Malaysians must reject vengeful politicians and those who suggest threats of violence — Bersih Statement

Dated 20 April 2017

downloadBERSIH 2.0, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, is appalled by the messages of intimidation and vengeance that a few top government leaders are sending out in the prelude to a general election that is expected to be held between the coming months and middle of next year.

First, is the thinly veiled, horrific warning by Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi that were the so-called social contract broken, Malaysians can expect not only “social disorder but – worse than that – our streets will be littered with blood and dead bodies”.

“Free Malaysia Today” quoted Zahid as saying this in his keynote address at the Human Ecology International Conference in Putrajaya on 18 April.

Then on 19 April, it was reported that Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar had issued a 6 March directive to local councils to scrap small-scale infrastructure projects in parliamentary constituencies not represented by the ruling party.

BERSIH 2.0 finds Zahid’s statement and Noh’s action deplorable, coming especially from political leaders who should be setting the tone for a free and fair general election to come. Read more

Two NGOs lodge police report against Kassim Ahmad

Source: The Sun Daily

Mohd Ridhwan Othman (C) and his two deputy, Abdul Aziz MK Makkai Kutty (L) and Mad Johan Jamian pose in front of Johor Baru South police station after they lodged the police reports on April 20, 2017. — Pic by Low Sock Ken for the Sun Daily.

Mohd Ridhwan Othman (C) and his two deputy, Abdul Aziz MK Makkai Kutty (L) and Mad Johan Jamian pose in front of Johor Baru South police station after they lodged the police reports on April 20, 2017. — Pic by Low Sock Ken for the Sun Daily.

JOHOR BARU: Two non-government organisations here have lodged police reports against an 82-year-old scholar cum former social and political activist Dr Kassim Ahmad over his article on Islam and national religious issue.

Mohd Ridhwan Othman, President of Perimau (Persatuan Pemuda Puteri Melayu Bersatu) or United Malay Youth Association and Johor Muafakat Education Association (Pertubuhan Muafakat Pendidikan Johor) said, Kassim’s article titled “Government has no business meddling in Islam” appeared in his own blog and in a news portal.

He said, Kassim has made seditious statements to the people and suggested to change the Federal Constitution on Islam as national religious status in the article.

He added Kassim should be investigated under Sedition Act. Read more

EAIC to call 55 witnesses to public hearing on Balamurugan’s death in custody

Source: The Malay Mail Online

File picture shows counsel N. Surendran speaking to the family of S. Balamurugan at the High Court in Shah Alam February 15, 2017. — Bernama pic.

File picture shows counsel N. Surendran speaking to the family of S. Balamurugan at the High Court in Shah Alam February 15, 2017. — Bernama pic.

PUTRAJAYA, April 20 — A total 55 witnesses will be called in four Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) public hearing sessions over the death of a detainee S. Balamurugan in a police lockup on Feb 7.

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said the public hearing session is open to the public and media at four sets of dates, namely, May 15 to 19; June 5 to 9; July 10 to 14; and July 24 to 28 at the EAIC Hearing Room, Level 11, Bangunan Menara Usahawan, Precinct 2 here, from 9am to 4.30pm.

He said the EAIC would extend invitations to the family of the dead detainee, Royal Malaysian Police, Malaysia Bar Council, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) , Home Ministry and interested parties in line with Section 36 of the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission Act (Act 700). Read more

Guan Eng: Penang exco agrees on motion against Shabudin

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says state executive council has agreed to table a motion against Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya. Pic by Picture by KE Ooi for the MMO.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says state executive council has agreed to table a motion against Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya. Pic by Picture by KE Ooi for the MMO.

GEORGE TOWN, April 20 ― The Penang state executive council has decided to table a motion against Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya over his remarks on rape victims and child marriage.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng stressed that the motion is against the Umno MP and his remarks that nine-year-old girls are physically and spiritually ready for marriage and his proposed solution that rape victims marry their rapists.

“We want to take this as a point of principle to defend and uphold women’s rights and dignity, this is what we will do,” he told a press conference at the Penang Digital Library this morning.

Lim pointed out that in all his statements and criticisms against what Shabudin said in Parliament on April 5 was directed at the MP individually, and not at Islam or Islamic family law.

“Let me make it clear. My remarks are all against Shabudin, don’t let him twist it to an Islamic family law issue, this is a very dishonest, desperate and disreputable attempt to save himself,” he said. Read more