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Call on Ministers who oppose government appeal against High Court decision that children born overseas to Malaysian mothers are entitled to Malaysian citizenship by operation of law to jointly raise the issue to withdraw the government appeal at this week’s Cabinet meeting

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I call on Ministers who oppose the government appeal against the High Court decision that children born overseas to Malaysian mothers are entitled to Malaysian citizenship by operation of law to jointly raise the issue to withdraw the government appeal at this week’s Cabinet meeting.

So far, at least three federal Ministers had expressed their support for the High Court ruling, namely the de facto Law Minister, Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Rina Harun, and the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ismail Sabri’s tweet “Nobody is above the law” reinforced confidence that the new Prime Minister will uphold the rule of law and good governance principles as well as brightened prospects of confidence-supply-reform agreement between the government and opposition

The new Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri’s tweet that “Nobody is above the law” reinforced confidence that the new Prime Minister will uphold the rule of law and good governance principles as well as brightened the prospects of a confidence-supply-reform agreement between the government and opposition.

Ismail’s tweet was in reply to DAP MP for Ipoh Barat, M.Kula Segaran and thanking the former Minister for his concern over the death of security guard, Thava Sagayam, who was assaulted at a condominium in Ipoh last December for refusing to allow the use of the condominium’s swimming pool, which was closed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thava’s murder will be a test case of the new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri’s commitment to the rule of law and an end to the Dua Darjat double-standards in Malaysia

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Security guard Thava Sagayam’s murder will be a test case of the new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri’s commitment to the rule of law and an end to the Dua Darjat double-standards in Malaysia.

It is most proper for the police to reclassify Thava’s assault case to murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code following his death on Aug 27. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal132 – Noraini Ahmad, Higher Education Minister should put an immediate stop to the exclusion and discrimination against students with disabilities from tertiary education

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The Higher Education Minister, Noraini Ahmad should put an immediate stop to the exclusion and discrimination against students with disabilities from tertiary education.

It is most shocking that a student with 9As was denied the chance to pursue her tertiary education at a local public university due to her physical disability.
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#kerajaangagal94 — Call on the Prime Minister to announce an amnesty for undocumented migrants to give priority to the war against Covid-19 pandemic and to accelerate the national vaccination rollout

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It is more than ten days since the announcement by the Home Minister, Hamzah Zainuddin contradicting the Minister co-ordinating vaccines, Khairy Jamaluddin, of operations against undocumented migrants for breach of the Covid-19 SOPs but the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had been very quiet on this important issue which could decide whether the national vaccination rollout would be a failure or whether Malaysia could achieve herd immunity against Covid and break the back of the problem of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Feb 16, Khairy said undocumented foreign nationals will not be arrested when they come forward for Covid-19 vaccinations, adding that this assurance was crucial in ensuring herd immunity was achieved. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on the government to fully embrace the concept of vaccine equity where priority is given to health workers to ensure the success of the Covd-19 vaccination rollout in Malaysia

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I call on the government to fully embrace the concept of vaccine equity where priority is given to health workers to ensure the success of the Covid-19 vaccination rollout in Malaysia.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a call in January on all countries to work together in solidarity – and in each of their best interests – to ensure that within the first 100 days of the year, vaccination of health workers and older people was underway in all countries. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Muhyiddin Cabinet to extend Parliament meeting by another day to allow 2019 Suhakam annual report to be debated to prove that it is not a kakistocracy afraid of human rights issues

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I call on the Muhyiddin Cabinet to extend Parliament meeting by another day to allow the 2019 Suhakam annual report to be debated to prove that it is not a kakistocracy afraid of human rights issue, as well as to debate various motions to refer Members of Parliament to the Privileges Committee for their breaches of parliamentary privileges in the current meeting.

