“Is This A Developed Nation?”



On 7th March, over 10,000 Malaysians from all walks of life and socio-economic background gathered together and marched from Sogo to KLCC. I, too, was there. It was the most diverse group of people that I had seen taking to the streets since the last massive gatherings of Bersih 3 and Himpunan Rakyat at Stadium Merdeka.

Besides several isolated incidents, including that of a firecracker being let off in front of KLCC – no doubt the work of agents provocateur – the #KitaLawan march went of successfully, peacefully, and left a positive glow on all who were there.

Yet what happened and has been happening since then leaves a bitter taste in many mouthes. The police began rounding up the alleged organizers of #KitaLawan, and even released a threat-tinged statement to that effect. 

Among the first to be picked up was Saifullah Zulkifli, the PKR Kelana Jaya Youth Chief and a staffer in DS Anwar’s office. He was picked up near Masjid Jamek, where he had parked his car, by 8 (yes, eight) policemen who had been following him throughout the gathering. Thankfully his friend, a lawyer, was with him, and so we managed to hear from him immediately.

The following morning, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, PKR Youth Chief and Selangor State Exco, was giving his statement at the Dang Wangi IPD when he was told he was under arrest. He was subsequently held under remand for two days, because the police felt they needed to hold him to help with investigations into matters including – and I got this from his lawyer – alleged vandalism of a fast food outlet, alleged vandalism of a police car, alleged firing of a flare, and alleged breaking of a potted plant.

Nik Nazmi was held at the Jinjang Lockup Facility. When Nik Nazmi’s wife, Imaan, wanted to see him, the police only allowed her to meet him at around 5.30pm – after an entire day of waiting. Even then, he was dressed in the standard purple “uniform” of lockup denizens; he was also shoeless and handcuffed.

The next day, social media was abuzz with a picture of Nik Nazmi at Dang Wangi IPD, where he was to be questioned. Again, he was handcuffed and shoeless.

Not long after this picture went viral, people shared an image showing the difference in how he was treated by the police compared to former Selangor Menteri Besar, Khir Toyo.

Then, the message from Nik Nazmi’s mom to him went viral in Whatsapp:

“Stay strong my son we will continue to pray for you it breaks my heart to see you shoeless in prison attire and being handcuffed i will never forget what the government is doing to my son he looks like a criminal even before being charged may Allah keep you strong. – Puan Nik Rahimah Nik Mahmood”

When my mom saw the picture of Nik Nazmi shoeless and handcuffed, she was furious. So much so that, despite being in hospital for an eye procedure, she practically forced me to write the following in my Facebook page:

“In my opinion, can’t the former (Selangor DUN) Speaker and current State Exco (i.e. Nik Nazmi) be given some leeway to be questioned at the IPD; there is no necessity to put him the in lockup (in Jinjang). Because, if I’m not wrong, the IPD has facilities for people to stay overnight while being questioned.

Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and other senior civil servants have never been put in the lockup while being investigated. In fact I recall even a Perak royalty who was being investigated in a murder case was not put in the lockup. I know this because the police told me so, when I was Director General of the Legal Affairs Division (BHEUU) at the Prime Minister’s Department.

When I was the DG then, I always visited lockups and prisons. I always objected to suspects being treated as though they have already been convicted. Shoeless, handcuffed, like they have no pride (harga diri). Is this what is meant by a developed nation? I have always objected even from back then!”

(Yes, that’s my mother!)

While Nik Nazmi was released after 2 days, there remains the question of his treatment. I hope this episode gives us the opportunity to ask if this is how we should treat not only our elected representatives, but also people who are under remand in general.

See you at the next #KitaLawan “get-together”!



