The security dragnet on opposition leaders and critics this past week is the clearest sign yet that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government was never honest in wanting real political reforms, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders told a rally here last night.
Adam Adli has been charged with sedition purportedly “by calling for the toppling of the elected government”. Tian Chua, Harris Ibrahim and Tamrin Tun Gaffar have been arrested. This is tyranny writ large. Let’s get it straight: Najib’s government is not a duly elected government. It is a government that’s come into power by systemic widespread fraud aided and abetted by the Election Commission. Its legitimacy is therefore in question. This is our position and we are mounting a legal and judicial challenge in this regard.
Meantime, the people by the hundreds of thousands are exercising their constitutional right to gather peacefully to demonstrate their utter disgust with this cheating and the consequent illegitimate assumption of power. By the latest count, almost half a million Malaysians, mostly comprising the young from all races have attended our nation-wide rallies.
They have come because of their conviction for justice and their deep sense of fair play and not because of any inducement or bribe or promise of material gain. On the contrary, they have come to these rallies in spite of the constant threats and warnings from the police of arrest because they believe in their cause – a cause for their future and the generations to come. This is nobility of spirit which no tyranny can suppress. Adam Adli embodies this spirit and the aspirations of the hundreds of thousands who have attended and the millions more who voted for change, fair play and justice.
The dictatorships of Stalin, Marcos are Suharto are long gone. The likes of Ben Ali, Mubarak and Gaddafi are gone not so long ago. Even Mahathir’s time where such abuses of state power were ever so common is over. Yet, not only has Najib reneged on his pledges of political reform, he is winding the clock backwards.
First, Nik Nazmi was charged. Last night, they arrested 18 people who together with a thousand others had gathered in front of the Jinjang police station to show support for Adam. No doubt, this intimidation will continue even as the show of solidarity for those arrested will spring up across the land.
The new Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar is talking tough and issuing all kinds of threats to the people, taking the cue from the Home Minister. May I remind him that his duty is to serve the people. His priority is to keep the county safe – not from legitimate peaceful rallies – but from criminals and real mischief makers.
Meanwhile, DAP veteran Dr. Chen Man Hin, who should rightly be honoured for his tireless service to the people, was hauled up and interrogated over frivolous allegations about him being linked to a plot to overthrow the government. This is completely insane.
Is this Najib’s way of spending tax payers’ money? Is this the new direction to be given to the police under its new IGP? While real criminals, including those who commit hate and racist crimes, are going about with impunity, those who are calling for justice are being hounded like rats and prosecuted?
Police detainee N Dharmendran was beaten to death and people at a peaceful candle light vigil for Adam in Penang were assaulted by thugs while UMNO’s racist inciters to hatred and thugs are roaming the nation with impunity.
Najib is stepping on the heads of the rakyat. Eventually, the rakyat will prevail.
23rd May 2013
The slew of arrests following accusations of electoral fraud in the May 5 general election has not spooked PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim into giving up the opposition struggle.
Telling this to about 20,000 people at a ‘Blackout 505′ rally in Kuala Ibai, Terengganu last night, Anwar said he would fight on so long as the people continued to support him.
“The crackdown has begun. We all know who will be their target in the end.
“If these arrests are a signal by Prime Minister Najib (Abdul Razak) or the home minister (Ahmad Zahid Hamidi) to rattle me, I’m telling you now that I am not afraid as long as the rakyat are with me,” he said to loud cheers.
Last night’s rally was part of the nationwide rallies organised by Pakatan Rakyat to spread the word about electoral fraud in GE13, which the opposition, despite winning close to 52 percent of the popular votes, failed to win federal power.
Also at last night’s rally were PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and party vice-president Husam Musa.
PKR vice-president and Batu MP Tian Chua was slated to speak at the rally but he was arrested by police at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang yesterday, just before boarding his flight to Terengganu.
Police also detained human rights activist Haris Ibrahim and PAS member Tamrin Ghafar in separate locations yesterday.
