|Permit without BM section likely for Herald|
|Soon Li Tsin | Dec 28, 07 2:45pm|
The Catholic Church’s weekly organ, Herald, will most likely get its annual publishing permit but its Bahasa Malaysia section will have to go.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
|SIB's application for judicial review on use of word 'Allah' to be heard on Jan 16|| || |
|Thursday, 27 December 2007, 07:47pm|
• Dompok: BM belongs to all Malaysians
Appellate and Special Powers Court Judge Lau Bee Lan decided in chambers to postpone the hearing to Jan 16, after Senior Federal Counsel Azizah Nawawi informed the judge that there were discussions between the two parties to resolve the issue.
• Anak Besar Umur 9-11 Tahun, Tahun I (Januari-Jun)
Dompok: BM belongs to all Malaysians
PETALING JAYA (Dec 27, 2007): The authorities should allow the use of Bahasa Malaysia, including the word “Allah”, in all publications and not restrict it to Islamic materials, a federal minister said.
|Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission bill drafted by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police -- a ROYAL Commission - the KING's commission .....and then out comes the Special Complaints Commission (the brain child of the Prime Minister and his AG?) - THIS is total lack of respect by the Prime Minister, the Barisan Nasional government to the KING, his Royal Commission ...oh yes remember that the 2nd Royal Commission also supported the ndependent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission bill. |
What is the use then of setting up Royal Commissions - if we have a Prime Minister and a government who just do not follow and implement the recommendations of these ROYAL COMMISSIONs..
SCC vs IPCMC: See the difference
|Chua Sue-Ann | Dec 27, 07 4:28pm |
The controversial Special Complaints Commission - a much watered-down version of the independent body mooted by the Royal Police Commission - has come under intense fire for its lack of power and independence.
Given the widespread opposition to this new proposal - which some ex-commissioners and opposition politicians described as a completely ‘different animal’ - the bill has been postponed to the next parliamentary sitting in March 2008.
The roundtable, which was originally scheduled for today, will be attended by a number of human rights organsations and some of the royal commission members.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
URGENT APPEAL - RELEASE M Manoharan, P Uthayakumar, R Kenghadharan and V Ganabatirau, T Vasantha Kumar, ...
: 5 Human Rights Activists detained under the Internal Security Act, which is a Detention Without Trial law
MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture )writes to inform you that 5 human rights defenders and activist were arrested by the police On 13/12/2007 under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows detention without trial. Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan said the arrests, under Section 8(1) of the ISA, were made against the five for carrying out activities that threatened national security.
Those arrested are M Manoharan, Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) legal advisers P Uthayakumar, R Kenghadharan and V Ganabatirau and T Vasantha Kumar.
The first 4 are lawyers, who have also been actively involved in human rights issues.
It is learnt they were detained under Section 8 (1) of the ISA after Internal Security Minister Datuk Seri Abdulah Ahmad Badawi signed their detention order.The five were sent straight to the Kamunting detention centre in Taiping, Perak, to be detained for two years, without undergoing the usual 60-day investigation period..
This is most unusual because usually persons will be arrested and detained by the police, who can detain persons for not more than 60 days. Only after that if the Minister is “satisfied that the detention of any person is necessary” ..will the 2-year detention order be signed.
BACKGROUND: (Based on Malaysiakini and other media reports)
Nov 10 BERSIH ASSEMBLY & PROTEST. About 40,000 protesters took part in BERSIH’s assembly, whose intention was to hand over a memorandum to the King. BERSIH is calling for electoral reform including a review of the electoral roll, curbs on postal voting, which they say is being abused, and equal access to state media for all competing parties. Police fired tear gas and used water cannons on the protesters. (BERSIH, a coalition of 70 political parties and NGOs). This was the Malaysia’s biggest street protest in nearly a decade.
Nov 25, 07 - HINDRAF ASSEMBLY & PROTEST. About 20,000 protesters demonstrated under the shadows of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic after their efforts to petition the British High Commission was thwarted by the police with tear gas and chemical-laced water cannon. About 400 persons were arrested that day.
The protest is to support a US$14-trillion lawsuit by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) against Malaysia's former colonial power for bringing Indians to as indentured labourers and exploiting them for 150 years. The assembly today was for the purpose of submitting a memorandum was to petition to appoint a counsel to argue the case on their behalf.
