• BEBASKAN ADAM ALI: Saya menggesa kerajaan Barisan Nasional serta PDRM agar membebaskan aktivis mahasiswa Adam Adli dengan segera dan juga menghentikan segala jenis penindasan terhadap aktivis mahasiswa dan pemimpin belia

    Kenyataan Media Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Serdang, di Kuala Lumpur pada 20hb Mei 2013

    BEBASKAN ADAM ALI: Saya menggesa kerajaan Barisan Nasional serta PDRM agar membebaskan aktivis mahasiswa Adam Adli dengan segera dan juga menghentikan segala jenis penindasan terhadap aktivis mahasiswa dan pemimpin belia 

    Pada 18hb Mei 2013, aktivis mahasiswa Adam Adli telah ditahan polis kononnya kerana beliau telah mengeluarkan kenyataan berniat menghasut. Kenyataan tersebut diucapkan beliau ketika di forum anjuran Suara Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) pada 13hb Mei 2013, di mana beliau telah menyeru orang ramai untuk ‘turun ke jalanraya’ demi membantah penipuan pilihanraya yang berlangsung semasa PRU13 yang lalu.[1]

    Menurut SUARAM, Adam Ali kini direman selama 5 hari di bawah Seksyen 4(1) Akta Hasutan dan Seksyen 124B Kanun Keseksaan.[2] Seksyen 4 Akta Hasutan melarang diskursi yang disifatkan berniat menghasut dan jika didapati bersalah, Adam mungkin dipenjarakan selama tempoh yang tidak melebihi 3 tahun, didenda jumlah wang tidak melebihi RM5,000 atau kedua-duanya sekali. Adam kini sedang ditahan di lokap Balai Polis Jinjang.

    Saya tegas ingin mempersoalkan keputusan untuk menahan Adam Adli seseorang memandangkan ramai pemimpin rakyat lain yang aktif dalam kegiatan politik dan sosial telah juga menyuarakan ketidakpuashatian mereka terhadap keputusan PRU13 dan juga telah menyeru rakyat untuk turun menyertai perhimpunan protes, namun setakat ini mereka tidak disoalsiat, ditahan atau didakwa untuk kenyataan-kenyataan mereka. Malah beratus ribu warga Malaysia telah turut menyertai perhimpunan aman seperti “Himpunan Blackout” yang diadakan baru-baru ini namun mereka tidak disoalsiasat, ditahan atau didakwa oleh polis.

    Pada pandangan saya, kerajaan BN seolah-olah bertindak menindas, mendakwa dan membuli para pemimpin belia dan aktivis mahasiswa, termasuk Adam Adli dan juga Nik Nazmi. Mungkinkah kerajaan BN bertindak sedemikian dengan tujuan menyampaikan mesej kepada belia Malaysia supaya tidak melibatkan diri dalam aktiviti aktivisme mahasiswa ataupun demokrasi akar umbi yang mencabar pemerintahan hegemonik mereka?

    Di sini say ingin menegaskan bahawa penindasan yang bersifat prejudis ini membawa malu kepada rekod ‘Transformasi Politik’ dan impian ‘perdamaian kebangsaan’ yang dilaungkan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Najib Razak. Semasa kempen PRU13, laman web 1Malaysia Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Najib Razak dengan bangganya melaporkan bahawa beliau  sangat jelas dengan wawasan Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara “moden, progresif dan sentiasa memandang ke hadapan dalam mengamalkan demokrasi yang melindungi hak serta kebebasan rakyat.” Malah laman web 1Malaysia yang sama turut berkata dengan bangganya bahawa “[Sebelum pindaan yang dibuat kepada Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti], mahasiswa tidak dibenarkan terlibat, meluahkan simpati, dan menyokong dalam apa jua persatuan, badan, persatuan pekerja, atau kumpulan termasuk parti politik ketika di luar kampus… [Selepas pindaan], mahasiswa boleh menjadi ahli parti politik atau menjadi ahli persatuan, badan atau parti politik ketika di luar kampus.”[3]

    Saya ingin ikhlas bertanya, apakah gunanya membuat pindaan kepada AUKU yang jelas hanya bersifat kosmetik memandangkan bahawa aktivis mahasiswa masih ditindas hanya kerana mereka berani mempertahankan hak asasi dan menyuarakan pendapat mereka? Dapatkah Malaysia menjadi negara yang “moden, progresif dan sentiasa memandang ke hadapan dalam mengamalkan demokrasi yang melindungi hak serta kebebasan rakyat” jika suara anak-anak muda yang bakal menjadi pemimpin negara terus disekat?

