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Invitation to Public Forum on Judicial Crisis – How to Stop the ROT?

Institut Kajian Dasar (IKD) would like to invite all Malaysians to discuss a critical issue, i.e. How to stop the ROT in our judicial system. We are honored and delighted to invite our Former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas to be one of our speakers. This is the first time he speaks out after the infamous Lingam Tape broke into news.

 

Several other distinguished speakers are Former Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Shaik Daud, Bar Council Vice President Ragunath Kesavan, and Former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Human Rights lawyer Sivarasa Rasiah will be moderating this forum.

 

The Details of this program are as below:

 

How to Stop the ROT?

Public Forum on Judicial Crisis

 

Date: 16/11/2007 (Friday)

Time: 8 – 10 pm

Venue: Federal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur (35, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur)

Admission is Free. All are welcome

 

Speakers:

Tun Salleh Abbas (former Lord President)

Datuk Shaik Daud (former Court of Appeal Judge)

Ragunath Kesavan (Vice President of Bar Council)

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (former Deputy Prime Minister, Advisor to KeADILan)

Moderator:

Sivarasa Rasiah (Human Rights Lawyer)

 

Please invite members of your organization, members of the public, friends and family to attend this important event.

Khalid Jaafar

Executive Director

Institut Kajian Dasar

November 14, 2007 - Posted by | Politics

6 Comments »

  1. “Only the defeated and deserters go to the wars,
    cowards that run away and enlist.”
    “Men make an arbitrary code, and because it is not right,
    they try to make it prevail by might.
    The moral law does not want any champion.
    Its asserters do not go to war.
    It was never infringed with impunity.”
    “The law will never make men free;
    it is men who have got to make the law free.
    They are the lovers of law and order,
    who observe the law when the government breaks it. ”
    “If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year,
    that would not be a violent and bloody measure,
    as it would be to pay them, and enable the State
    to commit violence and shed innocent blood.
    This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution,
    if any such is possible.”
    Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight. If the alternative is to keep all just men in prison, or give up war and slavery, the State will not hesitate which to choose.

    Comment by red53 | November 14, 2007

  2. It’s nothing to die; it’s frightful not to live. (Victor Hugo)
    What is the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care. Do you realize that scientists discovered a cure for apathy? But no one cares! Lastly, a public service announcement: The Apathy Anonymous meeting was canceled due to lack of interest.

    If you haven’t figured it out yet, I was only joking. Yet, there’s nothing funny about apathy, so let me get serious. The word has its origin in Greek and literally means “without feelings.” Isn’t that a description of the dead? That was what Victor Hugo was referring to when he wrote, “It’s nothing to die; it’s frightful not to live.” In other words, we should not be afraid of dying, but not living. The apathetic are alive, but without feelings, so they are not living. They are the living dead.

    Here’s what the psychoanalyst Erich Fromm (1900-1980) had to say about the subject, “… In the 19th century the problem was that God is dead; in the 20th century the problem is that man is dead …” He calls apathy a problem for a good reason. It is a double-edged sword that wounds both the apathetic and the society in which they live. For example, although nuclear weapons cannot destroy democracy, voter apathy can! Such is the horrific negative power of apathy. As the world’s leading democratic country, The U.S., prepares to go to the polls, voter turnout is expected to be about 36%. Wouldn’t you call that a wakeup call?

    What is the cause of apathy? It is often frustration and a sense of powerlessness that causes people to withdraw from life. However, the ultimate cause is their attitude, the way they react to the changing world. Let’s take a look at a specific example.

    Jan has recently learned that her company has been bought by another company. Within a month, she and her coworkers will learn who among them will be hired by the new company and who will lose their jobs. Overnight their sense of security has been shattered. They are experiencing apprehension and frustration. They feel that they have lost control over their lives. They complain and disengage from activity. “If the company doesn’t care about me, why should I care about it? What’s the point of working when I’m probably going to lose my job anyway?”

    This is an example of worker apathy. The staff has been reduced to a bunch of zombies. No one is doing their job. They are just putting in their time until that fateful day when they learn whether they have a job in the new company. There is one exception, however. And that is Jan. She is different. She has a different attitude and is living proof that apathy is not caused by events, but by our reaction to events.

    Like her coworkers, Jan was disappointed to hear the news. But she wasn’t completely taken by surprise because she understands nothing is permanent, including her life. She also understands that adversity is our friend. Because it makes us stronger. By being forced to adapt, she will grow more flexible and knowledgeable. This is not to say she has no pain. But, again, she’s not complaining because she realizes pain is part of life. Like a child, she feels the fun of life more than compensates for the unavoidable scratches and bruises, which will heal anyway. She is also like the Japanese Daruma doll, which no matter how many times it is knocked down, just keeps rising.

