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

Teoh Beng Hock, eight years without justice

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: There was deafening silence as the crowd stood to pay their respects to the late Teoh Beng Hock, who died in custody eight years ago.

Pain, despair and helplessness were seen on the the faces of Beng Hock’s parents as they sat in front of the hall, facing the crowd throughout the symbolic eight minutes of silence, during a forum about reforming the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) last night.

Today marks eight years of the passing of Beng Hock, who used to be a journalist and a political aide to DAP’s Ean Yong Hian Wah. The family calls it “an agonising eight years without justice”.

The memorial service was followed by a brief speech by the president of the Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy group, A Samad Said who claimed that they will continue fighting for justice. Read more

Reforming MACC : A Road to Good Governance & Human Rights

Venue : Meeting Room 2, First Floor, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Address : No 1, Jalan Maharajalela, 50150 Kuala Lumpur (Next to the Monorail Maharajalela station)
Organizer : Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
Language : English, Bahasa Malaysia

Speakers :
Maria Chin Abdullah, Bersih 2.0 Chairperson
George Varughese, Malaysian Bar President
Saari Sungib, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pilihan Agensi, Badan Berkanun dan Anak Syarikat (JP-ABAS) Negeri Selangor, ADUN Hulu Kelang
Ngeow Chow Ying, Board Member of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
MACC Representative (Invited)

It has been 8 years that the Malaysian government failed to bring the perpertrator of Teoh to justice, yet the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers involved in his death were promoted to senior positions. The section 30 of the MACC Act that allows endless and torturous interrogation, which violates human rights and caused the death of Teoh, is still existed and potentially jeopardised the life of MACC detainees. The murder of Teoh was ensued by the death of Ahmad Sarbani at MACC Kuala Lumpur, which shows flagrant violations of human rights and lack of accountability of the MACC.

The 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal has not only shown how the kleptocracy robbed public fund, more importantly it raise the question of double standard and selective persecution by the public-funded MACC. Unlike Teoh, the Malaysian Official 1 neither subjected to immediate detention, nor prolonged interrogation until midnight, even though the amount siphoned from the government coffer is as much as RM2.6 billion. However, the false accusation against Teoh’s employer, with the amount as little as RM2,400, cost the life of the young political activist.

The performance of the MACC since its inception is a disappointment, both in term of good governance and human rights. Given that the 14th general election is around the corner, the 8th anniversary memorial of Teoh Beng Hock will simultenously hold this public forum to deliberate the reform measures to be taken by the MACC, in order to strengthen its capacity in tackling corruption and to protect human rights of detainees under its custody.


In addition, Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy cordially invites Malaysians to join the 8th anniversary memorial of the late Teoh Beng Hock, which is scheduled as follows :

Date : 16 July 2017 (Sunday)
Time : 8:00 pm
Venue : Meeting Room 2, First Floor, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Address : No 1, Jalan Maharajalela, 50150 Kuala Lumpur (Next to the Monorail Maharajalela station)
Organizer : Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy

Program Schedule

8:00 pm Welcome speech
8:04 pm Moment of Silence
8:05 pm Speech by A. Samad Said, Chairperson of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
8:12 pm Speech by Teoh Lee Lan, Teoh family representative
8:20 pm Performance by Meor Yusof
8:30 pm Public Forum : Reforming MACC : A Road to Good Governance and Human Rights
10:30 pm End

Please contact 01110909808 or info@teohbenghock.org if you have further queries.

Remembrance as Resistance Human Rights Art Exhibition

RemembranceAsResistanceHRArtExhibition

In conjunction with the 7th anniversary of the passing of Teoh Beng Hock, Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy with the support of Kampung Tunku State Assemblyman Lau Weng San and Bukit Gasing State Assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran, will organise commemoration events of the 7th anniversary of the passing of Teoh Beng Hock themed ‘Remembering Beng Hock, Defending Human Rights’.

“Remembrance as Resistance : Human Rights Art Exhibition” is one of the main events of the 7th Anniversary of the Passing of Teoh Beng Hock. Twenty five artists have participated in the exhibition to present their art works in different forms in remembrance of the late Teoh Beng Hock and other victims of custodial death. The objective is to create awareness on human rights violations in Malaysia, as well as to educate member of public regarding their rights under custody.

遗忘,向来是统治者用来驯化人民、操纵记忆、弱化反抗运动的手段。
记忆,则是无权势者守护被压迫者,拒绝在思想上向统治者弃械投诚的一场斗争。

对社会运动而言,最困难的莫过于不断唤起民众对于不公不义事件的关注,倡议改革制度以避免执法机关再次重蹈覆辙侵犯人权。职是之故,今年由赵明福民主基金会主办,甘榜东姑州议员刘永山和武吉加星州议员拉吉夫协办的赵明福逝世七周年纪念活动,主题为“勿忘明福,维护人权”,我们希望通过明福的个案,唤醒社会对生命权与扣留所安全的关注。

记忆即是反抗:人权艺术展是赵明福逝世七周年纪念活动的轴心项目,我们欣慰邀得25位艺术爱好者参与这个别具意义的活动,以不同方式呈现赵明福与扣留所死亡事件,呼唤民众以铭记赵明福与其它扣留所命案的方式,作为反抗不公不义侵犯人权的行为。

The Art Exhibition will be held as follows :
Date : 22 – 24 July 2016 (Friday to Sunday)
Time : 10am – 10pm
Venue : Level G2, Boulevard, PUBLIKA, Solaris Dutamas

The launch will be on 23 July, Saturday, 11am at the exhibition venue.

On the other hand, the replicate copy of the drawings will also be exhibited at a few cafés or restaurants located at Klang Valley from early July to end of July, the details of the cooperating partners are set out below.

此次艺术展以两种形式进行。艺术创作品的正品将在以下地点展出。展出详情:

日期:2016年7月22日至24日(星期五 至 星期日)
时间:早上10时 至 晚上10时
地点:PUBLIKA底层走廊, Solaris Dutamas

艺术展推介礼订于2016年7月23日星期六早上11点于艺术展现场举行。

除此之外,艺术展也与雪隆区八间咖啡馆配合,展出艺术品复制品,一起推广这个别具意义的艺术展。咖啡馆详情如下

<Kuala Lumpur>
1) Aku Cafe & Gallery – No.8, 1st Floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur. tel: 03-2857 6887 Exhibition Period: 12/7-24/7

2) New Black Coffee Lab – Plaza Crystalville @ Setapak. B-2A-1, Jalan Danau Kota, 53300 Kuala Lumpur. tel: 03-41310182 Exhibition Period: 9/7-24/7

3) Await Cafe – No.9-1-5, Jalan 3/109F, Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-79710978 Exhibition Period: 9/7-24/7

<Petaling Jaya>
4) The Augmented – No.149, Jalan SS 2/6, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. tel: 03-78650728 Exhibition Period: 9/7-24/7

5) Gerakbudaya Coffee Corner – No. 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03-79578342 Exhibition Period: 16/7-30/7

<Shah Alam>
6) Dotz Cafe – No.3-1, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla 31/93, Shah Alam. Tel: 03-51100472 Exhibition Period: 9/7-24/7

<Klang>
7) Seraph Awaken – No.28, Jalan Stesen 1, Klang. Tel: 012-2906860 Exhibition Period: 9/7-24/7

<Puchong>
8) CAFFEine : G-09-1,Level 1, Block G, SetiaWalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Selangor. Tel: 03-58798862 Exhibition Period: 9/7-24/7