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How Myths can be Necessary and also Dangerous PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:00

farish2By Dr Farish A. Noor

First published in author's Facebook page

 

Over the last two days I have been interviewed three times by three different media publications over the question of where I stand on the latest silly debate in Malaysia, namely the question of whether Hang Tuah existed or not, and whether it ought to be taught in schools. This is, I have to confess, one of the smaller histories of Malaysia that has been in the footnotes of my mind for ages, and I recall how I was once asked by an elderly gentleman during a forum discussion in KL in 1998 if it was true that Hang Tuah was of Chinese origin.


Let me state what little I know of the matter, and make my stand relatively clearer:


Firstly, I dont know or care if Hang Tuah was Chinese, Malay, Japanese, Eskimo or Serbo-Croat. He could have been a mix of all of the above with a Martian wife and a Venusian mother-in-law for all I care.


Secondly, no, there is no record of the keris Taming Sari either, and every antique shop that claims to have one is lying to get your money;


Thirdly, please note that in the Hikayat Hang Tuah we also have stories of kerises that fly, magical potions, demons and monsters, and a magical bean that when swallowed allows you to speak all languages. (A bit like the Babel fish in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy methinks.)

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2012 23:33
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Malaysians Deserve Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment and Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 November 2011 12:16

 

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We, the undersigned civil society organisations and members of the Seksualiti Merdeka (Sexuality Independence) coalition stronglycondemn the attacks on the annual festival by PERKASA, Hindu Sangam and PAS Youth. We call upon the state authorities to ensure the security and rights of all human rights defenders in the country, including those from the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) community.


We are deeply concerned about the security of LGBTIQ communities and the activists who have been advocating for intimidation and harassments against them to cease. The LGBTIQ community continues to be subjected to harassment, threats and violent attacks largely due to the lack of recognition of their rights.


In Malaysia, as across the region, homosexuality remains criminalised and punishable by severe prison sentences. Seksualiti Merdekais an annual sexuality rights festival held in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from the annual festival, Seksualiti Merdeka also organises workshops, talks and film screenings to create awareness among Malaysians to understand the community better and to respect their freedom to freely express their sexual orientation and gender identity without conformity to any prescribed set of norms.


The UN Human Rights Council has on numerous occasions expressly stated that homosexuality is protected by Article 2 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) as a special status of non-discrimination and urged states to pass anti-discrimination legislation that expressly includes sexual orientation as a protected ground.

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Memorandum to SPB Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (BM/Eng) PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Thursday, 14 July 2011 01:13

Bersih-2.01Mengadap Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, yang bersemayam di atas takhta kerajaan Malaysia dengan segala kebesaran dan kemuliaannya.


Assalamu`alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh


Ampun Tuanku Beribu-ribu Ampun,


Patik sekalian merafak sembah Kebawah Duli Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong memohon izin untuk mengusulkan rayuan kami mengenai penambahbaikan sistem dan proses pilihanraya di Malaysia.


Seri Paduka Baginda Tuanku,

 

Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil 2.0 (BERSIH 2.0) yang disertai enam puluh dua (62) badan-badan masyarakat madani menjunjung kasih Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong di atas perkenan kami mengadap pada 5 Julai 2011 lalu.


BERSIH 2.0 percaya sudah tiba masanya menambahbaik pilihanraya di Malaysia. Demokrasi yang berjaya adalah demokrasi yang dibina berlandaskan pilihanraya yang bersih, bebas dan adil. Hak untuk mengundi termaktub di bawah Artikel 21 Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia Sejagat (UDHR). Mengundi adalah penting bagi membolehkan rakyat mempunyai suara yang aktif dalam kerajaan dan untuk memastikan perlindungan hak asasi yang lain.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2011 01:46
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Debate with Mat Sabu, not prosecute him PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 23:04

mat_sabuWE, the undersigned civil society organisations, collectively register our utter disgust over the prosecution of PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu under Section 505 of the Penal Code with uttering statements tantamount to public mischief. He was even briefly arrested last night.


Charging Sabu goes against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's pledge to promote openness and democracy on Malaysia Day.


It raises questions over the sincerity of PM Najib in announcing a series of reforms including amendment of the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA), whether he has full control on the police or both.


We urge the government to immediately drop the politically-motivated charge of Sabu and stop intimidating dissidents who oppose and challenge official history and ideology.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 23:15
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SABM supports the People's rights to peaceful assembly PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Monday, 27 June 2011 08:40

Bersih-2.011. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia [SABM] unreservedly supports the initiative by BERSIH 2.0, the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, to hold a peaceful assembly on 9th July 2011. The “Walk for Democracy” to ensure the integrity and transparency of the electoral system is fully consistent with the rights enshrined in our Constitution.


2. BERSIH’s demands in essence encapsulate the People’s desire for greater accountability and transparency. The 8-Point demands unequivocally reaffirm the Rukunegara’s commitment “to maintaining a democratic way of life” and the immutable principle of “Upholding the Constitution”.


3. In this regard, we are alarmed by the response of the Institutions of State that seem clearly bent on demonizing the BERSIH 2.0 initiative. The response of the PDRM – an institution that is supposed to uphold the principles of impartiality and neutrality - is at best pathetic and at worst dictatorial. It is not the business of the IGP or the City Police Chief to issue warnings to the People not to assemble. Their duty is to provide protection for the People to exercise their rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to intimidate and threaten the People.


4. We unreservedly condemn the action taken by the Police in the last 72 hours to prevent citizens from exercising their fundamental rights, namely:

 

i. The clampdown on the BERSIH road shows in Shah Alam and Kuala Selangor;

ii. The arrests of citizens in several places for distributing BERSIH 2.0 leaflets and wearing the BERSIH T-shirt;

iii. The arrest of 30 Parti Sosialis Malaysia members in Penang under the charge of allegedly “waging war against the King”!


These pathetic attempts to intimidate and threaten the People are symptomatic of a paranoia that seems to afflict the Institutions of State. Citizens wanting to exercise their legitimate right to dissent in a peaceful manner can never be a threat to national security.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2011 08:52
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