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7 March 2015

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The following information was released by Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA):

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) today urged the Malaysian government to ensure that the “Kita Lawan” rally tomorrow (7 March 2015), organised by the opposition and civil society groups to express solidarity with opposition leader and former Deputy Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim, will be allowed to proceed peacefully. Anwar was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on trumped up sodomy charges. The expression of support by the regional human rights group for the rally and the right of Malaysians’ to peaceful assembly came in response to the police’s warning that the rally was deemed “illegal” and that the organisers will be charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act.

“The right to freedom of peaceful assembly is the cornerstone of every democratic society for citizens to express their concerns on public affairs. The Dang Wangi police chief’s threat to charge organisers of tomorrow’s rally plainly demonstrates the police force’s ignorance on the rule of law, especially since the Court of Appeal had in April 2014 declared Article 9 of the Peaceful Assembly Act unconstitutional,” said Evelyn Balais-Serrano, the Executive Director of FORUM-ASIA.

On 10 February 2015, the Malaysian Federal Court upheld the conviction of Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges under the Penal Code. The decision of the Federal Court has been heavily criticised by local, regional and international human rights groups as “politically-motivated” and falling below basic international fair trial standards. There has since been a series of arrests and investigations under the Sedition Act and the Penal Code against those who have criticised the court’s decision and the lack of independence and impartiality of the Malaysian judicial system, increasing the already rising number of persecutions targeted against government critics in a wave of crackdown on freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly by the Malaysian government since the last couple of years.

“The Malaysian authorities must respect the right to peaceful assembly as it is guaranteed under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution. The organisers and demonstrators must not be arrested, charged or investigated for merely exercising their Constitutional and internationally-recognised right. We strongly urge the police to allow the rally to proceed peacefully, instead of making threats or taking actions to disrupt it,” stressed Balais-Serrano.

About FORUM-ASIA:

FORUM-ASIA is a Bangkok-based regional human rights group with 47 member organizations in 16 countries across Asia. FORUM-ASIA has offices in Bangkok, Jakarta and Geneva. FORUM-ASIA addresses key areas of human rights violations in the region, including freedoms of expressions, assembly and association, human rights defenders, and democratisation.

For further inquiries, please contact:

John Liu, South and East Asia Programme Manager,[email protected] +66 802828610

12 January 2015

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Assalamualaikum w.b.t & Salam Sejahtera,

Berdasarkan perkara di atas, kami warga PKR akan mengambil tindakan serius terhadap masalah rakyat berkaitan dengan aktiviti merobohkan dan melupuskan gerai di Tasik Biru, Kundang.

Dilampirkan di bawah adalah surat yang telah diedarkan dan didedahkan oleh rakyat melalui media sosial Whatsapp dan Facebook. Semoga kenyataan ini akan membantu permasalahan yang telah berlaku.

Kami akan mengeluarkan surat bantahan kepada pihak yang berkaitan bagi mengekalkan gerai tersebut.

Kami komited dalam menangani masalah rakyat. Terima kasih.

Surat Penutupan Gerai

 

ANWAR IBRAHIM

3 January 2015

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South China Morning Post

A key Malaysian opposition party member has demanded an inquiry into remarks made by the country’s home affairs minister that former Macau junket operator and Asian gambling kingpin Paul Phua Wei-seng was assisting the government with matters of national security.

The call for the probe comes on the back of a report in the South China Morning Post last week that documented a letter sent by Malaysian cabinet minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to a senior FBI official vouching for the integrity of Phua, 50, who is currently facing illegal-bookmaking charges in Las Vegas.

“Mr Zahid writing the letter comes across as very shocking not only because the letter attempts to exonerate Paul Phua, who clearly has a chequered past, but also because Mr Zahid claims that Mr Phua has assisted with ‘projects of national security,’” Fahmi Fadzil, communications director of the opposition People’s Justice Party, told the Post yesterday.

“I will be discussing with several Members of Parliament on formally requesting a response from Mr Zahid in the Malaysian Parliament.”

