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6 Articles on Malaysian Politics : ISA lessened in severity, still unacceptable by Human Rights Council standards, LGBT Hate NGOs need that to be reported by UN bodies, PM Najib’s Old (Indian 1 Word Pickupline) Hat, Pretentious Federal Government Feigns Weakness when working for Human Rights, Platitudes from the Propaganda Minister, Suaram Outs Security Offences Bill like the any blogger or commentator on blogs can, but takes no ACTUAL legal action to make changes for Human Rights in Malaysia, 2 articles showing the danger and opacity of DAP – posted by @AgreeToDisagree – 18th February 2012 – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 14th April 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, amendments to law needed, Apartheid, democratisation, LGBT Hate Groups, Malaysia, mob mentality, neutral spaces, pretentious, red light district legalisation, social freedoms, spirit of the law, sub-culture advocacy, subculture persecution, taxpayer funds on April 14, 2012 at 3:05 am

ARTICLE 1

Old Poison, Fancy Bottle – by Charles Santiago – Friday, 13 April 2012 14:02

It’s not easy to figure out what’s happening in Malaysia. We have a government that back tracks on promised reforms, flip flops on decisions and tries to deliver its nonsense on a silver platter to the people.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak croons the country is ready to enter a new era, with heightened maturity – whatever that means is vague because its proposed amendments and dismantling of various laws in Malaysia are merely cosmetic changes.

Malaysia is one of the 16 countries which have not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The country’s institutionalized racial discrimination had contributed to a severe brain drain, with 1.4 million people with tertiary education having left the country.

And yet the government has pulled back plans to table a legislation, in Parliament, to do away with hate crimes and weed out racial discrimination. Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister’s department, attributed this about turn to being able to manage our race relations better.

Last year we saw school teachers and a principal using racial slur to ridicule Chinese and Indian students. To top that, Malay rights group, Perkasa, was openly inciting racial tension by spewing venom.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community has also come under severe attacks recently. The organizers of Seksualiti Merdeka, an annual festival of talks, shows, forums and film screenings to promote sexuality rights have been targeted, ridiculed and threatened.

In 1994, the government banned anyone who is homosexual, bisexual or transsexual from appearing on the state-controlled media.

We have not progressed to curb such explicit hatred against the LGBT community since then.

In 2010, the Film Censorship Board stated it would only allow the depiction of homosexuality if the characters repented or died.

Now we have some segments of the society suggesting individuals from the marginalized LGBT community must be banned from appearing on air altogether.

And yet the legislation to root out hate crimes is on the back burner.

Even though Najib has been trumpeting the fact that he did away with three Emergency Ordinances, we know better as other crucial reforms are simply shadow play.

For example, the Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill is not a radical shift from the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) which allows for indefinite detention. The new Bill still allows for indefinite detention up to 28 days from the 60 days under the ISA.

If this is what Najib means by revamping the judiciary, he better think again for any indefinite detention poses a grave threat to fundamental liberties. And Human Rights Watch candidly sums this up by saying that the failure to bring a detainee before a judge, without any delay, violates international standards for prompt judicial review.

The Bill also gives wide powers to the police. Holding detainees up to 48 hours opens the channel for abusive interrogation. And we have seen one too many cases of police abuse while in detention. Between 2003-2007, there were 1535 custodial deaths in the country.

Under the new Bill, the police would have the power to intercept communication and conduct searches without judicial warrant.

It would also permit the police to unilaterally place monitoring devices on people who are released from detention and allow a blanket provision to deny bail.

Is this how Najib and his government want to treat a matured society? Does the prime minister truly believe that passing off a proposed law which allows for serious infringement on personal and civil liberties as reform would go unnoticed by the people?

We want true democracy. We want the government to seriously respect our civil and political rights. What we don’t want is the feel good factor.

The renowned poet, Hafiz, said “Not even seven thousand years of joy is worth seven days of depression”. Maybe Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak could learn from his poetry.

CHARLES SANTIAGO is Member of Parliament, Klang

(The views expressed above belongs to the author in its entirety and does not represent the opinion of Malaysian Mirror in any way)

ARTICLE 2

NGOs Apply For Permit To Hold Rally Against LGBTs – Saturday, 14 April 2012 00:12

KUALA LUMPUR — Five non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including the Malaysian Malay Network Organisation (JMM), on Friday submitted a permit application to the police to organise a peaceful rally against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBTs) at Merdeka Square here on Saturday.

The other NGOs included the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs, Federation of Peninsular Malay Students (GPMS)and Malay Veterans Association.

The rally was expected to draw up to 10,000 people, JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah told reporters after submitting the application at the Dang Wangi police headquarters here.

