Friday, March 24, 2006

An online petition to the Malaysian Government

To: The Malaysian Government
We, the undersigned, Malaysian men and women from all ethnic and faith backgrounds, are concerned about recent events and statements that undermine the supremacy of the Federal Constitution.
We wish to remind our national leaders that Article 4(1) emphatically
declares that the Constitution is the supreme law of the Federation and that the oath of office of all parliamentarians, cabinet ministers and judges is singularly to defend the Constitution.
Further, Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution states that 'Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation'.
The Federation of Malaya Constitutional Commission, 1956-57 Report, states that this Article 'shall not imply that the State is not a secular State'. The Supreme Court decision in Che Omar Che Soh (1988) reaffirmed that "the law in this country is still what it is today, secular law".
Yet, increasingly we hear claims that Malaysia is an Islamic state.Liberty and justice for all Malaysians may only effectively be realizedthrough an independent judiciary with full powers of review. Sadly,Malaysians have witnessed the abdication of this power by our judges largely due to an ill-conceived amendment to the Constitution in 1988. In recent cases in the High Courts, judges have declined to adjudicate on pressing issues simply because they involved some elements of Islamic law, leaving litigants without any remedy. This is a most unsatisfactory state of affairs and one which no civil society must endure.We recognise that the spirit of the Constitution encompasses universal values of democracy, good governance and respect for all. This is compatible with the principles of all faiths represented in Malaysia.
We therefore:
- call on the government and judiciary to uphold the supremacy of the Federal Constitution;
- call upon the government to ensure governance in accordance with the Federal Constitution and premised on the universal values of all Malaysian peoples;
- call upon the government to reaffirm that Malaysia shall not become a theocratic state;
- call upon the government to recognise the proper position of the judiciary within the Constitutional framework, as an independent and equal arm of Government.
The Undersigned Click to sign this petition

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Public Forum


The Government's recent pronouncements on both our water service system and our public health care system has left many unanswered questions. Early last year, the government announced a new health financing scheme, calling it the National Healthcare Fund. The Coalition Against Healthcare Privatisation comprising 82 organisations in Malaysia have been pursuing adialogue with the Ministry of Health and to date the coalition does not know exactly how the health financing scheme is going to take place. Information has been sparse at best and there is growing concern that this "Fund" will have far-reaching effects on the way health care is managed and delivered in Malaysia. To add to our concern, the Health Minister flatly denied any knowledge of the apointment of a consultant for the proposed scheme. At the same time certain government hospitals have already started their own small "private wings". Meanwhile The Coalition Against Water Privatisation (CAWP) has been urging the Government for a more tranparent and accountable public management of our water system. The goverment is proposing two water related bills i.e. The Water Services Industry Bill 2005 and The Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan AirNegar a Bill 2005. These two bills, not only do not guarantee that thewater services will not be privatised in the future, instead will paveway for steps to privatise water services.
The right to water and the right to an adequate and affordable healthcare system are our basic rights which must be guaranteed by the State. Efforts at privatisation of such fundamental issues will without doubt affect us all, more so those from the lower income group. The lack of information and transparency surrounding these efforts have caused added hardship for citizens who want to have a say in matters that directly impact their lives. The recently established Freedom of Information Coalition, a grouping of NGOs and individuals hopes to raise awareness among Malaysians our our right to know, our right toinformation and our right to public participation! As such The Coalition Against Water Privatisation, The Coalition against Healthcare Privatisation and The Freedom of Information Coalition wouldlike to invite you to attend a public forum which will discuss and examine these issues.
The details are as follows:
TIME:7:45PM - 10:00PM
For registration and further inquiries you may contact:
Cynthia Gabriel: 012 379 2189 -
Latheefa Koya: 012 3842 972

Friday, March 03, 2006

No money no talk!

The working class in Malaysia today would be bonded with Sam Hui's music, my favourite singer. His lyrics poked fun at ordinary life and complained of struggles. l'm glad that I'm a Cantonese who can appreciate his songs, also, he can bring out the plight of the poor in lively, soulful ballads, as well as poking fun at the rich, making satirical jokes about the rich and poor alike! Eventhough his songs are written for Hong Kong people, but yet we could share the same feeling as we are now living in a high price but low pay era....
Use these to sing along if you want.
Remember to include people saying "Chi Chi Chi Chi" and ":No money no talk" in the background throughout the song...
Sang Yat Yiu Tsin Dor (Always need more money)
Gone Shui Mud Doh Woh (No money everything is no luck)
Jeh Tsin Jui Tsit Doh (Borrowing money is dishonourably.... )
Pah Die Ai Kite Goh (Begging someone on your knees)
(Lyric of : Bon Kan Ba Leung)
我地呢班打工仔通街走 直頭係壞腸胃