Zahid Perlu Perjelas Status Kewarganegaraan Paul Phua

KENYATAAN MEDIA
ZAHID PERLU PERJELAS STATUS KEWARGANEGARAAN PAUL PHUA
Minggu lalu sebuah laman web telah membuat laporan berita yang berkata bahawa Paul Phua Wei-Seng, yang sedang didakwa di sebuah mahkamah di Amerika Syarikat, adalah seorang warganegara Montenegro. 
Laporan tersebut mengatakan beliau telah mendapat kewarganegaraan Montenegro di antara Oktober 2013 dan Oktober 2014, iaitu sebelum surat bertarikh 18 Disember 2014 yang ditulis Dato’ Seri Zahid Hamidi kepada pihak Federal Bureau of Investigations, Amerika Syarikat.
Dalam surat tersebut, Dato’ Seri Zahid telah berkata, antara lainnya:
“Mr Phua has, on numerous occassions, assisted the Government of Malaysia on projects affecting our national security and accordingly we continue to call upon him to assist us from time to time…”
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“… we are eager for him to return to Malaysia.”
Mengikut Perkara 24 (1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan:
“Jika Kerajaan Persekutuan berpuas hati bahawa mana-mana warganegara telah memperoleh kewarganegaraan mana-mana negara di luar Persekutuan melalui pendaftaran, penaturalisasian atau perbuatan sukarela dan formal yang lain (selain perkahwinan) maka Kerajaan Persekutuan boleh melalui perintah melucutkan kewarganegaraan orang itu.”
Maka, jika laporan berita ini benar, status kewarganegaraan Paul Phua boleh dipersoal. Ini membawa implikasi yang cukup serius dan membangkitkan soalan-soalan berikut:
1) Adakah Paul Phua Wei-Seng masih seorang warganegara Malaysia?
2) Adakah Dato’ Seri Zahid tahu status kewarganegaraan Paul Phua Wei-Seng sewaktu beliau menulis surat kepada pihak FBI?
3) Jika Paul Phua bukan lagi warganegara Malaysia, adakah beliau masih membantu Kerajaan Malaysia di dalam “projek-projek yang melibatkan keselamatan negara”?
Saya percaya rakyat Malaysia mahu Dato’ Seri Zahid memberikan satu penjelasan yang menyeluruh mengenai isu ini.
Fahmi Fadzil
Pengarah Komunikasi
Naib Ketua AMK
4 Mac 2015

Kenyataan Pra-matang Najib Tentang Sirul Mencurigakan dan Wajib Disiasat

KENYATAAN MEDIA

Kenyataan Pra-matang Najib Tentang Sirul Mencurigakan dan Wajib Disiasat

Kenyataan DS Najib Razak hari ini bahawa mustahil (“utter rubbish”) Sirul “bertindak mengikut arahan” (“acted under orders”) untuk membunuh Altantuya Sharibuu adalah satu kenyataan yang pra-matang, mencurigakan dan wajib disiasat Polis Di-Raja Malaysia.

Ini kerana DS Najib sebelum ini pernah mengaku malah bersumpah tidak mengenali wanita bernama Altantuya Sharibuu; jika benar beliau tidak mengenali dan tiada apa-apa kaitan, mengapa beliau memberi komen sebegini? Dan adakah beliau mempunyai maklumat lebih dari apa yang diketahui umum tentang perlakuan Sirul sehingga dapat memberi kesimpulan sebegitu?

Komen ini menimbulkan satu persepsi di khalayak ramai bahawa ada sesuatu yang tidak kena di dalam isu ini.

Sama seperti rakan-rakan dalam Pakatan Rakyat, saya juga berharap pihak berkuasa tidak akan berlengah untuk menyiasat perkara ini.

Fahmi Fadzil
Pengarah Komunikasi
Naib Ketua Angkata Muda KEADILAN

19 Februari 2015

Malaysia Perlu Lebih Ramai Fahmi Zainol

KENYATAAN MEDIA

Malaysia Perlu Lebih Ramai Fahmi Zainol

Tindakan Universiti Malaya menggantung Fahmi Zainol selama dua semester dan didenda RM600 dan menggantung Safwan Shamsuddin selama satu semesta dan didenda RM300 selain daripada tindakan disiplin ke atas beberapa orang mahasiswa berkait program “40 Tahun Dari UM ke Penjara” membuka mata rakyat Malaysia kepada krisis pentadbiran institusi pendidikan tinggi di negara ini.

