Suaram apparently poses a grave threat to Malaysia. Why else has the government set six agencies on it? What has Suaram done that is so dangerous to the government? And who, in fact, is truly destabilising the nation through its actions?
IS Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak a prime minister of reform as he’s been portrayed to be? Is he more respectful of human rights and dissenting views compared to his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi? Is he less or more prone to strong-arm tactics? A comparison of how the government treated Bersih in 2007 and how it is treating Bersih 2.0 in 2011 gives Malaysians and the world an indication of whether things have gotten better under Najib or much worse.
CANDLELIGHT vigils on the night of 1 Aug 2010 to protest against 50 years of the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows for indefinite state detention without trial, were marred with arrests and heavy police presence. In Petaling Jaya, around 200 protesters gathered for the vigil in Dataran Timur opposite Amcorp Mall from 8pm onwards. […]
SUARAM Penang is disappointed with the Election Commission (EC)’s decision regarding local elections. We urge the Barisan Nasional (BN) government to amend the law to allow nationwide local government elections as soon as possible. Local elections are a cornerstone of democracy and good governance, and the BN would be showing its commitment to this by […]
HUA HIN, 23 Oct 2009: The governments of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and Singapore have rejected members of civil groups from their respective countries at the 15th Asean Summit here. Debby Stothard of the Alternative Asean Network said they were informed by the Thai Foreign Ministry at 11pm yesterday that the leaders would not […]
THE plight of Burmese refugees is being highlighted in NO REFUGE: Burmese Refugees in Malaysia, an exhibition featuring the works of award-winning photojournalists Halim Berbar from France, Simon Wheatley (UK), Greg Constantine (USA), Zhuang Wubin (Singapore) and Rahman Roslan from Malaysia. The event is organised by The Annexe Gallery and human rights organisation Suaram. The […]
A Penan mother and child (Pic courtesy of Sofiyah Israa @ Flickr) PETALING JAYA, 26 Aug 2009: The parents of young Penan women allegedly abused by logging company employees want to access and view the Penan task force report that the government refuses to make public. “[The parents] have asked for the task force’s report,” […]
R GUNASEGARAN died in police custody on 16 July 2009, the same day that Teoh Beng Hock died. Guasegaran’s body still lies in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH) mortuary. His family is anxious to retrieve his remains, perform the requisite religious rituals, and then proceed to cremate his remains. Gunasegaran’s family, though, is in a […]
PETALING JAYA, 18 June 2009: The Malaysian government should stop denying that asylum seekers, refugees, stateless persons and undocumented migrants have been treated poorly, said Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram). Suaram coordinator Temme Lee described the government’s ongoing denial as “disturbing”. “The government should…start taking steps toward improving the human rights protection of this group,” Lee […]
Lim Guan Eng (Ballot box image by Miguel Angel Salinas / Dreamstime) PETALING JAYA, 9 June 2009: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng needs to make local council elections a priority as promised by his elections manifesto, Suaram Penang said today. “The process in which the Penang state government appoints its local councillors now is […]