Sorry for blogging about this only 3 days later. This URGENT APPEAL comes from SUARAM:

Finally, the JERIT team reached the House of Parliament to hand over a memorandum today after 15 days of cycling from the north and south of Peninsular Malaysia.

Their arrival, however, still faced hindrance from the police.

About 11.15am one of the cyclists – Tamilchelvan A/L Masilamani (in his early forties) ) was arrested by the police. The offence against him was obstructing police duty. He was accused of blaming the police personnel for stealing their bicycles, although he had only stated that their bicycles were lost.

According to Tamilchelvan who still detained at IPD Dang Wangi, he was beaten up by about 10-15 police personnel during the arrest. He was then bleeding and has not been able to access medical treatment until now.

SUARAM strongly condemns the police for their ongoing attacks and intimidation 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 the police immediately provide medical treatment to Tamilchelvan and release him.

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 on the 3rd December 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 handed over a memorandum to the Prime Minister in Parliament.

4 December: A volunteer of the campaign, Ruben s/o Loganathan has been arrested at Merbau Pulas, Kedah, for leafleting leaflets containing demands of JERIT’s Bicycle campaign, but released under police bail on the same day.

5 December: Teluk Kumbar police had stopped the cyclist of JERIT cycle campaign from leafleting in Teluk Kumbar, Penang.

6 December: 16 Activist has been arrested in Skudai Johor.

9 December: 8 individuals have been arrested on the seventh day of the JERIT cycle campaign. One of the female JERIT activists, Helen Mary Johnson has been molested and punched on the face by a police officer while she was taking photographs. Another JERIT activist Lee Huat Seng’s Lee Huat Seng’s camera was confiscated and in the process the police hurt him in the arm.

15 December: 39 individuals from the Southern team were arrested at Bangi Lama Estate. 9 individuals from the Northern team were arrested at Rawang.

Released By,
Moon Hui
SUARAM Coordinator

Urgent action needed:

Please continue to 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 police immediately provide medical treatment to Tamilchelvan and release him.

Please call and send your protest letters to:

1. IPD Dang Wangi
Ibupejabat Polis Daerah
Dang Wangi
Polis Diraja Malaysia
Jalan Stadium,
50150 Kula Lumpur
Tel: +603-20702222
Fax: +603-20323237

2. 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: Release and Provide Medical Treatment To Tamilchelvan a/l Masilamani now

We are writing to you, once again, to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over the police personnel’s ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression.

We are appalled by the police’s latest actions and view this as yet another attempt by police to intimidate Malaysian citizens from participating in any form of public assembly and exercising their freedom to express their views.

We demand that Tamilchevan a/l Masilamani who arrested by police at Parliament this morning be released immediately and unconditionally. We further demand that the police should provide medical treatment to him immediately.He also claims to have been beaten up by police personnel during his arrest.

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]

10 responses »

  1. spicygoat says:

    Malaysia has become a police lockup for human right activists. umno has become a junta and the hare-brained police regime are here to stay unless we the voters react when the next opportunity presents itself.. let’s start preparing now for a landslide victory of vindication to the marginalised, and pray it will happen very soon!

  2. Daydreamer says:

    Yeah, I do envy the Thai people because they’re really damn good.
    When they dislike the government, they’ll really have the strenght to kick them out for good.
    Unlike us malaysians, who knows only “hit and run tactics”.
    That’s what most of us are doing now, yelling and cursing in the every of the blog, hiding our identity.
    What a coward we are???
    And if someone were to call for a protest, most will shun away because of the ISA.
    And for the opposition, what can they do?
    Getting “shot back” by BN backbenchers, everytime they protest.
    We can’t guarantee that they will win again in the next election because we Malaysian are not united yet.
    It sucks you know!!!
    Forget about it and let the country rot for good,if it wants to!!!

  3. maxtor says:

    Semua benda mesti nak kecoh lebih. Guna budak2 lah, entah apa lagi tah. Jangan dibiarkan sangat perangai buruk macam ni.

  4. Edi神 says:

    JERIT! what are they doing? havent they learn anyting yet?

    Anyway

    Wishing you and your families a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

    I am looking forward to a challenging but exciting 2009, when I will be encouraging us all to do whatever we can to support each other, in all that we do across the World. In this regard, I would welcome your individual thoughts early in the New Year, on how we can best support each other moving forward and what changes you would like to see, in order to facilitate that improvement.

    Warmest regards and a big thank you to everyone for your efforts in 2008.

  5. stcin says:

    botak : ” …aiyah, dun lah ! dun waste the red paint on my house, use it to paint the masjid, rumah2 yatim & miskin !…ok ?…i’m only doing my job…pls dun blame me, ok ? …PLEASE !!”

  6. stcin says:

    no, no …NO to the calun bn : ” NOW only you know how penting are our votes (11.6%) 4 your byelection on the 17th …..fat hope !!”

  7. Pak Karamu says:

    Happy new year to you

  8. Mak Minah says:

    Assalamaulaikoom,

    Sertailah beramai-ramai “sex on the beach” new year countdown.

    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/95584

  9. Brother Love says:

    Never give up blogging my dear sweet sis. I might know what makes you relent, but please don’t give up on me will you….. I know everything….trust me….

  10. motherchell says:

    Susan ,This is to wish YOU and each and everyone reading this the best for the New Year filled with joy and happiness! Keep good health and laughter . Take care !

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