Cops widen probe on Adam


May 19, 2013

Prime Minister Najib: Listen to Voices of  Student Dissent

Free Adam Ali

The Voice of Student Dissent

COMMENT: Elections are over but young citizen activists who are unhappy with the results are back to show their dissatisfaction with the outcome by attending rallies organized by the Opposition in large numbers. They are defying orders from the Police not to attend these gatherings which have been declared illegal by the Police.

They see injustice and want to change so that they are free to choose a government through free and fair elections. This movement for change cannot be suppressed because people like Adam Ali and his friends and associates in various universities and other educational institutions are driven by democratic ideals, not by money or fear tactics. Like their counterparts in Indonesia at the close of the Suharto era, they choose democracy and freedom.

His friends were feeding him food while his hands were handcuffed when he was brought to his place in Bangsar this evening.

His friends were feeding him food while his hands were handcuffed when he was brought to his place in Bangsar this evening.

Their demands are simple; they want a legitimate government, not one that retains power by massive electoral fraud. They want the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of our Election Commission to step down; like BERSIH, they seek electoral reforms, and they want the EC itself to be revamped and made independent. not an appendage of the Prime Minister’s Department.

Will the Najib administration engage them civilly? Obviously not, since the symbol of student protest, Adam Ali, is under detention and faces the prospect of imprisonment of up to 20 years under the penal code.

New Team at Royal Malaysian PoliceHere is the opportunity for the government to crack down on Malaysian dissidents. We have a new Minister of Home Affairs and Inspector-General of Police and his Deputy (above). They are keen to show that they are tough and intolerant of dissent. They will not hesitate to use whatever means available to them to deal with student  protests and political dissent led by the Opposition.

In truth, high handed methods will only acerbate, not alleviate tensions since these student activists are intelligent and reasonable people.

ambigaWhat the Home Affairs Minister and his Inspector-General of Police need to do is to have dialogue with them. It is very much in the power of the Minister of Home Affairs and the Inspector-General to defuse the mounting tension by releasing Adam Ali from detention and by allowing peaceful protests to go on.

At the same time, the Najib administration should address the issue of electoral reform and the demands of BERSIH for free and fair elections. It should also ask for the resignation of the Election Commission Chairman and his Deputy to facilitate change. –Din Merican

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Cops widen probe on Adam

by Ram Anand@http://www.malaysiakini.com

Adam AliStudent activist Adam Adli, who was arrested yesterday, is also being probed under Section 124 (B) of the Penal Code in addition to being investigated under the Section 4 of the Sedition Act.

His lawyer Eric Paulsen said that the police had told a magistrate this morning that Adam is also being investigated for participating in an act “detrimental to parliamentary democracy”, which is now a crime based on a newly amended provision under the Penal Code which came into effect late last year.

Paulsen said that this provision under the Penal Code was “too general”.  Adam is investigated for the remarks he made during a public forum at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) on May 13, where he, alongside several other activists, urged the people to stage a massive street protest against electoral fraud.

Investigations are also based on a report by Free Malaysia Today, quoting rally organisers telling the forum that they will use the rally to “topple the government”.  This means Adam could face up to 20 years in jail if he is found guilty under the Penal Code.

After a day, no statements taken
 
Magistrate Muzlinda Mohd had ordered for Adam to be remanded for five days due to the nature of the alleged offence, Paulsen told Malaysiakini.

The 24-year-old Adam, best known for being suspended for three semesters by University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) for lowering a flag bearing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s image in front of the UMNO headquarters two years ago, was arrested in Bangsar Utama at 3pm yesterday.

At the time of writing, the Police have yet to record his statement, which according to Paulsen, suggests that the arrest was an act of punishment.

“It has been more than 24 hours, and he has yet to have his statement taken,” Paulsen said, saying that Adam is still in a lock-up at the Jinjang Police station.

Paulsen, who is representing Adam along with Latheefa Koya, said that they are unhappy with the remand period and will file an objection tomorrow. He also said that Adam’s arrest and subsequent investigation signals lack of tolerance for dissent by the Najib administration.

35 thoughts on “Cops widen probe on Adam

  1. Overreaction and oppression. It is an unnecessary intimidation, a display of brute power which is inconsistent with current trends to liberate the minds and will of the people. It is a discredit to the new IGP who should show more maturity and professionalism in dealing with dissent.

    The history of civilisations has shown that oppression will only awake a higher consciousness to the people’s right. That’s the history of mankind from Moses who rose vs the Pharoah; to the French and Bolshevik Revolutions and more recently the Arab Spring. New IGP TS Khalid should learn history if he hopes to show a new face of the PDRM. Be impartial, be professional and please implement the priority of eradicating crime first.

    But what do you expect when you have a new Home Minster who behaved so childish by asking those who express opinion about GE 13 to leave the country. He should be told to go back to his Javanese village!

  2. Rule by intimidation and instilling fear is the sign of dictatorship. Paul Low and Waythamoorthy you have become tools of dictators. get out

  3. When God cast Adam out of Paradise it was not just punishment for eating the forbidden fruit. It was to signify free will with which comes accountability. Free will is preceded by knowledge or awakening. Thus, the primodial story of Man is about God’s Great Design to show why Man is God’s vicegerent on earth.