The trio, believed to be nabbed in relation to a protest rally clated to be held in Petaling Jaya tromorrow, are being held under the Sedition Act at the Jinjang police station.
Since the election, six Pakatan leaders and activists have come under police investigation for separate alleged offences.
They include Seri Setia assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim, Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, DAP veteran Dr Chen Man Hin, Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming and Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming.
The police actions come under the watch of newly-appointed inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.
The security dragnet on opposition leaders and critics this past week is the clearest sign yet that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government was never honest in wanting real political reforms, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders told a rally here last night.
They told a crowd of some 5,000 that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had promised to repeal the Sedition Act as a step towards greater civil liberties but the arrests of four men under the law meant the reforms pledges were only designed to win votes in Election 2013.
“What were we promised? By Barisan Nasional and the minority prime minister? Did they not say that the era of government knows best is over? That democracy will flourish under the pillars of 1 Malaysia?
PKR Batu MP Chua Tian Chang, PAS’s Datuk Tamrin Ghafar and political activist Haris Ibrahim were arrested yesterday for sedition and detained overnight at the Jinjang police station in Kuala Lumpur for investigation under section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act and section 124 of the Penal Code.
Najib had promised to abolish the law when he announced a slew of political reforms which included the repeal of the Internal Security Act not long before Election 2013 was held.
Chua, Tamrin who was once Batu Berendam MP and Anything But Umno (ABU) chief Haris were arrested separately yesterday afternoon in an apparent national crackdown on opposition supporters.
All three are believed to be detained over their involvement in a May 13 forum on the results of the just-concluded general election.
A view of the crowd at last night’s rally
The first to be detained from the forum was student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim, who was charged with sedition in the Jalan Duta court complex yesterday morning.
The 24-year-old pleaded not guilty and was released on RM5,000 bail with his trial set for a mention on July 2.
Claiming the election had been rigged, PR has so far refused to recognise the Election 2013 results that saw Najib’s BN retaining power but with a smaller majority. His coalition had also lost the popular vote which makes it a minority government.
Former Umno law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said the crackdown signalled BN’s fear towards the opposition’s growing strength, and that a clampdown was the only way for Najib to ensure his coalition would stay in power.
He also pointed out that the arrests under the Sedition Act were made despite Najib’s pledge to repeal the law.
“They knew that PR had won more than 50 per cent of the popular vote and that they had won through cheating… and now you have all these arrests when Najib had promised to abolish the Sedition Act,” he said.
Former DAP Selangor State Assembly Speaker Datuk Teng Chang Khim claimed the crackdown was engineered to appease Umno’s hardliners and consolidate Najib’s position as he is likely to be challenged at the party polls following his poor performance in Election 2013.
“He is in a mess. He’s afraid. So that is why he is showing the Umno hardliners that he can be tough,” he said.
Yesterday, a DAP lawmaker suggested that the Najib administration has shown the spectre of 1987 looms large behind its call for a “national reconciliation” through the Home Ministry’s crackdown yesterday against opposition figures and their media.
Newly appointed Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, however, defended the police action, saying the law enforcers must surely have the basis and solid evidence to make the arrests.
Disebalik tindakan keras kerajaan terhadap pemimpin pembangkang dan aktivis, puluhan ribu rakyat berhimpun dalam perhimpunan menentang keputusan Pilihan Raya 2013 Black 505 di Terengganu.
Media melaporkan himpunan yang berlangsung di Markaz PAS Kuala Ibai malam tadi dianggar mencatat kehadiran lebih 50,000 orang.
Pemimpin utama Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Timbalan Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu, Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Husam Musa adalah diantara yang berucap dalam himpunan tersebut.
Menurut beliau yang dikenali sebagai Mat Sabu itu, Menteri Dalam Negeri yang baru Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi sudah panik dengan kebangkitan rakyat menentang penipuan Pilihan Raya 2013.
“Penangkapan sudahpun bermula, pendekar Bagan Datoh sudah tunjuk belang.?Zahid Hamidi mula menunjukkan belangnya terhadap rakyat marhean yang tidak bersenjata.
