Thursday, December 02, 2010
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
In his speech to Umno Puteri today, Hamim had proclaimed that the rights of the Malays was to rule the country, urging the community to unite to defend their rights. "The rights of Malays is to rule the country. Simple. Malays must unite in the face of threats," he had said. Later, when acknowledging that the Malays could not rule the country without the co-operation of the non-Malays, Hamim also made derogatory references to the Chinese and the Indian communities. "Malays cannot rule the country by themselves. That's why we make friends with the MCA and MIC. "The 'si mata sepet' that has never gone to a mosque or surau only has one vote. The 'si botol' that only knows how to go up to Batu Caves up and down only has one vote," said Hamim. (MIC n MCA tak tahu malu)
Friday, August 20, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20, 2010 (AFP) - A Malaysian Hindu woman on Friday lost the latest round of a battle to prove that her husband, a noted mountaineer, was a Hindu and not a Muslim convert as authorities claim. M. Moorthy, who was a member of a 1997 Malaysian Mount Everest expedition, died in 2005 and was buried as a Muslim on the insistence of religious authorities and against the wishes of his wife S. Kaliammal, 35. Lawyer M. Manoharan said the Court of Appeal maintained that the Islamic Sharia court had jurisdiction to determine Moorthy's religious status and that the civil court could not interfere. The decision was designed to "shut us up", he said. "It is not fair. The wife is very upset. We will take it to the highest court in the land -- the Federal Court," he told AFP. "The battle is not over yet." "The Sharia court should not stray into areas outside their religion when there is a question of competing religion," he said. Moorthy's wife said she had no idea of any conversation and cast doubt on his ability to make such a decision given that he had been ill for many years before his death. Days after Moorthy's demise at the age of 36, the High Court ruled it would not disturb the declaration that he was a Muslim as it was a matter for the religious courts.Malaysia has a dual-track legal system, with the civil courts and the Sharia courts operating side by side. Non-Muslims say they do not get a fair hearing when cases involving them end up in religious courts. Conversion rows, including "body-snatching" cases when Islamic authorities have battled with relatives over the remains of people whose religion is disputed, are common in Muslim-majority Malaysia. The tussles have raised allegations that the country is being "Islamised" and that the rights of the ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities are being eroded.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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Monday, April 26, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Court appointed Perak MB Zambry Abdul Kadir said he was offered the post of menteri besar by PR when the opposition coalition formed the state government after the 2008 general election. Doesn't make a sense at all. Why PR need to offer him MB post when they have clear majority to form the state government? DAP was holding the majority seat among the PR components yet they couldn't appoint their man for MB. In mutual agreement they proposed Nizar for MB post. So Zambry allegations is totally out of mind. Zambry create the story just to cover Ganesan's inability to run the state assembly.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Media: Wall Street Journal
Byline: MUNAWAR A. ANEES
Date: 01 February 2010
Nearly 12 years ago, I was languishing in a local hospital as a prisoner of conscience. This loss of freedom was due solely to my long-standing personal and professional association with Anwar Ibrahim, then Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Malaysia. We were falsely implicated in a fabricated case of having committed a mutual act of sodomy.
Such an internment, when driven by ulterior motives, brings a brutal deprivation upon the victim. It acts like a double-edged sword. While one's freedom of movement is taken away by tormentors, one's conscience suffocates in a dungeon. A poignant grief sets in once there is awareness that both the body and the conscience have fallen victim to the act of tyranny. That is what distinguishes incarceration out of an actual crime from that emanating from the acts of those who prosecute and persecute innocent others. The tormented memory never fades.
My detention by the Malaysian Special Branch taught me how it feels to be forcibly separated from one's wife and children. How it feels to be searched and seized, disallowed to make phone calls, handcuffed, blindfolded, stripped naked, driven in an animal cage, shaven bald, endlessly interrogated, humiliated, drugged, deprived of sleep, physically abused. What it's like to be threatened, blackmailed, hectored by police lawyers, brutalized to make a totally false confession, hospitalized for a consequent heart ailment, and treated as a psychiatric patient with symptoms of Stockholm syndrome. Barely surviving on a meager diet of rancid rice and chicken along with 12 medicines a day, I spent nearly 126 days handcuffed round the clock to my hospital bed, under the watchful eyes of the prison guards.
These tragic events completely ruined me and my family. The financial, physical, psychological and social implications of this calamity reverberate even more than a decade after the horrific occurrence. Words fail to describe what my family and I have quietly endured for the last 10 years. In spite of that, our faith in the ultimate victory of justice and truth has not wavered.
For the last 12 years, I have sought nothing but justice. I have repeatedly approached the Malaysian judicial system—the High Court, the Court of Appeals and the Federal Court—in the hope that justice would be duly provided to me. Unfortunately, my latest request for a review at the Federal Court was dismissed. Why does the judicial system shudder at the prospect of hearing my demand for justice? Why am I denied my day in court?
I am innocent. I am innocent of any and all spurious charges brought against me. I committed no crime for which I was tortured and unjustly imprisoned. I want the Malaysian judicial system to wake up to the fact that gross injustice was committed against me. I want them to realize that the injustice is perpetuated the more I continue to be denied my day in the court. My innocence inspires me to persist and persevere in the path of justice, as it is one of the fundamental human rights enshrined in the Constitution of Malaysia. The judicial system in Malaysia must rise to the call of duty and serve justice without any further delay.
Mr. Anees is a writer based in Tucson, Ariz.