Thursday, 14 December 2017

Joint Statement by 27 NGOs: No Room for Mob Rule in Loving Constitutional Monarchy

Joint Statement by 27 NGOs:
No Room for Mob Rule in 
Loving Constitutional Monarchy


We, the following NGOs condemn strongly the threats and harassment targeting Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for his twitter comments on constitutional monarchy.

We staunchly defend constitutional monarchy as a key element of our parliamentary democracy, which in turn stands on rule of law and civil and political liberties as enshrined in our Federal Constitution.

We stress that, there is no room for mob rule in loving constitutional monarchy.

While recognizing that the subject matter evokes strong emotion to many Malaysians, we believe the use of threat and violence is a direct attack on rule of law, which only serves to drag the monarchy into political skirmish and undermine its paramount function to include and unite all citizens regardless of their specific political persuasion.

We commend the police for the arrest and investigation of Jamal Yunos. We hope the investigation would result in the upholding of rule of law, instead of virtual impunity.

If Datuk Zaid's comment has broken any law, he should be charged in court with his innocence assumed until proven guilty, not be subject to political witch hunt and thuggery.

The Police must defend the monarchical institution from insidious attempts that undermines rule of law that pretend to be expressions of royalism.

We remind all Malaysians, real love for constitutional monarchy must be based on love for rule of law, on which constitutional monarchy stands. Undermining rule of law is undermining constitutional monarchy.

(Enquiry: GBM Secretariat – Phone: 2272 3594/017 3985 606;  Email:

Endorsed by NGOs:
1. Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (WargaAMAN)
3. Federation of Malaysian Indian Organisation (PRIMA)
4. GREENfriends Sabah
5. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
6. Kajian Politik untuk Perubahan (KPRU)
7. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
8. Kumpulan Aktivis Mahasiswa Independen (KAMI)
9. LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLG)
10. Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (MIPAS)
11. Malaysian Indians Transformation Action Team (MITRA)
12. Malaysian Youth Care Association (PRIHATIN)
13. Muslim Professional Forum (MPF)
14. Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI)
15. Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah (PACOS Trust)
16. Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)
17. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)
18. Persatuan Rapat Malaysia (RAPAT)
19. Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM)
20. Sahabat Rakyat
21. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
22. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
23. Research For Social Advancement (REFSA)
24. Tamil Foundation
25. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
26. Tindak Malaysia
27. Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)


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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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