Sunday, 2 May 2010

2nd Press Statement: Forum on "Consitutional Crisis in Malaysia - Why 2 Menteri Besars in Perak"

Forum on "Consitutional Crisis in Malaysia -
Why 2 Menteri Besars in Perak"

Panelists: Nizar, Zaid and Yeo

The 2nd Media Statement
28th April, 2010

The forum on "Constitutional Crisis in Malaysia - Why 2 Menteri Besars in Perak" will be held as scheduled. The details of the forum are as follows:

Date: 15 May 2010 (Saturday)
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Tropical Inn, JB

Persahabatan Semparuthi as co-organiser
Persahabatan Semparuthi has agreed to co-organise the forum. Persahabatan Semparuthi is an NGO of the Indian community. It began as a group concerned with the plight of the Indian community in southern region of the State of Johor. It begun with a group of citizens help to popularize a magazine known as "Semparuthi" which focuses on the miserable life of the lower strata of the Indian community. Semparuthi means hibiscus in Tamil. It subsequently develops into a group striving for the rights and well-being of the Indian community as well as other communities.

Well-known figures as panelists
The three panelists of the forum are well-known figures none other than Nizar Jamaluddin, the Pakatan Menteri Besar of Perak; Zaid Ibrahim, PKR central committee member; and Yeo Yang Poh, former president of the Bar Council. The forum will be conducted in Bahasa Melayu, English, and Mandarin.

Datuk Seri Nizar was one of the key persons involved in the tussle between Pakatan and Barisan for the state power in Perak during the constitutional crisis. He will share with us, in a unique way, his personal experience in the crisis. In particular, he would express his views on the refusal of Perak's sultan to dissolve the state assembly and the Federal Court rulings in the matter.

Datuk Zaid resigned from the Barisan Cabinet when he was a Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, as a sign of protest against the use of the draconian ISA against dissidents. Subsequently he joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat and was the candidate in the Hulu Selangor by-election. Unfortunately, he lost in the by-election. He alleged that the by-election was one of the dirtiest and most corrupt by-elections ever. He is one of the highly respected Malay leaders who denounced the UMNO racist tyranny.

Mr Yeo is a senior legal practitioner. He has been active in the Malayan Bar Council for many years. He is well respected for advocating human rights and democracy. He will speak on the issue from a legal perspective.

We welcome all who are concerned with the democracy in Malaysia to attend the forum. The admission is free.


通告 Notification


作为坚守“独立自主”和“与民同在”的立场的一个民间组织,人民之友在上个月对即将来临的第14届全国大选投票,发表了一篇以华文书写的意见书,题为:投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!。



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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