    Today, we have God’s great design in making Adam Adli to be arrested by the PDRM to awaken us all.. His incarceration is a wake-up call for all Msians that we are facing not just a corrupt and dishonest government but a government that would use oppressive government apparatus like PDRM to silence critics and differing views. Is this a govt that deserves to remain in powet for the next 5 yrs?

    Should BN/UMNO be allowed to perpetuate their cheating ways for another 5 yrs, and in the meantime, many like Adam Adli, Nik Nazmi , Rosli Dahlan, Datuk Ramli Yusuff and other innocent citizens face persecutions. This a Government that will be use oppression to silence critics. This is a Goverment that was aided by the EC to cheat and rob Msians of a legitimate GE13. So, this govt must be brought down before more innocent lives are victimised!

  4. Adam’s arrest and remand for 5 days is a clarion call for us all to rise up and challenge this govt. Do we want to wait for Adam to die like Teoh Beng Hock and Ahmad Sarbaini before we shout again?

    If so, we will become a sad society that deserves this cheating corrupt government. Rise all Malaysians and make it happen this time- Ini Kalilah!

  5. AA is just a symbol of most youth who seek fairness and justice. A larger version of AA is Rosli and his likes. We are fortunate and happy for they seek justice without favor or fear for us ra’ayat. What they did wasn’t for heroic reason at all nor bravery or anything close to those. It just that their shout for justice and fairness is louder than most of us. For that the government wants to oppress them?

  6. nice to see a young Malay speaking so passionately we must not allow this young man to be in jail.

  7. We should make this Adam like the 1st Adam- the Father or Man who was part of God’s design to cast Man on earth so that Man can be God’s vicegerent. Like the 1st Adam, who suffered so that Man may take his proper place, so will this Adam be the beacon for Msians to rally behind him; to face incarceration and adversities so that the mind and soul may be liberated. Througout history, all who calls for reforms will face persection like Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad SAW. Let Adam unite us all Malaysians of all races and colour as one united people in the strive for truth n Justice!

  8. UMNO is intolerant of dissent. Now that son of the father took over as MB in Kedah, the first among executive orders he gave was “No public rally”. Why am I not surprised??

  9. “Let Adam unite us all Malaysians of all races and colour as one united people in the strive for truth n Justice! ” — salleh

    The First Adam was not man enough to stand up to Eve and said, “No” to her. He disobeyed God’s commands and it became the first mortal sin Man ever committed. Since then we have had to suffer the pain of death until the Son of God came along. The first Eve was quickly bundled away and was quickly substituted with a more obedient Eve. The world’s first OWC was formed some 5,000 years ago.

  10. “Nice to see a young Malay speaking so passionately we must not allow this young man to be in jail.”

    Condescending biaatch !

  11. “Investigations are also based on a report by Free Malaysia Today, quoting rally organisers telling the forum that they will use the rally to “topple the government”. This means Adam could face up to 20 years in jail if he is found guilty under the Penal Code.”

    It is the right of all right thinking decent Malaysians who owe allegiance to King and country to seek the ouster of any illegitimate government through constitutional and extra constitutional means. That goes without saying. What difference is there when someone stands somewhere in the world, on a soap box somewhere in some public park to say it? Except that Adam Adli offers himself as lightning rod for dissent in his own country by saying it in his own backyard.

  12. And that ex-Appellate Court jude Mohd Noor is walking free for spewing our much more racist hatreds and poisons than a young man who just asked the people to seek justice for the votes they casted on 5th May…

  13. Congratulations to Pak Din kita for breaking the sound barrier among blogs. This blog has hits exceeding that of Looney Loone who at one time was way ahead of the pack.

  14. Just because he had his son come to Penang during CNY for the PSY Concert and spoke a few words in Mandarin on stage, he expected all Chinese to vote for him? Sudahlah…

  15. PDRM wastes so much time cracking down on dissents that they forgot to do their main job, cracking down on crimes. Malaysia is going to the dogs.

  16. We must seek the truth and please treat Adam Adli well. Malaysians want fairplay and no police brutality please. Pray for AA. We will stand vigil for him.

  17. “PDRM wastes so much time cracking down on dissents that they forgot to do their main job, cracking down on crimes. Malaysia is going to the dogs.” — didi

    Main job?? The police main job is making money for themselves while cracking down on dissidents to please their political masters (read: UMNO white collar criminals). Cracking down on crimes? Wasssaatt?? Malaysia going to the dogs??! What makes you think the dogs want a piece of what is left?

    Ask a kid what he wants to be when he grows up. Fifty years ago the answer used to be “a policeman”. Today the answer is still the same. But the reason has changed.

  18. Dissent is not tolerated by our corrupted regime, but I believe truth and justice will prevail. Life is just temporary and all of us will have to face God and answerable to Him. The evil ones will receive their dues.