Sarawak native Phua and his son stand accused of running an illicit gambling operation from luxury suites at the Nevada city’s Caesar’s Palace Hotel during the soccer world cup last year.

An online message – contested by Phua’s lawyers – found on his computer during a police raid suggested that bets of the alleged operation reached a “grand total” of HK$2.7 billion, according to court documents.

Phua has denied any wrongdoing.

In the “private and confidential” letter to FBI deputy director Mark Giuliano, Zahid denied allegations made by US federal agents that Phua was a member of the notorious 14K triad.

He added: “Mr Phua has, on numerous occassions [sic], assisted the Government of Malaysia on projects affecting our national security and accordingly we continue to call upon him to assist us from time to time and as such we are eager for him to return to Malaysia.”

The letter, dated December 18, was submitted to the Las Vegas court last week, but was quickly withdrawn by Phua’s lawyers due to an objection by the Malaysian government.

However, the incident sparked concern in the Southeast Asian nation after being picked up by the Post.

“Like many out there, I was surprised to read a news report [on Zahid’s letter] in the South China Morning Post,” said Fahmi.

“I hope Zahid will be able to give an explanation … in order to dislodge the uneasiness among the people about this issue.”

Phua was Macau’s top earning junket operator a decade ago, before becoming a prominent high-stakes poker player.

Weeks prior to his arrest in Las Vegas last summer, he had been detained in Macau in a crackdown on an online betting ring that, according to Macau police, took HK$5 billion in wavers. He was deported from the territory.

The raid remains the largest strike on illegal bookmaking in the gambling hub’s history.

Zahid himself has been the subject of a number of controversies. In 2013, the minister faced public uproar after remarks to a group of town elders seemed to suggest he was friendly with an outlawed crime gang. Zahid claimed he was quoted out of context.

2 January 2015

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Saya berkesempatan ke Kelantan semalam untuk meninjau keadaan di sana. Turut bersama-sama ialah pimpinan Pas Dato’ Husam dan Dato’ Kamaruddin Jaffar; pimpinan KEADILAN Kelantan Sdr Abd Aziz Kadir selalu Pengerusi Majis Pimpinan Negeri dan YB Roslan ADUN KEADILAN Guchil; serta beberapa pimpinan tempatan lain.

Pertama sekali saya mulakan dengan menziarahi Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz di Pulau Melaka, kelihatan beliau begitu uzur sekali. Saya sangat terkesan dengan tokoh ummah ini dengan sosok sederhana beliau, meski uzur tetapi terus prihatin dan cakna dengan kondisi Kelantan seluruhnya. Sama-sama kita mendoakan agar Tuan Guru terus sihat dan sejahtera.

Dalam perjalanan seterusnya, rombongan kami bertemu dengan penduduk Pasir Mas yang memohon agar bekalan makanan ditambah di dua Sekolah yang menjadi pusat penempatan. Melalui Dato’ Husam, permintaan bekalan beras segera dikirim ke pusat-pusat berkenaan.

Di Guchil dan Manek Urai – dua kawasan yang dianggap paling kritikal dan parah terkesan dek banjir besar ini – kami diberi taklimat oleh Brig Jeneral Datuk Azmy Yahya, Panglima 8 Briged ATM.

Peranan ATM nyata sekali sistematik dan terpuji melalui pengendalian mereka di Pejabat Tanah & Jajahan. Usaha menyelamat, pengawasan pusat pemindahan termasuk penyaluran bekalan makanan amat membanggakan.

Sungguhpun begitu masalah kritikal ialah kekurangan bekalan air bersih dan eletrik. Demikian juga bekalan makanan kerana meskipun disediakan tetapi harus dibekalkan dan ditambah pada skala yang konsisten. Umpamanya, berdasarkan laporan, bekalan makanan selama seminggu hanya terhad dengan bekalan sardin dan itupun hasil bantuan NGO serta sukarelawan yang turun membekalkan ikan daripada Terengganu.

Pihak ATM memuji tindakan pantas kalangan NGO, parti-parti politik dan juga badan-badan Islam seperti ABIM dan IKRAM yang giat membantu tanpa henti.

