Month: May 2016

[KENYATAAN MEDIA] Kempen fitnah bagi melemahkan semangat penjawat awam Selangor


20 MEI 2016


Kempen fitnah bagi melemahkan semangat penjawat awam Selangor


Sejak semalam laporan yang menuduh amalan rasuah dalam pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Selangor yang mendakwa kononnya “wujud permintaan perempuan apabila berurusan dengan Kerajaan Negeri” disiarkan oleh portal berita dan dikongsi menerusi media sosial.

Ini merupakan satu tuduhan jijik yang tidak disokong oleh sebarang bukti. Ia juga satu kempen fitnah yang terancang terhadap kerajaan serta kakitangan awam di Selangor.

Dalam melaksanakan serangan jahat dan semberono ini, orang yang menuduh sebenarnya telah mencemarkan nama baik, maruah serta integriti perkhidmatan awam negeri.

Ia juga sekaligus menafikan sumbangan majlis eksekutif yang telah menyumbang dengan cekap dan bertukus lumus kepada usaha Kerajaan Negeri membawakan pembangunan dan kemajuan sosio-ekonomi pada negeri ini.

Sikap kita amat jelas. Pentadbiran ini mengalu-alukan pemberi maklumat yang berhasrat untuk melihat kerajaan yang bersih dan bebas daripada rasuah. Pada masa yang sama, mereka yang membuat tuduhan ini perlu membawa hatta sekelumit bukti sekalipun kepada pihak berkuasa yang berkenaan untuk tindakan.

Menuding jari kepada Kerajaan Negeri tanpa sebarang bukti sokongan dan kemudiannya menjaja tuduhan tersebut kepada semua pihak adalah satu tindakan bacul, tidak bertanggungjawab dan berniat jahat.

Dasar yang didukung adalah bagi mewujudkan kerajaan yang telus dan bertanggungjawab sepenuhnya tanpa tolak ansur terhadap elemen rasuah. Namun pada masa sama, kita semua bertanggungjawab untuk memelihara nama baik dan maruah kakitangan awam serta eksekutif daripada sebarang tuduhan liar yang tidak bertanggungjawab.



[PRESS RELEASE] Smear campaign against the Selangor State government



20 MAY 2016


Smear campaign against the Selangor State government

Since yesterday reports have been circulating in various news portals and the social media alleging corrupt practices against the Selangor state government including “requests for women during negotiations”.

These are scurrilous and scandalous allegations, unsupported by any evidence whatsoever and betray the handiwork of a systematic smear campaign against the Selangor State government.

In conducting such a vicious and reckless attack, the perpetrators have sullied the good name, reputation and integrity of our state civil service as well as the executive councillors who have contributed so tirelessly and efficiently to the efforts of the government of Selangor to bring development and socio-economic progress to the state.

Let us be clear. We welcome efforts by whistle blowers in their efforts to help ensure a clean and corrupt free government. But if there is even a shred of evidence to support these allegations, it is incumbent on those making them to produce it to the relevant authorities for necessary action. Taking pot shots at the government without the requisite evidence and then disseminating them to all and sundry is an act of sheer cowardice, irresponsibility and malicious mischief.

While it is our declared policy to have a fully accountable and transparent government with a zero tolerance for corruption, we are at the same time duty bound to protect the good name and reputation of our civil servants and executives from irresponsible and wild accusations.



Press Statement – Sedition Acquittal Welcomed


19 MAY 2016

I applaud the decision of Sessions judge Ibrahim Osman in George Town today to acquit DAP Tanjung MP Ng Wei Aik
of the charge under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948.

As I have maintained in the past, these sedition charges are politically motivated and calculated to clamp down
on free speech and criticism from civil society and political leaders critical of the government.

The Najib administration must once and for all accept the fact that apart from the constitutional guarantees on
free speech, elected members of Parliament and State Assemblymen are legally and morally obliged to speak up in the name of truth and justice.

Sedition laws are a relic of the colonial past and have no place for a system which prides itself on being a
constitutional democracy where there is due process and the rule of law.


Press Statement – Barring Maria Chin Abdullah from Leaving Malaysia Depriving Her Fundamental Right to Freedom of Movement.


16 MAY 2016

I strongly condemn the government’s high-handed action in barring Maria Chin Abdullah from leaving Malaysia yesterday and thus depriving her of her fundamental right to freedom of movement.

This is again another instance of the arrogance of power which the UMNO-BN government has been displaying all too frequently without any regard to the principles of democracy and rule of law.

While no explanation was provided for the high-handed action, it was known that Maria was on her way to South Korea to receive the 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights on behalf of BERSIH 2.0.

This is a prestigious award given in recognition of individuals and organizations that have contributed towards promoting and advancing human rights, democracy and peace. There is no Malaysian organization more deserving of such recognition than BERSIH 2.0.

Undoubtedly, such arbitrary action by the Najibadministration is politically motivated and indicative of a government drunk on power with absolutely no regard for democratic accountability.

We demand that Maria’s constitutional right to travel abroad be restored immediately.


Press Statement – Freedom of Speech to the Defenders of Democracy


16 MAY 2016

While I welcome the Court of Appeal decision to set aside the nine-month custodial sentence on Hishamuddin Rais, I would reiterate that he should never have been convicted in the first place for speaking out for freedom and justice.

Isham was only exercising his fundamental rights under the Federal Constitution when he called for fresh elections in the wake of the controversial results of the 2013 General Elections.

Not only is it not a crime but I believe it is incumbent upon all right thinking Malaysians and those who care for the rule of law and democracy to demand for free and fair elections.

We must defend this right if Malaysia is to remain worthy of being considered a democracy. I salute the tireless efforts of Isham and BERSIH to share the light of democracy with all.

Defenders of democracy must be free to speak up, but the draconian Sedition Act remains a barrier to free speech that has been abused time and again to protect a government that is terrified of legitimate criticism. This colonial-era law must be abolished and the remaining charges under the act must be dropped.