KENYATAAN AKHBAR: Hentikan Kecaman Atas Aktivis,Hapuskan Gejala Seksisme Dan Misoginistik

Oleh: Nurhayyu Zainal, Meja Wanita, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)



Sedar atau tidak, golongan politik hari ini bagaikan raksaksa toksik terbentuk dari kesan radiasi sisa buangan oleh satu sistem dikenali sebagai patriarki. Dominasi kaum lelaki selama ribuan tahun meletakkan wanita pada posisi subordinat dengan limitasi terhadap kuasa politik serta proses membuat keputusan (decision making) ini mendorong kepada perbuatan memperlekehkan pandangan wanita selain membuli, fitnah, serangan peribadi, dan perlakuan lucah.

Inilah situasinya bila aktivisme politik hanya setakat menukar baju dari parti pemerintah ke parti pembangkang. Mana2 gabungan politik yang ahli-ahlinya tidak mempunyai ideologi dan prinsip poliitk yang jelas akan berkelakuan seksis dan misoginistik.

Gejala ini dilihat begitu ketara apabila penyokong – penyokong dan propagandis (cybertroopers) pihak pembangkang menggunakan kata kata lucah dan kesat sebagai mod serang balas terhadap seorang aktivis wanita yang dikenali sebagai Maryam Lee berikutan pendiriannya menyokong kempen #UndiRosak yang menjadi fenomena dan perbualan hangat di media sosial.

Sebagai sebuah organisasi yang menolak sistem patriarki, Parti Sosialis Malaysia mengecam sekeras – kerasnya perlakuan serta ancaman berunsur misoginis dan seksis terhadap mana mana individu. Read more

Tian Chua released from jail

Source: FMT News

Pic from FMT News

KAJANG: Batu MP Tian Chua was released from jail today after serving a month in the Kajang prison.

Tian Chua said he was awoken by the wardens at 5am and let out of prison by 7am.

Speaking to a crowd of about 150 who were awaiting his release, he said he was happy to be out after a month of “resting”.

“They probably saw the crowd here and rushed to                                                                                               let me out,” he added. Read more

Zunar sues police, govt over wrongful arrest, seized books

Source: FMT News

Cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque, or Zunar, claims his arrest last December was unlawful and his books, t-shirts were seized without any merit.

Zunar (from left) and his supporters, lawyer Melissa Sasidaran (second right) at the KL High Court. Pic taken from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque or Zunar, today sued the police and the government claiming his arrest at a fundraising event here last year was unlawful.

In his suit, Zunar said that his books and t-shirts were also seized without any basis at the same event held at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) on Dec 17, 2016.

According to Zunar, he was not informed of the reason why he was arrested by the police during his “Tea With Zunar” event.

“The police from Dang Wangi police station arrested me unlawfully and denied me my personal freedom,” he said in his statement of claim, filed today at the High Court registry here. Read more

Death threat probe on Bersih chief submitted to AGC

Source: FMT News 

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have completed their probe into the death threats against Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and her sons, Bersih committee member Mandeep Singh and Malaysian Human Rights Society chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.

“The investigation paper was submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers on April 12, 2017,” the home ministry said in a written reply at the Dewan Rakyat today.

The ministry added that the government was awaiting a report on the issue from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

The ministry was replying to Ramkarpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor), who asked about the status of the police reports made by Maria, Ambiga and Mandeep regarding the death threats they received. Read more

Jawi drops Shariah charges against Kassim Ahmad

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Kassim Ahmad (pic) has won in the civil courts in his legal challenge against Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Jawi and the government of Malaysia over his arrest and prosecution in the Shariah courts. Pic by The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 ― Shariah prosecutors today finally withdrew two 2014 Shariah charges against Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad after the octogenarian’s long court battles, his lawyer confirmed.

Kassim’s lawyer Rosli Dahlan said the 83-year-old will no longer face the two Shariah charges that are both punishable with a maximum RM3,000 fine or maximum two-year jail, or both.

“The charges are all dropped, Kassim is totally free, all three of the bailors are released and bail money is to be returned,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted after Kassim’s case was mentioned at the Putrajaya Shariah High Court. Read more

Amnesty calls for release of Bangladesh rights activist

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Amnesty International Malaysia (AIM) today slammed the arrest of Bangladeshi human rights activist Adilur Rahman Khan, saying this is not the first time the government has barred peaceful activists from entering the country.

Calling Khan “the latest target of a growing trend to impose travel bans on rights activists entering Malaysia”, the NGO said he had also been denied access to his lawyer.

“Previously, Hong Kong political activist Joshua Wong, Indonesian human rights defender Mugiyanto Sipin and most recently, Singaporean political activist Han Hui Hui were prevented from visiting the country,” AIM executive director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said in a statement today.

“We call for the immediate release of Khan, and an end to the use of travel bans against human rights defenders which further stigmatises their work, and limits their ties with the global human rights movement.” Read more

Bangladesh human rights activist detained at KLIA

Adilur Rahman Khan -pic drawn from FMT News

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: The arrest of a Bangladeshi human rights activist at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) this morning has been condemned by a local rights group.

Adilur Rahman Khan was detained by immigration officers at KLIA at about 4am today. Khan is the secretary of Odhikar, a human rights NGO based in Bangladesh.

He had travelled to Malaysia to attend a conference on the topic of “Abolition of the death penalty”.

“Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) condemns the detention of Adilur Rahman Khan. Read more

Maria Chin’s car window smashed

Source: Free Malaysia Today 

Image source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah claims that her car was the target of an attack while she was driving along the Federal Highway today.

Maria, when contacted by FMT, said the experience was so sudden that she could not actually recall details of the assailant.

Maria said she was just leaving her office and taking a turn onto the Federal Highway when the incident happened at about 6pm. Her window on the driver’s side shattered. Read more

Amnesty: Crackdown on activists a ‘misuse of criminal justice system’

Source: FMT News

NGO says authorities are increasingly responding to activities aimed at expressing dissent and protesting against injustice with ‘baseless police investigations’. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Amnesty International has hit out at a recent crackdown on activists in Malaysia, calling it a misuse of the criminal justice system.

Pointing out that more than seven political activists and human rights defenders have been summoned by the police in the past week alone, the NGO said the trend further restricted public debate while reducing the space in which civil society operates.

In a statement today, it expressed alarm that the authorities were increasingly responding to activities aiming to express dissent and protest against injustice with “baseless police investigations”.

“The Malaysian authorities must immediately halt the misuse of the criminal justice system to harass and intimidate political activists and human rights defenders for their peaceful activities,” it said. Read more

Court finds film activist guilty for showing Sri Lanka war documentary without approval

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Activist Lena Hendry is seen outside the courtroom after the film censorship case decision in Kuala Lumpur February 21, 2017. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Activist Lena Hendry is seen outside the courtroom after the film censorship case decision in Kuala Lumpur February 21, 2017. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 — Activist Lena Hendry has been found guilty by the Magistrate Court today for allegedly screening a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war without the approval of the Censorship Board.

Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris found the Pusat Komas programme manager guilty of censorship charges after the defence failed to prove reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.

He did not hand out any sentence after Hendry’s lawyer New Sin Yew requested for a written submission to be handed in.

“He found her guilty but he has fixed sentencing for another day. He wants a written submission by first of March,” New told reporters after the case today.

New added if convicted, Hendry would face up to three years’ jail or a fine not exceeding RM30,000, under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act, 2002.

Mohd Rezan also set March 22 for the next hearing and for the sentencing to be done. Read more