Saya suka mencadangkan agar pasukan sukarelawan dan NGO memberikan tumpuan kepada kawasan yang lebih terpencil dan juga kawasan kampung yang daif yang lokasinya berjauhan daripada kawasan pekan serta Pusat Penempatan Sementara mangsa banjir.

Secara peribadi saya berpandangan keperluan penyelarasan pasca-banjir adalah prioriti yang harus diberi tumpuan. Ini nyata sekali fasa paling mencabar khususnya kalangan rumah yang hanyut dibawa arus dan rumah yang rosak secara total. Ramai yang mengeluh kerana mereka kini tinggal sehelai sepinggang.

Kerjasama semua pihak khususnya Kerajaan Persekutuan serta Kerajaan Negeri perlu diperhebat dan pemantauan perlu lebih berkesan.

Bantuan kerajaan-kerajaan negeri juga harus lebih terancang dan diselaras dengan teratur. Kalangan peneliti melihat daripada jumlah dana, jentera dan sukarelawan: bantuan daripada Negeri Selangor masih yang terbaik diikuti daripada Negeri Johor.

Langkah Sdr Azmin selaku Menteri Besar Selangor yang mengarahkan semua Majlis Perbandaran menggerakkan pasukan sukarelawan ke kawasan yang terkesan untuk fasa pembersihan harus dicontohi. Ini termasuklah pengumuman RM5 juta untuk membangun semula dan memperbaiki rumah-rumah yang rosak.

Ada keperluan mendesak untuk membekalkan makanan bukan mentah kerana ketiadaan peralatan memasak, apatah lagi bekalan air dan eletrik masih belum stabil sepenuhnya. Ini termasuk juga membekalkan peralatan memasak untuk jangka panjang. Justeru harus ada rundingan terus dengan pembekal agar harga barangan makanan dikawal supaya tidak dimanipulasi oleh peniaga. Sewajarnya jangan terlalu mudah menyerahkan kepada wakil-wakil atau orang tengah tanpa memantau kos dan harga kerana kesan langsungnya ditanggung rakyat Kelantan malah dampaknya sangat mendukacitakan.

Pada kadar segera, saya mencadangkan agar Kerajaan Persekutuan memberi tumpuan kepada bekalan buku, pakaian seragam serta kelengkapan sekolah seperti beg, alatulis dan seumpamanya. Ini penting sebagai persediaan sesi persekolahan yang akan bermula 12 Januari hadapan.

Peruntukan besar jangka panjang yang diumumkan oleh pihak kerajaan, dilihat kurang memberikan impak langsung kepada rakyat yang terkesan. Justeru yang perlu disegerakan ialah peruntukan langsung secara terus kepada mereka yang terjejas.

Sebagai langkah jangka panjang, berdasarkan pandangan rakyat dan pihak berwajib yang sempat diperoleh, ada keperluan major oleh pihak Kerajaan Persekutuan dan Negeri untuk melihat semula isu tebatan banjir dan juga sistem perparitan serta saliran. Ini termasuklah menyusun semula pembinaan perkampungan serta skim perumahan yang tersusun serta berkelompok di kawasan lembah yang dilanda banjir.

Saya meyakini sepenuhnya dalam keadaan kita berhadapan dengan kemelut sebegini, muafakat harus dipupuk dan tindakan harus diselaras bersama-sama. Media tidak harus mengeluarkan kenyataan yang bersifat selektif dan mengelirukan, sebaliknya harus melaporkan senario sebenar agar permasalahan bekalan makanan dan bebanan mangsa dapat diketahui rakyat di luar Kelantan khususnya.

Semoga rakyat Kelantan yang terkesan terus bersabar dan tabah menghadapi keadaan, dan moga kolaborasi semua pihak dapat dipupuk agar bantuan pasca-bencana dapat disusun, dirancang dan dilaksanakan pada kadar segera.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

1 January 2015

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South China Morning Post

Paul Phua Wei-seng, the former Macau junket operator facing illegal bookmaking charges in Las Vegas, is assisting the Malaysian government in matters of national security and is not a member of Hong Kong’s 14k triad society, a Malaysian cabinet minister has told US authorities.

