Friday, May 30, 2014

Court gives Muslim convert one week to hand over daughter to ex-wife

Court gives Muslim convert one week to hand over daughter to ex-wife

BY V. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
May 30, 2014
Indira Ghandi (centre) with her children, Tevy Darsiny, 16 (right) and Karan Dinish,15. Indira is fighting to get her youngest daughter back from her ex-husband. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 30, 2014.Indira Ghandi (centre) with her children, Tevy Darsiny, 16 (right) and Karan Dinish,15. Indira is fighting to get her youngest daughter back from her ex-husband. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 30, 2014.

A Muslim convert who has been found guilty for contempt by an Ipoh High Court has been given  until next Friday to hand over his infant daughter to his his estranged ex-wife, M. Indira Gandhi, or face imprisonment.

Judge Lee Swee Seng ordered Muhammad Ridzuan Abdullah to return Prasana Diksa to kindergarten teacher Indira by the deadline or face the consequences.

"Failing which he will be jailed until he purges his contempt," Lee said in directing Ridzuan to hand over Prasana Diksa to the legal firm of Kula & Associates by noon next Friday.

Lawyer M. Kula Segaran is one of the lawyers appearing for Indira.

Lee also ordered the police to help locate Ridzuan and Prasana Diksa whose whereabouts are unknown.

The judge also  ordered Ridzuan, who was not in court, to pay RM5,000 in cost to Indira.
This is the second time in 10 days that the civil court had given relief to mothers who had been suffering in silence when their ex-husbands defied custody orders.

On May 21, a High Court in Seremban granted a similar order to S. Deepa but police had yet to locate her son despite a sealed copy of the document given to Bukit Aman last Friday.

Last year, Indira had filed contempt proceedings against Ridzuan, who was previously known as  K.Patmanathan, for his refusal to hand over their daughter.

In 2010, High Court judge Datuk Wan Afrah Wan Ibrahim ordered custody of the three children – Tevi Darsiny, 16, Karan Dinish, 15, and Prasana Diksa, 3, to be given to Indira.

However, Ridzuan refused to return Prasana Diksa (now known as Ummu Habibah) to Indira.
He has been holding on to Prasana Diksa since April 2009 when she was 11 months old.

The Shariah High Court in Ipoh had in 2009 given Ridzuan custody of the three children after he unilaterally converted the children.

Last July 25, Lee, in a landmark decision, quashed the certificates of conversion of the three children and ruled that the certificates were null and void because they were unconstitutional.

Under the Perak state enactment, it was a statutory requirement for a child to be present before a certificate of conversion could be issued.

He also cited provisions under the Perak Shariah law where the children must be present to utter the affirmation of faith (Dua Kalimah Syahadah).

Lee today also declared as null and void the custody order issued by the Shariah High Court.
He said it was the High Court that has supervisory power over Shariah courts which only had limited jurisdiction.

"The religious court is an inferior court and its powers and jurisdiction are limited by state enactments," he said.

Lee said the Shariah court had no jurisdiction to grant custody order as the other party  (Indira) was not a Muslim.

"The Shariah court is inherently incompetent to deal with the custody order. A child is a product of the marriage of husband and wife, so no custody order can be given by a court of law when the wife is not heard," he said.

Lee said Ridzuan could not depend on a Shariah High Court order as an excuse to not comply with the High Court order.

He said he had jurisdiction to hear the matter (the contempt proceedings) as to decline it would mean that he was was abdicating his duty.

"The Shariah High court's ruling is null and void and cannot be relied upon as a shield to the contempt proceedings brought in the civil court," he said.

Lawyer Aston Paiva also represented Indira Gandhi while New Sin Yew appeared for the Bar Council. – May 30, 2014.

Ex-husband of Indira Gandhi committed for contempt over custody case, arrest warrant issued


Published: Friday May 30, 2014 MYT 2:42:00 PM
Updated: Friday May 30, 2014 MYT 3:18:23 PM

Ex-husband of Indira Gandhi committed for contempt over custody case, arrest warrant issued

Indira Gandhi - file pix
Indira Gandhi - file pix
IPOH: Mohd Rizduan Abdullah, the Muslim-convert former husband of kindergarten teacher M. Indira Gandhi, has been committed for contempt by the High Court here for failing to return their youngest child to the mother.

