Sunday, 18 September 2016

Forum in commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of Sahabat Rakyat: “Differentiate between ally and enemy, bury UMNO hegemony” (Updated: Link to work report) [Updates: Panel Speakers; Second Updates on 18 Sep: Title of papers]

Forum in commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of Sahabat Rakyat:
"Differentiate between ally and enemy,
bury UMNO hegemony"

4 invited speakers delivering speeches, all are welcome to attend
[Updates on 8 Sep: Panel Speakers; Second updates on 18 Sep: Title of Papers]

On 2 September, Sahabat Rakyat Working Committee invited 4 speakers to express their views in the forum entitled “Differentiate between ally and enemy, bury UMNO hegemony”. Among 4 invited speakers, 3 of them are veteran and young political party leaders and the other one a scholar. Each speaker will be given 30 minutes to delivery his/her speech. They will also answer questions from the floor right after all 4 of them have completed their speeches. We welcome people from different walks of life to be with us at the forum. Admission is free.

This forum is another event commemorating the 15th anniversary of Sahabat Rakyat, details as follows:
Date:25 September 2016 (Sunday)
Time:2:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue:Crystal Crown Hotel, Johor Bahru
As of 8 Sep, 3 speakers have gladly accepted our invitation to be in person or be represented at our forum, they are: Chow Yu Hui, Chief Editor of The Rocket (Chinese) [party organ of Democratic Action Party (DAP)], S. Arutchelvan, Central Committee Member of Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) and Dr. Lim Teck Ghee, Director of Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI). In order to strengthen the Chinese-speaking lineup, the Forum Organising Committee has also invited Chua Tian Chang (better know as Tian Chua), Vice President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) as one of the panel speaker at the forum. We are awaiting his confirmation of participation.

As of 17 Sep, Forum Organising Committee is much obliged that 2 political party leaders, S. Arutchelvan and Chow Yu Hui and scholar, Dr. Lim Teck Ghee accepted our invitation to deliver speech in person or to submit paper to us. The title of papers are:
1. Dr. Lim Teck Ghee – Overcoming UMNO’s hegemonic hold over Malaysia
2. Chow Yu Hui – Where is the hope of Pakatan Harapan?
3. S. Arutchelvan – United front theory and a racially divided nation (Temporary)

Forum Organising Committee received a notification from Chua Tian Chang @ Tian Chua, PKR Vice President before dawn on 17 Sep. He notified that he would not be able to be present at our forum due to pre-arrange program that is difficult to adjust. We feel that it is a pity Tian Chua is unable to make himself available in person to delivery his speech. Therefore, in order to make up for the regrets of his absence, the Forum Organising Committee replied in the evening on 17 Sep and requested him to write a paper on the forum topic (with no limitation in length).

Sahabat Rakyat published a “Work Report 2011-2016” on 1 September. This serves as a gift from Sahabat Rakyat in conjunction with our 15th anniversary. We welcome inspection and criticism from democratic parties and organisations and democrats in our country.

Although we, like any other organisation or individual, have our own position and views on the forum’s theme, but the objective of organising the forum is not to propagate our own position and views. We hope all speakers can convey their valuable views and ideas that are in line with the theme freely and straightforwardly, as a reference for all the democratic parties, organisations and individuals. The Forum organising committee sincerely hopes that all invited speakers will accept our invitation and express their views in person.

For the purpose of achieving better publicity and deeper impact to the public discourse, where speakers are able to deliver a comprehensive paper on such important issue, the Forum organising committee requests the paper from each speaker (not restricted by time of delivering speech nor article length) by 14 September 2016. We will compile all papers and translate the full text or main points of the papers into other language (if time permits). The papers embodying the speakers’ standpoints and opinions will be made available to all local media and our Sahabat Rakyat’s blog ( on the date of forum.


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人民之友 对我国第14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。



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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