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Anwar Ibrahim

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 07:48 PM PST

Anwar Ibrahim

Defying the Islamic State and other stories of courage from journalism’s front lines

Posted: 23 Nov 2015 04:03 PM PST

Washington Post

Reporters and editors who face enormous risks in Syria, Ethiopia, Paraguay and Malaysia are honored.

RECENTLY THE Islamic State in Raqqa sent an ominous message to an exiled Syrian journalist. Tell us who is filing covertly from the occupied city, the terrorists warned, or we will execute your father. The editor refused to name names. His father was shot to death.

We heard this story last week from AbdAlaziz Alhamza, who works for the same journalism collective as the grieving editor: Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. With a dozen reporters still filing from Raqqa, risking their lives every day, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently is one of the few sources of independent news from inside its terrorized land of lashings, slavery, beheadings and crucifixions.

The collective is one of four 2015 International Press Freedom awardees who will be honored by the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York City Tuesday. They reflect both the lengths dictators will go to silence free speech – and the creativity and almost unimaginable courage that journalists summon in response.

In addition to the online collective of mostly anonymous Syrian reporters, the honorees include a Malaysian cartoonist, Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known by his pen name, Zunar, whose work appears only online because the government allows no newspaper to carry his work; the Zone 9 bloggers, an Ethio­pian collective that came together as their government decimated the independent press; and Cándido Figueredo Ruíz , a Paraguayan journalist who shines a light on drug cartels and the corruption they engender. A reporter for ABC Color, one of his country’s largest newspapers, Mr. Figueredo holds perhaps the most traditional job among the winners. But there is nothing conventional about his bravery: He has been shot at numerous times, and now lives under constant police guard, as does his wife.

Mr. Zunar, 53, will return to Malaysia to face a December court date on charges of sedition that could lead to a prison sentence of 43 years. The Ethio­pian bloggers too have been imprisoned and still have judicial proceedings hanging over them. Why go back, we asked Mr. Zunar?

“We do it for reform,” he told us during a visit to The Post. “We have been governed by the same ruling party for 60 years. Corruption is huge. There are so many injustices. . . . I know it is an uphill battle. I’m not sure when it will end, or will I see the change in my lifetime. It’s like an endless marathon, but as long as I’m on the track I’m the winner.”

Mr. Zunar shared with us the cartoon he planned to post later that day: a drawing of President Obama, who traveled to Malaysia on Friday, stretching his arm around a prison full of political dissidents to shake hands with the Malaysian leader he has praised and golfed with, Najib Razak. For those of us who can take our freedoms for granted, the cartoon held a useful message: We should never forget the political prisoners, like Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, nor the journalists like Mr. Zunar and his co-winners who bravely take up the cause of freedom. “One of the great supports is to know I’m not alone,” Mr. Figueredo said.

Behind bars : Muslim democrats must lead the Umma in a turbulent world

Posted: 22 Nov 2015 11:42 PM PST

*Opening address by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, convener and co-founder of the World Forum for Muslim Democrats, at its Second International Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia on 23rd November, 2015. The speech was delivered by Nurul Izzah Anwar, Malaysia's Member of Parliament, Vice President of KEADILAN

Friends, fellow democrats, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Assalamualaikum wbt & Selamat Siang.
First, let me extend a warm welcome to all our participants and delegates to this conference – the second international conference of the World Forum for Muslim Democrats.
I remain gratified by the support of Sasakawa; the Habibie Center and SETA for allowing the articulation of the vision first formulated to unite Muslims in the pursuit of democratic reforms. Specifically, I must express my personal appreciation for this endeavor through the enthusiastic support and consideration by Former Presidents BJ Habibie, Abdullah Gul and Dr Rashid Ghannouchi.
More than three years ago, in March 2012, I was in Dubai at a conference presenting the changing political landscape in the Muslim world when the idea of this forum took shape.
When I used that phrase – changing political landscape, back then, it indeed reflected the turbulent times we were in. However, now with the benefit of hindsight, it did not anticipate the pace of the change, nor its intensity and ramifications.
The Arab Spring was still unfolding with Tunisia blazing the democracy trail, after successfully deposing Ben Ali, just 13 months before that. But hardly a year later, Bashar al-Assad warned protesters of consequences of "working with foreign elements to undermine his regime."
Soon after, the first of a series of murderous attacks by the Assad regime on its own people unfolded in the city of Homs. Two weeks before I delivered that keynote address in Dubai, Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down. Two months later, Mohammed Morsi won the first round of the presidential elections in Egypt and the day after, Assad ordered another round of massacre in Houla.
On June 24, 2012, the election commission officially announced that Morsi had won the presidential runoff. It was a narrow margin of 51.7 percent of the vote versus 48.3 for the contender.
By July, the international world finally realised that a full blown civil war in Syria was underway. Over 200,000 Syrian refugees had fled the country.

