Pembebasan Terakhir Tahanan ISA : Satu Kejayaan Perjuangan Rakyat

Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) mengucapkan selamat pulang ke pangkuan keluarga kepada 6 orang tahanan ISA terakhir yang dibebaskan 5 Januari lepas. Tahanan tersebut terdiri daripada 4 orang warga tempatan iaitu Ustaz Nazri Dollah, Bakar bin Baba, Adzmi Pindatun dan Adnan bin Umar, seorang warga indonesia, Darto bin Bandu dan seorang warga Filipina, Muadz bin Hakim. Pihak keluarga memaklumkan kesemua tahanan telah sampai ke rumah masing-masing pada petang 6 januari.

Berdasarkan rekod GMI, semua tahanan tersebut dibebaskan ekoran tempoh perintah tahanan mereka  tamat pada 5 Januari 2014. Oleh itu, GMI menyambut baik pembebasan tersebut dan tindakan KDN untuk membebaskan mereka tanpa tangguh.

GMI berpandangan, tidak ada apa yang boleh dibanggakan oleh pihak Kerajaan berhubung pembebasan terakhir ini. Pembebasan 5 januari ini juga sebenarnya menjadi lambang kesombongan pihak Kerajaan yang enggan membebaskan tahanan lebih awal biarpun didesak hebat oleh rakyat. Pembebasan ini juga boleh dianggap sangat lewat apabila ianya hanya dibuat selepas 1 tahun 5 bulan ISA secara rasminya dimansuhkan. Sedangkan Menteri Dalam Negeri mempunyai kuasa untuk membebaskan tahanan lebih awal.

Tambah parah apabila pembebasan ini dibuat dalam keadaan Kerajaan Malaysia telah menggubal SOSMA dan PCA 2013. Iaitu dua undang-undang mirip ISA yang juga mengandungi peruntukan yang menghalalkan tahan tanpa bicara. SOSMA memberi kuasa kepada pihak Polis untuk menahan seseorang tanpa bicara selama 28 hari manakala PCA 2013 pula memberi kuasa untuk Polis menahan suspek selama 2 tahun tanpa bicara.

GMI juga mengutuk tindakan Kerajaan Malaysia yang enggan menutup Kem Tahanan Kamunting yang dikatakan akan dijadikan tempat tahanan bagi SOSMA, PCA 2013 dan Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1985 (DDA). Menteri Dalam Negeri dalam kenyataan yang disiarkan Utusan bertarikh 6 januari berkata, Kem Tahanan Kamunting akan dikekalkan dan akan dijadikan tempat tahanan bagi SOSMA dan PCA.

Sekiranya Kerajaan benar-benar telus ingin melaksanakan transformasi politik, Kem Tahanan Kamunting yang menjadi simbol kezaliman ISA perlu ditutup. Serentak dengan penutupan Kem itu, Kerajaan juga perlu memansuhkan semua undang-undang yang mengandungi peruntukan tahan tanpa bicara termasuk SOSMA, PCA dan DDA.

GMI berpendirian transformasi yang dilakukan oleh Kerajaan perlulah bersifat holisitik. Janganlah dianggap ISA sebagai berjaya apabila ada berita yang melaporkan tahanan ISA berjaya khatam (tamatkan) bacaan Al-Quran sebanyak 15 kali atau  kerana tidak berlakunya penderaan dan tekanan di dalam kem tahanan, sedangkan keadaan keluarga yang menanggung derita bertahun-tahun tidak pula dilaporkan. Fakta terdahulu tentang penyiksaan bawah ISA juga tidak boleh terpadam dan akan terus kekal dalam ingatan rakyat Malaysia.

Pemansuhan ISA dan pembebasan semua tahanan menjadi tidak bermakna apabila Kerajaan enggan menutup Kem Tahanan Kamunting yang bakal dihuni pula oleh tahanan SOSMA, PCA dan DDA. Keadaan ini menjadikan Malaysia tidak reda daripada pencabulan Hak Asasi akibat akta drakonian yang digubal oleh Kerajaan sendiri. Oleh itu bagi menamatkan espisod kezaliman ISA ini, Kerajaan perlu memansuhkan semua undang-undang tahan tanpa bicara dan juga menutup Kem Tahanan Kamunting.

