Charles Santiago

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Charles Santiago

Debate with Mat Sabu, not prosecute him!

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 12:14 AM PDT

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, collectively register our utter disgust over the prosecution of PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu under Section 505 of the Penal Code with uttering statements tantamount to public mischief. He was even briefly arrested last night.

 Charging Sabu goes against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s pledge to promote openness and democracy on Malaysia Day.

 It raises questions over the sincerity of PM Najib in announcing a series of reforms  including amendment of the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA), whether he has full control on the police or both.

We urge the government to immediately drop the politically-motivated charge of Sabu and stop intimidating dissidents who oppose and challenge official history and ideology.

 We urge the PM and DPM, instead of using government machinery to criminalize Sabu, to take up the challenge posed by him by having a no-holds-barred TV debate on the Bukit Kepong issue.

 Likewise, politicians, retired police and military personnel as well as groups like Perkasa can debate with Sabu or expose the flaws of his views in media or in forums. They should respect Sabu’s right to have opinions from theirs.

 Resorting to the state power to silence an opponent’s view is an act of cowardice. It shows only insecurity and no confidence to win a debate with facts and reason.

 Such suppression of freedom is in fact an insult to independence of this country. For with independence, Malaysians should enjoy human rights and freedoms, unlike subjects of colonies or one-party states.

 Endorsing Civil Society Organizations :

1.      Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)

2.      Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

3.      Tenaganita

4.      Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)

5.      KOMAS

6.      Civil Rights Committee of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (CRC-KLSCAH)

7.      Civil Society Committee of LLG Cultural Development Centre

8.      National Interlok Action Team (NIAT)

9.      528 Media Action Group

10.  Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI)

11.  Malaysia Youth & Students Democratic Movement(DEMA)

12.  Community Action Network (CAN)

13.  Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)

14.  Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN)

15.  Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)

16.  Youth Section of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall

17.  Student Progressive Front USM

18.  Student Progressive Front UPM

19.  Student Progressive Front UUM

20.  Student Progressive Front NEC

21.  Persatuan Komuniti Prihatian Selangor (PRIHATIN)

22.  Persatuan Bahasa Tionghua UPM

23.  Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM)

24.  Youth for Change (Y4C)

25.  New Era College Alumni Association

26.  Federation of Malaysian Indian NGOs (PRIMA)

27.  Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM Selangor & Kuala Lumpur

28.  Northern Region PBTUSM Alumni Association

29.  Solidarity for Civil Rights in China (Malaysia)

30.  Kempen Sejarah Malaysia Sebenar

31.  Kumpulan Aktivis Mahasiswa Independent (KAMI)

32.  KOLEKTIF 50B 

33.  Generasi 709

34.  Kajian Politik untuk Perubahan (KPRU)

35.  Suaram JB

36.  Center for Orang Asli Concerns

37.  All Women's Action Society (AWAM)

38.  Rainbow Genders Society

39.  social imagination workshop

40.  Malaysians for Beng Hock Movement

41.  Save Vui Kong Campaign

42.  Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)

43.  Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor

44.  T’anda Tanya of

45.  PertubuhanWartawan dan Jurugambar Akhbar Cina Pulau Pinang (PEWAJU)

Endorsing Political Organizations:

1.      Parti sosialis Malaysia (PSM)

2.      Selangor Pakatan Rakyat Elected Representatives' Officers Association (SELPROA)

Is it a Crime to have a Different Point of View from Barisan Nasional / UMNO?

Posted: 20 Sep 2011 11:57 PM PDT

The criminal defamation charge against PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu at the Butterworth Sessions Court this morning was trumped up to serve the political aims of the Barisan Nasional.

By challenging the official account of the 1950 Bukit Kepong incident at a ceramah in Tasek Gelugor on Aug 21, Mat Sabu has opened discussions into a section of our history that needs to be reviewed.

Just how proposing an alternative view of history can lead to a criminal charge is anyone's guess.

The writing of history should be an academic one. History should be as objective as possible with little or no intervention from any party that wants to tweak it to suit their needs and goals.

It is not the job of the government to write history – that should be left in the hands of the academics, historians and the public through agreed and established processes.

If Barisan Nasional feels it has the right to determine what our history should be, then we should close down the history departments in our universities.

The job of the government is to make sure we, as a society, learn from history and move forward. The initiative to explore alternative perspectives on history should not be stifled due to self-serving interests.

Mat Sabu's only crime in this case is that he is a leading member of PAS which is increasingly perceived as an alternative to UMNO.

The fact that this charge, which challenges the freedom of speech guaranteed in our Constitution, came just days after the Prime Minister announced a string of "reforms" involving restrictive laws says a lot to the commitment, sincerity and spirit in which the announcement on the eve of Malaysia Day was made.

Charles Santiago

Member of Parliament – Klang

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