    Dengan ini saya menggesa Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak (Perdana Menteri Malaysia), Datuk Zahid Hamidi (Menteri Dalam Negeri Malaysia), dan Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (Inspektor General Polis Diraja Malaysia) agar:

    1. SEGERA MEMBEBASKAN ADAM ADLI memandangkan bahawa kes tahanan beliau seolah-olah hanya bertujuan menyekat aktiviti aktivisme mahasiswa;
    2. MENGHENTIKAN SEGALA PENINDASAN terhadap Adam Adli dan semua aktivis mahasiswa dan belia di Malaysia;
    3. MENYOKONG DAN MENJAMIN HAK ASASI DAN HAK KEBEBASAN BERSUARA yang seharusnya dinikmati semua aktivis mahasiswa dan pemimpin belia.

    Akhir sekali, saya menggesa kerajaan Barisan Nasional supaya bertindak cepat dan sewajarnya kerana rakyat Malaysia sedang memerhatikan kes ini dengan penuh teliti dan minat.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming

  • Call on the Barisan Nasional government and PDRM to release student activist Adam Adli immediately and to cease arbitrary and selective persecution of student activists and youth leaders

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, in Kuala Lumpur on the 20th of May 2013

    Call on the Barisan Nasional government and PDRM to release student activist Adam Adli immediately and to cease arbitrary and selective persecution of student activists and youth leaders

    On 18 May 2013, student activist Adam Adli was arrested on account of allegedly seditious remarks that he had made. The said remarks were made during a forum organized on 13 May 2013 by Suara Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM), and involved a call for massive street rallies to express unhappiness over the Malaysian electoral system and results of the GE13 elections.[1]

    According to SUARAM, the latest update is that Adam Adli has been remanded for 5 days under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act and Section 124B of the Penal Code.[2] Section 4 of the Sedition Act prohibits discourse deemed as seditious and if found guilty under the act, Adam could be jailed for up to 3 years, fined not more than RM 5,000, or both. Adam is currently being kept in lock up at the Jinjang Police Station.

    I strongly question the decision to selectively detain Adam Adli in consideration of the fact that many prominent leaders in the Malaysian political and activism scene have similarly expressed their unhappiness at the Malaysian election results along with their support for public rallies, and yet they have not been questioned, detained or charged for these remarks. Neither have the hundreds of thousands of ordinary Malaysians who participated peacefully in the recent ‘Blackout’ rallies been questioned, detained or charged.

    It would appear instead that the BN government is selectively persecuting, prosecuting and effectively bullying youth leaders and activists, from Adam Adli to Nik Nazmi. Perhaps the BN government is doing this in the hopes of sending a message to young Malaysians to cease involvement in student activism and youth-led grassroots democracy activities which would appear to challenge the hegemony of its rule.

    I contend that this selective harassment puts Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak’s purported record of ‘Political Transformation’ and his desire to have a ‘National Reconciliation’ to great shame. During the GE13 campaign, Prime Minister Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia website glowingly reported that he is fully committed to the “vision of Malaysia as a modern, progressive and forward-looking nation in practicing a democracy that protects the rights and freedoms of the rakyat.”  In conjunction, the 1Malaysia campaign website proclaims proudly that “[Before amendments to the University and University Colleges Act], students were not allowed to be involved, express sympathy, or support any kind of organization, body, worker’s union, or group including political parties outside of campus… [After the amendments], students can become political party members and become members of organizations, bodies, or political parties outside campus.”[3]

    I ask, what is the point of making cosmetic amendments to the UUCA when student activists can still be judicially harassed for exercising their rights and expressing their beliefs? How can Malaysia aspire to be a progressive and forward-looking democracy if the voices of its young talents and future leaders are stifled?

    I call upon the following persons: Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak (Prime Minister of Malaysia), Datuk Zahid Hamidi (Home Minister of Malaysia), and Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (Inspector General of Royal Malaysian Police) to:

    1. Release Adam Adli immediately as his detention seems aimed at merely containing his student activist activities;
    2. Put an end to acts of any harassment against Adam Adli as well as against all student and youth activists in Malaysia.
    3. Support and guarantee the fundamental rights of freedom of speech for all student activists and youth leaders.

