Malaysia Kini reported today: The Malaysian Bar, consisting of some 13,000 lawyers, plans to call an emergency extraordinary general meeting (EGM) next week to condemn the government's crackdown on three civilians through the use of the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA).
Its president Ambiga Sreenevasan told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today the EGM will take place next Saturday at 10am at the Wisma MCA in Jalam Ampang to discuss the violation of the rule of law.... Ambiga condemned the arrests, saying that the use of ISA could not be justified.
She also reminded the government to uphold its pledge as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which includes upholding the ‘promotion and protection of all human rights'.
Under the pledge, it was stated ‘the promotion of a free media, including in cyberspace, as well as the encouragement of vibrant and active civil societies' should be part of society's fundamental rights.
Asked whether there was any possibility that Bar leaders would be the government's next target, Ambiga said any threat of the ISA would not stop them from speaking and doing the right thing for the Malaysian public...
1. In this ISA case, I must congratulate Dato Ambiga for her extremerly quick response to the ISA detentions which proved my point in my earlier posting titled "Ambiga is Ambiguous".
2. Earlier, she responded to my query of the "deafening silence" from Bar Council over the undemocratic antics of Anwar in trying to topple a democratically elected government through back door manipulations.
3. She said that crossing over was a legal issue and therefore permissible without addressing my original worry of Anwar's blatant disregard to morality issue ie crossing over is against the very fabric of democracy, freedom and human rights.
4. She said in the report above that the ISA detentions were, among others, against the promotion and protection of all human rights, against the charter of UN Human Rights Council which stipulate that member countries like Malaysia must uphold the promotion of a free media, including in cyberspace, as well as the encouragement of vibrant and active civil societies (read moral issues).
5. May I remind Dato Ambiga that ISA is actually a LEGALLY enacted law instituted by Parliament and therefore, going by her very own logic, should be acceptable!!
6. Come on Dato Ambiga, please dont abuse Bar Council as a platform to hurl your bias and prejudiced views against parties you dont like. Bar Council should uphold its dignity and impartiality in dispensing its views.