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Friday, July 22, 2011
“独 立信赖之声”中央理事会以拉沙里为首，旗下共有6名署理主席，一字排开的有班登国会议员翁诗杰、砂州前副首席部长丹尼尔泰仄（Daniel Tajem）、前新闻部及旅游部长阿都卡迪（Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir）、国大党前署理主席苏巴马廉（S Subramaniam）、沙巴团结党斗亚兰国会议员威弗烈邦（Wilfred Bumburing）和前教育部副部长布占乌里斯（Bujang Ulis）。
该组织另设7名副主席，成员包括前律师公会主席拉古纳（K Ragunath）、拥有回教党党员身份的民主与经济事务研究机构（IDEAS）执行长旺赛夫（Wan Saiful Wan Jan）及大马人权委员会前委员西蒙（Simon Sipaun）等。
Syed Jaymal Zahiid | July 22, 2011
Umno veteran says his group aims to be in the forefront of the fight against the country's "continuous disintegration".
The Kelantan prince, in an inspiring speech at the launch of his new group, called on the silent majority to voice their discontent against “rife corruption, cronyism and racial crisis”.
Razaleigh said Amanah aims to be the platform for Malaysians to fight against what he sees as the country’s “continuous disintegration”, hinting at the group’s bid to be a non-partisan pressure group.
“I believe at the end of the road that we are taking in these early steps, we will be called upon to make several important decisions for the future of our nation – choices that we must take regardless of the problems, challenges and obstacle that we face,” he said.
“This morning could be another normal social event or it could be the beginning of a journey towards something that has never taken place before, that may change the current of our country’s future,” he said.
The setting up of Amanah has triggered speculation that Razaleigh, who has been highly critical of his own party’s leadership, no longer believes he could reform Umno from within.
Defection to the opposition could also see his reputation as an independent statesman tarnished. In a country without a strong third force, Razaleigh’s weight among the moderates and especially among the idealistic younger voters could be appealing.
Amanah’s ideology could also be a charm factor. Studies have shown that younger Malaysian voters tend to vote for the opposition given the lack of a credible middle choice, not due to partisan politics.
Amanah aims to rekindle the multi-racial spirit that was fought for by the country’s founding fathers. Their goal is to bring everyone who believe in Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra’s vision of a truly united Malaysia together.
Middle and moderate voice
The group, boasting multi-racial political veterans membership like former Sarawak deputy chief Minister Daniel Tajem, former tourism minister Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir and those still active like former MCA president Ong Tee Keat, could well fill in this gap.
While Razaleigh continued to pound the government, indirectly blaming them for worsening racism and dismal economic performance, he dropped more hints of Amanah’s possible third force role throughout his speech:
“We want to represent the middle and moderate voice that try to avoid confrontation with the authorities because we want to continue with our daily lives normally.
“If we do not do anything, the consequences will be horrible and the situation cannot be resolved. This is the time for the majority who have been silent to voice out”.
Razaleigh was not available to explain the real role of Amanah nor did he state how his group aims to achieve their objectives but said that they will be explained in due time.
Razaleigh, affectionately known as Ku Li, is touted to be the best candidate to lead the country next to Opposition Leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim.
Rumours were rife that the Gua Musang MP was approached by opposition leaders and offered the position should Pakatan Rakyat wrest federal power, but the former dismissed this.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
By Shannon Teoh
KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 — Kuantan residents opposed to a RM700 million rare earth plant being built there have challenged Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob to a debate after the Pahang mentri besar dismissed them as “irrational.”Adnan told reporters last weekend that the state government will not engage with the local residents groups over the project as they were “ignorant.”
“We challenge him to a debate so that the public can see whose views are more rational,” said Tan Bun Teet, chairman of the Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas (SMSL) group of residents from the Pahang capital.
Residents from Beserah, who live as close as two km from the plant, also questioned the MB’s stance as the federal government was still willing to engage the residents.
“If the secretary-general of the ministry of international trade and industry can meet us and even agree to the points we made, why not the Pahang MB? Now who is irrational?” said Andansura Rabu, who leads the Badan Bertindak Anti-Rare Earth Refinery (Badar) movement.
