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5 Articles on Malaysian Politics, MRT spat continues, general Journo-exhortations, PC issues in Islam, Hagelian Dialectic where Apartheid continues no matter jow much arguing, Tripartite – and what about Apartheid? – repostedby @AgreeeToDisgree – 28th February 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, advice, amendments to law needed, Bad By-Laws, bad laws, better laws, Bumiputera Apartheid, criticism, Democracy, democratisation, Equality, Freedom of Expression, Invasive Laws, Malaysia, media traps, misplaced adoration, neutral spaces, one level up, Pakatan Rakyat Coalition, political correctness, profiteering off fines, separation of powers, social freedoms, unreasonable fines on February 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

ARTICLE 1

We will stop MRT work, say Jalan Sultan owners – UPDATED @ 04:12:57 PM 27-02-2012 – by Yow Hong Chieh – February 27, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Jalan Sultan landowners said today they will resort to “physically” stopping construction of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) tunnel under the road if necessary.

Committee for the Preservation of Jalan Sultan chairman Stanley Yong said they would first stop the Klang Bus Stand, UDA Ocean and Plaza Warisan from being demolished as the three buildings were the “gateway” to the historic street.

“Physically, we have to stop it,” he told reporters at Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) here.

But he declined to elaborate on the plan, saying that details would be revealed in time.

Yong also refuted MRT Corp’s claim that all but two landowners have agreed to the mutual agreement proposed by the KVMRT project owner, noting that none of them had inked such an agreement.

MRT Corp chief executive Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid said on Friday that only two landowners had turned down its mutual agreement.

The mutual agreement would allow the landowners to retain property rights but will require them to vacate their lots for six months to allow tunnelling work to be carried out.

Azhar (picture) had also warned that MRT Corp would have no choice but to allow the government to proceed with compulsory land acquisition of the affected lots in the bustling Chinatown area if owners did not sign the agreement by month’s end.

But Yong today stressed that the Lands and Mines Department (KPTG) should suspend its proposed acquisition of Jalan Sultan lots so that landowners will not feel pressured during talks with MRT Corp.

“If negotiations are to be fair and square, owners should not be subjected to fear or any kind of interference…,” he said.

“Every time they receive a document from KPTG to attend hearings, owners cannot even continue their normal lives.”

The KLSCAH secretary-general pointed out that the mutual agreement was “no different from acquisition” as owners will only be allowed to keep their properties if MRT Corp certifies them as being safe for occupancy.

Yong said Jalan Sultan landowners will present their case to the prime minister along with signatures collected by some 300 NGOs in the hope that Datuk Seri Najib Razak will agree to realign the KVMRT route.

The dispute over land acquisition began soon after landowners in Chinatown, Imbi and Bukit Bintang were informed in mid-2011 that the government would acquire lots above the KVMRT tunnel as owners’ rights extend to the centre of the earth under the law.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive Mohd Nur Kamal has said landowners could then apply for stratum titles but added there was no guarantee Putrajaya would re-alienate the surface land back to them.

Critics have questioned the need for compulsory acquisition of both surface and underground land as the National Land Code 1965 was amended in 1990 to allow underground land to be acquired without affecting surface rights.

Unhappy landowners have mounted a high-profile campaign marked by many protests, signature drives and claims that Putrajaya was conducting a “land grab” in order to defray project costs.

The multibillion ringgit MRT, meant to ease traffic congestion in the Klang Valley, is Malaysia’s most expensive infrastructure project to date.

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Get the UN and foreign media observers to watch and teach Pakatan a lesson. File UN complaints. BN of course is also apartheid, but this MRT b.s. is under Pakatan’s (indirectly the Lim Clan and Karpal Clan and Anwar Clan’s) watch. Eminent Domain laws under Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Actmust be abolished. Allodial Titles must be implemented for all Freehold property so that such abuses will never occur again. All MPs (especially Pakatan ones) who have a problem with affirmation on these 2 issues removal of Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act AND implementation of Allodial titles, or cannot promise in legally binding black and white (much like BN cannot end Apartheid in Malaysian law and constitution) to amend the laws, must be removed and voted out of power.

