Wednesday, April 29, 2009

P Uthayakumar: The Whisperer Salutes You...

P Uthayakumar wrote a letter on his ordeal under ISA detention in Kamunting. Below are some excerpts that I highlighted from his letter to MalaysiaKini..

Today, I have grown 500 days older. Today, I have lost 500 days of my precious freedom. Today, it is 500 days since I shaved my beard or combed my hair to protest my ISA detention. Today, it is 500 days since I have been made to wear the very same two pairs of dark blue baggy pants and white restaurant waiter-like prison uniform.

But I have no regrets. I know in my heart that every day of my imprisonment will liberate and open up a thousand new minds against Umno’s atrocities and injustices in their marginalisation, discrimination, suppression, oppression and the exclusion of Indians from the mainstream of national development in Malaysia.

My biggest satisfaction and what keeps me going in prison is the true and sincere spirit of the struggle through Hindraf’s Makkal Sakthi.

It moved me to see thousands of Hindraf supporters who had braved FRU’s tear gas and water cannons, who were roughed up and beaten by the police, arrested, handcuffed, thrown into jail, prosecuted in court and bravely standing up in the dock to face possible jail sentences, losing their jobs, and with their wife and children suffering. Read his letter in full here..

A sad episode indeed. How this draconian ISA had been abused indiscriminately against the citizen for voicing out their plights. What makes it worst is the treatment thereafter that is inhumane given that the New Age has moved beyond Barbarism Age.
Despite all these treatment, P Uthayakumar never regretted at all for his part in creating one of the Greatest Awareness in the history of Malaysia.
P Uthayakumar, for all the scarifices that you have went through and for the Fighting Spirit that is still burning strong in you, The Whisperer Salutes You!
Valga Makkal Sakthi, Brother of Anak Bangsa Malaysia!!
Read another beautiful tribute by Nathaniel Tan here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Human Rights Watch Steps In To Stop The Rot...

Listed below are some of the demands made by Human Rights Watch in their letter to our new Prime Minister:-
Human Rights Watch urges the Malaysian government to:
On Arbitrary Detention

Immediately and unconditionally revoke all emergency proclamations and ordinances that violate internationally protected human rights, including the Emergency (Public Order and Crime Prevention) Ordinance 1969.

Abolish the Internal Security Act. Malaysia's penal code and criminal justice system are fully capable of addressing situations of internal security.

Immediately charge or release all individuals currently held under the Internal Security Act. Assure that those charged have prompt access to legal counsel and family members and are tried in conformity with international fair trial standards.

On Freedom of Expression and Assembly

Rescind the Printing Presses and Publications Act.

Amend the Police Act to ensure it respects the right to peaceful assembly by revoking the unlimited power of a police district's officer in charge to refuse to license or determine the conditions under which assemblies, meetings, and processions are licensed. Substitute regulations that set out reasonable and negotiated conditions for assembly and an appeal process that eliminates political grounds on which decisions to withhold permission are too often made.

Narrow the overbroad definitions of "sedition" and "seditious tendency" employed in the Sedition Act and refrain from using the act to censor expression or to jail political opponents or critics.

On Security Force Malfeasance

Implement the original Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission proposal recommended by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysian Police.

Discipline or prosecute as appropriate all security force officers involved in incidents of abuse, including those with command responsibility.

On Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

Ratify without reservations the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, its 1967 protocol, and the 2003 Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families and bring domestic law and practice into conformity with the documents.

Ensure asylum seekers, refugees, trafficked persons, and abused workers are not subject to penalties imposed under the Immigration Act 1959/63.

Allow asylum seekers the right to residence, documentation, work, and education while their claims are pending and give recognized refugees the opportunity to regularize their status.

Facilitate UNHCR's ability to determine refugee status by allowing the agency unhindered access to detention facilities. Ensure that all detained asylum seekers and refugees are able to contact UNHCR regularly.