Adnan had told reporters that experts have already studied the project but “even after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) panel report was announced, those anti-Lynas groups still would not budge.”
“They are not rational. So, there is no use engaging them in a dialogue. They are ignorant,” he added.
Opposition leaders, especially PKR vice president Fuziah Salleh, have attacked the Barisan Nasional (BN) state and federal governments over the plant being built by Australian miner Lynas Corp, turning it into a major election issue in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s home state.
Kuantan MP Fuziah has led local residents and environmentalists in loud protests against the plant that they say will be a source of radiation pollution.
The federal government bowed to public pressure in April and ordered a month-long review by a team of international experts led by the IAEA, which was concluded on June 28.
Putrajaya has adopted 11 safety recommendations from the review panel, which Lynas has said it is confident of meeting by the end of the year.
The mining giant has gone ahead with a deal with Thai engineering firm to complete a second phase of the plant by the last quarter of 2012 subject to approval from local authorities.
Lynas says that its plant — which will extract rare earth metals crucial for high-technology products like smartphones, hybrid cars and wind turbines — will create a RM4 billion multiplier effect annually and 350 jobs for skilled workers.
Although reports say the plant may earn RM8 billion for Lynas, critics have questioned the real economic benefit of the project, pointing to the 12-year tax break Lynas will enjoy due to its pioneer status.
By Shannon Teoh
KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 — Residents living near Lynas Corp’s controversial rare earth plant have accused the Australian miner of disrespecting local regulations by signing a deal to complete a second phase of the refinery despite not having met prior safety requirements.
Beserah residents, who live as close as 2km from the Kuantan plant, told reporters today that the mining giant’s RM630 million deal with a Thai engineering firm was “arrogant and unreasonable.”“How is it that they are so confident they will meet the regulations? This shows our enforcement is loose. It only makes us less confident,” said Andansura Rabu, chairman of Badan Bertindak Anti-Rare Earth Refinery (Badar), a group of Beserah residents opposed to the plant.
Local residents around Kuantan and environmentalists have strongly opposed the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) due to fears of radiation poisoning and forced the government to order a month-long review that concluded on June 28.
The review led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) put forward 11 recommendations for Lynas to meet before beginning operations which have been adopted by Putrajaya.
But Lynas has denied reports that the new conditions set by the government will delay the plant by up to two years, insisting that it remains on track to begin operations and complete phase one of the plant by the end of 2011.
It then announced on July 13 that a deal with Toyo-Thai Corporation has been struck to complete phase two of the plant by the last quarter of 2012 subject to approval from local authorities.
“This shows great disrespect to our regulations and is an unreasonable and arrogant move,” Andansura added.
The Australian mining giant has said that its plant — which will extract rare earth metals crucial for high-technology products like smartphones, hybrid cars and wind turbines — will create a RM4 billion multiplier effect annually and 350 jobs for skilled workers.
Although reports say the plant may earn RM8 billion for Lynas, critics have questioned the real economic benefit of the project, pointing to the 12-year tax break Lynas will enjoy due to its pioneer status.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Jul 14, 11
The doctors who witnessed the police attack on Tung Shin Hospital are ready to provide further evidence if the statement they issued yesterday is rebutted by the government.
However, they will not reveal any further details on their account of the incident until their statement is challenged by the authorities, their spokeperson Dr Sheikh Johari Bux said today.
"If that (denial) arises, we will discuss as a group and take the neccesary steps required," said Sheikh Johari, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.
"If not, we would rather leave the matter at that," he said, adding that they would only respond, if needed, at the "right time" and in the presence of a lawyer.
Sheikh Johari said the information they had was not something "secretive".
It was also not their intention to go against anyone, "for all we want is only to tell the truth", he added.
"What we are asking for is that the people in high office be transparent."
The doctors' statement, issued last night and signed by 11 senior medical officers, condemned the authorities for the attack on Bersih 2.0 rally participants in the hospital compound last Saturday.
The act violated universal recognition of hospitals as places of sanctuary.
It was the first public statement made by medical officers following denials by the police and Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai that police shot tear gas and water cannons into the hospital compound on July 9.