ARTICLE 2

The greater the crime, the greater the sentence should be — Justinian – February 27, 2012

FEB 27 — On December 23, 2011, former Selangor mentri besar Khir Toyo was sentenced to 12 months’ jail and forfeiture of his land and bungalow for “knowingly purchasing” these properties that cost about RM6.5 million for less than the price of its original value. The sentence was suspended pending appeal (The Star Online, December 23, 2011, “Khir Toyo gets 1 year jail for graft”).

On January 5, 2012, a small report appeared in a side column of theSun news daily that three RapidKL bus drivers were each charged with theft of RM150 of “Touch n’ Go” reloads in August 2011. All three claimed trial, i.e. pleaded not guilty. If convicted they could face a maximum of seven years in jail (theSun, January 5, 2012, “Bus drivers claim trial to T’NG reload theft”).

On January 4, 2012, the BBC News website reported that a 15-year-old youth was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for stealing a pair of sandals (slippers) in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Due to his being a minor, the court sent him home to his parents, instead of imposing the jail sentence (BBC News Asia, January 4, 2012, “Indonesia outrage at boy’s conviction for sandal theft”).

Looking at these three cases side by side, one wonders if justice is truly served. The millionaire ex-MB gets away with a light “smack” on the hand for graft amounting to RM3 million. Execution of the sentence, however, has been held back by the legal process.

Some have expressed doubt that he will be languishing in prison for 12 months, either by winning his appeal or by being allowed out on parole in a few months for “good behaviour”. Embezzlers and cheats are not usually violent criminals but “white collar criminals”.

Where is the outrage?

White collar crime robs the general public of millions and encourages corruption in its various forms. Is this disease less harmful to the country and its citizens than petty theft? What this sentence appears to indicate to the public is that cheating another and the public in general of large sums of money is not as bad as common petty theft of smaller amounts.

A minority of Malaysians thought that the court had come to its senses and had done the right thing by finding this Barisan Nasional politician guilty. They praised the court for its verdict and sentence. This looks like a small step in the right direction to curb corruption or it may merely be an effort to give the impression that Malaysia still has an impartial and independent judiciary.

In contrast, the possible sentence faced by the three bus drivers in the second case above is a maximum of seven years imprisonment for theft of a paltry RM150 in Touch n’ Go reloads. Bus drivers are economically disadvantaged when it comes to the legal process as they are not paid millions for driving buses. Still, they have families to support with whatever salary they are currently pulling.

All three accused drivers are in their 20s and early 30s, when most people are either newly married or have young families to support. This does not mean that they should escape paying for their alleged dishonesty if found guilty. But, in comparison to Khir Toyo’s case, does the punishment fit the crime?

Since the bus drivers case did not seem to warrant wide publicity, there has been no public comment over the prosecution of this petty theft and the possible maximum sentence it would attract should these accused be convicted. There will probably be no public outcry at all if these accused were convicted. Ordinary workers are seldom of any significance, having no prestige, financial or political influence and power. Even legal justice seems to be class sensitive. What then does equality before the law mean?

In contrast, the Indonesian public’s outrage at the conviction and sentence of five years imprisonment of the minor convicted of theft of a pair of sandals outside a police boarding house is something to be noted and lauded. A protest was staged by ordinary Indonesians placing thousands of pairs of used slippers outside police stations to signify their indignation against the leniency with which Indonesian courts seem to treat high-ranking officials convicted of corruption and the meting out of severe sentences for impoverished ordinary Indonesians convicted of petty theft (BBC News Asia, January 4, 2012). In mitigating this punishment, the court is seen to have acted with justice and mercy; yet this is no cure or excuse for the double standards treatment of the judiciary.

The injustice is inexcusable as the prosecution was reportedly made about six months after the alleged theft was committed and the minor claimed to have been slapped and beaten by a policeman with a piece of wood till he bled (BBC News Asia, 4 January 2012). No mention was made of any redress for this assault on the boy.

Saved by expediency?

