Category: Democracy

Almost 100 NGOs rally behind 25 moderate Muslims


Close to a hundred civil society groups have rallied around the 25 moderate Muslims who had called for a public discourse on Islamic laws within the framework of the Constitution.

Read the full letter by the 25 moderate Muslims (one of the original 25 has withdrawn).

Read Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia’s full statement supporting the 25 moderate Muslims that was endorsed by close to 100 NGOs.

Syabas, people of Malaysia!


Quick poll: Do you think the Sedition Act should be retained?

This polls ends at 5.00pm today.

Here’s is the reformist Najib speaking:

And the ultimate ‘gostan’.

What a letdown.

Blog reader Ed G writes:

The ISA was enacted in 1960 after Malayan independence. The then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, defined the purpose of the act as to “be used solely against the communists… My Cabinet colleagues and I gave a solemn promise to Parliament and the nation that the immense powers given to the government under the ISA would never be used to stifle legitimate opposition and silence lawful dissent”. (more…)


Fahmi Zainol and team blocked from speaking inside USM – heckled outside

I spotted a group outside USM this afternoon and didn’t realise what was going on until much later. Turns out that the gathering was part of the Jelajah roadshow by a group of university students to “free the universities” in the country.

The group was reportedly barred from speaking at USM by campus head of security Assoc Prof P Sundramoorthy, who asked them to disperse.



Eight student reps held in Sabah now FREED

0131 (Monday): “Menurut Pengerusi Pro-M UMSKK, saudara Muhammad Asyraf Che Ani, kesemua yang ditahan telah dibebaskan. Syabas!” So says a tweet by @MsiswaGANYANG.

The eight, who were being held at the Karamusing Police Station, are Fahmi Zainol, Ainullutfi, Asyraf Che Ani, Fathihie, Jamhuri, Fadhil, Nazrin, and Tan Choonan. They were without a lawyer.