to Sdr Alyesak Hamid who was injured by the police. His left leg was broken as a result of a push by an FRU member.

The Unit Amal from PAS (some 2,000 of them) did a fantastic job in maintaining order and peace throughout the event.We were deeply impressed by their performance.   

We in BERSIH have done no wrong and BERSIH is not a commercial entity. Why direct the Commercial Crime Department to summon us for question, Mr AAB? We in BERSIH see this as a harassment.

Anyway, we will see them at Bukit Perdana, Jalan Onn at 10 am and see what they have got to say.

The police should be neutral and they should not be used by the BN politicians for their political agenda. Their job is to maintain law and order in this country. They should stay away from partisan politics.

BERSIH will certainly move on to pressure for true electoral reforms until we succeed.

Police summon Bersih leaders to meeting

Soon Li Tsin
Nov 14, 07 1:26pm
Malaysiakini
Four Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) leaders have been told to report to the Commercial Crimes Department in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow morning over a police report made against them. PKR vice-president Sivarasa Rasiah, DAP’s NGO bureau chief Ronnie Liu, and PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu and party central committee member Dr Syed Azman Nawawi – all of whom are Bersih committee members – received their summons yesterday.

Liu, when contacted, confirmed receiving the summons under Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which allows a police officer to require the attendance of witnesses.

“Yes, we will be going there at 10am. The letter that we got yesterday did not state what they will ask, but we’ll see,” he said.

According to Bersih secretariat member Medaline Chang, eight of the organisation’s committee members have received calls and letters from the police but only four have been hauled up under Section 111.

“Under Section 111, they are compelled to appear before the police. The other letters did not cite that section so we believe it’s not necessary for them to turn up for questioning,” she said when contacted.

She claimed that no such legal obligation was attached to the letters sent to PKR information chief Tian Chua (left), Khairul Annuar Zainuddin and Johari Abdul, as well as DAP parliamentarian Teresa Kok (right).

The meeting will be the committee’s first after a series of postponements prior to, and after, the massive rally for electoral reform, held last Saturday.

On Nov 3, eight committee members were contacted for questioning by ASP Amran Jusin over a police report lodged by an individual in Setapak about the organisation’s status as an illegal entity.

Some were issued notices to attend a meeting on Nov 9. However, the committee members unanimously declined to show up as they were busy preparing for the rally the next day.

A consensus was then reached for the Bersih leaders to be available for questioning after the rally on Nov 12, but the meeting was postponed again.

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

About 40,000 people massed outside Istana Negara in defiance of a government ban on the rally calling for clean and fair elections. Hundreds of police personnel were deployed in and around Kuala Lumpur, as traffic ground to a standstill.

A memorandum was handed to a palace official by a delegation led by PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, before the crowd dispersed peacefully.

PROTEST IN MALAYSIA:
Emboldened protest organisers warn of more mass street rallies to come

By Chow Kum Hor, Malaysia Correspondent
The Straits Times

FRESH from holding a rare massive rally on Saturday, Malaysia’s opposition is now emboldened to organise more protests.

Saturday’s protest, the largest in a decade, took place despite earlier threats of a government crackdown. It was organised by opposition parties and civil groups.

‘Saturday’s rally was only the beginning,’ Mr Ronnie Liu, a senior leader of the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP), told The Straits Times.

The demonstrators were trying to march to the palace to hand a petition to the King asking him to press the government for electoral reforms.

Except for a skirmish between riot police who fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters at one of the rally’s meeting points, the 10,000strong march was generally peaceful.

Those gathered at other meeting points were not stopped by the police as traffic in the city came to a halt. Hundreds of riot police stood watch in front of the palace gates as protesters filled up the three-lane highway some 50m away.

Such scenes are rare in Malaysia, which has not seen public protests on such a scale since Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sacked as deputy prime minister in 1998.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s treasurer, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, told reporters on Saturday that he was satisfied with the turnout and vowed to hold more rallies in the future.

In September, about 1,000 lawyers and activists marched from a court complex in Putrajaya to the nearby Prime Minister’s Office demanding a royal inquiry into a video clip showing a prominent lawyer attempting to fix the appointment of top judges.

Since taking over in 2003, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi has pledged to grant more civil liberties to the people, including easing strict government control on the media.

Commenting on the rally, Datuk Seri Abdullah yesterday expressed regret that the opposition had tried to drag the royalty into politics.

