Bersih Sabah hands memo to Suhakam over ‘harassment’

Source: Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: A memorandum to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has been submitted by Bersih 2.0 (Sabah) over the alleged on-going police harassment of Bersih 2.0 and its supporters.

The memorandum was presented by Bersih 2.0 (Sabah) Vice Chair Beverly Joeman to Suhakam Commissioner Datuk Godfrey Gregory Joitol at his office here, on Monday.

“The Peaceful Assembly Act is repeatedly used as an excuse to control the right to peaceful assembly.

“In particular, criminalising the requirement to give 10-days’ notice has rendered the right illusory, especially in urgent scenarios, such as the Bebas Maria vigils or if there are sudden changes to planned convoy routes,” said Beverly. Read more

We are not ‘traitors’, NGOs tell Putrajaya

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Over 40 civil society groups submitted a memorandum to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low, who is in charge of governance, integrity, and human rights. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the Malay Mail Online

Over 40 civil society groups submitted a memorandum to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low, who is in charge of governance, integrity, and human rights. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 ― Over 40 civil society groups urged Putrajaya today to cease harassing them over foreign funding, saying they had the same right as businesses and governments to receive such monies.

The 44 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) submitted a memorandum today to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low, who is in charge of governance, integrity, and human rights, and to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

“We wish to state categorically that as members of civil society, which may from time to time voice our concerns about public affairs, we are not ‘traitors’ to the nation,” the NGOs said in the memorandum.

“Dissenters ought not be treated as enemies of the state. For a true parliamentary democracy to exist, we must be free to voice our concerns.

“As civil society groups which advocate for transparency and accountability, we remind the government that our accounts are made available through the filing of yearly returns,” they added. Read more

MEMORANDUM: Masyarakat Sivil Menuntut supaya Kerajaan Menghentikan Gangguan dan Stigma terhadap NGO (Badan Bukan Kerajaan)

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Yang Berhormat Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan
Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri
bertanggungjawab terhadap Tadbir Urus, Integriti dan Hak Asasi Manusia.

Yang Berhormat Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed
Timbalan Menteri
Kementerian Dalam Negeri.

Serta kepada:
Yang Berhormat Ahli-ahli Kabinet

15 Disember 2016

 

MEMORANDUM: Masyarakat Sivil Menuntut supaya Kerajaan Menghentikan Gangguan dan Stigma terhadap NGO (Badan Bukan Kerajaan)

  1. Kami, ahli-ahli Masyarakat Sivil (diwakili oleh organisasi-organisasi yang dilampirkan di bawah) amat mengambil berat terhadap perkembangan terkini berkenaan tangkapan dan tahanan Puan Maria Chin Abdullah di bawah Akta Kesalahan Keselamatan (Langkah-Langkah Khas) 2012 baru-baru ini, panggilan aktivis SUARAM, Lawyers for Liberty dan EMPOWER untuk siasatan polis, serbuan dan penyitaan pejabat BERSIH dan EMPOWER, serta pelbagai laporan media berkenaan dakwaan negatif dana asing terhadap pelbagai organisasi, termasuklah Majlis Peguam Malaysia.
  1. Kami turut mengambil berat terhadap pengumuman Menteri Dalam Negeri Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yang satu pasukan tindak khas (task force) telah ditubuhkan untuk menyiasat dana-dana NGO dan dakwaan bahawa NGO menyemarakkan revolusi untuk menjatuhkan kerajaan serta jawapan Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan terhadap isu-isu hak-hak asasi tempatan yang dikemukakan oleh Encik Maina Kiai, Perwakilan Khas Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) bagi Kebebasan Berkesatuan dan Perhimpunan Aman, semasa lawatannya ke Malaysia baru-baru ini. Pengumuman dan jawapan menteri-menteri tersebut telah dilaporkan didalam media tempatan.

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MEMORANDUM: Civil Society demands that the Government stops harassing and stigmatizing NGOs

The following Memorandum was initiated by HAKAM and endorsed by 43 other NGOs. It was handed to Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Governance, Integrity and Human Rights and Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs on the roundtable organized by IDEAS on “Ensuring the accountability and integrity in CSO funding” on 15 Dec 2016.

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Yang Berhormat Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department
in charge of Governance, Integrity and Human Rights.

Yang Berhormat Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.

Also to:
Yang Berhormat Members of Cabinet

15 December 2016

 

MEMORANDUM: Civil Society demands that the Government stops harassing and stigmatizing NGOs

  1. We, members of Civil Society (represented by the organisations listed below) are greatly concerned by the recent developments pertaining to the arrest of Puan Maria Chin Abdullah under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, the summoning of activists from SUARAM, Lawyers for Liberty and EMPOWER for investigations, the police raid and seizure of the offices of BERSIH and EMPOWER and the numerous news reports making allegations against various organisations in respect of the foreign funding, including the Malaysian Bar Council.
  1. We are also perturbed by news reports of the Home Minister Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announcing the formation of a task force to probe into NGO funding and accusing them of enticing revolutions to topple the present government and news reports of Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan’s reply to the numerous concerns regarding local human rights issues raised by Mr Maina Kiai the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in his recent visit to Malaysia.