Abolish RELA, and repeal all regulations under which RELA was established and its powers expanded. Until such time, RELA should be restructured as a volunteer agency with no enforcement powers and with no role in either apprehension of irregular migrants or maintenance of security in the immigration detention centers.

Undertake independent investigations into allegations of abuse by RELA members, immigration officers, and police officers. Hold accountable the perpetrators of such abuses, including those with command responsibility.

Extend equal protection of the 1955 Employment Act and the 1952 Workman's Compensation Act to domestic workers and create mechanisms for enforcement.

Strengthen regulations governing recruitment agencies and include clear mechanisms to monitor and enforce standards concerning migrant workers. Oversight bodies to protect domestic workers from abuse should enjoy the power to conduct unannounced inspections of recruitment agencies and to impose substantial penalties on agencies that abuse workers or otherwise violate standards.

Ensure employers fulfill their contractual obligations to migrant workers or pay adequate compensation.

Najib, if you are serious about reform and not let your arrogance takes the better of you, you must pay attention to this letter. But lets deal with Perak State Assembly crisis first. Call for a state election immediately!

Monday, April 27, 2009

What The Fuck! EC Wants Act To Be Fully Enforced?

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof said there should not be any campaigning during the cooling-off period, which is after midnight on the eve of polling day. Observer's View: We don't have any problem with that. Just make sure that the police are Fair in issuing ceramah permits without discrimination and conditions.

Speaking to reporters before having separate meetings with Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat representatives yesterday, he said the EC was also considering the idea of limiting the number of supporters converging at nomination centres on nomination day, polling day and when the results are announced, due to recent incidents. Observer's View: What recent incidents? As far as I am concerned, KT and the two Bukits went on peacefully without any untoward incident. The PR crowd were very well behaved even when they outnumbered BN crowd 10:1. Only recent incident that I witnessed was thugs hired by BN were the one causing nuisance during polling day. They were the aggressor.
He said the situation on the ground had become “scary” when tens of thousands supporters showed up and some fought with each other and police had to maintain a strong presence as the situation was tense. Observer's View: The atmosphere was carnival-like in Taiping when at least 50,000 supporters poured in from all over the country to stand in solidarity with DS Nizar. There was no report of any violence except for the fact the police were a bit highhanded in pushing the PR supporters away from BN supporters without any reason. They could have caused a stampede that day if they were careless enough to use a little bit more force.
“The police have to be ready for any eventuality” he said, adding that the EC was concerned that supporters may even turn up in the hundreds of thousands and the situation could not be controlled. Observer's View: PR supporters are peaceful lot. Period! We do not need such a big force there to intimidate the people and cause the jams.
He said the EC did not want rowdiness and aggression to be the culture during elections. Observer's View: Utter Nonsense!!
On limiting the number of supporters, he said the EC would have to consult the police and that it also depended on the size of the area.
On the possibility of Barisan giving Pakatan a walkover in Penanti, he said the EC’s job was only to provide facilities for the by-election.
On whether the Penanti seat would now remain status quo as the assemblyman has been cleared of corruption allegations, Abdul Aziz said it was up to the assemblyman’s party to decide. Observer's View: When one resigns, it's the EC duty to call and provide facilities for a by-election. It is not the EC duty to determine whether which letter is genuine as in the three Perak frogs case. Sign under duress? How can it be duress when all the PR assemblymen and women signed with advance knowledge of the reason attached in signing such a letter? In any circumstances of such a dispute, it should be the court of law that decides, not EC chairman.
Abdul Aziz also added that the EC’s decision on the by-election would be announced on Monday instead of tomorrow.
Barisan was represented at the meeting by special officer to Umno secretary-general Datuk Abu Khamis, MCA deputy secretary-general Datuk Loke Yuen Yow and MIC executive secretary Ramany Krishnan. Abu said Barisan accepted any measure the EC may undertake in the interest of the people. Observer's View: I am giving them the benefit of doubt here despite EC has been playing to their games. Interest of the people? Humbuggers!!
Pakatan Rakyat was represented by several party leaders and MPs. PAS national elections director Datuk Mustapa Ali said PAS, PKR and DAP all disagreed with any move to limit the number of supporters during elections, adding: “The EC fears the overwhelming presence of supporters may scare away voters but it doesn’t hold water as voter turnout has been high. Observer's View: Lets have a good laugh on this lame excuse.. Whatever it is, it's safe to conclude that their intention is always Evil!! Difficulty in dispensing their ghost voters?
We Shall Show Them Again Come 31st May..

