Monday, 8 September 2014

UM student council calls for mass protest to show solidarity with Azmi Sharom

UM student council calls for mass protest 
to show solidarity with Azmi Sharom

Author / Source : Muzliza Mustafa / The Malaysian Insider
Fahmi (centre) says the 'hartal', or mass protest, will be held on Wednesday. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 8, 2014.
Below is the video clip of press conference held on September 8, 2014, taken by Kinitv.

The Universiti Malaya student council has called for "hartal", or a mass protest, on Wednesday to show solidarity with Associate Professor Dr Azmi Sharom who was charged with sedition last week.

President Fahmi Zainol said the strike would coincide with a Universiti Malaya Academic Staff Union rally and talks to be held on the same day.

"The strike is also to demand the repeal of the Sedition Act," said Fahmi.

The movement of Solidarity for Azmi Sharom coordinator Vince Tan said that the strike is the students right and everyone is welcome to join in. "This is orientation week and most of the classes have not started.

“Nevertheless we have declared that there are no classes between 1pm and 4.30pm to allow the students to join our cause and to listen to talks on freedom of speech by speakers lined up by the Academic Staff Union," he said.

"Hartal", a Gujerati word, is a mass protest often involving a total shutdown of workplaces, offices, shops, courts of law as a form of civil disobedience.

This will be only the second "hartal" in the country. Malaysia's first ever-recorded "hartal" was held in 1947 by the Putera-All-Malaya Council of Joint Action, a coalition of early independence fighters.

Tan, a UM final year law student, said: "This is a form of civil disobedience and if there is any time to show any disobedience it is now."

Azmi was charged on September 2, over an article titled "Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Pakatan told" which was published in an online news portal on August 14.

He is said to have committed the offence at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters on August 15.

Associate Professor Dr Azmi Sharom was charged under the Sedition Act. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 8, 2014. 
Azmi, who is Universiti Malaya academic staff association head, is the first academic to be hauled up by Putrajaya and charged under the colonial-era law which critics want repealed.

The 45-year-old faced a principle charge of uttering a seditious statement, an offence under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948.

He was also slapped with an alternative charge of publishing the seditious statement, an offence under Section 4(1)(c) of the same law.

Both offences carry a jail term of up to three years or maximum RM5,000 fine or both if found guilty.

Meanwhile lecturer Dr Lee Hwok Aun said the academic staff union is going to start its programme on Wednesday with a peaceful assembly on UM's campus at 1pm.

"The session will last an hour and after that we are going to hold a series of short lectures and Q&A sessions, to spend some time discussing interesting and important ideas," he said.

Lee added that the UM's management has been informed about the talks and the assembly.

The programme on Wednesday is to show solidarity with Azmi.

Lee said the union members were shocked and disappointed that the government, instead of engaging in dialogue and debate, had chosen to suppress and shackle an academic who was only fulfilling his role as a scholar and educator.

"We regard the charge against Azmi under the Sedition Act as a violation of the basic human right to freedom of expression to sow fear in society at large and to muzzle dissent," said Lee.

He said the union stand in solidarity with Azmi and would hold the peaceful assembly on Wednesday as an exercise of freedom of expression. – September 8, 2014.


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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。



Pandangan Sahabat Rakyat terhadap PRU14 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 kepada kuasa! " (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 GE14 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 upcoming 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 14th General Election carried out by various political parties and their practices in all fields in future.

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