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MEMORANDUM: Masyarakat Sivil Menuntut supaya Kerajaan Menghentikan Gangguan dan Stigma terhadap NGO (Badan Bukan Kerajaan)

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Yang Berhormat Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuanpdf
Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri
bertanggungjawab terhadap Tadbir Urus, Integriti dan Hak Asasi Manusia.

Yang Berhormat Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed
Timbalan Menteri
Kementerian Dalam Negeri.

Serta kepada:
Yang Berhormat Ahli-ahli Kabinet

15 Disember 2016

 

MEMORANDUM: Masyarakat Sivil Menuntut supaya Kerajaan Menghentikan Gangguan dan Stigma terhadap NGO (Badan Bukan Kerajaan)

  1. Kami, ahli-ahli Masyarakat Sivil (diwakili oleh organisasi-organisasi yang dilampirkan di bawah) amat mengambil berat terhadap perkembangan terkini berkenaan tangkapan dan tahanan Puan Maria Chin Abdullah di bawah Akta Kesalahan Keselamatan (Langkah-Langkah Khas) 2012 baru-baru ini, panggilan aktivis SUARAM, Lawyers for Liberty dan EMPOWER untuk siasatan polis, serbuan dan penyitaan pejabat BERSIH dan EMPOWER, serta pelbagai laporan media berkenaan dakwaan negatif dana asing terhadap pelbagai organisasi, termasuklah Majlis Peguam Malaysia.
  1. Kami turut mengambil berat terhadap pengumuman Menteri Dalam Negeri Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yang satu pasukan tindak khas (task force) telah ditubuhkan untuk menyiasat dana-dana NGO dan dakwaan bahawa NGO menyemarakkan revolusi untuk menjatuhkan kerajaan serta jawapan Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan terhadap isu-isu hak-hak asasi tempatan yang dikemukakan oleh Encik Maina Kiai, Perwakilan Khas Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) bagi Kebebasan Berkesatuan dan Perhimpunan Aman, semasa lawatannya ke Malaysia baru-baru ini. Pengumuman dan jawapan menteri-menteri tersebut telah dilaporkan didalam media tempatan.

Read more

MEMORANDUM: Civil Society demands that the Government stops harassing and stigmatizing NGOs

The following Memorandum was initiated by HAKAM and endorsed by 43 other NGOs. It was handed to Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Governance, Integrity and Human Rights and Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs on the roundtable organized by IDEAS on “Ensuring the accountability and integrity in CSO funding” on 15 Dec 2016.

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Yang Berhormat Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department
in charge of Governance, Integrity and Human Rights.

Yang Berhormat Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.

Also to:
Yang Berhormat Members of Cabinet

15 December 2016

 

MEMORANDUM: Civil Society demands that the Government stops harassing and stigmatizing NGOs

  1. We, members of Civil Society (represented by the organisations listed below) are greatly concerned by the recent developments pertaining to the arrest of Puan Maria Chin Abdullah under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, the summoning of activists from SUARAM, Lawyers for Liberty and EMPOWER for investigations, the police raid and seizure of the offices of BERSIH and EMPOWER and the numerous news reports making allegations against various organisations in respect of the foreign funding, including the Malaysian Bar Council.
  1. We are also perturbed by news reports of the Home Minister Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announcing the formation of a task force to probe into NGO funding and accusing them of enticing revolutions to topple the present government and news reports of Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan’s reply to the numerous concerns regarding local human rights issues raised by Mr Maina Kiai the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in his recent visit to Malaysia.

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MEMORANDUM: Masyarakat Sivil menuntut ketelusan dan akauntabiliti mengenai 1MDB

Ahli-ahli Kabinet
Pejabat Perdana Menteri
Putrajaya, Malaysia

4 Ogos 2016

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MEMORANDUM

Masyarakat Sivil menuntut
ketelusan dan akauntabiliti mengenai 1MDB

 

1. Kami, anggota NGO (badan bukan kerajaan seperti yang disenaraikan di bawah), berasa amat bimbang akan perkembangan terkini mengenai isu 1 Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB).

2. Permohonan untuk menyita aset yang dilakukan oleh Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (US DoJ) dan rampasan aset oleh pihak berkuasa di Switzerland dan Singapura telah mendedahkan magnitud dan skala penyelewengan berperingkat antarabangsa terhadap rakyat Malaysia akibat kemunculan isu 1MDB. Oleh sebab ini, kedudukan, reputasi dan ekonomi Malaysia terjejas teruk. Dengan itu, keyakinan pelabur-pelabur Malaysia dijangka akan semakin berkurangan. Profil Malaysia di persada antarabangsa sekarang dijejas oleh gara-gara sifat tamak beberapa pegawai Malaysia yang telah membawa kepada penyitaan asset yang terbesar dilakukan dibawah Inisiatif Pemulihan Aset Kleptokrasi (“Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative“) Amerika Syarikat.