Azwanddin said JMM and the other NGOs believed that the police would give the green light to organise the rally.

(Bernama)

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At least 1 other MP (think back to deceased Dr. Lo Lo Hanafi) spoke for diversity. So how about educating on a live and let live policy for LGBT’s at least, instead of this sort of behaviour?

ARTICLE 3

Walk With Me In Transforming Malaysia – Friday, 13 April 2012 00:13

KUALA LUMPUR — Saying that he cannot build Malaysia’s future alone, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on Thursday called on Malaysians to walk with him in the journey to transform the country.

“In all our efforts, we are firmly committed to the principle that under the Malaysian sky, no community will be left out,” he said in his blog 1Malaysia.com.my in conjunction with the Indian New Year and Vaisakhi.

Najib said the government was constantly engaging directly with the people and implementing various programmes to transform the country.

“The government is also committed to delivering all our promises to the Indian community, and we have been doing just that over the last 3 years.

“The results are clear and the impact is positive,” he added.

The prime minister said the government would continue to play a role as a real partner of the Indian community and “together, we will deliver results that directly improve the quality of life of Malaysian Indians.”

Najib said in realising the 1Malaysia concept, Malaysian Indians also play an important role in working with the government to address the issues faced by the people.

“In building a future full of hope for our families, our communities and our country, let us continue to build this partnership based on trust, or “nambikei”,” he said.

Najib in his message wished all Hindus a very Happy New Year and to all Sikhs, a very Happy Vaisakhi.

(Bernama)

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Rehash again? All the Sikhs get is a meaningless ‘nambikei’. Nothing changes at all! Would Sikhs want a good policy of endeed apartheid or the occasional Hindi/Sikh word thrown at them? Or politician that kisses babies but writes loopholes to cheat taxpayers via Vehicular AP or Toll or NS camp with?

ARTICLE 4

‘Abolishing ISA was hard’ – by MAZWIN NIK ANIS – mazwin@thestar.com.my – Friday April 13, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government did not find it easy to give up its powers under the Internal Security Act, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

But the Prime Minister added that the Government considered the expectations of the people and decided to repeal the controversial ISA which was introduced in 1960 to counter communist insurgency.

Surrendering the power to detain suspects without trial was especially difficult for Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, “but he did so willingly because he understood the expectations of the people”, Najib said when opening the new police headquarters building at Bukit Aman here yesterday.
New HQ: The police band marching proudly during the opening ceremony of the new police headquarters’ building at Bukit Aman. The building costing RM320mil began construction on March 3, 2005. — Bernama

The Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill, tabled for first reading on Tuesday to replace the ISA, does away with detention without trial and limits detention for investigation purposes to 28 days.

The Prime Minister stressed the need for the Government and police to find a balance between individual rights and public safety.

Najib said ‘‘the people want to feel safe all the time, whether at home or at work or outside. They also want their rights to be ensured … We must balance the rights of the individual with the interests of society at large.

“That is the challenge that is being thrown at us today and I am confident that we can meet their (the people’s) expectations,” he added

He said the views of the police were taken into consideration when drawing up the Political Transformation Programme, which saw Emergency Ordinances being rescinded and new legislation introduced to replace the ISA.

“We realise that despite the need for changes, the duties of the police must not be affected or jeopardised,” Najib added.

He said the police had executed their responsibilities well, especially in preserving peace and maintaining the safety of the nation.

The Global Peace Index 2011, which placed Malaysia as the safest country in Southeast Asia, second in Asia and 19th among 153 nations, was proof of their hard work and commitment, Najib added.

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This is like a bodybuilder (Federal Government), picking up a feather (amend 1 single law out of thousands) and saying how heavy (Half a paragraph or 2 pages of law handled/studied/amended by 50-500 staff related to such work over MONTHS). With a stroke of a pen PM Najib ended ISA. Maybe Najib did not even lift a finger to sign a single document and just dropped a word or 2 to the taxpayer paid bureaucrat. Was that difficult? Pretentious. With that mandate APARTHEID can also be ended. Use that mandate for Article 1 and Article 18, or Malaysians will vote for someone else.

ARTICLE 5

Malaysians Must Have Higher Cultural Values – Saturday, 14 April 2012 00:14

SEREMBAN — For a country that is marching towards developed nation status, it is necessary for Malaysians to have higher cultural values, said Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim.

In view of this, he said his ministry would reinvigorate campaigns on noble values to promote practices such as courtesy, respect for elders and a smiling society.

“We should not become bored with these campaign even though many say the objectives will be difficult to achieve, we cannot think like that.

“We have to use the campaigns to make these values part of our daily lives because as a developed country, we should be more cultural,” he said.