‘I believe the King is mature and the royalty will not be trapped in their politics,’ he said.

The Malaysian King and nine other hereditary Malay rulers, widely respected by the people, are deemed to be above politics in the country.

While more opposition- backed rallies may be on the cards, the move may not necessarily be good for the opposition, a political analyst says.

‘In the past, we have seen how large-scale public protests led to violence. Malaysians are just not ready for violence,’ said Professor Mohammad Agus Yusoff, a political scientist with the National University of Malaysia.

Street rallies after Datuk Seri Anwar’s sacking saw protesters vandalising public amenities such as telephone booths. Many businesses were shut during the chaos while tourist arrivals dipped.

Prof Mohammad Agus told The Straits Times that the Chinese, who control the business sector in the country, would be worst-hit if public demonstrations spiralled out of control.

‘Considering that the Chinese are most unhappy with the government now, the opposition must be careful not to turn away the people who would have otherwise voted for them,’ he added.

BERSIH: Siva not fit as Suhakam commissioner

November 13, 2007
Bersih wants Siva out of Suhakam
Yoges Palaniappan & Syed Jaymal Zahiid
Nov 13, 07 5:04pm
Malaysiakini 
Elections watchdog Bersih today called for the resignation of Suhakam commissioner N Siva Subramaniam for defending the violation of human rights by the police force at a mass gathering last Saturday.In a press conference held in the parliament lobby today, Bersih committee members said that Siva acted out of his duty as a human rights commissioner by justifying the police action in subduing protesters at the rally.DAP MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok, reading out from a media statement, said that not only the commissioner has failed to defend the right of citizens to peacefully assemble, but had also told the press that the police only moved to quell the protest when the crowd got rowdy.

“More shocking is that Siva had told New Straits Times yesterday that the police did not use violence to control the crowd and that they have acted professionally on the matter,” said Kok.

“Siva is either completely incompetent or utterly dishonest to make such a statement. He has brought further shame to Suhakam which has failed to investigate the police shooting in the gathering at Batu Buruk in Terengganu.”

Kok also rebutted claims that the gathering was illegal. She cited the federal constitution which allowed for every citizen to peacefully assemble without arms.

The Bersih-organised rally saw some 40,000 people taking to the streets and the submission of a memorandum to the King calling for electoral reform.

Shocking and disappointing

Meanwhile, Suaram executive director Yap Swee Seng said that Siva’s statement was shocking and disappointing.

“There is abundance of evidence documented by the international media, which showed the violence committed by the police on that day. I don’t know how Siva can say that the police did not commit violence in handling the crowd,” he said at the same press conference.

“His statement has also deviated from the mandate of Suhakam to protect and promote human rights. In that sense, Siva should resign from his position as a Suhakam commissioner,” he added.

Yap said that Siva should visit the victims hospitalised to see for himself if the police had used excessive violence.

When contacted from comment, Siva refused to say anything further on the matter, saying that the commissioners’ meeting have decided that all matters pertaining to the rally must be spoken through Suhakam chairperson Abu Talib Othman.

Suhakam deputy chairperson Simon Sipaun, when contacted, however said that the statement made by Siva was on an individual basis and did not represent the rights body’s view.

Abu Talib was unavailable for comments.

Police statement tomorrow

At the same press conference today, commenting on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s statement that the opposition was dragging the royalty into opposition politics, PAS central committee member Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad said the members of the public has every right to complaint to the king as he is the ruler of the country.

“We don’t intend to drag the royalty into this, but if the Election Commission and the police refused to listen to our qualms, where else can we go?” asked Syed Azman.

Syed Azman also said that Bersih’s steering committee has declared Saturdays to be its ‘yellow wave day’.

Meanwhile opposition leaders and Bersih committee members Ronnie Liu, Salahuddin Ayub, R Sivarasa and Syed Azman will be meeting an officer from the Bukit Aman’s commercial crime department on Thursday to give their statement over a police report lodged against Bersih.

On Nov 3, the committee members received a call informing them that a police report had been lodged by an individual in Setapak about Bersih’s status as an illegal organisation.

They were supposed to have meet the police officer yesterday but the meeting was cancelled.