Besides Sheikh Johari, the other doctors who signed the statement are Musa Nordin, Ng Kwee Boon, Ng Swee Choon, Ronald Mcoy, David Quek, Mary Cardozo, Farouk Musa, Mazeni Alwi, Pixie Low and Steve Wong.
They said some among them were visiting or working at Tung Shin Hospital at the time of the incident, and that they were ready to provide sworn affidavits "if required, as to the veracity of the incident".
Questioned further on the matter today, Sheikh Johari would only say, "If we see a need to give more details, we will send (a statement) to you."
Meanwhile, minister Liow Tiong Lai (seated centre in picture) gave his assurance to the people that the ministry "will look into the matter".
After attending a function in Kuala Lumpur today, Liow told reporters, "We will look into all that, we will definitely (do so). I have said yesterday we would like to investigate the case."
He also said the hospital's management did not tell him about eyewitness to the incident.
"When I went to Tung Shin (hospital) that day, they didn't tell me all this."
He welcomed the doctors for coming forward on the police attack and said that the ministry "would like to have this kind of input".
'Docs may have been demonstrators'
In a related development, Chong Teck Hong, honorary general secretary of Tung Shin Hospital board, told Malaysiakini that only two out of the 11 doctors who signed the statement are with the hospital.
Chong said he does not know the motive of those behind the statement, but said he assumes some of the doctors had joined the rally and had sought shelter at Tung Shin Hospital.
“I don't know why are they doing this. I'm also not sure whether they were at the scene (during the assault).”
He also reiterated Liow's assertion that police did not shoot water cannon and tear gas at the hospital.
The tear gas canisters only hit the public car park, which is beside the alley, which is itself beside the hospital, and which is not within the hospital compound, he said.
The water cannon only reached the buildings and guard house outside of the hospital, he added, "which are still far from the hospital (building)".
He admitted, however, witnessing police personnel entering the hospital building to arrest protestors.
The action did not disrupt the hospital's operation, said Chong.
"Anybody can enter the hospital because our door is always open... including the police. Whether they want to arrest people or not is their duty. We can't interfere," he said when contacted.
Additional reporting by KUEK SER KUANG KENG
Kuantan-based Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) movement today expressed its disappointment with Lynas CEO Nicholas Curtis following a meeting with him at the rare earth mining company's headquarters in Australia.
In a statement, SMSL said the meeting yielded nothing new as Curtis (right) had merely repeated the points that were already aired through a public relations video on Youtube.
"He (Curtis) tried to justify Lynas' presence here (in Malaysia) by basing his argument entirely on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report," the group said.
A nine-member panel to review the RM700 million Lynas Gebeng plant in Pahang, set up by the government under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had declared the plant 'safe'.
However, it listed 11 conditions for compliance by the government, state agency Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) and Lynas, before the pre-operating licence is to be granted.
The anti-Lynas group had criticised the report, claiming that the scope of recommendations issue was too narrow.
Six-day trip to Australia
The meeting with Curtis was part of a six-day trip to Australia to gather support to prevent Lynas from operating its rare-earth refinery plant in Malaysia.
After concluding its trip on Monday, the group announced it has learnt of additional options at its disposal to aid its struggle to stop Lynas as well as to secure help from Australian parliamentarians.
"We had very fruitful discussions and we were promised that there will be follow-up actions on their part to bring forth the issue in the next sitting (of Parliament)," the group said.
SMSL added that despite all its efforts, an easier solution to this problem lies in the hands of voters.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Something very fishy is going on....
By Shannon Teoh
The first phase of the refinery being built in the Gebeng industrial zone, which still needs to meet several safety conditions, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Subject to the receipt of approvals, the second phase — worth a lump sum payment of between US$180 and US$210 million (RM540 – RM630 million) — is scheduled to be completed in the last three months of 2012, according to Lynas.
Lynas previously denied media reports that the new conditions set by the government after an International Atomic Energy Agency review will delay the plant by up to two years, insisting that it remains on track to begin operations by the end of 2011.