It would be most unfortunate if the country is wedged between a kleptocracy until May 9, 2018 general election and the kakistocracy resulting from the “Sheraton Move” plot in February 2020 which toppled the Pakatan Harapan Government which had tried to shake Malaysia off from the trajectory of a failed state, kleptocracy and kakistocracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Saifuddin Abdullah come clean in Parliament during the winding-up tomorrow to admit that the 2018 ICERD fiasco was solely his own making when he was Foreign Minister in Pakatan Harapan Government and that DAP knew nothing about the proposed ICERD ratification although DAP was the target of demonization for being anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Royalty?

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Saifuddin Abdulah will reply in the 2021 Ministerial winding-up tomorrow in Parliament as Minister for Communications and Multimedia.

Will he come clean tomorrow to admit that the 2018 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) fiasco was solely his own making when he was Foreign Minister in Pakatan Harapan Government and that DAP knew nothing about the proposed ICERD ratification although DAP was the target of demonization for being anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Royalty? Read the rest of this entry »

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Attorney-General’s decision to discontinue proceedings against the 12 persons on LTTE links most welcome

The decision of the Attorney-General Tommy Thomas to discontinue prosecution proceedings against the twelve persons for alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) with immediate effect is most welcome.

I look forward to the release of Negri Sembilan State Assemblyman for Seremban Jaya P. Gunasekaran, Malacca State Exco and State Assemblyman for Gadek G. Saminathan and other DAP members among the twelve as free men.

While welcoming the release of the Gunasekaran, Saminathan and others, DAP reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in any form and reaffirms it commitment to effect political change through peaceful, non-violent and democratic means and to eschew any resort to any violence or any form of terrorism.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah on Friday, 21st February 2020)

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Advice to lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla to read the Buku Harapan before he opens his mouth about what Pakatan Harapan had promised in the 14th General Election

I would advise lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulah to read Buku Harapan before he opens his mouth about what Pakatan Harapan had promised in the 14th General Election.

Promise 27 (page 61) on “Abolish oppressive laws” of Buku Harapan pledges that “The Pakatan Harapan Government will also abolish draconian provisions” in Security Offences (special measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

Haniff cannot be more wrong when he alleged that some DAP leaders, by the virtue of being part of the ruling government, was meddling in police affairs.

DAP leaders are adhering to Buku Harapan in pressing for the abolition of the draconian provisions in SOSMA, which includes the denial of bail when a person is charged under SOSMA and during the whole period the case is subject to appeal to the higher courts upon an application by the Public Prosecutor – which could take years.
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Hew was a “angry young man”, unorthodox and irreverent, to the extent of being extremely crude and vulgar, to fight for justice and a better Malaysia and the last thing he would do is to be a communist or to promote communism

Hew adalah seorang yang bersemangat “darah muda” — yang lain daripada yang lain, sehingga dilihat sebagai seorang yang kasar dan tidak sopan — dalam perjuangannya untuk sebuah Malaysia yang lebih baik, adalah mustahil untuk beliau menjadi seorang komunis ataupun memperjuangkan komunisme

Saya telah mengenali Hew Kuan Yaw selama tiga dekad, sejak daripada hari awal perjuangan beliau untuk sebuah Malaysia yang lebih baik dan adil. Walaupun beliau merupakan seorang yang bersemangat “darah muda” yang lain daripada yang lain, sehingga kelihatan seperti seorang yang kasar, tidak beradab dan memalukan, saya tidak percaya yang beliau akan sekali-kali memperjuangkan komunisme, apatah lagi menjadi seorang komunis.

Amatlah mengejutkan apabila saya membaca laporan di mana buku komik beliau yang bertajuk Inisiatif Jalur dan Jalan: Meraih Manfaat Bersama telah diharamkan oleh Kementerian Dalam Negeri di bawah Seksyen 7(1) Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan 1984 atas beberapa sebab, antaranya; mempromosikan komunisme dan menunjukkan simpati terhadap perjuangan komunis.

Saya mempunyai banyak perbezaan idea dan pemikiran dengan Hew dan saya belum berpeluang untuk membaca buku komik beliau ketika isu ini menjadi hangat, tetapi saya percaya yang beliau bukanlah seorang komunis ataupun seorang yang bersimpati dengan komunis.

