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The 'Social Contract' issue: Scholars' stand PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:54

sabm-socialcontractPress statement by group of concerned scholars on the 'social contract' issue

 

WE would like to provide some feedback to the speech made by Prime Minister Najib Razak on 21 October 2010 to the Umno general assembly in which he gave the impression that there is a 'social contract' whose terms are set in stone. He also told the delegates that no Malaysian should question it.


It is necessary to note that there is a range of views amongst us on the social contract issue and on how to respond to the Prime Minister's advice.

 

One colleague has argued that it is not yet time for an "organized effort" of civil society to make such a statement as it may provoke negative reactions that may be harmful to our common pursuit of a fair and united nation.


Another has expressed concern that we must not play into the hands of politicians who will mobilize Malay support by trying to show that the non-Malays have reneged on their so-called promise to accept Malay political superiority in exchange for citizenship.

 

A third colleague has noted that there is really no need to contest what is 'written' in the social contract. Rather, we should question where a copy of the social contract is to be found so we can verify and discuss its contents and meaning.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:13
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The Coroner’s Inquest has failed in dispensing justice to Gunasegaran and his family PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 06:08

sabm-jointcsJoint Press Statement by eight (8) Civil Society Groups


The Coroner’s Inquest has failed in dispensing justice to Gunasegaran and his family.


WE, the undersigned organizations, are deeply appalled by the “Open Verdict” of the Coroner presiding at the inquest of R. Gunasegaran who died in police custody on July 16, 2009.


As many as three witnesses have testified at the inquest that Gunasegaran had been kicked and beaten by a police officer until he was unconscious, and the second autopsy has found a 28cm long, 8cm width and 5cm depth scar on his chest.


We cannot believe that such a heavy physical assault and the resultant severe scars on Gunasegaran were not given the due consideration as the most probable cause of death. The coroner’s open verdict is simply unconvincing! We strongly criticize the dismissal of eye-witnesses’ testimony. The coroner’s inquest has apparently failed in dispensing justice without fear or favour, to Gunasegaran and his family.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 06:27
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Sexual harassment: Break away from silence PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 July 2010 07:05

There are harrowing sexual experiences women everywhere go through but not many get told. Victims of sexual harassment usually bury their misery deep within, and the screams for help that come from them are only on the inside. Because they stay silent, no one knows the torments they struggle to deal with by themselves. And so no one can help in the critical healing of a wounded heart.


FARIDA JIVAMALA IBRAHIM, a victim of sexual harassment down the years, had to deal with yet another sexual harasser a few months ago. For the first time, she writes openly about her experiences in the hope that other victims will know it is never their fault when they become the unwitting target of a sexual predator.


This is her story.


sabm-sexharI HAD never met him before. He was there as a guest at our function. Because of the pelting rain, we had delayed starting on time out of consideration for latecomers.


I had not heard him the first time he spoke those demeaning words, I was later told. So he had said them again, this time loud enough for me and the others around him to hear: “Farida, if you don’t start the movie promptly, I am going to strip you naked.”


Even the years of being a victim of harassment had not prepared me for this. Never before had I been confronted so publicly. His was a full frontal attack and without doubt he intended to hit, to hurt and to humiliate.


Yet I was able to say, just as loudly, "If you are going to talk like this, I’m going to send you out of this place. We do not entertain that kind of talk here."

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SABM mengutuk komen rasis Pengetua Sekolah PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Saturday, 21 August 2010 07:54

SABM-RACISM

SABM MENGUTUK KOMEN RASIS OLEH PENGETUA SEKOLAH


1. Kami berasa marah terhadap kenyataan rasis yang disyaki telah dikeluarkan oleh Pengetua Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra di Kulai, Johor.


2. Kami terperanjat dan kesal bahawa kenyataan penuh bisa seperti itu, telah keluar dari mulut seorang pendidik yang digalaskan tanggungjawab untuk membentuk perwatakan serta peribadi Anak–Anak Bangsa Malaysia. Apa yang lebih menyedihkan adalah kenyataan tersebut dibuat oleh Pengetua bagi sebuah sekolah yang menggunakan nama Bapa Malaysia!


3. Kami berasa sedih bahawa kenyataan tersebut, jika terbukti benar, bercanggah dengan prinsip-prinsip Rukunegara yang telah di lafazkan oleh generasi demi generasi pelajar sekolah sejak 40 tahun dahulu.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 August 2010 08:23
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Sehari di Trafalgar Square, London PDF Print E-mail
Written by A Worried Student   
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 00:00
TAGS:GMI|No2ISA

1st August 2010 marks half a century of existence of the Internal Security Act. (ISA). Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) invite all concerned citizens to a candle light vigil in conjunction with 50 years of ISA on 1st August 2010 at several locations all over Malaysia.

 

Picture by Danny Lim


No2ISA_London

 

Beberapa minggu yang lepas, pada suatu tengah hari yang sejuk, kelabu dan basah, aku mengikuti protes anti-ISA di Trafalgar Square, London yang telah dianjurkan oleh Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA-UK. Kurang dari 25 orang yang hadir, tetapi nombor yang sedikit ditebus dengan hati-hati yang tegar dan berapi-api. Mereka sengaja memilih lokasi demonstrasi di hadapan bangunan “Tourism Malaysia,” mungkin untuk mempromosikan Malaysia sebagai Negara yang patut menjadi tempat tuju aktivis-aktivis Britain kerana rekod hak asasinya yang cukup menarik. Dan tidak, Raja Petra tak ada pada masa itu. Cukuplah dia disumbatkan dalam Kamunting dahulu, berilah dia peluang untuk duduk di rumah.


Dengan berbekalkan beberapa poster, banner, sebuah alat pembesar suara, gitar, 'flyers' dan jiwa-jiwa yang penuh semangat, mereka memulakan protes mereka di tempat yang telah sedia dipagarkan di Trafalgar Square. Dengan itu, mereka pun bermulalah. Laungan “Stop the ISA!” dan “Stop human rights abuses in Malaysia!” kedengaran terngiang-ngiang di udara. Ramai yang lalu-lalang di kawasan protes tersebut, sesetengah dengan mata penuh curiga dan sesetengah lagi mengejar waktu yang tiada kompromi.


Kemudian acara diteruskan dengan seorang hadirin memetik gitar akustiknya dan menyanyi lagu-lagu protes ala Bob Dylan dengan tajuk-tajuk seperti “Kami Takkan Diam” dan “I Didn’t Speak Up”. Pening kepala omputih mendengar lagu yang dinyanyikan dalam bahasa melayu. Eh, maaf, bahasa Malaysia. Tetapi tetap ada antara mereka yang lalu-lalang mengangkat ibu jari mereka dengan tinggi, tanda sokongan terhadap perjuangan kami.


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