About 20 people gathered in front of Malaysian consulate in HK today, to protest against repression on democratic movement in Malaysia. Besides Leng Kwok-Hung (aka Long Hair), a legislative councillor and supporters from League of Social Democrats, a group of Filipino workers also voiced their
solidarity with the people of Malaysia.
Below is the joint statement by League of Social Democrats and PSM:
League of Social Democrats and Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) condemn the current repressions and harsh crackdown by National Front (BN) government on public assemblies and against political activists.
Yesterday (11 December), a handling over of memorandum by Coalition for Clean and Fair Election (BERSIH) to Parliament of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, was disrupted by police with over 20 people arrested including political activists from Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM), Islamic Party (PAS), People’s Justice Party (PKR) and NGOs like Suaram, Community Communication Centre (KOMAS) etc.
Prior to yesterday crackdown, 8 people including 5 lawyers were arrested and charged because of participating in an assembly in Kuala Lumpur held in conjunction with International Human Rights Day, on 9 December.
Another 17 people, including opposition leaders like Tian Chua (PKR) and Mohamand Sabu (PAS) were also charged on 10 December with “illegal assembly” in connection with a mass rally calling for electoral reform, organized by BERSIH in Kuala Lumpur with over 40,000 turnouts.
Till now, 31 members who participated in a gathering in Kuala Lumpur organized by Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) on 25 November and another two who were shot by police in a gathering in Kuala Terengganu were both charged with attempted murder and denied bail. The charges are ridiculous at any standard.
The actions by Malaysian government would only bring the country towards the road of police state and dictatorship. The Government under the administration of Abdullah Badawi is creating tensions and trying to make people forget all the scandals and its corrupted rule and its anti-people policies like privatization of healthcare, the failure to give workers minimum wage and many others.
League of Social Democrats and Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) urge the Malaysian government to end its repression against opposition and civil society, and ensure free and fair election. We also call upon the people to march on and rise against the oppression and exploitation by the ruling party in Malaysia.
Leung Kwok-Hung, Executive Committee Member, League of Social Democrats
Choo Chon Kai, Central Committee Member, Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM)
Stop Repression in Malaysia!For a Clean and Fair Election!