Yes, it’s about justice for Indira Ghandi…

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This morning while holding a watching brief for Indira Ghandi’s appeal at the Federal Court, I was impressed with the presiding Chief Judge of Malaya Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zulkefli bin Ahmad Makinudin’s remarks that the case before him is about justice and not Islam as he rebutted the Respondent’s counsel. His Lordship even said although 4 of them on the bench are Muslims, they are more concerned with the law and fairness. Kudos! That should be the way …

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Hopefully the Federal Court will decide “untheocratically” in Indira’s appeal.

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Meanwhile, Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia Deputy Youth Chief, Advocate Andy Yong was also present as he held a watching brief on behalf of Gerakan’s appeal for Indira.

According to Andy, Ridhuan’s whereabouts are unknown at the moment as this proves to be the biggest challenge in presenting Prasana in court.

“Even his own lawyer does not know where he is at the moment, he is absconded with contempt of court.

“The welfare of the child (Prasana) is the paramount issue involving this case, Ridhuan has yet to present the child in all these years and no one knows how she is doing,” Andy told TMT.

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Meritocracy is the way to move forward

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Gerakan Youth deputy chief Andy Yong says it is time the country values meritocracy and hard work over race, including on the appointment of key positions.

“Today, after so many years of independence does it still make sense to have racial policy or convention as a central basis for high positions such as the chief justice, attorney-general and inspector-general of police?

“It is high time in order for us to move forward progressively. We must truly value meritocracy and hard work,” he said in a statement last night.

Doing so, Yong said, would mean true progress as we could achieve this without compromising our ethnic and religious identities.

He noted that it was more challenging for Malaysia which had chosen a different approach to the western concept of a melting pot.

“This mosaic approach is clearly more challenging than the melting-pot approach adopted by the western countries, but it was a choice that we made as a people, and we persevered to make it happen.”

He added that when our instincts are centred on race and religion, non-discrimination rules and policies are needed to facilitate peaceful cohabitation, provide a sense of security to minorities and to enhance cultural ties.

“This is when the harmony policy comes into play, for example the proposed National Harmony Act, with the objective of building a cohesive society, while still allowing Malaysians to preserve the ethnic-religious basis of their identities.”

Yong said as a society it was important to acknowledge that we wanted the best to lead in both the private and public sectors.

“All institutions and organisations from within our country such as schools, government departments, judiciary or private companies act as a sort of social filters.

“We must put people in competition with each other in order to identify the valuable ones and use their potential.

“I strongly believe meritocracy will be the best social and political system,” he said.

Stability of the country should be the paramount consideration; not Red or Yellow

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Bersih insisted they will proceed with their gathering on 19 November and the Reds want to counter it.

It is obvious one of the main reason Yellows or Reds want to demonstrate publicly is the impact of it.

It is only then any violent or unwarranted incidents will be conspicuous and attract medias attention. Doing it in a stadium or enclosed areas will not have such impact.

Although I do support peaceful assembly as provided under the laws; violent acts or action that caused hatred and disharmony is a big no.

Hence the police should clamp down not only the Yellows but the Reds.  It is proven in the past by demonstrating openly in the public, no one can guarantee a peaceful gathering especially when there is provocation.

There are many ways to skin a cat, aggressive behaviour should not be one of it.

Certain parties want to see blood; this is so when they are provoked. All it takes is a spark of fire, worst if an agent provocateur who intentionally caused it.

So it is no more a question of democratic rights or liberty; it is about stability of the country.

针对即将在11月19日举行的净选盟5.0大集会,以及近日红衫军反集会发起人拿督嘉马尤诺斯宣布将在独立广场、吉隆坡国际机场、吉隆坡第二国际机场、布城及默布草场展开机会,并将对净选盟的任何“没教养之举”以牙还牙一事,民青团署理团长杨锦成表示关注。他认为,尽管大集会可能引发暴力冲突事件,净选盟和红衫军仍坚持在公开场所举办大集会,而非在封闭场所或体育馆,当中主要的目的就是为了达到集会效果。他说只有通过在公开场所举办大集会,当中发生的暴力突发事件才会变得显著并引起各界关注,而在封闭体育馆并不会达到如此效果。

同时也是职业律师的杨锦成指出,尽管他支持2012年和平集会法令下所允许的和平集会,但却无法同意任何可能挑起仇恨和不和谐的暴力行为。他说,过往的经验指出在公开场所举行大集会或示威活动往往将引发暴力冲突事件,它无法保证和平集会中不发生挑衅和暴力冲突事件。他也举列,早前红黄双方已经在多场造势活动中气氛紧张,并发生冲突。有鉴于早前例子,尽管警方已经表示不会禁止该集会,杨锦成希望警方可以一视同仁,不只是取缔净选盟,同时也应该采取相同行动制止红衫军。

“显然,双方都希望在这次的集会中看到血流事件,以博取廉价宣传,尤其经过多番挑衅和蓄意煽动后,任何小火花都可能是暴力冲突的导火线。因此,我希望双方可以冷静并抑制情绪,避免紧张升温。红黄集会都有潜在风险引发暴力冲突事件,双方应考虑大众安全及国家利益,停止举办集会。”

杨锦成表示,任何对国家的体制感到不满的一方可以通过许多更和平以及合法的管道提出具有建设性的意见和反映不满,而不是通过街头示威等暴力宣泄的方式表达不满。这对国家的形象和健康发展是弊多于利的。

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