“Mr Phua is neither a member nor is he associated with the ‘14k Triad’, Malaysia’s Minister of Home Affairs Ahmad Zahid Hamidi wrote in a letter to Mark Giuliano, deputy director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“Mr Phua has, on numerous occassions [sic], assisted the Government of Malaysia on projects affecting our national security and accordingly we continue to call upon him to assist us from time to time and as such we are eager for him to return to Malaysia,” Hamidi wrote in the letter dated December 18.

The letter, marked “private & confidential”, was submitted to the United States District Court in Las Vegas on Monday by Phua’s defence team. Phua’s lawyers have consistently refuted the allegation that Phua has ties with Hong Kong’s organised crime groups since his arrest in July.

In his letter, the minister did not elaborate on what matters of national security Phua assisted the Southeast Asian nation. His office could not be reached for immediate comment on Tuesday.

Phua, 50, and his son stand accused of running an illegal gambling operation from suites at the Caesar’s Palace Hotel in Las Vegas during the soccer world cup earlier this year.

An online message found on his computer during a police raid suggested that bets of the alleged operation reached a “grand total” of HK$2.7 billion, according to court documents. US federal prosecutors alleged the group made a profit of US$13 million in June and July on soccer bets.

Phua’s lawyers are challenging the admissibility of evidence including the online message in court.

The allegation that Phua is a triad member is based on an FBI internal document previously submitted to the court, according to which Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) informed the FBI’s representative in Kuala Lumpur, the capital, of his ties to the criminal organisation.

“The RMP has identified the 14K Triads as a local organised crime syndicate involved in illegal drugs, illegal gambling and money laundering activities in Malaysia,” the internal FBI document dated July 17, 2008, read. “The RMP has also identified Malaysian Phua Wei Seng as a 14K Triad member.”

The Malaysian citizen with roots in Sarawak was Macau’s top earning junket operator a decade ago, before becoming a prominent high-stakes poker player. In 2011, he was granted a diplomatic passport by the European microstate of San Marino as its ambassador to Montenegro.

In June, Phua was arrested in Macau in a crackdown on an online betting ring that, according to Macau police, took HK$5 billion in wavers. He was deported from the territory.

The raid remains the largest strike on illegal bookmaking in the gambling hub’s history.

The Las Vegas trial’s other defendants – who include three Hongkongers and Malaysian junket operator Richard Yong Seng-chen – this week pleaded guilty to misdemeanours and were sentenced to unsupervised probation and fines.

Among the documents US prosecutors submitted to the court in Las Vegas is a passport scan of another key casino junket operator Cheung Chi-tai, labelled under the file name “HK Boss”.

Cheung is wanted for questioning by Hong Kong police. The Hong Kong resident has been called a leading triad member in the money-laundering trial of Carson Yeung Ka-sing, the former owner of soccer club Birmingham City.

In response to a question about Phua’s ties to Cheung, defence co-counsel David Chesnoff and Tom Goldstein said he had none. “The only link to the case at all comes from documents found in the Caesars Palace villa of another defendant who is unrelated to Mr. Phua and has pleaded guilty in the same case. It is a false connection.”

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1 January 2015

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Tahun 2014 melabuhkan tirai dengan penuh hiba dan tragis, dengan bencana banjir besar yang melanda sebahagian besar Pantai Timur Semenanjung khususnya Kelantan. Dengan angka mangsa banjir yang terkesan mencecah ratusan ribu, ia boleh diklasifikasikan sebagai bencana banjir terburuk dalam sejarah. Sekalung takziah bagi yang terkesan atas bencana berkenaan, semoga terus tabah menjalani kehidupan di samping koordinasi bantuan diselaraskan oleh pihak berwajib.

