SUHAKAM supports the ISA?

What has Malaysia come to? Seriously. I mean, SUHAKAM is the Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia. Meaning that it’s basic responsibility is to look over the Human RIghts in Malaysia.

So what is SUHAKAM’s logic behind supporting the ISA? The ISA has got to be one of the most illogical acts in Malaysia, and one that violates so many human rights. And SUHAKAM supports it?

If that is what SUHAKAM is all about, then I say, let’s just get rid of it.

Perlukah lagi SUHAKAM?

Pada 29 April yang lalu, timbalan perdana menteri, Najib Tun Razak mengumumkan pelantikan semula 16 pesuruhjaya Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (Suhakam). Kesemua pesuruhjaya tersebut dilantik semula untuk menerajui Suhakam sehingga April 2010.

Mereka ialah Abu Talib Othman; Simon Sipaun; Dr Chiam Heng Keng; Dr Mohammad Hirman Ritom; Asiah Abu Samah; Dr Raj Abdul Karim; Dr Abdul Monir Yaacob; N. Siva Subramaniam; Choo Siew Kioh; Tunku Nazihah Tunku Mohamed Rus; Prof Emeritus Dr Khoo Kay Kim; Zaitoon Othman; Dr Denison Jayasooria; Dr Michael Oon Kheng Yeoh; Khalid Ibrahim dan Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Pada tahun 2002, apabila Abu Talib dilantik menjadi pengerusi, 32 NGO telah memboikot untuk berurusan dengan Suhakam selama 100 hari.

Pemboikotan tersebut berlaku kerana Abu Talib mempertahankan tindakan kerajaan dalam Operasi Lalang pada 1987 yang menyaksikan lebih 100 aktivis politik dan NGO, ditahan tanpa bicara di bawah ISA. Selain itu, Abu Talib juga terlibat secara langsung dalam kes pemecatan Ketua Hakim Negara, Salleh Abas pada 1988.

Menurut Dr Kua Kia Soong dari Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), hanya individu yang mempunyai kredibiliti dan pengalaman yang luas dalam memperjuangkan hak asasi manusia yang layak mengetuai Suhakam.

Apabila ditanya pandangannya jika Abu Talib dilantik semula, jawabnya: “Tidak sama sekali, ketika saya memfailkan habeas corpus terhadap penahanan semasa Operasi Lalang, Abu Talib adalah orang yang mengatakan bahawa “pengurungan bersendiri” (solitary confinement) adalah seperti tinggal di bilik hotel“.

Abu Talib yang menyokong ISA, dilantik semula sebagai pengerusi Suhakam. Tindakan ini menunjukkan dengan jelas bahawa timbalan perdana menteri itu anti hak asasi manusia dan tidak mahu memilih mereka yang mempunyai latarbelakang hak asasi manusia sebagai anggota pesuruhjaya.

Presiden Hakam, Malik Imtiaz mencadangkan kerajaan melantik pesuruhjaya Suhakam yang bekerja secara sepenuh masa agar mereka akan lebih fokus dan dapat menjalankan kerja secara efektif.

Dalam sistem sekarang, pesuruhjaya Suhakam hanya bekerja secara sambilan. Menurut Malik lagi, pesuruhjaya yang bekerja secara sambilan tidak memberikan persepsi yang baik kerana mereka akan dilihat tidak mempunyai komitmen yang serius.

Menurut Siva Subramaniam, setiap pesuruhjaya Suhakam diberi elaun RM7,000 sebulan, tuntutan minyak dan sebuah Proton Perdana sepanjang perkhidmatan mereka.

Ertinya, kerajaan akan membelanjakan sebanyak RM 1,344,000 setahun hanya untuk membayar elaun 16 orang pesuruhjaya Suhakam. Ini belum lagi dicampur dengan kos untuk membeli Proton Perdana, tuntutan minyak dan perbelanjaan untuk kos pernerbangan dan hotel jika ada program antarabangsa.

Jika bekerja sepenuh masa, jumlah anggota pesuruhjaya boleh dikurangkan. Selain membantu menjimatkan kos, ia juga akan menjamin keberkesanan kerja.

Full article here.

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This just makes me sick. To think that Human Rights in Malaysia is under the care of 16 people who have no formal training in Human Rights, and they’re all working part-time. Now I know why human rights in Malaysia is down in the doldrums.

The president of SUHAKAM now is the same fellow that caused numerous NGOs to boycott SUHAKAM. Where are these people’s brains? Do they not know how to think properly? What good does it do to put the person who sees no hardship in solitary confinement as President of the Committee that’s supposed to be looking after our rights?

Makes no sense at all.

These people have no formal training. They know very little, if any at all, of human rights, and its neccessity in society. They have OTHER jobs besides their job as caretaker of human rights in Malaysia. They’re getting paid RM7,000 to work part-time on a job that they cannot carry out at all.

Is it just me, or is there really a downward spiral for human rights in Malaysia if this goes on?

SUHAKAM supports the ISA? The one committee that supposed to be the caretaker of human rights in Malaysia supports a draconian law? And they’re being paid RM7,000 per month for supporting this ancient law?

Does anyone see logic? Definitely beats me. If this is what SUHAKAM is about, then I think SUHAKAM is just not relevant then. We don’t need people parading as human rights preservers, when in actual fact, they’re just part of a political system that’s long overstayed it’s time.

Besides, what business does the Deputy Prime Minister have in electing the members of SUHAKAM? Is that part of his job? If it is.. well. The only thing I can come up with is:

No wonder-lah…



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