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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Uthaya recounts horrors of a Malaysian prison...

P Uthayakumar showed what is an end of a much worn toothbrush on his index finger and demonstrated how to brush his teeth. It was brown, soiled, and the bristles were almost gone.

“This is shared by almost five of the prisoners in a cell - usually there are more. When I asked the wardens, they said it is because there is no budget for toothbrushes,” said Uthayakumar, who is bent on telling all about his imprisonment in Kajang prison.

Uthayakumar was sentenced to prison for sedition, but little was he prepared for what was to come.

He had served time under the now defunct Internal Security Act and thought it might be similar.

Now, after surviving his term in Kajang prison, he said it is something he would not even wish upon his worst enemy.
While in prison itself, Uthayakumar had written many complaints of his prison conditions in smuggled letters through his wife and lawyers.

The Hindraf leader was sentenced to 30 months’ jail by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on June 5, 2013, after accusing Putrajaya of genocide against ethnic Indians.

The Court of Appeal on Sept 17 upheldUthayakumar’s sentence but commuted the punishment from 30 months to 24 months. He was released last Oct 3.

Uthayakumar, a lawyer famed for having galvanised the Hindraf movement which brought tens of thousands of Indian Malaysians to a rally in 2007 demanding for their rights, said it was all he could do to keep his sanity while in prison.

He said the one thing that he did not leave behind when he entered prison was his activism - the only difference being that he spoke up for all races in prison, not only for Indian Malaysians, as he was wont to do outside.

“In prison, all are treated equally - equally badly. There’s really 1Malaysia in prison. There is equality for all.

“In prison, it doesn’t matter, you get equal treatment and you get the same food,” said the activist in an interview with Malaysiakini.

He admitted that this is contrary to deaths in police custody as well as deaths by police shooting, in which he had all the while claimed victims were mostly Indian Malaysians.

He explained that even during roll calls, which was several times a day and called ‘muster’, everybody got punished equally.

“There are no special privileges for anybody. And the natural reaction is that we are all in it together.”

‘Doctor checks from six feet away’

Uthayakumar said much is needed to better the conditions of the Kajang prison for men, especially when it came to medical care.

“What I feared most while in prison was that I would fall ill.”

His eyes glistened with tears when he spoke about the predicament of a fellow inmate.

‘The inmate had hepatitis C but the prison wardens said there was nothing wrong with him. One night, I saw him sitting on his bed, with a helpless look on his face.

“The next morning, he died, and I saw a prison officer erasing his name from the white board.

“I told the prisoner next to me, with that erasing, all the records of him having died in prison, are gone,’ he said.

Uthayakumar said for every ailment, the medication is the ‘KK’ pills - plain paracetamol.
“And the doctor checks you from six feet away, without touching you,” said Uthayakumar, who said he was usually appointed the spokesperson by his fellow inmates to speak to the wardens.

He said he had to be very careful and be at his utmost politeness while choosing the least strict of the wardens to ask for sickly fellow inmates to be given medical care.

He said his fellow inmates, before he left, lamented that in his absence, no one would speak up for them now.

Uthayakumar, however, said that he survived being sardine-packed in cells by keeping a journal, which at times was checked upon. They even took away his pencils and then he was moved on from one block to another.

Despite the ordeal, he said other prisoners had it worse.

He claimed that prisoners were persecuted on a daily basis and no one could answer the wardens, who struck fear with their violence and shouts.

He said inmates were treated like “mere slaves”; being beaten up, shouted at and ill-treated.

Despite that, the inmates stuck together for fear of the wardens.

He related how he witnessed inmates of different races helping each other - a Malay helping out a Chinese, or even of a Malay inmate cleaning up a paralysed Indian inmate every time the latter answered the call of nature, to the extent of using his fingers to ease the bowels of the latter.- mk 




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8:49PM Oct 21, 2014

Seorang pendakwah yang muncul dalam acara kontroversi 'Saya Mahu Sentuh Anjing', Ahad lalu kesal dengan tindakan peserta yang bermesra dengan haiwan dalam program tersebut.

Mohd Iqbal Parjin melalui kenyataannya di Facebook berkata beliau tidak pernah bersetuju dengan tindakan memeluk dan mencium anjing.

"Saya ingin jelaskan di sini bahawa saya tidak bersetuju dengan aksi peluk, cium anjing yang dilakukan pada hari tersebut oleh peserta program.

"Saya juga jelas menerangkan, tidak dibenarkan menyentuh anjing tanpa sebab yang perlu," kenyataannya dipetik.

Mohd Iqbal muncul dalam satu program dialog yang diadakan serentak dengan acara berkenaan, di tapak parkir sebuah pusat membeli-belah yang menarik kehadiran ratusan pengunjung.

