Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cina ask - Malaysia hand over Uighur Muslims? Not voters - but what say PAS, PH, Warisan...?

11 Uighur Muslims - and Malaysia agreed to send them back to China? It is an issue of human rights, Malaysian values and principles...because these people may be 'REFUGEES' or asylum seekers - escaping persecution in China?

Non-refoulement is a principle of customary international law prohibiting the expulsion, deportation, return or extradition of an alien to his state of origin or another state where there is a risk that his life or freedom would be threatened for discriminatory reasons.
Malaysia, under the UMNO-BN government, eventhough we have yet to ratify/sign the UN Convention on Refugees, have generally had a good policy when it comes to such asylum seekers and/or 'refugees' - Malaysia did not send them back to the country they are fleeing from to escape persecution, torture and even death. We did this for the Vietnamese Boat people ...and also did that for the people from Burma(now Myanmar.)

 Police patrolling the old town in Kashgar, Xinjiang

But, now when it comes to Muslim Uighurs from China - Malaysia has agreed to return them. Is it because of the fact that China now can dictate terms to Malaysia? After all, of late, we have seen many big projects, even what was once government owned/controlled companies being sold/given to China? 

The Malaysian Bar has condemned this move.- 'The Malaysian Bar calls upon the Malaysian Government to adhere to principles of international law, specifically the customary international law of non-refoulement, and refrain from sending 11 Uighurs reportedly in Malaysian custody back to China.' See full statement below

DAP and AMANAH also have spoken up...PAS and other political parties have yet to speak up ...or is it that they do not care.
“Is Malaysia ‘kow tow-ing’ to China as its new boss?” he asked when commenting on an extradition request received by Putrajaya from Beijing. Santiago said the 11 men may be persecuted when they were taken back to China as it was China’s policy to act against religious groups in the country.- Charles Santiago, MP Klang, DAP - FMT News, 11/2/2018
Baru beberapa hari lepas Timbalan Perdana Menteri sanggup menghantar pulang 12 orang kaum Uighur Muslim yang tertindas pulang ke negara China atas alasan menjaga 'hubungan baik' antara negara yang termasuk isu perniagaan.Apa sudah jadi kepada nilai maruah umat Islam Malaysia hari ini ? - RAJA BAHRIN SHAH ialah Anggota Parlimen Kuala Terengganu dan Pengerusi Biro Antarabangsa Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH) - Malaysiakini, 14/2/2018
What is happening to the Uighurs in China? Well, they are being persecuted...and below are some of the recent news reports...

At least 120,000 members of China’s Muslim Uighur minority have been confined to political “re-education camps” redolent of the Mao era that are springing up across the country’s western borderlands, a report has claimed.Radio Free Asia (RFA), a US-backed news group whose journalists have produced some of the most detailed reporting on the heavily securitised region of Xinjiang, said it obtained the figure from a security official in Kashgar, a city in China’s far west that has been the focus of a major crackdown.- The Guardian UK, 25/1/2018

The United States urged Malaysia on Friday to offer temporary protection to 11 Uighur Muslims whose extradition is being sought by China.The U.S. State Department said it had called on Malaysia to allow the U.N. refugee agency access to the Uighurs - among a group of 20 originally from China who escaped from Thailand last year - to determine their eligibility for international protection and eventual resettlement in a third country...“We urge the Malaysian authorities to conduct a transparent investigation and to provide temporary protection to any of these individuals who may be subject to torture or persecution if returned against their will,” said Michael Cavey, a spokesman for the State Department’s East Asia bureau.-

U.S. urges Malaysia to protect minority Muslims sought by China

US urges Malaysia to protect minority Muslims sought by China ..(Star)

Press Release | The Malaysian Government Must Uphold Provisions of International and Domestic Law

Thursday, 15 February 2018 12:59pm 
ImageThe Malaysian Bar calls upon the Malaysian Government to adhere to principles of international law, specifically the customary international law of non-refoulement, and refrain from sending 11 Uighurs reportedly in Malaysian custody back to China.

According to both foreign and local news reports, the 11 Uighurs currently in Malaysian custody are part of a group of 20 that escaped from a Thai detention camp in November 2017.  They had been detained in Thailand for immigration-related offences, having fled Xinjiang due to fears for their safety, and were heading for Turkey.

The Uighurs, who are predominantly Muslim, rebelled against Chinese Government rule in their native Xinjiang Province in July 2009.  The Chinese Government views Uighurs as terrorists, agitating against Chinese rule over their province.

The Malaysian Bar calls upon the Malaysian Government not to repeat the incident in August 2011 when it returned to China 11 Uighurs who were residing in Malaysia, including some who were registered as refugees by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kuala Lumpur.  The fate of those 11 persons is not known.  

The Malaysian Government’s record on respecting international law leaves much to be desired.  Apart from the 11 Uighurs deported to China in August 2011, the Malaysian Government also forcibly detained three Turkish nationals in May 2017 and returned them to Turkey at the request of the Turkish Government, which alleged that these persons had some connection with the attempted coup in Turkey in 2016.  Their fate is also unknown.  In February 2012, the Malaysian Government detained Saudi Arabian journalist Hamza Kashgari and returned him to Saudi Arabia at the request of the Saudi Arabian Government over a tweet he had posted that was allegedly insulting of Prophet Muhammad.  This was despite a Malaysian court order preventing his deportation having been obtained.  Kashgari spent 20 months in jail in Saudi Arabia for blasphemy. 