Rais told this to reporters after presenting Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) Excellence Awards to pupils from Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKC) Negeri Sembilan in Sungai Gadut, here yesterday.

Rais said said the campaigns would begin by the end of next month.

“In Europe, when we enter a shop, they will ask “How are you today sir? How can I help you?” So we have to ask, are we doing this in Malaysia, if not or not good enough, we have to do something about it,” he said.

Also present at the function were Negeri Sembilan MIC chairman T. Rajagopalu, State Executive Councillor V.S Mogan and Negeri Sembilan Information Department director Hashim Bedu.

(Bernama)

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Try addressing the below 3 items which make Malaysia a low value place :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

What are Malaysians paying the taxes to government for? To effectively do nothing but drop a word or two?

ARTICLE 6

Security Offences Bill Lacks Human Rights Compliance – SUARAM – Thursday, 12 April 2012 00:10

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) views that the Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill 2012 as it provides arbitrary power to the police toarrest and detain a person without warrant and lacking in judicial scrutiny mechanism during the initial 28 days detention.

Broad powers to Police

Clause 4 of the new bill which allows detention for 28 days without being brought before a judge violates the fundamental rights of any individuals. The absence of judicial scrutiny means that the authorities can use the law to detain anyone opposed to them under the pretext of active investigation as the proposed law allows for arrest on basis of a subjective standard of “has reason to believe” that the person may be involved in security offenses. This double vagueness clause would also give the police broad powers to conduct searches and intercept communications without judicial warrant as well making the force susceptible to abuse of power.

The current law is indeed a fundamental move away from the current criminal justice administration that safeguards the rights of a detained person and of his/her presumption of innocence due to strict judicial scrutiny right from the 24 hours’ time after an arrest.

We strongly oppose the powers given to the police to detain a person for 28 days without charge and urge for amendment to include the role of the judiciary in providing such order. We are also of the position that the law must allow for habeas corpus application for any person who seek to challenge the initial detention order.

Infringement of personal liberty and privacy

We also oppose the provision that permits the police to unilaterally impose electronic monitoring devices on individuals released from detention, as it is serious infringement of personal liberty and privacy.

Legal access

We have strong concerns on Clause 5 of the bill which allows delays of 48 hours before the suspect has access to a lawyer, which encourages abusive interrogations and torture.

Strengthen the current climate of impunity and abuse of powers!

We are concerned about the repercussion of these proposed legislative changes which would come under even more intense government scrutiny. The new proposed legislation while has reduces the initial detention period but it’s merely acts to further limit fundamental right and provide wider power to the police force that have failed to undergo reform as the 2005 recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission on Policing were yet to be implemented.

We have doubts and are very concerned about the powers given to police in this bill as SUARAM in the past years have documented many cases of police abuse of power and human rights violation without any form of oversight and redress mechanism. The current law is believed to only go to strengthen the current climate of impunity and abuse of powers.

Therefore, SUARAM and GMI would like to demand the following:

1. To refer the 2012 Bill to a Select Committee for open consultation with civil society to review the objectives and provisions of this Bill.

2. We also urge the government to establish an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) as per the recommendations made by the 2005 Royal Commission on Policing without further delay.

3. All prisoners detained under the ISA to be released immediately and be paid gratuity equivalent to the torture and sufferings that was experienced by the detainees and family members;

4. All establish a Truth Commission to review all past ISA arrest with a view to bring involved parties in the torture and maltreatment of ISA detainees to justice and open trials;

5. The Government must abolish other detention without laws such as the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA)

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

(The views expressed above belongs to the author in its entirety and does not represent the opinion of Malaysian Mirror in any way)

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Try the LGBT rights affirmative speech by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Especially more so for non-Muslims, LGBT is very much a right that LGBT NGOs should sue or file report against for hate speech. Meanwhile Malaysia still does not have :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

ARTICLE 5

DAP clear Nga of ‘lounge-suit’ corruption accusations – February 16, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 — The DAP disciplinary committee cleared Pantai Remis assemblyman Nga Kor Ming of any power abuse in the awarding of a lounge suit contract to his wife’s company, Bernama Online reported.

Committee chairman Tan Kok Wai said their investigations did not  find any evidence he coerced or influenced Ipoh City Hall (MBI) in his capacity as councillor to award the RM14,400 contract to Ethan & Elton — co-owned by Nga’s spouse Wong Seow Ching.

Tan said the committee felt the existence of a relationship between parties did not prove wrongdoing meriting an actionable complaint. He told media their decision at the DAP headquarters here after a three hour meeting.

