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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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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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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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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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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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