Monday, 23 July 2012

Waytha Moorthy be allowed to return safely

Waytha Moorthy be allowed to return safely

Statement by Friends of Suaram Working Committee Johor
23 July 2012


The 30,000-strong mass rally organized by Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) on 25 November 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, highlighted the dissatisfaction of the marginalized Indian community and their perseverance in demanding equality and justice. The mass rally drew nationwide attention, and rocked the UMNO-led BN government. Contemplating that his detention might be imminent, Mr. Waytha Moorthy, as Hindraf core leader, left the country the following day, in order to preserve the leadership for the purpose of continuing the just struggle for the interests and dignity of his community.

On 13 December 2007, five Hindraf leaders were arrested under ISA. They were released separately in the months of April and May 2009. On 21 April 2008, Mr Waytha Moorthy was informed by the UK Border Agency upon entry into UK, that his passport had been revoked by the BN government. He has been in exile since then.

An official reply from the UK Border Agency to Mr. Waytha Moorthy’s solicitor, stated that the Malaysian government had informed the British authority in a letter on 14 March 2008 that Mr. Waytha Moorthy’s passport had been revoked as he was facing criminal charges. On 2 July 2008, the BN government wrote to the British authority demanding that the British authority hand over Mr. Waytha Moorthy’s passport to the Malaysian High Commission.

Since his passport had been revoked, Mr. Waytha Moorthy applied to the British government for political asylum. He managed to obtain a travel document from the British government granted according to the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees. He is now able to travel freely around the world, except Malaysia.

He filed a legal suit in the British court against the British government. The grounds for filing such suit are: Since Independence of Malaya in 1957, the British government abandoned the Indian community. The Indian community was left to be dominated at the mercy of the racist UMNO regime. In the circumstances, the British government must be held responsible for the plight of the Indian community in Malaysia.

Mr. Waytha Moorthy representing the poverty-stricken Indians in Malaysia has made known to the various governments and peoples all over the world that “the Malaysian institutional racism has brought about unending disasters to the various oppressed communities”. Now, it is time for him to return to his beloved country, be with the people, and to carry on the struggle for new democratic revolution.

Hindraf has announced that their visionary and courageous community leader will be returning home on Wednesday, 1 August. As a grassroots organisation striving for democracy and human rights, Friends of Suaram (FOS) Johor hereby declare our unreserved support for the uprighteous stand and resolute move taken by Mr. Waytha Moorthy and Hindraf . We firmly believe that:

1. The struggle for preserving the dignity and rights of the Indian community under the leadership of Mr. Waytha Moorthy, is a social movement against racial discrimination and racial oppression. It does not violate human rights or the rights of other ethnic communities, nor does it constitute a threat to national security or terrorism. The BN government is unable to proffer any convincing fact or reason so far to justify its action against Mr. Waytha Moorthy. The following facts bear testimony to this:

The BN government had in fact informed the British government of the revocation of Mr. Waytha Moorthy’s passport. Despite such glaring fact, the government remains in a state of denial. According to news reports1, both the then home minister Mr. Hamid and the present home minister Mr. Hishammuddin still refused to admit such fact.

According to 6 October 2009 Malay Mail2, the IGP Mr. Musa Hassan indicated that the police had no reason to arrest Mr. Waytha Moorthy. The police would not issue a warrant of arrest against him on his return to Malaysia.

2. Mr. Waytha Moorthy and Hindraf have launched various forms of struggle. Though they have declared that their struggle is a “new democratic revolution”, it is not in breach of any law of the country, and it is well within the framework on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and International Covenants.

Article 13 of UDHR :
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
Article 14 of UDHR:
(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
Article 19 of UDHR:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.

Despite the unjustifiable revocation of Mr. Waytha Moorthy’s passport, Mr. Waytha Moorthy has travelled to many countries to carry on with his work yet to be completed, using a travel document issued under the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees that has been endorsed by many countries globally.

In view of the above, the BN government should return Mr. Waytha Moorthy his passport, and allow his safe return to his own country on 1 August.

We welcome the return of this visionary and courageous leader, with a view to carrying on the struggle for the marginalized Indian community as well as the rights and well-being of other communities, until the dawn of the new democratic revolution strived for by the various communities.


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人民之友 对我国下届大选意见书
(华 巫 英)3种语文已先后贴出

作为坚守“独立自主”和“与民同在”的立场的一个民间组织,人民之友在今年9月24日对即将来临的第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"!

这篇意见书的英文译稿(标题是:Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”!)已于10月22日张贴在本部落格。马来文译稿(标题是:Undilah "calon yang membantah pengislaman negara": Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Mencegah puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa!)也已接着在11月13日在此贴出。

此外,人民之友也将通过电子邮件、微信、WhatsApp等方式,尽可能向全国各民族、各阶层、各行业、各宗教的团体和个人,传送我们的这份“意见书”供参考。我们欢迎跟我们对下届大选的立场和见解一致的团体和个人,将这份“意见书”传送到更多的人手中去!

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Pandangan Sahabat Rakyat terhadap PRU akan datang telah diterbitkan dalam tiga bahasa (Melayu, Cina dan Inggeris)

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 bertajuk "Undilah calon yang menentang Pengislaman Negera: Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Jangan benarkan puak Mahathir kembali memerintah! " (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"!)dalam Bahasa Cina pada 24hb September 2017.

Penterjemahan Bahasa Inggeris kenyataan tersebut yang bertajuk Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”! telah diterbitkan dalam blog kita pada 22hb Oktober 2017 manakala penterjemahan Bahasa Melayu telah diterbitkan pada 13hb November 2017.

Selain daripada itu, Sahabat Rakyat juga akan menyebarkan kenyataan ini seluas mungkin kepada pertubuhan dan individu semua bangsa, strata, profesyen dan agama seluruh Negara melalui email, wechat, whatsApp dan pelbagai saluran lain. Kami amat mengalu-alukan pertubuhan dan individu yang berpendirian dan pandangan sama dengan kami untuk turut menyebarkan kenyataan ini kepada lebih ramai orang!

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 amalan masa depan.


The Chinese, English and Malay renditions of Sahabat Rakyat’s opinions about next election have been published consecutively

As an NGO which upholds “independent and autonomous” position and "always be with the people" principle, on 24 September 2017, 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!” (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 rendition of this statement entitled "Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”!" and the Malay rendition entitled "Undilah "calon yang membantah pengislaman negara": Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Mencegah puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa!" had been released on 22 October and 13 November respectively.

Apart from that, Sahabat Rakyat will also make every effort to disseminate this statement as widely as possible to organizations and individuals of all ethnic groups, religions and all walks of life throughout the country via email, WeChat, WhatsApp and other channels. We welcome organizations and individuals with the same position and views to spread this statement to more people!

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 ethnicity 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.

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