The possible deportation of the 11 Uighurs back to China raises grave concerns whether the Malaysian Government will “refoule” potential refugees or asylum seekers in violation of international law.  The Malaysian Government must not abdicate or ignore its legal and moral obligation not to deport individuals to situations where their very lives may be in serious jeopardy.

Although China and Malaysia signed a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters in November 2015, under Section 8 of our Extradition Act 1992 there are prohibitions against extradition in certain circumstances, including:

(1) if the offence in respect of which [an individual’s] return is sought is of a political character or he proves to the Minister that the warrant for his return has in fact been made with a view to try or punish him for an offence of a political character;

(2) if the request for his surrender although purporting to be made for an extradition offence was in fact made for the purpose of prosecuting or punishing the person on account of his race, religion, nationality or political opinions; or

(3) if he might be prejudiced at his trial or punished or imprisoned by reason of his race, religion, nationality or political opinions.
The Malaysian Bar cautions the Malaysian Government not to dismiss due consideration of these provisions.  The Malaysian Government cannot simply hide behind the reason of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, as an excuse to deport the Uighurs back to China.  Other potential factors — such as the massive amount of China’s foreign investment in Malaysia — should also play no role. 

The Malaysian Bar calls on the Malaysian Government, as a responsible member of the international community, to honour, respect and uphold the rules and customs of international law, and the provisions of Malaysian law, and not deport the 11 Uighurs back to China.

George Varughese  
Malaysian Bar

15 February 2018

File photo o: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
File photo o: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Malaysia agrees to extradite 11 Uighurs to China

Breaking News February 12, 2018 11:37
By The Star
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Detainees being investigated for links to Islamic state after escaping from Thailand

BATU PAHAT, Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur will honour its agreement with Beijing to extradite 11 Uighur Muslims wanted by China.

However, the Uighurs would be sent back to China only after the conclusion of a police investigation, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

“Malaysian police are conducting an investigation to gather intelligence, especially to check whether any of them is involved in the Islamic State [IS] terrorist group.

“Other countries do not need to worry about the Malaysian government’s deciฌsion over the matter,” he told reporters after a session with students at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia in Batu Pahat on Saturday.

The group of Uighurs had broken out of a detention centre near the Malaysia-Thai border in November after digging holes in the wall and using blankets to climb down walls.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also home minฌister, said Malaysian police had been in contact with their Chinese counterparts to discuss the extradition process.

“Our decision to extradite is based on agreements signed with China, includฌing the Mutual Legal Assistance and the extradition treaty.

He earlier said he had received an official request from China to deport 11 Uighurs who were detained in the counฌtry last year.

“Prior to this, we have extradited Malaysians from China who were involved in falsifying credit cards and other criminal activities. As such we will consider Beijing’s request,” he said.

The 11 Uighur Muslims were among reportedly 20 detainees in an immigraฌtion detention centre in Songkhla’s Sadao district who made a dramatic escape from detention in November.

The escapees were among 300 Uighurs who had been detained in Thailand since 2014 pending an invesฌtigation into their origins.

China has requested that Thailand deport Uighurs, claiming they are milฌitants, with 109 of them already having been sent back to China, sparking interฌnational condemnation.

Thai police said the group made two holes in a wall at the facility with sharp objects before climbing out and lowerฌing themselves to the ground using blanฌkets as ropes at about 3am.

They did not have food and could not communicate with villagers in Thailand and Malaysia, police said.

Six senior immigration police offiฌcers in Songkhla have been transferred to their regional headquarters and face an investigation following the escape.

The Uighurs were being detained for allegedly entering the Kingdom illegalฌly.  They had fled China, reportedly to flee from repression, and wanted to go to Turkey. - The Nation, 12/2/2018

February 17, 2018 / 3:39 AM / 3 days ago

U.S. urges Malaysia to protect minority Muslims sought by China

“We urge the Malaysian authorities to conduct a transparent investigation and to provide temporary protection to any of these individuals who may be subject to torture or persecution if returned against their will,” said Michael Cavey, a spokesman for the State Department’s East Asia bureau. 

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said last Saturday that Malaysia had received an official request from China for the extradition of the 11. 

Zahid said Malaysia was considering the request, and that police were investigating whether any of the group had been involved in terrorist activities. 

Human Rights Watch has called on Malaysia to ensure Uighurs are not forcibly deported as they faced “credible threats of imprisonment and torture.” 

Beijing accuses separatist extremists among the Uighur minority of plotting attacks on China’s Han majority in the restive far western region of Xinjiang and other parts of China. 

China has been accused of rights abuses in Xinjiang, torture of Uighur detainees and tight control of their religion and culture. It denies wrongdoing. Over the years, hundreds, possibly thousands, of Uighurs have escaped unrest in Xinjiang by traveling clandestinely via Southeast Asia to Turkey. 