3. Rakyat Malaysia amat terkejut dengan tindakan DoJ apabila pegawai tertinggi yang terlibat dalam kemelut ini tidak dinamakan, tatapi hanya diberikan kod “Malaysian Official 1”. Hal ini lebih menghairankan memandangkan kerajaan Malaysia bersifat bisu walaupun isu ini terbongkar diseluruh dunia. Menteri-menteri yang bertutur mengenai isu ini hanya berniat untuk mempertahankan 1MDB dan individu yang tersabit yang hanya dikenali sebagai “Malaysian Official 1”. Selain itu, sebarang perbincangan berkenaan penyelewengan terbesar dana rakyat tidak dilakukan.

4. Keadaan ini jelas tidak memuaskan dan mesti ditangani dengan segara. Isu kronik ini patut diberi kepentingan dan harus ditangani secara adil, telus dan bertanggungjawab. Skandal 1MDB yang berpanjangan ini telah dan akan terus menjejaskan kebajikan rakyat Malaysia dan mendatangkan ketidakstabilan politik dan ekonomi di Malaysia. Read more

MEMORANDUM: Civil Society demands transparency and accountability on 1MDB

Members of Cabinet
Office of the Prime Minister
Putrajaya, Malaysia

4th August 2016

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MEMORANDUM

Civil Society demands
transparency and accountability on 1MDB

 

1. We, members of Civil Society (represented by the Organizations listed below) are greatly concerned by the recent developments pertaining to the 1 Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB).

2. The recent application to seize assets by the United States Department of Justice (US DoJ) and the seizure of assets by authorities in Switzerland and Singapore have brought to the fore the magnitude and international scale of the fraud perpetrated upon the people of Malaysia through 1MDB. Malaysia’s international standing, reputation and our economy have been badly affected. Investor confidence in Malaysia will wane. Malaysia’s profile abroad is now one where the acts of greedy officials in Malaysia have caused in the U.S., the “largest single action ever brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative”.

3. Malaysians were deeply shocked by the US DoJ action where top officials of the country have been code-named. This has never been seen before in our country. Yet the response by the government has been muted. Ministers who spoke merely defended 1MDB and the person described as Malaysian Official 1. The silence about the massive looting of the rakyat’s funds is deafening.

4. This unsatisfactory state of affairs must cease. It is now of paramount importance for the matter to be addressed immediately in a fair, transparent and accountable manner as the prolonged 1MDB saga has led to political and economic instability in Malaysia and has jeopardized the welfare of the Malaysian people. Read more

Ambiga: We expect Paul Low to act on memorandum

Source: FMT News

Human rights and civil society groups stand together after submitting memorandum to minister in charge of Governance, Integrity and Human Rights, in the PM's Dept. Pic  taken from FMT News

Human rights and civil society groups stand together after submitting memorandum to minister in charge of Governance, Integrity and Human Rights, in the PM’s Dept. Pic taken from FMT News

PUTRAJAYA: There is much expectation on the shoulders of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low to take action against “Malaysian Official 1”, says Ambiga Sreenevasan.

The National Human Rights Society (Hakam) Chairperson said this in Putrajaya today after handing a memorandum to Low, demanding for such action.

Ambiga, who was accompanied by Bersih 2.0 Chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) Executive Director Sevan Doraisamy, met Low in the Prime Minister’s Office here.

Ambiga later said that Low had agreed to raise the issue in the Cabinet.

“We expect some outcome from today. At the very least, Datuk Low puts the memorandum before the Cabinet and at least they know that Malaysians are not going to take this lying down.

“We are like a broken record going on and on about this issue. But they need to know that we are not forgetting it. We are not going to stop,” said Ambiga. Read more

Paul Low says will bring up NGOs’ 1MDB memo to Cabinet

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Civil society groups hand Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low (third from left) a memorandum on 1MDB in Putrajaya on August 4, 2016. — Picture courtesy of Datuk Paul Low’s office

Civil society groups hand Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low (third from left) a memorandum on 1MDB in Putrajaya on August 4, 2016. — Picture courtesy of Datuk Paul Low’s office

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 4 — Minister Datuk Paul Low assured civil society groups that he would raise their concerns with the Cabinet about the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy after they presented him a memorandum today.

In the memorandum handed by representatives from human rights groups Suaram, the National Human Rights Society (Hakam), and electoral reform group Bersih 2.0, six demands were made including asking the government to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry into 1MDB and to declassify the Auditor-General’s report on the state investment firm.

“I duly took note of their views and assured them that I will bring their concerns to the attention of the Cabinet,” Low, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of governance, integrity and human rights, said in a statement.

Hakam president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, who had led the group, told reporters outside the Prime Minister’s Office that they have “made demands of the ministers, cabinet ministers and all MPs that they must immediately do something about the 1MDB scandal”. Read more