Akhirnya perjuangan 25 tahun untuk mansuhkan ISA bersama rakyat Malaysia telah tiba ke penghujungnya. Pembebasan 6 orang tahanan terakhir menjadi tanda aras yang menunjukkan matlamat terakhir GMI juga telah tercapai. Sejak ditubuhkan pada tahun 2001, GMI konsisten menyuarakan tuntutan agar undang-undang drakonian ISA dimansuhkan. Kemuncaknya pada 1 Ogos 2009, apabila GMI telah memimpin puluhan ribu rakyat Malaysia berhimpun di Kuala Lumpur bagi mendesak Kerajaan segera memansuhkan ISA.

GMI percaya desakan demi desakan daripada rakyat telah menjadi faktor utama Kerajaan Malaysia melalui Dato’ Seri Najib Razak terpaksa memansuhkan ISA yang secara rasminya termansuh pada 22 Jun 2012.

GMI akan mengadakan mesyuarat dalam masa terdekat untuk membincangkan mengenai pembubaran GMI. GMI juga akan menyumbangkan baki dana yang ada kepada keluarga bekas tahanan ISA dan juga kepada gerakan baru yang akan memimpin perjuangan menentang akta-akta drakonian yang baru. GMI juga ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada rakan-rakan ngo, mahasiswa, parti politik, rakan-rakan media dan seluruh rakyat Malaysia yang selama ini menyokong perjuangan GMI.

 

Sekian. Terima kasih

 

 

 

Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh

Pengerusi

Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI)

 

Syukri Razab

Peyelaras

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

Teater Bilik Sulit: Manifestasi Undang-Undang Tahan Tanpa Bicara

SUARAM melihat terdapat usaha daripada pihak tertentu yang ingin mempromosikan kembali undang-undang konservatif seperti Ordinan Darurat (EO) dan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA). Dengan menjadikan keadaan jenayah terkini sebagai alasan, pemansuhan EO  dan ISA dikatakan sebagai punca jenayah gagal dikawal secara berkesan.

UTAMAKAN PEMERKASAAN POLIS DAN BUKANNYA MEMBUAT UNDANG-UNDANG BARU.

Ketua Polis Negara, Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar  menjadikan alasan ketiadaan undang-undang pencegahan seperti EO menjadi punca kepada meningkatnya kejadian jenayah. Tetapi kenyataan ini bercanggah dengan kenyataan bekas Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Musa Hassan yang mencadangkan agar pihak Polis memperbanyakkan jumlah anggota di kawasan-kawasan tertentu disamping memperkasa aktiviti risikan. Kenyataan yang sama juga dikeluarkan oleh bekas Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Bukit Aman Datuk Fauzi Shari yang menyifatkan kekurangan anggota yang bertugas di bahagian jenayah menjadi punca kejadian jenayah sukar dikawal.

SUARAM juga berpandangan penggubalan undang-undang baru yang memberi kuasa besar kepada Polis hanya akan mendatangkan risiko berlakunya penyalahgunaan kuasa. Undang-undang baru yang digubal tanpa reformasi besar-besaran dalam institusi kepolisan dilihat sebagai usaha tidak lengkap yang akan memberi kesan yang sangat minima.

UNDANG-UNDANG SEDIA ADA ADALAH KOMPREHENSIF DAN MEMADAI UNTUK TANGANI JENAYAH.

Peguam Negara Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Patail mengeluarkan kenyataan bahawa beliau tidak akan mewujudkan sebarang undang-undang pencegahan seperti EO. Beliau juga menyifatkan undang-undang sedia ada seperti Kanun Acara Jenayah dan Kanun Keseksaan sudah memadai untuk menangani jenayah. Kanun Acara Jenayah misalnya telah memberi ruang kepada pihak Polis untuk mereman suspek bagi satu kesalahan sehingga 14 hari bergantung kepada jenis kesalahan yang dilakukan. Sistem ini adalah persis seperti sistem yang digunakan oleh Negara maju seperti Australia.

