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What a sad day for human rights! But saddest it is for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and UMNO, who seem to have revealed their most weakest point. When the slightest dissent cannot be tolerated, we are not on the road to dictatorship, we have already arrived!

Malaysia greeted the International Human Rights Day by showing its most un-human rights attitude – that of arresting lawyers and the civil society for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly, and for doing so on the eve of Human Rights Day. Elizabeth Wong has a good post on “Lawyer Hero‘.

But its good to hear that the BAR Council, who caved in earlier to the dictatorship by forgoing the human rights walk on Sunday, is contemplating whether to to file a suit against the Datuk Bandar of Kuala Lumpur and his officers who entered the Bar’s premises without a warrant and removed human rights banners and placards from our premises. (The Malaysian Bar).

It’s time the Bar Council know that it doesn’t matter what you do – ‘obey or disobey’, once you are targetted, the dictator will come for you.

On the even of human rights day, Malaysia also turned its back on ‘Free and Fair Elections’ by arresting organisers of BERSIH.

And if that is not enough, this must convince you of how happily Malaysia has greeted this year’s human rights day. Today, it is learnt that several protestors of HINDRAF, will be charged with attempted murder.

Look like lawyers will be busy, apart from rescuing and defending the rights of their own colleagues and peers.

And I still wonder why the bloody hell is Malaysia still a member of the UN Human Rights Council!


18 responses »

  1. lucia says:

    it was a sad day indeed for malaysia. malaysia is now a police state! (actually already had been… now doubly confirmed).

    the most ridiculous, yes outrageous (as malaysian bar put it) arrest was of edmund bon. imagine! we can’t put up banners and placards in our own premises??

    btw susan, did you come across this article where the PM said democracy is strong? UGH!!!

  2. Ricky says:

    It is very sad indeed. I am waiting the call for more peaceful rallies. We must keep on pressuring. I am prepared to be arrested. If we back down like the honourable Ambiga we are gone, finish, kaput.

    For those who may be frighten to attend peaceful rallies, do your part quietly, send messages to your relatives, friends and all to vote for change.

    If you think you are living in comfort now, you are surely wrong. Think of your future generations, what will happen to them if the umno control bn has their way and continue to rape this country and have two sets of law.

    Fear not my friend for we are immune to the threat of May 13 .

  3. jedyoong says:

    “Happee” Human Rights Day! OOooooOOOOOoooOOOOoooOOOOooooo….Will Pak Lah give us the ISA as a present? OoooOOOOooooOOOOoOOOOOooOOOOOOOOOOO


  4. wits0 says:

    Let’s see if a saree-ed Ambiga can walk without tripping….;)

  5. hasilox says:

    “And I still wonder why the bloody hell is Malaysia still a member of the UN Human Rights Council!”

    Probably there to demonstrate what human rights abuse is all about. Some members need live demonstration in order to learn.

  6. Hi, Susan!
    I luv yer!
    We Shall overcome someday!

  7. Mosesfoo says:

    But Susan, on whose decision/authority can Malaysia be removed from the UN Human Right Council?

  8. arsay says:

    I remember Badawi used his slogan as “Work with me” when he won his election few years ago. Now, he doesn’t say this any more. His action tells us “Do what I say!”

  9. stcin says:

    humanrights !? what a JOKE !

    SUHAKAM has humiliated and ‘toyed’ me for years since 24-7-2000 when i was called to KL 500km to-fro Ipoh just to attend its very 1st historic INQUIRY on my issue of ‘quest for justice’!! On 31-7-2000, even their chairman, exDPM had shook my hand and PROMISED me, ” dun worry, we’ll do our BEST to get justice for you…. !”
    Months and months have gone past and NOTHING was done despite my numerous costly phonecalls, reg. letters and emails …! the response from their office are :” wait…wait…wait…” ” dun know…dun know…””…not in…not in…” “….wait-lah…” !!

    Then, by chance i caught ( on phone) the commissioner who , sitting and sleeping on my file, was ARROGANT, ” …who is a commissioner, you or I……send the particulars..(dato, i already have ….!)….di it as i say ….!”

    Swallowing all my bitterness, i complied. In march 2001, i complained to the press , no effect ! Then a new committe was appointed and my case was closed, NFA !!

    I am being treated COLD-BLOODEDLY by a so-called SUHAKAM as a silly old ‘guinea-pig’ just for the commissioners to have FUN and to try out their very 1st HISTORIC inquiry ……!!!

    Humanrights !? …. what a JOKE …..!!

  10. k.esu says:

    Hindraf says it rightly:
    PETALING JAYA: Umno Youth regrets the statement by the Hindu Rights Action Force which described Umno as its enemy.

    So what does Prof. Emeritikus Khoo Kay Peng say to this after having contributed to it:

    AN MCA leader has ticked off several university lecturers for bringing in their personal views during lectures on inter-racial relationship.

    The whole BN(UMNO) is an enemy now. MCA, MIC (the main partners) have been supping with the UMNO devils.