On 9/11 that year, the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, in Libya, was attacked killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Sometime in November, Morsi changed the state constitution to empower the president to "protect" the nation and to legislate without judicial oversight. Eight months later, he was deposed in a military coup d'état.
In the early part of last year, ISIL emerged as the "Kraken"[1] seemingly out of nowhere to capitalise on the conflict in Syria and Iraq, the instability in the Middle East and the power vacuum created by the Sunni/Shia strife in the region. The rest, as they say, is history.
Lessons of history
Indeed, I have taken some time to recount these events because I believe in the powerful lessons of history – if we have the humility and the conviction to learn from them.
T.S. Eliot tells us that history can be freedom but then immediately reminds us that history can also be servitude. That, I suppose, is a question of which side of history we choose to be on.
Yes, it is true. Today, ISIS?/ISIL? is making headlines committing acts of terror, violence and barbarism not just within the Middle East but also in Europe and elsewhere. Together with al-Shabab, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist organisations, they are vying for media attention and what they believe to be the adulation and admiration of young minds. We know on which side of history they will be remembered for.
I might speak from a prison cell in Malaysia, having been unjustly denied of my freedom, but that does not present an obstacle to the deep sadness and outrage anyone must feel upon hearing of such heinous and despicable acts – most recently in Paris, preceded by Beirut then Turkey.
These despicable acts of savage and wanton killing of innocent civilians including women and young persons deserve our unreserved condemnation. We must join hands with all like-minded forces, eschewing all parochial boundaries of race and religion, in one resolute message – that such premeditated and cruel killing is simply not acceptable.
Today, we are on the cusp of that wave of a sea change by which future generations will judge us. The forum for Muslim democrats will be tested here.
Did the rest of the Muslim world just fold its arms in resignation as the newly minted democracies and newly liberated societies in Egypt, Libya, in Iraq crumbled under the weight of the machinations of the deep state?
It appears that the Hegelian cycle of history does ring true. Monolithic regimes built on totalitarian foundations and dictatorial use of power will not give up their culture of repression, oppression and violence even in the face of widespread protests of the people for change.
They may cave in for a while. But without the full conviction of the people and the establishment of democratic institutions, they will return with a vengeance.
Spring may revert to winter because there are always counter-revolutionary forces at work to turn the clock back and restore the power and glory enjoyed for so long.
The brutal mayhem and bloody reprisals unleashed on the people will serve as chilling reminders of the desperation and savagery of tyrants and autocrats who refuse to give up power.
Muslim democrats must not allow the deep state or the terrorists to continue hijacking the course of history. We must chart a new course. In this new narrative, there will be zero tolerance for them.
We must make it clear that the actions of these killers can never be jihad. This is corruption of Islam of the most vulgar and savage kind. They don the cloak of religiosity and claim they are doing this for Islam and the umma but what they really seek is worldly gain and political power.
A such, we must reiterate our condemnation on the dastardly/barbarous acts of the fanatical few – and ISIS/ ISIL as the war menace to a civilized world.
Our resolve and struggle for reform – democracy and justice are unequivocal and unabated. It's a bold intiative – to determine the narrative; that freedom and justice; that democracy and the rule of law are rightfully the Muslim agenda.
Imperatives for the Muslim Umma
In this ever more turbulent world, what we need is to keep our focus on what is best for the Umma.
We must be clear on the fundamentals of governance – characteristics in determining the legitimacy of a regime. The main predicament or malaise of the ummah is the inability to participate in the process of determining who represents them. This is at the core of the problem.
So, we must strive for a humane economy and a clean and caring government. We need to strike a balance between free enterprise and the demands of social justice. We need constitutional guarantees for our fundamental liberties, good governance and an independent judiciary.
How are we treating our women and children, the old and the infirm? We demand rights for Muslims in non-Muslim majority countries but what is our record and position when it comes to protecting the rights of minorities in Muslim countries?
