FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN ‘NEW’ MALAYSIA

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 12 July 2018

What a breath of fresh air it was to read activist lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri’s thought provoking musings (“Don’t kiss the hands that beat you”) on the meaning of freedom and dignity and the levels of social constraints that still shackle us despite the illusion of democracy when we vote once every five years. Her thoughts are the stuff of academic discussions in institutions of higher learning of substance anywhere in the world and one would hope, also in ‘new’ Malaysia.

Unfortunately, we hear that Fadiah is under investigation over this same article deemed “seditious” (sic) for questioning the royal institution. She has been summoned to appear at the Brickfields police station after a report was lodged over her article and we have learnt that the police are investigating her under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

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Stop the Intimidation and Release Khairul Nizam Immediately!

For Immediate Release
8th January 2016

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemns the arrests of Khairul Nizam at his home in Kota Bahru on the 8th January 2016.

Despite Khairul Nizam’s willingness to cooperate with the police in the past, he was first arrested at IPD Dang Wangi when he willingly submitted himself for questioning on the 28th December 2015. The fact that the magistrate court rejected the application for remand by the police makes it clear that it is unnecessary for Khairul Nizam to be subjected to any form of detention at this juncture.

Even so, barely two weeks after his arrest at IPD Dang Wangi, Police that identified themselves as officers from IPD Kota Bahru arrested Khairul Nizam at his home in Kota Bahru in the morning of 8th January 2016.

Khairul Nizam was not informed of the reason for his arrests during his arrests and the Royal Malaysian Police have been slow in providing lawyers with the necessary information regarding his arrests and present whereabouts. Further, Khairul Nizam was immediately taken to IPD Johor Bahru after his arrests, this growing trend of local ‘extradition’ would undoubtedly bring hardship to those involved with his arrests.

The manner of his arrest and the failure to convey the reason of his arrest clearly contravenes with recognized international human rights principles and borderlines illegal based on established procedures.

The series arrests and prosecution of critics of the Government of Malaysia should not be a norm of Malaysia and MUST not be the task of the Royal Malaysian Police. On this note, SUARAM demands that the Royal Malaysian Police to release Khairul Nizam immediately and cease its intimidation against civil activists!

In Solidarity,

Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM