Be forward thinking, youth group tells #UndiRosak supporters

Source: Free Malaysia Today

#ForwardTogether urges #UndiRosak supporters to work together to help youths take ownership of their future by making their votes count.

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PETALING JAYA: A newly formed group to counter youths’ indifference to elections and politics has reached out to those behind the #UndiRosak movement, saying it is time to take a more positive outlook on the future.

In a statement to FMT, #ForwardTogether said instead of #UndiRosak’s campaign for voters to spoil their ballots on election day, it should help youths take ownership of their future by making their votes count. Read more

Vote fearlessly for change, veterans urge armed forces

Source: The Malaysian Insight

MEMBERS of the armed forces must not be cowed by fear when casting their votes in the next general election, and only take into consideration the honour of the country, said National Patriots Association president Mohamed Arshad Raji.

Arshad said despite being employed by the government, the armed forces’ duty was to uphold the honour and wellbeing of the nation.

“For those of our brothers and sisters who are still in active service in the armed forces and police, we implore you to exercise your vote without fear or favour.

“It is entirely up to you which individual or party out give your vote to (but) vote with pride and honour,” Arshad said at a press conference today.

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‘We’re on the same side’, Ambiga tells #UndiRosak

Source: Malay Mail Online

PETALING JAYA, Feb 11 — Former Bersih 2.0 chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan told #UndiRosak proponents today that they were similar to those who wanted a change of government.

However, Ambiga said that it was still voting which would bring about real change.

“We are actually on the same side. We are not on the opposing side because you decide the system, we decide the system too. We say, you must vote to change the system. You say, we don’t vote to change [the] system.

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Expert: Online bullying can hurt more than the face-to-face kind

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: A psychologist has warned of the devastating effect that cyberbullying can have on some individuals.

Goh Chee Leong, Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at HELP University, told FMT the harm from cyberbullying could sometimes be worse than the effects of conventional bullying.

“There is no one size fits all when it comes to the different types of bullying,” he said. “However, there could be instances where cyberbullying may affect the victim just as badly, if not worse, than face-to-face bullying.

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Stop harassing #UndiRosak activist, say DAP MP and NGO

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 — A civil rights group and a DAP lawmaker called today for a stop to the harassment of a female activist advocating for the right to spoil one’s vote in the 14th general election.

National Human Rights Society (Hakam) secretary-general Robyn Choi, in a statement, said the attacks on Maryam Lee were a breach of Lee’s rights to be treated humanely and to freely express her opinions.

She said political disagreements should be addressed through respectful discourse and not through immature or personal attacks.

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STATEMENT: HAKAM condemns toxic online bullying against Ms Maryam Lee and other proponents of UndiRosak Movement

pdfSTATEMENT DATED 31 Jan 2018

HAKAM CONDEMNS TOXIC ONLINE BULLYING AGAINST
MS MARYAM LEE AND OTHER PROPONENTS OF UNDIROSAK MOVEMENT

Ms Maryam Lee, activist and writer, has received a vicious onslaught of online abuse following her public comments on the #UndiRosak Movement. The attacks on Ms Lee go far beyond criticism of her political ideas. Rather, they attack and bully her personally.

These online attacks are a breach of Ms Lee’s right to be free from inhuman or degrading treatment[1] and her right to hold and express opinions without interference.[2] Political disagreements should be addressed through respectful discourse, not through immature, personal attacks. Productive public discourse requires us to respect the humanity of our opponents, even if we strongly disagree with their views. Everyone is entitled to the protections human rights provide, regardless of their political view. Read more

STATEMENT: HAKAM condemns toxic online bullying against Ms Maryam Lee and other proponents of UndiRosak Movement

STATEMENT DATED 31 Jan 2018

HAKAM CONDEMNS TOXIC ONLINE BULLYING AGAINST
MS MARYAM LEE AND OTHER PROPONENTS OF UNDIROSAK MOVEMENT

Ms Maryam Lee, activist and writer, has received a vicious onslaught of online abuse following her public comments on the #UndiRosak Movement. The attacks on Ms Lee go far beyond criticism of her political ideas. Rather, they attack and bully her personally.

These online attacks are a breach of Ms Lee’s right to be free from inhuman or degrading treatment[1] and her right to hold and express opinions without interference.[2] Political disagreements should be addressed through respectful discourse, not through immature, personal attacks. Productive public discourse requires us to respect the humanity of our opponents, even if we strongly disagree with their views. Everyone is entitled to the protections human rights provide, regardless of their political view.

The gendered nature of the abuse received by Ms Lee breaches her right to be free from sex-based discrimination. This sends a devastating message to politically active young women. It says that their voices will be silenced and that they will be ridiculed in the most personal ways, with attackers targeting their sexuality, their bodies and ultimately, their humanity.

HAKAM condemns this toxic bullying against Ms Lee and other proponents of #UndiRosak.

 

Issued on behalf of the HAKAM Executive Committee

Robyn Choi
Secretary-General
HAKAM

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[1] Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR), GA Resolution 217A (III), UN Doc A/810,1948, art 5; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),1966, art 7

[2] International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),1966, art 19

#UndiRosak campaigners targeted by vicious cyber attacks

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: Social activists propagating the #UndiRosak (spoilt votes) campaign are being attacked in cyberspace by those who disagree with the controversial campaign.

“Whore”, “slut” and “toilet paper” are just some of the sexist remarks disgruntled netizens on Facebook are hurling at activist Maryam Lee after she and several others spoke at a forum on the #UndiRosak campaign on Jan 25.

After the forum, a Pakatan Harapan supporter posted on Facebook and alleged that Maryam had been hired to promote the #UndiRosak campaign as a ploy to help Barisan Nasional win in the coming general elections.

His post started a flood of attacks on Maryam from angry Opposition supporters, with some even superimposing images of her face on lewd photos.

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