    Rather than look into the future with dread, she recalls her many happy memories with the company and is grateful for the opportunities she had. Not certain that she will be hired by the new company, she starts networking, putting out the word that she may become available. Because she is a hard worker and has a positive attitude, she has a wide circle of friends, which now come in handy. During her off-hours she scans The Internet and newspapers, looking for opportunities. She also updates her resume. Unlike her coworkers and because of her activity and attitude, she doesn’t share the feelings of hopelessness, loss of control, or apathy.

    As Jan continues to work as hard as ever, she realizes she has made a big contribution to what will soon become her former employer. She looks forward to playing a vital role in another company. This enthusiasm, by the way, is the opposite of and the cure for apathy.

    Other causes and cures of apathy

    Student apathy. The fear of being ridiculed or rejected by their peers sometimes prevents students from candidly offering their opinions. Yet, if they were to courageously give their views, they would earn the respect of their classmates and teachers. Another form of student apathy is lack of involvement in the student government and other activities. This can often be overcome by an invitation to participate by members of the faculty. When a teacher asks someone to join the student council, there is the implication that they are being asked because of their leadership qualities. This is often enough to motivate the student to join in.

    The media. In their quest for higher ratings, the media keeps pushing the boundary of what is suitable for viewing. Skeleton-like starving children, people being burned alive or falling from buildings, or endless rows of bodies in a foreign battlefield. These and other images appear on our TV screens so often that they seem to represent the norm, rather than the exception. If it’s normal, why be concerned? If we’re not desensitized, we deliberately shut those images out of our mind to avoid the pain of thinking about the suffering of others. What the media needs to do is switch the focus from the news of people suffering to the news of people helping those who suffer. When we focus on people like Mother Teresa, other missionaries, and charitable organizations, we inspire participation rather than dropping out.

    Overwhelming problems. Because of the vast number of problems facing society, we feel overwhelmed, which leads to paralysis. Peace in the middle east and elsewhere, the nuclear threat, which still remains; poverty, homelessness, crime, global warming, pollution, the growing ineffectiveness of antibiotics, corporate downsizing and reliance on part-time workers, animal rights, euthanasia, capital punishment, and countless other problems haunt us. But we need not give up. True, the limited nature of our lives makes it impossible to do EVERYTHING, but we can do SOMETHING. And if each of us were to do something, the number of problems would lessen or their effects would decrease.

    We are social creatures and need one another for survival. So, let’s get involved and do our part. “The world is a dangerous place to live;” said Albert Einstein, “not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” We need to take sides and stand up for what’s right. Apathy and neutrality oppresses the victims, and silence encourages their tormentors. We are guilty of complicity in the suffering of others when we are indifferent to their pain. Scientists discovered a cure for apathy. It’s called involvement. Who cares? We do, so let’s continue to make a difference.

    Comment by motai | November 14, 2007

  3. Elvis Presely

    It’s now or never,
    come hold me tight
    Kiss me my darling,
    be mine tonight
    Tomorrow will be too late,
    it’s now or never
    My love won’t wait.

    When I first saw you
    with your smile so tender
    My heart was captured,
    my soul surrendered
    I’d spend a lifetime
    waiting for the right time
    Now that your near
    the time is here at last.

    It’s now or never,
    come hold me tight
    Kiss me my darling,
    be mine tonight
    Tomorrow will be too late,
    it’s now or never
    My love won’t wait.

    Just like a willow,
    we would cry an ocean
    If we lost true love
    and sweet devotion
    Your lips excite me,
    let your arms invite me
    For who knows when
    we’ll meet again this way

    It’s now or never,
    come hold me tight
    Kiss me my darling,
    be mine tonight
    Tomorrow will be too late,
    it’s now or never
    My love won’t wait.

    Comment by motai | November 14, 2007

  4. Mass rally wake up call to gov’t
    by Baradan Kuppusamy
    KUALA LUMPUR – The biggest public protest in a decade that saw over 30,000 people braving riot police and tear gas on the weekend demanding fraud-free elections was no less than a public cry for real democratic change, say observers.
    “The protest is not just about fair elections but also about respect for human rights. They also want laws that are against human rights repealed. They want a corruption-free judiciary. They want free and fair elections. They want policies that respect minorities.

    They want power restored to the cowed parliament,” said James Wong, political analyst with Malaysiakini.com, an independent online news provider.

    “The protest has clearly shaken the government,” he told IPS. “Instead of listening to the voice of the people the authorities want to start criminal prosecution against the organisers, against parents and students who took part and against journalists who reported the protest.”