Kerajaan Australia telah menetapkan undang-undang yang hanya membenarkan sesorang itu ditahan tidak melebihi 14 hari bagi tujuan siasatan.  Bagi undang-undang anti-keganasan, Kerajaan Australia juga hanya membenarkan sesorang suspek pengganas ditahan tanpa bicara tidak melebihi 14 hari. Jumlah 14 hari dianggap tempoh yang memadai untuk pihak Polis melakukan siasatan yang secukupnya.

TEATER BILIK SULIT, PERKONGSIAN PENGALAMAN NGERI BERSAMA RAKYAT.

Banyak bekas mangsa ISA merekodkan pengalaman ngeri mereka sepanjang ditahan di bawah ISA. Tempoh 60 hari dalam tahanan Polis tanpa berpeluang dihadapkan ke mahkamah untuk dibicarakan menjadi satu peristiwa hitam dalam hidup bekas tahanan. Didera secara mental dan fizikal menyebabkan ramai tahanan mengalami trauma yang dasyat biarpun setelah dibebaskan.

Oleh itu, SUARAM dengan kerjasama Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA dan Teater Bukan Teater, akan menganjurkan pementasan teater Bilik Sulit sebagai usaha untuk berkongsi dengan rakyat mengenai implikasi undang-undang tahan tanpa bicara. Teater ini akan dipentaskan di Dewan Theatrette Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) selama 3 hari iaitu pada 19, 20 dan 22 September 2013 bermula 8.30 malam. Teater yang diadaptasi daripada pengalaman sebenar bekas tahanan ISA ini akan memberi gambaran mengenai cara pihak Polis menjalankan soal siasat terhadap tahanan di dalam bilik soal siasat.

SUARAM percaya pementasan teater ini akan memberi mesej secara langsung kepada Kerajaan Malaysia agar tidak melangkah ke belakang dengan menggubal undang-undang seperti ISA dan EO. Kerajaan Malaysia juga perlu sedar sehingga kini masih terdapat 7 orang tahanan ISA yang belum dibebaskan dan masih dikurung di Kem Tahanan Kamunting.

SUARAM juga berhasrat untuk membawa pementasan teater ini ke kawasan luar Lembah Klang bagi membolehkan mesej teater ini menjejaki masyarakat terbanyak. Buat masa ini, teater Bilik Sulit sudah mendapat persetujuan daripada Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam untuk dipentaskan di Shah Alam pada 25, 26 dan 27 Oktober. Mana-mana pihak yang berminat untuk mementaskan teater ini ditempat masing-masing boleh terus menghubungi SUARAM ditalian 03-7784 3525 atau menghantarkan permohonan ke alamat emel [email protected]. SUARAM meletakkan tempoh masa dua bulan iaitu sepanjang Oktober dan November untuk mementaskan teater ini ke tempat-tempat yang bakal ditetapkan.

SUARAM Secretariat Member investigated under Sedition Act 1948

 

Press Statement: 7th August 2013

SUARAM Secretariat Member investigated under Sedition Act 1948

SUARAM condemns selective persecution and use of the Sedition Act 1948 against Suaram Secretariat member and Human rights activist Ms Cynthia Gabriel under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act. We strongly believe that this investigation is politically motivated and is purely harassment against SUARAM and its members for exposing information related to the on-going Scorpene case in the French court.

 

Ms Cynthia Gabriel attended the investigation today on 7th August 2013 at 3pm at the IPD Petaling Jaya police station. During the investigation, the Investigations officer asked questions unrelated and non-relevant to the Sedition act. The investigating officer failed to produce or show the content of the police report that has been lodged against SUARAM in regards to the Scorpene dinner to Ms Cynthia Gabriel. The questions mainly focused on SUARAM as an organization, for example, what is SUARAM?, is SUARAM a company?, what does SUARAM do and stand for?. These are similar to the questions asked last year when SUARAM faced intimidation from government led agencies. This investigation led to nowhere and the Register of Societies (RoS) dropped their investigation of SUARAM. SUARAM sees this questioning as a waste of time and energy when the police should be investigating criminals involved in random shootings as well as those companies like Perimekar and Terassasi that have been linked to the French investigation.

