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A Reply to the Election Commission PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 10:51

Bersih-2.01WE thank the EC for the invitation but the time for talk and discussion has passed. This is due to the reports of blatant abuses of power in the recent Sarawak election and in view of the impending General Elections.


The EC’s continued assertions that they have no power to act in the face of such abuses and the information that the suggestions they have made to the Government for reform have met with no success gives us little hope in further discussion.


In the public interest the EC should disclose the reforms they have suggested to the Government. Although we acknowledge that the EC has introduced some suggestions of reform to postal votes, it is our view these reforms do not go far enough.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 16:45
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SABM Supports Parents' Right to Register Child as 'Anak Malaysia' PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 10:44

SABM-SABM-BUTTON31. We refer to the news reports on Tuesday, 7 June, on the rejection by the National Registration Department [NRD] to register the daughter of Mr. M. Ramachandran and YB Hannah Yeoh, as “Anak Malaysia”.


2. We unreservedly support the right of the parents to determine the identity of their beloved child. We wholeheartedly commend Hannah and Rama for the courage to stand by their principles. Their stand to remind us of our common identity as human beings, and as members of this collective called Malaysia, deserves the highest accolade.


3. Some two years ago, the Government announced that it was reviewing the need for the category “ethnicity” in all official forms. We wonder as to the status of this review exercise? Obviously the NRD has not acted on this decision yet. In this era of information technology, the NRD’s reason that their system is not designed to capture a new “identity” can only beconsidered lame!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2011 10:56
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Another Death at MACC! Civil Society Organisations demand Immediate Investigation and Justice! PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Friday, 08 April 2011 08:12

sabm-jointcsJoint Statement: 7 April 2011


We, the undersigned Civil Society Organisations, are appalled are appalled by the news of another death at the MACC (Malaysia anti Corruption Commission) Office that reportedly occurred yesterday around 10.15am. The victim, believed to be Ahmad Sarbani Mohamed (56) an assistant director of the Selangor Customs Department had been released on bail three days ago, but was found dead on the first floor of MACC building at Jalan Cochrane.


To the best of our knowledge, this is the second time a fellow citizen has died whilst under the custody of the MACC. The fact that this comes not long after the death of Teoh Beng Hock in July 2009, is a real cause for concern for the peoples of this nation. This incident has again raised questions on the integrity and accountability of the MACC. Public confidence in the credibility and professionalism of the MACC has been shattered!


We are extremely saddened that the very institutions of the State that are supposed to protect and advance the public's interest have apparently abandoned the principles of democratic governance. Not only have human freedom and dignity been degraded, lives have been unnecessarily lost.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2011 09:28
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Legal Challenge on Taib Mahmud’s Abuse of Power on Immigration Control PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Thursday, 14 April 2011 08:18

sabm-jointcsWE, the undersigned civil society groups, condemn in the strongest sense the denial of electoral reform activist cum political scientist Dr Wong Chin Huat’s entry into Sarawak last Friday.


It is a blatant abuse of immigration power and an insult to Sarawak’s 18-Point Agreement upon the formation of Malaysia by the Sarawak’s caretaker Chief Minister Taib Mahmud.


This and the earlier barring of native rights activist Steven Ng, on the April 3, must be challenged legally in the court. We support fully such legal action, which is now being prepared, to protect Malaysians from violation of fundamental human rights and abuse of federalism.


Wong, Ng and others who have been barred earlier like Dr Kua Kia Soong, MP Sivarasa Rasiah, Cynthia Gabriel and Tan Seng Hin, have all been served a simple notice citing Sub-section 65(1)(a) of the Immigration Act which only states that the State Government has instructed the Director of Immigration Sarawak to deny their entry, without giving any reason.


Caretaker CM Taib Mahmud has shown complete contempt of the Section 67 of the Immigration Act which specifically provides for a citizen’s right of “entering the East Malaysian State for the sole purpose of engaging in legitimate political activity”.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2011 08:23
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Let the Sarawakian Diaspora vote by postal ballot PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 23:40

sabm-jointcsWE, the undersigned civil society groups (CSGs), call upon the Election Commission (EC) to allow Sarawakians in overseas West Malaysia, Sabah, and even in different regions within Sarawak to vote by postal ballots in the coming Sarawak elections.


This is legally possible by the EC’s own admission and only requires a longer campaign period, which should be a minimum of 21 days considering the geographical spread of Sarawak constituencies.


Postal voting would enable some 50,000-200,000 Sarawakians – according to different estimates - to vote without taking leave and spending hundreds of ringgit to return home. Sabah faces the same problem too.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2011 23:52
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