Tahun ini juga kita tinggalkan dengan seribu satu keresahan. Belumpun misteri MH370 dan MH17 dirungkai sepenuhnya, kita dikejutkan dengan insiden kehilangan pesawat QZ8501. Pastinya bukan sesuatu yang mudah untuk dihadapi oleh sekalian ahli keluarga yang menanti khabar berita dan hujung pangkal misteri kehilangan. Keadilan wajar dituntut sehingga ke akhirnya.

Perihal masalah kekurangan air di awal tahun, disusuli masalah jerebu, Malaysia ditimpa pelbagai dugaan. Pastinya ia datang dari Tuhan sebagai satu peringatan, agar kita tidak alpa dan terus leka.

Tidak cukup dengan itu, masalah-masalah perihal kemelut perkauman, kesenjangan ekonomi, kebejatan sosial dan jenayah, kepincangan sistem demokrasi, pendakwaan terpilih serta kelemahan pengurusan tatakelola dan dana awam seakan silih berganti mengisi slot tayangan perdana rakyat.

Senario ini nyata sekali membimbangkan rakyat terbanyak. Kemelut yang sedang melanda pasti memberi dampak yang bukan kecil kesannya. Sementelahan masalah sedia ada masih belum terungkai, kita seakan diasak agar bersedia untuk menghadapi pelbagai rintangan yang bakal mendatang. Ditambah dengan kemurungan ekonomi nasional yang disebabkan oleh ketidaktentuan ekonomi dunia, ini bukan satu senario yang menyenangkan sebagai pembuka tirai.

Tahun baharu kebiasaannya menjanjikan satu cabaran dan menuntut keazaman yang bukan sekadar baharu, tetapi segar dan bertenaga. Pastinya hari – hari yang telah dilalui sebelumnya mencoret pelbagai kenangan, dan pengajaran untuk dijadikan pegangan.

Saya kembali memperingatkan kepentingan kita untuk bermuhasabah diri: memperingat kelemahan lampau dan memperbaiki masa hadapan. Pepatah Arab ini acapkali melintasi pemikiran saya:

Beruntunglah orang yang hari ini lebih baik daripada semalam; rugilah orang yang sama keadaannya hari ini dengan semalam; dan celakalah orang yang hari ini lebih teruk dari semalam.

Tahun 2015 mendambakan kesiap-siagaan total di kalangan segenap lapisan rakyat. Cabaran ekonomi dan sosio-politik nyata sekali merupakan cabaran terbesar yang harus dihadapi bersama.

Di samping kebersediaan rakyat, harapan besar disandarkan kepada pemerintah agar kawalselia sektor ekonomi diperkemaskan supaya tidak membebani rakyat terbanyak. Demikian juga komitmen pemerintah dalam menolak sepenuhnya agenda perkauman sempit serta pendakwaan terpilih yang mampu mendorong kepada ketidakseimbangan sosio-politik dan perpaduan rakyat seluruhnya.

Komitmen KEADILAN dan Pakatan Rakyat jelas dan tuntas: Malaysia harus diurus dalam kerangka humanistik yang menjamin keadilan setiap warganya. Baik sudut politik, ekonomi mahupun social, inilah tekad yang mesti dipegang dan terus ditambah baik dari semasa ke semasa.

Memetik nukilan tersohor penyair Amerika Syarikat TS Eliot dalam puisi ‘Little Gidding’, for last year’s words belong to last year’s language; and next year’s words await another voice. Kita mengharapkan sinar harapan baharu menjelang 2015, meski pelbagai cabaran dijangka menanti di ambang tahun baharu. Pakatan Rakyat khususnya, akan terus memperkemas tekad serta mempertingkat upaya tadbirurus yang telus lagi berintegriti.

Malaysia harus terus dipacu dengan gagah dan bertenaga, berdiri sebagai sebuah Negara merdeka yang adil lagi demokratik berpaksi keluhuran perlembagaan. Negara ini tidak mempunyai ruang untuk ditadbir secara cemerkap, nanar dan tidak berhala tuju jelas.

Justeru, muafakat menjelang tahun baharu harus dipupuk, dengan merai jamak agama dan budaya yang toleran serta harmonis; dengan pengurusan khazanah Negara yang manusiawi lagi seimbang; melalui tatakelola dan pengurusan awam yang berakauntabiliti.

