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Going Shopping: Lawyers on the march

Fri 2011-Nov-25 @ +08 09:00:00 am

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Four years after lawyers went on a Walk For Justice from the judicial complex to the PM’s Office in Putrajaya, they are again undertaking one of the duties required of them under the Legal Profession Act.

In order to meet the statutory requirement — to uphold the cause of justice without fear or favour — lawyers have decided on a peaceful assembly to challenge the Peaceful Assembly Bill brought before Parliament this week, which is scheduled for speedy passage through the house.

Malaysia’s lawyers will thus “Go Shopping”, an activity first popularised by journalist and wildlife activist Sabry Zain in the late 1990s, when enthusiastic crowds thronged Batu Road, the old shopping district of Kuala Lumpur, in a spontaneous procession filling up the streets for hundreds of metres, playing hide-and-seek with happy blue-uniformed government supporters earning double time with batons, truncheons and tear gas.

Go Shopping with Aunty at KLCC

Other civil society organisations are also rallying support for the right of the people to “Go Shopping”. Auntie Bersih (Annie Ooi), a recognised expert in the art of taking long walks through the city centre in a yellow T-shirt, has promised to turn up at Kuala Lumpur City Centre on Saturday for a public protest organised by academic activist Wong Chin Huat.

Chin Huat, a political scientist, is one of many people dissatisfied with amendments to the Universities and University Colleges Act under the federal government’s reform programme, in which simple-minded university students unable to think for themselves will be protected from thinking about politics and encouraged to concentrate on studies that do not require any thinking.

Freedom Not To Think Bill

Federal government officials, compliant university academics and the mass media are united in seeing the virtues of reforms that do not require thinking on the part of university administrations or their students. Academics such as Wong Chin Huat, however, firmly believe that students who practise some thinking, by doing so, may protect federal government officials from thinking about sex and other acts.

Freedom From Your Politics on Campus Bill

The Universities and University Colleges Act (often shortened to UUCA) may now be cited as the Freedom From Your Kind of Politics in Campus Act. It may also be shortened to the U Just Don’t C Act.

Freedom of Shopping (Tourism) (Non-Traffic Jams) Bill

The draft legislation on peaceful non-public non-protests may now also be cited as the Freedom To Keep Shops Open Bill, or alternatively the Freedom Of Foreign Tourists (Frightened By Coloured People) Bill, and also as the Freedom Of Retired Army Generals (Not To Get Stuck In Traffic Jams After Golf) Bill.

The federal government’s frantic race to reform, however, suffered a minor setback in public relations when Malaysia was beaten to it by Burma, the military-run leper state of Asean which has not had a Parliament in 50 years let alone the right to protest.

Burma 5 Malaysia 30

Yesterday, the surprisingly reform-minded Burmese parliament passed a Peaceful Assembly and Protest Bill which allows public protests on the streets, on five days’ notice.

The similarity in names of the two bills has not been explained. However Asean’s hitherto leper state is to assume chairmanship of the regional grouping in 2014, by which time Burma may have completed other reforms ahead of Malaysia.

It is not known if there is any connection between the two events.

Although Burma’s new bill requires much shorter notice, proponents and supporters of Malaysia’s draft legislation are hailing it as a master stroke of reform and have scheduled it for speedy passage through Parliament, with little public notice or discussion, and just as little debate in the House.

The Government Transformation Programme is expected to applaud Parliament’s improved efficiency in passing laws, and in cutting down on time wasted on debates.

It is not known if a bonus awaits the Speaker for non-speeches.

Malaysia is a quasi totalitarian police state and quasi one party state ruled for 54 years by an ethnically-dominated administration supported by a docile military used to favours and large arms contract negotiations.

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One Comment
  1. ravanaiar permalink
    Fri 2011-Nov-25 @ +08 17:05:17 pm 17:05

    freedom is divine and freedom is fresh air.

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