Thursday, 2 April 2015

Respect Malaysians’ right to be informed and End harassment to TMI and The Edge Media Group

2 April, 2015
Joint Statement by 50 NGOs

Respect Malaysians’ right to be informed and
End harassment to TMI and The Edge Media Group

Police and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) officials raided The Malaysian Insider office and arrested three editors on March 30,2015. A day later, they arrested The Edge publisher Ho Kay Tat and TMI chief executive Jahabar Sadiq.   
(Picture source : Malaysiakini)


We, the following civil society organisations call upon the Police to respect the rights of Malaysian citizens to be informed on the implementation of Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code (SCC), which has far-reaching implications to the entire country. The Police's crackdown of online news portal, The Malaysian Insider (TMI), which is part of the Edge Media Group, is a shameful act to create fear and silence discourse as Malaysians are angered by the introduction of GST.

We call for an end to all harassment to TMI and the Edge Media Group which have covered extensively not just the SCC, but also the scandals surrounding 1Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB).

Even if TMI has allegedly misreported the Conference of Rulers' position on the SCC, a denial and clarification by the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal -- which was widely reported -- is sufficient.

We hold that TMI is merely serving public interest by sourcing for news and reporting what transpired in the Conference of Rulers’ meeting with regard to a matter of national interest. Their mistake - due to unavailability of official news - should not be punished.

Issued by the following Civil Society Organisations:

1. Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran) 国民醒觉运动
2. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)妇女行动协会
3. Anak Muda Sarawak (AMS) 砂拉越青年之子
4. Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (WargaAman) 马来西亚和平力量组织
5. Centre for Orang Asli Concern (COAC) 原住民关怀中心
6. Centre to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4) 对抗贪污和朋党中心
7. ENGAGE愿景工程
8. Federation of Malaysian Indian Organization (PRIMA)马来西亚印裔组织总会
9. Institute for Development of Alternative Living, (IDEAL, Sarawak) 另类生活发展研究所,砂拉越
10. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) 回教复兴前线组织
11. Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia (JAGAM) 马来西亚留日同学会
12. Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) 全马原住民网络
13. JIHAD for JUSTICE
14. LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLG) 林连玉基金
15. Kill The Bill 创意集会小组
16. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) 吉隆坡暨雪兰莪中华大会堂
17. Kumpulan Aktivis Mahasiswa Independen (KAMI) 独立学生份子组织
18. Majlis Perundingan Malaysian Agama Buddha, Kritisian, Hindu, Sikh dan Tao (MCC BCHST) 马来西亚五大宗教理事会
19. Malaysian Indians Transformation Action Team (MITRA) 马来西亚印裔转型行动组织
20. Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (MIPAS) 马来西亚印裔进步组织
21. Malaysian Youth Care Association (PRIHATIN) 马来西亚青年关怀协会
22. NATIONAL INDIAN RIGHTS ACTION TEAM( NIAT) 全国印裔权益行动组织
23. Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI) 东方思想研究中心
24. People Welfare And Rights Organisation (POWER) 人民福利和权利组织
25. Perak Women For Women Society (PWW) 霹雳州妇女于妇女协会
26. Persatuan Bekas Siswazah Univesiti dan Kolej di China, Malaysia (LiuHua) 马来西亚留华同学会
27. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) 雪兰莪社区自强学会
28. Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur (PRIHATIN)雪隆社区关怀协会
29. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS) 雪隆社区协会
30. Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia (PROHAM) 人权协会促进组织
31. Persatuan Rapat Malaysia (RAPAT) 马来西亚密切协会
32. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor雪隆妇女之友协会
33. Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM) 马来西亚回教革新组织
34. Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (KOMAS) 社区传播中心
35. Saccess Sarawak 砂拉越通道组织
36. Sahabat Rakyat 人民之友
37. Save Rivers 拯救河流组织
38. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) 马来西亚之子
39. Selangor and KL Hokkien Association Youth Section雪隆福建会馆青年团
40. Solidarity for Civil Rights in China (SCRC) 中国维权大马后援会
41. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) 人民之声
42. Tamil Foundation தமிழ் அறவாரியம் (TF)淡米尔基金会
43. Tamilar Action Force (TAF) 淡米拉行动力量
44. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy赵明福基金会
45. The Federation of Chinese Association Johore State (FCAJ) 柔佛州中华总会(柔华总)
46. Tindak Malaysia马来西亚行动组织
47. United Chinese School Alumni Associations of Malaysia (UCSAAM) 马来西亚华校校友会联合会总会
48. Writers’ Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)
49. WE ARE MALAYSIANS
50. Women Development Organisation of Malaysia Petaling Jaya New Town Branch 马来西亚妇女发展组织机构(八打灵分会)

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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"!。

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我们希望,我们在意见书内所表达的对下届大选的立场和观点,能够准确而又广泛地传播到我国各民族、各阶层的人民群众中接受考验,并接受各党派在这次全国大选斗争和今后实践的检验。


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.


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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.

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