So what’s that about human rights? — Boo Su-Lyn

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Boo Su-Lyn is a feminist who loves reading fiction. She tweets at @boosulyn. Pic from the MMO.

Boo Su-Lyn is a feminist who loves reading fiction. She tweets at @boosulyn. Pic from the MMO.

DECEMBER 30 ― This year has seen widespread human rights violations in Malaysia, including attacks on freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, native rights, and the right to privacy.

The government appears to be increasingly intolerant of dissent and resorted to investigating trivial matters like the posting of “insulting” photos of leaders on WhatsApp, posting a video of a press conference, and various Facebook posts and tweets.

If Malaysia is serious about achieving developed nation status by 2020, then the government must acknowledge and respect basic human rights like freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Without the space to express ideas and opinions, society cannot progress.

These are the top 8 human rights violations in the country in 2016, in no particular order: Read more

Zunar ikrar terus lukis kartun bongkar rasuah, ketidakadilan

Sumber: FMT News

Zunar berkata, bakat adalah tanggungjawab yang lebih besar daripada ketakutan dipenjarakan dan kerajaan tidak boleh mengharamkan cara pemikirannya.

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Malaysian award-winning cartoonist, Zunar.

PETALING JAYA: Walaupun takut dipenjarakan, kartunis kontroversi Zunar berikrar akan terus melukis sehingga ke titisan dakwat terakhir dalam usaha membongkar kegiatan rasuah dan ketidakadilan di negara ini.

Beliau berkata, bakat bukan anugerah, sebaliknya ia adalah tanggungjawab yang lebih besar daripada ketakutan.

“Mereka boleh haramkan buku saya, mereka boleh haramkan kartun saya, tetapi anda tidak boleh mengharamkan minda saya. Saya akan terus melukis hingga ke titisan dakwat terakhir,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Zunar atau nama sebenarnya, Zulkilflee Anwar Ulhaque berkata, beliau kini berdepan 9 pertuduhan di bawah Akta Hasutan, selain pernah ditahan 2 kali di bawah akta sama dengan 7 bukunya diharamkan, 3 kilang percetakan yang mencetak bukunya dan pejabatnya diserbu pihak berkuasa.

Katanya, pengendali laman webnya turut ditahan, selain beliau dilarang keluar negara sejak pertengahan bulan lalu. Read more

Police to submit investigation papers on Zunar to DPP

Source: The Star Online

Kartunis kontroversi itu ditahan semalam di bawah Seksyen 124(c) Kanun Keseksaan berkaitan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Kartunis kontroversi itu ditahan semalam di bawah Seksyen 124(c) Kanun Keseksaan berkaitan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The police will submit their investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for the next course of action following the arrest of cartoonist Zunar, says Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman.

He said Zunar was picked up with four others at an event here on Saturday. All of them were released on bail yesterday morning after being detained at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.

On Saturday, police raided a fund­raising event with Zunar’s fans at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chi­nese Assembly Hall.

The four detained were Zunar’s sales assistants Megat Abdul Wahid and Lawrence Jeyaraj, DAP member Jimmy Wong and a fan who wished to be known as A. Toong.

Their lawyer Nicole Tan said Zunar, Megat and Lawrence were being investigated under Section 124c of the Penal Code for activities detrimental to parliamentary demo­cracy.

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Malaysia: When cartoons and comedy become national threats — Zan Azlee

Source: Asian Corespondent

(File) Malaysia's Zunar wearing a prison outfit and plastic handcuffs poses for photographers prior to launching his book in February 2015. Pic: AP.

(File) Malaysia’s Zunar wearing a prison outfit and plastic handcuffs poses for photographers prior to launching his book in February 2015. Pic: AP.

WHEN comedy becomes a threat to national security, we know society is heading down a deep, dark chasm where everyone has lost their sense of humour, personality and just plain humanity.

A few days ago, Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known by his moniker Zunar, was arrested by the police at a meet-the-fans event in the capital city. The headlines said: Zunar arrested… again. Its true. It was not the political cartoonist’s first brush with our men in blue. It was not even his second. In fact, Zunar’s work has landed him in trouble so many times that its becoming quite hard to keep track of his run-ins with the authorities. Read more

Zunar bebas dengan jaminan polis tengah malam tadi

Sumber: FMT News

Kartunis kontroversi itu ditahan semalam di bawah Seksyen 124(c) Kanun Keseksaan berkaitan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Kartunis kontroversi itu ditahan semalam di bawah Seksyen 124(c) Kanun Keseksaan berkaitan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Kartunis kontroversi Zunar bersama 4 individu lain yang ditahan polis dalam sebuah majlis kutipan dana petang semalam, dibebaskan tengah malam tadi.

Zunar dalam satu kenyataan berkata, beliau disoal siasat polis hampir 6 jam semalam, sebelum dibebaskan dengan jaminan polis.

