Friday, 22 June 2007

Biro Penerangan Parti Keadilan Rakyat Press Statement: Arresting activists will not solve rising crime in Johor


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Press Statement

18 JUNE 2007

Arresting activists will not solve rising crime in Johor

I have been informed that the Johor Bahru magistrate’s court had granted the police a one-day remand of two young man – Nyam Kee Han and See Siew Min, who were arrested yesterday morning for distributing a leaflet which called for an independent police commission to be established, during a 200-strong residents protest on the disturbing rise in crime in the state.

This remand is unconstitutional as the Federal Constitution is very clear that the police are only allowed to hold a person for not more than 24 hours. Both the police and the judiciary should know of this, but yet the application was allowed.

This begs the question – has the lack of respect for the law, which is evident in the alarming levels of crime and lawlessness, been extended to the judiciary and the police?

Instead of wasting time and public funds to persecute those who speak truth to power, the police should have used their resources to step up crime prevention and to apprehend the real culprits. Arresting residents and activists will not resolve crimes in Johor.

The state of crime in Johor has reached a level where there are places in residential areas which residents themselves are too fearful to venture out after dark. Robberies and rape cases have become too frequent in the past few years.

I call on the police to immediately and unconditionally release the two men in remand and I further urge the Chief Minister of Johor to step up all efforts to stop crime in Johor.

Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail


People’s Justice Party (KeADILan)


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The English and Malay renditions of Sahabat Rakyat’s opinions about next election will be published here consecutively

As an NGO which upholds “independent and autonomous” position and "always be with the people" principle, Sahabat Rakyat had released a Chinese-written statement of views with regard to the voting in the upcoming 14th General Election, entitled “Vote for candidates who are against State Islamisation: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent the return to power of Mahathir’s faction!”

The English rendition of this statement will be published in our blog in the near future whereas the Malay rendition will be published next month (November). Please stay tuned!

We hope that our position and views pertaining to the next General Election expressed in the statement will be accurately and widely disseminated and also examined by the popular masses of various ethnicities and social strata through their involvement in the struggle of the next General Election carried out by various political parties and their practices in all fields in future.

Akan datang: Penerbitan penterjemahan pendapat Sahabat Rakyat mengenai pilihan raya ke-14 dalam Bahasa Inggeris dan Bahasa Melayu

Sebagai sebuah pertubuhan masyarakat yang berpendirian teguh tentang prinsip "bebas dan berautonomi" dan “sentiasa berdampingan dengan rakyat jelata”, Sahabat Rakyat telah menerbitkan kenyataan tentang pandangan kami terhadap Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 yang akan datang yang bertajuk "Undilah calon yang menentang Pengislaman Negera: Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Jangan benarkan puak Mahathir kembali memerintah! "

Penterjemahan Bahasa Inggeris kenyataan tersebut akan diterbitkan dalam blog kita dalam waktu terdekat manakala penterjemahan Bahasa Melayu akan diterbitkan pada bulan hadapan.

Kami berharap pendirian dan pandangan kami berkenaan pilihan raya kali ini yang dinyatakan dalam kenyataan tersebut dapat disebarkan dengan tepat dan meluas untuk diuji dalam kalangan rakyat semua bangsa semua strata sosial melalui penglibatan mereka dalam amalan pelbagai parti politik dalam pertempuran pilihan raya umum kali ini mahupun masa depan.

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