“Dia sudah panik, panik dengan kebangkitan rakyat,” katanya dipetik dari portal Harakahdaily.
Chua, Tamrin dan Haris ditahan semalam kerana menghasut dan ditahan semalaman di lokap berpusat Balai Polis Jinjang di bawah Seksyen 4 (1) (c) Akta Hasutan dan seksyen 124 Kanun Keseksaan.
Individu pertama yang ditahan akibat forum itu dan didakwa kerana menghasut adalah aktivis mahasiswa, Adam Adli Abdul Halim di kompleks mahkamah Jalan Duta pagi semalam.
Lelaki berumur 24 tahun itu mengaku tidak bersalah dan dibebaskan dengan ikat jamin RM5,000 dan perbicaraannya ditetapkan bermula pada 2 Julai.
Mendakwa pilihan raya dicurangi, PR setakat ini enggan untuk mengiktiraf keputusan Pilihan Raya 2013 yang menyaksikan BN dan Najib mempertahankan kuasa akan tetapi dengan majoriti kurang. Gabungan dipimpinnya juga hilang undi popular menyebabkan ianya menjadi kerajaan minoriti.
Zahid walau bagaimanapun mempertahankan tindakan polis, mengatakan mereka mempunyai asas dan bukti kukuh untuk membuat penangkapan.
Sebelum ini perhimpunan Black 505 diadakan di Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Pahang, Johor, Negeri Sembilan dan Kedah dimana ribuan engkar kepada arahan polis dengan memenuhi stadium dan tempat ceramah.
Dalam Pilihan Raya 2013, BN mendapat 133 kerusi berbanding PR 89 kerusi. BN turut hilang undi majoriti pertama kali semenjak tahun 1969.
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Folks have asked me what has happened to my Palm Pre 3? Well it’s still working but moth balled as it needs apps which webOS simply does not have – Lexidrugs, UpToDate, Epocrates to name a few which are essential for medical users. As such my current main Phone is my venerable iPhone 4, now a little over 2 years old, and still working. It had to have the Home button replaced once, but it has been updated to the latest iOS and I had it Jailbroken to install my favorite Cydia apps, some of them essential such as iBlacklist to block unwanted phone calls.
Here’s a snapshot of my current Home screen. I have most of the apps I use on the 1st screen only. The second screen really hasn’t many more apps than this and in actual fact I end up using maybe about 10-15 apps on a regular basis.
from the Palmdoc Chronicles
My Home Screen
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On23.5.2013.
By Questioning Dr Chen Man Hin Over A Baseless Allegations When Pro-BN Leaders Are Permitted To Make Seditious Lies, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar Is A Willing Political Tool Of BN That Not Only Practices Double-Standards But Also Displays Contempt For The Majority The People That Voted 51% For PR.
DAP is shocked and condemns the police for opening an investigation into DAP National Advisor Dr Chen Man Hin for allegedly conspiring to create public disorder when he innocuously used the term “Malaysian Spring” in a private email correspondence more than a year ago. Has the police nothing better to do than to investigate under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code, an 86-year old medical doctor and former MP who had served the nation selflessly, with the ridiculous charge of plotting to overthrow the government through street demonstrations similar to those in the Arab Spring?
The police investigation is clearly an afterthought to victimise and smear DAP leaders. If the allegation of overthrowing the government is true, why conduct a police investigation now after more than a year, especially when there were no attempts to overthrow the government? By questioning Dr Chen Man Hin over a baseless allegation when pro-BN leaders are permitted to make seditious lies, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar is a willing political tool of BN that not only practices double-standards but also displays contempt for the majority the people that voted 51% for PR.
This is so ridiculous as to be a joke if not for the fact that this is a waste of police resources, manpower and time which should have been better focused on fighting crime.Why is the IGP behaving in such a trigger happy manner against DAP and PR leaders when no police reports were made a year ago and not apply a similar standard against a former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah, who had made racist remarks against Chinese and wanted to seize their rights and properties, when police reports have already been made against Datuk Mohd Noor.