A series of arrests and charges began on 6 December, when 31 Hindraf supporters were charged with attempted murder, after a policeman suffered injuries, and have been refused bail. In addition, three leaders of Hindraf, P. Uthayakumar, P. Waya Moorthy, and Ganapathy Rao, have been charged under the Sedition Act for remarks made during a speech on 16 November, and with a letter posted on their website.
Dec 9 LAWYERS HUMAN RIGHTS DAY MARCH: After the Bar Council succumbed to pressures and fears and called of its annual Human Rights Day walk, several lawyers in defiance call for concerned lawyers and members of the public to join them in their march from SOGO to the Central Market, and about 200 persons did join them for that 7.30 am march. The police stopped the march and arrested 8 persons (of which 5 were lawyers). Later that afternoon, the local authority tried removing banners placed around and in the Bar Council Building, to which the lawyers protested. The Human Rights Committee chairman was arrested for obstructions. All 9 were unreasonably detained overnight and brought to court to charge. The Attorney General personally came and asked that bail be denied. arrested They now face charges of illegal assembly and disobeying police orders to disperse.
Dec 11 BERSIH’S HANDING OVER MEMO IN PARLIAMENT: 17 members of BERSIH who attempted to deliver a memorandum to Parliament were arrested .
What has been happening prior to the arrest and detention under the ISA?
The police have been targeting HINDRAF lawyers over the past few weeks. The crackdown started with the arrest of chairperson P Waythamoorthy, Uthayakumar and Ganabatirau on Nov 23. They were then charged with sedition in Klang.
On Tuesday(11/12/2007), Uthayakumar was again arrested and charged on another count of sedition in . He was arrested once more on the same day and kept overnight in remand before being released yesterday without being charged.
Both Waythamoorthy and Ganabatirau were also re-arrested over the past week and released after being held for some hours.
Waythamoorthy, who is Uthayakumar's younger brother and also a lawyer, is currently in on a mission to lobby for support from international groups.
Hindraf has come under the police radar after organising nationwide talks in which they are alleged to have made seditious speeches in relation to the marginalisation of the Indian Malaysian community.
Hindraf's rally in attracted some 30,000 people. The police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowd. Thirty-one of the protesters have been charged with attempted murder and causing mischief with some facing a third charge of illegal assembly.
The government has been threatening to use the ISA against Hindraf leaders for some weeks now.
Last week,the Inspector General of Police claimed that Hindraf was linked to terrorist groups and was active in fanning racial sentiments among the Indian community by stirring up their anger and arousing hatred against the government.
He added that the police had been monitoring the group - helmed by six prime movers comprising five lawyers and a senior executive of a private company - since July 28.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has for several weeks been threatening to invoke the draconian legislation against Hindraf, which authorities have accused of having links with Sri Lanka's . The group denies the charges.
Earlier this week the premier alluded to the use of the ISA by saying that he considered public safety to be more important than public freedom.
Please call upon the Prime Minister for the immediate release of P Uthayakumar, M Manoharan, R Kenghadharan and V Ganabatirau, T Vasantha Kumar and all persons being detained under the Internal Security Act and other laws that allow for detention without trial.
Dear Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi,
We call for the immediate and unconditional release of M Manoharan, Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) legal advisers P Uthayakumar, R Kenghadharan and V Ganabatirau, T Vasantha Kumar and all others that are currently being detained under the Internal Security Act and/or other laws that allow detention without trial.
We believe that it is unjust to deprive a person of his right to a fair trial, and call for the repeal of the Internal Security Act and all other laws that allow detention without trial.
PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO:
Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Security,
Prime Minister's Office Malaysia,
Perdana Putra Building,
Federal Government Administrative Centre,
Tel: +603 8888 6000
Fax: +603 8888 3444
for and on behalf of MADPET
** Do circulate this URGENT APPEAL to as many persons as possible
** No one deserves to be arrested and detained under the ISA and laws that allow for Detention Without Trial
|Lim: PM's X'mas speech good but...|
|Khairil Zhafri | Dec 26, 07 7:00pm |
Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang praised Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for giving an “excellent Christmas message” yesterday but expressed bitter disappointment that the prime minister has again failed to put words into action.
Monday, December 24, 2007
|PM, state your stand on Herald's 'Allah'|
|Dec 24, 07 12:32pm|
There is growing clamour for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to quickly douse the controversy over the use of ‘Allah’ by a Catholic weekly in its Bahasa Malaysia section as Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas tomorrow.