Kita mampu merealisasikan agenda ini, seandainya iltizam politik disemat di seluruh peringkat masyarakat, melangkaui perbedaan ideologi politik yang nyata sekali merugikan sekalian rakyat.

Kepada Tuhan harapan disandarkan, semoga iktikad ini disemai rapi dalam setiap jiwa rakyat Malaysia, yang meyakini keupayaan Negara untuk bebas daripada pasungan kecapikan dan kelelahan.

Selamat Menyambut Tahun Baharu 2015 dari seluruh kepimpinan dan akar umbi KEADILAN buat sekalian rakyat Malaysia.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

20 December 2014

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Perkhabaran duka saya terima awal Subuh tadi dengan pemergian Allahyarham Tan Sri Ani Arope ke rahmatuLlah tatkala sedang dalam rawatan di hospital swasta di Subang Jaya.

Allahyarham dahulunya pegawai Kanan MARDI, Pengarah Institut Penyelidikan Getah (RRI), dan terakhir menyumbang khidmat bakti selaku Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). Allahyarham dikenali sebagai seorang ketua yang tegas khususnya dalam kontroversi pengeluar tenaga bebas (IPP) yang menyaksikan perjanjian berat sebelah yang nyata sekali membebankan rakyat terbanyak. Asakan politik ketika itu membuatkan Allahyarham terpaksa membayar harga yang mahal: meletakkan jawatan selaku pengerusi TNB atas prinsip dan integriti.

Memoir beliau yang dilancarkan tahun lepas, meskipun ringkas tetapi padat dengan maklumat dan pendedahan yang sewajarnya membuka mata rakyat.

Kesihatan Allahyarham acapkali terganggu beberapa tahun kebelakangan berikutan kanser prostat yang beliau hidap sekian lama tetapi dikesan hanya pada tahun 2010. Azizah berkelapangan beberapa kali menziarahi Allahyarham mewakili kami sekeluarga.

Sekalung takziah buat Puan Sri Sakinah dan keluarga atas pemergian Allahyarham kembali menemui Sang Pencipta. Nyata sekali ia satu kehilangan besar buat negara khususnya atas batu tanda integriti Allahyarham yang telah dipasak dalam lembaran sejarah.

Anwar Ibrahim

24 November 2014

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by Anwar Ibrahim, Leader of Opposition Malaysia and former Deputy Prime Minister

Stanford University on November 20, 2014 hosted by Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and Muslim Student Association

I begin by making some bold assertions. We, as in we all, regardless whether it is the Muslim world or the West or Asia, are facing great challenges. This is no time for equivocation.

So, let me first state firmly: Islam and democracy are fully compatible. The contention that they are diametrically opposed to each other is without foundation.

Secondly, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, ISIS and all other terrorist organizations that resort to killing innocent people, raping, kidnapping and forced conversions have no legitimacy whatsoever and the term Islam or Islamic state cannot be ascribed to them. Period.

Thirdly, the ulema, Muslim clerics, influential Muslim organizations and all eminent Muslim democrats must condemn not just these extreme and violent groups but also the dictatorships and autocratic regimes in the Muslim world that have persistently denied democratic rights to their citizens, and whose human rights record could put even North Korea to shame.

Fourthly, even as the tentacles of ISIS appear to be spreading across Syria and Iraq, Islamophobia is spreading at an even faster pace all around the world. In consequence, bona fide Muslim organizations and Muslim democrats become targets even as ordinary Muslims fall prey to ‘hate crimes’.

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20 November 2014

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[Not related with the video, below is the response from The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) regarding this issue earlier]

CAIR Responds to ‘Bizarre’ Move by UAE

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/16/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today responded to reports that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has added CAIR to its list of “terrorist” groups.

In a statement, CAIR said:

“We are seeking clarification from the government of the United Arab Emirates about this shocking and bizarre report. There is absolutely no factual basis for the inclusion CAIR and other American and European civil rights and advocacy groups on this list.