The Australian miner said its plant — which will extract rare earth metals crucial for high-technology products such as smartphones, hybrid cars and wind turbines — will create a RM4 billion multiplier effect annually and will hire 350 skilled workers, 99 per cent of whom will be Malaysians.
Although reports say the plant may earn RM8 billion for Lynas, more than one per cent of the Malaysian GDP, critics have questioned the real economic benefit of the project by pointing to the 12-year tax break the Australian company will enjoy due to its pioneer status.
The federal government defended the Lynas project as a “strategic industry” for Malaysia in spite of fears of radiation pollution that it has raised among local residents and environmentalists.
By Shannon Teoh
KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 — An environmental group has questioned the credibility of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) review of a controversial RM700 million rare earth plant in Kuantan, saying that it also approved the Asian Rare Earth (ARE) plant in Ipoh which was linked to a surge of birth defects and cancer in the surrounding area.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) also said that the United Nations body had vested interest in the matter as it is “an agency that was set up to promote nuclear energy and lends support to the nuclear industry.”
President S. M. Mohamed Idris said that the nine-man review panel invited by the federal government to study the refinery being built by Australian miner Lynas Corp “did not have a health expert to study the potential public health impacts resulting from pollution and radiation from the plant.”
“The same was the case with the Asia Rare Earth plant in Bukit Merah whereby the IAEA also gave the green light for the plant to proceed work, only to produce radioactive contamination and disastrous health s to the surrounding community, resulting in unnatural and untimely deaths,” he said.
The refinery in the Gebeng industrial zone has raised concerns of radiation pollution among local residents and environmentalists who fear a repeat of the ARE plant which went ahead despite public protest in the 1980s.
Despite being forced to shut down in 1992, it is still undergoing a cleanup exercise costing over RM300 million and has been linked to seven leukemia deaths in the past five years.
Although both the Najib administration and Lynas claim that the review led by the IAEA deems the project to be safe, opposition MPs and Kuantan residents insist that the 11 recommendations made by the panel show otherwise.
Lynas has said that it expects the recommendations set out in the report to be met by the end of the year, allowing it to begin selling the rare earth metals by the beginning of 2012.
The Australian miner has said that its plant — which will extract rare earth metals crucial for high-technology products such as smartphones, hybrid cars and wind turbines — will create a RM4 billion multiplier effect annually and will hire 350 skilled workers, 99 per cent of whom will be Malaysian.
Although reports say the plant may earn RM8 billion for Lynas, more than one per cent of the Malaysian GDP, critics have questioned the real economic benefits of the project, pointing to the 12-year tax break the Australian company will enjoy due to its pioneer status.
By Clara Chooi
KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 — The Bar Council today said that Saturday’s Bersih 2.0 rally had shown that the “bogeyman” of the May 13, 1969, race riot has been buried and will no longer be feared by Malaysians.
Its president Lim Chee Wee told a press conference here that although the spectre of the violent racial clash had been raised prior to the rally, Malaysians had still dared to gather in the streets of the capital here to march for free and fair elections. While stressing that the council was apolitical, Lim observed that the thousands who thronged the city on Saturday had not instigated violence against one another or turned the gathering racial.“The outcome of the (Bar Council’s) monitoring exercise demonstrates that people in Malaysia are mature and peace-loving when championing a cause they believe in.
“The rally participants generally behaved in a peaceful and calm manner; most importantly, we witnessed that people from a wide variety of backgrounds across Malaysia participated in this rally withut any conflict.. this is contrary to the fear of possible racial disharmony or riots, expressed by certain irresponsible figures,” he said.
Before the rally, Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali earned much criticism from the opposition when he told the Chinese community to stay home and stock up on food on Saturday.
Lim noted that chaos had only broken out on the streets of the capital when police launched tear gas canisters and water cannons at protestors to break the crowd, a move which he said was unwarranted.
“They must recognise that Malaysians are by nature a peaceful group. We have moved far ahead of 1969... the bogeyman of 1969 has been buried. It does not exist in the minds and hearts of Malaysians today.“Which is why all eyewitness accounts say that Saturday was peaceful,” he said.