SPECIAL REPORT: Bersih mass protest

净选盟周四将录口供
促民众逢周六穿黄衣
■日期/Nov 13, 2007   ■时间/06:50:45 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/merdekareview 曾薛霏
          

【本刊曾薛霏撰述】武吉阿曼警察总部商业罪案调查组传召干净与公平选举联盟(Bersih,净选盟)四名秘书处成员后天到该组录口供,不过,警方并没有说明调查详情。此外,净选盟决定将周六定为“黄潮日”(Hari Gelombang Kuning),呼吁公众今后每逢周六穿黄衣,继续争取干净与公平的选举制度。

净选盟今午在国会走廊召开记者会,透露净选盟秘书处四名成员――回教党副主席莫哈末沙布(Mohd Sabu)、中委赛阿兹曼(Syed Azman)、民主行动党非政府组织事务秘书刘天球人民公正党副主席西华拉沙(Sivarasa Rasiah)接到警察总部商业犯罪组助理警监安然(ACP Amran)通知,要他们为上周六“万人诉求公平选举和平大集会”录口供。

赛阿兹曼表示:“我们很乐意警方合作,打算星期四去录口供。这集会完全依照警方建议的程序申请准证,当警方拒绝发出准证后,我们还上诉,直到最后一分钟。”净选盟透露,吉隆坡金马主任莫哈末朱加乃因(Mohamad Zulkarnain)于10月29日致函邀请净选盟申请准证,净选盟后来也申请准证。

巫统自游行诞生

当一众记者讶异为何由商业罪案调查负责录口供时,净选盟秘书处成员法沙慕斯达化(Faisal Mustaffa,右图)表示:“警方可能认为净选盟是个非法组织。”

此外,净选盟表示,他们将争取晋见国家元首和各州统治者,传达净选盟的诉求不过,净选盟尚未决定短期内是否还要再召集游行。

民主行动党全国宣传秘书、吉隆坡士布爹区国会议员郭素沁宣读净选盟文告,反驳首相兼国安部长阿都拉巴达威宣称示威不是我国的文化;她说,巫统也是诞生自1946年的游行。

她说:“1946年马来人反对马来亚联合邦(Malayan Union),催生了巫统,而巫统这些年来也一直举行大规模游行,其中一次游行是美国国务卿赖斯访问我国期间举行,并由巫青团副团长凯里(Khairy Jamaluddin)带领。”凯里也是阿都拉巴达威的女婿。

郭素沁说,倘若巫统坚持游行不符马来西亚的文化,那巫统的精神也是非马来西亚(un-Malaysian)的;因此巫统“不要成为伪君子,该党应该自行解散。”

元首同意接收备忘录

净选盟也反驳阿都拉巴达威指摘净选盟意图使国家元首卷入政治的说法郭素沁表示,净选盟呈交备忘录给国家元首是因为陛下有宪赋义务维护我国的民主。

在我国奉行的西敏寺Westminster制度中,国家元首是国会的三个组成部分之一,另两部分是上议院和下议院;因此,当人民对政府失去信心无处申诉时,可向国家元首表达人民的意愿。

净选盟表示,根据《联邦宪法》第40(2)条款,国家元首有权拒绝解散国会,直到选举委员会落实净选盟要求的四项选制改革为止。

回教党青年团团长沙拉胡丁(Salahudin Ayub,左图)补充道:“集会前一周,净选盟致函国家元首要求呈交备忘录,国家元首回信表示准备接受备忘录。如果国家元首认为净选盟的诉求是琐碎且不值一提的话,陛下定当拒绝接受备忘录。集会当天,也由国家元首的私人秘书亲自接领备忘录。”

警方滥用暴力对付群众

面对政府、警方和媒体“万人诉求公平选举和平大集会”定调为非法集会净选盟坚持这场大集会不是非法集会,反之警方设法阻止游行是违宪的举措,因为《联邦宪法》第10(1)(b)条款阐明人民和平集会的权利。

净选盟表示:“巫统主席阿都拉骄傲地说他‘忌讳受到挑战’,净选盟的劝告是,他不应该挑战人民。”

净选盟也认为,警方才是导致上周六吉隆坡交通大瘫痪的祸首,而非出席集会的人群。全国总警长慕沙哈山(Musa Hassan)上周六说,警方派出千名警察控制集会,但净选盟认为警方无需这么做,如果警察体现宪法和专业精神,就应该发出集会准证。

