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Crackdown on Malaysian Socialists

by ICOR Asian Continental Committee and PSM (Socialist party of Malaysia), 7 July 2011
ACC – Asian Continental Committee 7th July 2011

 

Dear Comrades,

The Malaysian Government, as a part of its anti-communist policy has openly attacked the PSM (Socialist party of Malaysia) and accused them of attempting to spread communist and bring back the “old communist party”. The following email was received from the PSM

URGENT APPEAL : 28 JUNE 2011

IMMEDIATE

RELEASE

 

 

CRACKDOWN ON

MALAYSIAN SOCIALISTS:

 

30 PSM

ACTIVISTS CHARGED UNDER ABSURD SECTION 122 – WAGING WAR AGAINST THE KING

 

30 Activists

from Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) including two juvenile have been

charged under the Section 122 of Penal Code (waging war against the Monarch and

trying to revive the communist ideology ) and are remanded for 7 days for

practicing their freedom of expression. If they are charged on this section,

then they will be denied bail.

 

The group were

arrested on the 25th June at Kepala Batas, Penang while they were

distributing leaflets to inform the public in their campaign Udahlah-Bersaralah (It

is Enough, Time to Retire) national

awareness campaign that PSM recently conducted from 24 to 26 June 2011.

 

The news of PSM trying to revive communism was based on common t-shirts

of left leaders found in the bus carrying the PSM activists. The news that PSM

trying to revive communism was the major story in all the local mainstream media

and it is meant to create fear on an imaginary enemy – a tactic used commonly

in the past to crackdown on activist.

 

Among those arrested are PSM National Deputy Chairperson M.Saraswathy

and PSM Member of Parliament Dr. Jeyakumar Devaraj.

 

The following are the PSM activists arrested.

 

7 detained at the Penang Police

Headquaters are

 

1.Dr, Jeyakumar – PSM’s sole Member of Parliament

 

2.Choo Chon Kai – PSM International Coordinator

 

3.Selvam (bus driver)

 

4.Letchumanan- PSM Sg. Siput Branch Secretary

 

5.M.Sarasvathy – PSM National Deputy Chairperson

 

6.Chong Moi

 

7.Soh Sook Hwa – PSM Central Committtee Member

 

The remaining are being held at Kepala Batas detention centre :

 

8.M.Sukumaran – PSM Central Committee Member

 

9.Kamaladevi

 

10. Indra

 

11.Saroja

 

12.Velayutham

 

13.Santhana

 

14.Ravindran - PSM Youth Secretary

 

15.Raveen Veerasenan

 

16.Thivya Kumar

 

17.Packialechumy

 

18.Jody

 

19. Wong Mei Yong

 

20.Nalaiyani

 

21.Deepa

 

22.Remy-Tanjung Malim Branch Chairperson

 

23.Saratbabu - PSM Youth Chairperson

 

24.Gana - Buntong Branch Chairperson

 

25.Sivoosamy - Bercham Branch Secretary

 

26.Shanmugam

 

27.Subramaniam

 

28.Arokiammangalam

 

29.Murugan

 

30.Tanushia

 

31.Kavitha

 

PSM condemns the charges by the government who is trying to implicate PSM as waging a war against the King and reviving the old Malayan Communist Party. This big blatant lie is used on the 30 PSM activists who were involved in the (It is

Enough, Time to Retire)”, national awareness campaign by PSM held from te 24th

-26th June 2011. The activists who were supposed to be released unconditionally

have been remanded for 7 days under Penal Code Seksyen 122 that is waging a war

against the King.

 

The statement by the police and the accusation by the current government on

the PSM activists is baseless, absurd and politically motivated. Thus PSM

demands the government to stop all this nonsense, release the detainees and

apologise to the PSM on its baseless accusation.

 

PSM feels it is rather hilarious that the government tries to connect PSM with Communists just by finding a few t-shirts that have communist leader images. This t-shirts are sold very openly and anyone can buy it without any problems. Moreover the government of Malaysia has political and diplomatic ties with the Communist Party of China, Cuba, Vietnam and many other countries.

