I received this alert just minutes ago. I am appalled that people can be arrested for just leafleting. It’s a peaceful campaign isn’t it? Police Bodoh.
Hey, it’s in Kulim. And MP Zulkifli Nordin, if you are not storming discussion forums, please go and help Ruben!
Here goes the alert:
A volunteer has been arrested today at Merbau Pulas, Kedah, for leafleting leaflets containing demands of JERIT’s Bicycle campaign. Details of the arrested individual are as follows:
1. Ruben s/o Loganathan
Ruben is currently held at the Sg. Karangan police station. SUARAM urges you to call the police station to urge for his immediate and unconditional release.
SUARAM strongly condemns the police for their ongoing attacks on freedom of expression, a fundamental right which is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
We demand for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested.
JERIT or Oppressed People’s Movement is organizing a cycling campaign throughout the nation to put forward six demands to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The campaign officially began yesterday at Wisma Darul Aman Kedah. 50 cyclists have been flagged off from Wisma Darul Aman and they would cycle for sixteen days through Kedah, Penang, Perak, and Selangor. On 18th December they will handover a memorandum to the Prime Minister in Parliament.
Urgent action needed:
Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the ongoing denial of rights of expression. Please also demand the Malaysian government for the immediate and unconditional release of Ruben Loganathan.
Your protest letters should be sent to:
1. Sg. Karangan Police station, Sg. Karangan, 09410, Kulim, Kedah, Tel 044855122
2. IPD Kulim, Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah, Polis Diraja Malaysia, Jalanraya Kulim, 09000 Kulim
Kedah, Telefon : 04-4906222, Faks : 04-4916854
3. Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,50560 Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: +603 2262 6015, Fax: +603 2272 5613
[Letterhead of your organisation]
Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Musa Hassan
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2262 6015
Fax: +603 2272 5613
Re: Volunteer arrested while leafleting at Merbau Pulas for JERIT’s campaign
We are writing to you, once again, to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over your government’s ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression.
We are appalled by your government and the police’s latest actions and view this as yet another attempt by your government to intimidate Malaysian citizens from participating in any form of public assembly and exercising their freedom to express their views.
We demand that Ruben s/o Loganathan should be released immediately and unconditionally. We further demand that your government stops the assault on freedom of expression.
We strongly urge you, once again, to stop bringing shame to Malaysia, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. We would like to remind you that freedom of expression is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)