[Marxism] (Updated) Asia-Pacific socialists demand: 'Free all political prisoners! Democracy for the Malaysian people!' | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Sat Jul 9 02:54:17 MDT 2011

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*Regional left statement in solidarity with PSM: Free all political 
prisoners! Democracy for the Malaysian people!*

July 8, 2011 -- On June 19, 2011, a campaign called Bersih 2.0 was 
called by the Malaysian people for a free and fair elections in the 
country with the 13th General Election around the corner. Bersih 2.0 
also called a gathering for July 9, 2011. On June 24, the Parti Sosialis 
Malaysia (PSM, Socialist Party of Malaysia)  launched a /Udahlah BN, 
Bersaralah/ (Enough BN, retire now) campaign. The PSM campaign aimed to 
expose the corruption of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government and also 
to drum up support for the Bersih 2.0 rally.

Since June 22, more than 100 individuals have been arrested because they 
have expressed their support for a mass rally on July 9, called for by 
the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih). As of now, 81 people 
have been arbitrarily arrested and detained by the police at various 
locations in the country before the Bersih 2.0 rally. A further 15 
people have been called or summoned by the police for their statements 
to be recorded in relation to the Bersih 2.0 rally. The police 
harassment and intimidation included arresting people for wearing Bersih 
2.0 T-shirts, distributing Bersih 2.0 leaflets, holding and carrying 
Bersih 2.0 T-shirts, taking 112 statements for more than one time, 
denying access to lawyers and medication during the detention period and 
the sexual harassment of women activists.

On July 3, six PSM members, including Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj (a member of 
parliament), have been rearrested under the Emergency Ordinance (EO), 
which allows for 60-day detention without trial, renewable for up to two 
years at the discretion of the home minister. The six were part of a 
group of 30 PSM activists who were remanded on June 25 for allegedly 
"waging war against the king".

We view these acts of the Malaysian government as the suppression of the 
democratic rights of the Malaysian people. This is part of an attempt to 
protect the elite power that has been in power for years in Malaysia 
through the United Malays National Organisation-Barisan Nasional 
(UMNO-BN) regime.

We strongly condemn the Malaysian government for using harassment, 
arrest and intimidation as a method to try to silence opposition to the 
anti-democratic, anti-poor and anti-working-class policies of the 
Malaysian government.

We demand:

    a.    That the government of Malaysia immediately and
    unconditionally release all the PSM activists in detention.

    b.   That the government of Malaysia must stop all forms of
    repression and intimidation against the Malaysian people from
    expressing their democratic rights.

    c.     We call on all the socialist and pro-democratic movements, in
    South East Asia and all the world, to build and give solidarity to
    the PSM and to the Malaysian people who are being repressed and

We also declare our fullest support for the ongoing campaign and the 
struggle of the Malaysian people for democracy.

Signed by the *Socialist Alliance* (Australia), *Working People 
Association-Reorganisaton Committee *(KPO-PRP Indonesia), *Resistance* 
(Australia), *Labour Party Pakistan* (LPP), *Party of Labouring Masses 
*(PLM, Philippines), *Socialist Aotearoa* (New Zealand), *Solidarity* 
(Australia), *Peoples Democratic Party *(PRD Indonesia), *Political 
Committee of the Poor-People's Democratic Party* (Indonesia), *All 
Pakistan Federation of United Trade Unions*, *Radical Socialist* 
(India), *Nava Sama Samaja Party* (NSSP, Sri Lanka), *All Together* 
(South Korea), *Revolutionary Socialist Party* (Australia), *Australia 
Asia Worker Links*.

If your organisation would like to sign this statement, please email 
peterb at greenleft.org.au <mailto:peterb at greenleft.org.au>.

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