Justice Lee Swee Seng, who presided over contempt proceedings filed by Indira Gandhi to compel Mohd Ridzuan to hand over the child, also issued a warrant of arrest against the ex-husband.
"Execution of the warrant order is, however, suspended until the child, Prasana Diksa, is produced at the office of the mother's solicitors, Kula & Associates.

"The respondent has until 12pm on June 6 to do so," Justice Lee said in his close to three-hour judgment on Friday.

He also ordered the respondent, who was formerly known as K. Patmanathan, to pay RM15,000 as cost for proceedings and another RM5,000 as recovery cost.

In April 2009, Mohd Ridzuan had taken away Prasana Diksa, then 11 months old, and converted the child and her two siblings - Tevi Darsiny, then 12, and Karan Dinish, then 11 - to Islam.

The High Court later granted Indira Gandhi full custody of all three children and on March 11, 2010, Mohd Ridzuan was ordered to return Prasana Diksa to the mother.

Mohd Ridzuan repeatedly failed to appear in court as well as to produce the child despite repeated orders by the court to do so, prompting Indira Gandhi to file contempt proceedings against her ex-husband.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kula: Yammy's Perkasa ties 'much ado about very little'

11:43AM May 27, 2014 by Terence Netto ( Malaysiakini )

Kula: Yammy's Perkasa ties 'much ado about very little'

TELUK INTAN DAP national vice-chairperson M Kulasegaran pooh-poohed the notion that Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud’s mother’s membership of Perkasa somehow invalidates her daughter’s credential as DAP’s candidate in the Teluk Intan by-election.

Calling the continuing hubbub over Yammy Samat’s (left) membership of Umno and subsequently of Malay right wing group Perkasa “much ado about very little”, the MP for Ipoh Barat said: “My parents were members of MIC until their deaths but all nine of their children are either DAP members or supporters.”

“In fact, my father V Murugesan was an MIC division leader but he told me before he died three years ago that he had voted for the opposition in the 2008 general election,” revealed the three-term parliamentarian.

Kulasegaran noted that politics in Malaysia is in a state of flux and concerned citizens were apt to “shift, modify and change their opinions as new revelations and facts are unveiled and play upon their minds”.

“The disclosures about Dyana’s mum serve only to show that she does not have the fixed mindset of some opinion leaders in Malaysian society who will deny or falsify the facts to bolster their unsustainable positions,” he said.

News that Yammy Samat is or was a member of Perkasa, he added, would be “very bad news for people of that mindset because it shows that ordinary persons could be enticed to join Malay rights groups but could not be induced to stay if they discovered that that group’s opinions don’t hold water any more.”

Yesterday, Kulasegaran (right in photo) led a DAP team to lodge a report on alleged violations of the Election Offences Act 1954 supposedly committed by groups allied to BN and by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The report cited the giving of hampers, valued at about RM150, to voters residing in the Nova Scotia Estate in Teluk Intan by groups said to be allied to BN.

The report also cited the remarks of Zahid at a public gathering at which he pledged funding for new uniforms for 8,639 Rela personnel believed to be voters in the same constituency.

Kulasegaran’s report claimed that both episodes constituted offences within the ambit and meaning of the 1954 Act.
 


Refugees need protection, not deportation



Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on 28th May 2014

Refugees need protection, not deportation

On May 15th 2014, three Tamil refugees were arrested and detained for 14 days for offences under the Immigration Act in Kuala Lumpur.

Later on May 25th the Inspector General of Police (IGP) told the public that the three are “terrorists” and have been deported to Sri Lanka. It has to be noted no credible evidence has been presented to substantiate this allegation despite the fact they have been branded as supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the Sri Lankan authorities.

