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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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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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True, I am not you. I can’t know. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 01:25

houses1By Laura

 

She’s only 28. And she’s already borne nine children - the last one just six months ago. While I believe that children are gifts, I also believe that gifts come with responsibility. I feel that to leave the conception and bearing of children to chance or fate when you can intervene, to a degree of course, is inexcusable and this when they can ill afford to have another baby. As it is, they have to depend on charity.

 

I ask her if she's taken steps to stop further pregnancies and she says no. My feelings are mixed. I want to cry because she doesn’t know better. I want to cry because she’s so poor, legacy of an oppressive system and a vicious cycle of learned helplessness. At the same time, I am also angry because I feel she should know better. From my position, I feel that every woman should know instinctively to give the best protection, education, care and love to their offspring, and that if they can’t, they should seriously not consider bringing another kid into the world. Surely she can see what her many children are lacking. The filthy squalor they live in alone is reason enough not to have more children and I haven’t even started on education which is every child’s right.

 

Her toddlers lie on the cold, sticky and slimy floor of the bare flat - half naked, sharing a dirty bottle which contains what looks more like “kopi susu” than “susu”. The older ones sit with dirty faces and hair staring vacantly, flashing their white teeth in wide grins when I smile at them. I feel pity for them. And her. But I also feel a little angry that she brought them into the world, to a life of abject poverty - without their permission. They did not ask to be born and to be subjected to such a life.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 09:26
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This is my Home PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Saturday, 04 May 2013 11:12

 

FamilyOuting

INSOFAR as the integrity of institutions go, it's been an ugly two weeks. The Election Commission, entrusted to be independent, has been dismal in performing its duties; from the indelible ink fiasco to the silence on foreign voters flooding in over the last couple of days. The mainstream media is guilty of running fear-mongering ads. So many government agencies have been exploited to aid the incumbent political coalition party return to power.


This isn't how a self-styled 'best democracy in the world' ought to work.


Yes, it's been ugly but it also underscores the amount of work we have to do post GE13. We.


We have to because this is our home.

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 May 2013 11:40
 
Artists and NGOs: Leave politics out of myBalikPulau PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Thursday, 03 March 2011 11:07

sabm-jointcsPROJEK SENI PAPARAN USAHA KOLEKTIF KANAK-KANAK - BUKAN UNTUK POLITIK PERKAUMAN YANG TIDAK BERTANGGUNJAWAB


Kumpulan kumpulan seni, warisan dan organisasi-organisasi sivil dari Kuala Lumpur dan Pulau Pinang membantah kuat gangguan dan hasutan bersifat perkauman terhadap risalah myBALIKpulau yang diterbitkan oleh Persatuan Pendidikan Seni Pulau Pinang (Arts-ED). Risalah myBALIKpulau yang merupai usaha koleftif kanak-kanak Balik Pulau bersama fasilitator/pemudah cara Arts-ED, telah dituduh mempermainkan sejarah dan menghina Melayu di Pulau Pinang.


Arts-ED dikenali dalam bidang pendidikan seni dan telah menjalankan projek-projek seni seperti persembahan teater jalanan, muzikal, pameran fotografi dan apresiasi terhadap sejarah melalui jejak warisan dan sejarah lisan. Ringkasnya, Arts-ED berdedikasi memudahkan generasi muda untuk memahami, memelihara dan mempromosikan alam semulajadi, sosial, budaya dan warisan ketara mereka melalui medium seni.


Projek myBALIKpulau serupa dengan pelbagai karya seni kreatif yang dihasilkan oleh kumpulan-kumpulan seni yang lain yang menawarkan pandangan alternatif dan pandangan barus upaya kita boleh benar-benar menghargai warisan kaya Malaysia.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2011 11:39
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