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Protest at the First Meeting

Probe panel: Come forward for the sake of M’sia 

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 3, 2007)

(cut)…Earlier, 20 PKR members and concerned citizens gathered at the Suhakam office to present a memorandum on their lack of confidence in the panel and its limited terms of reference, and to call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry. However, they could not do so as Haidar did not want to interrupt the meeting to meet the group.

 – quoted from an article published in The Sun on 3rd October 2007 (link)

Group turns up to submit memo

KUALA LUMPUR: About 20 members of the Steering Committee on Free the Judiciary comprising various organisations – including Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Tenaganita and Suaram – turned up to submit a memorandum to the three-man panel at the 30th floor of Menara Tun Razak in Jalan Raja Laut yesterday.

Several of them had masking tape on their foreheads with the words “No Meeting” written on it.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 4th October 2007 (link

(cut)…Roughly 30 people led by lawyers Latheefa Koya and Amer Hamzah Arshad from a group calling themselves ‘The Steering Committee on Free the Judiciary’ arrived at the Suhakam office to deliver a memorandum asking for the panel to stop its meeting, because of its limited power and the disatisfaction of the group with the capabilities of its members.

The group had a discussion with Suhakam officer(s) and asked Haidar to come out of the meeting to receive the memorandum. After an hour, Haidar agreed to allow a representative of the group to come into the meeting room to deliver the memorandum.

However, the group did not agree and instead asked for permission for more of their members to be let inside.

– quoted translation of a post on SuaraKeADILan.com on 3rd October 2007 (link)

– A video recording of the protest followed by comments by Latheefa Koya (link)

Its curious that these protestors were allowed inside Suhakam all the way up to the meeting room’s doors. Is the government having a laugh at voices of opposition? It is not clear from the text so let me explain why the memorandum could not be passed to Tan Sri Haidar via a middleman (nameless or named does not matter) or a lone member of the group. There needs to be a witness to the handing over of the memorandum to the receipient (perhaps a signature might have sufficed though?). Good thing the group leaders were not taken in by these simple ploys.


Written by ak57

October 4, 2007 at 11:50 pm

Posted in Freedom of Speech, Local News

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