Whilst Khalid was busy “playing politics”, he has failed to tackle rising crime, until even the sister of the Deputy Prime Minister in Petaling Jaya and Khalid’s own sister in Mantin, were victims of house break-ins. Despite police claims of a drop in the crime-index, no one in Malaysia believes that they are safer or feel safe.
Tell that to Chris Tong an actress was injured in Taman Yulek, Cheras another victim of snatch theft. Even a former IGP had questioned the credibility and reliability of the drop in crime statistics, as many victims of crime believe that the drop in crime index is manipulated.
DAP will demand full answers from the new IGP in Parliament to explain his professional failure to focus of fighting crime but focus instead on fighting PR with baseless allegations.
LIM GUAN ENG
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Kenyataan Akhbar Setiausaha Agung DAP merangkap Ahli Parlimen Bagan, Lim Guan Eng di Kuala Lumpur pada 23 Mei 2013.
Dengan menyoal Dr Chen Man Hin atas tuduhan tidak berasas, ketika pemimpin Pro-BN dibenarkan membuat pembohongan yang menghasur, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar adalah alat politik BN yang bukan sahaja mengamalkan ‘double standard’ malah memperlihatkan kebenciannya kepada majoriti rakyat yang telah memberi 51% undi kepada Pakatan Rakyat.
DAP amat terkejut dan mengutuk tindakan pihak polis membuka kertas siasatan terhadap Penasihat Kebangsaan DAP, Dr Chen Man Hin atas dakwaan bersubahat untuk melakukan gangguan awam apabila beliau menggunakan terma ‘Malaysian Spring’ tanpa sebarang niat berbahaya dalam email peribadi lebih satu tahan lalu. Adakah pihak polis tidak ada kerja lain selain menyiasat di bawah Seksyen 112 Kanun Acara Jenayah, seorang doktor berusia 86 tahun dan seorang bekas ahli Parlimen yang telah berkhidmat kepada negara; dengan tuduhan merepek kononnya hendak berkomplot untuk menggulingkan kerajaan melalui demonstrasi jalanan seperti yang terjadi dalam ‘Arab Spring’?
Siasatan polis tersebut jelas satu tindakan yang bertujuan untuk memangsa dan memburukkan pemimpin DAP. Kalau pun dakwaan menggulingkan kerajaan itu benar, kenapa siasatan dibuat sekarang selepas lebih setahun, terutamanya apabila tidak ada usaha pun untuk menggulingkan kerajaan? Dengan menyoal Dr Chen Man Hin atas tuduhan tidak berasas, ketika pemimpin Pro-BN dibenarkan membuat pembohongan yang menghasur, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar adalah alat politik BN yang bukan sahaja mengamalkan ‘double standard’ malah memperlihatkan kebenciannya kepada majoriti rakyat yang telah memberi 51% undi kepada Pakatan Rakyat.
Begitu mengarut sekali tindakan yang amat penuh jenaka ini, kalau bukan kerana ia membazir sumber-sumber polis, tenaga kerja dan masa yang septutnya boleh digunakan untuk menumpukan terhadap memerangi jenayah. Kenapa Ketua Polis Negara bertindak sesuka hati terhadap pemimpin DAP dan Pakatan Rakyat apabila tidak ada pun laporan polis dibuat setahun lalu, dan kenapa tidak memberi layanan serupa seperti yang diberi kepada bekas Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah, yang telah membuat kenyataan perkauman terhadap masyarakat Cina dan mahu merampas hak dan harta mereka, walaupun laporan polis telah dibuat terhadap Datuk Mohd Noor?
Sementara Khalid sibuk bermain politik, beliau telah gagal menguruskan kadar jenayah yang semakin meningkat. Sehinggakan saudara perempuan kepada Timbalan Perdana Menteri di Petaling Jaya dan saudara perempuan Khalid sendiri di Mantin menjadi mangsa jenayah pecah rumah. Walaupun pihak polis mendakwa terdapat penurunan dalam indeks jenayah, tidak ada sesiapa pun di dalam negara ini yang percaya bahawa keselamatan mereka terjamin.
Beritahu itu kepada Chris Tong, seorang pelakon yang cedera di Taman Yulek, Cheras; seorang lagi mangsa ragut. Bahkan bekas ketua polis negara pun mempersoalkan kredibiliti dalam penurunan indeks jenayah memandangkan ramai mangsa jenayah percaya bahawa penurunan tersebut telah dimanipulasi.
DAP menuntut jawapan penuh daripada Ketua Polis Negara yang baru di Parlimen untuk menerangkan kegagalan profesional beliau untuk memberi tumpuan kepada membasmi jenayah tetapi sibuk melawan Pakatan Rakyat dengan tuduhan-tuduhan tidak berasas.
LIM GUAN ENG
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After controversial re-election by National Front coalition, three anti-government figures arrested and activist student charged
Opposition activists have staged numerous peaceful demonstrations since the 5 May general election won by the National Front coalition with a weakened parliamentary majority. The activists insist the coalition, which has governed since 1957, retained power through bogus ballots and other irregularities, though the prime minister, Najib Razak, and electoral authorities deny manipulating the results.
The latest arrests involve Tian Chua, a senior official in the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s People’s Justice party; Haris Ibrahim, a rights activist who leads an anti-government group; and Tamrin Ghafar, an opposition party member. The men have criticised the National Front at recent political gatherings.
Chua wrote on Twitter that police detained him at an airport and told him he was being held for sedition. Ibrahim and Tamrin were held separately, but it was not immediately clear for what they were being investigated. Police officials responsible for their case could not immediately be contacted.
After his arrest, Chua tweeted that Malaysians should not allow themselves to be “overtaken by fear [but should] continue to assemble peacefully and have faith”.
Their arrests occurred hours after prosecutors charged the student Adam Adli, 24, with making seditious statements that included calling for people to “go down to the streets to seize back our power” while addressing a political forum. He pleaded innocent at a Kuala Lumpur district court on Thursday and was released on bail before a hearing set for 2 July.
Sedition as defined by Malaysian law includes promoting hatred against the government.
Rights activists have long criticised Malaysia‘s anti-sedition law as a tool to curb democratic dissent. Najib said last year the government planned to eventually abolish the Sedition Act, which was introduced in 1949 during British colonial rule, and replace it with new laws that would strike a better balance between allowing freedom of speech and ensuring public stability.
Adli, who was arrested last weekend, faces three years in prison and a fine if convicted.
Hundreds of people have demonstrated peacefully in recent days against Adli’s arrest. Adli became publicly known in 2011 when he brought down a flag bearing Najib’s portrait at the ruling party’s headquarters during a demonstration. He was subsequently suspended for three semesters from his teaching course at a Malaysian state-backed university.
The home ministry said it had seized more than 2,500 copies of newspapers published by opposition parties from stores nationwide since Wednesday. The government-issued publication licences for those newspapers specify they should be distributed among party members only and are not for retail sales, the ministry said in a statement.
“National reconciliation? To me, they only know how to use words that they do not even understand. My own view is that they have no moral standing to claim of efforts for national reconciliation or to be more liberal… not after all these arrests”
Putrajaya will only face more wrath from right-thinking Malaysians if it continues its nationwide crackdown on opposition supporters, Datuk Ambiga Sreenavasan said today.
The civil rights activist and renowned lawyer said the sudden series of arrests and court charges exposes the new government’s true face and intentions, which contradicts its earlier promise for national reconciliation.
“It reflects very badly on the new government. Let them never again try to use the word liberal,” she told The Malaysian Insider over the phone this afternoon.
“My own view is that they have no moral standing to claim of efforts for national reconciliation or to be more liberal… not after all these arrests,” she added.