We must strive to stamp out bigotry and intolerance within ourselves. Islamophobia begins at home. Sunni Muslims fear Shia Muslims and Shia Muslims fear Sunni Muslims. And within the different denominations, sub-denominations harbour mutual suspicion.
We need to go through a rebirth. This implies reform and renewal. We need to boldly go on the path where the maqasid al-Shari'a will guide us.
The demands of islah would also warrant that interpretation of Islamic law be re-examined not just in the light of the historical experience of Muslims under colonial rule but taking into account the maqasid. There is a need to reemphasize the true, peaceful and pluralistic nature of Islam.
The forum must endeavor to encourage Muslim intellectuals and masses to return to the primacy of the Islamic message of freedom and rahmatan lil 'alamin.
This is also in line with a very healthy growing trend among Muslim scholars to go deeper into the area of civilizational dialogue. The importance of interfaith programs cannot be overemphasized.
Economic empowerment is essential. Among the two billion plus Muslims, more than half are living below the poverty line. This kind of economic marginalization breeds devastating socio-economic consequences.
The very idea of al-adalatul ijtama'iyya is at stake. Where is the social justice enjoined by the Qur'an and the Sunna? What has become of the Islamic imperatives on health care, education, housing and employment?
The outrageous inequities that plague the Muslim world will persist and get even worse if there is no collective and concerted effort. The Muslim nations that are better off must lead this venture armed with a clear and firm resolve to those who are not so fortunate.
We cannot be mere bystanders??
The greatest tragedy is that other Muslim nations tend to be mere bystanders in this theatre of mayhem and killing. And because of this, the stark reality is that the future of these nations lies not in the hands of the Arab and Muslim world but in the United States of America and Europe. In spite of the immense wealth in oil and other resources, they choose to hibernate in pathetic indifference while some are themselves in utter disarray.
Is it because it is not happening to us directly that we tell ourselves that it doesn't really concern us?
Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us that "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
What we need is less looking at others and more at ourselves. Ask one fundamental question: Why do Muslim refugees prefer to seek asylum in the European countries rather than in the Middle East or in other Muslim countries elsewhere?
What does it say about the state of the Muslim world when the most trampled, most disadvantaged and the least fortunate of its umma, prefer to seek shelter in countries such as Germany, Sweden, Hungary, and exceptionally, Turkey?
We, therefore, need to look into our moral compass and ask where the arrow is pointing.
The issue of legitimacy in government is an overarching problem in the Muslim world. Despite decades of independence, we are still grappling with the fundamental questions of democracy, the rule of law, justice and human dignity. The powers that be are too preoccupied with staying in power to bother about political legitimacy.
Forging ahead with the Maqasid
Based on the maqasid al-Shari'a, there are sufficient imperatives for Muslim leaders to get on with the task of establishing the institutions of governance for justice, democracy and human rights. That is the way forward for the resurgence of the Umma.
Social justice must be a priority and Muslim societies being among the poorest in the world, must address poverty. Poverty is to be eliminated and education be made a birth right.
To talk of an Islamic resurgence without freedom of speech, or freedom from arbitrary arrest is pointless. To my mind, Islamic resurgence is about ensuring the rule of law, clean government, social justice, and cultural empowerment where women are not treated as second-class citizens or regarded as mere chattels and minorities are not marginalized.
It is a trying period ahead for the Muslim world and the road to recovery and strength is long and winding. The greatest challenges facing the umma is not the West or Europe but from within. Tajdid and islah must emanate from ?within ?ourselves.
A revolution may happen overnight but the transition to democracy requires sustained efforts, collective will and steely resolution to let it take its course. Or else, the reversion may lead to situation even worse than the one it had attempted to replace.
In this part of the world, we can see that the experience of Indonesia shows that the first cycle of transformation set in motion. Civil liberties are now guaranteed and basic institutions of civil society flourish.
Elections are generally free and fair as well as transparent. There are institutions in place to ensure the existence of an effective check and balance against executive powers, the protection of fundamental liberties, the rule of law and an independent judiciary.