Tindakan ke atas mahasiswa-mahasiswa ini wajar dikecam seluruh rakyat Malaysia dan para mahasiswa khususnya, kerana ia menjadi bukti para pentadbir universiti tidak menghormati hak asasi mahasiswa untuk berkumpul dan bersuara, malah menidakkan kebolehan mahasiswa untuk berfikir dan bertindak dengan matang.

Saya cukup kesal kerana dengan tindakan ini para pentadbir UM seakan mahu mahasiswa hidup di bawah tempurung, tidak berinteraksi dengan masyarakat dan realiti sosio-politik semasa dan hanya menjadi pak turut robotik dengan mengiakan apa sahaja yang diarah pemerintah, walaupun ianya salah atau zalim.

Adakah budaya fobia pentadbir ini mampu melahirkan rakyat Malaysia yang berupaya menghadapi cabaran dan krisis di peringkat antarabangsa?

Adakah tindakan disiplin ini menyampaikan mesej yang baik kepada dunia akademik, bahawa institusi pengajian tinggi tertua di Malaysia begitu lemah dan takut akan mahasiswa sehingga ia tidak berani memberi ruang untuk pertentangan idea yang sihat?

Malaysia perlukan lebih ramai Fahmi Zainol dan Safwan Shamsuddin: anak-anak muda yang berani bangkit bersuara kerana kezaliman dan ketidakadilan yang berlaku di depan mata. Anak-anak muda lah yang menjadi hati nurani (conscience) masyarakat dan menjadi penggerak perubahan.

Tatkala negara menghadapi pelbagai krisis – ekonomi, kepimpinan politik dan sebagainya – anak muda lah yang menjadi pencetus semangat “nahdah”, yakni “kebangkitan” atau “renaissance“, menuju Malaysia yang lebih baik. Mungkin inilah islah yang ditakuti para zalimun.

Universiti bukan kilang, Mahasiswa bukan robot!

Fahmi Fadzil
Naib Ketua AMK

10 Disember 2014

DBKL and other local councils must invest in more arborists, more sustainable arboreal policies

PRESS STATEMENT

DBKL and other local councils must invest in more arborists, more sustainable arboreal policies

The latest news that two policemen killed by an uprooted tree in Kg Attap is both regrettable and a cause for great concern, amidst the increase in sudden intense wind and storm activities in the Klang Valley.

This incident also calls to question whether KL City Hall (DBKL) has sufficient expertise (particularly arborists) to handle trees in the city and who are able to ensure that trees in this metropolis are not only beautiful but also grow safely.

Until May 2014, according to news reports, there are only 75 certified arborists in Malaysia; 9 are in Putrajaya, and only 4 in DBKL. (As a comparison, Singapore has 400 arborists.) This low figure is absolutely abysmal and calls to question claims of making Kuala Lumpur a “green city”.

DBKL and its “green-conscious” mayor, Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal must not only take the kind of immediate actions to mitigate this matter as they already have, such as by identifying the three locations with trees that may be hazardous to the public, but also review current by-laws and policies to put in place a more holistic arboreal policy, and not one where trees are lobbed off and butchered with little care as we have seen all this while.

As such, I call on DBKL to immediately increase the total number of arborists in its employ. This will put in place the basic resources that will help, alongside other sustainable policies, ensure that Kuala Lumpur possesses a sustainable approach to handling trees vis-a-vis rapid development is also firmly in place.

Trees are not only our heritage, but also an important resource for the future.

Fahmi Fadzil
AMK Vice Chief
AMK Lembah Pantai Chief

20 October 2014

Umno Cheras Tidak Faham Undang-Undang

KENYATAAN MEDIA

UMNO CHERAS TIDAK FAHAM UNDANG-UNDANG

Saya rujuk kenyataan Ketua Bahagian Umno Cheras, DS Syed Ali AlHabshee semalam yang berkata kempen #RakyatHakimNegara tidak wajar diadakan kerana mempersenda badan kehakiman negara.

Kenyataan beliau itu menunjukkan beliau masih mengamalkan budaya politik kuno yang tidak mahu sesiapa mempersoal apa-apa pun, dan membayangkan beliau tidak faham perlembagaan dan undang-undang sedia ada.

