[Marxism] Urgent appeal: Free the Malaysian socialist detainees! | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Jul 12 21:47:09 MDT 2011

By *Peter Boyle*, national convenor Socialist Alliance (Australia)*

July 13, 2011 -- Six Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) members, including 
federal Member of Parliament for Sungai Siput Dr Michael Jeyakumar 
Devaraj, are still being detained without trial even though the popular 
Bersih 2.0 democracy mobilisation is over. They are being held under an 
Emergency Ordinance (EO) that allows 60-day renewable detentions -- even 
though the country is not under a declared emergency.

The six were among 30 PSM activists detained under another draconian law 
on June 24 when they were participating in a peaceful national bus tour 
campaign for the government to step down. The 30 were then ridiculously 
accused of "waging war against the king". After seven days, 24 were 
released on bail but Dr Jeyakumar and with five other activists -- PSM 
deputy president M. Saraswathy, central committee members Choo Chon Kai 
and M. Sugumaran, youth chief R. Sarathbabu and Sungai Siput branch 
secretary A. Letchumanan -- were re-arrested as soon as they were on 
July 2 under the EO.

Petitions signed by 4000 people and some 40 NGOs -- calling for the 
immediate release of the six -- have been delivered to the Barisan 
Nasional government and for the last few days candlelight vigils (see 
pics below) have been held outside the federal police HQ at Bukit Aman, 
Kuala Lumpur.

The campaign for the release of the PSM detainees needs your urgent 
help. So if you can make a donation to the campaign please send it to:*

*Please transfer donations to the PSM account as follows*

*Account name : PSM CENTRE*

*Account No: 0061 -- 10 -003237-7*

*Bank : EON BANK*

*Branch : Brickfields ( Tun Sambanthan ) Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia*

*Swift Code: EOBBMYKL*

*[Protest letters still are urgently needed to be sent to the Malaysian 
government, please visit 
http://www.parti-sosialis.org/en/en/articles/1585 for details of where 
they can be sent. See also*<http://links.org.au/node/2380>*"**Malaysia: 
Protests demand release of democracy activists* 
<http://links.org.au/node/2380>*"**and* *"Asia-Pacific socialists 
demand: 'Free all political prisoners! Democracy for the Malaysian 
people!' <http://links.org.au/node/2392>"] *

More at http://links.org.au/node/2403

More information about the Marxism mailing list