The 20 Uighurs broke out of a cell near the Thai-Malaysian border in November by digging holes in the wall and using blankets as ladders. Five were recaptured in Thailand that month. The escapees were part of a larger group of more than 200 Uighur detained in Thailand in 2014. 

Members of the group identified themselves as Turkish citizens and asked to be sent to Turkey but more than 100 were forcibly returned to China in July 2015, an action that sparked international condemnation...Reuters, 17/2/2018

PENDIDIKAN - Apakah perubahan yang dijanjikan Parti Pembangkang? Kefasihan Bahasa?

Kefasihan bahasa adalah penting untuk masa depan anda di Malaysia dan dunia ini. 

Bahasa Melayu sahaja - bagus tetapi ia akan memprejudiskan anda bila mahu mendapat pengetahuan lebih kerana bilangan buku/sumber pengetahuan yang telah diterjemahkan oleh kerajaan UMNO-BN dalam Bahasa Melayu amat kurang - berbanding negara Thailand di mana buku cerita, majalah antarabangsa, dll semuanya boleh diperolehi dalam Bahasa Thai.

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Kini banyak majikan adalah daripada luar negara - jika mahu komunikasi dengan majikan, pasti lebih berkesan jika boleh berbuat demikian dalam Bahasa yang boleh dia faham (tak perlu ada penterjemah). Jika mahu komunikasi dengan 'consumer' pun, kefasihan bahasa penting.

English atau Bahasa Inggeris - merupakan satu Bahasa yang dahulu hampir semua rakyat Malaysia, daripada makchik jual sayur di pasar hingga kepada anak muda, fasih dan boleh bertutur...tetapi polisi pendidikan kerajaan UMNO-BN yang mengutamakan Bahasa Melayu saja telah mengakibatkan ramai di Malaysia hilang keupayaan bertutur dalam Bahasa Inggeris - tetapi jika dilihat, anak Menteri dan orang kaya masih lagi fasih - sama juga dengan mereka di bandar Kuala Lumpur dan bandar besar...yang rugi adalah rakyat di luar bandar dan negeri Semenanjung Timur...

Oh ya, jika tidak ada kefasihan dalam Bahasa Inggeris, bagaimana nak melanjutkan pelajaran ke luar negara? Bagaimana juga membaca buku rujukan dalam Bahasa Inggeris di Universiti tempatan? Bagaimana bertanding mendapat kerja di sektor swasta yang kini ramai majikan boleh cakap faham Bahasa Inggeris(tetapi bukan Bahasa Melayu), di sektor kerajaan yang kini berurusan dengan ramai fasih Inggeris/Cina di peringkat ASEAN/UN...tetapi bukan sangat Bahasa Melayu. Justeru, jika tak fasih Bahasa Inggeris - sukar untuk kita kehadapan dalam kerjaya... baik di dalam sektor swasta atau sebagai penjawat awam...

CEO proton pun warganegara Cina ...CEO MAS pun warga negara asing dulu...nak mengadu pun sukar tanpa mempunyai kefasihan Bahasa lain..Bahasa Inggeris, dll..Bagaimana Union atau pekerja berbincang dan mendapatkan hak lebih ....atau mendapatkan keadilan - Perlukan penterjemah - tetapi melalui penterjemah, komunikasi kurang berkesan...Jika majikan cakap Bahasa Inggeris(atau Cina)...blur sahaja kita...

Bahasa Cina Mandarin - ini bahasa yang digunakan lebih daripada 2 Billion rakyat dunia. Bahasa Urdu/Hindi, ini Bahasa yang juga digunakan lebih daripada 2 billion rakyat dunia. 

Justeru, alangkah baik jika rakyat Malaysia juga mempunyai kefasihan berbagai jenis Bahasa demi masa depan mereka...juga untuk penambahan pengetahuan dengan membaca buku serta juga pengetahuan dalam internet, berurusan dengan majikan atau perniagaan asing di Malaysia dan luar negara...

Bahasa Melayu juga amat penting - digunakan juga di Indonesia dan Brunei - boleh dikatakan digunakan lebih kurang 300 juta atau lebih. Tetapi kefasihan bahasa tambahan lebih baik.

Bahasa adalah satu skil perlu di zaman moden ini - dan kefasihan Bahasa akan membantu anda di masa depan dari segi pekerjaan dan juga perniagaan. 

Polisi kerajaan UMNO-BN mengenai pendidikan telah mengugat masa depan ramai rakyat kerana kebanyakkan hanya fasih Bahasa Melayu dan kini ramai sekali tidak ada keupayaan faham dan/atau bertutur dalam Bahasa lain.

Kini kerajaan UMNO-BN menukar polisi sedikit - membenarkan beberapa sekolah sahaja (kenapa bukan semua) untuk menambahkan pengetahuan dan kefasihan dalam Bahasa Inggeris...tetapi yang akan terus diprejudiskan adalah sekolah-sekolah di luar bandar dan bandar-bandar kecil...Tak adil? 