Thursday, April 23, 2009

7th May 2009: D-Day For Perak People's Government Survival...

Come May 7th, there is going to be a tussle at the Perak State assembly between The People's elected state government under Datuk Seri Nizar reign and the illegitimate one that was put up through froggies and blatant abuse of machinery that showed total disregard to the country's Federal Constitution.

Are We, as responsible citizen of Malaysia, going to let this happen before our eyes? Are We not going to defend our right as a citizen? The People has chosen on March 8th, 2008 and their rights were taken away by only 3 hypocrites with the blessings of the inefficient corrupted regime.

RPK suggested 'Storming the Bastille' which I think is a good idea since The People have lost all legitimate avenues to the blatant abuse of power through the regime controlled machinery. Even the judiciary was not spared.

"I call upon all Malaysians who wish to uphold the kedaulatan of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia to converge onto Ipoh on 7 May 2009 as a show of support to Nizar Jamaluddin and the Pakatan Rakyat government of Perak." - RPK's Clarion Call To All Malaysians

Are We Going To Stand Up Against Evil?

This Choice is Yours to set this historic precedent. This may be a Referendum to The People's Voice.

Let The Voice Of The People Be Heard..

Suara Rakyat, Suara Keramat!!

Athi Veeranggan, You Are Full Of Bulls!!

I read Athi Veeranggan article, Penanti voters unhappy with Fairus' resignation, in disgust.
True to my earlier conviction, MalaysiaKini has indeed changed its tune since Najib took over as Prime Minister. Read what Athi try to spin below:

The resignation of incumbent assemblyperson Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin has not gone down well with many Penanti voters.

They are unconvinced that the resignation was justifiable and necessary to pave way for another by-election, the sixth in country since the 12th general election last year.

PKR now faces a big test to convince these doubtful constituents that Fairus made the right decision to quit, thus necessitating the by-election.

The party also needs to disseminate information to convince the sceptical Penanti constituents, many whom feel that PKR and Pakatan state government leadership had betrayed Fairus.

It's not going to be easy for PKR since some 30 percent of Penanti's 15,241 electorates, including PKR and PAS members, are said to be unhappy with the way the Fairus saga was handled.

The voters feel both PKR and Pakatan government leaders should have given Fairus more protection when the former DCM 1 was under attack from forces within the party.

This spells trouble for PKR since Umno too has a strong presence in the constituency.The 30 percent sceptical electorates are the decisive voters in the by-election.

PKR and PAS each has some 3,000 members in the area, while Umno has some 6,000 members.

Athi, where did you get this analysis from? Did you walk the ground to come out with such a report?
This article already stinks right from the beginning. You may fool some people with such a malicious spinning but definitely not all the people as the people have already matured beyond your journalist lies.
Tell me, have someone bought over MalaysiaKini from your boss? Another Prostitute?
Good try..

RPK's No Show At The Sedition Trial...

Yes, that's right. RPK did not turn up in court to face his sedition trial today. But not without reasons. He has chosen to post his reasons through MalaysiaToday portal. Read his article, " Why I Am Absent In Court Today" for his reasons.

The defence team got a note from Pete this morning advising them that he would be absent as he is still in self-imposed exile from the state of Selangor. The prosecutors were being informed before the court commenced. When the defence team told the judge of Pete's predicament, the refusal by the judge to accept Pete's reasons prompted the prosecuting team to call for an arrest warrant to be issued. How hypocritical! They must have forgotten that Supt Gan did the same without informing the court when he made a 'no show'. No evidence of his trip to Taiwan was produced. Why no warrant of arrest then?

