Some 40 civil society groups have come out to protest the suspension of a Cambodian NGO that works to analyse the impact of development projects especially on the poor and marginalised.
The sudden suspensions of Suara Keadilan and Harakah for the next three months are blatant violations of the principle of freedom of the press. What is disturbing is that the move denies Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Pas – two opposition political parties whose fortunes are on the rise – their fundamental democratic right to disseminate their ideologies and views to their membership and the wider public. These suspensions are clearly meant to frustrate these parties from reaching out to and influencing Malaysians of all walks of life.
“Looking at the (Tribunal’s) report now, I do not have any doubt that my decision not to participate in the proceedings was right …,” Tun Salleh Abas said in the conclusion of his reply to the Tribunal’s report. His clarifications point to a shocking scenario of injustice, twisted facts and perverted actors mouthing dubious “evidence” — in other words, a kangaroo court!