Program Dwibahasa atau Dual Language Programme (DLP) adalah satu program di bawah Dasar Memartabatkan Bahasa Malaysia Memperkukuhkan Bahasa Inggeris (MBMMBI). Ia dilaksanakan di Sekolah Kebangsaan dan Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM) secara rintis pada tahun 2016 melibatkan 300 buah sekolah. Program DLP memberi pilihan kepada sekolah-sekolah yang layak untuk menjalankan sesi pengajaran dan pembelajaran dalam bahasa Inggeris selain daripada bahasa Malaysia bagi mata pelajaran Matematik, Sains, Teknologi Maklumat dan Komunikasi. Pelaksanaan DLP bertujuan untuk menyokong penguasaan kemahiran berbahasa Inggeris murid melalui peningkatan masa pendedahan kepada bahasa Inggeris secara tidak langsung. Dengan pengukuhan dwibahasa seseorang murid, DLP boleh memberi peluang kepada murid untuk meningkatkan akses, penerokaan pelbagai ilmu untuk bersaing di peringkat global serta meningkatkan kebolehpasaran murid di alam pekerjaan.
Sila baca berikut untuk maklumat lanjut :- Portal Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia
Oh ya, kini kerajaan UMNO-BN sedar kesilapan mereka -- mahu mulakan program DLP ...tetapi bukan semua sekolah lagi. Kemungkinan besar, yang akan ketinggalan adalah sekolah-sekolah luar bandar atau bandar kecil. Silap UMNO-BN adalah membawa polisi yang kini telah mengakibatkan kehilangan kefasihan bahasa Inggeris ramai - mula 2016, mungkin akan mengambil masa 10-15 tahun apabila anak muda kita kembali mendapat skil bertutur dalam Bahasa Inggeris..

Kenapa berhenti polisi pembelajaran Bahasa Inggeris - kerana tidak mahu hilang penguasaan Bahasa Melayu - dan UMNO parti orang Melayu. Jika pada tahun-tahu sebelum Merdeka bila kurang interaksi dengan dunia luar dalam sektor perniagaan dan juga sektor awam - mungkin ada lojik. Akhirnya polisi  

Dr Mahathir, semasa dia menjadi PM, semasa ia membawa polisi 'Pandang ke Timur' telah mulakan pengajaran bahasa Jepun di sekolah - tak lama polisi itu berlangsung.

Pendidikan 'Hak Asasi' - kini tak ada pun disekolah. Hak pekerja biasanya adalah bergantung kepada apa terkandung dalam Perjanjian Pekerjaan - tetapi jika pekerja Malaysia tidak tahu apa jenis hak/faedah yang boleh diminta untuk dimasukkan dalam perjanjian pekerjaan - rugi sahaja pekerja di tipu majikan. Hak sedia ada dalam undang-undang saperti Akta Kerja 1955 hanya membantu pekerja gaji RM2,000 atau kurang atau mereka yang lakukan kerja manual - jadi, ia tidak langsung memberikan hak untuk pekerja lain yang bergaji lebih RM2,000-00. Akta itu pun hanya menyatakan hak minima - ertinya jika pekerja arif boleh dapat hak lebih jika terkandung dalam perjanjian pekerjaan.

Hak sebagai penguna, hak tentang beranika jenis perkara saperti terkandung dalam Perlembagaan dan Akta sedia ada - mengapa tak diajar kepada pelajar disekolah. Jika rakyat arif tentang hak mereka sebagai rakyat, mereka akan menuntut hak tersebut. Kini, kerajaan UMNO-BN bila ada faedah untuk rakyat, tidak pun biasa memberitahu rakyat melalui akhbar, dan sebagainya - akhirnya ramai tak tahu, ramai tak pohon - rugi kita sahaja???

POLISI PENDIDIKAN - Apakah cadangan yang dibawa oleh Pakatan Harapan, PAS, ...serta parti pembangkang lain? Ada perubahan...atau akan ikut sahaja polisi UMNO-BN sedia ada?

Kini ramai rakyat Malaysia bukan Cina sudah mula hantar anak mereka pi belajar sekolah Cina - bagus itu kerana tambah lagi satu bahasa yang dikuasai untuk masa depan? 

MIC, berbanding dengan MCA, membuat silap besar meminta sekolah Tamil - tetapi berapakah institusi tinggi yang gunakan Bahasa Tamil - di Tamil Nadu sendiri, sebuah negeri sahaja yang gunakan Bahasa Tamil kini hanya sedikit Universiti yang gunakan Bahasa Tamil untuk mendapatkan Ijazah. 

MCA, jika dilihat tidak meminta sekolah gunakan Bahasa ibunda Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka, dsb..., tetapi telah memilih Bahasa Mandarin(yang sememangnya bukan Bahasa ibunda kebanyakkan rakyat Malaysia Cina, tetapi merupakan Bahasa gunaan rakyat Cina sebagai Bahasa perbualan/komunikasi rakyat seluruh Cina - dan jika mahu melanjutkan pelajaran mengunakan Bahasa Mandarin - ada banyak pilihan universiti di negara Cina, Taiwan, Hong Kong...dan untuk perniagaan pun Bahasa itu digunakan dikalangan lebih 2 billion rakyat keturunan Cina (dan lain-lain)...Jika MIC, memilih bahasa Urdu, sama juga kerana itu adalah Bahasa tuturan/komunikasi yang bolkeh digunakan di India, Pakistan, Bangladesh dan juga Nepal.