 

We urge the Government and the police to put an end to any harassment against Ms Cynthia Gabriel, SUARAM as well as against all human rights defenders in Malaysia. We also call on the Government to abolish the Sedition Act 1948 which is against basic human rights principles and to drop charges of those who have been prosecuted for political reasons.

 

The Government must comply with all the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and in particular with, “Article 1, which provides that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels”.

 

Released by,

Nalini Elumalai

Executive Director

2nd ROUND of Harassment against SUARAM: Silent Critical Voices proved that the Government is Desperate

 

Press Statement: 5th August 2013

2nd ROUND of Harassment against SUARAM:

Silent Critical Voices proved that the Government is Desperate

 

SUARAM condemns the recent selective investigation by the Malaysian police against SUARAM secretariat member Miss Cynthia Gabriel. We believe that the Malaysian government is determined to clamp down on human rights in Malaysia through a sustained campaign to intimidate and harass SUARAM in retaliation for SUARAM’s whistleblowing role in the Scorpene submarine scandal, involving at least RM500 million in suspected kickbacks.

This second round of political intimidation and harassment against SUARAM is proof that the government is determined to silence any form of criticism from human rights and civil society activists, following SUARAM’s last Ops Scorpene fundraising dinner which was held on 19th July 2013. Miss Cynthia will be issued notice 111 under the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) and a statement from her is due to be taken. We were informed that a police report has been lodged against SUARAM in relation to the fundraising dinner.

From July 2012 till February 2013, SUARAM was severely harassed and faced a barrage of investigations from the Company Commission of Malaysia (CCM), Registrar of Society (RoS) and the Police. The RoS by a letter dated 6 March 2013, have now withdrawn all pending notices against SUARAM. Recently the Home Minister said there is no further action against SUARAM.

Throughout the period between July 2012 and February 2013 however, SUARAM was investigated under at least three legislations, namely the Companies Act 1965, the Societies Act 1966 and the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. We were accused of being foreign agents and furthering Jewish interests in Malaysia and SUARAM was also accused by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) of allegedly bribing top government officials, including officials from the CCM in the midst of the CCM investigation. The world must view these worrying trends as a signal of a potentially broader crackdown against critical activists and human rights defenders and organisations in Malaysia.

We urge the government and its agencies to stop any further selective investigations in bad faith against SUARAM and other human rights defenders and human rights organisations that have fundamental duties to promote and protect the human rights. This is pure harassment and police actions constitute mala fide.

We challenge the police to spend time and energy to curb serious crime in this country rather than trying to intimidate and harass SUARAM. We also urge the police, Malaysia Anti -corruption Commission (MACC) and the CCM to investigate companies connected to the Scorpene Submarine Scandal such as Perimekar and Terasasi, as recently highlighted in the French media. Stop harassing the whistle-blowers, investigate the corrupt suspects.

Released by,

Nalini Elumalai

Executive Director

Jasbir Sing Chahl: We want the whole truth behind the Scorpene scandal

JASBIR SINGH CHAHL- We want the whole TRUTH behind the SCORPENE SCANDAL

 

 

 

 

 

30 JULY 2013

 

 

JASBIR SINGH CHAHL- We want the whole TRUTH behind the SCORPENE SCANDAL

 

 

SUARAM views with interest the weekend revelations of Jasbir Singh Chahl, on the SCORPENE Submarine procurement, and welcomes his sudden willingness to speak about the controversial deal, of which he was a key negotiator.  We urge him to come clean on the full details of the procurement, which has now dragged on to be one of the largest corruption scandals of the country.

 

SUARAM had to await confirmation from our lawyers in France, before addressing the media.

 

  1. 1.     JASBIR as Witness to the French Courts

Firstly, we confirm via our Lawyers in France (William Bourdon and Apoline Cagnat)  that Jasbir Singh Chahl is a witness to the ongoing criminal inquiry, and that the investigations are still ongoing.  This verification coincides with his own admissions in the NST article that he has been in close contact and has been cooperating with the French investigators.  His statement to the NST vindicates further that the SUARAM initiated inquiry at the Tribunal de Grande Instance is making sound progress and is gaining traction.

