Zaid: No compromise on human rights

Just for a breath of fresh air, away from the Anwar case for the moment. I read an article on Din’s blog HERE, sourced from malaysiakini HERE.

Zaid Ibrahim, de-facto Law Minister in the PM’s Dept, had the following to say:

“I have been a minister for just about three months and in that time I have talked about various issues – the need to review legislation such as the Internal Security Act, judicial reform, granting wider public access to justice through legal aid, tackling the backlog of cases, the case for greater press freedoms.”

“Such talk has caused consternation to some elements within my own party, to the point that I am accused of espousing opposition policies, and thus I should resign.”

“The opposition has also called for my resignation on grounds that I have not done enough to bring about the promised changes.”

[He said] […] governments can no longer say they subscribe to the rule of law and yet compromise on the issues of human rights.

“Equally they cannot say they believe in the rule of law and yet practice arbitrary detention without regard for oversights and adequate review process.

It is the recognition of human rights that we then embrace the rule of law, the right to equality, right to fair trial, right to information and so on and so forth.”

Beautifully said. And I must say, I am all for it.

I don’t feel the need to reiterate my own beliefs, because he has articulated it well enough.

He further adds this:

“What is it that the younger generation of this country so desperately wants? I believe they want justice and fairness. They want the institutions of governments to be credible, to reflect integrity, they want an independent judiciary where if all else fails them, the final bulwark of justice will step in to keep the powers-that-be on the straight and narrow.

“They want space to voice their dissatisfaction; they want room to exercise their right to assemble, to expression, to livelihood, education, the right to know and be informed. They want transparent and accountable use of power by the authorities and they want a government that is corrupt free.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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2 Comments on “Zaid: No compromise on human rights”

  1. humm says:

    As much as i like to applaud what zaid had to say, like anything else it is the manner it is done (if at all) is much to be desired. Point in case, see the way the ex judges ex-gratia was handled. I am least surprised why his party members would call for his resignation. Another one, batu puteh, were we ill advised? I’m not surprised if the opposition would want his resignation. Now, in the midst of all the legal battle on sodomy, altantuya,.. where is the law minister. What happened to contempt of court? Why all the silence? I just hope all the nice words are not just a crowd pleaser. Never mind, give it the benefit of doubt and lets see.

  2. 2 cents says:

    as much as i like to believe the current administration, i have given up hope a long time ago..
    “cakap tak serupa bikin” that’s all i can say. how do we now convince the international community that we are a progressive nation on our way to first world status when everything we say and do shows otherwise. as it stands, we are no better than zimbabwe, myanmar etc..


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