Ambiga was speaking to this news portal during her wait at the Jinjang police station where PKR and PAS MPs Chua Tian Chang and Tamrin Ghafar, as well as Anything But Umno (ABU) chief Haris Ibrahim, were brought to after they were arrested separately this afternoon.
Earlier this morning, Ambiga, who is also the co-chairman of Bersih 2.0, a coalition of NGOs fighting for a free and fair electoral system, accompanied student activist Adam Adli to the Sessions Court where the youth was charged with sedition for allegedly attempting to topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government through street protests.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders, activists and opposition supporters nationwide have been protesting the results of the just-concluded May 5 polls, which saw BN returned to federal power despite earning only a minority of the total number of votes cast.
Due to the uneven dispersal of votes in numerous constituencies across Malaysia, which the opposition have labelled unfair gerrymandering, BN emerged victors with just under 48 per cent of the popular vote to PR’s 51 per cent by snapping up 133 federal seats or 60 per cent of the 222 seats contested.
Adam, who first shot to fame in 2011 after a similar run-in with the authorities, was hauled in when he told a May 13 forum shortly after the polls that the only way to topple the BN government was not through elections but street protests.
Chua, Haris and Tamrin were also speakers at the same forum and their arrests today are believed to be due to their involvement in the event.
Ambiga said, however, that the authorities did not need to resort to arresting the leaders if they had merely wanted to rope them in for questioning on the event.
“I was told they have a list of names… I am sure these leaders would have been happy to come in and give statements.
“But arresting them… it is shocking, oppressive and to me, wholly unacceptable in a democracy. I view this as an abuse of powers,” she said.
She pointed out that leaders like Chua were MPs and were unlikely to evade being hauled up for questioning.
“This is just telling, isn’t it? It just exposes what they (the government) truly are. Their conducts before the elections were so different. What does that tell you?
“It tells you that they were just holding back before this. Fine. Let them do what they feel they have to do.
“But this would only serve to anger the people,” she warned.
Earlier today, it was reported that over 1,000 copies of PAS-owned Malay newspaper Harakah were carted off by Home Ministry officials from shops and several distribution centres in a nationwide raid.
“Ya, Harakah was seized at several places this morning,” the paper’s editor, Zulkifli Sulong, told The Malaysian Insider when contacted.
The seized copies were of the paper’s Friday edition dated May 24-26 carrying the front page headline “GST hadiah BN untuk rakyat [GST BN’s gift to the people]”.
Its online edition had earlier reported Harakah’s marketing manager Ahmad Faisal Tawang saying he had received phone calls this morning from several distributors who informed him that the home ministry’s officials were carrying out a sting to seize copies of the newspaper.
Home ministry officials had grabbed the paper from not only from the distribution centres but from shops and even from the back of lorries as they arrived at the distribution centres.
In Malacca, Harakah reported more than 500 copies seized, while in Alor Setar, Kedah, as many as 1,000 copies were taken.
“In Seremban, Negri Sembilan, the distribution centres were also raided by KDN,” Ahmad Faisal was quoted saying, using the Malay initials for the home ministry, adding,”But in Kedah, the KDN did not show their enforcement cards and letter from KDN before acting.
Yesterday, the police arrested 18, including four women, at a candlelight vigil held for Adam outside the the Jinjang police station here. They have since been released.
Media reports say some 1,000 had gathered outside the police station, which was under tight security in anticipation of a continued night vigil since Adam Adli’s detention on Saturday.
Newly-minted Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who took over the post from Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein in the Najib administration’s new Cabinet, was reported by Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia last weekend as saying that the government would take stern action against those who intended to foment chaos on the streets.
Both Ahmad Zahid and the new Inspector-General of Police had been chided by opposition politicians “playing politics” instead of working to curb crime in the wake up the May 5 polls.
A Malaysian student has been charged with sedition and three opposition figures have also been detained amid tensions after the 5 May polls.
Student Adam Adli was charged over his call for protests against alleged election fraud.