And following a free and democratic elections – the issue of democratic accountability; inequality; quality of education; and the move to address endemic corruption are allowed to effectively surface. Such is our hope and remain future challenges for Indonesia, Turkey, even Malaysia. Muslim leaders certainly should not be known for amassing personal wealth but for propagating Rahmatan Lil Alamin.

Finally ?, allow me to ?thank all friends for their sense of comradeship – sympathy and support? in supporting this vision during my forced hiatus. Inshaa Allah, I shall soon return.
Let me part with a quote from a 17th century English poet[2] who, too, had the honour of going in and out of prison for his beliefs:

"Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone, that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty."

I end with a reminder that continued repression by ruthless dictators and autocrats – are incubators for fanatics. In the absence of hope of reform or peaceful regime change – their only option is to promise Heaven by blowing themselves.

The barbarous few terrorists aim to create fear and perhaps to provoke similar retaliatory actions of hate. It is imperative we ensure that they fail to do so.

We must remember that they do not speak for or represent the overwhelming majority of peace-loving human beings. The barbarous few cannot be allowed to hijack Islam.

Democrats worldwide, it is time to unite.

[1] A monster in Greek mythology emerging from deep in the war of the Titans.
[2] Richard Lovelace, To Althea, from Prison



Obama kepada Najib: Bebaskan Anwar

Posted: 22 Nov 2015 10:10 PM PST


ULASAN l Saya dengar daripada lima orang – rakyat Malaysia dan juga rakyat Amerika Syarikat serta mereka yang dalam kedudukan untuk tahu, bahawa pada pertemuannya dengan Datuk Seri Najib Razak pada 20 November lalu, Presiden Barack Obama menggesa perdana menteri Malaysia untuk membebaskan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dari penjara.

Permintaan itu dilaporkan atas dasar kemanusiaan, kerana kesihatan Anwar yang semakin merosot. Bagiamanapun pendirian kerajaan Amerika adalah bahawa perbicaraan Anwar adalah pincang dan bermotifkan politik, dan bahawa Anwar adalah tahanan politik.

Seorang sumber memberitahu saya bahawa jawapan Najib adalah beliau terpaksa mematuhi sistem undang-undang Malaysia. Bagi saya, ia adalah ironis bahawa Najib mahu bersembunyi di sebalik sistem undang-undang Malaysia, sedangkan dirinya sendiri tidak teragak-agak untuk menggunakan dan menyalahgunakannya untuk kepentingan politik peribadi.

Dan ia bukan hanya digunakan ke atas pembangkang sahaja lagi. Sekarang Najib menggunakannya terhadap pengkritik dalam parti sendiri, dan juga penyiasat yang semakin hampir menemui kebenaran.

Banyak yang telah berlaku sejak permainan golf terkenal pada Disember lalu. Bermula dengan Anwar yang dadapati bersalah pada Februari lalu, muka depan utama akhbar New York Times memperincikan semua dakwaan rasuah sekitar Najib dan keluarganya.

Poortal Sarawak Report pula mendedahkan lebih banyak dokumen mengenai 1MDB dan berbilion-bilion ringgit yang hilang. Semua laporan 1MDB adalah sangat rumit dan sukar difahami. Tetapi The Wall Street Journal kemudiannya menerbitkan sebuah artikel yang semua orang boleh faham. Sebanyak AS$700 juta (RM2.6 bilion) didakwa berakhir di akaun bank peribadi Najib, dan berminggu-minggu, beliau tidak dapat menjelaskan bagaimana wang itu berada di akaunnnya.