Acara itu mula mencetuskan perbincangan apabila gambar hadirin beragama Islam merangkul, mengusap dan bermesra dengan anjing pada majlis itu dimuat naik di laman sosial.

Mengimbau acara itu, Mohd Iqbal turut menyalahkan dirinya sendiri turut terlibat memberikan gambaran bahawa penganut Islam digalakkan untuk bermesra dengan anjing.

"Saya akui yang saya terlepas pandang bahawa program ini disalah tafsir malah diambil kesempatan oleh setengah pihak untuk menggalakkan masyarakat Melayu awam bermesra-mesra dengan anjing tanpa sebab.

"Saya tidak pernah terfikir perkara ini boleh berlaku seolah-olah saya yang menggalakkannya," katanya lagi.

Mohd Iqbal turut kesal dengan liputan sebahagian media yang menurutnya hanya menyiarkan separuh daripada ucapannya.

"Saya terkilan kerana pihak media hanya menyebarkan sebahagian ucapan saya.

"(Ia) seolah-olah saya menyokong perbuatan tersebut, manakala bahagian hukum hakam tidak disebutkan oleh pihak media," katanya.

Beliau bagaimanapun memohon maaf kepada orang awam di atas kekeliruan yang timbul daripada ceramahnya pada majlis itu.

"Saya memohon maaf secara terbuka di atas segala kecelaruan dan kepincangan yang berlaku. Iktibar dan pelajaran yang berharga saya perolehi dari apa yang telah berlaku.




 ISU PENJELASAN PROGRAM SENTUH ANJING

Assalamualaikum,
Alhamdulillah dan segala syukur untuk Allah SWT.

Cuaca sosial media pada ketika ini agak panas berhubung program "I Want To Touch a Dog", yang saya terlibat secara langsung di dalamnya untuk memberi perkongsian ilmu, setelah mendapat tahu program ini telah mendapat izin dari pihak MAIS.

Pada awalnya, penganjur program, Syed Azmi,menjemput saya untuk mengisi slot ilmu. Saya merasakan ini adalah peluang yang baik untuk menyampaikan mesej Islam kepada Muslim dan non-Muslim, dan alhamdulillah sehingga kini mereka masih menghubungi saya untuk bertanyakan perihal Islam dengan lebih lanjut.

Saya difahamkan bahawa tempat perkongsian ilmu diasingkan dari tempat anjing-anjing berkumpul.

Saya akui yang saya terlepas pandang bahawa program ini disalah tafsir malah diambil kesempatan oleh setengah pihak untuk menggalakkan masyarakat Melayu awam bermesra-mesra dengan anjing tanpa sebab. Saya tidak pernah terfikir perkara ini boleh berlaku seolah-olah saya yang menggalakkannya.

Saya memenuhi jemputan ini, dan menjelaskan kepada yang hadir mengenai hukum - hakam yang jelas menurut mazhab Syafi'e, seperti yang terdapat dalam fatwa JAKIM.

Dibawah ini saya sertakan lampiran yang difotokopi sebanyak 500 helai dan diedarkan kepada mereka yang hadir.

Saya ingin JELASKAN disini bahawa saya TIDAK BERSETUJU dengan aksi peluk,cium anjing yang dilakukan pada hari tersebut oleh peserta-peserta program.
Saya juga jelas menerangkan,tidak dibenarkan menyentuh anjing tanpa sebab yang perlu.

Saya terkilan kerana pihak media hanya menyebarkan sebahagian ucapan saya yang seolah-olah saya menyokong perbuatan tersebut, manakala bahagian hukum hakam tidak disebutkan oleh pihak media .
Saya memohon maaf secara terbuka di atas segala kecelaruan dan kepincangan yang berlaku. Iktibar dan pelajaran yang berharga saya perolehi dari apa yang telah berlaku. Saya mengharapkan program ini pada masa hadapan dapat dilakukan dalam suasana yang lebih menghormati sensitiviti masyarakat setempat.

Terima kasih di atas segala kritikan dan teguran yang membina.Saya yakin segalanya ada hikmah dari Allah. Semoga dengan pengalaman ini mematangkan lagi diri saya dalam liku-liku perjuangan dakwah.

