Media Statement: Accusations of Foreign Intervention Unfounded

Media Statement: Accusations of Foreign Intervention Unfounded
21 December 2016

We, a group of concerned civil society organisations, condemn the attempts by the Malaysian government to discredit human rights work through the vilification of international funding for civil society. We are committed in our pursuit towards creating an enabling environment for democratic participation and good governance.

We are gravely concerned by recent statements made by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, and the Malaysian police that about 15 to 20 organisations are being investigated for receiving overseas funding. The funds we receive, whether from local or international funders, are legal under Malaysian laws. There is clear documentation of the funds and multiple levels of oversight to ensure transparency and accountability, including laws in the funders’ countries of origin, scrutiny by Bank Negara, and the mandated audits of our organisational accounts. Read more

Putrajaya not keen on human rights so we looked elsewhere, NGOs say

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — Several human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have insisted today that receiving foreign funds is legal, with clear documentation and oversight to ensure transparency and accountability.

The groups said they were forced to turn to foreign funding since the Malaysian government has allegedly not been consistent with their support of human rights, citing budget cuts for the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

“We are not government entities or businesses — our policies and programmes are not dictated by investments. Civil society organisations are guided by our constitutions and objectives in our programming, framed by fundamental human rights, and only then approaching potential funders with proposals. Read more

Media Statement: Accusations of Foreign Intervention Unfounded

Media Statement: Accusations of Foreign Intervention Unfounded
21 December 2016pdf

We, a group of concerned civil society organisations, condemn the attempts by the Malaysian government to discredit human rights work through the vilification of international funding for civil society. We are committed in our pursuit towards creating an enabling environment for democratic participation and good governance.

We are gravely concerned by recent statements made by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, and the Malaysian police that about 15 to 20 organisations are being investigated for receiving overseas funding. The funds we receive, whether from local or international funders, are legal under Malaysian laws. There is clear documentation of the funds and multiple levels of oversight to ensure transparency and accountability, including laws in the funders’ countries of origin, scrutiny by Bank Negara, and the mandated audits of our organisational accounts. Read more

NGO tak perlu takut jika tak salah, kata Nur Jazlan

Sumber: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Jika hanya 20 daripada 50,000 pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) sedang disiasat kerana menerima dana asing, tiada masalah bagi pihak yang mengkritik kerajaan mengatakan mereka bimbang tentang tindakan lebih keras.

Itu adalah hujah daripada Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed kepada media hari ini, apabila ditanya Malay Mail Online jika siasatan itu menandakan berlakunya tindakan keras lebih lanjut.

Pihak berkuasa tidak menganiaya NGO, sebaliknya menyiasat agenda mereka yang menerima sokongan asing, katanya. Beliau mengesahkan siasatan bermula bulan lalu.

Hanya 20 daripada 50,000 sedang disiasat, ia jumlah kecil dan siasatan yang fokus. Mengapa kamu takut disiasat jika tidak bersalah?

“Asas siasatan adalah apabila Bank Negara Malaysia, polis, mengesan wang yang mengalir melalui NGO. Kami mahu tahu apa pembiayaan itu dan tujuannya,” kata beliau kepada laman web berita.

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DPM expects full report from IGP on NGOs under investigation for receiving foreign funds

Source: The Malay Mail Online

TELUK INTAN, Dec 17 — Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar will be asked to give details on 20 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which are suspected of receiving foreign funds.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that currently he did not have information on the matter.

“I will ask the IGP for the details on which are the 20 NGOs that have been investigated,” he told reporters after officiating the PDRM Health Examination Subsidy and Aid Scheme at the Hilir Perak District Police Contingent Headquarters, here today. Read more

20 NGO disyaki terima dana asing disiasat, kata Nur Jazlan

Sumber: FMT News

Siasatan perlu dilakukan kerana banyak negara digulingkan melalui cara NGO digunakan pihak luar, kata timbalan menteri dalam negeri

JOHOR BAHRU: Kira-kira 20 daripada 50,000 pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang berdaftar dengan Jabatan Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS) disiasat sejak November kerana disyaki menerima dana yang meragui daripada individu serta organisasi luar negara.

Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed berkata jumlah NGO yang disiasat berhubung perkara itu mungkin bertambah pada masa hadapan memandangkan polis tidak merancang untuk menghentikan skop penyiasatan sehingga kini.

“Siasatan perlu dilakukan untuk memastikan NGO-NGO ini tidak menjadi muka depan kepada pihak tertentu yang berniat menggugat demokrasi negara, kerana banyak negara di Barat dan juga mungkin di Asia telah digulingkan melalui cara NGO digunakan oleh pihak luar,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan pencarian Ikon Muslimah Johor 2016 di sini hari ini.

Nur Jazlan berkata demikian ketika mengulas perkembangan siasatan terhadap Pengerusi Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah yang dipercayai melakukan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen dengan menggunakan dana yang diterima daripada Open Society Foundation (OSF). Read more

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

>>Versi Inggeris

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.

>>Versi Bahasa Malaysia

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.

Read more

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

>>Versi Inggeris

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.

>>Versi Bahasa Malaysia

pdf

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.

Read more