Hari ini: Forum Awam Keganasan & Pembunuhan Polis (26 Sept, 8 malam)

Siapa bertanggungjawab? Bila ianya akan berakhir? Tarikh : 26 September 2012 (Rabu) Masa: 8:00 ptg– 10:00 ptg Tempat: Pusat Rakyat LoyarBurok 3-4 (Tingkat 4), Jalan Bangsar Utama 3 Bangsar Utama, 59000 Kuala Lumpur   Panelis Phil Robertson Timbalan Pengarah (Bahagian Asia), Human Rights Watch N.Surendran Pengasas Bersama & Penasihat, Lawyers for Liberty Nalini Elumalai Pengarah…

NGOs: NST must retract one-sided and highly irresponsible news report

We, the undersigned civil society organisations in Malaysia, deplore the one-sided and highly irresponsible New Straits Times (NST) front cover story on 21 September 2012 which alleged two global funders and nine organisations which received grants from them are part of a “plot to destabilize the government”. We find the report by journalist Farrah Naz…

NGOs: Stop attacks against human rights defender, SUARAM

We, the undersigned NGOs, are gravely concerned with the comments made by the Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ismail Sabri Yaakob regarding human rights organisation SUARAM. The Minister is reported to have said that the financial accounts of Suara Inisiatif Sdn. Bhd, which is linked to SUARAM and currently undergoing investigation, are “highly…

Time to resolve Malaysian Indian statelessness

I refer to the recent controversy generated by the protest of some 200 Malaysians of Indian origin outside Parliament demanding for the blue MyKad that would certify them as citizens. While the actual number is subject to “guesstimate” – a not uncommon challenge having regard to the nature of the problem, whether the number is…

Kemiskinan 101 buat Perdana Menteri

Dalam konteks Malaysia, berdasarkan metodologi tahun 2005, pendapatan garis kemiskinan (PGK) adalah setara dengan pendapatan minimum yang diperlukan oleh sesebuah isirumah bagi mencapai taraf hidup minimum, cukup untuk menampung perbelanjaan membeli atau menikmati keperluan asas sama ada makanan dan bukan makanan. PGK makanan, yang digunapakai bagi definisi kemiskinan tegar adalah berdasarkan keperluan diet/nutrisi asas rakyat…

Nasib malang Sabah: Negeri antara terkaya, Rakyat pula termiskin

Mungkin ramai penganalisis ekonomi antarabangsa dan tanahair, penggubal dasar ekonomi di peringkat pusat mahu pun di peringkat negeri, para pejuang hak asasi manusia dan aktivis sosial malah rakyat Malaysia secara umumnya bingung dan termangu-mangu dengan dakwaan PM Najib bahawasanya Sabah bukan lagi negeri termiskin di Malaysia hanya berdasarkan kepada purata pendapatan per kapita negeri tersebut…

Hamza Kashgari : Anda Memilih Kami atau Darah Anda Halal Bagi Kami!

Sewaktu artikel ini ditulis, saya tidak pasti apakah nasib Hamza Kashgari. Sudah lebih dua minggu beliau dihantar pulang (dideportasi) secara tidak sah ke Arab Saudi oleh kerajaan Malaysia. Penghantaran pulang secara tergesa-gesa dan tidak menurut lunas-lunas perundangan ini sudah pasti menimbulkan banyak tanda tanya, tambahan apabila ia melibatkan dua negara yang menjadi anggota kepada Majlis…

The Rohingya Moment

Statelessness and Burma’s democratic transition Rohingya children in Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state. Images: Eric Paulsen         In the midst of the cautious excitement accompanying Burma’s seeming democratic transition, one of the key human rights issues that international leaders and Burma’s pro-democratic and ethnic activists have failed to address is the continuing statelessness and…

Democratic Push a Good Opportunity for Burma to Resolve Rohingya Statelessness

In the midst of the euphoria accompanying Burma’s seeming democratic transition, one of the key human rights issues that international leaders and Burma pro-democracy and ethnic group activists have failed to address is the continuing statelessness and marginalization of the Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic minority concentrated in northern Rakhine State in western Burma, bordering Bangladesh.…

9 January 2012: How will we remember our criminal justice system?

It is certainly true for Anwar Ibrahim, poised to be convicted once again by Malaysia’s criminal justice system (perhaps “injustice” more apt?) on more ridiculous sodomy charges on 9 January – that the more things change, the more they remain the same. If he survives the near certain conviction and incarceration, he should really consider employing…

Artikel : 2011 : Kerajaan ‘Transformasi’ dan Gelombang Kebangkitan Rakyat

2011 akan melabuhkan tirainya tidak berapa lama lagi. Tahun ini telah menyaksikan beberapa sejarah yang telah merubah lanskap politik Malaysia. Ternyata tsunami politik pasca PRU-12 masih lagi menunjukkan bisanya walaupun pelbagai usaha dilakukan oleh kerajaan memerintah untuk menawarkan ‘bisa’ gelombang kebangkitan rakyat. Mengambil ‘berkat’ rancangan Maharaja Lawak yang bakal berakhir hujung tahun ini, saya mengandaikan…

Article : Of Student Power, Public Space and Freedom from Fear.

Upon the release of their friends, they chanted outside of the police station, “Hidup Hidup! Mahasiswa!” “Student Power!”. There was so much hope and strength in those voices. The air was filled with conviction. Conviction in the face of lawlessness that robbed 15 students of their liberties, the price they had to pay for believing…