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The Coroner’s Inquest has failed in dispensing justice to Gunasegaran and his family PDF Print E-mail
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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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Establishing a National Unity Government PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 June 2021 22:12

Establishing a National Unity Government
Lim Teck Ghee and Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi


Following the end of the Emergency period on 1 August or earlier, it is evident that the nation will continue to face a perilous and high risk situation because of the prolonged duration and unclear course of the pandemic as well as the deepening economic crisis.


In this situation, any decision to go ahead with political activities that are part of the conventional electoral process is fraught with unavoidable danger to the nation's socio-economic progress and security.
We can expect that millions of lives in the entire country will be exposed to an unpredictable and not easily contained pandemic in the electioneering.


There is no way any authority - medical or non-medical - can guarantee that the holding of a GE at the end of 2021 or even early 2022 can avoid a worst case health scenario which can bring the nation's economy and society to its knees.


At the same time we are cognisant of the need during this extraordinary period to ensure that the nation’s governance and political administration continues to function normally.


It is also important during this critical period that our political leadership enjoys the confidence and full support of Malaysians.


How to bring about a situation that can ensure a political leadership which has the clear support of the majority of our Parliamentarians without going through a potentially disastrous election is a challenge.


This challenge is more formidable as the present political dynamics has produced no strong evidence of a viable government with an undisputed majority. The same political stalemate may also come about with a new GE
Various approaches and strategies have been provided by some of the country's key stakeholders to resolve the political deadlock in the current emergency and pandemic.


Some of these proposals center around the formation of a national unity government that can be set up by an open and transparent democratice process when Parliament reconvenes.


It is timely for all stake players to put forward their views on the most practicable and least contentious method of arriving at such a national unity government and a political leadership that has the support of the clear majority of our Parliamentarians.


Proposal for Establishing a National Unity Government


A number of steps are involved in our proposal on how a national unity government can be established that is constitutionally defensible; transparent; and publicly trustworthy and acceptable.


1. Firstly the Yang DiPertuan Agong exercises the constitutional prerogative not to call for elections and instead proposes a procedure to instal a unity government under the leadership of a Prime Minister who has the undisputed support from a majority of the 222 parliamentarians.


2. All parliamentarians will write down his or her choice of Prime Minister. This will be done without the need for the proposer to reveal his identity and to avoid any repercussions arising from his choice.  The top 5 choices with the most nominations will be named without revealing the number. They will proceed to the next round of selection.


3. A similar process of anonymous selection will take place involving all parliamentarians choosing only one name from amongst the five. Should any one of the five receive an absolute majority of the votes, he or she will be deemed to be the Prime Minister


4. Should there be no absolute majority for any of the 5, the top two names with the highest votes will proceed to the final round of balloting


5. Following the identification of the top 2 picks, a last and final selection process will take place. This final selection  will be done openly so that all Parliamentarians can make known their preference as PM. This will also permit the PM to know where his support is coming from.


6. Upon his selection the selected Prime Minister will then be required to put together a unity government of his choice.  To ensure a national unity government he or she will be required to appoint at least one third of the Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers from the members of the opposition. This will mean that the PMs own coalition will have two thirds of the Cabinet positions or even less should he be able to bring in members without any political affiliation who have strong records of integrity and merit.


7. Further to ensure regional balance and greater cohesion, 2 deputy prime ministers can be appointed.


8. This unity government can remain in place until GE 15 when the normal election system can come into play again


In summary this national unity government plan is proposed to ensure
i) the nation is not put at risk with an untimely election
ii) the nation’s prime minister and his cabinet ministers emerging from this process will have the mandate and legitimacy to govern until the next GE
iii) there will be a much more cohesive and effective government than what is current to run the country until the next due election.


We are hopeful that the process outlined can produce a unity government that is popularly acceptable, stable and effective during this extraordinary period of crisis.


We welcome feedback from other stake players on how to establish a national unity government that has the right qualities to take charge of our nation in its hour of need.


Kuala Lumpur, 2 June 2021


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 June 2021 12:29
 
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
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Saturday, 21 August 2010 07:54