I, for one, was not surprise by RPK's move. With the recent rulings made by several judges over several cases which involve the government, the hope for a fair trial has indeed diminished over time. If they can mocked the Federal Constitution, who is Raja Petra Kamarudin?

Justice Rozina, with all due respect, I was only generalizing here and in no way, I was refering to your integrity. You have earned respect from most of us who have had attended this sedition trial since the beginning. My pal, Zorro, was talking about sending you a stalk of rose today. Am I right, Uncle Bernard? Honestly, we would have done it much earlier but the implications here can be very misleading. You know lah... The sickly mentality of those in power. We, for one, would not want to get a good judge into trouble with our gesture of appreciation.

Brother Pete, you did right. Most of us would have love to see you attend the trial and strip them down piece by piece. But with the odds stack up against you, it would be suicide to show up today. Political motives made it even more dangerous.
And wherever you are now, take care and enjoy your liberty.
Till we meet again...

Congratulation, Malik Imtiaz. You Are The Man...

Malaysian human rights lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar was awarded the 2009 Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award in London on last night, marking a controversial milestone in a country that likes to think itself a champion of democracy.

Organised by British-based human rights magazine, Index on Censorship, this particular award is given to outstanding human rights activists who have set legal precedents in the fight against injustice.

"At the same time, it's sad. There were other people from Egypt, Zimbabwe, a Filipino who were nominated for their struggle to change the system.

"What does this say about our country? The world now sees us on par with Zimbabwe and Egypt," Imtiaz highlighted, adding that it was "not a great honour" for Malaysia to be associated with the democratically resistant countries like Zimbabwe and Egypt.

He hopes the government will not treat his award as an excuse "to block views" but to allow more room for dissenting views to be heard as befits a democracy.

Read more here..
Rightly said here. It is sad to receive such an award because of the state our country is in for decades and it is getting nowhere except spiralling downwards.
However, we should not allow the sorry state of our country to undermine Malik Imtiaz's deeds and achievements in his work to uphold the law and constitution of this country in the name of humanity.
Syabas, my friend. You truly deserve this recognition.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Coming Attraction: Dont Forget RPK's Sedition Trial This Coming Thursday and Friday...

The sedition trial continues this coming Thursday and Friday and things are definitely going to get heated up again. Bala has gone missing. Baginda Razak has been acquitted from Altantuya C4-ed murder and the two cops were sentenced to death by hanging for their part. Forget about the sms exchange in relation to this case and Altantuya's murder case is considered solved and close.
Yet, RPK's sedition trial continues... Let do a recap on what transpired during the last trial sitting. Supt Gan, the investigating office for Altantuya murder, testified that what RPK wrote in his article, 'Lets send Altantuya's murderer to Hell' does not conform with his investigation. Thus, making RPK's article seditious in nature.
But when pressed further by RPK's defense counsel, he has on many occasion refused to cooperate by refusing to answer questions posted to him despite being instructed by the judge to do so. Such an act of defiance by an officer of law.
However, further questioning did revealed that there were flaws in the manner which the murder investigation was carried out. Many procedures were not followed. Some of those implicated in the murder were not questioned. The missing immigration record of Altantuya's entry was not investigated.
Supt Gan is expected to be on dock as the trial commence.
Will there be more surprises? Be there to find out!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

RPK Is More Than Just A Friend...