Is the police aware that the LTTE is not a banned organization in Malaysia? This was confirmed in a parliamentary reply in 2004 to a question I raised.

The deportation is most unacceptable as Sri Lanka political leaders themselves have been alleged to have committed war crimes, genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

In the last three years, UN Humans Rights Council had adopted resolutions against Sri Lanka for having committed gross abuse of human rights against principally the Tamil minority.

In fact soon an independent inquiry will be formed to investigate possible war crimes see http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/28/world/asia/un-rights-council-sri-lanka.html?_r=0

In the last tail end of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009, it is documented and creditably reported that over 80,000 innocent civilians were massacred.

If one watches the “No Fire Zone documentary of the killing fields of Sri Lanka” as screened by Channel 4 of UK, it is undisputedly clear how deeply involved are the Sri Lankan authorities in butchering and killing of its own citizens during the war. http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/sri-lankas-killing-fields/


Malaysia is not a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention which governs the status of refugees. Notwithstanding this, international law requires a non signatory to this Convention of refugees not to deport a refugee if there is a possibility that the refugee may face torture or persecution for which Sri Lankan authorities are world famous for!     

With all these obvious and crystal wrong doings of the Sri Lankan authorities, how can our investigators suddenly label the 3 detainees as ‘terrorists”?

In fact, it is now in public domain that the Sri Lankan embassy is actively involved in our local affairs to the extent it can prevail on the IGP to act on the Embassy’s behest as in the case of Lina Henry of Komas being charged for screening no fire zone see http://ipohbaratvoice.blogspot.com/2013/07/screening-of-no-fire-zone-raid-and.html

The three who have been deported will face torture, persecution and probably even death. Why should Malaysia intentionally assist Sri Lanka?

If the Sri Lankan authorities had said I am involved in terrorism, would I be deported to Sri Lanka too? Can ties with Sri Lanka override human right values and protection?

Human Rights Watch while condemning the deportation said “The report “We Will Teach You a Lesson” detailed 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse from 2006 to 2012 in both official and secret detention centers throughout Sri Lanka. Both men and women detainees reported being raped on multiple occasions, often by several people, with the army, police, and pro-government paramilitary groups frequently participating”.

This deportation is most cruel and inhumane. Refugees once granted the UNCHR card must be accorded the necessary protection and not deportation.



'Show proof they are LTTE supporters'

‘Show proof they are LTTE supporters’

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May 28, 2014
The three suspected members of Liberation of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE) may face torture or procecution by the Sri Lankan
government, says M Kulasegaran.

m kulasegaranPETALING
JAYA: The police have no credible evidence to show that the three
detained Sri Lankan nationals are supporters of Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE), DAP vice-chairman M Kulasegaran said today.




“The deportation is most unacceptable as Sri Lanka political leaders
themselves have been alleged to have committed war crimes, genocide,
ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity,” he said.




In the last three years, UN Humans Rights Council had adopted
resolutions against Sri Lanka for committing gross abuse of human rights
against the Tamil minority,” said Kulasegaran in a statement today.




“Deportation is cruel and inhuman because there is a possibility that they may have face torture or prosecution,” he said.




“Malaysia is not a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention which governs the status of refugees.




“International law requires a non-signatory to this Convention of
refugees not to deport if there is a possibility that the refugee may
face torture or persecution for which Sri Lankan authorities are world
famous for.




“Refugees once granted the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) card must be accorded the necessary protection and not
deportation,” he added.




The Ipoh Barat MP also asked why Sri Lankan embassy was actively
involved in the local affairs to the extend it could persuade the
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar to take action.




He said if one watched the “No Fire Zone” documentary it would be
undisputedly clear how deeply involved the Sri Lankan authorities were
in butchering and killing its own citizens during the civil war.


“With all these wrongdoings of the Sri Lankan authorities, how can
our investigators label the three detainees as terrorists?” he asked.




On May 25, Khalid revealed that three suspected LTTE members were
detained by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division in
multiple raids in Petaling Jaya and Klang on May 15.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Court of Appeal rejects Muslim convert’s bid to get custody of children from ex-wife

Court of Appeal rejects Muslim convert’s bid to get custody of children from ex-wife

BY V. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
May 27, 2014 The Malaysian Insider

The Court of Appeal today refused a stay application by a Muslim convert to suspend the Seremban High Court's ruling giving custody of two children to their Hindu mother.

A three-man bench chaired by Datuk Mohd Hishammuddin Mohd Yunus said there were no special circumstances in this case to allow the application by lorry driver Izwan Abdullah (pic).

"Further, the conduct of the appellant (convert) in violating the April 7 High Court order precludes him from making this application," Hishamuddin said.

He also ordered Izwan to pay RM8,000 in costs to his ex-wife, S. Deepa.

Her lawyer, K. Shanmuga, told reporters that the court, in dismissing the application today, took into account that Izwan did not come "with clean hands" to seek the remedy through the legal channel.
On April 9, Izwan abducted his son from Deepa at her home in Jelebu, Negri Sembilan.

Although she had lodged a police report, Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police would not interfere as there were two custody orders by the civil and Shariah courts.
The High Court had on April 7 ordered that custody of the couple's two children be handed over to Deepa.

Judge Datuk Zabariah Mohd also allowed Deepa's application to dissolve her civil marriage as the husband had converted to Islam.

The decision overrides a Shariah Court order early last year granting custody of the children.
Zabariah said Deepa's application was allowed as the civil court had jurisdiction over the matter and provide the relief for custody and dissolution of the couple's marriage.

The court also allowed Izwan limited visitation but not an overnight stay.

In December last year, Deepa filed an application to get custody of the chidren who were converted to Islam by the husband after he embraced Islam in 2011 and to quash the custody order by the Shariah Court.

The 30-year-old clerk from Jelebu said her husband, then known as N. Viran, had left her and her children three years ago, and had never supported them financially.

Following his conversion, he also converted his children, Sharmila, 9, and Mithran, 6, in April last year, without informing his wife.

Deepa later came to know that the Shariah Court had given him custody of the children, and lodged a police report as the conversion of the children was against the law.

Deepa, who is assisted by the Women's Aid Oganisation in her legal battle, however, has yet to file an application to declare her children's conversion illegal and unconstitutional. – May 27, 2014.

Kula: Mom’s link with Perkasa won’t hurt Dyana

Kula: Mom’s link with Perkasa won’t hurt Dyana

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May 27, 2014-FMT
 
The DAP vice chairman says even his parents, who are lifetime members of MIC, did not stop him from subscribing to DAP's ideals.
Dyana and YammyPETALING
JAYA: It does not matter which organisation DAP Teluk Intan by-election
candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud’s mother belongs to, said party vice
chairman M Kulasegaran today.




Kulasegaran said that Dyana’s mother, Yammy Samad, who is Malay right
wing group Perkasa’s founding member, will not effect on voter
sentiments especially from the non-Malays.




“There are a lot of people who join an organisation only to leave
later. It does not necessarily mean that when you join an organisation,
you condone all its actions,” he said.




Drawing a parallel between Dyana and himself, Kulasegaran said that
he was brought up by parents who are lifetime members of MIC.




“Mind you, my father was not just an ordinary member, he was a
divisional leader in Setiawan. It did not stop my siblings and I from
joining DAP.




“My father even admitted that he had once voted for the opposition in
the 60s,” said Kulasegaran. He said that Dyana should be given a chance
to serve the Teluk Intan constituents.




“She should be looked as a future leader and be given a chance to
shine. BN candidate Mah Siew Keong has been rejected before. How else
would Dyana get experience if she was not given a chance?


“Teluk Intan is a tough battle as BN is pouring millions into the
constituency,” he said, adding that when he contested in the Teluk Intan
by-election in 1997, he was also considered a political greenhorn.




‘Perkasa behaving like an Umno lackey’




Kulasegaran yesterday lodged a police report alleging that BN has
breached the Election Offences Act 1954 by giving out hampers worth at
least RM150 each to Teluk Intan constituents.




He also urged the police to investigate Home Minister Ahmad Zahid
Hamidi’s remarks that he would buy Rela members new uniforms
shouldMah win the by-election.




Meanwhile, at a press conference earlier today in Teluk Intan, Yammy
said she was leaving Perkasa, and urged the media not to involve Dyana
in this matter.




“I am still a member but given the current situation, I declare that I
am leaving Perkasa,” Yamy was quoted as saying by The Malaysian
Insider.




Teluk Intan has 60,349 voters, including 410 early voters and 12
absentee voters. The constituency has 23,301 Malay voters (38.6%),
25,310 Chinese (41.9%) and 11,468 Indians (19%).




In the 2013 general election, Mah, the Gerakan president, was defeated by DAP’s Seah Leong Peng by 7,313 votes.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Mody is a Mere Mortal-Do not Expect an Indira in India soon

Mody is a Mere Mortal-Do not Expect an Indira in India soon

By Dr C P Thiagarajah

The Indians in general and the world Tamils in specific expect an immediate appearance in India of a strong personality such as Indra Gandhi, a David Cameron or a Candian PM Stephen Harper after Mr Modi won the Lok Saba election on an anti-Sonia-Rahul (revulsion) wave.

Prime Minister Modi will need time to even reach the stature of Madame Jayalalitha Jeyaram the Tamil chief minister of Tamil Nadu. She dwarfed the Modi wave in the last election by her tsunami victory for her ADMK party in Tamil Nadu.She won thirty four out of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, a record.

This she did by her strong conviction and devotion to the preservation of human rights of Tamils in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere particularly in Sri-Lanka where the UN reports publicly declare that its president Mahinda Rajapakse, a suspected war criminal. As commander in chief of the Sri-Lankan armed forces he gave orders to kill surrendering civilians, breach of trust by bombing civilian Tamils in the ‘No Fire Zones’ declared by the Sinhala government and executing the under aged son of the LTTE leader Balachandran after he surrendered with his body guard.

M_Id_391375_Modi                                      Mr Narendra Modi
Mr Modi is a hard worker who rose from a tea boy as scornfully described by a congress educated aristocrat Brahmin, to be the Prime Minister of a huge democracy in the world. Though he got an external Masters degree from Delhi University he has still got to learn the secret of being a sterner stuff like Indira Gandhi or Stephen Harper or Hon David Cameron. Otherwise he will go down in history as the Gujarati who failed to uphold human rights. Imagine how many Guajarati spent their miserable lives in the Caribbean islands because their forefathers failed to protect their human rights?

He was advised by the mandarins of the Southern block to invite all heads of the SARC in an attempt to invite the war crime accused Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri-Lanka. These civil servants were responsible for supporting Rajapakse to wipe out the unarmed minority Tamil civilians for reason best known to themselves alone. The satanic civil servants of the previous regime is silently undermining the Modi government by misleading him under the guise of guarding foreign policy.

Modi lacked the intelligence to pin point this slip to his party leaders and stop the invitation to the suspected  war criminal who is about to face a UNHRC inquiry for such crimes.

Some of the Indian civil servants will be trapped in the inquiry. Therefore they are attempting to mislead Mody to white wash their crimes through participating in the function where Modi government will officially take over the government.
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Indira Gandhi                           Hon David Cameron                  Mr Stephen Harper                   Madame Jayalalitha
Indira Gandhi was a real Hindu Indian that saved India from the clutches of Pakistan. If not for her India would be facing terrorism from external sources financed by the people who want to see India disintegrate into smaller states so that Hinduism could be erased off from India. She made her own decisions in politics and of course was advised wisely by her permanent secretary G  Parthasarathy.

She believed in justice and upheld human rights and the rule of democracy. It is a well-known fact that Indira Gandhi supported the Tamils of Sri-Lanka as she knew their history well.

In the present yuga (time) Hon David Cameron and Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper stand out unique as the protectors/stalwarts of human rights. They  are the only two statesmen I can immediately recollect,  who are spending part of their valuable time to the preservation of human rights of the down trodden in the UN and other world assemblies.