Mohd Iqbal Parjin aka Ustaz Iqbal Zain Al Jauhari


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CRIME DOWN? Customs officer's car set ABLAZE



JITRA - A Perodua Kelisa car belonging to a senior customs officer was set ablaze, believed to be by molotov cocktail, at Taman Bukit Indah here today.
Roslan Ahmad, 56, said he was alerted about it about 5am when a neighbour, who saw the car on fire, telephoned him at about 5am.
"When I came out of the house, I saw the car on fire and, with the help of my son, doused the flame.
"Luckily, the fire did not spread to the house and another car, which was parked nearby," he told reporters when met at his house.
Roslan, who is with the Bukit Kayu Hitam Customs, believed that it was the work of quarters who were not happy with him.
In 2010, random shots were fired at his house, he added.
Meanwhile, Kubang Pasu district police chief Supt Abd Rahim Abdullah, when contacted, confirmed the incident. – Bernama

Don't just punish non-Malays for calling Malays 'pendatang': Application of law must be equal - Guan Eng

BATU KAWAN - Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has urged for equal application of the law on those who raise issues of ethnic origin.
He said if action was taken against one who raised such issues, then others should face similar consequences too.
"Action should be taken against all who touch on such issues," he said in a press conference yesterday with Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Lim said this after being asked about Gerakan suspending its Johor delegate Tan Lai Soon for saying Malays were "pendatang" (foreigners) during the party's 43rd annual delegates conference recently.
Lim, who is DAP secretary-general, also urged people to go beyond polemics on ethnic origins, noting all citizens were Malaysians.
"This is not only the stand of the DAP but also of the state government," he added.
Anwar meanwhile echoed similar sentiments saying discussions on issues should be forward thinking.
"We must give future generations the chance to feel that they are legitimate citizens," he said.
On Deepavali being given a two-day holiday if Pakatan Rakyat (PR) assumed federal power, Anwar said rights and dignity were more important.
"We should give the people justice and their rights," he said.
Both had earlier attended a Deepavali open house hosted by Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy. -Sundaily

IT'S UMNO-BN NOT PKR! Shahidan accuses opposition of tarnishing Malaysia’s image

IT'S UMNO-BN NOT PKR! Shahidan accuses opposition of tarnishing Malaysia’s image
An Umno minister today slammed PKR leaders on an anti-Sedition Act roadshow in Australia, saying it tarnishes Malaysia's image.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the PKR leaders were giving foreign countries the wrong impression of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
"I don't agree with certain quarters going overseas to condemn our country... not just to party leaders but to the party that rules the country.
"You go abroad to reproach this country, then you return to Malaysia and ultimately meet the people you insult.
"For example, (you insult) the police, yet after you meet them to ask for help‎," Shahidan told reporters at MIC's Deepavali open house at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).
He added that the opposition leaders' action did not resolve anything as the issues raised were domestic matters.
"We can't talk about our country to other countries because they can't solve our problems. Only we can solve our problems."
Shahidan was commenting on the five-city roadshow by PKR leaders in Australia to raise awareness about opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's upcoming final sodomy appeal, as well as Putrajaya's sedition blitz.
PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli had said that aside from their working visit to the Australian Parliament, the delegation would speak at a series of forums across Australia's main cities.
He said the roadshow would provide Malaysians there "the real picture of BN's actions in using laws to stifle political opponents".
"It is also timely as more Malaysian students overseas are gaining courage to come forward and discuss Malaysian politics from a more progressive viewpoint," Rafizi had said in a statement.
Shahidan also took foreign countries to task for criticising Putrajaya's use of the Sedition Act 1948.
"I would like to ask other countries, why are you not highlighting more important issues such as murder?
"They criticise our act which protects the public, when in fact their own country is facing all sorts (of issues)," said Shahidan.
Yesterday, The Sydney Morning Herald said that Malaysia, unlike neighbouring Indonesia, was taking two step backwards in its use of the Sedition Act to persecute political opponents, as well as in Anwar's "sham trial" next week.
The US Embassy in Malaysia has also expressed concern over the government's use of the colonial-era law, and reminded Datuk Seri Najib Razak of his promise in 2012 to repeal the act.
Shahidan today urged foreign governments to stay out of Malaysia's affairs and respect Putrajaya's stance on the matter.
"I think every country should focus on their own matters, while we take care of ours," he said.
He added that the Sedition Act would not be the main concern for Umno delegates at the party's upcoming annual general assembly.
"It will be discussed, but it won't be the main focus because the prime minister already said that only its name will change, while the act's provisions, especially those related to the Malay rulers, the Malays, and Islam, will stay," he said.
Shahidan
The Arau MP said security issues would be discussed thoroughly in the assembly next month.
"There are two issues pertaining to security, one is on crime and one is on unity.
"Security also refers to protection from foreign elements such as other countries and individuals, for instance, global wars that could threaten any country that is not united.
"We do not want our country to be threatened by such elements," he said. –TMI

