At launch of human rights plan, Najib pledges no repeat of Ops Lalang

Source: MalayMail Online

PUTRAJAYA, March 1 ― Legislative transformation over the past few years will ensure there is no repeat of the notorious Ops Lalang security crackdown of 1987 under his administration, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak assured the public today.

Najib pointed out the fact that he had abolished the Internal Security Act which was used during Ops Lalang, and also introduced laws such as the Peaceful Assembly Act instead.

“All these changes ensures that there will not be another Ops Lalang,” Najib said while launching the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) at his office. Read more

Ops Lalang: Let bygones be bygones, says Khairuddin

Source: FMT News

Former Umno and PPBM man wants Kua Kia Soong, who was imprisoned without trial for 445 days, to focus on improving country with Mahathir. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Khairuddin Abu Hassan has urged Kua Kia Soong to put the past behind him after the Suaram adviser demanded that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad apologise for the Operasi Lalang which took place 30 years ago.

“Those who were detained are now very close to Tun Mahathir,” the New Generation Party (NewGen) deputy president said today.

He said Kua should let go of the past and address current concerns like saving Malaysia from kleptocracy, overcoming corruption in the government and helping the people. Read more

Malaysia’s 2016 detentions without trial brings back Ops Lalang memories, Suaram adviser says

Source: Malay Mail Online

Suaram’s Dr Kua Kia Soong says Malaysia is experiencing one of the worst years for human rights this year with its multiple detentions without trial. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the Malay Mail Online.

Suaram’s Dr Kua Kia Soong says Malaysia is experiencing one of the worst years for human rights this year with its multiple detentions without trial. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 ― Malaysia is experiencing one of the worst years for human rights this year with its multiple detentions without trial that bring back memories of the Ops Lalang period, Dr Kua Kia Soong said today.

Kua, the adviser of human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), cited the government’s 1987 security crackdown under Ops Lalang to put opposition members, activists and other Malaysians under the now-abolished Internal Security Act (ISA).

“Why do I say that 2016 is one of the worst years for human rights in Malaysia? Of course there’s historical context, when you compare it to the past; there’s no comparison.

“But I said it’s one of the worst years for human rights in Malaysia, means during the time post Operation Lalang years, suddenly detention without trial of Maria Chin Abdullah and others, other human rights defenders, brings back memories of Ops Lalang,” he said at the launch of Suaram’s annual human rights report. Read more

Ops Lalang: Malaysia 29 years later — Jahabar Sadiq

Source: Asian Correspondent

BY JAHABAR SADIQ

The mass rally of over 10,000 people organized by Umno Youth shortly before Ops Lalang was launched on Oct 27, 1987. Pic via Twitter.

The mass rally of over 10,000 people organized by Umno Youth shortly before Ops Lalang was launched on Oct 27, 1987. Pic via Twitter.

TWENTY-nine years ago today, Malaysia began a security sweep starting with 19 politicians, activists and intellectuals detained without trial as racial and political tensions rose over an Umno leadership crisis, issues over languages and the use of the word “pendatang” (immigrant) as a slur.

The total number held under the Internal Security Act (ISA) was 106 and three newspapers – English daily The Star, Chinese daily Sin Chew Jit Poh and Malay daily Watan – had their publishing permits suspended.

One of the dailies, Watan, never came back. The other two were never the same again.

The Star’s front page on Oct 28, 1987. Source: @kuasiswa.

The Star’s front page on Oct 28, 1987. Source: @kuasiswa.

But the issues that festered and exploded into the mass detentions continue until today. Read more