    “Such a reaction will only harden the resolve of democracy activists to press for genuine reforms,” Wong said.

    The Nov. 11 protest was widely reported by the global media. But at home it was played down and even misreported by the government controlled media which showed concern for traffic jams and loss in profits caused by traders pulling down the shutters for a few hours.

    Significantly, the rally came on the heels of another protest by 2,000 lawyers led by the Malaysian Bar on Sep. 26. They marched several kilometres from the Palace of Justice to Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s office in the administrative capital of Putra Jaya to demand a corruption-free judiciary.

    The lawyers’ ‘Walk for Justice’ was the second such protest in 50 years as an independent nation.

    The authorities did their best to stop Sunday’s rally that was organised by four main opposition political parties led by de-facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and a coalition of 67 civil rights non-governmental organisations gathered under a coalition called ‘Bersih’.

    The protestors marched about five km from the city centre to the palace to submit a memorandum to the king, urging him to intervene and ensure the upcoming 12th general elections, widely expected before March 2008, are fraud-free and played out on a level playing field.

    Specifically Bersih wants the Election Commission, whose independence is strenuously questioned by the political opposition, to remove phantom voters from the electoral rolls, use indelible ink to prevent illegal and multiple voting, ensure equal access to media for all political parties and abolish postal voting which, opposition lawmakers say, the government frequently abuses.

    Instead of allowing the protest to go on as advised by both domestic and international civil rights activists, the authorities did their best to frighten people into not attending. Badawi, who saw the rally as a challenge to his authority, personally weighed in warning people to stay home.

    “I don’t like being challenged, don’t challenge me,” Badawi said on the eve of the protest and was dutifully given wide coverage by the mainstream media. Police cordoned off Dataran Merdeka (independence square), put up roadblocks on all main roads leading into the city and at one stage even stopped trains. But nothing stopped people from turning up.

    “This is a historic occasion. Despite everything thrown at us the rally is an unqualified success,” Ibrahim said when contacted later.

    Political analysts widely see the turnout out as a face-off between Ibrahim and Badawi with the Prime Minister blinking first.

    Although the government is publicly rattling the sabre and throwing ‘extremist’ labels at Bersih, privately, senior officials said, the government is shaken by the scale of protest and the deep grievances it has exposed.

    Not since the sacking of Ibrahim as deputy prime minister in 1998 has the country seen public anger on this scale. At that time the anger was directed at former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and the brutal way he used the police, judiciary and local media against Ibrahim, then his deputy.

    This time the focus is Badawi, who earlier enjoyed an image as the ‘gentle father of the nation’, but is increasingly under attack for failing to deliver on his many promises to reform society.

    “It is significant that many of the protestors this time were young, working class Malays, compared to the English-educated elite who took to the streets for Anwar (Ibrahim) a decade ago,” said a political science lecturer at the National University of Malaysia who declined to be named for fear of reprisals.

    Many of the protestors were poor, urban Malays who, despite Badawi’s promises, have difficulties making ends meet, with private sector wages stagnant and the cost of living escalating.

    “They hold low-paying jobs and live in cramped, cheap flats outside the city and stare at a bleak future,” he told IPS.

    “These are the people the NEP (New Economic Policy) has left behind,” he said referring to affirmative action policy designed to help Malays advance, but according to Ibrahim and others, has been “hijacked” by the ruling Malay elite for their own enrichment.

    A host of pent up grievances are behind the show of public defiance last week, civil rights activists say.

    “People are angry over the extreme racism, the religious intolerance, judicial corruption and lack of governance, transparency and accountability,” said human rights lawyer Haris Ibrahim. “People are worried where the country is heading…who is in charge, really?”

    Beth Yahp, a Malaysian author, wrote a blisteringly critical open letter to Badawi urging him to “fully and fairly endorse and practice democracy…that is, democracy for everyone, not just a powerful few.”

    The European Commission’s envoy to Malaysia, Thierry Rommel, who ended his four-year tour of duty this week, told Reuters, “…this country still lives under emergency. ”

    “It is not a secret that elections are not fair,” he said. “There’s a significant part of the population that feels their voice is not really heard because of the way elections are managed,” he added. “They feel locked out.”

    With Badawi likely to call elections soon political experts expect more protests — and tougher police reaction — as the government hardens its stance in the face of the opposition’s demands for greater democracy. -IPS

    Comment by uremaikural | November 16, 2007

  5. The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.

    WINSTON CHURCHILL

    Comment by r | November 17, 2007

  6. hello, i’m lizzy!

    Comment by lizzyfirt | January 7, 2008


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