Saya tidak bersetuju dengan tindakan Kementerian Dalam Negeri yang mendakwa buku komik Hew mempromosi dan bersimpati dengan perjuangan komunis.

Saya menyeru supaya pegawai Kementerian menyemak semula pengharaman ini, selari dengan agenda keterbukaan Pakatan Harapan tanpa meremehkan isu keselamatan dalam negara.

Malahan, Janji ke-27 Buku Harapan secara terang-terangan menyeru pemansuhan undang-undang menindas seperti Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan 1984.

(Kenyataan Media Ahli Parlimen DAP Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang di Kuala Lumpur pada hari Khamis 24 Oktober 2019)

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Call for the immediate release of Gunasekaran and Saminathan and the other five detained for suspected attempt to revive the LTTE or they should be charged in court to afford them a chance to defend themselves

Seruan untuk pembebasan segera Gunasekaran dan Saminathan serta lima yang lain yang ditahan kerana disyaki cuba untuk menghidupkan semula LTTE harus dibebaskan segera atau didakwa di mahkamah supaya mereka mempunyai peluang untuk membela diri

Seperti yang ditegaskan oleh 16 Ahli Parlimen dan ADUN dari Pakatan Harapan dalam satu kenyataan bersama semalam berhubung penahanan dua ADUN DAP dan lima yang lain oleh pihak polis atas dakwaan mereka mempunyai kaitan dengan LTTE adalah di luar pemahaman, kerana LTTE sebagai sebuah gerakan pembebasan Tamil telahpun terhapus di Sri Lanka selepas berakhirnya perang saudara yang berlarutan selama 26 tahun pada tahun 2009, di mana ketua LTTE Vellupillai Prabhakaran terbunuh.

Lebih daripada 10 tahun sudah berlalu dan amatlah tidak masuk akal untuk membayangkan kebangkitan semula LTTE dari Malaysia, apatah lagi membabitkan pemimpin-pemimpin DAP.

Selama 53 tahun, DAP komited terhadap perjuangan politik yang aman dan demokratik dalam membawa perubahan, sekaligus menolak sebarang bentuk keganasan – apatah lagi terorisme.

Saya sendiri pernah ditahan mengikut Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) yang sudah dihapuskan atas dakwaan menganggu-gugat keselamatan negara, dan amatlah penting, terutamanya sejak perubahan kerajaan pada 9 Mei 2018 yang lalu, untuk strategi dan pemikiran polis berhubung soal perbezaan pendapat yang sah dan apa yang dimaksudkan sebagai ancaman kepada keselamatan negara, perlu melalui berubah dengan sewajarnya.

Ini antara sebab mengapa Pakatan Harapan berjanji dalam Manifesto Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 lalu untuk menghapuskan akta-akta yang menindas, terutamanya peruntukan yang bersifat drakonian dalam Akta SOSMA 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call for an international inquiry into Morsi’s death, whether he had been denied basic medical care while in prison

Seruan untuk penyiasatan antarabangsa ke atas kematian Morsi, sama ada beliau telah dinafikan hak rawatan asas semasa di penjara

Saya menyeru supaya diadakan satu siasatan antarabangsa bersama untuk menyiasat perihal pemergian bekas Presiden Mesir Mohamad Morsi semasa perbicaraan mahkamah beliau, untuk menyiasat sama ada presiden Mesir yang pertama yang dilantik secara berdemokratik ini telah dinafikan hak rawatan asas semasa berada di dalam penjara.

Komuniti antarabangsa mestilah memastikan kerajaan Mesir bertanggungjawab ke atas kematian ini jika satu penyiasatan antarabangsa yang saksama, menyeluruh, dan telus mendapati kematian ini disebabkan oleh kegagalan pihak berkuasa untuk memberikan rawatan yang sewajarnya kepada Morsi.

Laporan daripada Human Rights Watch yang dikeluarkan dua tahun lepas mendakwa Morsi menerima layanan yang kejam dan tidak berperikemanusiaan sepanjang di dalam tahanan.