Adakah kita mahu polisi pendidikan yang memberikan penumpuan kepada kefasihan Bahasa lain, saperti Bahasa Inggeris, Bahasa Mandarin dan juga Bahasa Urdu. Jika kita fasih dengan Bahasa tambahan, ia juga membuka peluang pekerjaan bukan saja di Malaysia tetapi juga di luar negara...ia juga memberikan kelebihan dalam urusan perniagaan ...ia juga akan menambahkan tarikan orang luar yang datang melawat Malaysia...

Parti-parti pembangkang masih sedang bergelut mengenai kerusi yang bakal ditanding - tetapi masih kurang memberikan kita maklumat mengenai apakah perubahan polisi termasuk polisi pendikan dan lain-lain.

Kini jika kita melihat laman web parti politik pembangkang - jelas DAP dan PAS, ada maklumat mengenai apa yang intipati perjuangan mereka - apakah perubahan yang akan dibawa mengenai banyak perkara - walaupun tak cukup lagi terperinchi. Contohnya, DAP tak nampak polisi mengenai pekerja...dan aspek pekerjaan. 

Tetapi, bila dicari laman web PKR dan parti Pribumi, tak nampak pun apakah yang mereka memperjuangkan..apakah perubahan yang akan di bawa...PKR(tidak boleh dimaafkan) kerana lama sudah parti ini wujud... Adakah perjuangan mereka hanya mahu menumpaskan UMNO-BN tetapi selepas itu apa???

Tunggu sahaja manifesto - Ya, manifesto itu hanya manifesto bersama ---mungkin juga secara kasar sahaja ...apakah pendirian sendiri parti tersebut..

Perkara asas saperti dibawa tak perlu diulang lagi kerana sudah ada dalam Perlembagaan..
- Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan
- Faedah/kepentingan kepada Melayu dan orang asal Sabah dan Sarawak akan diteruskan..

Yang penting, adalah apa lagi selain ...POLISI PENDIDIKAN...POLISI PEKERJAAN...POLISI PENGAGIHAN HARTA/TANAH ...POLISI kesihatan, dll....

Pos ini - tumpuan diberikan kepada polisi Pendidikan - khususnya polisi penanmbahan kefasihan Bahasa-Bahasa lain untuk menambahkan keupayaan rakyat bertanding di Malaysia and dunia hari ini...skil tambahan perlu...

PENDIDIKAN PERCUMA - Dari Tadika sampai ke institusi pengajian tinggi di Malaysia? Kenapa Malaysia tidak boleh ada sedangkan banyak negara sudah ada...(Yang mahu pergi sekolah atau universiti swasta - itu pilihan mereka, dan mereka boleh bayar) Isu kini adalah sekolah and institusi kerajaan Malaysia - ini juga bermaksud bahawa setengah universiti yang telah diswastakan mesti diambil kembali oleh kerajaan Malaysia..

DLP will go on, says ministry

PETALING JAYA: After several days of uncertainty over the fate of the Dual Language Programme (DLP), the Education Ministry has clarified that the programme stays – much to the relief of many parents and schools.

The ministry said in a statement that there was no change to the DLP policy; in fact, 88 “new” schools will be added to the list, bringing the total number of schools offering the DLP to 1,303.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamala­nathan said the DLP is “a permanent feature of our education system”.

He said the disruption in the launch of this year’s batch of DLP schools came about because the ministry needed time to finalise new guidelines regarding the programme.

“Once this is done, the ministry will make a formal announcement for DLP classes to begin next week. All schools can start enrolling new students soon,” he said in an interview.

“The ministry is committed to ensuring the success of this programme.”

Kamalanathan said the baseline study of the programme had been proven successful.

The Star frontpaged the issue since a blog run by a “Cikgu Nurul” alleged on Monday that the programme, which allows students to study Mathematics and Science in either Bahasa Malaysia or English, was apparently shelved, upsetting many parents and schools.

The ministry stated that only Year One and Form One classes of the 88 “new” schools would be able to offer the dual language.

Previously, newly-approved primary schools could also have Year Four DLP classes.

The current 1,215 schools will continue to run the programme.

The ministry’s annual report for 2016 said three-quarters of DLP students were at or above the target level of the Common European Frame­­work of Reference for Languages – a guide developed by the Council of Europe to gauge foreign language proficiency.

“In the long term, (DLP) will definitely be a key instrument in reaching the nation’s Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 target of making our children competent and competitive at a global standard,” Kamalanathan said.

Schools must have written consent of parents, enough qualified teachers and classrooms, and a score above the National Grade Average in Bahasa Malaysia before they can apply for the DLP.

It is offered to Year One to Year Six pupils, and Form One, Form Two and Form Three students.

Since Monday, there has been much drama over a purported statement on the blog, which alleged that the sudden postponement of the programme had raised concerns in schools that have implemented the DLP.

Parents who had bought books and prepared their children for DLP classes were upset, with many of them worried that their children would lose out in the end.

