New Publication: Racism & Racial Discrimination in Malaysia (New Edition)

Missed getting copy of ‘Racism & Racial Discrimination in Malaysia’? A new edition is out in print now. Contact us at suaram(at)suaram.net or call our office at +(603) 7954 5724 for more information on where and how you can buy a copy!

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CSO Platform for Reform Affirms Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

We, the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs), are highly concerned with allegations of sexual harassment involving a senior officer at the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) that have been made public in recent days.

We reiterate the call by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) for these allegations to be taken seriously and for an independent investigation to be initiated by IRF to probe these allegations and take necessary action against the alleged perpetrator if found guilty. The findings from said investigation, on the other hand, should be made public by IRF in the interest of transparency and due process. Confidentiality should also be maintained, and the alleged survivor be provided the necessary support as well as be protected from any form of intimidation or retaliation.

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Stop Harassment of Activists

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the widespread investigation and harassment against human rights defenders in the recent weeks and call for the immediate cessation of all unwarranted and absurd investigation against human rights defenders and political activists.

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MalaysiaKini Contempt of Court – Dangerous Precedent for Content Moderation

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is concerned by the developments and finding of the Federal Court in the contempt proceeding against MalaysiaKini.

Freedom of expression is fundamental to the functioning of any democracy, and any restriction should only be applied to protect the safety or rights of others, and not to protect the perceived affront to the dignity of any person or institution. In this case, it is of paramount importance to ensure freedom of expression takes the fore as it involves a media organization and the alleged contemptuous content were comments by third parties with no affiliation with MalaysiaKini.

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RUKUNEGARA IN NEED OF A DEMOCRATIC MAKEOVER

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 6 July 2020

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Rukunegara, the supposed ‘National Principles’ declared on Merdeka Day, 1970, in response to the traumatic May 13th incident that had taken place just a year preceding that. Before we look at these “national” principles to see how appropriate and inclusive they are, we must first consider the democratic legitimacy of the Rukunegara’s existence.

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