Laporan tersebut mendedahkan keadaan teruk yang menyebabkan Morsi mengalami kesusutan berat badan, pitam, dan koma diabetik.

Amnesty International juga telah menyeru supaya siasatan diadakan mengenai kematian mengejut Morsi dan keadaan yang dihadapi beliau di dalam penjara.

Siasatan hak asasi antarabangsa ini mestilah menyiasat pelbagai laporan yang telah dikeluarkan dalam tahun-tahun yang lepas yang membutirkan penganiayaan dan seksaaan yang dihadapi Morsi di dalam penjara, selain daripada dakwaan daripada anaknya sendiri, Ahmad, tentang bagaimana kesihatan ayahnya yang merosot teruk sejak dipenjarakan, dan bagaimana keadaan ini diabaikan oleh pihak berkuasa Mesir.

(Kenyataan Media Ahli Parlimen DAP Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang di Gelang Patah pada hari Selasa 18 Jun 2019) Read the rest of this entry »

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PAS the biggest winner of the Anti-ICERD rally while UMNO the biggest loser

The biggest winner in Anti-ICERD (Internatioal Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination) rally in Kuala Lumpur yesterday was PAS, which managed to distract public attention from the fact that its President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang had reduced PAS from a national party achieved under the presidency of Fadzil Noor back into a regional political party in the 14th General Election.

The biggest loser of the Anti-ICERD rally was UMNO, as for the first time in 72 years, the UMNO President played a secondary role to that of the PAS President, with the UMNO President wooing PAS for an union while PAS played coy in the courtship.

Hadi’s ambition for PAS has increased exponentially before and after the 14th General Election.

Before the 14GE, Hadi wanted PAS to play the role of “king-maker” by winning 40 parliamentary seats, which would enable him to prop up Datuk Seri Najib Razak to continue as Prime Minister of Malaysia, heedless of Najib’s role in hurtling Malaysia in the trajectory of a rogue democracy, a kakistocracy, a failed state and a global kleptocracy.

Now, Hadi could not be satsified to be a “kingmaker” for UMNO to continue to rule Malaysia, as he would himself want to be Prime Minister in a political scenario where UMNO needs PAS more than PAS needs UMNO! Read the rest of this entry »

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Anti-ICERD rally a victory for New Malaysia but a setback for Pakatan Harapan

The peaceful holding of the Anti-ICERD rally in Kuala Lumpur yesterday is a victory for New Malaysia but a setback for Pakatan Harapan.

As the Home Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin rightly said after the rally, it was a demonstration that the Pakatan Harapan government will always respect the rights of the people to speak and assemble peacefully, as long as these rights are practised according to the provisions of the law and the Federal Constitution.
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Malaysia should not ratify ICERD until the majority of the races and religions in Malaysia supports it and understand that it no threat to the various races, religions or the Federal Constitution but a step forward to join the world in promoting human rights

UMNO President, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi questioned the faith of Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah for wanting the government to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd).

He is among Malay political leaders who warned that the Malays will run amok if ICERD is ratified by the Malaysian Government.

PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang said it was compulsory for Muslims to oppose ICERD while the organisers of this Saturday’s anti-ICERD rally said that the rally was not aimed at other races but at the “traitors” of the nation.
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Great news and fantastic breakthrough, Nie Ching!

Its great news and fantastic breakthrough, the announcement by the Deputy Education Minister, Teo Nie Ching in Kuching that stateless children in the country can now enroll in government schools beginning next year by merely producing their birth certificate.

Nie Ching said undocumented children still enroll themselves but they have two years to produce the necessary documents.

Apart from birth certificates, these children could produce either their adoption certificate if they are adopted or any court order.

It is estimated that there are about 300,000 stateless children under the age of 18 in the country.

The Education Minister, Maszlee Malik and the Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching must be commended for resolving this very nettlesome problem, as in the past, it’s quite troublesome for them to enroll in government schools.

Teo’s announcement that the new policy also applies to them continuing their studies in secondary schools, allowing them to take public exams like the PT3, SPM, STPM is also be be applauded.