 

  1. We remind the press that this is the same man who just last year came out with strong denials that he was involved in the scandal ridden procurement, following SUARAM’s expose that he would be among the key witnesses to be called before the French tribunal to testify.

 

  1. Whatever his motivation to come out of his silence after more than a decade, Malaysians will never know.  He has done well by opening a can of worms with his NST interview, and by doing so provoking further interest into the corruption allegations, where after more than a decade, many answers are still left wanting.

 

 

Why was JASBIR OUSTED of the DEAL?

  1. 4.     SUARAM urges Jasbir to take the next step and go all the way to reveal the full details of the procurement, his role in closing the deal, why he was ousted from the negotiations, why did then Defence Minister Najib  see it fit to intervene and push his long time friend Razak Baginda into the foray to lead the negotiations instead?

 

  1. 5.     JASBIR’s RM50 million suit against BAGINDA

It is no secret really that Jasbir had a major fallout with Razak Baginda, as described in the contents of an article published in the Far Eastern Economic review (FEER) back in 2002. A RM 50 million suit was filed by Jasbir , but he eventually settled for an out of court of settlement, according to French investigating papers. SUARAM wonders why none of these details were articulated in the NST article.

 

 

  1. 6.     JASBIR and TERASASI?

What about Jasbir’s role in Terasasi Sdn Bhd, and why this mysterious company was never made public? If not for the French investigations, Malaysians would still be in the dark over this. Jasbir is compelled  to tell us the exact amounts of money that Terasasi received from French shipbuilders, and what exactly led to its dissolution of the company here  and why the subsequent formation in Hong Kong.

 

 

  1. 7.     ALTANTUYA SAARIBUU

On the subject of Altantuya Shaaribu, SUARAM reiterates that we had never described her as a translator. In fact SUARAM has asked repeatedly what was her real role in the submarine deal? It comes as no surprise to read Jasbir’s admission that he had never met her, as he was pushed out of the deal midway.

 

The question that begs to be answered is who is Altantuya , what was her role in the procurement of the submarines if any, and why was she so brutally killed. The French inquiry despite its emphasis on the corruption crimes and kickbacks, have agreed to probe the circumstances around Altantuya’s death and whatever connections she could have had with the submarine deal.

 

PERIMEKAR and the EURO 114.9 million euro

  1. Finally, we read with deep interest Jasbir’s lame attempt at vaguely doing a breakdown at how the Euro 114.9 million Euros was derived and paid to Perimekar.

 

We note that Perimekar ‘s annual statements have shown a tumble since its inception. Between 2009 and 2010, while the submarines were being delivered, Perimekar’s activity has slid down: the company has seen its net income decrease from a profit of RM19 million to a loss amounting to RM3.3 million.

 

The financial report of 2010 stated: “The company’s project with the government of Malaysia was completed on Dec 25, 2009, after which a downsizing exercise was done in a fair manner and the company was focusing on prospecting for other viable business opportunities.”

 

Was Perimekar set up just to receive the kickbacks from the Submarine Deal?

 

Why was Jasbir silent on all of these?

 

 

OUR DEMANDS

 

–          It is clear from Jasbir’s interview that the French inquiry is making headway.  Many attempts have been made to discredit SUARAM and our lawyers in France, but today we are more than glad to confirm that the French investigators are digging deeper to uncover the truth, and Jasbir has admitted  that he has been in constant communications in this criminal inquiry.

 

–          SUARAM demands that the full and whole truth be made known, and for Jasbir to answer the above questions, as his interview in the NST has far from cleared the doubts around the corruption commission and kickbacks. This man as the original negotiator has all the information, and must act  with full responsibility to come clean on what actually happened.

 

–          Jasbir and all other witnesses listed cooperate with the French inquiry to bring the truth behind this controversy once and for all.

 

–          For MACC to drop its long and pregnant silence over this case, and open its investigation books. Its really time to nab big fish corruption.

 

 

 

END

 

 

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SUARAM Secretariat