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Sodomy II Timeline

29
Oct
14

Mere gates cannot hold back change

Mere gates cannot hold back change -Dr S. Ramakrishnan

Two days ago, student activists from Universiti Malaya (UM) along with supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim managed to storm into the university’s campus and successfully conduct the ’40 years: from University of Malaya to Prison’ public rally just outside Dewan Tunku Canselor.

The way student leaders from Universiti Malaya, with the moral support of other public and private universities and student bodies, withstood the threat and pressure of the university’s management is revealing of the underlying changes taking place among educated youths.

Anwar, an alumnus of UM, had been refused permission to speak.

This refusal by the university authorities was interpreted as a restriction and denial of academic freedom by the student bodies.

They stood their ground firmly to prove their case. Umno must have been taken aback by this firm and united stand by the students.

The student leaders involved in organising the event were threatened with expulsion, suspension and a fine. But this only emboldened them further and they were more determined to go ahead with the rally.

The UM authorities had underestimated the resolve and political awareness of university students.

They refused to be treated as kids but demanded the authorities treat them as adults who know their rights.

The university management’s bluff of electrical improvement and repair work did not deter the students.

Are students revolting against Umno’s repressive rules and silencing of dissenting voice?

Like the UM students who resolved not to bow down to an unjust law and to unethical practices, social activist Ali Abd Jalil too made a stand. He then had to flee to Sweden to seek political asylum.

He was reported to have said that he would only return to Malaysia when Umno collapsed and the government in Malaysia changed.

Ali had also said that the police, gangsters, Perkasa and other Umno groups were all looking for him and some of them had even threatened to beat him and kill him.

The fact that a brave and courageous Malay youth who thought differently and questioned the excesses and abuse of power has been charged with sedition, imprisonment and is continually under threat is telling on the government’s attempts to silence and prosecute thinking Malaysians.

This shows that educated Malays are losing hope and faith in UMNO and they want political change.

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Mere gates cannot hold back change -Dr S. Ramakrishnan
29 October 2014 – rakyattimes.com

28
Oct
14

Why is UM afraid of Anwar Ibrahim?

Why is Universiti Malaya afraid of Anwar Ibrahim?

We can understand why Barisan Nasional, particularly Umno, is so terrified of Anwar Ibrahim. If anyone can send the BN packing off from Putrajaya, it has to be Anwar.

He is the only one who can hold Pakatan Rakyat together and mount an effective challenge to unseat BN from Putrajaya. He is the only one who can galvanise the Malays and non-Malays to come together to bring about a change in government.

Anwar is undoubtedly a political threat to the BN’s power and position. So they fear him – with justification!

Why is Universiti Malaya afraid of Anwar? Is he any threat to UM? What kind of threat does he pose to UM? Why are they imposing a ban on his speaking engagement at the invitation of the UM Students’ Council?

No logical justification has been stated for barring him from speaking at Dataran Dewan Tunku Canselor in UM except some unconvincing and unacceptable reason extended by the UM’s vice-chancellor of student affairs, Professor Datuk Dr Rohana Yusof, who came up with the silly notion “that UM would never allow or support such a programme as it was against the university rules and had tarnished its reputation.”

What university rules have been breached? In what way can the university’s reputation be tarnished if Anwar were to speak at his alma mater?

Is UM colluding with the BN to bar Anwar from speaking to the students? UM is not an extension of the BN. It is not BN’s agency.

Is UM wilfully denying a free discussion and debate and exchange of ideas in UM?

Any university must live up to its reputation as a seat of learning. It must live up to the peoples’ expectation that it is a powerhouse of knowledge where future leaders are groomed and exposed to various contending issues so that they will come out as thinking and reasoning individuals who can uphold justice and freedom of expression.

But UM is deliberately stifling the growth of mature students who can decide for themselves and organise activities that are deemed necessary and suitable. Can’t the students act as thinking adults who are capable of organising themselves without any interference from the authorities?

If it is feared that Anwar would influence the students so easily, it is a terrible indictment of the university itself. Is it implied that UM students are an unthinking and unreasoning lot who can be swayed effortlessly in spite of their university education? If that is the implication, then it is a disgrace that UM has failed miserably in inculcating critical thinking and analysis.

But that is not the case. It would appear that UM is merely doing a favour to the BN by coming up with silly excuses to prevent Anwar from speaking to the students. They don’t want to give him space to curtail his influence.

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Why is Universiti Malaya afraid of Anwar Ibrahim?
27 October 2014 – aliran.com

27
Oct
14

The inevitable fall of BN

The inevitable fall of Barisan Nasional – Puthan Perumal

They say all good things must come to an end. I wonder why not enough emphasis is given to the other end of the spectrum where all bad things, too, come to an end.