  11. Harrison Bin Hansome says:

    “And I still wonder why the bloody hell is Malaysia still a member of the UN Human Rights Council!”—Susan Loonne assertions.

    The US bypassed the UN Security Council initiating it’s war on Iraq while France, China and Russia are still tabling options or ersatz.

    And the Iranian distaff side could always cried out “why are we marginalized?”. So does the women in China and those dissidents live in
    the world when the people who are too weak to defend themselves, let them die when there country are still a menber of the UN.

    Remember Mahathir spearheading Myanmar onto ASEAN under the pretext of ‘modernizing’ the Military Junta-by socializing with the Junta’s, they will be more mellow…..that is what happens to Myanmar right now!
    The thruth was that Mahathir never have any intention of bringing Myanmar to a meritrocracy or liberate the incarcerated dissidents, but to merge the so called ASEAN whom most states pratices scum style democracy even some Iranian at the backyard would be laughing out loudly.

    The emblem of The UN and esp. ASEAN are just superficial needs in discussing and asserting the true framework of democracy but if a nation of a draconian practice like Indonesia whom allows and sanctioned the massacre of hundred of thousands of it’s citizens and the ‘state’ that it annexed-East Timor- The UN Secretary General as usual will turn on his philippics and the membership is unscathed, citing a case like Indonesia.

    As of turning our wrath on the government to the UN, I am thinking of THAT as well….

  12. k.esu says:

    Post Bersih memo handover: Arrests ongoing
    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (ES) – In spite of multiple police checks, roadblocks and traffic jams that stretch for kilometres from the parliament house, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) has managed to gain entry into its lobby and hold a press conference around midday today.
    Harakah reporter Muhammad Azamin Muhammad Amin and English Section journalist Saadon Aksah reporting from parliament said the Bersih press conference was successfully concluded.

    Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) executive director and Bersih coordinator Yap Swee Seng had read aloud the Bersih memorandum earlier and then handed it to opposition MPs to be forwarded to the Prime Minister.


  13. arifabdull says:

    the real celebration for this year HR day was in the Jalan Duta court yesterday. lot ppls turn up there yesterday.

    today, Tian Chua has been brought to the Duta court as yesterday he charged together with others.

    everyone, let’s go to IPKKL or Jalan Duta court to show our solidarity.

  14. wits0 says:

    Harisson, unless I’m mistaken, M’sia didn’t even endorse, by signing, the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights but is a member of that UN Human Rights Council. The UN has long become a self-serving institution out to grab power for itself without having to govern anything. It is utterly and shamelessly devoid of accountability. It’s accumulated baggages are simply stupendous.

    Stcin, have you not noticed how literally skewered is Abu Talibs’s mouth?

    k.esu, Prof. Emeritikus Khoo Kay Peng always spring suddenly into action(as in the Reformasi days) to ingratiate himself with the System. The Banana will certainly trumpet that too.

    Forked tongued, self-serving figures always do that after sounding off earlier with things that appears a mite correct and even factual. Conmen always get your confidence and then execute the Sting, don’t they?

  15. YouBitch says:

    Malaysia is a member state of the Human Rights Council along with China, stupid! You do not need to be a human rights champion to be on the Council.

  16. Harrison Bin Hansome says:

    Thanks Witso, I readily stand up for correction. But since someone of a cowardly imbecile who hides under such vulgarities of nick in chiding me, it’s what we witnessed at Elizabeth Wong’s blog with the handle ‘ACP’ whom was mocked by Liz. For that matter of childishness, I refuse to elaborate further.

  17. LOne says:

    It is time for this sleepy PM to go, he obviously does not respect the sanctity of Parliament. But even if we walk and march and blog every waking nanosecond of the day the dastardly BN will still be around the next 50 years if we don’t vote them out!
    We all think we know who Bodohwe is. Those of you who are eligible to vote and have not registered to vote and those of you who fell over for someone’s sweet words the last time around; go look at the mirror and you will truly discover who Bodohwe really is!
    Stop being Bodohwes and Mushrooms, you do not deserve the shit you are being fed by the BN and the MSM (mainstream media), wake up and one day we may all smell the roses. Go register as a voter and when the 12th election comes, vote wisely.
    Click on this
    So go out there and get your neighbours, friends, workmates etc etc who are eligible to vote to get registered as voters. There may still make it for the 12th election!
    Put a poster or picture or whatever on your blog and get your visitors to register and vote the dastardly BN out.

  18. Jerry Mohan says:

    I have voted for the opposition in every election ever since I registered as a voter at the age of 21. It’s sad to see the same old party winning an election everytime.

    When the sitting Australian prime minister lost the elections recently, he conducted himself with such dignity. In his first speech after defeat, he said,”A few minutes ago I called Mr.Paul on the telephone to congratulate him on his victory”. Prime minister John Howard also lost in his seat of Benellong.

    In Malaysia, you’ll never see such things happening. When the ruling party loses it will cause some racial riots, declare an emergency, absorb the winning parties into their coalition and continue ruling. Remember 1969.

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