Dan kemudian, secara tiba-tiba, sebahagian besar wang didakwa dibawa keluar negara lagi – tetapi tiada siapa yang tahu di mana, dan Najib tidak bercakap. Semua orang dapat memahami cerita ini – anda tidak perlu mempunyai MBA dalam kewangan antarabangsa. Kemudian New York Times melaporkan bahawa Najib dan keluarganya sedang disiasat oleh Biro Penyiasatan Persekutuan (FBI) di bawah Inisiatif Pemulihan Aset Kleptokrasi. Apa punya nama!

Bagihak-hak asasi manusia dan demokrasi, tindakan keras Najib ke atas pembangkang telah dilaporkan secara meluas oleh media barat. Pemerhati Hak Asasi Manusia baru-baru ini mengeluarkan laporan 151 muka surat berhubung “suasana ketakutan” yang dicipta oleh Najib. Tak pernah sebelum ini – 151 muka surat! Kemudian ada kumpulan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu yang baru-baru ini menggesa pembebasan Anwar.

Obama adalah seorang peguam. Beliau sedar bahawa keterangan dan bukti adalah mencukupi dan Najib bukanlah manusia seperti yang difikirkannya. Seperti yang saya katakan sebelum ini, Obama bukannya satu-satunya pemimpin dunia yang percaya dengan retorik pembaharuan Najib.

Tetapi apabila meletakkan semuanya bersama, dan dengan berita-berita tahun ini, ia mencapai tahap di mana Obama akhirnya mengiktiraf realiti mengenai Malaysia dan Najib.


JOHN MALOTT adalah bekas duta Amerika Syarikat ke Malaysia.


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Posted: 22 Nov 2015 01:28 PM PST

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Anwar Ibrahim

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 07:53 PM PST

Anwar Ibrahim

Behind bars : Statement on attacks in Paris

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 12:21 AM PST

The following is a statement by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim issued through his lawyers in respect of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The statement is issued by him in his capacity as Chairman of the World Forum for Muslim Democrats.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the President and people of France and in particular the families and friends of those killed in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Although I speak from a prison cell in Malaysia, having been unjustly denied of my freedom, that does not present an obstacle to the deep sadness and outrage anyone must feel upon hearing of such heinous and despicable acts.
These despicable acts of savage and wanton killing of innocent civilians including women and young persons deserve our unreserved condemnation.  We must join hands with all like minded forces, eschewing all parochial boundaries of race and religion, in one resolute message – that such premeditated and cruel killing is simply not acceptable.
The small group of terrorists did not act alone and those responsible for planning this crime must be brought to justice.
Their objectives were to create fear and perhaps to provoke similar retaliatory actions of hate. It is imperative we ensure that they fail to do so.
We must remember that they do not speak for or represent the overwhelming majority of peace-loving human beings.
Anwar Ibrahim”


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R Sivarasa - Ahli Parlimen Subang

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 12:06 AM PST

R Sivarasa - Ahli Parlimen Subang

Anwar Ibrahim's Health.

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 03:42 AM PST



The recent statement by the Health Ministry on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s (DSAI) health issued by an unknown official and reported by Bernama on 6th November 2015 contains some serious misrepresentations which need correction.

The Ministry statement starts by asserting that DSAI’s shoulder injury was sustained prior to his detention.  No one has ever contended otherwise. DSAI did suffer his injury about two years prior to his detention and has been managing it with conservative treatment being physiotherapy, analgesics and supplements.  What we have been saying is that the injury was worsened by the terrible conditions he was made to endure during the first three weeks of this detention and his pain and discomfort is persistent up to date because of denial of recommended regular and intensive physiotherapy.