The other three men, politicians and activists, were also detained under the Sedition Act, reports said.
The ruling coalition secured a simple majority in the polls – the closest since Malaysia’s independence in 1957.
It was the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition’s worst election result ever, securing just 46.6% of the popular vote.
The government said that the elections were free and fair, but the Anwar Ibrahim-led opposition said the results were marred by fraud, alleging multiple irregularities.
The opposition have held several rallies around the country to protest, drawing crowds.
Mr Adli was arrested after he reportedly told members of a public forum to “go down to the streets to seize back our power”, AP news agency reported.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge at a Kuala Lumpur court, and was released on bail on Thursday. If found guilty, he faces up to three years in jail.
Senior opposition politician Tian Chua, and opposition activists Haris Ibrahim and Tamrin Ghafar have also been arrested.
Police chief Mohamed Salleh confirmed that they were detained for offences under the Sedition Act, Reuters news agency reported.
On his Twitter feed, Tian Chua said he was arrested as he was about to board a flight. He urged Malaysians not to be “overtaken by fear”, but to “continue to assemble peacefully & have faith”.
There are also reports of police raiding newspaper offices and seizing opposition newspapers.
Activists have argued that Malaysia’s sedition law is used to stifle dissent.
“The [sedition] law is open to abuse,” Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, Mr Adli’s lawyer, told AFP news agency.
“It’s an infringement to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.”
In a statement on Wednesday, human rights group Amnesty International called for Mr Adli’s “unconditional release” and said that the Sedition Act “has been implemented over the years to repress political dissent”.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said in July 2012 that the government would seek to repeal Malaysia’s sedition law, replacing it with a National Harmony Act. However, the law is currently still in force.
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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 22.5 2013.
Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman should behave like a Ceupacs President for all and not participate in Utusan Malaysia or UMNO’s racist acts. Clearly Datuk Omar forgets that there are Malay civil servants who are not racists and that there are non-Malays serving civil servants too.
Datuk Omar had joined Utusan Malaysia in calling for a similar boycott of Air Asia and Air Asia X, stating that the power of 1.4 million civil servants can give an impact on AirAsia, especially in the school holidays. Ceupacs is gravely mistaken to join Utusan Malaysia’s boycott of Air Asia and Air Asia X, as Ceupacs should not be a racist organisation but serve all Malaysian civil servants regardless of race and religion.
Datuk Omar’s boast of using Ceupacs power is an empty boast because he could not deliver the votes of 1.4 million civil servants to BN in the recent general elections causing BN to be a minority party in gaining only 47% of the popular vote and losing to PR’s 51%. Utusan had targeted both companies after AirAsia X chief executive officer had condemned Utusan Malaysia for its racially provocative headline targeting the Chinese following the May 5 polls that BN lost.
Irresponsible actions by these racist organistions have made Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s call for national reconciliation or 1Malaysia another empty promise. Such racist acts by Utusan Malaysia follows a campaign by BN supporters to boycott consumer products by Chinese businesses to punish the Chinese community for supporting PR.
Such a racist campaign to blame the Chinese as scapegoats is to hide the fact that BN lost Malay support causing PR to win the popular vote at 51%. In Peninsular Malaysia, where there are more Malay voters, PR’s popular vote is higher at 53%.
The Penang state government urges the new Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Hasan Malek not to defend such product boycotts based on race but instead act against these racist organisations. The Malay and Chinese Chambers of Commerce had said the federal government needs to step in immediately to arrest the campaign they separately described as “unhealthy, childish and racist” from gaining ground as it will affect economic growth.
These racist organisations have done enough damage not only to national unity and Malaysia’s image. By allowing such racist boycott of products to continue, Malaysia will be seen as no different from other racist regimes like South Africa apartheid regime but may also negatively impact our economy.
LIM GUAN ENG
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Kenyataan Media Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng di Komtar, George Town pada 22 Mei 2013.