“Like the rest of the mainstream institutions representing the American Muslim community, CAIR’s advocacy model is the antithesis of the narrative of violent extremists.

“We call on the United Arab Emirates cabinet to review this list and remove organizations such as CAIR, the Muslim American Society and other civil society organizations that peacefully promote civil and democratic rights and that oppose terrorism whenever it occurs, wherever it occurs and whoever carries it out.”

Among its many anti-terror initiatives, CAIR recently joined a number of national and local Muslim scholars and leaders in Washington, D.C., to release a first-of-its-kind open letter in Arabic (with English translation) signed by more than 120 international scholars of Islam and Muslim leaders refuting the ideology of the terrorist group ISIS and urging its supporters to repent and “return to the religion of mercy.”

CAIR: U.S., World Muslim Leaders’ Open Letter Refutes ISIS’s Ideology, Urges Supporters to ‘Repent,’ ‘Return to the Religion of Mercy’

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12663-muslim-leaders-open-letter-refutes-isis-ideology.html

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

20 November 2014

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Aliran.com

Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal at the Federal Court to reverse his conviction of sodomy by the Court of Appeal went on for eight days.

This was in stark contrast to the hasty two days of hearing at the Court of Appeal, which had overturned the earlier decision of the High Court to acquit Anwar of the sodomy charge.

Some quarters have pointed out that the hastiness in which the Court of Appeal had sat and convicted Anwar came ahead of PKR’s planned “Kajang Move”. The timing, of course, could have been mere coincidence.

Well, what’s past is past; we now await with bated breath the Federal Court’s decision on Anwar’s final appeal. Dare we hope that justice will triumph? Anwar’s defence team is claiming that the entire sodomy episode is part of a conspiracy to thwart the federal opposition leader’s political progress. The prosecution ask, in turn, “what political conspiracy?”

No matter the outcome of the appeal, life has to go on for the opposition leader. In Parliament recently, he raised some very important questions about the financial operations of 1MDB. Rafizi Ramli (PKR) and Tony Pua (DAP) too have been asking for clear answers on the actual liabilities of 1MDB and whether there has been full disclosure of the operations of this state ‘sovereign fund’. The debt of 1MDB has soared to RM42bn, and should the firm fail for any reason there is grave concern that the ‘letters of support’ issued would be tantamount to a sovereign guarantee implying serious financial obligations for the government.

Najib as the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Chairperson of the Board of Advisors of 1MDB, owes a fiduciary obligation to the people of Malaysia to make full disclosure of the actual financial health of 1MDB. Perhaps the Auditor Generalshould also reconsider the calls made for its operations to be thoroughly re-audited.

Malaysia has been on the path of neo-liberalism for many years. This ideology, if left to run its course unchecked and without appropriate state intervention, can only mean greater hardship for the ordinary average income earning families in Malaysia, so argues the Member of Parliament of Sungei Siput. Achieving high gross domestic product (GDP) growth means little to the ordinary rakyat especially the poor people if it doesn’t translate to an improvement in their quality of life.

Dr Jeyakumar points out that more than 50 per cent of the total families in Malaysia have a combined family income of RM4200 or less. This makes it very difficult for them to make ends meet. About 29 per cent of the families actually earn less than RM3000 per month and they have to struggle even harder; we are referring to 8.7 million lives.

Some solutions, on health and housing, are suggested but does the government of the day have the political will and the heart to do what is right for the people of Malaysia?

The Muslim transgender community received a boost and scored a significant victory last week when the Court of Appeal ruled that they have the right to dress and behave as women. In a landmark decision, a three-member bench led by Datuk Mohd Hishamuddin Mohd Yunus, said section 66 of the Sharia Criminal Enactment violated Articles 5, 8, 9, and 10 of the Federal Constitution. The Negri Sembilan Islamic Religious Department (Jain) has already indicated that it intendsto appeal to the Federal Court.

