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It's another double standards action from UMNO running dog

The legal action against Suaram is a retaliation from UMNO against its active role in exposing submarine scandal. This is no different with Singapore PAP who charge opposition members with leaked taxation and misreported account.

Everyone knows double standards action is a norm from BN against NGOs and opposition parties.

Although you can crying out loud for such political-motivated action, but the NGOs themselves have to make sure their account and every thing are clean and comply with the laws.

Action against Suaram
Posted on 18 September 2012 – 02:20pm

Radzi Razak and Michelle Chun newsdesk@thesundaily.com

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 18, 2012): Legal action will be taken against Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd by various government agencies for reporting a ‘misleading’ account in its annual report.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today that the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is expected to take action either tomorrow or Thursday.

The action by the AGC is based on the outcome of an investigation by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM).

Besides CCM, Ismail said Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Registrar of Societies (ROS) will also be following through on legal action against both Suaram and Suara Inisiatif.

“CCM will take action using the Companies Act 1965, the ROS will be using their Societies Act while BNM is looking into the matter of the company’s funding,” he told a press conference at CCM headquarters here today.

He said the CCM had through its investigations into Suara Inisiatif detected violations of at least five sections of the Companies Act, including Section 364(2), 166a(3), 169(14), 132(1), 167(1) and (2).

An offence under Sec 364(2) for making false statements in audit reports, carries a penalty of up to 10 years’ jail and a fine of up to RM250,000, or both.

When pressed to elaborate on the alleged offences, Ismail said the accounts reported by the company were “misleading”.

“All kinds of things. It is misleading. We are building a case, we cannot expose all the details now.

“For the other agencies, you need to call them. We only investigate, AG’s Chambers is the one which will ultimately determine the charges against them,” he added.

The ROS had in a statement last week said that Suaram had not complied with Requirement 1 and 2 of the Societies Act 1966, covering business address, membership fee collection, its constitution and having at least seven members.

Suaram and Suara Inisiatif might face de-registration and are in danger of being declared an illegal entity while its directors, Dr Kua Kia Soong and Dr Yeoh Seng Guan may face hefty fines and even imprisonment.

Kua, Yeoh, Suaram executive director E. Nalini and finance manager Danapakiam Savari were summoned today to CCM for another investigation under Section 7(d)(1) of the Companies Act.

Suaram chairman K. Arumugam said the non-governmental organisation (NGO) is prepared to face any investigations and has fully cooperated with all six government agencies involved.

The investigations followed a complaint lodged by NGO Jaringan Melayu Malaysia to the CCM in July, claiming that Suara Inisiatif received funding from international bodies and foreign governments.

Meanwhile, 138 NGOs today launched a “Stand Up for Suaram” campaign at CCM’s lobby today.

A total of 54 regional and international NGOs also voiced support for Suaram and protested what they deemed as a harassment of the human rights organisation.

“While credible cases of financial irregularities of organisations must indeed be investigated, government agencies must demonstrate impartiality in carrying out their investigations,” a joint statement released on Monday read.

“We find the whole process questionable as we don’t know the basis for investigations. They talked about foreign funding but Suaram already rebutted that,” said Fadiah Nadwa Fikri from Lawyers for Liberty.

Meanwhile, commenting on the protest, Ismail said the protesters claim to believe in democracy, but questioned the CCM’s right to do its job in investigating them according to the laws of the country.

“Suaram says it is an NGO, a free body. Why then did they come this morning with PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar? Is Suaram a PKR tool?”, he asked.

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QPR says:

Organisations both within Malaysia and around the world have recognized SUARAM as a key NGO that constantly pushes for greater awareness of human rights in our country. However, Regime BN appears intent on harassing them, seemingly due to the ongoing Scorpene submarine investigations which are taking place in France.

Now even Amnesty International has raised suspicion over the timing of BN’s sudden interest in SUARAM’s operations, noting that authorities began probing the group soon after it revealed that a close associate of PM Najib had sold Malaysian naval secrets to France.

民力 says:

纳吉说,来届大选不只是赢输的问题,同时关乎马来人生存的问题。
他说:“若要继续执政,就需确保巫统胜利,否则,将出现严重后果。”

以 巫统“大马来人主义”为中心的 1 Malaysia,和之前的首相所奉行的巫统极端马来民族主义政策有什么分别?来到紧急关头jib gor终于撕破了面具,煽动种族情绪!

烈火 says:

公民社会不会让人民之声suaram独行。大家风雨同路,直到打倒国阵腐败政权为止!