On January 9, 2012, the Kuala Lumpur High Court made the decision to acquit and discharge Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim of his second sodomy charge in a protracted and controversial trial. This case drew wide public attention locally as well as overseas.

Despite the widespread criticism of the way in which the case was brought to trial on doubtful and ambiguous evidence, government leaders felt that this sudden acquittal showed that the judicial system in Malaysia was fair and independent (MySinchew.com, “Leaders praise independence of judiciary over court verdict”).

Malaysian NGOs including the Bar Council rightly hailed the High Court’s decision to acquit as a just verdict but did not go on to imply that this was an assurance that the judicial system as a whole would from now on wear the mantle of independence and impartiality.

Whether the current federal authorities will allow such reform, as the Barisan Nasional ministers boast, is doubted by many as the independence of the judiciary has been eroded to virtual nothingness for the past 54 years.

Moreover, local and foreign observers and human rights organisations have consistently condemned this sodomy trial as politically motivated. Justice could have been done earlier if the case had been dismissed the moment it became obvious that the charge made was baseless and could not be logically proven. Instead, a long drawn “sandiwara” ensued with the judiciary allowing the prosecution to continue till this crucial point in time, when a decision either way would be politically favourable to Anwar and the opposition Pakatan Rakyat, in anticipation of a general election.

Anwar has been saved by political expediency and public interest (as he is a public figure in whom the electorate have placed much hope for reform and change in the country). Nevertheless, Malaysians should also begin to examine and question the way in which punishment is meted out here, just as the Indonesian public have begun to do.

If Malaysians continue to turn a blind eye to the fact that those lacking the financial capacity to engage the best legal representation in the country must accept heavy sentences or plead guilty for petty crimes while rich millionaires like Khir Toyo, convicted of serious corruption or white-collar crime affecting the national economy can get off with light sentences or go scot-free, any hope of justice being done by an independent and impartial judiciary would be squashed.

If nothing is done, our justice system would retain its two-tier, class-biased, partial and compromised character, moulded by decades of politically motivated abuse and prejudice against the poorer sections of society struggling to survive economically.

Like the Indonesian public, it is open to Malaysians to demand that justice be done and our constitutional right of equality before the law be honoured by our judiciary and the government of the day. — aliran.com

* Justinian is a pseudonym

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What do you call the lack of the below 3 items? :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

A crime against humanity. I’d focus on ending APARTHEID first before muddling with corruption. As mentioned before, end CORRUPTION and 10 VIP people go to jail, maybe 1000 people get compensation, BUT end APARTHEID, and MILLIONS have improvements in their lives.

Incidentally, profiteering in strawman/false flag case, occurs in the West to enrich contrived equally false flag/strawman ‘victims’ as often too. Where tax payer monies are paid out by fatuous Judges in the inequitable tune of millions (sometimes in 100s of millions) for the most minor of infarctions or genuine social faux pas. How many of us strongly believe that 9-11 was an inside job, and that Osama was an inside man and that the whole event was created to ensure certain VIPs who worked at the Twin Towers died, as well as to justify a war in the Middle East to enrich colluding military contractors and military suppliers much like the prison contractor/supplier collusion issue where 40+ thousand a year per prisoner can be inflicted upon taxpayer funds for a petty theft worth less than a few hundred. The legal system is a farce in too many cases.

ARTICLE 3

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:36
The Star editors hauled up over singer’s ‘Allah’ tattoo

KUALA LUMPUR – The Home Ministry announced Monday that it had called up the chief news editor, managing editor and senior editor of newspaper The Star over an allegedly offensive photograph of R&B singer Erykah Badu, which depicted tattoos of the Arabic characters ‘Allah’.

In a statement made yesterday by Deputy Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong, the ministry said they would be issuing a show-cause letter to The Star for a written explanation from the English daily within a week.

The offending photograph was published yesterday with in The Star’s Star2 entertainment section, in an article about the Dallas-born singer.

Action has been taken in the past over the alleged misuse of the word ‘Allah’, or God, particularly by non-Muslims. In 2010, there was a controversy where Catholic weekly The Herald nearly lost its publishing license after using the word ‘Allah’ as a translation for ‘God’, evoking the Malaysian government to warn them that the word should only be used by Muslims. Tensions over the controversy were linked to several church attacks in January 2010.