"We cannot allow this use of ‘Allah’ in non-Muslim publications - nobody except Muslims. The word ‘Allah’ is published by the Catholics. It’s not right.”
The ban was, however, lifted after protests from the Christian community.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
“As you know, we are a democratic country. If you elect people who are supportive of the ISA, naturally, the ISA will be there. If you don’t like the ISA, you have to elect people who don’t like the ISA. The choice is yours,” he said.
“I was elected despite the fact that I supported the ISA. I was elected by the people, so I thought the people approved the ISA. That’s why I implemented the ISA,” he added.
Many quarters have criticised the government’s detention of the ‘Hindraf 5' under the ISA as an act of ‘desperation’.
|Dr M: Demonstrate only as a last resort|
|Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Dec 22, 07 4:44pm|
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today demonstrations should only be held as a last resort when other avenues of communicating grievances are unavailable.
Also present at the press conference were Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali and Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Dr Rais Yatim.
Mahathir also denied that the Indian community had been refused opportunities to make their grievances known.
On claims of ethnic cleansing here as alleged by Hindraf, Mahathir said he read a lot about ethnic cleansing in Bosnia.
On the newly launched book, Mahathir said "This book, to me, is very important".
Narrow-minded officials , or should I say "ignorant" - for this was a matter that came up many years ago - and it is a fact that the word "Allah" is used by Christians, Jews, Muslims and even Sikhs(if I am not mistaken).
Next, they may be saying that other than in Islam, nobody can pray in Bahasa Malaysia. In my church, we pray and sing in Bahasa Malaysia.
If "Allah" only belongs to the Muslims, then the question is whether non-Muslims should stop singing some of the state anthems which have the word Allah. If Allah is the Muslim God only, then it will be wrong for people of other faiths to pray and/or call on him. Allah, for me is the name of God - and it belongs to no person or people - it is universal as is God.
As an example, thePahang state anthem is as follows:-
- Ya Allah Yang Maha Kuasa,
- Lanjutkan Usia Duli Yang Maha Mulia,
- Dirgahayu, Darul Makmur,
- Aman dan Bahagia Sentiasa,
- Ya Allah, Selamatkan,
- Duli Tuanku Raja Kami
Catholic paper told to change word for God
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|Saturday, 22 December 2007, 08:41am|
The word Allah in the weekly's Malay section is applicable only to Muslims, says official
KUALA LUMPUR - A CATHOLIC weekly newspaper in Malaysia has been told to drop the use of the word Allah in its Malay language section if it wants to renew its publishing permit, a senior government official said yesterday.
'Christians cannot use the word Allah. It is only applicable to Muslims. Allah is only for the Muslim God. This is designed to confuse the Muslim people,' he said.
The Herald, which has a circulation of 12,000 for its members, has for years been publishing reports in four languages - English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.
Friday, December 21, 2007
|Johari: Only Muslims can use 'Allah'|
|Soon Li Tsin | Dec 21, 07 5:31pm|
The word ‘Allah’ can only be used in the context of Islam and not any other religion, said Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharum.
Asked why a new condition will be imposed on Catholic weekly newspaper Herald when its annual publishing permit is next renewed, the deputy minister said this is to prevent confusion.
|Gerakan rep: Umno incites racial sentiments|
|Friday, 21 December 2007, 06:51pm|
©Malaysiakini (Used by permission)
Thursday, December 20, 2007
|Why should they not renew the permits and licences in advance ---- at least 3 months before permits and licenses expire ----now 2 weeks to go and what do you want people in power. |
Do you want people to BEG ..... do you want people to agree to whatever unreasonable conditions (and demands) placed?
For Harakah and the ROCKET - you tried to place an unreasonable condition that it should only be sold to members of that political party....
Therefore - opposition political parties can only communicate to its members. The cannot organize public gatherings to convey their views. They cannot have newspapers and publications that can be sold to the Malaysian public. They cannot have licences to have their own radio stations and TV stations. So HOW can NON-GOVERNMENT persons, bodies, political parties communicate their views and positions to other Malaysians......what is the LEGAL WAY of doing this MR PRIME MINISTER?????
In fact, there should be NO permit and/or license requirement for publications at all. People should be allowed to publish, print and distribute any magazine, newspaper and publication provided maybe that the name of the publisher is clearly stated - this is to ensure that there is someone responsible if there are things that is against the laws of the land or has injured some other in law. (There should be no requirement for even the name of the the PRINTER..etc...- only the name of the PUBLISHER...).
