Monday, September 24, 2012

Forum on Police Brutality & Killings, 26 Sept (Wed)

Who’s accountable? When will it all stop?

Date: 26 September 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Pusat Rakyat LoyarBurok
3-4 (Tingkat 4), Jalan Bangsar Utama 3
Bangsar Utama, 59000
Kuala Lumpur
Panel of Speakers
Phil Robertson
Deputy Asia Director, Human Rights Watch
Co-founder & Adviser, Lawyers for Liberty
Nalini Elumalai
Executive Director, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
Over the last decade, hundreds of people have died in police custody and shooting but yet there is little accountability, transparency or any real investigations by the authorities responsible, namely the courts, police, Attorney-General’s Chambers and hospitals which provided medical assistance or conducted post-mortems.
Despite the obvious seriousness of any extra judicial killings, these important state institutions in most, if not all of these cases, chose to downplay, ignore, cover up or even make outrageous claims over these deaths – causing these institutions to lose credibility and public confidence.
The Government absolutely refused to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) and continuously and blindly supported the police irrespective of whatever crimes, wrongdoings and abuses they have perpetrated.
No amount of police public relations exercise, rebranding, tweeting and face booking can restore public confidence in the police. Listen to the speakers discussing who’s accountable and when will it all stop.
For more information, please contact:
Eric Paulsen –             017-6768 106
Afiq M Noor – 010-3666 434;


Forum Awam

Keganasan & Pembunuhan Polis
Siapa bertanggungjawabBila ianya akan berakhir?

Tarikh : 26 September 2012 (Rabu)
Masa: 8:00 ptg– 10:00 ptg
Tempat: Pusat Rakyat LoyarBurok
3-4 (Tingkat 4), Jalan Bangsar Utama 3
Bangsar Utama, 59000
Kuala Lumpur

Phil Robertson
Timbalan Pengarah (Bahagian Asia), Human Rights Watch
Pengasas Bersama & Penasihat, Lawyers for Liberty
Nalini Elumalai
Pengarah Eksekutif, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

Lebih sedekad yang lalu, beratus-ratus orang telah mati dalam tahanan polis dan ditembakmati tetapi sehingga sekarang masih belum ada akauntabiliti, ketelusan atau apa-apasiasatan sebenar yang dijalankan oleh pihak berkuasa yang bertanggungjawab, sepertimahkamah, polis, Jabatan Peguam Negara dan hospital sewaktu memberikan bantuanperubatan atau menjalankan bedah siasat.

Walaupun jelas serius, pembunuhan yang tidak mengikut lunas undang-undang ini masihdidiamkan oleh badan-badan penting yang memilih untuk meremehkan, mengabaikandan menutup salahlaku ini dan selanjutnya menyebabkan institusi-institusi penting ini hilangkredibiliti dan keyakinan awam.

Kerajaan benar-benar enggan untuk menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Bebas bagi MenyiasatAduan dan Salahlaku Polis (IPCMC) dan secara berterusan dan membuta tulimemberikan sokongan kepada polis tanpa mengira jenayah, salah laku dan penyelewenganyang telah dilakukan oleh mereka.

Dengan pelbagai program perhubungan awam, penjenamaan semula, penggunaan twitterdan facebook masih tidak dapat  mengembalikan dan memulihkan keyakinan orang ramaiterhadap polis. Para panelis akan membincangkan siapa yang bertanggungjawab danbilakah ianya akan berakhir.

