Petition: Stop Crackdowns on Intellectuals in Malaysia!

Source: Change.org

To sign the petition, go to: https://www.change.org/p/the-federal-government-of-malaysia-stop-crackdowns-on-intellectuals-in-malaysia

We, the undersigned individuals, register our gravest concern and strongest objection to a series of crackdowns on intellectuals from September 25 to October 3.

These include the arrest of Turkish writer Mustafa Akyol, the harassment and persecution of Akyol’s host, Dr Farouk Musa of Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) and the banning of 22 books, including discursive writings by Akyol, Farouk Musa, scholar Faisal Tehrani (Dr. Mohd Faizal Musa) and cleric Ustaz Wan Ji Wan Hussin.

“Religious teaching without tauliah [proper accreditation]” (Section 11 of Act 559 in this case) is a Syariah offense normally reserved for errant preachers in mosques and surau.

Actions by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JAWI) against Akyol for allegedly committing such an offence prior to an aborted forum in Nottingham University Malaysia, and against Dr. Farouk Musa for allegedly abetting Akyol, set a dangerous precedent with far-reaching implications for academic freedom and, certainly, freedom of speech in Malaysia. Read more

Malaysians call for corporal punishment to be banned in ALL schools

A petition to the Malaysian Government – The Cabinet
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Malaysians call for corporal punishment to be banned in ALL schools

The death of 11-year-old schoolboy Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi , who was allegedly abused by his school warden has painfully showed us that corporal punishment has no place in schools. His prayers and pleas as he endured suffering from being beaten on his legs are a stark testimony that no child must ever again experience such abuse and humiliation or death. His pleas to his parents to rescue him are testimony to his suffering in a place that has been his second home.

We, the citizens of Malaysia echo SUHAKAM‘s (National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) call to reform laws to introduce a clear ban on corporal punishment in all educational institutions as a matter of policy. Read more

Thousands petition Dewan Negara to reject security bill

Source: The Malaysian Insider

A petition urging the Dewan Negara to reject the National Security Council (NSC) Bill 2015 has garnered over 21,500 supporters since it was launched at the change.org website on December 5.

The petition, posted by “Rakyat Malaysia”, urged senators to reject the bill as it would have a “drastically negative impact on the democracy and peace of our nation”.

Tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on December 1, the bill was passed on the last day of the lower house’s sitting on December 3, after some six hours of debate.

The bill allows a council headed by the prime minister to declare a security area and order arrests, searches and property seizures in that area without a warrant.

Critics said it would grant the prime minister “emergency-like powers” when such authority was with the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong as stipulated in the Federal Constitution.

In a petition update on the change.org website three days ago, Rakyat Malaysia posted a thank you note to signatories and reminded people that Dewan Negara would start discussing the bill this week.

Urging more to sign the petition, the update also said, “We must not lose out momentum as the days go past, and we must continue our efforts in sharing information and spreading news about how much harm NSC2015 can do.”

The update also said there had been other efforts to lobby the senators through letter-writing and urged people to take action. Read more

Petitioning the Dewan Negara to Summarily Reject the D.R. 38/2015 – Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 Bill

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English Version

To the Yang di-Pertua Dewan Negara, and all members of the Senate,

We the undersigned, hereby request and petition, as concerned citizens of Malaysia, that the honourable senators reject the bill known as “D.R. 38/2015 – Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015” on the grounds of it having a drastically negative impact on the democracy and peace of our nation.

The bill proposes that a National Security Council, headed by the prime minister, be established for the sake of national security. However, national security itself is not well defined, and most of the clauses within this bill are alarming to every Malaysian citizen.  Notably, we would like to bring to your attention four particular clauses. Read more

A Plea To Sign An Online Petition To MPs To Call For An Emergency Parliamentary Session And Form A National Government

Seruan untuk menandatangani petisyen menyeru kesemua ahli-ahli Parlimen meminta satu Sesi Persidangan Parlimen Tergempa (“Emergency Parliamentary Session“) untuk membentuk satu Kerajaan Kebangsaan bagi mengambil tindakan yang wajar untuk menangani krisis yang kini melanda Malaysia dan untuk mengembalikan kestabilan negara ini.

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Krisis telahpun melanda negara ini. Terlalu banyak skandal-skandal kewangan, kejatuhan nilai ringgit, pelaksanaan GST, dan sekatan-sekatan ke atas kebebasan asasi kita telah menyebabkan kehilangan kepercayaan dan keyakinan orang awam terhadap kerajaan. Ketelusan dan akauntabiliti langsung tidak wujud. Mereka yang mempunyai kuasa pula tidak menggunakannya untuk kebaikan awam. Kepimpinan negara pula memberikan perhatian yang tidak mencukupi terhadap krisis ekonomi dan kesukaran yang dihadapi oleh rakyat. Keadaan rasuah yang tidak terkawal berserta dengan pencabulan hak-hak sivil dan politikal telah mewujudkan suatu persekitaran yang tidak menentu dimana kebajikan rakyat bukan lagi merupakan satu keutamaan.

Oleh itu, demi kepentingan rakyat dan negara, kami, HAKAM, C4, PROHAM dan Gerakan Rakyat Negara-Ku telah membentangkan suatu Pelan Tindakan Demi Rakyat untuk menangani krisis ini dan untuk mengembalikan kestabilan negara ini.

Setelah Pelan Tindakan Demi Rakyat ini dibentangkan pada 28 Julai 2015, HAKAM, bagi pihak HAKAM, C4, PROHAM dan Gerakan Rakyat Negara-Ku, telah memulakan satu petisyen menyeru kesemua ahli-ahli Parlimen meminta satu Sesi Persidangan Parlimen Tergempa (“Emergency Parliamentary Session“) untuk membentuk satu Kerajaan Kebangsaan bagi mengambil tindakan yang wajar untuk menangani krisis negara ini berdasarkan Pelan Tindakan Demi Rakyat ini.

Rakyat Malaysia yang mengambil berat isu dan ingin menyokong usaha mempetisyen ahli-ahli Parlimen diseru menandatangani petisyen kami yang diterbitkan di
https://www.change.org/p/malaysian-members-of-parliament-to-call-for-an-emergency-parliamentary-session-and-form-a-national-government

Terima kasih atas sokongan anda.

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