Najib Must Prove That The Repeal Of The Sedition Act And The Introduction Of The National Harmony Act Is Not Another Thinly-Disguised Draconian Law(en/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 12.7.2012

Najib Must Prove That The Repeal Of The Sedition Act And The Introduction Of The National Harmony Act Is Not Another Thinly-Disguised Draconian Law By Immediately Withdrawing All Charges Under The Sedition Act Against Karpal Singh And Other Leaders, And Issuing An Apology To All Those Convicted Throughout The Years Under Both The Sedition Act As Well As The ISA.

Last night, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak announced that the government will finally be repealing the Sedition Act 1948. He then added that it will be replaced with a National Harmony Act.

DAP welcomes the repeal of this draconian and antiquated piece of legislation that has over half a century been used and abused to suppress legitimate political opposition. However, we also urge the government to ensure that its replacement, the National Harmony Act, will not end up like the newly-introduced Peaceful Assembly Act which has turned out to be nothing but a sham.

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Why Still No Arrests For Identififed Assailants Of The Brutal And Barbaric Attack On V Ganabatirao And His Brother V Raidu?

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 2.6.2012

Why Still No Arrests For Identififed Assailants Of The Brutal And Barbaric Attack On V Ganabatirao And His Brother V Raidu?

On 30th May 2012, two Indian Rights Action Force (INDRAF 2.0) leaders V Ganabatirao and his brother V Raidu were brutally and barbarically attacked by a group of thugs, believed to be BN supporters, while on their way to attend a funeral in Klang. Raidu has sustained a broken arm and neck bone, while Ganabatirau’s nose was severely injured. With Raidu is still warded at a hospital in Klang, Ganabatirau is upset with police inaction, despite the identities of the perpetrators having been confirmed 36 hours earlier. Why still no arrests against the identified assailants?

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BN And The Attorney-General(AG) Has No Track Record Of Fairness and Justice And May Use The Evidence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012 To Facilitate Selective Prosecutions of Members of the Opposition and Civil Society.(en/cn)

Press Statement by the DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng, in Kuala Lumpur on 26 May 2012.

The Evidence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012, which was passed in the last sitting of the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara, will make it easier for the Government to launch selective prosecutions of members of the opposition and civil society. BN and the AG has no track record of fairness and justice and may use this new law to facilitate selective prosecution of members of the opposition and civil society.

The Act, which inserted a new section 114A into the Evidence Act 1950, is part of a package of laws that includes the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, which replaces the hated ISA, together with the Penal Code (Amendment) Act 2012 and the Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012.

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Ucapan Parlimen Semasa Membahas Rang Undang-undang Kesalahan Keselamatan(Langkah-langkah Khas) 2012 (bm/cn)

Ucapan Setiausaha Agung DAP Dan Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Bagan Lim Guan Eng Di Parlimen Semasa Membahas Rang Undang-undang Kesalahan Keselamatan(Langkah-langkah Khas) 2012 Di Dewan Rakyat Pada 16 April 2012.

Pemansuhan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri(ISA) Tidak Bermakna Kerana Kuasa Tahanan Luasnya Digantikan Dengan 3 RUU Kesalahan Keselamatan (Llangkah-langkah Khas) 2012, Kanun Tatacara Jenayah(Pindaan) 2012 Dan Kanun Keseksaan(Pindaan) 2012.

Dengan pemansuhan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) maka berakhirlah satu era penindasan rakyat oleh Kerajaan BN. Berakhirlah satu sejarah hitam buat negara kita, di mana sepanjang 52 tahun pelaksanaan ISA dijangka lebih 10,000 orang mangsa telah ditahan tanpa bicara di bawah akta tersebut.
Tetapi adakah kita rakyat harus rasa gembira?

Saya rasa ini bukannya masa untuk diraikan kegembiraan dengan membaca Al-Fatihah kepada ISA kerana ia masih belum benar-benar meninggalkan tanah air Malaysia. Di samping itu keengganan kerajaan BN mengambil tanggungjawab ke atas kezaliman yang diperlakukan ke atas mangsa-mangsa ISA dengan meminta maaf secara terbuka atas tahanan tanpa bicara yang melanggari segala asas perikemanusiaan serta lunas undang-undang hak asasi manusia dan due proses.