Then, despite reports that DLP might be shelved, school heads said they would continue with it – at least until they received an official circular from the ministry.

The DLP, which was announced during Budget 2016, allows selected schools to teach the two subjects in English. There are now almost 40,000 students under the programme nationwide.- Star, 5/1/2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Freedom of Assembly Wins, and the Courts affirmed their rights - 'We Walk...Friendship/Solidarity'

The people of Thailand inspires us into action to struggle and further promote our rights and  freedoms...People themselves need to act - time for dependency on politicians and political parties must end...
The' We Walk...Friendship/Solidarity' of the ordinary people of Thailand has concluded today(17/2/2018). Congrats to the people of Thailand in your quest for justice, human rights and democracy. - See their PUBLIC STATEMENT ISSUED 17/2/2018 below.

Of interest also, is the fact that the Courts stood strong and justly recognised the people's right to freedom of assembly. The Courts have spoken - and hopefully, the government will listen to the Courts, and drop all charges against the 8, and the many others involved in solidarity peaceful assembly in other parts of Thailand...
The Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the lower court’s ruling protecting "We Walk" marchers. The ruling, read by the Central Administrative Court on Thursday afternoon, instructs the police chief. to order the commanders of Police Regions 3 and 4 not to block or obstruct their gatherings and to provide them with conveniences and security until Saturday, the last day of the march. - Bangkok Post, 15/2/2018(Follow link to read full report)
See earlier relevant posts
Public Statement  
We walk Friendship Walk 
“A roadmap to democracy by the people”
17 February 2018  

To all comrades of ‘We walk Friendship Walk’, all of those who have walked on foot with us, the folk who have shown their solidarity with us, those who have expressed opinions, those who have asked about our wellbeing, those who have greeted us along the way, those who have brought us supplies and food, those who have offered us accommodation and money, we have eventually arrived at our destination.  

We have walked over 450 kilometers starting from 20 January until 16 February 2018, 28 days and more than 800,000 steps.  

Our start was plagued with obstacles. Surveillance has been imposed on us as if we were criminals. Charges have been pressed against us in an attempt to prevent us from exercising our constitutional rights. We were deprived even with places to sleep as the hosts had been subject to pressure from the authorities. But instead of deterring us, such obstacles have simply galvanized us making us even more determined and unwavering to nurture more friendship and to befriend more people on the road of friendship.

Our friendship walk has shown how democracy can still be relished on the road by the people. Amidst the callous crackdown, the looting of our voting rights, we were made aware that many friends along the way share with us the same ideas. And they shall rise up to uphold popular democracy; their voice shall never fade away from the road.  
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Legal actions have been maliciously taken against those gathering on the Skywalk in front of the MBK Shopping Mall in Bangkok of the MBK39 to demand elections. It has led to 39 persons being taken to court for violating the Head of the NCPO Oder no. 3/2558. Such a SLAPP case has also been brought against friends of the We walk Friendship Walk, the villagers at Doi Thevada Village, Tambon Sob Bong, Phusang District, Phayao. 14 of them have been charged for violating the Head of the NCPO Oder no. 3/2558 as a result of their showing solidarity with us. We, members of the We walk Friendship Walk, want to extend our solidarity and well wishes to all comrades who have taken to the street to uphold their rights and freedom of expression and public assembly. We want to demonstrate how such rights can be exercised under whichever ruling system we find ourselves in.  

This friendship walk is also a litmus test to Thailand’s judicial system under the military rule as we have been granted an injunction from the  Administrative Court. As a result, competent officers of the public assembly law are bound to provide us protection and to facilitate out walk for its entire route. The Court’s decision has surprisingly yield friendlier gesture from the police. We would like to thank our police brothers and sisters who have made their best to ensure our peaceful and uninterrupted walk. 

We, however, condemn interventions by other administrative officers, security officers and military officers who have been persecuting and harassing us all the way during the walk. Plainclothes officers have been dispatched to follow and monitor us. Such officers have concealed their identities and affiliations, unlike the police. Pressure has been put on sisters and brothers who have come out to show their solidarity with us. The officers have gone to their homes and threatened their families. Last but not least, we regret the role of Khon Kaen University which instead of offering a space to make voices of the community heard to serve the spirit of the university, has turned its back on the people and their community. 

Throughout the entire route and through every firm stem taken we left behind enduring hopes and inspirations 
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We aspire and dream of a society in which people from all walk of life, from cradle to grave, shall be accorded with basic welfares and rights, equally among themselves. All people should be entitled to health security and attain quality of living, equally. The universal healthcare scheme must be left intact and people must not be required to help pay for the medical bill.
Such noble scheme must not be desecrated and people must not be made downtrodden population who simply have to wait for a scrap of social relief and merit making. Everyone should be treated equal human beings and everyone must have access to some kind of security. It must be guaranteed that every one of us earns enough to provide for ourselves and our families and to live a dignified life in our old age.  