Bersih 2.0, the now-outlawed coalition of 62 non-governmental organisation, held at march on Saturday to call for free and fair elections and drew a mixed crowd of thousands to the city centre.
Chaos however broke out at about midday when the police fired tear gas and water cannons to break up the crowd and made random arrests of over 1,600 people, saying that they had wrongfully participated in an illegal rally.
Mixed sentiments have emerged from the tumultuous event with the Najib administration playing down the turnout and saying that the police had acted lawfully, while Bersih 2.0 and the opposition declared it a successful rally that drew nearly 50,000 people.
On social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, thousands of people have been posting up comments in support of the rally and sharing their personal accounts, pictures and videos of the event.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Jul 12, 11
Even with Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai vehemently denying that the police had fired tear gas and chemical-laced water into Tung Shin Hospital during last Saturday's rally, the Bar Council monitoring team is backing the many witness accounts that this did happen.
Presenting the observation report compiled from some 100 observers deployed during the rally, Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee said police had used indiscriminate and excessive tear gas and water cannons against peaceful protesters.
Water from the cannons fired by the police, Lim told a press conference at Bar Council office in Kuala Lumpur today, went into the compound of Tung Shin Hospital, and according to eyewitness accounts, tear gas canisters also landed in the compound.
"Although we don't have any footage from our monitoring team, accounts from our eyewitnesses say 'yes, tear gas was launched and canisters did land in the Tung Shin premises'."
Lim also screened footage taken by an observer, showing the hospital being hit by water cannons during the rally
According to the report, the participants were hit by water cannons while the rally organisers were negotiating with the police.
"Some monitors noted that the police did give warnings prior to using the tear gas and water cannons. However, it was difficult for the huge crowd to hear what the police commandants said via their loud hailers, except for participants who were situated near the police," the report says.
Elaborating on the Bar Council report, Lim said the use of tear gas and water cannons was "wholly unnecessary" in many locations when the crowd was stationary and showed no indication that they would charge the police or create any havoc.
No warning, not enough time to disperse
He also said that police either did not give any warning or sufficient time for the crowd to disperse before unleashing tear gas and the water cannons, resulting in chaos and injuries.
"What we found was that throughout Kuala Lumpur, there had been a mismanagement by the police in terms of crowd control."
Another footage screened during the press conference showed police, without any provocation, firing tear gas at a group of protesters holding their position in front of the Agro Bank on Leboh Pasar Besar.
Lim then cited the example of the crowd behind Dayabumi, where tear gas was fired at them from both ends.
"The crowd was actually squeezed in on both ends by the launching of the tear gas. When you launch tear gas, it is with the aim of dispersing a crowd. You do not launch tear gas at both ends, without any exit routes for the crowd. This also happened in the Puduraya area."
He noted that the tear gas was fired towards the crowdat the human height level, instead of being fired up in the air, which is the universal standard.
Apart from the use of tear gas and water cannons, Lim also condemned the random and arbitrary arrests by police during the rally.
"We ourselves, the office-bearers, saw with our own eyes, as the crowd was dispersing, the FRU moving forward into the crowd with plainclothes policemen behind them, who then ran out and started arresting people at random. There was no need for this, as the people were already dispersing."
Lim urged the police to adopt the recommendations made by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) on engagement with the leaders of a demonstration to find out the intention of the group and to give sufficient time for them to disperse before resorting to the use of non-lethal weapons.
Nevertheless, he said, an exemplary model had been shown by the police on Jalan Hang Jebat, where the crowd was allowed to gather and listen to short speeches from their leaders just beyond the barricades after the organisers, including PKR's Chua Jui Meng, negotiated with the police.
"There was no use of tear gas or water cannons, nor was there any arbitrary arrest after or during the dispersal of the crowd. That is how crowd control should have been done throughout Kuala Lumpur."
He reminded the government that Suhakam had conducted at least two inquiries into public rallies and had come out with various recommendations to the government.
"We cannot understand why the government has not taken heed of the recommendations and suggestions of Suhakam," he added.
