Retrenchment fund focus of May Day rally by 15 NGOs, PSM

Source: FMT News

Authorities must address issues faced by workers who have lost their jobs due to companies going bankrupt, relocation or even the government's budget cuts, says group. Pic from FMT News.

Authorities must address issues faced by workers who have lost their jobs due to companies going bankrupt, relocation or even the government’s budget cuts, says group. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: A peaceful rally will be held on May 1, in conjunction with International Workers’s Day, which is also known as Labour Day, demanding the government start a fund for the benefit of workers who have been retrenched.

The organising committee comprising 15 NGOs and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) held a press conference today announcing the assembly, which is called “Hilang Kerja, Pekerja Merana: Worker’s Retrenchment Fund Now!”

The key demand for the establishment of a workers retrenchment fund is to address issues faced by workers who have lost their jobs due to companies going bankrupt, relocation or even budget cuts by the government. Read more

Don’t criminalise protesters – Khaw Lake Tee

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is pleased to note that the May Day / Anti-GST Rally in Kuala Lumpur on May 1, 2015 was largely peaceful and well facilitated by the police.

However, the Commission has identified a number of areas where the right to freedom of peaceful assembly can be better enhanced.

The Commission regrets the arrests of several participants following the peaceful assembly, and calls on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all detained persons, as the right to participate in a peaceful assembly is critical to a functioning democracy. Read more

Arrest of Ambiga abuse of police powers, says human rights group

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The National Human Rights Society (Hakam) is appalled that its president, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, and several others were arrested over the Workers Day rally and held overnight, calling it a blatant abuse of police power.

In a strongly worded statement, the movement said Ambiga’s participation in the rally – which was not an unlawful assembly – was an exercise of her right to freedom of expression as enshrined in the Federal Constitution. Read more

STATEMENT: Arrest of HAKAM President & Others [2 May 2015]

STATEMENT DATED 2 MAY 2015
ARREST OF HAKAM PRESIDENT & OTHERS

HAKAM President Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan in custody. Photo: The Malaysian Insider

HAKAM President Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan in custody. Photo: The Malaysian Insider

The police had this morning made an application to the Magistrate’s Court in Jinjang for a 4 day remand of HAKAM’s President Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, PSM’s Secretary-General Mr Arulchelvam, MP Mr Anthony Loke and MP Dr. Mohd. Hatta Bin Ramli, arising from ongoing investigations against them in respect of the May 1st Workers’ Day Rally. The Magistrate had upon hearing submissions from parties, refused the grant of the remand order. The refusal was on the ground that the Investigating Officer (IO) was unable to produce any cogent ground or justification for the remand. The Magistrate had asked the IO to submit on why investigations by the police could not be done without a remand order in place. The Magistrate also noted that all four detainees had availed themselves for questioning when asked by the police and as such, the detainees have shown that they were willing and ready to cooperate with police investigations. Read more

STATEMENT: Arrest of HAKAM President & Others [1 May 2015]

STATEMENT DATED 1 MAY 2015
ARREST OF HAKAM PRESIDENT & OTHERS

HAKAM is appalled that our President Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan was detained this evening and arrested by the police for participating in the May Day Rally against the GST (May Day Rally). According to the police, Dato’Ambiga is being investigated under s143 of the Penal Code for unlawful assembly. HAKAM strongly condemns the arrest and detention of Dato’ Ambiga – there was no unlawful assembly, as the May Day Rally was not a protest for any unlawful purpose. Dato’ Ambiga’s participation in the said Rally together with thousands of other Malaysians was an exercise of her right of freedom of expression and association enshrined in our Federal Constitution. Read more