10 December 2018
9 December 2018
Free Malaysia Today
A dare to Hisham: Don’t edit Bersih video
DAP says the Home Minister should release all 73 hours of video available to him if he truly wants the people to judge for themselves what actually happened on April 28.
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP today challenged Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to release, unedited, all 73 hours of video footage of the April 28 Bersih rally that the police have in their possession.
Party strongman Lim Kit Siang issued the challenge in reaction to reports that the Home Ministry would release an edited clip on its website. Initial reports said the clip would be posted today, but ministry sources subsequently said the upload has been postponed to a date to be announced this afternoon.
Bersih 3.0 Semangat Bersih, Harapan Negara
Bersih 3.0: Three times more tear-gas than Bersih 2.0
- S Pathmawathy
- 3:09PM Jun 11, 2012
Three times more tear-gas munitions were used against Bersih 3.0 rally-goers on April 28 than in the previous demonstration for clean and fair elections.
Replying to Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah), the Home Ministry said 909 tear-smoke shells (TS shells) – which are fired with tear-gas launchers – and 58 tear-smoke grenades (TS grenades) – which are hand thrown – were used against the protesters.
The government also incurred a loss of RM1.8 million from the “illegal rally”, added minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
During the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9 last year, 262 tear gas canisters had been used to disperse more than 10,000 protesters.
In another written reply, the minister said only two police personnel were identified to have acted outside the standard operating procedures (SOP).
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Lim Kit Siang says:
The Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has announced that a compilation of videos on the Bersih 3.0 rally would be uploaded on the Home Ministry website today for public viewing to enable people to see the events that occurred during the rally.
He said: “With the video recording, the people can make their own judgement based on facts and not other consideration.”
This is a most deplorable development post-Bersih 3.0, as it is continuation of the vilification and demonization campaign launched by the Barisan Nasional government against Bersih 3.0 and Pakatan Rakyat after April 28, like the 30-minute documentary “Bersih 3.0 itu Kotor” telecast on TV1 on Sunday, 13th May which only antagonised and turned off the hundreds of thousands of Malaysians who had gathered peacefully in Kuala Lumpur in support of the Bersih 3.0 call for a clean election.
The priority duty of Hishammuddin as Home Minister is not to be accused, judge, jury and executioner all in one but to give full support for an independent, impartial and credible investigation into what actually happened at the Bersih 3.0 rally and establish what went wrong which marred a great historic event of peaceful people empowerment uniting Malaysians transcending race, religion, region, class, age or gender for a common national cause with incidents of violence and brutality, regardless of whether the victims were police personnel, media representatives or peaceful protestors.
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Priority duty of Hishammuddin as Home Minister is to give full support to Suhakam inquiry into Bersih 3.0 rally and dissolve the Hanif Panel instead of kicking off a video war to support official version of what happened on “428”
Press Statement, 30 July 2012
Suhakam inquiry into Bersih 3.0: Weekly Summary (23 – 26 July)
The ongoing Suhakam public inquiry into the allegations of human rights violations before, during and after the Bersih 3.0 peaceful assembly on 28 April was initiated on 5 July. A total of 17 witnesses have testified so far and last week (23 to 26 July), the panel heard the testimonies of 9 witnesses.
BERSIH 2.0 wishes to present a summary of the key testimonies of the brave citizens who stepped forward as witnesses. The following are some of the main violations recorded so far:
Seven out of the nine witnesses testified that they were assaulted by police officers and all nine saw other people being assaulted. One witness said that police even demanded entry into the A&W restaurant, which had been locked, and proceeded to assault and arrest those who were inside.
Aside from assaults, police were also seen behaving in highly irregular and unprofessional ways. One witness told the panel that racial slurs were hurled at him by police officers while assaulting him. His gold chain was also “taken” by the police and has still not been returned or acknowledged even though he lodged a police report. Another witness saw a police car speeding through a crowded area with no consideration of the crowd, some of whom were sitting down. Yet another witness reported that the policemen who hit him were in uniform with names but no ID numbers.
INDISCRIMINATE USE OF TEAR GAS
Instead of firing from a safe distance, some police and FRU fired tear gas directly at the crowd in a way that boxed in participants rather than allowing them to disperse. One witness is now left clinically blind due to being hit at close range by a tear gas canister. He is a fresh graduate who has lost his first job due to his condition. Other witnesses testified to the widespread use of teargas in narrow, congested areas from which the crowd had no escape. Earlier in the inquiry, a witness told the panel she was hit by a tear gas canister on her neck, causing her to lose consciousness.
INSUFFICIENT TIME TO DISPERSE
Two witnesses spoke of how they wanted to return home at 4pm but could not as the LRT station was closed. This caused confusion and forced them to sit around amidst the heavy use of tear gas and water cannons, which is when they were assaulted by policemen.
ASSAULTS ON MEDIA PERSONNEL
Three reporters testified that their press tags were ignored by the police who either snatched their cameras, ordered them to stop documenting or even assaulted them. One reporter was also made to pass through the gauntlet (two parallel rows of police lines) where he was punched in his midsection. Police also refused to return his memory card.
Another media personnel was warned by police to not take any pictures and said that a policeman tried to get her camera and kicked her press tag to the side in order to arrest her without her tag. She was further warned by a policeman, “If I see you again, I will arrest you,” when she asked him for directions.
The third reporter told the panel that he was sitting on a sidewalk where he could see the OCPD of Dang Wangi talking to a group of police using a hailer, but he could not hear what they said. However, the group then dispersed and began attacking random protestors.Suddenly, seven or eight police came over and assaulted him even after he shouted “Press! Press!”
