Monday, December 24, 2007

Mari kita mansuhkan ISA / Heed to Raja Nazrin’s advice

Kadet Pencen wrote:

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Mari kita mansuhkan ISA

Sejak penahanan beberapa pemimpin HINDRAF di bawah ISA baru-baru ini, kezaliman undang-undang warisan penjajah itu mula hangat diperkatakan kembali. Saya tertarik sejak satu dua hari kebelakangan ini apabila mendapat tahu darihal komen yang diberikan oleh dua orang personaliti yang berbeza terhadap ISA ini. Kedua-duanya menarik dan perlu diambil perhatian oleh semua warga Malaysia yang cintakan keadilan dan hak asasi.

Semalam bertempat di Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana, Putrajaya bekas PM Tun Dr Mahathir telah ditanya berkenaan ISA. Beliau yang semasa kepimpinannya dahulu pernah menggunakan ISA terhadap para penentang dan pengkritiknya telah memberikan reaksi yang sangat tajam dan mendalam maknanya (sebagaimana kata Dato Mustapha Ali, dalam bahasa Tun Dr M). Kata Tun (beliau memberikan kenyataannya dalam Bahasa Inggeris):

It is up to the government and the people to decide this. You see we are a democratic country. If the people selected to lead are the people who support the use of ISA, then they will use it. The choice is yours.

Terpulanglah kepada kerajaan dan rakyat untuk memutuskan. Kita adalah sebuah negara demokrasi. Jika yang dipilih oleh rakyat adalah mereka yang menyokong penggunaan ISA, maka mereka akan menggunakannya. Pilihannya terletak pada anda.

Anda boleh memberikan berbagai tafsiran terhadap kenyataan Tun ini, tambah lagi bagi mereka yang tidak putus dendamnya terhadap beliau. Bagi saya, kenyataan Tun ini bagaikan serampang dua mata, satu cuba mempertahankan pentadbiran beliau dahulu, dua melemparkan kritikkan sinis terhadap pentadbiran yang ada. Lebih mudah lagi kalau tak suka ISA pilihanraya nanti janganlah lagi undi parti Dollah Badawi!

Sementara itu dalam NST hari ini dimuatkan temuramah Syed Nazri dan Jeniffer Gomez dari akhbar tersebut bersama Raja Muda Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah. Salah satu soalan yang diajukan kepada Raja Nazrin adalah berkenaan ISA. ISA dikatakan suautu alat bagi kerajaan untuk bertindak terhadap mereka yang mengancam ketenteraman awam dan keselamatan negara, komen beliau:


I hope it is used very sparingly, if at all, and only when there is a genuine threat to national security. It should never be used to stifle dissent.

Saya berharap ianya mestilah dikawal penggunaanya jikapun perlu digunakan ianya mestilah ketika berlaku ancaman yang sebenar terhadap keselmatan negara. Ia tidak wajar digunakan untuk mengekang perbezaan pendapat.

Sekali lagi pihak istana kembali dengan pandangan yang luas dan bernas. Malah banyak isu disentuh oleh Raja Nazrin dalam wawancara beliau itu namun dalam hal membicarakan darihal ISA ini cukuplah sekadar memaparkan yang ini. Kesimpulannya ISA kini sudak diperakui lapuk dan usang, zalim tak terkata. Siapakah yang berkuasa merobahnya, tidak ada kuasa lain melainkan rakyat sendiri. Oleh itu marilah kita fikirkan masak-masak perkara ini, perubahan hanya mampu berlaku apabila rakyat sendiri yang bangkit menuntunya, oleh itu pastikan ianya berlaku dalam PRU ke 12 nanti.

