Thursday, May 29, 2008

Is Home Minister ready for resignation if proven lying to Msian?

Brief Press Statement 28.05.


I refer to the latest press statement by the Home Affairs Minister that the Government has not revoked my passport.

I repeat my earlier statement that I was informed by the British Immigration officers at Gatwick Airport that my International Passport has been revoked by the Malaysian Government on the 21st April 2008.

Is the Honourable Minister saying the British Government mislead me? If they had “inadvertently” revoked my passport and are willing to undo what had been done, I would accept it in a gentleman manner. But by throwing a blanket denial risks jeopardising the good diplomatic relations with Britain. I wouldn’t want to be in the centre of a diplomatic row with Britain over a silly conduct by the Malaysian Government.

However if he still wants to stand by his statement, my question is “is the Home Minister willing to resign should I provide the proof”.

Dato Syed Hamid Albar has until Friday 30th May 2008 to “clarify” the issue failing which I will proceed with Police Report on the Minister on the 31st May 2008.

P Waytha Moorthy
If we could rememebr well, this same HOME Minister earlier said that Mr Waytha's passport is been revoke because it is expired and he can renew in the nearest Malaysian Consult Office. After Mr Waytha proved that his passport will only expire in 2010, now the Home Minister caught lying and continous further lies to the Malaysian in general that in system Mr Waytha's passport is still valid and not revoked.
We have seen how the death Mongolian ad her sister's data was erased in our Malaysian Immigration system even she hold valid travel documents.
Home Minister should correct his statement or else he may face reaction on his action.
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Rights watchdog (FIDH) lobbies for Hindraf 5 release

Mkini- Rahmah Ghazali May 28, 08 5:42pm

An international human rights watchdog today urged the government to immediately release the five Hindraf leaders presently being detained under the Internal Security Act.
The watchdog also wants the government to repeal the colonial era law which provided for detention without trial.

The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), in a report released today, said that the five Hindu Rights Action Force leaders should be released immediately and unconditionally as their detention was arbitrary.

FIDH also urged the government to similarly release all other ISA detainees who are being held without valid legal charges.The five Hindraf leaders - P Uthayakumar, M Manoharan, R Kenghadharan, V Ganabatirau and T Vasantha Kumar - were detained on Dec 13 last year for allegedly being a national threat for organising talks and demonstrations highlighting the plight of the Indian community here."I perceive personally ISA is a risk to Malaysian security because if there are people who have committed terrorist offences, we have to know what they did."But in fact, it is all unknown," said Laurie Berg, an Australian lawyer, who was present during the release of the report.

She added that everyone has a right to know when someone was detained under the ISA and on what grounds they were being detained."(However) it's impossible to know why anyone is detained under ISA and we might have to just speculate the reason," Berg told the press conference held at Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Kuala Lumpur today.According to an official figure, some 70 people are presently being held under the ISA.

Appearance before a judge vital

The report also said that the physical and psychological integrity of the five Hindraf leaders should be guaranteed in all circumstances.It also added that the five should have access to their legal counsel, medical assistance and family members.In recent months some of the Hindraf leaders, especially Uthayakumar, have complained that they were not being afforded proper medical treatment.The Federal Court had recently thrown out the appeal by five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders to be released from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).The ruling meant the five have almost exhausted their legal battle and will have to remain detained under the security law.

Berg said that the report prepared by the Paris-based organisation would be submitted to the Malaysian government, the European Union and the United Nations.Apart from repealing the Act and releasing all ISA detainees, the watchdog also recommended that:
All arrested under the ISA should be brought before a judge to be informed of the charge(s) being preferred against them.
The detainees must be allowed access to their lawyers and family.
Everyone must be tried in conformity with international fair trial standards.‘

Not interfering'

Berg also brushed aside questions when asked if the report would be perceived as interfering in Malaysian affairs."We are just trying to encourage the government to do what it has told the international community it will do in respecting the human rights," said Berg."What we can do is to get Malaysians to see what we believe is their own interest to abolish ISA and also to create more secure and prosperous nation."The press conference was hosted by Abolish ISA Movement (GMI) and was attended by the families of the detainees, including Vasantha Kumar's wife K Vickneswary.

Amnesty Int releases human rights report-card of Msia

Mkini-Tarani Palani May 28, 08 7:04pm

Amnesty International (AI) has reiterated the call for police reform in Malaysia, stating that “at least 10 people died in police custody in 2007”.

This was one of the key issues raised in its Annual Report 2008, launched simultaneously worldwide today. The event in Malaysia was held in Petaling Jaya.Other concerns highlighted by the London-based NGO in relation to Malaysia were on detention without trial, migrant workers, death penalty, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and rights of transsexuals.

AI-Malaysia executive director Joseph Paul said the report makes note of the denial of a wide spectrum of human rights around the world, even 60 years on since the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights was ratified.However, affected groups are showing “growing impatience”, as seen in recent rallies by monks in Myanmar, as well as those organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections and the Hindu Rights Action Force in Malaysia last year.

The 398-page report states the facts and “is not subjected to our own sense of morality and ethics”, he added.Campaigns co-ordinator K Shan said Malaysia has yet to repeal laws left behind by the colonial administration and which “continue to undermine human rights”. These include the Internal Security Act (ISA), Emergency Public Order Preventive Ordinance, Sedition Act, and Printing Presses and Publications Act.

‘Agony for families’

During the launch, Norlaila Othman - who runs a campaign to free ISA detainees - spoke on the adverse impact of the preventive detention law, especially on the families.Her husband, Mat Sah Satray, 45, is among those currently held at the Kamunting detention camp in Taiping, Perak. He was arrested in 2002, initially for alleged involvement with the KMM group, but this was later changed to Jemaah Islamiah and Al-Qaeda.AI-Malaysia added a copy of the report would be sent to the Prime Minister’s Department as has been done in previous years.