Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ambiga is Ambiguous part 2

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...

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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.

5 comments:

  1. TIME IS STILL NOT RUNNING OUT
    So far I don’t have any personal problem with the bar council. One way or another they deserved to be applaud for doing some good things in our juridical system.
    However when Dato Ambiga Sreenevasan decided to call all the 13,000 lawyers for an emergency extraordinary general meeting (EGM) simply to condemn the government's for crackdown on three civilians through the use of ISA, to me is premature and wisdoms' lacking.
    Worse still if she intend to take her grievance to the street for a demonstration like a common criminal.
    A country like Malaysia cannot offered to have another may 13 for god sake. As an association who stand to defend the human rights, democracy and freedom could do better than that. I believed there is still many options to be explored.
    No doubt the harsh action taken by the Government on the three individuals is questionable, however any government has the right to do something within the system to defend our Nation’s security. This is an act of Democracy.
    I don’t know exactly what Raja Putera and Teresa Kok had done. But I personally agree the release of the reporter Tan Hoon Cheng. She was only doing what needed to be done by any good reporter.
    In due respect, I humbly suggest that Dato Ambiga Sreenevasan find another soul searching alternatives. An amicable strategy.
    For example make an appointment with the PM and sort out their differences or voice out her line of actions.
    I guess, by opting to this, will definitely reduce the ongoing tension we already have. Time is still not running out and let the politicians do their job.

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  2. Kii, daa no ko ngarib pasal 'LEGAL' am nia run trati2 nu.Bara jomo jo kang dupang bana anak lekat tuaran tu. ISA is being used not for what it was passed by the Parliment i.e to counter communist threat during the emergency and now against terrorism. But to arrest Raja Petra, Teresa Kok and Ms Tan as a national threat is an insult to the intelligence even that of ordinary folks. Ngagad kau kii. Rai kang Pakatan merintah baru kau sadar am kau trua kediri. ha ha ha. I urge PR govt not to abolish ISA immediately once they be in power but to detain Raman and others BN who abused ISA for their pleasure, until they beg and say 'ISA SHOULB BE ABOLISHED'.

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  3. Tanpa Nama @ 12:46 PM, September 14, 2008 berkata:

    Kii, daa no ko ngarib pasal 'LEGAL' am nia run trati2 nu.Bara jomo jo kang dupang bana anak lekat tuaran tu. ISA is being used not for what it was passed by the Parliment i.e to counter communist threat during the emergency and now against terrorism. But to arrest Raja Petra, Teresa Kok and Ms Tan as a national threat is an insult to the intelligence even that of ordinary folks. Ngagad kau kii. Rai kang Pakatan merintah baru kau sadar am kau trua kediri. ha ha ha. I urge PR govt not to abolish ISA immediately once they be in power but to detain Raman and others BN who abused ISA for their pleasure, until they beg and say 'ISA SHOULB BE ABOLISHED'....

    Saya hairan kenapa Tanpa Nama merasa ulasannya ini masuk akal. Pertama, semua orang tahu ISA adalah undang-undang peninggalan British di Malaysia. Tetapi tanpa pengikhtirafan Parlimen Malaysia selepas merdeka, undang-undang itu tidak boleh dikuatkuasakan di Malaysia. Itu maksud saya "instituted and enacted in Parliament". Meaning you cannot enforce ANY law without getting approval from members of Malaysian Parliament at that time. Origin of law was British, but giving the law legitimacy and power after independence was definitely Malaysian. Thus, no need to be sarcastic if you do not know what I am talking about. Buang masa saja!

    Kedua, penangkapan Raja Petra dan Teresa Kok ada asasnya (sila lihat posting terbaru saya). Cuma saya merasa alasan penangkapan Tan Hoon Cheng and her subsequent release was very suspect. The Police could do better.

    Lastly, you contradict yourself la Bayau.... sekejap mahu ISA dimansuh lepas tu kalau PKR menang, jangan mansuh ISA supaya PKR boleh tangkap pemimpin BN. Apa ni?

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  4. Apa juga masalah ISA ni, ini undang-undang sah dan berkuat kuasa di Malaysia.

    Tidak mau kena ISA, jangan langgar akta ISA... senang kan? Tidak payah gaduh-gaduh. Ini ambiga loyar ka loyar buruk?

    Kalau saya kerajaan lama sudah ISA tu RPK. Kalau teresa kok buat macam yg dia telah buat di kampong, saya ingat lama sudah dia kena keroyok oleh orang kampong....



    Molongkolong

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  5. when Dato Ambiga Sreenevasan decided to call all the 13,000 lawyers for an emergency extraordinary general meeting (EGM) simply to condemn the government's for crackdown on three civilians through the use of ISA, to me is premature and wisdoms' lacking.
    Logop says:-
    Mabuk minum biiir tu ada wisdom?Look at yrself in the mirror la geng.
    A country like Malaysia cannot offered to have another may 13 for god sake.
    Kundiking says:-
    This is 2008 la bro not 1969.Org melayu pun tdk terima lagi kecuali yg duduk bbwh tempurung. Who create these fears and against who? The malays opportunist against the malay poor & low eduction background.
    I humbly suggest that Dato Ambiga Sreenevasan find another soul searching alternatives. An amicable strategy.
    For example make an appointment with the PM and sort out their differences or voice out her line of actions.
    Lauya says:-
    Lawyers do not measure judgement but reason them out. Why the need for appointmt? Only a drunkard comes up with such foolish ideas.
    Hello? Why no comment on the racist remarks made openly but no action except just a slap on the wrist (3 yr suspension?STUPID)

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