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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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Police Cartel and Police Independence PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 April 2021 11:07
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Media statement: 30 April 2021
POLICE CARTEL AND POLICE INDEPENDENCE
We, civil society and political organizations, wish to highlight several critical issues related to the Royal Malaysian police, as follows:
1. We are horrified by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador’s claim, during an interview with Sinar Harian1 on 18 March 2021, that a cartel in cahoots with criminals is operating within the police force, and that the police force must be urgently cleansed from the influence of the cartel. This is the first time in modern history that the Chief Police Officer of our nation has openly made such a claim.
2. That claim was followed by another revelation by the IGP about the leakage of confidential information2 during Operation Pelican 3.0. The leakage resulted in failure of the police to apprehend the alleged head of the largest money laundering operation in Malaysia, Datuk Seri Nicky Liow. The IGP added that 34 persons are implicated, and that the majority are police officers, including senior police officers. This is a huge and significant number.
3. On 10 April 2021, the IGP3 publicly revealed that transfers of police officers ordered by him were suspended by the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin. The IGP’s original order called for transfers, on 12 April 2021, of 71 senior police officers including state Chief Police Officers. The IGP said the Home Minister suspended the transfers while the IGP himself was on leave. The claims and revelations by the IGP clearly show that his orders were not followed. In other words, his orders were sabotaged, overturned, or compromised. The IGP said plainly that under the law, as Inspector General of Police, he is responsible for Command and Control of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).
4. On 12 April, Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin denied4 that he had interfered in the transfers as Home Minister but added that suspension of the transfers was based on a majority voice of a meeting of the Police Commission (SPP), which he chairs. Hence, he did not deny his involvement in the suspension. Further, he indicated that the majority of the Police Commission do not support the transfers of senior police officers ordered by the IGP. Does this mean the IGP’s goal of cleansing PDRM before he retires cannot be acted upon? Does this mean the majority of the police officers whose transfers the IGP ordered have the backing of other parties such as members of the Police Commission?
5. On 15 April, the IGP claimed that the Department of Integrity and Standards (JIPS)5 is sheltering certain officers who are under investigation, while Datuk Ayob Khan, the Chief Police Officer of Johor, said he would not submit names of police officers to JIPS for investigation. When the Inspector General of Police and the Chief Police Officer of a state share mistrust of JIPS, it is clear that JIPS cannot effectively discharge its responsibilities. This is not only worrying. This is a clear, open declaration that JIPS is unable to function or is controlled by the cartel.
Based on the statements and claims, we can conclude the following:
i. Actions have been initiated to cause the Inspector General of Police to fail in discharging his duties, to such an extent that the IGP himself has had to announce that the police force must be cleansed from the activities of an internal cartel which is in cahoots with criminals.
ii. The Police Commission, chaired by the Home Minister, has interfered in the exercise by the Inspector General of Police of his powers and prerogatives to transfer officers.
iii. The Department of Integrity and Standards, JIPS, is unable to carry out its duties in a free, fair and effective manner.
Hamid Bador’s contract ends on 30 April 2021 (today). His contract was not renewed, despite his clear expression of desire to continue in office. He was appointed IGP as part of the government’s efforts to reform the police force and its administration. During his two years of service, the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) was not established, However, his revelations about the operation of a cartel in the Royal Malaysian Police has shocked the public. Indeed, public opinion is that he has tried to take brave actions to cleanse PDRM.
Hence, we, the signatories of this memorandum, demand the following:
1. An Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), with the spirit and powers of the IPCMC proposed in 2005, must be established urgently and empowered. An IPCMC is the best medicine to address the problems of corruption, abuse of power and criminal practices in PDRM. An IPCMC will save PDRM. One of its fruits will be police personnel who will discharge their duties with sincerity and integrity. An IPCMC will restore public confidence in PDRM which is tainted with accusations of abuse of power, selective enforcement and now, of being controlled by a cartel.
2. The names of all persons who have been linked to the cartel must not be put forward as replacements for the IGP or for any positions in PDRM.
3. All persons who come forward to give information (whistle-blowers) about officers who engage in corrupt practices or criminal acts must be given shelter and protection because they are exposed to threats and actions by criminals, including those in uniform.
4. Will this IGP’s efforts to cleanse PDRM continue, now that his service is ended through non-renewal of his contract? Will his replacements continue the efforts he leaves unfinished? Or will we see the return and rise to high office of those whom this IGP has claimed are collaborators of criminals? If the eviction of the cartel from PDRM is not continued, we are deeply concerned that the decline of PDRM will remain unarrested, and reform efforts which have been initiated will be stalled.
5. A process to select the IGP and the Deputy IGP must be established. The process must be reformed to meet the criteria of transparency, integrity and reliability. The Police Commission must also be reformed, so that it reflects and assures a police force which is professional and fair towards good and upright members of PDRM.
PDRM belongs to the citizens of Malaysia. PDRM is an institution which is vital. It is vital not only for securing public order and safety, but also for the pursuit of justice, protection of our democracy and assuring the human rights of everyone. Following the news lately makes us thirst for a police force which demonstrates professionalism, integrity, freedom from interference, and lack of bias. We will support all efforts, regardless of who initiates or promotes them – including the IGP – to ensure that good principles and values are established, because this is in the best interest of our nation.
This statement is endorsed by the following organisations:
1. SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia)
2. CAGED (Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances)
3. Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)
4. ALIRAN (Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara)
5. MAJU (Malaysian Action for Justice and Unity)
6. PROHAM (Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia)
7. CIJ (Centre for Independent Journalism)
8. C4 Center (Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism)
9. Beyond Borders Malaysia
10. TENAGANITA
11. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS)
12. EMPOWER Malaysia
13. GERAK (Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia)
14. SABM (Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia)
15. PATRIOT (Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan)
16. BERSIH 2.0
17. Pusat KOMAS
5) https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/04/15/igp-turns-guns-on-his-own-integrity-dept-over-cover-ups/
Last Updated on Friday, 30 April 2021 11:44
 
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