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Surat kpd Ketua Polis Negara: Tindakan Keras Ke Atas Ahli UMNO dan PERKASA yang memukul wartawan dan mengancam saya (bm/cn)


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29 Februari 2011

YBhg Tan Sri Haji Ismail bin Haji Omar
Ketua Polis Negara
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia
Bukit Aman
50560 Kuala Lumpur

YBhg Tan Sri,

TINDAKAN KERAS KE ATAS AHLI UMNO DAN PERKASA YANG MEMUKUL WARTAWAN DAN MENGANCAM SAYA

Dengan segala hormatnya perkara di atas dirujuk.

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Following Violent Threats By Their Members, UMNO and Perkasa Personally Responsible If Anything Happens To Me.(en/bm/cn)

Police Report By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 28.2.2012.

Following Violent Threats By Their Members, UMNO and Perkasa Personally Responsible If Anything Happens To Me.

Nearly two years ago, the Penang PR state government had set up a Speakers’ Square in Padang Kota Lama to permit not only freedom of speech but also freedom after speech. The Speakers’ Square upholds the spirit of, “I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. The Speakers’ Square is for the public to use to allow them to express themselves freely without threats or fear. For this reason the state government has rarely organised any events in Speakers’ corner.

On 26 February 2012, I arrived at 6.30 pm in Padang Kota Lama to attend a Himpunan Hijau 2.0 event organised by a Penang NGO Suaram to object to the Lynas rare earth processing plant in Kuantan. Before my arrival, Penang Senior EXCO member YB Chow Kon Yeow who was there at 6 pm, had informed me by phone of disruption of the peaceful rally by UMNO and Perkasa members.

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DAP Regrets The Burning Of The Holy Quran By US Troops In Afghanistan As It Is An Unacceptable Act Of Desecration And Dishonour.(en/bm)

The careless incident in Afghanistan in which copies of the Holy Quran had been inadvertently sent to a garbage burn pit at a US Army camp and subsequently incinerated is an unacceptable act of desecration and dishonour towards the religion of Islam.

DAP deeply regrets such an insensitive action that should never have occurred in the first place.

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Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil Should Be Pro-active And Courageous In Upholding The Child Act 2001 And United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child To Ensure Them A Safe Physical, Emotional And Mental Environment.(en/cn)

On the occasion of Malaysia Children’s Day, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development. Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil should fulfil her Ministerial duty to be pro-active and courageous in upholding the Child Act 2001 and the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child to ensure them a safe physical, emotional and mental environment.

In the past she has paid lip service in opposing child brides but refused to act to take corrective measures. However lately she has even failed to condemn those who lie about innocent children or use innocent children as their object of fun to score political points.

Sharizat’s failure to reproach or condemn UMNO Youth President Khairy Jamaluddin for perpetuating a lie that my 16 year old son had sexually outraged the modesty of his classmate shows that Sharizat has failed in her Ministerial duty to protect the basic fundamental rights of a child to live with dignity and safety.

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Human Rights and Transparency in Malaysia

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for inviting me to speak at the Monash Asia Institute, an important research center at my alma mater. I would like to especially thank Professor Greg Barton and my dear friend Dr Wendy Smith as well as send my thanks to the Monash University’s leadership. As you know, Monash University has a sister campus in Kuala Lumpur and although it is sadly not in my state, the university plays an important role in educating future leaders of our country.

As a Malaysian, I am very grateful for this collaboration and hope we can strengthen ties between Monash and Malaysia further. On a personal level, as many of your know I received my economics and accounting degree here and was quite active in student politics. I was never an outstanding student but what little I gleaned has helped me to formulate new economic and industrial policies in Penang that is now acknowledged as the best run state in Malaysia with strong growth, record budget surpluses and record FDIs coupled with a labour shortage.

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An Equal Opportunity Act and And Equal Opportunity Commission(EOC) Would Stop The Flow Of 2 Million Human Talents That Have Left Malaysia Since Merdeka In 1957.