Malaysians mature and peace-loving
On the participants of rally, the report states that they generally behaved in a peaceful and calm manner, except for a few untoward incidents at Jalan Hang Jebat:
- One protester threw a bottle of water at a news reporter while he was up on the stairs leading to a basketball court hall, reporting live, but the reporter managed to evade it. Some of the crowd showed their middle fingers at the police and chanted "menyebuk" (troublemakers);
- At one point, the crowd booed the TV3 crew inside the building. As they chanted "penipu" (liars), some threw a few plastic bottles at the cameraman. None hit. Rally marshals told crowd to keep walking. No uniformed police personnel were present.
The report concluded that the rally had demonstrated that the people of Malaysia are mature and peace-loving when championing a cause they believe in.
"Most importantly, we witnessed that people from a wide variety of backgrounds across Malaysia participated in this rally, without any conflict.
"This is contrary to the fear of possible racial disharmony or riots expressed by certain irresponsible public figures," the report says.
Added Lim: "On that day, a lot of members of our monitoring team saw friends and acquaintances who are not aligned to any political party, whom they would categorise as very conservative people, but they were out there in the streets that Saturday because they are outraged by the way in which the government mismanaged this entire situation."
Malaysia Chronicle - 'Liar' minister Liow Malaysia Chronicle - insists police did not shoot tear gas into Tung Shin
'Liar' minister Liow insists police did not shoot tear gas into Tung ShinVideo Proof of Bersih2.0 Teargas in Hospital Compound:
Written by Melissa Lee, Malaysia Chronicle
Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai became an object of nationwide ridicule when he insisted the police had not launched tear gas or water canons into the compound of the Tung Shin hospital, and was even arrogant enough to warn journalists not to show him any videos of photos that contradicted his claim.
"LiowTiong Lai lied bravely to defend the police, claiming no tear gas, no water cannons and no arrests in Tung Shin hospital compound," Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said on Twitter.
On Saturday, the main road along the Tung Shin hospital in Pudu was the scene of one of several citizen marches organised by the Bersih 2.0 for free and fair elections.
For reasons that have been condemned both in and out of the country, Prime Minister Najib Razak chose to clampdown on the mammoth rally and ordered one of the harshest crackdowns in recent years, leaving one dead and thousands injured.
The PM is in denial mode, refusing to apologize. This has created great public anger and calls are growing for him to quit. Meanwhile, in what has become typical fashion, Najib has just left for an overseas trip leaving his Cabinet to deal with the mess.
An iconic hospital that began as a maternity home, Tung Shin got caught in the crossfire when marchers ran into its grounds to escape police who came after them and firied tear gas directly at them rather than into the air.
The behaviour of the Malaysian police contrasted sharply with the authorities in overseas nations like Australia, who commended Malaysians in sister-marches at Melbourne for conducting an orderly rally.
To make matters worse, Malaysian police denied ever firing tear gas and chemical-laced water into the Tung Shin compound. This despite the hundreds of available video footage on You Tube.
For sake of brownie points
Liow, the MCA deputy president, is not unknown for liking to score brownie points with Najib.
But ambition aside, Liow angered not only the Chinese community but also lost the respect of many Malaysians with his refusal to accept any view other than the police were innocent.
"The board of the hospital also confirmed this. Don't cite whatever pictures or videos again. The most important thing is that the person in charge of the hospital has confirmed that the police did not shoot the tear gas or water cannon into the hospital compound,” Malaysiakini reported Liow as saying on Monday.
"The police shot the tear gas over the main road. Maybe the smoke was blown by the wind in this direction - that, we don't know, but they were not aiming at the hospital. As for the water cannon, they were shooting at 45 degrees onto the main road, maybe the edge of it."
Tung Shin board head Ng Beh Tong, who was present, was quick to echo Liow's claim. According to Ng, the hospital administrator had briefed the board on the situation at a meeting this morning.
Both men also denied that the police came into the compound to arrest the marchers, claiming the police “only brought in some injured demonstrators for medical treatment”. Liow lost his temper when journalists were obviously sceptical of his answers.
“The board chairman has clarified this, but you still want to ask this question. Anybody including the media, if you have any allegation, you can tell the Health Ministry or Home Ministry, and we will investigate it,” he said.