The Ministry statement then gives the false impression that a panel of doctors had recommended “exercises” which would be taught by a physiotherapist and to be performed daily in prison by the patient followed by a regular review and that this “was a standard therapy”.
The statement then suggests that the doctors had never recommended intensive physiotherapy.  These are shocking, irresponsible and false statements. They are contradicted completely, firstly, by the written reports provided by the panel of doctors who saw DSAI in February and, secondly, by the kind of treatment provided by them to DSAI when he was finally admitted in HKL in June and in July for about 4-5 days each time.

The  report dated 10.7.2015 by Dr Arshad bin Puji ( Sports Physician from HKL ) confirms that prior to detention, DSAI opted for “conservative treatment such as physiotherapy with physical and electrical modalities, and analgesia to control the pain”.  He confirms that whilst being hospitalized ( in June and July ), DSAI underwent “serial physiotherapy sessions consisting of physical modalities, electrical modalities, functional modalities, and taping application”. In simple language, DSAI underwent daily intensive physiotherapy sessions in hospital from which he experienced a favourable outcome. Dr Arshad concluded his report by saying “ At present, conservative management is the most suitable medical management for his right shoulder problems”.

Another comprehensive report  given by Dato Dr Fazir bin Mohamad, Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, HKL dated 13th July 2015 was also  written after DSAI’s second hospitalization.
His report starts by saying that he and other doctors examined DSAI in prison on 24th February 2015.  He says that after diagnosing the injury as “Chronic Rotator Cuff Injury”, prescribed treatments were physiotherapy to gain back motion, analgesics, and ointment and plasters.  Regrettably such physiotherapy although prescribed by the doctors was denied to DSAI because of Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai until he was hospitalized in June.

Dato Dr Fazir then confirms that after DSAI was hospitalized in HKL from 2nd to 5th June, he was “given a daily physiotherapy and he responded positively with the treatement until he was discharged on 5th June 2015”.
Dr Fazir then says after a review on 25th June 2015 in prison, DSAI was hospitalized again in HKL on 7th July “continue his physiotherapy treatment while in the ward”.  DSAI did receive daily intensive physiotherapy again from which he received much benefit.

The dishonesty in the Ministry statement that intensive physiotherapy was not recommended is clear. The orthopedic doctors  have recommended physio from the outset and did in fact provide daily and intensive physio to DSAI during his brief hospitalizations.

We hold Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai, the head of the panel of doctors managing DSAI’s health, totally responsible for overriding the recommendations of the orthopedic specialists and denying DSAI regular and intensive physiotherapy from March until now.  All that has been done is that a physiotherapist has been sent to Sg Buloh prison 10 times to date to guide DSAI in doing some instructions in exercises for his shoulder as well as ultrasound treatment. This is wholly inadequate compared to the type of physiotherapy provided during his hospitalization which gave DSAI considerable benefit.
Independent orthopedic specialists have also concurred with the HKL doctors and said that “ daily intensive and appropriate physiotherapy will prevent rapid deterioration of the muscles of the torn tendons”.

The issue therefore is NOT about what surgical options are suitable for DSAI as is also falsely claimed in the Ministry statement.

The real issue is why is intensive physiotherapy which was provided during DSAI’s hospitalization as recommended by the orthopedic specialists being denied to him up to now, causing him much pain and discomfort and endangering his long term health.  Such denial constitutes a form of torture contrary to international law and human rights norms.

We demand that DSAI be taken to either hospitalized or be taken to hospital at least three times a week to receive this treatment. This was done during his earlier detention in 1998 to 2004 and there is no excuse for denying it to him now. 

It has also been recently promised in Parliament by Dato Zahid Hamidi in reply to YB Nurul Izzah; regrettably no treatment at all has been provided since that statement by Zahid ten days ago.
We ask the Health Ministry to remain professional and independent on this issue and also to be accountable for the statements that they make by naming the official making the statement in future.
16th November 2015

Sivarasa Rasiah
Member of Parliament for Subang and lawyer for Anwar Ibrahim.

