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GBM: Protect and Uphold Our Rich Diversity PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Sunday, 05 January 2014 17:44

gbm-logoGABUNGAN Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) views the escalating tension vis-a-vis the Kalimah Allah issue with great concern.


We regard Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor’s (JAIS) seizure of Bibles as well as the planned protests against Catholic Churches by various conservative Muslim organizations as retrogressive and against the goal of establishing a truly peaceful Malaysia.


JAIS had clearly acted beyond its jurisdiction, as it is mandated only to manage Islamic related affairs. By forcing its way into the Bible Society of Malaysia’s premises it had acted in aggression and disrespect towards an established Christian organization. Much worse, it had done so with neither a warrant nor any evidence that the Bibles were being used to proselytize Muslims.

 

On this issue, GBM would like to highlight the freedom of religion that is guaranteed in the Federal Constitution to every Malaysian. In this regard, each and every non-Muslim is promised the the right and freedom to practise their religion as long as it does not infringe on the status of Islam as the official religion.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 January 2014 18:09
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A Growing Awareness PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:29
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Kinship: Teoh Lee Lan, sister of death in custody victim Teoh Beng Hock, observing a minute's silence in memory of her brother's and the dozens of others untimely demise.

By Victor Low


IT is 16th July 2013, roughly 7.30pm, on the middle span Leboh Pasar Besar Bridge. Soon after the Muezzin's call for the breaking of fast rang through an emptied out downtown Kuala Lumpur, a group of Anak Bangsa Malaysia listened in silent reflection to the following tune sung and composed by Saudara M.V. Nathan:


Mengapa aku dipukul dan dicederakan?

Mengapa harus ku mati di dalam tahanan;

Bukankah engkau sama seperti aku;

Mengharapkan simpati dan balas kasihan insan.


Could these be desperate pleas by those countless silent victims of death in custody? Powerless to the unbridled abuse and torture of their gaolers. We will never know. As they say, dead men tell no tales.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:52
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BR1Mless PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Sunday, 23 February 2014 14:00

Yesterday (Sat, Feb22, 2014) RM4.6 billion was disbursed to some 7.9 Malaysians in the form of BR1M 2014. Each registered Malaysian head of household earning less than RM3,000 a month would have received RM700, while those getting RM3,000-4,000 would receive RM450. Registered single Malaysians earning less than RM2,000 a month would have received RM300 in this scheme. This, according to PM Najib Razak, is the government's way "to change the policy from bulk subsidy to targeted subsidy in stages and shift the savings to the people through BR1M. BR1M is an example of the targeted subsidy". Yes, but a top-down targeted subsidy.


See, let's first dwell on who qualifies as a Malaysian. A bearer of a MyKad.


And what if you don't have one?


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This is a story of a boy who lives with his mother and father in the slums of Air Panas near Setapak, KL. He goes by the name Zahka. At least that's how he spells it. The six-year-old hasn't been to school, knows only a smattering of Malay and speaks mostly Tamil with his friends and family. He won't be going to school anytime soon if things stay the same.


His story is captured in this photo essay, the final year project by graphic design graduate Chia Hong. His work was exhibited at the recently concluded Art and Design Graduation Show at New Era College, Kajang, and caught the attention of many visitors.


Said Chia: "I wanted to document the difficulties faced by the poor. So many of us refuse to acknowledge they exist, that there isn't such a problem here. But it is around us, as I found out, and bigger than we imagine."


"Zahka is adopted. His mother found him as a new-born baby abandoned in a lorong near their squatters. Despite being poor, she decided this boy had to live. She took him in and nursed him.


"His mother, Firiza (that's how she spells it), has never been to school. She doesn't have a MyKad nor a birth cert. Zahka, too, does not have any birth documentation. I just felt hopeless hearing their story. My only way would be to create awareness through these photographs."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:21
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Rule of Law or Rule by Zahid’s Law? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 22:15

gbm-logoTHE Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has, since the last general election been behaving unbecoming of a Minister of Malaysia. He behaved his worst on October 6, 2013, in Melaka when he committed multiple serious mistakes against the nation.


GBM is aghast at his behavior. It is totally unacceptable of a Minister of any country!


Blatantly ignoring the fact that 51 per cent of the peoples’ popular vote in the13th General Election went against UMNO, Zahid Hamidi told the Malaysians that 51 per cent of them could leave the country and settle elsewhere. This showed his total disregard for the choice the rakyat and his disrespect for democracy.


Last Sunday, 6th of October 2013, he was in Melaka to brief the people on issues related to national security. In the supposedly closed door meeting, Zahid Hamidi had the audacity to declare that the “Three Line Gang”, a banned Malay gang, as a friendly “festive gangsters” and cheered them on to do what has to be done. This is a blatant racist call to the Malay underworld to continue with their acts of gangsterism. GBM is constrained to state that lending support to gangsters of any type is contradictory to the responsibilty of the Home Affairs Minister.


