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"To confuse you in order to take control over your body and mind, justified my implementing confusing policies irrespective of the end results as long as it serves my needs and purposes" Richard Loh
Each time when a new PM takes over, the people have high hopes and the believe that the country will change for the better. Great slogans, great plans and great talks fill the air as each PM sits on the throne. As usual it does not take long for these great euphoria to come tumbling down just as fast as it was created.
The first report from the Human Rights Watch released its World Report 2010.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 — Malaysia has failed to undertake systematic reforms to fulfil Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s oath of office in April 2009 promising to respect “the fundamental rights of the people,” Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2010.
The 612-page report, the New York-based organisation’s 20th annual review of human rights practices around the globe, summarises major human rights trends in more than 90 nations and territories worldwide.
In Malaysia, the report said, instead of addressing persistent human rights problems, the government harasses the political opposition; improperly restricts the rights to peaceful expression, association, and assembly; and mistreats migrants.
“The Malaysian government appears to be more interested in pursuing short-term political advantage than safeguarding rights,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
“In the hopes of maintaining control and power, the government has turned its back on its promises to protect people’s rights.”
The report also lamented that human rights defenders — such as lawyers, journalists, and members of non-governmental organisations — faced continued harassment and the possibility of arrest, especially if the government considered their work to be connected to opposition political parties.
“During the early days of his government, Prime Minister Najib talked big on protecting human rights — but talk is cheap,” Robertson said. “If the government really believes in its 1 Malaysia campaign, then it should demonstrate real commitment to improving respect for the human rights of all Malaysians.”
Read full report at The Malaysian Insider here and Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2010 chapter on Malaysia here.