But with the landmark decision now in place, ripples have spread. The decisionessentially highlights the supremacy of the Federal Constitution. Constitutional lawyers are now curious as to how the courts are going to decide on several pending controversial cases such as the right to use the word Allah and the Borders case, where the Federal Court is set to decide on the challenge against a Selangor state legislation that bans religious publications deemed to be un-Islamic.

It would be useful to read the cogent arguments put forth by Shad Saleem Faruqion how the Federal Constitution is supreme.

Recently the authorities resorted to banningIndonesian Muslim scholar Dr Ulil Abshar Abdalla from entering Malaysia – purportedly because they were concerned over the impact of hisprogressive views on Islam. But modern technology had the last say: Ulil was able to participate via Skype in the Third International Conference on Human Rights and Peace and Conflict in Southeast Asia. This demonstrates thatideas can still flow across physical borders no matter the obstacles.

Finally, in full support of the articles of the Federal Constitution that provide for the freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of association AND the pursuit of academic freedom, we urge all right thinking Malaysians to rally behind the University Malaya students who are being probed for organising the talk by Anwar Ibrahim in University Malaya on 27 October.

20 November 2014

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Press Statement by Gooi Hsiao Leung dated 20th November 2014

1.     I refer to the media report yesterday in which the Attorney General, Abdul Gani Patail gave his reasons for not prosecuting Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali over his threat to burn the Bible.

Abdul Gani Patail’s explanation that they could not find any element of “intent” to charge Ibrahim Ali are mere excuses for not wanting to prosecute him.

3.      The refusal to prosecute Ibrahim Ali is a failure on the part of the Attorney General to uphold his oath of office to enforce the law without fear or favour.

4.     A person should be criminally charged if the facts discloses an offence in law. It is not up to the AG to accept Ibrahim Ali’s explanation that he had no intention to commit an offence. It is for Ibrahim Ali to explain and convince the Court that his intentions or actions were excusable in law.

5.     It is the Court’s duty and not personally up to the AG to decide Ibrahim Ali’s guilt or innocence under the law.

6.     Again, the AG’s reasoning that is not an offence to defend one’s religion is utterly nonsensical in this case. A person’s right to defend his religion does not give him the right to incite one group of religious faith to cause disharmony, disunity, or ill-will against another group of people of different faiths. Such an act is clearly an offence under Chapter XV in respect of offences relating to religion, and in this particular case, under s.298A(1) of the Penal Code.

7.     Since the AG is reluctant or unwilling to take up this case, in the public interest, I call upon him to instead, to give a “fiat” to the Bar Council the authority to prosecute Ibrahim Ali on behalf of the government – The appointment of a private lawyer to prosecute in a criminal matter is nothing new – as the appointment of Datuk Shafee in Anwar Ibrahim’s case has set the precedent.

8.     In this connection, I urge the Bar Council to approach the Attorney General to apply for the fiat to initiate criminal proceedings against Ibrahim Ali as this is a matter of great public importance.

9.     Failure on the AG’s part to positively respond to my call herein to issue a fiat, would confirm the public’s strong suspicions that the AG is not impartial, and is enforcing the law selectively. Just as a person who incites others to burn the Quran would clearly be a punishable criminal offence, equally Ibrahim Ali must be brought to court to face the full brunt of the law for inciting others to burn the Bible.

GOOI HSIAO LEUNG
Member of Parliament for Alor Setar
Head of Office International Affairs, Parti Keadilan Rakyat

20 November 2014

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Published on 19 Nov 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim talks about his commitment to the ideals of empowerment, justice, and equity. His trials have included arrest and imprisonment for his unrelenting campaign against corruption and but he soldiers on as the strongest-ever challenge to the ruling coalition in Malaysia. In this talk, he explains his determination to continue the “Reformasi” campaign and the struggle for freedom and democracy despite a looming five-year prison sentence.

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim, once a rising political star expected to succeed Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, is now the leader of the Malaysian Opposition. The creator of the “Reformasi” campaign of reforming the Malaysian political structure, he is an ardent supporter of democracy and is an authoritative voice in bridging the gap between East and West. He is viewed as one of the forefathers of the Asian Renaissance and a leading proponent of greater cooperation among civilizations.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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