Throughout history, we have seen how evil regimes, however mighty and strong they may be for a period of time, eventually come crumbling down. And, interestingly enough, it is almost always the case where the crumble is due to internal squabbles within that particular regime, incompetence, irrational behaviour and of course greed.

As night follows day, governments of the day will eventually change. It is only natural. The reason for this is very clear. It is simply because the people, over time, come to realise that a particular government, and its manner of administration, is no more suitable with the current times.

Sometimes, a particular government of the day refuses to let go of power, and will do all that is necessary (and unnecessary) to be in power and remain relevant. This may lead to irrational approach to things thus making it difficult for a smooth transition of power to take place.

It is in these circumstances where we shall see a “fall” of a particular government.

Fall is an effect of a “push”. When we do not want something and yet it is shoved to our faces, the only natural reaction would be to push that thing away resulting in its fall.

Similarly, a government of the day, which is irrational and greedy, would eventually face the same fate. However much they try to stay in power, if they continue to administer a state under policies which are contrary to the wishes of the people, they will be pushed away by the people when the people have had enough.

In Malaysia, are we going to see a smooth transition of a government or a fall of a government? In other words, will Barisan Nasional hand over its power when the time comes in a peaceful and gentleman-like manner, or will Barisan Nasional create a fuss like a six-year-old refusing to give back the neighbour’s bicycle which was borrowed for the evening?

It is clear that in the next couple of years, we are almost definitely going to see a change in government at the federal level. People have come to realise that the current policies practiced by Barisan Nasional is no longer relevant, and dare I say, beneficial to the country as a whole.

Over the years, we have seen how the empty promises of Barisan Nasional has led to the decay in all aspects of life for the ordinary folks. On the same breath, we have seen how a handful of “superstars” have gotten obscenely rich, as a result of Barisan Nasional’s policies. The concept of distribution of wealth in Malaysia is non-existent.

People have now come to realise that as a result of Barisan Nasional’s policies, certain people are getting richer, while the ordinary folks are not seeing any improvement in their quality of life.

Having seen this uprising of the people, Barisan Nasional has now resorted to irrational tactics in their attempt to remain relevant and in power. And, what a more better way to do that than to remove all the catalysts behind the uprising at whatever cost.

However, there is a cost to be paid. As a result of Barisan Nasional’s actions to destroy any form of opposition (either from within themselves [I can think of only one] or outside through other political parties), the rule of law and the perception of the judiciary became victims in the crossfire.

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The inevitable fall of Barisan Nasional – Puthan Perumal
24 October 2014 – TMI

27
Oct
14

Anwar’s final appeal: jail or free man?

Anwar’s final appeal: jail or free man? – Kim Quek

Few would doubt that the outcome of the final appeal of Anwar Ibrahim on October 28 & 29 against his sodomy conviction will be decided by politics, not by law.

More specifically, the court’s verdict will likely be determined by Umno’s political considerations of the impact of such a final judgment.

Two main factors will decide Anwar’s fate. The first is Umno’s answer to this question: will the jailing of Anwar be a net gain for Umno’s political survival? The second is the outcome of the competitive influence on the judiciary between Prime Minister Najib Razak and the conservative faction led by former premier Mahathir Mohamad.

Imprisoning Anwar will save Umno?

Will Umno be safe after Anwar is put away to prison?

It is the popular belief that once Anwar is jailed, the alliance of Pakatan Rakyat will disintegrate. Many in Umno think that without the cementing factor of Anwar, DAP and PAS will part company due to their ideological differences over mainly religious issues.

Such a common notion is strengthened by the errant conduct of PAS in the recent Selangor crisis.

However, a closer look into that event will reveal that the trouble created by PAS was mainly caused by PAS President Hadi Awang and the conservative ulama, who seemed bent to go loggerhead against PKR and DAP in the choice of MB for Selangor, despite being opposed by the party’s progressive and pro-Pakatan faction. Though Hadi managed to overrule the progressives in that episode, the latter were clearly in the majority in the central committee, the party’s highest body for political decision making and implementation.

It is plain to all that Hadi’s extremist and reactionary stance on religion and politics, which has alienated both PKR and DAP and is rejected by all non-Muslims and the moderate Muslims, is sheer political suicide for his party. Unless Hadi changes his stance or is removed from power, PAS will be heading for obliteration in coming elections.

For this reason, I think even the conservatives will realise this unpalatable reality, given time and persuasion to chew over the fatal consequences of so decisively alienating such large and important sectors of the electorate; and the progressives who fervently believe and support the common cause of good governance and social justice of Pakatan Rakyat will surely prevail in the current power tussle and gain clear power by the next party election the latest.

When that happens, PAS will emerge stronger, so will Pakatan Rakyat, considering the excellent rapport existing between PAS’s progressive leaders and their counterparts in PKR and DAP.