    I urge the Barisan Nasional government to act swiftly and prudently on this matter as the rakyat is watching with great interest.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming


  • Call on the Malaysian and Singapore governments to work together to further human rights cooperation in ASEAN

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, in Kuala Lumpur on the 19th of May 2013

    Call on the Malaysian and Singapore governments to work together to further human rights cooperation in ASEAN

    The last two years have seen significant changes to the political landscape in Malaysia and Singapore. At least a hundred thousand Malaysians gathered in Kuala Lumpur for the third Bersih gathering on the 28th of April, 2012 and for the Himpunan Rakyat on the 12th of January, 2013. A few thousand Singaporeans gathered at Hong Lim Park in the heart of the city for a recent Labor Day protest.

    These demonstrations of citizen participation in the democratic process should be welcomed. They are part and parcel of the exercising of human rights including the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly.

    These rights are also part and parcel of the Asean Human Rights Declaration which was signed by all 10 members countries of ASEAN in November, 2012, at the 21st ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh in Cambodia.[1] Importantly, this declaration affirms all the civil and political rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    While this declaration is not legally binding, the spirit of the document is in the direction of improving the human rights record and legislation in all 10 ASEAN countries. I appeal to the governments of Malaysian and Singapore, as founding members of ASEAN, to play a key leadership role in in advocating for and protecting human rights in their own countries and also within the context of ASEAN. This is consistent with Article 39 of the Asean declaration which states that:

    “ASEAN Member States share a common interest in and commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms which shall be achieved through, inter alia, cooperation with one another as well as with relevant national, regional and international institutions/organisations, in accordance with the ASEAN Charter.”

    In the context of political events which have happened in both countries – the recent general elections in Malaysia and the recent arrest of 21 Malaysians in Singapore for protesting the results of the 13th general elections in Malaysia – I appeal to both governments not to forget the ASEAN declaration but instead work together to further the cause of human rights in both countries and also within ASEAN.

    In a demonstration of keeping with the spirit of the ASEAN declaration, I appeal to the Malaysian government to drop the charge against the recently elected Selangor state assembly representative for Seri Setia, Nik Nazmi, and not to charge others involved in the organization of the peaceful rally held in the Kelana Jaya stadium on the 8th of May, 2013. At the same time, I also appeal to the Singapore government not to revoke the employment passes of any of the 21 Malaysians involved in the peaceful gathering in Merlion Park in Singapore.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming

  • 道歉启事: 真心向蔡来发先生与其家人致歉

    日前于本月12日,本人向媒体表示有关于马来西亚政府于大选前夕涉嫌派发蓝身份证於外劳一案应该受到调查。有鉴于此,本人向媒体举例蔡来发先生(身份证号码:830914-14-6763)于2011年登记成为新选民,虽然拥有华裔姓名以及选举委员会记录显示蔡先生为华裔,但从身份证照片中显示蔡先生并不是一名华裔选民,以此为例质疑选举委员会。事后,本人才发现蔡先生因何拥有华裔姓名的原由,感到非常抱歉以及愧疚,本人对于此事责无旁贷,唯有寄此文致上万二分的歉意,向蔡先生以及其家人致歉。本人真诚希望可以亲自向蔡先生以及其家人亲口道歉,希望公众人士可以提供蔡先生的联络方式於以下电邮:ongkianming.office@gmail.com

  • Apologies to Mr Chua Lai Fatt and his family

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming on the 14th of May, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

    Apologies to Mr Chua Lai Fatt and his family

    On Sunday, 12th of May, 2013, I told the Chinese press that cases of foreigners being given Malaysian Blue ICs should be investigated. I gave them the example of a Mr. Chua Lai Fatt (IC: 830914-14-6763) who was registered to vote in 2011. Mr. Chua’s case was highlighted because although his name is a Chinese name and the Election Commission’s own records show that he is Chinese, Mr. Chua did not look Chinese based on his IC photo which was widely circulated online. I later found out that Mr. Chua was adopted by a Chinese family which explains why he has a Chinese name. I apologize profusely to Mr Chua and his family for this mistake on my part. I hope to reach out to Mr. Chua and his family to apologize in person, if possible. If you know how I can reach him or his family, please email me atongkianming.office@gmail.com.

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