Monday, 9 January 2012

Public Vigilance and participation applauded in the Anwar Ibrahim acquittal

Public Vigilance and Participation Applauded 
in the Anwar Ibrahim Acquittal
Press Statement: 9 January 2012

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (centre) talks to his supporters while flanked by his wife Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2012.

SUARAM welcomes the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s acquittal of the Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim from the charge of sodomy. Suaram applaud the High Court’s decision for the strength showed by the presiding judge to distant the legal process from any form of political decision and made decision on the findings and evidence adduced.

The decision sets the Judiciary to the right direction to establish its independence and credibility and regain the diminishing public confidence in the institution. SUARAM however view that the decision is just a minor step forward in setting the milestone over the independence of the judiciary as the major reforms and improvements that is needed for the full recovery remains pending.

SUARAM strongly believes that the verdict given today is strongly attributed to the vigilance and pressure of the Malaysian people and the international community over the concern of the Malaysian judiciary’s independence and professionalism. SUARAM views that the positive judgment is a result of the public participation in the process as it stood to defeat all conspiracies and manipulations that were reported in the media throughout the trial. The 901 judgment is simply a result of the victory of the people’s power over the corrupt system.

SUARAM however remain cautious over the current development and remain vigilant on the lack of structural changes and improvement in the appointment of judges and on trial proceedings in our Malaysian judiciary especially in the lower courts and Magistrate system.

Suaram calls on the government to implement all the recommendations made by the previous Royal Commission on the VK Lingam Scandal.

SUARAM also remain highly concern with the politicisation of sexuality as a political weapon as seen for the second time in the case of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The case highlights the continuous usage of the archaic and outdated sodomy law to persecute an individual of his personal dignity and political ambitions. We remain concern over the act of politicising sexuality and the usage of sodomy laws as a tool for it.

SUARAM views that criminalising any form of private consensual sex between adults and the act of politicising and manipulating any sexual behaviors for a political decision shall be condemned as a human rights violation and an invasion of privacy and personal dignity. SUARAM further calls for the abolition of our outdated sodomy laws.

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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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