THANKS GUYS! Malaysians march in London against Sedition Act

THANKS GUYS! M'sians march in London against Sedition Act
In a tiny corner of London, a band of protesters livened up a somewhat gloomy Saturday with chants, cheers and urgings for the Sedition Act’s immediate abolishment.
Nearly a hundred Malaysians converged on the Malaysian High Commission that weekend, in solidarity with the Bar Council’s own walk two days earlier.
Mostly students, they were armed with signs, banners and opinions. People came from all over the United Kingdom; including students from Leeds, Cardiff, Reading, Bristol, Nottingham, Warwick, York and Southampton, among other places.
The Cardiff contingent got up before the chilly British sunrise to catch a 4.30am bus to London. Students from Nottingham caught a cheap 5am train. An enthusiastic group from Leeds endured a five-hour bus ride.
Yet for a crowd that didn’t get much sleep, the chants were spirited and the speeches were loud. Cheers of ‘Mansuh, mansuh, Akta Hasutan’ (‘Abolish, abolish the Sedition Act’) turned heads on the streets.
“The past few weeks have been emotionally draining,” one student lamented, recounting the roadblocks faced by the various students in lobbying individuals and Malaysian societies in the UK for support.
“How is this political?” she demanded, before going on to commend the students who had turned up.
It was clear later just how much risk - both public and personal - these Malaysians were taking just by showing up.
Cardiff group coordinator Jason Yong decided to survey the crowd. “How many are afraid of their parents, and whose parents would be angry if they knew you were here?” Some hands shot up, much to the crowd’s amusement.
“Whose parents don’t know they are here?” More hands went up.
Safwa, a law student from Hertfordshire, lauded the students for their independence: “We know you are risking a lot by coming today, we know that some of you are risking your scholarships.”
“But let me tell you this, there are others who are risking a lot more than you are right now”, she added, citing Adam Adli and Safwan Anang.
She also hit back against Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who had earlier panned the Bar Council’s walk.
“So what if [Khairy] said this whole campaign has not made an impact whatsoever? I’ll tell him this, just check the Penal Code - we don’t need the Sedition Act,” she said.
From five to a hundred
Law students were not the only ones who turned up to support the campaign.
Daniel, a medical student, made the trip all the way from Manchester just to have his say on the matter. He also volunteered to coordinate the Manchester contingent.
An economics student, Robin (not her real name) was aware of the walk early on. “I’ve always been interested in student empowerment”, she explained, adding that her friends had helped introduce her to activism some time ago.
Global Bersih activist Yolanda Augustin was more reflective, expressing how encouraging it was to see the Malaysian activist movement grow in the UK over the years.
“I remember how much earlier on a protest would only get five people,” she said.
In a surprise move, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim also made a stealth appearance at the event, showing up briefly to encourage the crowd to “make their presence” known.
“There is no conceding without a proper protest,” he announced.
The hundred-strong group of students proved to the rest of their peers in the UK that there was nothing to fear - the police kept the peace, the protesters made their point and every person made it home safely. If only that were a guarantee back home as well. -M'kini

Govt especially UMNO must say 'NO' to 'pendatang' label - Anwar

Govt especially UMNO must say 'NO' to 'pendatang' label - Anwar
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has condemned those who label others 'pendatang' (immigrants), saying such behaviour would be punished severely in other countries.
Anwar said he knows of a senator who was forced to resign for questioning the position of the African-Americans.
"It is time for us to look forward and give our children the space to feel they are truly a part of this nation, to be respected, and not questioned as these hurt people's feelings," Anwar said.
"I am a Malay and I do not say I am not proud of my race and history but do not say these things with the intention to insult others," said the Permatang Pauh MP.
"This is the problem. Why bring up the issue of immigrants? What is the issue?" he asked.
He was speaking during his visit to the Deepavali open house of Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy.
Anwar urged Putrajaya to be firm and not just speak about multiracialism and rejecting extremism but not act against those who threaten the situation.
He pointed out that the extremists, including the groups they "outsource" to, actually support the government.
Still debating citizenship
He added that Malaysia is "unique" as it still debates basic issues of citizenship 57 years after it gained independence.
"In other democratic countries, citizenship is accepted as a fact and is undisputable.
"Why do we choose Bahasa Melayu as an official language? It is accepted by all. We can't dispute the origin of this," he added.
He was referring to a Johor Gerakan delegate Tan Lai Soon whose membership was suspended for saying that Malays are also ‘pendatang’.
Gerakan issued him a show-cause letter, insisting that Tan's remarks was not the party's stand.
In response, former information minister Zainuddin Maidin said that while it is true that Malays are also pendatang, they came first and established themselves as rulers.
Meanwhile, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that while action was taken against Tan, others who questioned the citizenship of others should be penalised as well.
"Don't just take action against one person and others who do the same are let off.
"Who first uttered the term 'pendatang'? We know who said it first as we have never brought up the subject.
"To us, everyone is a Malaysian. Let us move forward as Malaysians with a Malaysian spirit, this is what makes us special," he said. -M'kini