The torch of Reformasi will be passed on

Anwar’s departure to prison will not leave a vacuum, as the Reformasi ideals are already firmly implanted in the leadership of all the component parties of Pakatan Rakyat. Neither would Anwar’s PKR party suffer a leadership deficit, as its youthful leaders are already groomed to carry on the torch of reforms without Anwar’s physical presence. If there is any difference, Anwar in prison will only inspire and strengthen their political conviction that, come what may, they must save the country from the seemingly unending crutches of an evil regime.

To those Umno hardliners gleefully looking forward to what they think is the political annihilation of Anwar, I advise them to take a trip down memory lane.

The last time Anwar was jailed on a sodomy charge in 1998, it caused such a torrential backlash that Umno, for the only time in history, lost the support of the majority of Malays. And Barisan Nasional (BN) would have been defeated in that 1999 elections, if not for the massive and unprecedented swing of Chinese support to BN.

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Anwar’s final appeal: jail or free man? – Kim Quek
25 October 2014 – TMI

26
Oct
14

Sodomy law used only 7 times since 1938!

Rights watchdog urges Putrajaya to end political injustice against Anwar

Putrajaya should end their politically-motivated prosecution against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or risk making a travesty of the country’s criminal justice system, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today.

HRW deputy Asia director Phil Robertson raised concerns that the country’s “abusive colonial-era” sodomy laws have been used to put the opposition leader behind bars.

“Malaysia’s sodomy law seems to exist chiefly to persecute Anwar Ibrahim. Prime Minister Najib (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) should seek the law’s immediate revocation before it can be used to harass and imprison others,” he said in a statement today.

Robertson said this was the fourth time Anwar has been charged under the sodomy law – Section 377 of the Penal Code – which has only been used seven times since 1938, according to a research by Women’s Candidacy Initiative.

“The willingness of the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak to use the law repeatedly against one high-profile political opponent highlights the danger posed by this law as long as it remains in the books.

“This drawn-out political theater has long been exposed as an attempt by the government to take Malaysia’s most senior opposition leader out of political contention,” he said, noting that the latest conviction could effectively end Anwar’s political career.

Anwar goes to the Federal Court next Tuesday for his sodomy conviction appeal.

If unsuccessful, he is looking at a jail term of five years, as well as losing his Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat and his position as the parliamentary opposition leader.

On March 7, the Court of Appeal overturned his sodomy acquittal by the High Court two years ago.

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Rights watchdog urges Putrajaya to end political injustice against Anwar
24 October 2014 – TMI

26
Oct
14

Student groups declare support for Anwar event in UM

In show of solidarity, 20 student groups declare support for Anwar event in UM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — A coalition of 20 student associations has stepped forward to rally behind Universiti Malaya (UM) student leader Fahmi Zainol who was threatened with suspension earlier this week for inviting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to speak at a programme.

In a statement here, Mahasiswa Ganyang Akta Hasutan (Ganyang), which has members from 10 public and private universities, said it will “fully support” any effort by student bodies to restore freedom of expression and academic freedom in their respective campuses, including the UM student council’s (PMUM) plan to proceed with its Monday event with Anwar.

The coalition also labelled the UM administration’s reaction to the event as “dodgy”, pointing out that Fahmi, who is PMUM president, had acted within the university’s rules when he invited the Opposition Leader to the programme.

“What is the crime Fahmi Zainol committed in upholding Anwar Ibrahim’s right as an alumni of Universiti Malaya?” Ganyang co-founder and coordinator Adrian Lim Chee En said in a statement.

“It seems dodgy that Anwar Ibrahim is viewed as public enemy number one through the lenses of the Universiti Malaya management,” he added.

Lim also urged the UM administration to treat its students like adults, saying they should be given the freedom to organise and participate in any programme as long as they do not violate the laws of Malaysia.

“The shackles have to be removed if we are to view university students as future leaders of the nation,” he said.

“As far as we are concerned, ‘40 Tahun: Dari Universiti Malaya ke Penjara’ is not a crime,” he continued, referring to the name of the PMUM event.

“Anwar Ibrahim is a Malaysian citizen, and more so, an alumni of Universiti Malaya. He should be accorded the same treatment as any other citizen under the Malaysian sun.”

The UM administration issued a show-cause letter to Fahmi on Thursday for organising the “40 Years: From University of Malaya to Jail” event on campus grounds with Anwar as the star speaker, warning the student leader that he will be suspended from his studies and fined RM200 if he does not cancel the event.

UM students were also warned that they will face disciplinary action if they attend the event, which is scheduled for 9pm next Monday at the Dataran Tunku Canselor in UM’s main campus here. On Tuesday, Anwar is scheduled to face the Federal Court for his Sodomy II appeal.

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In show of solidarity, 20 student groups declare support for Anwar event in UM
October 25, 2014 – themalaymailonline.com




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