Cuepacs Salah Kerana Menyertai Utusan Malaysia Memboikot Air Asia Dan Air Asia X Kerana Cuepacs Tidak Sepatutnya Menjadi Sebuah Pertubuhan Perkauman Tetapi Berkhidmat Kepada Semua Penjawat Awam Di Malaysia Tanpa Peduli Kaum Dan Agama.
Presiden Cuepacs Datuk Omar Osman sepatutnya berkelakuan sebagai seorang Presiden Cuepacs untuk semua dan tidak mengambil bahagian dalam tindakan perkauman Utusan Malaysia atau UMNO. Jelas sekali bahawa Datuk Omar telah terlupa bahawa ada penjawat awam Melayu yang tidak rasis dan ada juga warga bukan Melayu di dalam perkhidmatan awam.
Datuk Omar telah menyertai Utusan Malaysia dalam menyeru supaya Air Asia dan Air Asia X diboikot, dengan menyatakan bahawa kuasa 1.4 juta penjawat awam boleh memberi kesan terhadap Air Asia, terutamanya di musim cuti sekolah. Cuepacs sangat-sangat salah apabila ia menyertai usaha boikot Utusan Malaysia terhadap Air Asia dan Air Asia X kerana Cuepacs tidak sepatutnya menjadi pertubuhan yang bersifat perkauman tetapi berkhidmat kepada semua penjawat awam di Malaysia tanpa mengira kaum dan agama.
Kenyataan bongkak Datuk Omar untuk menggunakan kuasa Cuepacs hanyalah lagak yang kosong kerana beliau tidak pun mampu memastikan undi 1.4 juta penjawat awam kepada BN dalam pilihan raya umum yang lalu, menyebabkan BN menjadi parti minoriti yang meraih hanya 47% undi popular, tewas kepada 51% undi popular Pakatan Rakyat. Utusan telah menjadikan kedua-dua syarikat tersebut sasaran, selepas Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Air Asia X mengutuk Utusan Malaysia kerana tajuk berita yang menimbulkan provokasi perkauman yang menyasarkan masyarakat Cina berikutan kekalahan BN dalam PRU ke 13 5 Mei lalu.
Tindakan tidak bertanggungjawab oleh pertubuhan perkauman ini telah menjadikan seruan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak ke arah rekonsiliasi nasional dan 1Malaysia sekadar satu janji kosong. Tindakan perkauman oleh Utusan Malaysia mengikut jejak kempen penyokong BN untuk memboikot produk pengguna perniagaan masyarakat Cina bagi menghukum komuniti tersebut kerana menyokong Pakatan Rakyat.
Kempen perkauman sedemikian untuk menyalahkan masyarakat Cina dan menjadikan mereka kambing hitam bertujuan menyembunyikan hakikat bahawa BN kehilangan sokongan orang Melayu yang menyebabkan Pakatan Rakyat menang undi popular sebanyak 51%. Di Semenanjung Malaysia, di mana terdapat lebih ramai pengundi Melayu, undi popular Pakatan Rakyat lebih tinggi, sebanyak 53%.
Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang mendesak Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna yang baru Datuk Hasan Malek untuk tidak mempertahankan kempen boikot berasaskan kaum dan bertindak terhadap organisasi perkauman ini. Dewan Perniagaan Melayu dan Cina telah menyatakan bahawa Kerajaan Persekutuan perlu masuk campur dengan segera untuk memberhentikan kempen yang disifatkan keduanya sebagai ‘tidak sihat, kebudak-budakan dan perkauman’ sebelum ia memberikan impak buruk kepada pertumbuhan ekonomi.
Pertubuhan perkauman ini telah cukup membuat kerosakan bukan sahaja kepada perpaduan nasional tetapi juga imej negara. Dengan membenarkan boikot produk berasaskan perkauman ini berterusan, Malaysia akan dilihat sebagai tidak jauh beza berbanding rejim perkauman seperti rejim apartheid Afrika Selatan, malah turut membawa kesan negatif kepada ekonomi.
LIM GUAN ENG
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