  19. TS IGP ( new ) will set a benchmark for his successor to follow, now how I miss that nice old IGP, only Allah knows, you should go check out his house, an IGP leaving in a terrace house, with not enough space for a guard house, so much so that the PDRM had to erect one on the field opposite his home, just to ensure his safety, they don’t make them like him anymore,he chose to retire rather than to be answerable to Allah SWT later on. Perhaps that’s the real benchmark for the other top level PDRM officers to follow…Ooops…Oouch!!!

  20. Wah Bean coming back with gusto. Hey I thought I saw an entry somewhere where Mr Bean was given a mykad and was in Malaysia for the election.

  21. Just my gut-feeling the mishandling of Adam Adli’s case might blow up in Najib’s face…. could this be Zahid Hamidi’s present to Najib? like he did the “missing F5-E engines, the submarines that could not sink and the missing Skyhawks in the Arizona desert” presents he gave Najib earlier… since UMNO election pun sudah mai…

  22. 1. UMNO Baru-BN neanderthals do not realise that misusing the
    police for political purposes will lose them more hearts and minds ?

    2. UMNO Baru behaving more and more Nazi-like
    e.g. boycott of Chinese businesses, as advocated by its outsourced far right-wing attack dog “NGOs”.

    Similar to what the Nazis advocated in Germany in the 1930s
    against its Jews. SHAME !

    A disgrace to all Malaysians of goodwill.

  23. Many do not know that this is how the police work. They usually arrest you on a Friday evening. Saturday is not a court’s day so they can hold you till Monday.

    They then produce the accused on Monday morning to the magistrate and recommend for a 5 to 7 days extension where the magistrate never failed to grant. So this poor soul will be in the lock up for 7 to 10 days. Notice that another weekend is up without the court. Thus another 2 more days is added.

    When the remanded period is up. The police will use an excuse that they have not gather enough evidence and seek for further extension. When the magistrate refused, the police will release the accused and rearrest the accused for another offences and the game continued. Only and experienced lawyers know how to deal with the police. The lawyers know of such game and they know how to complain to the magistrate of such abuses.

    Please note that during all these remanded period no charge sheet is being prepared, no statement is recorded. The charge sheet is only prepared on the day of the accused release from remanded, usually the finding on the charge sheet is release without sufficient evidence.

    So, yes, Paulsen is not wrong when he suggests that the arrest was an act of punishment because the police know that they cannot made the charge stick.

    I have learned this when handling some personnel matter.

  24. Semper,

    That wasn’t me laa. When I return our Dato will be 82 years old and will still be sitting on the back of his kerbau – waiting. What is the average life span of a kerbau under UMNO? D’ya know Semper?

  25. Our enforcement has degraded to 1) outriders for the VVIPs; 2) arrest those who show some discontentment to the ruling regime, BUT FAILED MISERABLY to a) catch the robbers, theives, rapist; b) those who spew disgusting racial provative threats.
    The country is so unsafe, and wonder when the international survey will rank Malaysia as one of the top unsafe country to stay. Police are too preoccupied with protecting the rich and powerful , and let those foreigners take over the security of the country. Zimbabwe in the making. What a sad state of this country.

  26. Please note that during all these remanded period no charge sheet is being prepared, no statement is recorded. The charge sheet is only prepared on the day of the accused release from remanded, usually the finding on the charge sheet is release without sufficient evidence.

    So, yes, Paulsen is not wrong when he suggests that the arrest was an act of punishment because the police know that they cannot made the charge stick.

    — vic
    —————————–

    The magistrate is always prosecution oriented – and understandably so. CPC allows the police 48 hours without having to bring the accused before a magistrate. And when they do, it is to ask for an extension of the remand apparently for time to investigate. If bail is involved and the accused is unable to come up with bail and has no lawyer, cannot afford one, he remains in jail. Sometimes the prisoner is forgotten and is left to rot and nobody knows why.

    Over here, if you are indigent and cannot afford a lawyer one will be given to you at state expense. There is no constitutional safeguards for the accused. No due process rights. Malaysia is a police state.

  27. Hmm, Adam Adli, should be called Adam ‘Adil’, since he is fighting for justice in the last GE. We need youths like this. May God bless and protect him.

  28. Sudah dapat semo. Business as usual but with new broken brooms to take draconian sapu semo masuk jail. New tongkat ali induced anak jantan in power to bully the likes of Adam into submission. Apa lagi naj1b mahu?

  29. The fear, dictatorial and oppression are best to describe those in authority to use such inhuman tactics to intimidate a young university student who only ask for fair and clean election. New brooms sweep well.

  30. Bean,
    What’s new Bean in Malaysia? That’s why only those countries that survived are those who practices rule of law

  31. ” ….. Adam is being investigated for participating in an act ‘ detrimental to parliamentary democracy ‘ ….. ” . – Ram Anand

    Gosh … if what Adam is quoted as having said is ‘ detrimental to parliamentary democracy ‘ then is massive electoral fraud by the Government and the Election Commission , issuing of malaysian pasports , citizenships and malaysian identification cards to foreigners in exchange for votes , etc considered a boon to democracy?

    How come these people who are guilty of these CRIMES are still walking around free while Adam is locked up? I will be at the next rally for Adam and for CLEAN AND FAIR ELECTIONS .

    I don’t trust the new leadership in the police force nor the Home Ministry.

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