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Anwar Ibrahim

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 07:38 PM PST

Anwar Ibrahim

Crackdown Intensifies on Eve of Summits

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 04:41 PM PST

Human Rights Watch

(Washington, DC) – Malaysian authorities have brought new criminal charges against critics of the government and are showing no signs of easing this year's intensifying crackdown on free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. Malaysia, currently the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the East Asia Summit, and a member of the United Nations Security Council, will host several high-profile summits next week involving the leaders of ASEAN, as well as United States President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, among other leaders.

"The Malaysian government has revealed itself as petty, vindictive, and brittle when thrust into the limelight on the eve of important state visits," said John Sifton, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. "Going after activists, journalists, and opposition leaders are not the actions of a confident government committed to promoting respect for human rights, and visiting leaders need to say so."

On October 27, 2015, Human Rights Watch issued a 140-page report on the intensifying repression in Malaysia, outlining a long series of legal cases against critics of the government, from opposition leaders to cartoonists.

Since mid-October, Malaysian authorities have charged two opposition members of parliament, an opposition activist, and two rally organizers with criminal offenses for exercising their free speech rights. They have also threatened criminal charges against other critical voices and raided the offices of two online news portals reporting on corruption investigations.

These cases cast a chill on civil society and critical reporting by the media, and should top the agenda of bilateral concerns with Malaysian officials. The recent actions include:

  • The authorities charged opposition Members of Parliament Rasiah Sivarasa and Ng Wei Aik with sedition, the latest in a string of opposition politicians charged under the outdated and draconian Sedition Act – at least five others are currently awaiting trial. Sivarasa was charged with sedition on October 20 for a statement he made at a March 2015 rally criticizing the sodomy conviction of former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Aik was charged on November 6 for a similar statement made at a rally in February 2015. If convicted and fined more than 2000 Malaysian ringgit (US$455.89), or sentenced to more than one year in prison, these parliamentarians would be discharged from office and disqualified from taking part in politics for five years after their term ends;
  • Police detained activist Khalid Ismath and charged him with three counts of sedition and 11 counts of violating the Communications and Multimedia Act for social media posts that the government alleges are insulting to the sultan of Johor. He was denied bail for more than three weeks. The government responded to opposition Parliamentarian Hanipa Maidan's criticism of the attorney general for opposing bail for Ismath by opening a sedition investigation of Maidan;
  • The authorities criminally charged Maria Chin Abdullah, chair of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih), and Jannie Lasimbang, vice-chair of Bersih Sabah, with failing to give the police 10 days' notice for the 34-hour rally that was held peacefully on August 29 and 30. The rally called for institutional reforms to provide governmental accountability to address corruption, and specifically for Prime Minister Najib Razak to explain his handling of the scandal-rocked, government-owned 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). If convicted under section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act, the two activists could be fined up to RM10,000 ($2279.46). Beyond the fact that Bersih twice met with police prior to the rally, thus giving notice, imposing criminal penalties for failure to provide notice of a rally is contrary to international standards for the right to peaceful assembly;
  • The authorities questioned blogger Mohamed Safi Yassin for criminal defamation and criminal intimidation after he posted a warning to the police that abusive police tactics at the then-upcoming Bersih rally would harm their reputation; and
  • The government raided the offices of online news portals Malaysiakini and The Star on November 6, continuing a trend of harassing media that report on corruption. According to Malaysiakini, the raids were in response to an article published on November 2 about the transfer of a deputy-prosecutor in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. After a complaint by the attorney general's chambers, authorities opened an investigation for criminal defamation by the news portals, raided their offices, and seized computer equipment. The government raided Malaysiakini's office a second time on November 7. The government in July had suspended publication of two newspapers for three months for their reporting on the 1MDB scandal. That suspension was overturned by the Malaysian High Court in September.

Visiting leaders, including Obama, should press Malaysia's government to stem the latest round of repression, Human Rights Watch said. They should call on Najib to end the use of criminal defamation, sedition, and other laws to criminalize dissent.

