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May 23, 2012

Stop The Selective Prosecution


Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the move by the police and the Attorney General to charge three opposition leaders from the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in relation to Bersih 3.0 rally supported by more than 250,000 people around the world.

De facto leader of PKR, Anwar Ibrahim; PKR deputy president Azmin Ali; and PKR activist Badrul Hisham Shaharin, were charged today under section 4(2) (c) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for participating in the Bersih 3.0 rally and allegedly violating Magistrate Zaki Asyraf Zubir’s order dated 26 April 2012 which prohibits gathering at Dataran Merdeka and the area bordering Jalan Sultan Hishammuddin, Jalan Raja and Jalan Kelab.

If found guilty, the trio may be liable to a fine of RM10, 000.

SUARAM views this selective prosecution against the three leaders as arbitrary and politically motivated and questions the credibility of the police investigation of the police force was the main violators of human rights on 28 April 2012.

SUARAM is against the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) as it curtails the fundamental freedom of assembly enshrined in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution. Street protest is a norm in democratic nations as a method for people to express their views. If the government is able to accept the revolution in Egypt and other countries which were initiated from street protests, why is the government unable to accept peaceful street protest in their own country?

This clearly shows the hypocrisy of the government’s popular international approach indirect contradiction with its domestic practices i.e closing the space of dissent in the name of national security.

SUARAM urge the charges against those exercising their fundamental rights be dropped immediately and allow SUHAKAM to do an independent and impartial investigation on BERSIH 3.0.

If Prime Minister Najib Razak is sincere about reforming, these reforms must be made in the spirit of protecting and promoting human rights values.

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)




    Look at this in perspective. There were over 250K people on the streets and 99.999% were peaceful.

    The “violence” happened when the goons started to spray water canons on people, launch attacks on marchers, one cop even drove his car into the crowd…..and then there were obvious agent provocateurs in the crowd who charged through the barbed wire into the Square.

    So who provoked violence?

    Don’t even mention their British POPO procedures— their police can’t read the English instructions!

    Comment by anon — May 23, 2012 @ 12:24 PM | Reply

  2. It must be the dumb brutal Police running the country. Maybe the crap table King from Genting.

    Malaysia has descended from a crown State into a Clown State. Taxpayers spend billions to boost Najib’s bad image (talk about the mirror on the wall).

    World Press obliges Anwar Ibrahim and for what he’s been championing – a free Malaysia !

    Sydney Morning Herald
    Malaysia’s Anwar charged over rally
    Sky News Australia – ‎33 minutes ago‎
    Malaysia’s Anwar charged over rally Updated: 09:43, Wednesday May 23, 2012 Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been charged over a massive street rally, while the US has warned Malaysia to follow due process.
    Former prosecutor joins Anwar’s legal teamMalaysia Star
    Anwar pleads not guilty to new charges over Bersih protestTODAYonline
    Your preferred source:Malaysia’s Anwar Charged with Violating Protest BanVoice of America (blog)
    From Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur:Anwar, Azmin claim trial to illegal assembly chargeThe Malaysian Insider
    In Depth:Malaysian opposition’s Anwar charged over protestKansas City Star

    100’s sources – See all sources » http://alturl.com/chk9d

    Comment by Rollover UMNO/PBB... we're gonna rule — May 23, 2012 @ 8:45 AM | Reply

  3. It seems that BN is looking for every reason to deprive the Opposition of a leader to defeat Najib come GE13 just like how they tried use the sodomy case (to get rid of him). Obviously, in Malaysia BN/Njib are above the law and they can dictate whatever they deem appropriate. Charging these three political opposition leaders goes to show how low BN can stoop regardless of the impression they are creating for themselves. BERSIH 3.0 is nothing illegal, after all, the Malaysians who supported this NGO believe in fair and transparent election. If Najib tries to interprete it differently, then he is guilty of not bringing true democracy to Malaysia, where corrupt politicians and fraudulent elections, thrive.

    Comment by Egbert Lau — May 23, 2012 @ 8:20 AM | Reply

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