Hak untuk berhimpun secara aman dan hak untuk bersuara atau menyatakan pandangan adalah hak asasi yang termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Malah mempersoal sistem atau undang-undang adalah asas dan tunjang demokrasi yang perlu dijunjung dan dihidupkan; dari semangat mempersoal sesuatu inilah kepentingan rakyat dapat dibela dan dijamin, dan kezaliman ditentang.

Rakyat Malaysia tidak harus takut atau gentar untuk bersama-sama menyatakan pendirian mereka dan menyokong Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada 28 dan 29 Oktober ini. Ayuh, Rakyat Hakim Negara!

Fahmi Fadzil
Naib Ketua AMK

16 Oktober 2014

Kenyataan Ku Nan tentang kenapa harga barang naik tidak bertanggungjawab

KENYATAAN MEDIA
19 Januari 2014

KENYATAAN KU NAN TENTANG KENAPA HARGA BARANG NAIK TIDAK BERTANGGUNGJAWAB

Kenyataan yang dibuat DS Tengku Adnan semalam yang menyelar ‘orang tengah’ yang kononnya cuba menimbulkan kebencian terhadap kerajaan BN adalah kenyataan yang tidak bertanggungjawab, tidak berasas dan amat dikesali, lebih-lebih lagi apabila Menteri membuat andaian bahawa pihak yang menaikkan harga adalah terdiri daripada penyokong Pakatan Rakyat.

Kenyataan Menteri ini adalah cubaan untuk mengalih pandangan umum daripada isu sebenar, bahawa kenaikan harga barang timbul daripada kegagalan dasar pentadbiran DS Najib Razak untuk menangani kenaikan inflasi yang mendadak. Ketua Pembangkang DS Anwar Ibrahim telah mengingatkan rakyat dalam kenyataan beliau tempoh hari bahawa kadar inflasi di Malaysia telah meningkat dari 1.2% pada Disember 2012 ke 2.9% pada November 2013, iaitu peningkatan 2.4 kali ganda.

Ku Nan dan kerajaan UMNO-BN perlu menghentikan retorik yang tidak berasas seperti ini dan sebaliknya berusaha untuk mengetengahkan idea-idea dan dasar-dasar yang dapat menangani isu inflasi dengan efektif. Harga petrol patut diturunkan, monopoli gula yang dipegang Syed Mokhtar perlu dipecahkan, dan pelbagai kenaikan yang dicadangkan seperti kadar tol, tarif elektrik, dan cukai GST wajib ditarikbalik. Sekurang-kurangnya kerajaan UMNO-BN wajib menangani ketirisan dan rasuah yang mengakibatkan berbilion ringgit wang Rakyat lesap begitu sahaja, seperti yang dilaporkan saban tahun dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara.

Fahmi Fadzil
Pengarah Komunikasi KEADILAN

PRESS STATEMENT
19 January 2014

STATEMENT BY KU NAN ON REASON FOR PRICE INCREASE IS IRRESPONSIBLE

The statement made by DS Tengku Adnan yesterday that claimed ‘middlemen’ were inciting hatred towards the Barisan Nasional government is irresponsible, unfounded and regrettable, especially when the minister assumes that those raising prices were Pakatan Rakyat supporters.

The minister’s statement is a blatant attempt to shift the public’s attention away from the crux of the matter, which is that prices have shot up due to the failure of the Najib administration’s failure to implement policies that can effectively keep inflation in check. As highlighted by the Leader of the Opposition, DS Anwar Ibrahim several days ago, inflation in Malaysia has increased 2.4 times between December 2012 (1.2%) and November 2013 (2.9%).

Instead of employing baseless rhetoric like this, Ku Nan and the UMNO-BN government should instead seriously endeavor to put forward ideas and policies that can effectively attend to the issue of rising inflation. Petrol prices should be dropped, the sugar monopoly held by Syed Mokhtar should be broken, and the various proposals to increase toll rates, electricity tariffs, and the GST should be withdrawn. At the very least, UMNO-BN should focus all its energy on combating leakages and corruption that has cost the Rakyat billions each year, as reported in the Auditor-General’s Report.

Fahmi Fadzil
KEADILAN Communications Director