With an eye on the forthcoming UMNO General Assembly and his aggressive lobbying for the VP post, Zahid ranted that the Chinese underworld were the head of gangsters and the Indians, the operators. He rationalised that the combination of these two pendatang races in the underworld rendered the Malays as their victims. GBM firmly believes that supporting the Malay gangsters, branding the Chinese and the Indians as head gangsters and operators respectively and declaring the Malays as the victims of gangsterism is unmistakably a racist discourse and a heinous scheme that can provoke racial emotions of the rakyat.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 22:24
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Police Cartel and Police Independence PDF Print E-mail
Written by admin   
Friday, 30 April 2021 11:07
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Media statement: 30 April 2021
POLICE CARTEL AND POLICE INDEPENDENCE
We, civil society and political organizations, wish to highlight several critical issues related to the Royal Malaysian police, as follows:
1. We are horrified by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador’s claim, during an interview with Sinar Harian1 on 18 March 2021, that a cartel in cahoots with criminals is operating within the police force, and that the police force must be urgently cleansed from the influence of the cartel. This is the first time in modern history that the Chief Police Officer of our nation has openly made such a claim.
2. That claim was followed by another revelation by the IGP about the leakage of confidential information2 during Operation Pelican 3.0. The leakage resulted in failure of the police to apprehend the alleged head of the largest money laundering operation in Malaysia, Datuk Seri Nicky Liow. The IGP added that 34 persons are implicated, and that the majority are police officers, including senior police officers. This is a huge and significant number.
3. On 10 April 2021, the IGP3 publicly revealed that transfers of police officers ordered by him were suspended by the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin. The IGP’s original order called for transfers, on 12 April 2021, of 71 senior police officers including state Chief Police Officers. The IGP said the Home Minister suspended the transfers while the IGP himself was on leave. The claims and revelations by the IGP clearly show that his orders were not followed. In other words, his orders were sabotaged, overturned, or compromised. The IGP said plainly that under the law, as Inspector General of Police, he is responsible for Command and Control of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).
4. On 12 April, Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin denied4 that he had interfered in the transfers as Home Minister but added that suspension of the transfers was based on a majority voice of a meeting of the Police Commission (SPP), which he chairs. Hence, he did not deny his involvement in the suspension. Further, he indicated that the majority of the Police Commission do not support the transfers of senior police officers ordered by the IGP. Does this mean the IGP’s goal of cleansing PDRM before he retires cannot be acted upon? Does this mean the majority of the police officers whose transfers the IGP ordered have the backing of other parties such as members of the Police Commission?
5. On 15 April, the IGP claimed that the Department of Integrity and Standards (JIPS)5 is sheltering certain officers who are under investigation, while Datuk Ayob Khan, the Chief Police Officer of Johor, said he would not submit names of police officers to JIPS for investigation. When the Inspector General of Police and the Chief Police Officer of a state share mistrust of JIPS, it is clear that JIPS cannot effectively discharge its responsibilities. This is not only worrying. This is a clear, open declaration that JIPS is unable to function or is controlled by the cartel.
Based on the statements and claims, we can conclude the following:
i. Actions have been initiated to cause the Inspector General of Police to fail in discharging his duties, to such an extent that the IGP himself has had to announce that the police force must be cleansed from the activities of an internal cartel which is in cahoots with criminals.
ii. The Police Commission, chaired by the Home Minister, has interfered in the exercise by the Inspector General of Police of his powers and prerogatives to transfer officers.
iii. The Department of Integrity and Standards, JIPS, is unable to carry out its duties in a free, fair and effective manner.
Hamid Bador’s contract ends on 30 April 2021 (today). His contract was not renewed, despite his clear expression of desire to continue in office. He was appointed IGP as part of the government’s efforts to reform the police force and its administration. During his two years of service, the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) was not established, However, his revelations about the operation of a cartel in the Royal Malaysian Police has shocked the public. Indeed, public opinion is that he has tried to take brave actions to cleanse PDRM.
Hence, we, the signatories of this memorandum, demand the following:
1. An Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), with the spirit and powers of the IPCMC proposed in 2005, must be established urgently and empowered. An IPCMC is the best medicine to address the problems of corruption, abuse of power and criminal practices in PDRM. An IPCMC will save PDRM. One of its fruits will be police personnel who will discharge their duties with sincerity and integrity. An IPCMC will restore public confidence in PDRM which is tainted with accusations of abuse of power, selective enforcement and now, of being controlled by a cartel.
2. The names of all persons who have been linked to the cartel must not be put forward as replacements for the IGP or for any positions in PDRM.
3. All persons who come forward to give information (whistle-blowers) about officers who engage in corrupt practices or criminal acts must be given shelter and protection because they are exposed to threats and actions by criminals, including those in uniform.
4. Will this IGP’s efforts to cleanse PDRM continue, now that his service is ended through non-renewal of his contract? Will his replacements continue the efforts he leaves unfinished? Or will we see the return and rise to high office of those whom this IGP has claimed are collaborators of criminals? If the eviction of the cartel from PDRM is not continued, we are deeply concerned that the decline of PDRM will remain unarrested, and reform efforts which have been initiated will be stalled.
5. A process to select the IGP and the Deputy IGP must be established. The process must be reformed to meet the criteria of transparency, integrity and reliability. The Police Commission must also be reformed, so that it reflects and assures a police force which is professional and fair towards good and upright members of PDRM.
PDRM belongs to the citizens of Malaysia. PDRM is an institution which is vital. It is vital not only for securing public order and safety, but also for the pursuit of justice, protection of our democracy and assuring the human rights of everyone. Following the news lately makes us thirst for a police force which demonstrates professionalism, integrity, freedom from interference, and lack of bias. We will support all efforts, regardless of who initiates or promotes them – including the IGP – to ensure that good principles and values are established, because this is in the best interest of our nation.
This statement is endorsed by the following organisations:
1. SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia)
2. CAGED (Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances)
3. Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)
4. ALIRAN (Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara)
5. MAJU (Malaysian Action for Justice and Unity)
6. PROHAM (Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia)
7. CIJ (Centre for Independent Journalism)
8. C4 Center (Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism)
9. Beyond Borders Malaysia
10. TENAGANITA
11. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS)
12. EMPOWER Malaysia
13. GERAK (Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia)
14. SABM (Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia)
15. PATRIOT (Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan)
16. BERSIH 2.0
17. Pusat KOMAS
5) https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/04/15/igp-turns-guns-on-his-own-integrity-dept-over-cover-ups/
Last Updated on Friday, 30 April 2021 11:44
 
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