"The police are looking for me. My friends have been summoned to the police headquarters for interrogation, police cars are parked outside their house, and police personnel are loitering outside their residence to monitor whoever comes and goes. My ISA case, which the government is appealing, has suddenly been dropped and for almost two months the case has gone cold after the Federal Court appeared to be in a hurry and would not even allow us 24 hours to file the necessary papers." Excerpt from RPK's article, 'It's Time To Storm The Bastille'.
The authorities can go ahead and continue to find ways to nail him even if they have to stoop so low to shift the goal posts or abuse their available machinery to their advantage to get him into Kamunting.
One thing they can't take away is the bond of which he has created with the majority of Malaysians and the awareness he has instilled upon each and everyone of us through his articles that brought about the political landscape changes.
That's the reason many of us stood by him and shall continue stand with him to push this country onto the right path. Corruption must go. Law and order must be maintain. We are all Malaysian and we do not need unfair policies to segregate us through race and religion. We are Malaysian who knows how to take care of one another irrespective of race, gender or religion. Definite not what the authorities have been trying to portray to us for decades. Those were their propaganda's for their selfish interests.
Yes, Raja Petra Kamarudin is my friend. He also happens to be the one whom I have grow to respect and hold him in high esteem. And I do not have any second thought of associating myself to him. In actual fact, I am proud to have the opportunity to walk alongside him in his quest for a better Malaysia.
Stay Safe, My Friend, My Brother.. This is going to be a long journey. And your quest for a better Malaysia shall continue to live in Us..
Missing You...

Get The Kangaroos Out Of Malaysia's Judicial System!

The Silver State crisis has managed to uncover many kangaroos presiding over our country's judiciary in recent time.
The recent ruling by the federal court in favor of the suspended state assemblymen over the speaker's position has clearly make a mockery out of the country's Federal Constitution.
The Federal Constitution Article 72 on the power of speaker clearly states that

(1) The validity of any proceedings in the Legislative Assembly of any State shall not be questioned in any court.

(2) No person shall be liable to any proceedings in any court in respect of anything said or any vote given by him when taking part in proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of any State or of any committee thereof.

(3) No person shall be liable to any proceedings in any court in respect of anything published by or under the authority of the Legislative Assembly of any State.

Now tell me how else can we interpret overselves to side with the judge/s who come out with such a ruling?
Rais Yatim, don't blame the bloggers for spinning out of context away from the truth when all the lies and blatant abuse of power starts from your side of the field. Why didn't you take Utusan Malaysia to task for their seditious article, 'Bangkitlah Melayu'? Prove to us that you are worthy enough to helm the Information Ministry.
Your hands are tied, I presume.
Be a Man and quit like our ex de facto Law Minister, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.
Our Federal Constitution has just been trampled upon by Kangaroos!!
Read more from retired learned justice, NH Chan here..

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Oi Utusan Malaysia, Melayu Dah Lama Bangkit ...

Melayu Dah Lama Bangkit!

Melayu Kini Tak Akan DiPerbodohkan
Lagi Oleh Akhbar Akhbar Utama
Saperti Utusan Malaysia!!

Bangkit lah, Utusan Malaysia!

Bangkit lah Si Khir Toyol, Si Ibrahim Ali Dan Pengemis-Pengemis Umnoputra

5 Negeri Dah Hilang

4 Pilihan Raya Kecil Dah Kalah

Apa Lagi Nak DiBuktikan?

Bodoh Sangat Ke?

Read RPK's view here.

Where are the MCA and MIC dogs??



Further support from another true Malaysian, Azhar Harun. Read his clarion call here...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

First Crack In Najib's Reform Call...

Barely a week into the formation of the new cabinet, our new PM's call for reform was immediately put to test by an irresponsible egoistic remark.
According to The Star, Higher Education Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin was reportedly to have said that the Key Performance Index (KPI) which is applicable to monitor and rate ministries performance should not be made public for fear of misinterpretation by the public.
"It is an administrative matter. It's not to be exposed," he added.
There you go. So much so for Transparency. They might as well classify this KPI under the Official Secret Act.
What is the big deal about making this KPI known to the public? His reason of misinterpretation by the public is totally a lame one. Unless he expects to have a free ride at his ministerial job without accessment.
Public confidence in the administration remained at Zero after years of abuses and cover ups.
Is this the reform you are talking about, Najib? What is reformation without proper Ethics and Governance? Perhaps, Najib should start adopting Penang's model of governance. It's not that perfectbut it's better that the rotting system that we had for decades. Thanks to Kutty for fucking up the whole system which opens up for Corruption and Power Abuse.
Lets take Khaled Nordin to task for the first fucked up.
What say you, Mr Prime Minister?

