“A more straightforward way to convince the public that the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) is an unjust law would be to plead guilty and pay the fine ahead of the election,” the influential newspaper said.who the fuck you bastards are there in WALL STREET JOURNAL
by Rusman Ahmad–Guest Writer
The Wall Street Journal published an editorial on on May 24, 2012 titled “Malaysian People’s Court“. In it the influential newspaper challenges Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to admit to committing “civil disobedience” at the April 28 Bersih Rally and accept the consequences of that action. The paper says rather cynically “If Mr. Anwar wants to practice civil disobedience, he can’t pretend to be innocent at the same time.”
The Wall Street Journal seems to believe that the primary purpose of the gathering on April 28 was to protest the Public Assembly Act, which states in Section 4(2)(c):
“a person commits an offence if he organises or participates in a street protest.”
It’s clear however that the April 28th demonstration has nothing to do with the Public Assembly Act, just like the previous BERSIH rallies in 2011 and 2007 had nothing to do with the predecessor laws to the Peaceful Assembly Act that restricted public assembly in Malaysia and presumably rendered those public gatherings technically illegal under Malaysian laws. The April 28th demonstration had the stated purpose of protesting electoral fraud. Subsumed within that protest are a whole litany of laws that prevent free expression and assembly of Malaysians.
Sabarlah pakcik.. moga kepala Dato’ Raja Nong Chik bin Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin yang melastik ball bearing tu pulak pecah kena lenyek lori..aminYes, Khairy, and I can categorically state that you have reduced yourself to the status of an apologist for all of Umno’s crimes against common decency – albeit a very well-dressed one with a posh imported accent. … Read more
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What exactly did Anwar do that is illegal? Currently he has been charged withviolating the Public Assembly Act and pleading not guilty. What legal tradition does the WSJ belong to that suggests an accused must prove himself innocent when charged with a crime?
Such an upside down approach to the law is usually the modus operandiof the Malaysian Attorney General, where politically motivated trials place the burden of proof on the defendant and not the prosecution in a true perversion of the justice system.
If indeed Anwar Ibrahim was engaged in an act of civil disobedience by participating in the April 28th BERSIH Rally then so too were the 200,000 other Malaysians gathered in downtown Kuala Lumpur, not to mention the thousands of others who demonstrated throughout the country. Why is Anwar Ibrahim and his two associates the only ones to be charged by the government? And why would the WSJ place the lions share of responsibility on Anwar Ibrahim and not BERSIH chairperson herself Ambiga Srenavasan?
Additionally, if the BERSIH gathering was deemed legal but it was the breaching of the barriers at Dataran Merdeka in particular that are considered the illegal act which Anwar was expressing civil disobedience over, then the WSJ’s point is also fundamentally flawed. Anwar has denied giving any instructions for people to breach the barrier and in fact the extended video of him near the barrier shows he tried to get the people to disperse, rather than cross the barrier.
A legitimate, independent investigation needs to be conducted to figure out what happened. The likely conclusion will be that those near the barrier were dead set on crossing over and prepared to face the consequences. There was no mechanism for Anwar, Ambiga or anyone else to control that sentiment. However, it’s also clear that a truly independent inquiry is virtually impossible in Malaysia and even when inquiries do happen, their results are ignored.
So why then should Anwar plead guilty to an act of civil disobedience when 1) he was not expressing civil disobedience but rather demonstrating in support of electoral reform and 2) when doing so would necessarily land him in jail or with a fine that would disqualify him from contesting in the upcoming general election?
Is now the time for Anwar to willingly banish himself to prison or to the political wilderness just to prove a point that the opposition is willing to adhere to the rule of law in a country where the laws are themselves fundamentally flawed. Is the Wall Street Journal trying to make a point that Malaysia is a reformed nation now and that both government and opposition should be held to the same high standard of adhering to the rule of law?
What laws are we talking about here? Whose laws? The Public Assembly Act was forced through parliament just like all of Najib Razak’s so called reform measures. They are in each case an example of giving some rights out with their right hand and taking away a series of other rights with their left hand. The net effect is pretty much zero. Is the WSJ drinking the Kool-Aid that Najib’s administration is mixing with the help of well paid international media consultants, including some journalists formerly employed by the WSJ?
Instead the WSJ should have read the latest polling results from the MerdekaCenter that show 90% (i.e. virtually all) of Malaysians want to see the electoral roll cleaned before the next election and that nearly half of all Malaysians do not have faith in the integrity of the electoral process. There are also a large percentage of Malaysians, Malays in particular, who remain unclear about the stated goals of the BERSIH movement. Presumably, if given the chance to be informed and educated, a large percentage of these people will also question the integrity of the electoral process.