In comparison to Mr Modi former head of the colonial master UK, Hon Mr David Cameron is all for an inquiry against the war crimes committed by the majority race Sinhalese against the minority Tamils of Sri-Lanka. He singly opposed the other members in the CHOGM and demanded from the war crime accused Rajapakse to conduct an inquiry into the alleged war crimes or else face an international inquiry. When the accused Rajapakse failed to comply David Cameron moved the censure motion in the UNHRC that paved the way for an inquiry. He at the same time allocated enough funds to the UNHRC to conduct the international inquiry. It has been reported that Nobel peace prize winner former UN head Koffie Annan will head the investigating team. A good outcome for a valiant fighter of human rights. May he live long?

Beating all is Prime minister of Canada Mr Stephen Harper. He not only refused the invitation to attend the CHOGM but also refused to fund the Commomwealth Association if it did not remove Rajapakse from the position as head of the Commonwealth organisation. So devoted and true to human rights values are these gems of the world.

Will all good men emulate these young die-hards? Iris philosopher said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. Mr Modi should if you wish need not do good to Tamils but at least do them no harm/ wrong by inviting a war criminal and giving him a chance to white wash his crimes and claim respectability among the educated and the politicians. If Mr Modi is to be reminded Rajapakse is now a forbidden character in the West.

Dr C P Thiagarajah

Call on the Election Commission to investigate BN’s violations of Election Offences Act



Press Statement by M. Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman in Ipoh on 26th May 2014
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Call on the Election Commission to investigate BN’s violations of Election Offences Act 

The Teluk Intan parliamentary seat now sees the 3rd by election since Merdeka. No other constituency has seen three by elections. The first was in 1962 when former Deputy Education Minister, Too Joon Hing won on an Independent ticket. In the 1997by election, I was chosen by DAP to contest and had won with a majority of 2961 votes.  
In the present by election where polling has been fixed for May 31, DAP has fielded Dyana Sofya, a young and talented Malaysian Malay against Gerakan‘s Mah Siew Keong.
As campaigning enters the second week, Dyana’s winning chances have been increasing from the 40 % on nomination day.  However, it remains an uphill battle for her and the DAP.
The way BN is fighting the campaign is making the by election look like Dyana is fighting against Umno.BN and Umno are going all out to ensure Dyana is defeated and will definitely rely on the politics of money, machinery and media against the Opposition.
Last Thursday on 22nd May 2014,  while I and DAP campaigners  were doing a house to house campaign in Novia Scotia Estate,  we met residents who were given hampers estimated to worth at least RM150 a packet. We were told the hampers were given only to locals and voters, but not to foreign workers who are residing there too.

We interviewed some of the recipients and we were told that the event was sponsored by political parties friendly to the BN. We took photos of the event.  
This is clearly a form of corruptive act which violates the Election Offences Act.
Further, the Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahamd Zahid Hamidi  has also committed an offence when he openly said that he would sponsor new uniforms for the 8,639 Rela members eligible to vote in Teluk Intan should Barisan Nasional candidate Mah Siew Keong win the May 31 by-election.
As Zahid has promised benefits if the voters vote in the BN, this is a serious breach of the Elections Offences Act.

The Act of giving monies or its equivalent is an offence under the Election Offences Act 1954, in particular Section 10 which talks about bribery.
The above acts of giving out hampers to voters as Zahid’s promise to RELA members definitely constitute an offence.

I have therefore met the Perak Election Commission today and urge them to take immediate action.
It has to be noted the above are corruptive acts that have come to our knowledge. It will not be surprising if many other corruptive acts have been occurring.
The Election Commission must therefore act fast and effectively to ensure a fair and clean election.



Saturday, May 24, 2014

Use ballot box to reject Umno’s political hooliganism, Kit Siang tells voters

Use ballot box to reject Umno’s political hooliganism, Kit Siang tells voters

By LOOI SUE-CHERN
May 24, 2014 The Malaysina Insider
The DAP has called on voters in Bukit Gelugor and Teluk Intan to punish the “political hooligans” in Umno and defend democracy by voting out Barisan Nasional in both by-elections.

Its parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang (pic) urged voters to use the ballot box to reject the “mob-ocracy” advocated by Umno members who stormed into the Penang legislative assembly, threatened to burn down the DAP's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and attacked the party's Kuantan office earlier this week.

"Voters of Bukit Gelugor tomorrow and voters of Teluk Intan next Saturday should cast every available vote to defend democracy and reject in unequivocal terms the mob-ocracy advocated by political hooligans in Umno.

"The voters have a special task in these two by-elections, which is to punish the Umno Youth political hooligans and to teach a lesson to everyone in Barisan Nasional," he said in a statement today, in reference to Wednesday’s incident when a group of people, who admitted they belonged to Umno Youth, barged into the Penang legislative assembly.

They were protesting against DAP's Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer’s “Umno celaka” (Umno be damned) remark in the state assembly on Tuesday.

On Thursday, a group of Federal Territory Umno Youth members stormed the DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and threatened to burn down the building. Yesterday, the DAP's office in Kuantan was pelted with eggs.

Lim, who is the MP for Gelang Patah, said political hooliganism as seen in the past few days, the rise of racial and religious extremism since the general election last year, the increase in hate speech and growing intolerance of a moderate approach and a plural society must be stopped immediately before they ruin Malaysia's diversity.

He urged all Malaysians, including those in BN, to unite and deplore in the strongest terms the rise of political hooliganism and breakdown of civility in the political arena.

Lim said the present BN leaders have lost the art of their founding generation like Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Tun Hussein Onn, Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Tun Tan Siew Sin and Tun V.T. Sambanthan “to agree to disagree agreeably”, and practise “gentleman politics” without resorting to lies, falsehood and calumny or the most corruptive influence of the politics of money.
Lim also took another swipe at Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Umno deputy president, whom he has accused of encouraging such political hooliganism.

"Muhyiddin has emerged as one of the patrons of political hooliganism when he said that it was a natural reaction by Umno Youth members to storm the DAP headquaters in Kuala Lumpur when their party was challenged.

"Muhyiddin would be the first to demand that police take the strongest action against anyone from the DAP, PKR or PAS, if they stormed Umno's head office at the Putra World Trade Centre, but he has shown his hypocrisy and chicanery when he exonerated the Umno Youth of political hooliganism by saying that their reaction was natural.

"(His remark) has provided the latest and worst example of double standards and double mindset of government leaders occupying important offices like that of the deputy prime minister and senior cabinet ministers," he said.

Censuring Muhyiddin for making excuses for the behaviour of the Umno Youth members involved, Lim said Muhyiddin has "dishonoured the office of Deputy Prime Minister by blessing the political hooliganism".

"He should have been in the forefront to denounce such unacceptable misconduct in the Malaysian democratic society.

"If the deputy prime minister is so cowardly, not daring to be in the forefront to denounce such political hooliganism and to demand that the strongest action be taken by the police and the Attorney-General's Chambers, then let the voters of Bukit Gelugor and Teluk Intan decide.

"Let them speak loud and clear in the two by-elections this month on behalf of 30 million Malaysians that the people want to protect and defend democracy and reject the mobocracy advocated by the political hooliganism advocated by Umno Youth political hooligans, who have found a patron in the deputy prime minister."

Muhyiddin said yesterday that "a party challenged will not stay silent" when commenting on the Umno Youth members’ actions had done in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, although he reminded party members to obey the law.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also hit out at Rayer in his Facebook posting today, saying it was unbecoming of the DAP rep to resort to ways that incited disharmony.

"We may differ in our political opinions but being abusive is uncalled for," Najib said.

Najib, who is also Umno president ,appealed to Umno members not to overreact by taking the law into their own hands, reminding them that any reaction should be within the boundaries of the law to maintain the image of Umno.

"Do not do anything irresponsible as we must strive to continue upholding the good name and reputation of our party," he said. – May 24, 2014.