Posts tagged ‘freedom’

November 29, 2011

A Sad Day for Malaysia and Future Generations

The BN MPs voted in the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 without any Opposition MPs who walked out during the debate.

At the same time, there were over 2,000 lawyers protesting the passing of the bill asking for the bill to be withdrawn. On Saturday, over 300 people gathered peacefully at the KLCC park to protest this same Bill.

But after all that’s said and done, 29 November 2011 will go down in history of Malaysia as a very sad day because the freedom guaranteed to every Malaysian in the Constitution of Malaysia has just been severely curbed.

The Constitutional of Malaysia in Article 10 states that “all citizens have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms“. For a complete reading of the Constitution, you can download the PDF copy here. We Malaysians have a constitutional right to freedom to assemble peaceably but there are also provisions in the Constitution for the Parliament to impose restrictions to this freedom.

However, today, the restriction to this freedom has been passed by Parliament to the peril of the future generations of Malaysians. The insistence of the PM and the Umno MPs is quite alarming and the company of MCA, Gerakan, MIC, etc. have abetted the high speed passing of the damning Bill.

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August 31, 2008

Are we a free nation? A joint Merdeka day message

Independence means that the nation is free from any imposed political domination, citizens are sovereign and are masters of their own destiny. For that to be true, they must at least be able to think freely, express and exchange opinion, and, obtain and disseminate information without fear or favour.

As we celebrate the 51st anniversary of our Merdeka tomorrow and the 45th anniversary of Malaysia’s establishment in two weeks’ time, we should be celebrating our political adulthood. We should be proud that as citizens, we are a truly sovereign people, ruled by nothing more than the collective free will of our citizenship. We invite all Malaysians to ponder before lighting fireworks and joining the parade: Are we truly free? Are we truly sovereign?

Read the full message here.

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