Is this not the real story that the WSJ missed by zeroing in on Anwar’s act of civil disobedience? The fact that an election is likely to take place in Malaysia within the next 11 months in the midst of the revolutions of the Arab Spring and the return to public office of Aung Sun Sii Kyi where 50% of voters do not believe in the integrity of the process and are thus likely to question the integrity of the counting and results?
READ and DECIDE for our Country’s Future
I received this via e-mail from a Malayisian friend who is residing in the Land of the Free (USofA). He told me that he is sick to his inner core about our politics and feels very frustrated the current administration ad its so-called transformation agenda. “It is not transformation. It is retrogression, back to the Age of Ignorance and Barbarism”, he says. I thought, I should share this with you. I am very sick knowing that law and order has broken down and the Police and other agencies are part of the ruling kleptocracy.–Din Merican
Which country has had only one political party in government for more than half a century?
Which country allows the government to use public funds for political purposes?
Which country uses the Police to beat up peaceful protestors and corner them when they have already dispersed?
Which country has a Prime Minister linked to murder?
Which country has a Prime Minister linked to corruption and his colleagues don’t bother?
Which country uses Islam as a political tool to destroy other Muslims?
Which country practices racial discrimination in its policies like South Africa?
Which country gives money to the rich to buy houses cheaper because of their race?
Which country punishes honest former top Custom and Police officers who whistleblow?
Which country allows its government to rob the poor and fill the pockets of the rich by unreasonable road tolls?
Which country bails out cronies in business with public money into billions of ringgit?
Which country forces religion down people’s throats while the political leaders live in sin?
Which country has an anti-corruption agency accused of murder?
Which country has a police system that sees so many Indian youths die in police lock-ups?
Which country has former soldiers take part in politics and act like thugs against a clean and honest lady?
Which country has a ‘First Lady’ who spends the people’s money when the country does not even have a president?
Which country builds a costly palace when many people do not have proper housing, water and electricity?
Which country denies the Opposition time to speak freely yet claims to be the world’s best democracy?
Which country allows the Police to beat its journalists doing their jobs without mercy?
Which country forces its young into national youth programmes and see many die in freak accidents?
Which country has its Prime Minister say something and the DPM disagrees. Remember 1Malaysia and “Aku Melayu”.
Which country has a Prime Minister who runs away while important things happen in his country?
Which country allows dirty videos and other slanderous material to be published against others freely?
Which country has conspired against its Opposition leader in a sex scandal that we know is a conspiracy?
Which country has a retired Prime Minister and No 1 Ass-Hole who can’t keep his mouth shut and creates disharmony?
Which country has someone like former Premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad whose word cannot be trusted – who has said he has retired from politics but is still blabbing?
Which country has a Royal Commission which exposes mismanagement and corruption in the Police force but nothing is done to correct the shortcomings?
Which country has a Royal Commission to expose judge fixing and yet still no one is charged?
Which country has the NEP but sees many Malays denied of opportunities because they belong to the wrong political party?
Which country sees the non-Malays discriminated against and deprived of the constitutional rights while the corrupt take the lion’s share of their prosperity?
Which country makes a car and sells it at a higher price in the country but charges less for it in other countries?
Which country has gone so backward in its political culture and stays in power by bribing others with money?
Which country has a farmers’ cooperative and short changes its members not giving them their due money?
Which country has seen so many abuses of power and yet the government can still stay in power because of electoral irregularities?
Which country has punished its honest citizens for calling for democracy and clean and fair elections?
Which country controls all the country’s mainstream media and spreads propaganda?
Which country punishes media producers who merely want to promote a free country, what’s wrong with that?
Which country spends money on 1Malaysia but promotes racial hatred and disharmony?
Which country allows a politician like that white snake in Sarawak to be filthy rich and rob the natives of their lands and trees?
Which country allows a politician to spend public money to promote himself overseas?
Which country has been censured by the BBC for censoring their news we see?
Which country but Malaysia!
Many Malaysians and I have had enough. I can go on and on forever but I don’t want the UMNO-Barisan political coalition to govern our country and lead us to extinction while their sons and daughters party and drive around in Lamborghini and Ferrari cars while the majority of us live in poverty.
The Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Mamak Mahathir are masters of hypocrisy and their deeds expose their forked-tongues, because they say one thing and do something else, and they are able to trick the blind and impressionable who they know how to keep in check with money and illiteracy but not with intelligence, whether they are Malays, Indian, Chinese, Sarawakians or Sabahans.
What happened to Anwar Ibrahim, Teoh Beng Hock, Ahmad Sarbani, and Kugan and many innocent Malaysians can happen to anybody when you have morally depraved politicians in power.
Whatever your status in the country, whatever your race, whatever your religion, your enemy is the one who is turning your country into a disaster zone and the sooner you vote those crooks out of power the sooner you can save your nation and get something better.
No one can do worse than what has been done to Malaysia. Only those who are on the BN’s political payroll or get the kickbacks will disagree when there is the mounting evidence of corruption and abuses of power. The Umno-MCA-MIC and their Sarawak and Sarawak cronies have sold out their people and traded their interests for their own selfish power and positions.
I am not a member of the Opposition, just a citizen sick of the situation and only a fool will want the same government. If I can, I will vote for change of government for the sake of the nation.
The report by Rosiland Jordan contains graphic images
|At least 90 people have been killed in an attack by Syrian government forces and loyalists on Houla, a town in Homs province, activists have said.
The victims of Friday’s assault included at least 25 children, killed after government forces tried to break into the town, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Houla has been the scene of frequent anti-government protests since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in March last year. The town has also become a hub for opposition fighters
Syria’s main opposition bloc put the toll at more than 100 and urged the UN Security Council to convene an emergency meeting to examine the massacre.
“More than 110 people were killed [half of whom are children] by the Syrian regime’s forces”, the Syrian National Council said in a statement.
Some of the victims were hit by heavy artillery while others, entire families, were massacred,” said the statement by Bassma Kodmani, the council’s head of foreign relations.
A team of UN observers visited the area to assess the situation on Saturday, but some activists complained that they just visited the village of Taldou, at the edge of Houla, rather than entering the town.
Videos posted online by activists showed more than a dozen bodies lined up inside a room. They included about 10 children who were covered with sheets that only showed their bloodied faces.
Amer al-Sadeq of the Syrian Revolution Co-ordinators Union blamed the killings on Assad loyalists from surrounding villages who he said “have been armed systematically by the regime since the beginning of the uprising”.
|“In the face of horror, the international community must mobilise still further to stop the martyrdom of the Syrian people. “
– Laurent Fabius, French foreign minister
The Local Co-ordination Committees activist network said government forces had shelled the town before “armed militias slaughtered entire families in cold blood”.
Activists told Al Jazeera that the town came under shelling again on Saturday.
Hadi al-Abdallah, speaking from Homs, said Houla is under the control of the Free Syrian Army, which means government troops cannot enter the town. Instead, they are launching shells from a distance in a bid to defeat the rebels.
Syrians turned out in several locations around the country on Saturday to protest against the killings.
In Kafr Nabel, in the northern province of Idlib, scores took to the streets to honour the dead, chanting: “We sacrifice our soul and life for you, O people of Houla,” according to a video posted on YouTube.
In a Damascus neighbourhood, women filmed hiding their faces were carrying papers that read: “The Syrian regime kills us under supervision of the UN observers” and ‘Banish the UN tourists’.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius condemned the assault and called for greater international action.
“In the face of horror, the international community must mobilise still further to stop the martyrdom of the Syrian people,” he said in a statement.
“I am making immediate arrangements for a Friends of Syria group meeting in Paris.”
The US, France, Britain, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are leading members of the group, which has held several meetings calling for tougher action against the Assad government.
The latest flare-up of violence came as Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, blamed the government for much of the “unacceptable levels of violence and abuses” occurring every day in the 14-month-long crisis in Syria.
In a report to the UN Security Council on Friday, Ban cited the government’s continued use of heavy weapons, reports of shelling and “a stepped-up security crackdown by the authorities that has led to massive violations of human rights by government forces and pro-government militias”.
Ban said there had only been “small progress” on implementing the six-point joint UN-Arab League plan brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan.
The UN chief called on the government to keep its pledge to immediately stop the violence, pull heavy weapons and troops out of populated areas, allow humanitarian workers to help civilians in need and end human rights abuses.
Ban also called on all elements of the opposition to stop the violence and respect human rights.
The secretary-general said 271 of 300 unarmed UN military observers authorised by the council to help end the conflict were on the ground and appeared to have had a “calming effect” in key cities.