沙拉胡丁更表示,警方派出千名警察控制和平集会是浪费警力,如果用这四千名警察打击罪案,可更大成效。

净选盟也批评警方发表不正确数据,例如指仅四千人参加大集会、245人被捕及无人受伤等。净选盟透露,参加大集会的人数多达四万至五万人,但仅34人捕;不过,在示威期间有六人受伤,其中阿利亚撒(Aleyasak Hamid,31岁)联邦后备队踏伤拖曳后,复被抛上卡车,以致腿断而被迫动手术。

选盟成员马来西亚人民之声(SUARAM)记录了六人遭警方殴打另外五受伤包括莫哈末阿尔法罗(Mohd al-Farook宣称双手被反铐跌倒在地时,警方踢他的头部另外四名受害者姆莫哈末阿斯里(Mohd Asri Ahmad)、阿都哈密(Haji Abdul Hamid Baharuddin)、凯鲁沙里(Khairul Salleh Ahmad及纳斯鲁拉(Nasrullah Ahmad )也因警察暴力而瘀伤。六名受害者已向警方投报。

人权委员会说法不实

人民之声执行主任叶瑞生(右图)在记者会上谴责马来西亚人权委员会委员西华苏巴马廉(Siva Subramaniam)昨天对媒体表示,警方没有使用暴力的说法。叶瑞生认为西华的说法与事实不符,且违背了人权委员会捍卫人权的立场。

西华昨天对英文《星报》The Star)说:警察只在人群不受控制时才镇压以及《新海峡时报》New Straits Times)说我认为警察根本没有使用木棍驱散人群因此,任何指警方使用暴力的指控确实。

叶瑞生表示:“人权委员会今年公布去年5月28日‘血腥星期天’调查报告时,曾指出人民集会无需准证,如今西华这么说,违反了人权委员会捍卫和保护人权的立场。如果西华认为他已不愿意捍卫人权,应该辞掉人权委员会委员一职。”

叶瑞生也呼吁西华与净选盟一同探望伤者,了解警方是否使用暴力,并调查此事。

出席记者会的净选盟成员包括妇女发展组织(WDC)的玛丽亚陈亚都拉(Maria Chin Abdullah)、动力青年召集人李凯伦民主行动党全国副主席古拉(M. Kula Segaran)等。

Yellow Saturdays from this Saturday

November 13, 2007
Yes, BERSIH will be lauching a campaign to encourage every Malaysian who cares for a truely democratic, free and just Malaysia to wear YELLOW every Saturday. We have decided to make Yellow the ‘colour of people power’.

It can be a Yellow shirt, Yellow T-shirt, Yellow Baju Kurung, Yellow Kebaya, Yellow tie, Yellow ribbon, Yellow scarf, Yellow headband, Yellow wristband, Yellow caps… anything that’s Yellow.

Let’s do it all over the country until real reforms on electoral system were being implemented.

Wear yellow every Saturday, urge rally organisers

Nov 13, 07 9:46am Malaysiakini
Malaysians were urged to wear yellow every Saturday in a protest against the government, after a rally calling for election reform was suppressed with water cannons and tear gas.

The organisers of last Saturday’s rally, which despite heavy rain and a government ban drew 40,000 people in the biggest turnout in a decade, selected yellow as the colour of “people power”.

“We are asking everyone nationwide to wear yellow on every Saturday. It can be a yellow cap, a yellow shirt, a yellow ribbon … just anything yellow,” said Syed Azman Syed Nawawi from the opposition Islamic party PAS.

The protest movement, a coalition of opposition parties and civil society groups known as Bersih, is pushing for reforms including a clean-up of the electoral roll and an end to postal votes.

They handed a protest memorandum to the king during the rally and said Tuesday they would also meet the country’s nine state sultans to press for reforms.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is expected to call snap polls early next year, has denounced the protesters for involving the king who is highly respected but has a largely ceremonial role and usually stays out of politics.

“We do not want to drag in the king and the sultans but who else can we appeal to,” Syed Azman said at a press conference along with other opposition leaders.

Gov’t has turned deaf ear

“The government and the election commission have turned a deaf ear. So we turn to the king who is the protector of the people and the constitution,” he said.

Syed Azman said that four Bersih leaders have been summoned to report to police headquarters on Thursday.

Police have said that 245 people were detained during the protests, although organisers and rights groups say that is an exaggeration and only 36 people were arrested.

Reports said today that the parents of 18 children detained at the rally will be charged with engdangering their children.

“It was an irresponsible act and wrong of the adults to bring children to the rally,” police chief Musa Hassan said according to the New Straits Times.

– AFP