Discontent over Badu and her tattoos have been welling in the last few months among Muslim groups, with several Malay entertainment blogs making posts demanding that the artiste not be allowed to perform in the country.

Badu, 41, has a live performance at KLCC Plenary Hall in Kuala Lumpur scheduled for tomorrow. She is a best-selling R&B, jazz and hip-hop singer popularly known as the “First Lady of Neo-Soul”. Her last album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) was launched in 2010.

-REUTERS
Commentator comments :

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:20 posted by Utusan Babi

Nothing will happen. Just wayang kulit. How can they take action against their kind – BN-MCA mouth piece. Don’t waste our time and space for such wayang kulit. The racist Utusan Malaysia should have been closed down long ago for spewing sensitive racial slurs.
Comment Link terence Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:45 posted by terence

Don’t just suspend the Star. Suspending is too lenient for this trash masquerading as a newspaper. Please close down the Star
Comment Link adam_786 Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:04 posted by adam_786

There is no loss for me if the Star is banned. The Star has lost its shine just as all the govt controlled TV stations reporting the daily news. Being MCA controlled the Star has been quite arrogant and has been unfair in its reporting of political scenes in Malaysia. It has already lost its integrity as a newspaper. This insensitivity to the Muslim is the culmination of this arrogance with a strong political backing. It should be banned as a lessons for the other newspaper.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:52 posted by Disgusted

When two Muslim reporters walk into a Church take part in a Catholic Sacred rite, spit it out, photograph it and publish an article on it in a magazine, that’s OK. What a Home Minister!!
So much for National Unity and Race relations.
Comment Link Tabloid bully Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:51 posted by Tabloid bully

Star belongs to second-class obseqiuous Chinese-based party Mca and lose out to religious fervour.

It is weak and will probably wag its tail and do what the master commands or lose its dog license.

This shows that the party is weak and cannot represent Chinese interests at all.

Malaysian Chinese should wake up to this fact and not support such a usedfool party.

Choose multi-ethnic parties that has the strength in its multi-ethnicness to stand up to such bullying.

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No need to be alarmed. It’s like a copyright lawsuit where if any star got ‘Starbucks’ tattooed without permission COULD be sued and required to remove the tattoo (they consider this advertising though). Muslims should not threaten with violence or even lawsuit on anything where nobody was physically or financially hurt either. In the various Quran burning cases for example, the killings of offenders were not justified. If the retaliating Muslims marched around confiscating an equal number of bibles from the local churches to burn in retaliation, that would have been better. You cannot kill people if no people have been killed you Muslims. Now Muslims have justified by the killings EVEN more burnings of qurans. A human being God’s creation in God’s image being killed, could easily forfeit 1 million Qurans for burning. Stop this at once or God will not protect Islam for killing ‘his’ image no matter how corrupted, because when if offending man dies from natural causes, the Earth herself will do the purification, those lives were not any Muslim’s to take, God (if you believe in that) will however punish as HE deems fit . . . NOT for a mob of killers under the auspices of Islam or any other religion. Civilisation is somthing Muslims need to work on.

ARTICLE 4

“Cina Babi, Penang Cina bodoh”, Guan Eng tells police of Perkasa-Umno attacks – written by  Lim Guan Eng – Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:28

Nearly two years ago, the Penang PR state government had set up a Speakers’ Square in Padang Kota Lama to permit not only freedom of speech but also freedom after speech. The Speakers’ Square upholds the spirit of, “I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.   The Speakers’ Square is for the public to use to allow them to express themselves freely without threats or fear. For this reason the state government has rarely organised any events in Speakers’ corner.

On 26 February 2012, I arrived at 6.30 pm in Padang Kota Lama to attend a Himpunan Hijau 2.0 event organised by a Penang NGO Suaram to object to the Lynas rare earth processing plant in Kuantan. Before my arrival, Penang Senior EXCO member YB Chow Kon Yeow who was there at 6 pm, had informed me by phone of disruption of the peaceful rally by UMNO and Perkasa members.