Hospital should carry out internal probe, view the visuals
Under pressure, the MCA No. 2 then blamed the opposition for politicising the issue, refusing to acknowledge the wealth of visuals and eyewitness account.
"This is a sad day for Malaysians when their ministers lie out of desperation. Liow is Health minister. When the head is rotten, how long can the fish stay alive. Our concerns are two-pronged. Authorities should not lie for political reasons and hospitals must be respected," PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.
"We also regret the Tung Shin board chief for not doing sufficient checks or and viewing the visuals before rushing to help Liow. We hope that for the sake of the hospital patients and staff, an internal investigation is launched into this and Ng's conduct as well. There is just too much evidence to accept what they both said."
- Malaysia Chronicle
Monday, July 11, 2011
Press Release President Malaysian Bar: The will of the people trumps Government repression and police aggression
|Press Release: The will of the people trumps Government repression and police aggression|
|Monday, 11 July 2011 04:04pm|
Looking back at the events of the past few weeks, the Malaysian Government must realise and accept that neither random arrest, nor preventive detention, nor water cannons, nor tear gas, nor rain, nor the threat of any of the above and more, can quell the spirit of the people to exercise their rights to the twin freedoms of assembly and expression. The two rallies held on 9 July 2011 are eloquent testimony to the will of the people in the face of Government repression and police aggression.
The Malaysian Bar denounces the Government’s over-zealous and excessive show of power in its blatant determination to crush the people’s exercise of their Constitutionally-guaranteed fundamental rights. According to media and eyewitness accounts, the police used arbitrary, improper and disproportionate physical force, including assaulting some participants physically, wantonly arresting hundreds of individuals and recklessly using tear gas and water cannons on unarmed participants who were gathered in a peaceful and disciplined manner.
The Government must never abuse its power, particularly to undermine the very freedoms that it is responsible to uphold and defend. The elementary freedoms of assembly and expression entitle the rakyat to voice their concerns and grievances, and to call for redress.
The Malaysian Bar calls on the police to adhere to the United Nations (“UN”) Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, of which Malaysia is a member. Article 3 provides that “[l]aw enforcement officials may use force only when strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty”. Furthermore, in 1990 Malaysia adopted the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials, which mandate that law enforcement officials “shall, as far as possible, apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force”, and may use force “only if other means remain ineffective”. Even when the use of lawful force is unavoidable, law enforcement officials must “exercise restraint in such use and act in proportion to the seriousness to the offence”. Another basic principle is that “the deployment of non-lethal incapacitating weapons should be carefully evaluated in order to minimise the risk of endangering uninvolved persons, and the use of such weapons should be carefully controlled”.
The police reportedly fired several rounds of tear gas into the compound of a hospital along Jalan Pudu, one of many acts that day that were antithetical to these basic principles.
The Malaysian Bar calls for a thorough and independent investigation by SUHAKAM, by way of an inquiry on its own motion, into the use of aggression and undue force by the police. We acknowledge the co-operation given by the police to members of the Bar’s monitoring teams during the rallies. The Malaysian Bar will submit its report on the events of 9 July 2011, along with its recommendations, to the Inspector General of Police shortly.
We also urge the immediate and unconditional release of the six individuals who are still being detained under the Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969. These individuals should be charged and tried in open court instead. Furthermore, their habeas corpus applications should be heard expeditiously and without further delay.
From lessons worldwide, it is clear that the voice of the people cannot be silenced. Our Government ignores the wishes and resolve of the people at its peril, and should, instead, rise to the occasion, to embrace and protect its people’s freedoms and rights consistent with a true democracy.
Lim Chee Wee
11 July 2011
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Sunday, July 03, 2011
UMNO thugs at the IAEA meeting with the stakeholders turned actors as “Kuantan residents” in TV3’s Karam Singh Walia Pro-Lynas program
UMNO thugs threatened and hit the peaceful residents and journalists during the IAEA meeting with the stakeholders in Teluk Cempedak, Kuantan turned main actors as “Kuantan residents”in TV3’s Karam Singh Wallia 3-day program.