Untuk maklumat lanjut sila hubungi:
Eric Paulsen -             017-6768 106
Afiq M Noor – 010-3666

Thursday, September 13, 2012





这类故事,那刹时刻还真赚人热泪的。这也是为什么我拒绝修读家庭法(Family Law)的其中一个原因;而那原因是I can't leave my heart at home when I do Family Law。古语曰:清官难审家庭事。更何况,我不是清官,也不懂处理家庭事。于是,我便向资深的同事协助询问。



Married Women and Children (Maintenance Act) 1950 第3(2)条文表示:

“If any person neglects or refuses to maintain an illegitimate child of his which is unable to maintain itself, a court, upon due proof thereof, may order such person to make such monthly allowance, as to the court seems reasonable”


(二)不能被寻找(广东话叫走佬 / 著草);





Friday, September 7, 2012

The Batang Kali Massacre – Battle Continues

My article being published on LoyarBurok :


A reminder to all of the tragedy at Batang Kali, and how we continue to remember those lives unjustly taken.
Youngsters dislike history. To be frank, we don’t bother with “his-story” because we have nothing to do with it. However, some historic injustices which do not often surface have to be revealed, especially when it involves the relationship between Great Britain and Her Majesty’s previous colony – our beloved Malaysia. (In case you have forgotten secondary school history lessons, Malaysia formerly was known as “the Federation of Malaya”.)
This story begins with a group of 24 unarmed Batang Kali (located at Ulu Yam) male villagers who were shot dead by the Second Battalion of the Scot Guards. They were deployed to the said village to combat an insurgency and threat of communism at that point in time. Scot Guards were under the command and control of the British Army, who claimed that the twenty-four innocent men were part of the communists or bandits, and as such were subjected to cruel and deliberate execution at the will of the Scot Guards.
Up till this stage of the story, I try to KISS. (Keep It Short & Simple)
The resulting widows and fatherless children sought help from the Chinese Consular-General to communicate the unlawful killings to the British Government. The outcome of this was two uncompleted investigations,  with the British Government never once hesitating to maintain its initial account of events, regardless of repeated waves of petitions, demonstrations and even an official meeting with Her Majesty’s High Commissioner at Jalan Ampang. The victims’ families demanded for a genuine apology, and urged the British Government to admit to the true facts of history.
Despite the extreme cost of legal services to be carried out and the potential claims to be made by UK’s Treasury Solicitor, the claimants were encouraged by the British Ministers’ attempts to evade legal responsibility for the killings by arguing that the Selangor Sultan was the one who commanded the troops. Thus, with the aid of Bindmans LLP and legal aid from the UK, the claimants filed for a judicial review of the British Government’s position on the unlawful killings.
This made me recall my first subject I learned in law – UK’s Public Law (formerly known as Constitutional and Administrative Law). I learnt numerous human rights cases, from lower courts up to the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg. I understood the importance of and respected the spirit of the Human Rights Act 1998.
But today, I received a disappointing judgement from the Queens Bench Division’s President – Sir John Thomas – and Mr Justice Treacy.  Truth is, we have lost the battle. The Court refused to carry out a full inquiry on the massacre. However on a brighter note, it may be said that our efforts paid off in the sense that the Court acknowledged and admitted certain key facts, which overturned the untruthful allegations made by the Ministers. The twenty-four men were neither communists nor bandits. Although the Court gave the red light to establishing a public inquiry, the Judges decisively found the British Government to be responsible for the deaths.
Human rights is not an abstract end-product; it is a spirit and legal morale to be upheld by everyone. I learnt that one of the victims was found beheaded, and felt much sympathy towards his family. It is noted that the British Government apologized for the Bloody Sunday incident, but not for Batang Kali. Although the Court rejected the claimants’ application on technical grounds, they were never deprived of alternatives as the Court of Appeal would be the next option.
This is the first time Malaysians challenged a court case without any help from the government.
And the battle will be continued.

P.S. The author is attached with the victims’ families’ legal representative – Messrs Halim Hong & Quek.


估想不到,反莱纳斯运动会有今天的局面。当第一批稀土原料抵达关丹港口时,整个局势的发展届时预计将一发不可收拾。从2008年反内安法令游行至最近的Bersih 3.0,反稀土运动组织所发起的人墙将可能是国内最大的民间组织运动。

政府在面对人民那浪潮般的反对声中丝毫不妥协,仍然以足够的安全评估机制和废物管理系统的理由继续让莱纳斯运作。这一点,以被原子能局所发出的临时营运准证(Temporary Operating License)而证实。