YB Chow said that there were 1,000 people against Lynas as compared to 100 UMNO and Perkasa members supporting Lynas. He told me the UMNO and Perkasa members were behaving violently. The UMNO and Perkasa members were violently pushing the anti-Lynas people, forcibly trying to disperse them and force them to leave the field. Fortunately the anti-Lynas people did not retaliate to the UMNO and Perkasa members’ violent behaviour. They just sat down on the field, refusing to leave as ordered by UMNO and Perkasa.

“Cina Babi, Penang Cina bodoh”

I decided to proceed to the Himpunan Hijau 2.0 event and arrived at 6.30pm in my official car PG1. On arrival I became the target of the UMNO and Perkasa members’ violent behaviour. They used foul language, curse words and racial epithets such as “Cina Babi, Penang Cina bodoh, babi sokong Lim Guan Eng Ketua Menteri”.

The UMNO and Perkasa members surged forward, pointing their fists at me, again using racist language and threatening words like “you jaga”. If not for the members of public ringing me in protection, I believe they would have attacked me.

This violent conduct does not represent Malay culture or Malaysian spirit. I do not understand why they are so worked up in supporting Lynas which is an Australian company. They have a right to support Lynas but these UMNO and Perkasa members cannot prevent others from opposing Lynas.

Speech disrupted

I then went up to the stage to deliver my speech with YB Chow by my side. My speech against Lynas was repeatedly disrupted by the UMNO and Perkasa members who stood less than a meter from me.

In my speech I had stressed that the opposition to the Lynas plant is not a racial but an environmental issue affecting all regardless of race or religion. The processing of rare earth has radioactive negative effects. How serious these effects are can be seen by the fact that Lynas cannot even get approval from its own Australian government to build the plant in Australia. If Lynas plant explodes, then everyone will suffer – the Chinese will suffer, the Malays will suffer, the Indians will suffer, the Kadazans will suffer, the Ibans will suffer. We must not choose money over our health.

Journalist hurt trying to protect me

After my speech I went down the stage to greet the anti-Lynas people. There was a lot of pushing and shoving, the same abusive language and racial slurs as well as violent threats against me with fists pointed at me by the Perkasa and UMNO members. I did not witness the violent attacks by UMNO and Perkasa members on the two Kwong Wah Jit Poh journalists, Chew Seng Tung and Lee Hong Chun.

However I am grateful to Chew who was violently attacked by the UMNO and Perkasa members for preventing the UMNO members from attacking me. Chew had 8 stitches on his injured finger whilst Lee had a bruise on his head. I believe that there are more who were hit by the UMNO and Perkasa members.

This is not the first time that reporters have been injured by violent UMNO and Perkasa members. In an illegal demonstration in July last year, two reporters were injured in a demonstration attended by UMNO Senator Ezam Mohd Nor. To date no action has been taken by the police against those who assaulted the two reporters.

Hit and spit at my car

The UMNO and Perkasa members continued their violent behaviour towards me coming as close as 1 meter when I went to my car. Even after getting into my official car, they continued to hit my car, spit on it and refused to let my car leave. The anti-Lynas crowd showed restraint and did not retaliate against the UMNO and Perkasa violent behaviour.

Seeing their violent behaviour, I felt threatened by UMNO and Perkasa members nearly 2 days after the event. I am shocked that BN, especially Penang UMNO and Gerakan (Dato Musa Sheikh Fadzir and Dato Seri Teng Hock Nan) continues to support the violent behaviour of UMNO and Perkasa members towards the Kwong Jit Poh reporters and the anti-Lynas public. Instead of a public apology by BN for their UMNO and Perkasa’s violent behaviour, both of them try to blame me.

Yet Umno and Gerakan condone such violence

Clearly the injuries suffered by the reporters are not enough for UMNO and Gerakan to differentiate who are the criminals and who are the victims. I believe that these irresponsible comments by UMNO and Gerakan leaders are intended to justify the inexcusable violent behaviour of UMNO and Perkasa members.

