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Call on police to respect the emergency of a civil society and to stop harassing Irene Fernandez of Tenaganita

by Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Tanjong, Lim Kit Siang, in Petaling Jaya on Friday, November 3, 1995:

Call on police to respect the emergency of a civil society and to stop harassing Irene Fernandez of Tenaganita

All Malaysians must be concerned by the police harassment of Tenaganita director, Irene Fernandez because of Tenaganita memorandum on “Abuse, torture, maltreatment and deaths of migrant workers at immigration detention centres” in early August. Read the rest of this entry »

Anwar Ibrahim reiterates that his 1996 budget is the latest series of his budgets to create a “civil society” but unfortunately, no one else in the Barisan Nasional leadership knows or understands what is a “civil society”

Speech by Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Tanjong, Lim Kit Siang, in the Dewan Rakyat on the 1996 Budget on Monday, October 30, 1995

Anwar Ibrahim reiterates that his 1996 budget is the latest series of his budgets to create a “civil society” but unfortunately, no one else in the Barisan Nasional leadership knows or understands what is a “civil society”

The Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reiterates that his 1996 budget is the latest series of his budgets to create a “civil society” but unfortunately, no one else in the Barisan Nasional leadership knows or understands what is a “civil society”. This is why no other Barisan Nasional Minister or MP had talked about a “civil society” although it had formed a constant theme of Anwar Ibrahim’s speeches, whether inside or outside the country – including his previous budget speeches. Read the rest of this entry »

The Government should stop harassing NGOs and show a constructive attitude to the positive role they play in the development of a mature “civil society” by giving them all possible assistance, including an annual RM20 million grant to fund their activities

by Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Tanjong, Lim Kit Siang, in Petaling Jaya on Friday, October 20 , 1995:

The Government should stop harassing NGOs and show a constructive attitude to the positive role they play in the development of a mature “civil society” by giving them all possible assistance, including an annual RM20 million grant to fund their activities

The DAP is very concerned by the recent trend or government. NGO-bashing and calls on the government to stop Harassing NGOS and show a constructive attitude to the positive role they play in the development of a mature “civil society” in Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

Attorney-General praised for rejecting police investigations into the death of air-condition mechanic in police lock-up

by Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Tanjong, Lim Kit Siang, in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday, October 11, 1995:

Attorney-General praised for rejecting police investigations into the death of air-condition mechanic in police lock-up in Jalan Ipoh on May 12 and calls for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the death of Lee Guat Leonq as well as in all cases of police bias in investigations involving police officers.

DAP commends the Attorney-General, Datuk Mohtar Abdullah for rejecting police investigations into the death of air-condition mechanic in police lock-up in Jalan Ipoh on May 12 and ordering a judicial inquiry to establish the Identity of the perpetrators to “clear ail doubts” in connection with the case.

Mohtar made it clear that the police investigation cast, serious and grave suspicion on certain officers over the death of Lee Quat Leong, 42, who was picked up on suspicion of involvement in the muiti-million-ringgit break -in at the Mayban Finance branch office at Taman Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, in March this year where burglars dubbed the “Tunnel Rats” burrowed into the strongroom of the finance company during the Halri Raya holidays and carted away cash, jewellery and other valuables amounting to about RM30 million. Read the rest of this entry »

DAP calls for reconstitution of the Independent Board of Visitors for the immigration detention centres to restore public confidence in its independence, impartiality and integrity

By Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Tanjong, Lim Kit Siang, in Petaling Jaya on Tuesday, October 10, 1995:

DAP calls for reconstitution of the Independent Board of Visitors for the immigration detention centres to restore public confidence in its independence, impartiality and integrity

There cannot be a worse, start for the Independent. Board of Visitors for the immigration detention centres to protect the international reputation of Malaysia than to Jose public credibility and confidence because of government failure to honour its promise to appoint representives from the Opposition and independent. NGOs onto the Board. Read the rest of this entry »

Disappointed by the composition and terms of reference, of the Independent Board of Visitors for the eight immigration detention centres

by Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Tanjong, Lim Kit Siang, in Petaling Jaya on Sunday, October 8, 1995:

Disappointed by the composition and terms of reference, of the Independent Board of Visitors for the eight immigration detention centres

I am very disappointed by the composition and terms of reference of the Independent. Board or Visitors for the eight immigration detention centres announced by the Deputy Home Minister, Datuk Megat Junid Megat Ayob yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

1995 on Tenaganita’s allegations of maltreatment of illegal immigrants

by Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Tanjong, Lim Kit Siang, after meeting the Police at Bukit Aman on Saturday, October 7.

1995 on Tenaganita’s allegations of maltreatment of illegal immigrants:

Why is the Home Ministry taking such an inordinately long time to set up a Board of Visitors to investigate into the conditions in the immigration detention camps? Read the rest of this entry »

Police should stop playing games with “semantics” and demonstrate to Malaysians that it has nothing to hide by stopping all examination of Trene Fernadez and announce its support for an independent inquiry into the Tenaganita allegations

Press statement(2) by Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Tanjong ,Lim Kit Siang, in Petaling Jaya on Saturday ,September 30 ,1995:

Police should stop playing games with “semantics” and demonstrate to Malaysians that it has nothing to hide by stopping all examination of Trene Fernadez and announce its support for an independent inquiry into the Tenaganita allegations

The Bukit Aman Police today issued a statement and claimed that it was not “interrogating” Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez but merely “recording statements” from her in connection with Tenaganita’s allegations of maltreatment of illegal immigrants at the immigration detention camps. Read the rest of this entry »

Cautious welcome for the appointment of Tan Sri Zulkifli Mahmud as head of the Independent Board of Visitors for the nine immigration detention camps

Press Conference Statement by Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Tanjong, Lim Kit Siang, at the Tenaganita press conference held in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 28th September 1995 at 3pm

Cautious welcome for the appointment of Tan Sri Zulkifli Mahmud as head of the Independent Board of Visitors for the nine immigration detention camps

I would cautiously welcome the appointment of former Anti-Corruption Agency director-general Tan Sri Zulkifli Mahmud as head of the Indendent Board of Visitors for the nine immigration detention camps to ensure that they do not sully the international reputation of Malaysia with sub-standard conditions and treatment of illegal immigrants detained there. Read the rest of this entry »

Yesterday evening, just before I left the DAP Hqrs for the Subang International Airport to catch a flight to Penang, I learn of the Bukit Aman police statement that I have been asked to give clarification to the CID Director

An Indictment of Police bias when investigating government leaders and police officers as compared to Opposition leaders presented to Bukit Aman Police Headquarters by Parliamentary Opposition Leader, DAP Secretary-General and MP for Tanjong, Lim Kit Siang, on Thursday, 28th September 1995

Yesterday evening, just before I left the DAP Hqrs for the Subang International Airport to catch a flight to Penang, I learn of the Bukit Aman police statement that I have been asked to give clarification to the CID Director. Datuk Mohd Said Awang on my statements calling on the police to withdraw the report against Irene Fernandez for criminal defamation, to co-operate in an independent inquiry into Tenaganita allegations about mal-treatment of Bangladeshi and other illegal immigrants in Imigration detention camps and for expressing my lack of confidence in the impartiality and independence of the Police when it has to conduct investigations involving government leaders and the Police.

I am always prepared to co-operate with the police in the public interest and I immediately cancelled my flight to Penang and phoned up Bukit Aman to contact as I was told CID director, Datuk Mohd Said Awang. I could not contact him as I was told he was playing golf. Read the rest of this entry »