Political leadership should be defenders of human rights

Hornbill Unleashed


Proham views with serious concern the lack of political leadership and commitment in ensuring that human rights is well promoted, respected and protected in Malaysian society.

Three recent incidences display that human rights and fundamental liberties are under threat. The suspension of the printing permit of the weekly “The Heat” by the Ministry of Home Affairs; the issues surrounding the rights to peaceful assembly against rising prices and the raid by Islamic religious officials on The Bible Society of Malaysia and confiscation of Bibles are trampling religious liberty issues.

All three incidences pertaining to media freedom, peaceful demonstrations and religious freedom have negative implications for citizens’ rights in a democratic society governed under the Federal Constitution. The actions have been carried out by civil servants employed by the federal or state governments.

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