LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
Lim Guan Eng and his father, Lim Kit Siang, share quite a number of things in common.
One similarity is that both went to jail!
WRONGLY, in the view of many…
The Trial of Lim Guan Eng
Even if I fail and have to go to jail, I have no regrets. I have no regrets of going down fighting for the principles of truth and justice. And pursuit of human rights, especially women’s rights. There can be no women’s rights if women rape victims are considered equally responsible, and even detained, whilst the accused remain free. — Lim Guan Eng
There are injustices in the law which are mind-boggling … The lesson is clear – choose your rapist carefully … As a woman, especially a Muslim woman, I am angry, disgusted and ashamed … As a mother, I now have real fears for my daughter. What protection can we hope for our daughters if, in the interests of politics, a minor can so easily be sacrificed? — Marina Mahathir, daughter of the Malaysian Prime Minister
Lim Guan Eng is a Malaysian opposition politician who spoke out against the rape of a schoolgirl by a government minister. For speaking out Lim Guan Eng was sentenced to three years imprisonment, the schoolgirl to three years ‘protective custody’, the minister has so far not been charged. [The Choice, Radio 4, BBC, May 1998]
Amnesty International has adopted Lim Guan Eng as a Prisoner of Conscience.
Sources of information
The Choice, Radio 4, BBC, May 1998
Malaysia: The trial of opposition parliamentarian Lim Guan Eng, Amnesty International
Malaysia: Opposition parliamentarian faces three-year prison sentence for speaking out for women’s rights, Amnesty International
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Lim Guan Eng
Jailed under Sedition Act
Lim was arrested by the Malaysian police in 1994, following his criticism on the government’s handling of allegations of statutory rape in one of his constituents by former Chief Minister of the state of Melaka, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik. Consequently, while the Attorney General decided not to press charges Rahim Thamby Chik, Lim was charged under Section 4(1) (b) of the Sedition Act 1948 for causing ‘disaffection with the administration of justice in Malaysia’. Lim was also charged under Section 8A (1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 for ‘maliciously printing’ a pamphlet containing allegedly ‘false information’ because he had described the alleged rape victim as an ‘imprisoned victim’ because she was initially detained by Malaysian police without parental consent for 10 days. During the judicial procedure, Lim was quoted saying:
|“||If I fail and have to go to jail, I have no regrets. I have no regrets of going down fighting for the principles of truth and justice. And pursuit of human rights, especially women’s rights. There can be no women’s rights if women rape victims are considered equally responsible, and even detained, whilst the accused remain free.||”|
— Lim Guan Eng, http://home.clara.net/heureka/sunrise/lim-guan.htm
After a series of appeals, Lim was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. He was, however, released after 12 months on August 25, 1999. Due to his incarceration, he was disallowed from standing for election to public office for a period of 5 years, and he was therefore ineligible to contest in the 2004 Malaysian General Election.
When Lim Guan Eng was Imprisoned in 1998 – An Open Letter
Saturday, July 17, 2010
He went to prison in DEFENCE of an under-aged MALAY girl in the trial of statutory rape by an UMNO warlord
“….Dear Guan Eng
I am a MALAY with a family of my own.
I shall remember you as a CHINESE father who fought for the rights of a Malay grand-mother and her sexually abused grand-daughter.
I know that when you decided to take on the case, you knew the price for your action would be heavy for you and your family, personally and politically.
Today, you are still paying the price. You languish alone in prison.
Ironically, as in Nelson Mandela’s case, the longer they lock you up, the greater will be your stature, the more powerful the focus on the issues you fought for.
I also know that, all through this, you can look into the eyes of your wife, children and parents,and say, with deserved pride and honour, that “Guan Eng has not prostituted his dignity, decency and self-respect in the face of oppression and tyranny”…….”
– Narmi Saila
Petaling Jaya, Selangor