Monday, December 10, 2007

Bukti Janji Kosong PM / Video Peristiwa / Walking with 500 cops

Anwar Ibrahim
Hari Hak Asasi Sedunia: Penahanan Bukti Janji Kosong PM Abdullah
Penahanan 8 individu yang mengepalai perhimpunan aman sempena sambutan Hari Hak Asasi Sedunia menggambarkan janji-janji kosong yang telah Perdana Menteri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi laungkan kononnya Malaysia harus dipuji amalan demokrasinya.

Sebaliknya, alasan yang dangkal dan tidak masuk akal kononnya perhimpunan lebih 100 orang peserta mendatangkan sebarang musibah kepada keselamatan awam, menjadi satu pembuktian sahih bahawa undang-undang telah digunakan di Malaysia untuk mencabar kebebasan dan menekan hak demokratik untuk berhimpun secara aman.

Individu-individu yang ditahan hari ini adalah di antara rakyat Malaysia yang paling patriotik dan telah mendedikasikan kehidupan mereka untuk menjunjung kedaulatan undang-undang. Di sebalik kesamaran pembuktian kononnya mereka merancang untuk mengganggu keselamatan awam, penahanan mereka menggambarkan tidak ada selain daripada taktik kolot yang digunakan sebelumnya oleh kerajaan Malaysia dalam keadaan mereka bersedia untuk menggunakan pendekatan drakonian, iaitu Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA).

Walau bagaimanapun, rakyat Malaysia telah menyatakan penentangan mereka ke atas undang-undang tersebut, di mana tidak ada tempat untuk ia dikuatkuasakan dalam sebuah negara yang mendakwa mengamalkan sistem demokrasi. Dengan meluaskan penguatkuasaannya, kerajaan telah mempercepatkan kehilangan sokongan yang mendadak di kalangan rakyat.

Saya menggesa pihak berkuasa untuk membebaskan semua tahanan tanpa alasan dan berkuatkuasa serta merta. Sayugia saya turut menegaskan betapa kerajaan perlu menamatkan serangan mereka ke atas hak berhimpun secara aman yang dijamin perlembagaan.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
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Untuk video dan audio, klik di bawah:
Video Peristiwa Perarakan Hak Asasi, Ahad 9 Disember

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ROCKY'S BRU
Walking with 500 cops

With of Without the Bar. AFP correspondent Romen Bose interviewed me as we were walking from Sogo to the Bar Council's heaadquaters this morning. I told him I regretted the arrests made by the police. "The action by the cops was totally unnecessary. We are walking for human rights, man, and you can see for yourself how peaceful the walk is."


We found out later that 8 lawyers and activsts had been arrested. Lawyer Haris Ibrahim, one of the lawyers who picked up where the Bar Council had left eh walk, had to calm down some of the walkers. There were many cool heads. The police should have just allowed the walk to proceed.


The Malaysiakini reporter must have been a pain for the cop in charge, Supt Che Hamzah Che Ismail. "Why did you arrest them? It was a peaceful walk. Why did you stop them?"

"I have my human rights, too," Che managed.


Why did the Bar Council cancel the walk? The question played in my head over and over again throughout the walk. I am disappointed with the Bar, of course, but this morning I was proud to walk with some brave lawyers. I could almost feel how unhappy my lawyer, Edmund Bon, the chairperson of the Bar Council's Human Rights Committee, was. He had wanted so much to walk.


An hour or so after we left, they told me that Bon had been arrested for allegedly preventing some City Hall workers from bringing down some posters at the Bar Council's headquarters. The Bar marks this years World Human Rights Day (10 Dec) today.

I spoke to Bon later. "It's a sad day for (our) human rights," he said.

I was walking with many brave girls. There were about 100 walkers. More than two dozens journalists. 500 cops (the Malay Mail reporter asked Supt Che Hamzah the question). And a chopper in the sky.

Bloggers who walked include Nuraina Samad (Sunday Human Rights Walk ....), Jeff Ooi (Cops outnumber People: 5 to 1), Tony Yew, Bernard Khoo aka Zorro, Haris Ibrahim, Michelle Gunaselan, Shanghai Fish (Human Rights ... What Rights?), Shar 101, Desiderata, and Melvin Mah.
For professional pics, go to Suzanne Lee's site.


HARI SABTU PAKAI KUNING! / WEAR YELLOW ON SATURDAYS!
Lawati laman 10November di http://10nov. himpunan. info/
Lawati laman Bersih di http://bersih. org/


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2 comments:

Cheeweng said...

Hi, there were many other walkers who weren't bloggers and who are not in the opposition party or representatives of NGOs. I was one of them, a senior citizen (aged 59 years) with several other middle-age ladies and gentlemen. I came out to support Human Rights Day and the right to peaceful assembly. We are not being made use of, nor have we been instigated by any political parties. We are mature, right-thinking citizens exercising our Constitutional rights. Thank you.

cakapaje said...

Hi Cheeweng,

I've just only noticed your comment, my apologies. And, yes, I believe as what you said. Thank you for standing up to your rights.

ps. I visited your blog but could not place a comment.