Three former MBI councillors who were also on the tender board, Frankie Wong and Simon Ng from DAP and PAS’s Khairuddin Abd Malik, told the committee that they were not aware Nga’s wife was involved with the company when they made their award decision. Tan added that there were five other bidders along with Ethan and Elton.

The committee also rejected the “minit bebas” (independent minutes) presented to them, because the ex-Mentri Besar and six ex- state excos from the previous Pakatan Rakyat state government have confirmed to the disciplinary committee they have never proposed or discussed the lounge suit contract at their exco meetings.

The committee therefore was of the opinion that Nga (picture) neither did anything corrupt nor breached party discipline.

In the separate issue of a demonstration outside the Penang DAP state convention allegedly backed by Penang deputy chief minister II P. Ramasamy, Tan said the committee had not come to a decision, and that the matter will be discussed at the next meeting.

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This ‘clearing’ was done internally by DAP’s cronies and family members. Nothing to crow about. If an external, preferably neutral (meaning not DAP enemy parties like BN coalition or the Federal Government agencies controlled by BN) and DAP non-member (much less committee member)b uninfluenced panel of persons did the ‘clearing’ then it would mean something. Since it was not and DAP is run like a family business, this is hardly newsworthy or honest reporting. Nada has been cleared here. It’s a meaningless announcement and a waste of reading time. If Ronnie Liu was a ganster and Nga Kor Ming is a lounge suit, guess which shady characters are the mafia bosses of this despicable term limitless and shamelessly nepotistic political outfit which have kept less than 10% of campaign promises. They didn’t evcen hold the Local council Elections!

ARTICLE 6

DAP man apologises again for saying reporters can be bought – by Yow Hong Chieh – February 17, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — DAP election publicity chief Hew Kuan Yau today apologised for the second time for claiming reporters engaged in “compensated dating” with politicians from the ruling coalition and acted like hired guns.

Compensated dating, or enjo kosai, is a practice originating in Japan where men give younger women money or gifts for their companionship and also sometimes sexual favours, according to Wikipedia.

“I would like to publicly tender my sincere apologies for the ‘analogy’ that I drew, which offended many upright and honest media practitioners,” Hew said in a statement.

“I never intended to cause embarrassment to the many honest and upright media practitioners in Malaysia. I deeply regret that as the controversy evolved, many friends from the media felt hurt by some distorted interpretations that were spun by my enemy.”

Media freedom is the cornerstone of political democratisation, stressed Hew, who also thanked reporters who have “struggled long and hard under our harsh political climate” for their work.

He hoped Malaysia’s media will be given more freedom in future so it could play a greatly expanded role in keeping the authorities in check.

He said he was prepared to work with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) to fight for greater press freedom in Malaysia.

In a February 6 Facebook post, Hew said that “non-self-respecting” reporters had allegedly been paid by BN politicians to write biased stories and likened the act to compensated dating.

“As a matter of fact, I know many local correspondents are ‘enjoying benefits from both sides’. They are willing to act as ‘hired pens’ on behalf of the local Barisan Nasional leaders. They report Pakatan Rakyat’s news with great bias!

“Freedom of the press is an important battlefield for democratic movement. Hence I urge those who were involved in ‘compensated dating’ with Barisan Nasional to redeem yourself,” he had said in the Chinese-language post.

Hew later issued his first apology on Facebook after coming under fire from the NUJ and other press associations: “I apologise for causing controversy by telling the truth.”

DAP disciplinary committee chairman Tan Kok Wai has said no action will be taken against Hew as the latter was merely stating a fact.

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DAP respects only power. If a group of barely educated villagers as in Buah Pala, or an itinerant unaffiliated blogger takes DAP on, DAP will sacrifice the same to raise it’s own status or even for wealth, not to mention Teo Beng Hock types who have degrees and have been with DAP for sometime – ask around Beng Hock was not in allignment with DAP’s napotistic and term limitless CC, and thus was given the worst assignment – visiting MACC which be some accounts DAP’s inner circle knew could well be a death sentence.

But here, since reporters are INDEPENDANT of DAP manipulation being outside the party, often semi linked with the government, also mafia and police and everyone inbetween (figuratively and literally in the case of the LGBT bunch), DAP dares not offend these GRASSROOTS types – the term untouchable shows it’s power here, the votes could disappear en masse if any were aggrieved for a real or imagined slight. In this case DAP has no control of the Information Ministry . . . and should well be kept from holding that portfolio even as term limitless nepotist Lim Kit Siang, pretends all the 90% campaign promises in GE12 have not been kept while abuses occur increasingly obvious, even presuming to have eyes on the HOME MINISTRY . . .

So vote for 3rd Force instead, where nepotism and oligarchy or limitless terms will not prevent ordinary citizens from being caught up in DAP’s greed.

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