When UMNO and Gerakan do not even condemn violent attacks by UMNO and Perkasa members on reporters covering the event, my personal safety is not guaranteed. Just like the two reporters, if I am violently attacked by UMNO and Perkasa members, I will always be wrong and instead the UMNO and Perkasa attackers will be the victims.

For my personal safety, I hereby lodge a police report against violent threats by UMNO and Perkasa members. Should anything happen to me, UMNO and Perkasa have to bear full responsibility. It is up to the police to show that they can perform their duties without fear of favour by acting not only against the UMNO and Perkasa members who assaulted the two reporters but also those who threatened me.

LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER

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Tsk, tsk, tsk. The Malays who actually go ‘Cina babi, cina bodoh.’ like that, are those who are benefiting from the Apartheid of Bumiputra or are in the position to get special privileges. They do not represent your lower and most of the middle echelon Malays or even Malay civil servants. Finally you don’t know how uneducated it sounds to everyone else when these sorts go ‘Cina babi, cina bodoh’. It’s worse than the mentality of playground kids from the less educated families.

“I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. TRY THIS ONE  below :

“I may disagree with HOW you LIVE but I will defend to the death your right to LIVE it”.

See the 3 items below?

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

See the 13 point plan below?

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=318515515322

Practice what you preach. Nepotism and limitless terms are wrong and undemocratic. Tearing peoples’ awnings down or demanding private property owners ‘report to’ the local council is not – ‘ . . . defending to the death your right to LIVE it”. ‘

Heck it is not even the property of those who are making demands, so what does that feel like? Gangster protection rackets, courtesy of DAP – ‘ . . . didn’t pay protection (council fees) to we the DAP, so we will tear down your awning / private staircase / business stall, take away your gas tank / sue your journalist / confiscate squatter traders’ fruits, cheapo sunglasses or crappy ‘cincin batu’ set in tin alloy, or bottled and canned drinks? . . .

Amend those laws if you love the Rakyat, not threaten to storm into their houses and destroy what they built, take away their source of livilihood. Any 3rd Force MP wannbes ready to amend the above abusive laws?

This article ends with  (conspicuously in all caps) :

LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER

Ahem, **WE KNOW** LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER. SO USE A LARGER FONT ON TOP OF THE CAPS WHEN SAYING LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER. DON’T MISS THE Y.M. IN FRONT OF THE PARACHUTE NAME WHY DON’T YOU?

Mediocrity and now, Idiocracy . . .

Secretary of State : “I’m secretary of state. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr.”

Joe: “Why do you keep saying that?”

Secretary of State: “‘Cause they pay me every time I do. It’s a really good way of making money. You’re so smart, why don’t you know that?”

Some of us do what we do because we bother about the oppressiveness of the system and level of mob mindedness around us. Got the message Mr.Term Limitless Parachute YM Carl?

Lim Jr. IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER. Brought to you by Malaysia Chronicle. This makes democracy poorer.


 

ARTICLE 5

Penang Declaration: Annual Tripartite Consultative Meeting 2011 – posted by Web Administrator – Monday, 27 February 2012 04:07pm

PENANG DECLARATION

Whereas we, the President of the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak, the President of the Sabah Law Association and the Chairman of the Bar Council,

Having convened in Penang on 16 September 2011 for the Annual Tripartite Consultative Meeting 2011,

Welcoming this annual opportunity to convene to confer on issues of mutual interest and concern,

Taking cognisance of the critical role that the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak, the Sabah Law Association and the Bar Council play, individually and collectively, in upholding the Rule of Law and the cause of justice, promoting human rights and defending the principles of democracy, in order to bring about a just and equitable society that is built on equality and free from discrimination,

Reaffirming our commitment to these objectives and resolving to strengthen our efforts towards the realisation of these goals,

Solemnly adopt the Penang Declaration, as follows:

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If Bumiputra Apartheid and Article 1 of the UNHCR is not mentioned during this ‘declaration’, in the context of the below 3 items :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

; then if the above 3 items are not mentioned, Bar Council has confirmed itself to be a tool of the apartheid accepting regime (along with BN coalition lapdogs) and the meeting was but a farce.

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