DAP supports the suggestion of not only retaining the EOC in the New Economic Model(NEM) as suggested by National Economic Advisory Council member Datuk Dr Zainal Aznam Mohd Yusof but also an Equal Opportunity Act to allow us to maximize human talents and stop the flow of 2 million Malayisan who have left the country since Merdeka in 1957.

Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance President Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas said that such a law would allow equal chances to all and develop sustainable economic policies. Increasingly many Malays are also leaving, just look at Dubai. The terrible cost we are paying can be seen by the failure to realize our full economic potential causing Malaysia to lose out to other countries that were far behind us previously.
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Celebration of Human Rights Day 2010

Human Rights Day 2010 on 10 December recognizes the work of human rights defenders worldwide who act to end discrimination of race, gender, religion or any other basis inconsistent with basic principles or values of humanity, freedom and justice.

Welcome to Penang, the state of free speech with the first Speaker’s Square in the country where in the immortal words of Voltaire, “We may disagree with you but we will defend to the death your right to disagree with me”. It gives me great honour to be invited to celebrate this day with all you heroes and heroines of those who were deprived, dispossessed and denied of their basic human rights.

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1Malaysia and BN’s Consensus Spirit Are Irrelevant As Long As UMNO And BN Supports Perkasa.

The statement by Tan Sri Adam Kadir, the President of the Organisation of Former Umno Elected Representatives (Penawar) urging UMNO to continue its co-operation with Perkasa and all Malay NGOs that champion Malay and Bumiputera rights as enshrined Federal constitution reinforces UMNO’s role of backing the racist Perkasa. 1Malaysia and BN’s consensus spirit are irrelevant as long as UMNO and BN fully support the racist Perkasa.

How can Perkasa claim not to be racist and only fighting to uphold Article 153 of the Federal Constitution when they support racist statements that Chinese should go back to China and their women sell their bodies whereas Indians are beggars and dogs. I have checked and rechecked through Article 153 of the Federal Constitution and there is nothing stated in Article 153 that gives any one special rights to describe Chinese whose women sell their bodies and should go back to China, Indians as beggars or are dogs.
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Launching of the First Speakers’ Corner in Malaysia

Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang at Speakers’ Corner Opening Ceremony on 04 May 2010

1. I wish to thank all of you for being here to witness the historic launching ceremony of the first Speakers’ Corner in Malaysia today. This auspicious day marks an important history in George Town’s colorful chapter of political change since March 2008 where the Speakers’ Corner represents the platform of democracy for all Malaysians, the aspirations to enjoy the right to freedom of expression and the hopes of all Malaysians for a civil society.

2. With the Speakers’ Corner, the rakyat will have the opportunity to express their views and opinions freely whilst ensuring that their rights are being protected. Speakers’ Corner should be an avenue to allow the citizens and individuals to have gatherings and candle vigil peaceful demonstrations, press conference, various other forms of peaceful and artistic forms of expression and to demonstrate their citizens’ rights.
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Proposed amendments to Major Labour Laws Could Affect the Rights and Livelihood of Our Workers

May Day Message by the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng in Komtar, George Town on Saturday 1.5.2010

I would like to express concern over the federal government’s proposed amendments to Malaysia’s major labour laws that could affect the rights and livelihood of our workers.

The proposed amendments to the Industrial Relations Act 1967, Trade Union Act 1959 and Employment Act 1955 have been described by the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) as the worst plan conceived against Malaysian workers.

According to MTUC, if the amendment to the Industrial Relations Act is approved, it could take away employees’ right to bring up any case of wrongful dismissal to the Industrial Court.
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BN Must Disassociate Itself From IGP Tan Sri Musa Hasan’s Excessive, Unwarranted And Inhumane Actions

BN Must Disassociate Itself From IGP Tan Sri Musa Hasan’s Excessive, Unwarranted And Inhumane Actions Against Those Participating In The Peaceful “Abolish ISA Gathering” By Unconditionally And Immediately Releasing Without Charges The 589 People Arrested.

DAP salutes the courage of more than 50,000 people who gathered peacefully in Kuala Lumpur to demand the abolition of the ISA which allows detention without trial and is abused as a political weapon against opponents of BN. The arrests of 589 people by police yesterday constitute a Malaysian historic record for the largest number of arrests for one single event.

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