Another Shithead Failing To Keep Abreast With Changing Times And Now We Know The Reason Why!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bukit Gantang: Did BN Really Enjoy An Increase In Malay Support?

I refer to the article, 'Bukit Gantang: Lessons for BN and Pakatan' contributed by Ong Kian Ming to MalaysiaKini.
A good analysis indeed based on the facts and figures made available by some controlled quarter. I can't blame Mr Ong for having to rely on such unreliable figures to derive to this conclusion that BN has gained 5% more Malay's votes as compared to the 12th General Election.
This is where I beg to differ.
From the ground that day itself, there was this worrying trend on the low turnout of voters especially from the Malays. At about 1:00 pm, most polling centres were reporting a miserable 33% voters turnout. Further breakdowns indicated that Malay voters were the ones not turning up to cast their votes.
We did another trip around the polling centres towards the close of polling. This time, the percentage of voters turnout increased to slightly above 50% with all the roads to polling centres jammed up and less than an hour to go and most of the polling centres were having voters trickling in. No long queues either.
It's pretty amazing how the Election Commission can come out with a final figure of 75% voters turnout. A jump of 20% in less than an hour under the above-mentioned conditions? They must have been there among those cheerleaders out there.
Well, it doesn't make any sense to me at all. And that made the whole breakdown ridiculous.
You can believe in that available figures if you want. To me, it's just a face saving measures. Like the Chinese saying goes, ' even when you fall, one must at least try grab a handful of sand'.
They can spin all they like to hoodwink the people but they knew the truth themselves. And the truth hurts.
The People won despite all the unfair practises that were thrown at them. It can't be any sweeter than this.
Happy Anniversary, The Whisperer. You have just turned One yesterday.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Scene From Counting Centre In Taiping... Simply Euphoric!!

Yes, that was the scene outside Taiping Municipal Council where the Bukit Gantang electoral votes were counted. If my expert friend estimated that the crowd during nomination day was in the region of 80,000, this one is not too far off. I would estimate this crowd to be in the region of minimum 50,000 using nomination day's crowd as a guide. Something for Taiping folks to remember here as they have never see a crowd of this magnitude in their sleepy town.
Fantastic atmosphere. Many friendship were made easily here as we all shared a common cause. The crowd cheered and jeered as the result of each ballot box were announced while a sole helicopter flew above shining its floodlights onto the crowd. The crowd responded by waving their respective party flags towards the sky.
When the results were more or less unassailable to Nizar's advantage, someone lighted off some fireworks display to top up an otherwise euphoric night. A memorable night for all those who scarificed their work and family time to help out in the campaign. And the result made it sweeter. I must pay tribute to those working relentlessly on the ground. Regardless of race or parties, they all worked with One Spirit towards One Cause.
Syabas Anak Bangsa Malaysia! Syabas Pakatan Rakyat! Syabas Bloggers Team! Syabas Perakians and Syabas Rakyat Malaysia!
We have made it again and set this precedent for Barisan National to Reform or face Extinction.
Lets stay United for The People's Power To Rule!.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Batu Gantang: Pics From The Ground During Polling Day...

Our first stop was at PAS media centre situated at Air Kuning for the arrangement of our transport to reach all polling station. While waiting for our bikes to arrive, I slipped to the polling station nearby to snap some scene... Heckling had already started between opposing supporters. Notice That one Umno puteri holding her placard upside down and the PAS lady kept on heckling her. That poor puteri wasn't aware what was going on at all.
Scene From Air Kuning Polling Centre

Scene From Simpang Polling Centre
Scene From Forgotten Polling Centre

Scene From Matang Polling Centre

Scene From Sg. Mati Polling Centre

Another Unknown Polling Centre

Kuala Sepetang Polling Centre

Changkat Jering Polling Centre

Jam Caused By Traffic Cops