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Abdullah, Cabinet Ministers and the IGP should give serious heed to Raja Nazrin’s advice
Posted by Raja Petra
Malaysia Today

Abdullah, Cabinet Ministers and the IGP should give serious heed to Raja Nazrin’s advice and end 2007 with a “win-win” scenario by drafting guidelines for Malaysians to exercise their constitutionally-enshrined right to hold peaceful demonstrations to voice their grievances while maintaining public order The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, all Cabinet Ministers and the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan should give serious heed to the advice by the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah that “the desire to maintain public order should not be an excuse for never allowing peaceful assemblies” as the holding of peaceful demonstrations to voice their grievances is a constitutionally-enshrined right of Malaysian citizens.
In an interview with New Sunday Times series “VOICES 08”, Raja Nazrin said:

“Freedom of expression through peaceful demonstrations is a right people can reasonably expect to enjoy in a democratic society. This right is enshrined in our Constitution.

“So people are acting within their constitutional rights in wanting to voice their grievances by holding peaceful demonstrations.

“The right to live in peace and harmony in a safe environment is also a right people can reasonably expect to enjoy in any well-run society. The government is responsible for public order.

“The right to demonstrate must always be balanced by the need to maintain public order.”

All Malaysians can accept Raja Nazrin’s formulation of the relationship between public order and the people’s constitutional right to peaceful demonstration as part of the fundamental liberties of Malaysians to freedom of expression. They also agree with Raja Nazrin that striking the balance between public freedom and public order is never an easy thing to do and that it is a judgment the authorities have to make on the available information.

The current controversy over peaceful demonstrations lies in the failure of the authorities concerned to observe the important qualification highlighted by Raja Nazrin when he stressed that “the desire to maintain public order should not be used as an excuse for never allowing peaceful assemblies” – as there is now a blanket ban by the police on all peaceful demonstrations in the country for people to express their grievances!

Let 2007, the year celebrating the 50th Merdeka anniversary of independence and freedom for Malaysians, end with a “win-win” scenario with the Prime Minister, Cabinet and the Inspector-General of Police drawing up guidelines for Malaysians to exercise their constitutionally-sanctioned right to hold peaceful demonstrations to voice their grievances while maintaining public order.

Malaysia, which claims to want to join the ranks of the first-world developed nations, has a lot to learn from advanced countries in order to shake off our “third-world mentality” and replace it with a “first-world mindset”.

In London, Paris, Berlin or Washington, peaceful demonstrations are a common occurrence involving thousands, tens of thousands and sometimes hundreds of thousands of people, where the police help to maintain law and order, facilitate crowd control and smoothen traffic flow – unlike in Malaysia where the police will create a gridlock paralyzing traffic and locking down the federal capital if there is a whiff of a peaceful demonstration, however small!

It is time that the government and police listen to sane and rational voices like those of Raja Nazrin and former Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Musa Hitam, who in a New Sunday Times interview a fortnight ago made a powerful case for peaceful assemblies in Malaysia.

Asked whether Malaysia is ready for peaceful assemblies, Musa who was formerly Home Minister and was the first Suhakam Chairman, replied without hesitation: “Yes! Come on, we have been independent for 50 years.”

Musa was clearly in full agreement with Raja Nazrin as the elder ASEAN statesman said:

“The right to peaceful assembly is enshrined in our democratic institution. That right also gives the right to the government to refuse.

“The thing at issue is not that the rights are not there. The rights exist. It is the application of the right and the administration of the right that I am taking issue with.”

This is why it is shocking to see the Education Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, leading a nation-wide campaign to drum up support against peaceful demonstrations and even seeking to poison the minds of teachers and students by subverting the fundamental liberties enshrined in the constitution – especially the right to peaceful demonstration for Malaysians to
express their grievances.

Lim Kit Siang


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Daripada Abu Umarah iaitu al-Bara' bin 'Azib radhiallahu anhuma, katanya: "Kita semua diperintah oleh Rasulullah s.a.w. untuk melakukan tujuh perkara, iaitu meninjau orang sakit, mengikuti janazah, menentasymitkan orang yang bersin, menolong orang yang lemah, membantu orang yang teraniaya, meratakan salam dan melaksanakan sumpah."

(Muttafaq 'alaih)

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