The great news and fantastic breakthrough announced by Nie Ching is the New Malaysia we want to build – a New Malaysia with greater compassion and more emphasis on human rights – after the historic decision of the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018.

(Media Statement (2) by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018)

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Call for a Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights whose terms of reference would include reviewing the ban of over 1,600 books in the past 40 years

It is an honour and privilege to be here to take part in the dialogue on “Maju Malaysia: Buku Sumber Kebijaksanaan atau Penggugat Keharmonian?” at Summit USJ Mall organized at the initiative of the Office of Hannah Yeoh, Selangor State Assembly Speaker and to have such a distinguished panelists of discussants, namely Pak Samad Said, Dr. Ahmad Farouk Musa, Art Harun and Al-Mustaqeem Mahmud Radhi.

Recently, there had been a spate of bans on books and publications, but the most shocking was the ban in July on the book produced by G25 titled “Breaking the Silence: Voices of Moderation ― Islam in a Constitutional Democracy” in a country founded on the principles of moderation, tolerance, openness and inclusivity and whose Prime Minister has gone to the United Nations General Assembly three times since 2010 to sell his international initiative of a Global Movement of Moderates, which has proved to be neither global, a movement nor moderate.

Early this month, the government banned the latest work of Malaysian cartoonist Junar, whose book “Sapuman: Man of Steal”, making a mockery of Malaysia’s commitment to human rights and freedom of expression. This follows earlier bans on Zunar’s other cartoon books – Gedung Kartun, 1 Funny Malaysia, Isu Dalam Kartun (Vol 1, 2, 3), Conspiracy to Imprison Anwar, Perak Darul Kartun and Pirates of Carry-BN. Zunar’s Ros in Kangkongland and other titles are also investigated under the Sedition Act.

Malaysia also banned the international best-seller “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty” published in United States in 2011, just after an unpleasantly-enforced end to a lecture tour by Turkish author Mustapha Akyol, who suddenly found himself a “persona non grata” by the religious authorities in Malaysia, subjected to harassment and detention. Read the rest of this entry »

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30th Anniversary of Ops Lalang mass arrests – call on Malaysians to unite to save democracy, the rule of law, human rights and to eradicate corruption and kleptocracy

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Operation Lalang which brought about the darkest days for democracy and human rights.

There was not only the arrest of 106 Malaysians, including opposition leaders – 16 of whom were from the DAP, including MPs and State Assemblymen – trade unionists, social activists, environmentalists, Chinese educationists and religious workers, there was also the wholesale attacks on press freedom with the closure of three newspapers, the assault on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law and the series of undemocratic legislation which caused a tectonic shift in the Malaysian political landscape, subordinating the legislative and judicial branches to the Executive.

Operation Lalang in 1987 brought the fragile plant of Malaysian democracy to the brink of ruin and disaster. Read the rest of this entry »

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30th Anniversary of Ops Lalang mass arrests – call on Malaysians to unite to save democracy, the rule of law, human rights and to eradicate corruption and kleptocracy

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Operation Lalang which brought about the darkest days for democracy and human rights.

There was not only the arrest of 106 Malaysians, including opposition leaders – 16 of whom were from the DAP, including MPs and State Assemblymen – trade unionists, social activists, environmentalists, Chinese educationists and religious workers, there was also the wholesale attacks on press freedom with the closure of three newspapers, the assault on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law and the series of undemocratic legislation which caused a tectonic shift in the Malaysian political landscape, subordinating the legislative and judicial branches to the Executive.

Operation Lalang in 1987 brought the fragile plant of Malaysian democracy to the brink of ruin and disaster.

But Malaysian resilience, the spirit and love for freedom, justice and the nation, did not wilt or capitulate but sprang back not only to recover lost ground and to achieve new democratic breakthroughs as in the 13th General Election when 52% of popular vote sought the first change of national government but the people were denied the fruits of democratic victory because of undemocratic gerrymandering of parliamentary constituencies. Read the rest of this entry »

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