“Saya perlu melaporkan diri di balai polis pada 30 Disember 2016.”

Zunar atau nama sebenarnya, Zulkilflee Anwar Ulhaque ditahan ketika menghadiri majlis “Minum Petang Bersama Zunar” di Dewan Perhimpunan Cina Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor (KLSCAH), kira-kira 3 petang Sabtu.

Ini adalah kali kedua beliau ditahan dalam tempoh kurang sebulan. Read more

Police nab Zunar for sedition, fans at event

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque has pledged to continue drawing despite the government banning some of his books, saying it was impossible for the authorities to ban his ideas. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque had in May 2016 pledged to continue drawing despite the government banning some of his books, saying it was impossible for the authorities to ban his ideas. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 ― The police raided an event by cartoonist Zunar here today, arresting him for sedition and five others, and confiscating his books and merchandise.

The artist, whose full name is Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, told Malay Mail Online that two of his assistants and three fans were arrested, ostensibly for obstructing the police during their operation at the “Tea With Zunar” event at the Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) here.

“They are arresting me, but for now they are still counting my books. Five people have been arrested. Two are my assistants and three people are my fans,” he told Malay Mail Online before cutting the call.

All those detained will be brought to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters for investigation.

Dang Wangi district police chief Assistant Commisioner Mohd Sukri Kaman told Malay Mail Online that the cartoonist was detained under the Sedition Act 1948 as his books were found to have seditious contents. Read more

Cartoons not a threat, protesters not terrorists, says NGO

Source: FMT News

ARTICLE 19 says international law allows civil society organisations to seek, receive and use financial resources, regardless of the country of origin. Pic from FMT News.

ARTICLE 19 says international law allows civil society organisations to seek, receive and use financial resources, regardless of the country of origin. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: ARTICLE 19, an international NGO, says cartoons are not a threat to society and that those who protest against governments are not terrorists.

It also said women’s rights organisations were not “detrimental to democracy”, referring to the recent police raid on the group Empower.

ARTICLE 19 said the criminal investigations into Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and activists and politicians who were arrested before and following the Bersih 5 rally, cartoonist Zunar, and any staff of Empower, must cease.

Additionally, it said in a statement today, the nine pending Sedition charges against political cartoonist Zunar, must be dropped without condition. Read more

Zunar on why he’s willing to risk prison

Source: FMT News

Cartoonist Zunar tells the New York Times that the biggest enemy for anyone in the world is self-censorship. Pic from FMT News.

Cartoonist Zunar tells the New York Times that the biggest enemy for anyone in the world is self-censorship. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: With several laws and the police zooming in on critics of the government, people are turning to social media to vent their feelings, says cartoonist Zunar.

Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, told the New York Times in an interview that more and more people were not happy with the government.

However, there were many laws “stopping them from being in the front row and being very, very vocal”, so they would use any type of form, of tool, to express their views or to protest, he added.

“So now, social media is something that is a very effective tool. People are starting to be creative in social media by using drawings, cartoons, posters or video clips.”

Saying the government felt threatened by this, he noted that it was either introducing new laws or increasingly using existing laws such as the Sedition Act to stifle dissent.

Zunar told the NYT that when protesters disrupted his art exhibition at the George Town Literary Festival on Saturday, he had assumed that the police would want his help identifying those responsible.

Instead, Zunar said, he was questioned by the police, detained for a day and informed that he was under investigation for producing cartoons that purportedly defamed Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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Systematic thuggery on the rise in Malaysia — Zan Azlee

Source: Asian Correspondent

Riot police standing guard as they made sure to prevent the red and yellow shirts from clashing during Saturday's rallies. Pic by Zan Azlee for Asian Correspondent.

Riot police standing guard as they made sure to prevent the red and yellow shirts from clashing during Saturday’s rallies. Pic by Zan Azlee for Asian Correspondent.

IT looks like political thuggery is fast becoming legit and commonplace in Malaysia. The perception that state-sponsored thuggery is starting to proliferate is on the high side among many citizens in the country and you can’t blame them.

There have been many cases where groups that are known to have links with the ruling party, mainly Umno (United Malays National Organisation), resorting to violence to counter any ideas and opinions that go against theirs. Here are some of the more recent ones that have been in the media. Read more

World rights NGO urges end to Zunar’s ‘harassment’

Source: Malaysiakini

Pic form Malaysiakini.

Pic from Malaysiakini.

International and local human rights organisations have slammed what they call the continued harassment of cartoonist Zunar, who was arrested during an exhibition in Penang last Saturday.

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organisation Suaram called on the government to “immediately end the harassment of renowned cartoonist Zunar and drop all charges against him”.

“The arbitrary arrest of Zunar is the latest deplorable act of harassment by a government that is intolerant of any form of peaceful dissent. Read more