We aspire and dream of a government with policies that refrain from dismantling our food security and to provide for assurance that every people is able to live and rely on themselves. We shall not be enslaved by the food industry that has taken away our land, our plant varieties and our livestock, while promoting the use of chemicals in agriculture, illegal technologies and fishing tools that are destructive to natural resources. The food industry has also endeavored to develop marketing mechanisms and prowess that makes livelihood of small people vulnerable. Small scale farmers and ordinary people must be entitled to the right to preserve their plant varieties to grow their own food and to freely exchange and sell them to other people without being controlled and subjected to the monopolization of the investors and multinational corporations since all the plant varieties and natural resources belong to none, but us all.  

We aspire and dream of a peaceful life in which the environment and community right are not in peril. No laws shall be promulgated to make an exemption to the enforcement of city and town planning ordinances to pave the way for the construction of waste-to-energy power plants and the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) teemed with polluting factories that wreak havoc local people’s and community’s health and quality of life. Environmental protection laws must not be subjected to modification to pave the way to an onslaught of industrial development projects based on the change made on rules and regulations to allow Environmental and Health Impact Assessment to be approved so fast and without public participation. Eventually, people’s voices must be heard and they must be a part of the effort to manage their own community and resources.  

We aspire and dream of a society in which a democratic constitution is well established based on public participation. This should have led to an enabling environment in which people can exercise their rights and freedoms, can communicate, express themselves and participate in free and fair elections. It is our hope and aspiration to stand on our own feet and to live a dignified life. We shall press ahead with the effort to have all the repressive Orders and Announcements revoked including the Head of the NCPO Oder no. 3/2558, the Head of the NCPO Oder no. 64/2557, the latter of which has been used to forcibly evict the poor from the forest and their farmland.  
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It is our hope and aspiration to promote the four pillars that have prompted us to organize the ‘We walk Friendship Walk’. They are the four basic political and social necessities essential for building movements against projects, policies and laws that are unfair. The four basic political and social necessities permeate in all our actions.  

We look for connecting with each other since we all look forward to making possible a peaceful and sustainable society.  

We look for connecting with each other to unfold nascent political and social work which ‘deepens the connections of people and community in their political struggles’.  

Amidst the crises stemming from a government led by coup-makers, not an elected government, when absolute power has been relentlessly wielded without checks and balances, corruptions have been rampant, while scrutiny and accountability leave much to be desired. We live in a country where the rulers are being questioned, where doubts about their integrity are bountiful. Yet, none of the rulers have shown their responsibilities to address such doubts. Instead, they have made no intention to hide their desire to cement their power hoping to stay on in power for a long time. Still, we have the hope and the aspiration that with our two arms and two legs, we shall continue to walk on the road of friendship; this is just a first step of such long lasting friendship.

On behalf of the People Go Network Forum composed of five people’s networks including;  
    1. The people’s network for state welfare and people for universal healthcare  
    2. The alternative agriculture and food security network  
    3. The natural resource, the environment and community rights network 
    4. The network of academics and lawyers that monitors the Constitution, democracy, elections and violation of freedoms and rights 
    5. The Four Region Slum Network and network of the homeless  

Being concerned with and caring for the crises that wreaked the country, we have decided to start walking to show our power.  The “Friendship Walk” is an attempt to reclaim our right to participate in decision making and self-determination. It provides a chance for groups, organizations, and networks to make known to public their lack of security in life, how they have been deprived of rights and welfares, how they have been deprived of their rights to natural resources, how their food security is being compromised, how their political rights are restricted and most importantly, how their rights, freedoms and humanity are being denigrated.  

All of us are members of the We walk Friendship Walk. Through walking, we nourish friendship that connects us all among those whose opinions can be diverse. We invite us all to come and share your problems, to express yourselves, to enhance our mutual understanding and to have a free exchange without belittling each other. It is a walk to enhance our quality of life. It is a walk to assert people’s right and people’s participation in all fronts of national development.  

And we declare this is just a first step. Our hope and aspiration for a beautiful world are crystal clear. We shall collectively chart our future. We shall turn our backs to the center of power and move toward the rural sector. And to make their first step firm, we declare; 

“Power must belong to the people”. And we hope that a “second step” shall be taken everywhere since “democracy cannot exist without people”.

Last but not least, with our firm belief in the power and rights and freedoms of the people, Down with Dictatorship! Long live Democracy!  

With our trust in the power and rights and freedoms of the people 
The People GO Network Forum 
We walk Friendship Walk
17 February 2018

When Imposters and makers of false NRICs get away with serious crimes?

When a person comes to the polling station pretending that he is you, gets a ballot paper and votes = there are several serious criminal offences or offences that are committed here. Not just election offences - but CRIMINAL offences.

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When you later come to cast your vote - you may not even know that someone using your name had came before that and voted. What the election officer would do is just give you your ballot paper, for you to cast your vote - but the ballot paper given to you will be of a different colour or kind,  and when it comes to vote counting, these different coloured(or kind) ballot papers will simply be set aside and not be counted.This was in the past(and I am not sure whether this is still being practiced now). 

Alternatively, you will just not be allowed to vote, because on the record, you have already cast your vote - they gave the 'coloured or different' ballot paper in the past to avoid the 'disturbance' that may happen, when you find out that someone else had come earlier used your name and voted. Of course, anyone who is told that will be most angry - as your right to vote has been 'stolen'...and, you have wasted so much time and energy to come to vote ...and, you have just been denied your fundamental right.