INCONSISTENT POLICE BEHAVIOR
Despite the thousands who were allowed to wear yellow shirts, one witness said he was asked to take off his yellow t-shirt and had to go home without a T-shirt.
The inquiry has so far depicted numerous accounts of human rights violations inflicted upon the participants of the Bersih 3.0 “duduk bantah”. The inquiry continues this week, with hearings on 1 and 2 August. With more witnesses to be called, including from among the police, BERSIH 2.0 hopes that the truth will be revealed of what happened on 28 April when 250,000 Malaysians came forward to peacefully demand for clean and fair elections.
Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (BERSIH 2.0)
The Steering Committee of BERSIH 2.0 comprises:
Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (Co-Chairperson), Datuk A. Samad Said (Co-Chairperson), Ahmad Shukri Abdul Razab, Andrew Ambrose, Andrew Khoo, Anne Lasimbang, Arul Prakkash, Arumugam K., Awang Abdillah, Dr Farouk Musa, Hishamuddin Rais, Liau Kok Fah, Maria Chin Abdullah, Matthew Vincent, Niloh Ason, Richard Y W Yeoh, Dr Subramaniam Pillay, Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon, Dr Wong Chin Huat, Dato’ Yeo Yang Poh and Zaid Kamaruddin.
Suhakam inquiry into Bersih 3.0: Weekly Summary (23 – 26 July …
BERSIH 2.0 wishes to present a summary of the key testimonies of the brave … She was further warned by a policeman, “If I see you again, I will arrest you,” …
FRU personnel aim tear gas rounds at crowds of Bersih supporters near Dataran Merdeka, in Kuala Lumpur April 28, 2012. — Reuters pic
Police, KL City Hall fueled Bersih 3.0 chaos, panel finds
By Trinna Leong
July 12, 2013
The panel was set up by the government to investigate police on allegations of brutality against demonstrators and reporters in the rally on April 28, 2012. It handed over a 500-page report of its deliberations to Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Wednesday.
SOME OF THE FINDINGS OF THE PANEL
1 Police used excessive force on Bersih 3.0 supporters.
2 DBKL used flimsy excuses in disallowing rally organisers to use Dataran Merdeka for the gathering.
3 Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPN) also used flimsy excuses for stopping government-owned buses and trains from getting into the city.
Police, KL City Hall fueled Bersih 3.0 chaos, panel finds
‘Red shirts’ at Dataran were from Umno
A boisterous group clad in red T-shirts that appeared at Dataran Merdeka close to midnight were from Federal Territories Umno Youth, said its leader Mohd Razlan Rafii.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Mohd Razlan said that his group had nothing to do with Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Yunos.
Jamal had initially vowed to rally 30,000 people to face off against Bersih 4, which took place over the weekend.
However, Jamal backed down after he was ordered to do so by the police.
Mohd Razlan said the purpose of his group was to mark Merdeka Day at Dataran Merdeka, but they were denied entry by the police.
“At the stroke of midnight every Merdeka Day eve, our national anthem had always been sung at Dataran Merdeka.
“Last night was a black day for the country because Dataran Merdeka was no longer free, as the national anthem was not played,” he said.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 — The High Court today pointed out that the police are legally-bound to ensure the Red Shirts movement holds its counter-rally at a different location to prevent clashes with Bersih 2.0 supporters this Saturday.
Justice Nanthan Balan in reading out his ruling rejecting an application for an injunction to prevent Bersih 5 and a counter-rally from taking place in the capital city said Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly Act stated that the police must redirect any counter-rallies if they knew that clashes were imminent.
“Section 18 of the PAA acts as a safety valve to diffuse any potential conflict therefore it is the duty of the police to prevent a clash or conflict should there is a possibility that it would eventuate,” he told the High Court here.
KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih 2.0 has no right to request police intervention for this weekend’s rally given that it has already been declared an illegal assembly, says Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.
“Those people seeking police protection should first obey the laws,” Khalid told reporters at a press conference in Bukit Aman today.
Khalid dismissed former Bersih co-chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan’s call for the police to prevent the Red Shirts from holding simultaneous demonstrations with Bersih 5.0 rally participants this Saturday.
Ambiga had said the authorities can use Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 to separate the Bersih rally from the Red Shirts counter rally by providing the latter with an alternative date and venue.
“These people do know the laws,” he said sarcastically when quizzed on the matter by reporters.
Khalid repeated his mantra throughout the press conference that the two gatherings scheduled concurrently for this weekend are illegal and that police will take appropriate action.
PKR’s efforts to whip up support for next Saturday’s Bersih rally today was dogged by Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos and his red-shirt posse.
At two stops – Tasek Permai and the Tasek Tambahan PKNS flats – Zuraida was seen giving out goodies, including bags of rice, to residents while encouraging them to join the Nov 19 rally.
However, the situation became tense at Tasek Tambahan when Jamal and his red-shirts arrived.
The two groups were separated by the police and a verbal sparring match ensued.
Jamal demanded to see Zuraida, accusing her of having paid about 40 over “volunteers” to be on her entourage.
“Why give them only RM20? Give them RM200, or RM300 then it would be worth it,” Jamal said.
The red-shirts also chanted “Zuraida penipu (liar)” among other insults.
Zuraida, however, ignored them, proceeding to hand out goodies before leaving Tasek Tambahan for Dewan Orang Ramai Sri Tanjung.
Among other insults, Jamal and his men accused Zuraida’s followers of not being heterosexuals.
“There are many pretty boys among them,” he noted, before leading the red-shirts to chant “LGBT”.
The PKR crowd retaliated with selawat (Muslim hymns), to which Jamal retorted that he prayed they would return to the right path.