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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.

Background
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

SAMPLE LETTER
[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

Dear Sir,
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.

Yours sincerely,
[Name]

Nalini.E
Coordinator
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

29 responses »

  1. Please stop this nonsense the police force, you are public servants and we the public are paying your wage from taxpayers wallet so mind it.go and do your real job by safeguarding the rakyat and arresting the criminals so wake up and get going

  2. apasal tu orang pandai2 dist leaflet ??? padan mukalah gi masuk lokap.

  3. ktemoc says:

    Zul Nordin is in Saudi Arabia wakakakakakakakakkakakakakaka

  4. […] I also received an earlier email containing the details of the volunteeer who was arrested. That email was also put up on Susan’s blog HERE. […]

  5. makan tahi umno punya paria man in blue’s

  6. hasilox says:

    Crime rate very very low. The poolice got not much to do really. How often you get toll demo, candlelight vigil or people distributing leaflets? Crime is practically non-existent!

    Even the IGP’s busy lobbying for projects. You don’t expect poolice to catch thieves and robbers, do you? Those are not crime anyway. Even C4 murder is arguably not a crime.

  7. […] Susan Loone has SUARAM’s protest letter, that we can all sign and send to our beloved Inspector-General of Police, Musa Hassan. Anil Netto too has a report. […]

  8. munkeeland says:

    Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timor) has revealed that the son of police chief Musa Hassan is affiliated with two companies that received the latter’s open endorsement for two multi-billion ringgit contracts.

  9. Pozdny says:

    you call them public servant,
    they call themselves kaki-tangan keRAJAan….

    but who’s the keRAJAan anyway??

  10. machitam says:

    there is an “unseen hand” behind all this……is malaysia a police state?

  11. yea, yea, I know, it’s Najib’s fault… semua Najib punya kerja… he’s the devil…its all Najib!!

    http://hikayatmamakbendahara.blogspot.com/

  12. storm62 says:

    maybe it’s high time for Pakatan Rakyat states to have their own privatised Pakatan Polis Malaysia Bhd.???

    we pay their salaries, right?

  13. halik hutan says:

    Genara! Apa ini? Distributing leaflets in a small town also tak boleh. Four people in a group together tak boleh, pegang tangan pun tak boleh, minum toddy also tak boleh, ISA vigil pun tak boleh, makan pork pun tak boleh, mahu khawhin Maleyu Amoy pun tak boleh, dan many lagi….

  14. balik hutan says:

    Dey! Bodohlah, ini tak boleh itu pun tak boleh. Where got soronok living in Bolehland. Some more said Bolehland Boleh!

    Bodohlah, awak otak tak center Kah?

    Lu ~lagi baik balik kampong main wau dan I stay in hutan got more freedom lah!

  15. balik hutan says:

    The rakyat elected all these politicians to rule the country properly, but when elected, instead they main main only and don’t do their job probably.

    Some more ask police to hemtan ordinary folks!

    All these politicians are rotten to the core only good for corruptions.

  16. balik hutan says:

    The rakyat must identify the culprits like before last elections and condemn all these politicians.

    Now we can say bye bye to that idiot otak udang rtm Zam, Semi Value, Ling Liong Sik’s son, the Salivaman’s son and many others….

    Come after next GE, more of all these corrupt elected men would be booted out, and the number 1 on the list is that no:1 con man from Jerlun.

    Mukriz Mahathir cheated in elections? (update)

  17. bamboo river says:

    Why don’t they catch those Ah Longs distributing leaflet and flyers everywhere!!!!!

  18. wits0 says:

    “Why don’t they catch those Ah Longs distributing leaflet and flyers everywhere!!!!!” – bamboo river.

    They’re ordered not too, apparently. Top dogs get d cuts.

    Why don’t they fight crimes effectively – because the victims only get cut.

  19. apapunboleh says:

    Our police has nothing better to do. It is safer and better for them to arrest unarmed law abiding citizens rather than criminals who could be armed or filthly rich politicians who most probably has the police under their payroll as well. Our cops are trained to handle protesters and they WILL try to avoid confronting crimes going on head-on, cause they might get killed. Thus our crime rate is going out of control and yet the Najis and PDRM claims otherwise, it’s a sad country. By the way, a good example is that Malaysia is the ONLY country to have armed police in the airport guarding it against armed robbers rather than terrorist attack, another sad case.

  20. chris chong says:

    it’s just too disgusting…

    but what’s more disgusting is there are jokers around us supporting them.

  21. rider says:

    Jokers whose brains haven’t developed enough to see the big picture, human rights wise Malaysia has become the laughing stock of the world, this arrest is making it worst! Keep the cancer within yourselves umno, don’t let it spread to the veins of this nation. We, the rakyat will root it out for you this coming election, until then, if possible implode yourself and go to hell, all you theiving mobsters who call yourself God-fearing and your cronies who call yourselves the government!

  22. che bharati says:

    leaflething tak boleh, bunuh modal boleh, leafleathing tak boleh, makan komisyen beribu boleh, nak bagi orang miskin tak boleh, bagi kat value cap boleh!!!!!!!! dan malaysia boleh opsssss sorry UMNO BN BOLEH!

  23. ericind says:

    As i said before,our police belong to Bn/umno,how do u expect dogs disobey their master.hear that the dogs chief is lobbying our sleepy PM Bodohwi on the billions upgrading deal for his PUPPY.

  24. mike says:

    these idots come from the kampong with no education and join the police because they know some one from the top in umno.ini saya punya kakak punya anak tolong bagi dia kerja police so dia boleh cari makan dan duit kopi.so they get the job and dont know what to do.they feel like a hero when they arest public who have done nothing.screw you all b.n and umno.your days will come.

  25. amoker says:

    Can police catch those ah longs with their leaflets and stickers that is such a sore.

    No la… police very free to catch opposition and rational thinking malaysians.

  26. ericind says:

    Anonymous dud,kamu ni barbarian ke,takan dist leaflet pun boleh kena tangkap,apasal polis ta mau tangkap itu along yg berkiaran dist leaflet kat merata tempat,double standard lah macam kamu ni.

  27. storm62 says:

    attention all,

    if you were to do leafleting you should wear an UMNO or a BN T-shirt and cap to avoid being arrested. if you don’t have them, then bring along your pet Porky Pig while leafleting to be safe.

    that’s an order.

  28. Pat Ling says:

    Ah Longs do more than distributing leaflets and flyers. They hang huge banners on lamp-posts and put stickers all over, including on Touch-N-Go touch-pads at toll booths!

    Why are they not stopped?

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