 

Besides that, it must be pointed out that the, the Malaysian government has signed the peace agreement with the MCP in 1989 and also senior communist leaders like Rashid Maidin, Suriani dan Abdullah CD have had a royal audience with the DYMM Sultan Azlan Shah. Thus, bringing back the communist bogeyman in post cold war era is a desperate move by the UMNO –BN regime to continue to cling in power while instilling fear among the people and to justify the use of the draconian ISA.

 

PSM is a registered party who is doing legal (above ground) activities and is well known and a popular party. PSM has always acknowledged the contribution of the left parties in the struggle for independence such as PKMM, API, AWAS and the MCP (PKM). These recognition of these left parties by the PSM cannot be narrowly interpreted that the party is trying to revive the MCP.

 

The media controlled by UMNO-BN has highlighted this accusation to scare people away from the Bersih 2 rally scheduled for July 9th. PSM supports the BERSIH2 rally, even though the Enough …Retire BN Campaign has got nothing to do with Bersih 2 rally. However police are trying to make a connection between the both so that they can stop the Bersih2 rally.

 

PSM is aware that the action against the PSM is a systematically planned action by the police to create an imaginary enemy with the intention to create an ”Emergency” environment where the government can justify the use of the ISA as well as do a massive crackdown to stop the Bersih 2 rally on 9th of July which is gaining momentum and mass support by the people.

 

The recent police action on PSM will not stop us from continuing our struggle and fight for the rights of the workers and people.

 

We seek solidarity locally and Internationally. PSM is currently the sole socialist mass movement in the country and we will continue this great struggle.

 

Long Live Socialism !

Long Live the PSM

Released by,

S.Arutchelvan

National Secretary General

Parti Sosialis Malaysia

 

 

What can you do?

 

Urgent action needed:

 

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your

strongest condemnation of the arrests and the crackdown on the PSM activists.

Please also demand the Malaysian government to release all the Activists to

continue and respect the freedom of expression as stated in Article 10 of

Federal Constitution. Please demand the Government to stop the crackdown on PSM

and the absurd allegations leveled against it.

 

SAMPLE LETTER

 

[Letterhead of your organisation]

 

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun AbdulRazak,

Prime Minister of Malaysia,

Prime Minister's Office,

Main Block, Perdana Putra Building,

Federal Government Administrative Centre,

62502 Putrajaya , MALAYSIA

 

Tel: 603-8888 8000

Fax: 603-8888 3444

E-Mail: ppm@pmo.gov.my

 

 

Dear Sir,

 Re: Release all those detained and stop

on- going crackdown on Malaysian socialists

 We are writing to you, to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over your government's on-going crackdown and the arrest of the 30 PSM Activists.

 We are appalled by your government and the police's latest actions and view

this as an attempt by your government to intimidate Malaysian citizens from exercising their civil and political rights

 We further demand that your government stops the assault on freedom of expression and release all the 30 PSM Activists immediately.

 Yours sincerely,

[Name]

Cc To:

 

1. Inspector-General of Police

Tan Sri Ismail Omar,

Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,

50560 Bukit Aman,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 2262 6015

Fax: +603 2272 5613

 

2. Tan Sri Hasmy Agam, Chairman,

Malaysian Human Rights Commission,

Level 11, Menara TH Perdana,

Jalan Sultan Ismail,

50250 Kuala Lumpur.

 

Tel: 03 26125600

Fax: 03 26125620

 

3. Mr. Frank La Rue

Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of

opinion and expression

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10

Switzerland

Fax: +41 22 917 9006

Email: freedex@ohchr.or

 

4. Ms. Margaret Sekaggya,

SpecialRapporteur on the situation on human rights defenders,

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Email: defenders@ohchr.org, urgent-action@ohchr.org

 

5. Christine Chung,

Human Rights Officer,

Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights,

Asia Pacific Section, Asia Pacific and Middle East Branch,

Field Operation & Technical Cooperation,

OHCHR- Palais Wilson,

United Nationas Office at Geneva,

CH-1211 Geneva 10,

Switzerland.

 

Tel: +41 (0) 229289673

Fax: +41 (0) 22928 9018

Email: cchung@ohchr.org

 

 

On behalf of the ICOR Asian Continental Committee I appeal to all members of ICOR to immediately send petitions against this blatant violation of human rights and clear anti-communist policy.

With revolutionary greetings.

Asian Co-ordinator, ICOR

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