"Exposure of corruption and criticism of the government are essential elements of a rights-respecting democracy," Sifton said. "The Malaysian government should stop treating criticism as a crime and drop all charges against those being prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly."

Aquino urged to defend democracy

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 04:37 PM PST

Philippine Daily Inquirer

BE a champion of democracy in Asia, a Malaysian human rights leader called on President Benigno Aquino.

Tian Chua, who made the call, is also vice president of jailed Anwar Ibrahim’s People’s Justice Party.

He is in the Philippines along with Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah as part of their tour to lobby leaders and friends to support the call for Anwar’s immediate release so he can undergo medical treatment due to serious #124muscle tear in the right shoulder.

Early this year, Malaysia’s highest court found Anwar guilty of sodomising a former political aide.

International critics including the United States slammed the conviction, believing it is part of Malaysia’s crackdown against the opposition.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention recently found that Anwar is being held illegally and in violation of international law.

“For a long time, especially when Anwar was leading the opposition coalition, our position has been that the government is abusing religious norms to politically persecute those who present the biggest challenge to the government. So, through the findings by the Interparliamentary unit, world leaders and the UN, it proves it really justifies our position that Anwar is innocent, that he has been tried in a politically motivated exercise,” Nurul said.

Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada joined the call for the immediate release of Anwar who, he said, is a personal friend.

When asked if President Aquino has expressed support for their call, Tian said: “We respect the president’s position on being a member of Asean and refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of another country.

“However, we believe the president shares a common experience with Nurul’s family. I think he definitely, privately sympathises with the family of Anwar Ibrahim and we were expecting that being president, he should #124be the champion of democracy of this region,” Tian said.

“And being an outgoing president, we hope he can take courage in reminding [Malaysian] Prime Minister Najib [Razak], his counterpart, that Asean as a region must grow in advancing human rights. This is #124our greatest hope. I believe he has the humility and understanding to #124do the right thing. Our #124trip will not be in vain,” Tian said.


AMK Shah Alam

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 01:19 PM PST


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Anwar Ibrahim

Posted: 08 Nov 2015 07:25 PM PST

Anwar Ibrahim

Behind bars : Call to end harrasment against Dr M and others

Posted: 07 Nov 2015 09:01 PM PST

I am gravely concerned by the news that former prime minister of Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the subject of a police investigation for criminal defamation and was questioned by the police on 6 November.
He committed no crime when he asked questions and voiced criticism against the Prime Minister on the 1MDB crisis.
If this is how even Tun Dr Mahathir is treated, the democratic right of ordinary Malaysians to question and criticise the government is in serious jeopardy.
Our constitution and the democratic rights therein guaranteed to our people must not be disregarded or interfered with by government or enforcement agencies.
I have watched with increasing concern the worsening strain of authoritarianism by those in power.
Instead of investigating Tun Dr Mahathir, the PM and the government should answer the important questions that he had raised. These questions are also being asked by ordinary Malaysians throughout the country.
This heavy handed response will only worsen the crisis of confidence in the PM, the government and the institutions involved in trying to silence critics.
I call for an end to this harassment against Dr Mahathir and all others, who have merely done their duty by our country by voicing out against the errors and wrongdoings of the government and its leaders.
Anwar Ibrahim

Behind bars : Message on Deepavali

Posted: 07 Nov 2015 08:56 PM PST

DS Anwar Ibrahim conveyed the following message to the public through his lawyers on 6 November 2015

“The festival of Deepavali is once again being celebrated by Hindus with joy and devotion in Malaysia, and throughout the world.
Deepavali celebrates the eternal
struggle between Right and Wrong, and Good and Evil. No matter what the obstacles and the challenges facing us, Good will always emerge triumphant in the end. Remember this, and do not be dismayed by setbacks or temporary failure.
In the current situation of Malaysia, this message bears great meaning.
Let us strengthen our purpose, and continue the struggle against tyranny with renewed vigour and effort.
This year I cannot be with you to celebrate the festival of lights.
But rest assured, my thoughts, hopes and best wishes will always be with you, the people.
Deepavali Naal Valtugal!”