The first person may certainly be an 'imposter' but to be able to get away with it, he/she would have needed also an Identity Card that could be passed off as a valid identity card.

HENCE, there are many serious offences committed here...

- Pretending to be some other;
- In possession of a false Malaysian identity card ( now, how he got that card, is a very serious matter - because manufacturing and producing such false Malaysian identity card is a very serious matter, that cannot be let go..)
- Identity Theft >> that would also be the new term for this today;
- Besides voting in your name, one with a very good 'false identity card' is capable of doing so much more...

Was the false identity card issued by the National Registration Department because they verily believed that the applicant was legitimate > that means someone must have hacked their system - because, now when they do check their records, a photograph of the real person will also emerge...Was the NRD in on it?

The ability to be able to make Malaysian identity cards and/or Malaysians passports that can convince the Election Commission is a matter of serious concern.

The crimes committed is not just an election offence - but even more a serious criminal offence that must be pursued by the police and/or other relevant enforcement agencies.

BUT then, I do not recall reading in the media that any such 'imposter', or any such persons involved in the production of false identity cards have been charged, tried and/or convicted.

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Neither, have I heard of any such investigations into such crimes.


Surely, the Election Commission itself(or the relevant EC official at the particular polling booth and/or station and/or constituency, should have immediately made a police report allerting the police the fact of these serious crime/s. They would have furnished the police with the number of such incidences that happened, the name and the NRIC number used, and maybe even photo documentation of the 'impostor' and the 'real person' that used the same name and NRIC bearing the same number - and the police and/or the relevant enforcement agency would have speedily acted...and the suspected criminal would have been arrested, investigated and charged in court - the determination of who is the real person and who is the impostor will easily be concluded..

Considering the seriousness of the crime, the police could also post the photographs of the said criminal suspect in the media to get public assistance to catch the alleged perpetrator  - which is important as the police need him/her to get to the person who gave him the said 'false Malaysian Identity card' - which will lead to the people making these false Malaysian documents...

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- The Election Commission, and/or the relevant Election Commission officials at the relevant polling station - never even bothered to make a Police Report about this crime - this is so very wrong, as anyone who suspects and/or witnesses a suspected crime has a legal and/or moral duty to report the crime - an action that gets investigation going leading to arrests, prosecutions and/or even convictions.

- Well, poling and counting agents may have simply passed on their report to the Candidate and/or their agent believing that the candidate and/or their agents and/or their political parties would have gone and made the relevant police report - BUT then, the candidate/agent/party were not bothered and did not make this police report. 

WHY candidates/political parties not bothered about making police reports? 
- maybe they won the elections, so they were not bothered to make a police report and/or lodge the complaint with the relevant authorities.
- OR maybe they lost so badly, and the number of such incidents was insufficient to be able to successfully challenge the final outcome of the elections...
- Or maybe they are only bothered about complaining to the Election Commission only - and did not bother to report to the police.

EITHER way, such candidates, their agents and/or their political parties did a serious wrong - and by so doing, they have let criminals get of scot free.

In Elections, our concern should never be just about winning or losing elections, we also have a legal and/or moral duty to report all crimes and suspected crimes to the police and/or the relevant authorities.

REMEMBER - the voter may not even had known there was a crime, if the Election Commission officer did not inform him, and simply gave him a ballot paper(of a different colour and/or kind, that will not be counted later). So, the voter may simply go home happy that he/she has cast his/her vote ...not knowing that the vote he/she cast will not even be counted.{Hence, the only person who KNOWS that a crime has been committed are the officers of the Election Commission, and the polling/counting agents of the contesting candidates who are monitoring - so the duty to make a police report falls on them.]

Now, if we have made such police reports, and the police seem to be doing nothing - well, we can then complain to the Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission(EAIC), Public Complaints Bureau(Biro Aduan Awam), SUHAKAM(Malaysian Human Rights Commission), SPR, etc...

In any event,

If you are a polling agent and/or a counting agent, or the person affected who was not given a chance to vote because someone else had come earlier using your name, agent of the SPR, or a person who came to know that such things happened - Immediately go and make a police report, and get a copy of the report made...we certainly do not want such criminals to get away scott free...

At polling station, before the voter is given his/her ballot paper - maybe a photograph of the said person with the National Identity Card should be taken - a photo of the 2 persons with the same name and valid looking Identity hard will surely help get the criminal/s caught and prosecuted.

If such criminals, who use other people's names and who has a valid looking false National Registration Identity Card should never be allowed to escape.

If you have also provided the candidate, his/her agent or the political party with that information, I suggest that you include this fact...

We certainly abhor candidates and/or political parties that are simply interested in winning elections - but seem to not care about CRIMES that have been committed - and these are serious crimes...

WE WANT A BETTER MALAYSIA - AND WE CERTAINLY DO NOT TOLERATE CRIME - Imposters, Identity Thieves, Makers and suppliers of false NRICs.... 

##Coming early to vote reduces the chance of being deprived of your right to vote - a vote that will matter and be counted...because you may arrive before the 'imposter'...