Catholic weekly in quandary over permit
|Dec 20, 07 12:52pm|
The organ of the Catholic Church, Herald is facing problems in renewing its yearly publishing permit allegedly over the use of the word ‘Allah’ in the weekly’s Bahasa Malaysia section.
The ban was however lifted after protests from the Christian community.
The Herald, which is published in four languages - English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil - has a circulation of 12,000. The weekly’s permit is due to expire in two weeks.
The premier explained that the existing committee in the PM's Department comprised of
|Hindraf lawyer Manoharan fails in habeas corpus application|| || |
• Hindraf men file habeas corpus writs
• Detainee files fresh application
IPOH (Dec 19, 2007): Lawyer M.Manoharan had his application for a writ of habeas corpus seeking his release from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) struck off by the High Court here today.
Justice Datuk Muhamad Ideres Muhamad Rapee said the copy of the detention order that was attached to the application had not been certified by a Commissioner for Oaths.
He said the application thus did not comply with provisions of the Rules of the High Court and therefore "the application is struck out".
Counsel Krpal Singh told reporters later that he would submit a fresh application for Manoharan, 46, and another ISA detainee, V. Ganabathirau, 34, at the Kuala Lumpur High Court this afternoon.
The two, together with three others, namely P.Uthayakumar, 46, R. Kengadharan, 40, and T. Vasanthakumar, 34, are accused to be behind an unlawful Hindu Righst Action Force (Hindraf) assembly held in the federal capital last month. They were detained last Thursday (Dec 13).
The habeas corpus application was filed last Friday (Dec 14) and was fixed for mention before Judicial Commissioner Ridwan Ibrahim today.
Karpal Singh said: "I was informed on Monday (Dec 17) that the case has been assigned for mention before Muhamad Ideres. I now want to know who directed the change of judge.
"The judge (Muhamad Ideres) was informed that I would be late. Why did Muhamad Ideres decided not to wait for me to be present?"
Karpal Singh was about 15 minutes late.
The court sat for only five minutes from 9.05am.
It was packed with members and opposition party members as early 8am with tight police security in the court compound.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
YES - no freedom to even voice an opinion or freedom of expression 107 (59%)
YES - no freedom of even association - almost impossible to register
new political parties and rights organisations 90 (49%)
YES - no way to even organise a public forum and share views with
public 100 (55%)
YES - almost impossible to be able to be able to start a newspaper
and/or magazine that is critical 93 (51%)
YES - the government only talks PEACE & "UNITY" - but not
Justice 110 (60%)
YES - government controlled media suppresses alternative views
& even REAL news 135 (74%)
NO - Not at all true 9 (4%)
I ABSTAIN 3 (1%)
Votes so far: 181
(Those who voted had the option to make multiple choices - but some, possibly not being aware of this right only made a single choice. )
|They were all apparently silent about the plight and suffering of the Malaysian Indians - and now after the whole HINDRAF affair that saw some 30,000 persons involved in the peaceful assembly - we see the MIC, the Miba, the Hindu Sangam and others who had been apparently silent all this while suddenly coming forth and speaking out .... |
MIC - aparently also did a report and submitted to the PM
Question - what were these "so-called" representatives of the Malaysian Indians doing for the last 50 YEARS.....
The people want transparency and openess - it is no use for the PM and the government to call and meet "selected NGOs" or groups, many of whom are led by good peace-loving "Yes, Mr PM" kind of personalities who sometimes have long lost contact with the ground as well - to even know and understand the problems faced by the normal person of the street...
The Indian community is again angry now about what ASTRO just did - they pushed this SUN TV channel - which was showing soap operas like Anjali and Kasturi into a new package called "Maharaj package" and is now requiring viewers to pay additional money to see these channels... After watching 100s of episodes of a soap opera to suddenly do this is EVIL and UNJUST. To charge for new channels with new programs is OK but not to charge for old channels with old programs (or new channels with old programs). Make them addicted - then charge more ----very bad ASTRO..and what is the government doing about this..
Miba president: What I told the PM
|RK Anand | Dec 18, 07 11:29am|
As citizens of Malaysia, Indians have the right to enjoy equal opportunities and must not be treated like third-class citizens.
This was the crux of Malaysian Indian Business Association (Miba) president P Sivakumar’s hard-hitting speech during the meeting between Indian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi last Friday.