KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 — The Malaysian Bar has called on the authorities and media to stop persecuting Malaysians based on sexual orientation, in line with the prime minister’s call for moderation. Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee said it was not a question if the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyle was agreeable but whether Malaysians should be discriminated against purely because of who they are and what they think. Lim said the Malaysian Bar stands alongside those who face discrimination. — File pic He also pointed out that the Constitution assured every Malaysian the right to life and to meet up with like-minded people to express themselves freely.
“The Federal Constitution does not say that these rights are given only to the majority, or those who live in conformity with the beliefs and practices of the majority. “These rights are not given only to those who agree with us. They are given to all. We must be mature and learn to accept that,” he said in a statement. Lim gave his statement to police earlier today on the Malaysian Bar’s involvement in Seksualiti Merdeka, an annual sexual rights event that religious authorities as well as Malay rights groups have called immoral and a threat to Islam. “I wish to reiterate that the Malaysian Bar stands alongside those who face discrimination,” he said. “This is true whether the reason for that discrimination is sexual orientation and gender identity, or for any other reason that we think is inappropriate.” Lim said Seksualiti Merdeka had done nothing illegal or illicit, adding that it was up to the courts to decide if any law had been broken.
Seksualiti Merdeka, a movement championing the freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity, has been holding its festival annually since 2008 but sparked heated debate after the authorities banned this year’s celebration. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police were not against freedom of expression or human rights but had to step in because the organisers did not have a permit to hold the festival in public. He also said the police had banned the event to safeguard public order after receiving several reports against it. Khalid added that the police were investigating the matter under section 298A of the Penal Code and section 27A(1)(c) of the Police Act and had linked Bersih head Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan to the movement. Seksualiti Merdeka’s organisers have called off all public events in the interests of participants’ safety as they seek a meeting with the Inspector-General of Police to clarify the festival’s objectives.
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Good article and open minded view, barring the Bar Council’s failure to mention below 3 points related to Human Rights Charter Articles 1, 8 and 18 amongst others unmentioned but covered elsewhere in this WordPress site you are currently reading.
Point 1 : Human Rights Charter Article 8
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law – that Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee left (conveniently?) unmentioned.
That in a true democracy, not only are freedoms for all regardless of majority or minority, all laws and articles of constitution not in line with the UNHRC must be **amended immediately** (750K funerals for CMs are not in line with the UNHRC, nor is Forced Military Conscription) as Malaysia is a signatory of the UNHCR, and a Human Rights Council member to boot . . . ) and thus legally if not morally bound to reflect all UNHCR articles in law and constitition which amount to abuses like Section 377B or the Vices and Gaming Laws which infringe on non-Muslim rights to gaming or adult industry entertainments.
The Bar Council needs to speak in terms (actually thy should already be suing but probably are fearful so they do not try harder or think clearer and speak louder) that do not allude to the ‘un-amendability’ of the law or constitution as new Human Rights are affirmed, discovered and espoused by the rest of the world. The Judiciary can also do no less than to apply this principle as well. Bumiputra APARTHEID is against the intent of the UNHCR and cannot be tolerated. The Special Malay Privileges as granted by the Reid Commission (now called Bumiputra) were intended to last 15 years not 50, nor to be used as a gravy train by any single clique within any political party hiding behind a multiracial coalition of self serving mouth pieces (declare the assets of all ‘in power’ and redistribute that wealth – EVERY Malaysian could be a millionaire) to justify continued abuse of EQUALITY of Humanity. Human Rights Charter
Point 2 : Human Rights Charter Article 1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Politicians who are against equality and democracy will have to be voted out or Malaysia will be a pariah among other nations by oppression of the Human Rights as guaranteed in the UNHCR (nominally backed by NATO and SCO) and modern world. All politicians identified as nepotistic (vested interest), GLC linked (conflict of interest), writing Vehicular-AP type laws, colluding with contractors voa loopholes in laws they refuse to address are all against the principles of the UNHCR and must be identified and considered enemies of the state, to be stripped of their wealth and ability to uphold flawed and easily abused laws and constitutions they refuse to address. Address the APARTHEID of Bumiputra Bar Council !
Point 3 : Human Rights Charter Article 18
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Address the abolishment of Section 377B. Abolish the Syariah punishments and punitive treatment for Apostasy (this one should be done by Malays who are deprived the right to freedom of religion because non-Muslims and non-Malays while afflicted with APARTHEID from Bumiputra policies and having right to demand equality, have no business interfering with Muslim or Malay issues that do not affect them . . . ).