Groups urge junta to stop violence
2 Oktober 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: A coalition of 16 Malaysian NGOs has called on the Myanmar military junta to stop violence against its own people. A memorandum, delivered by the Malaysian Youth Coalition for Peace and Freedom in Burma, was received by the embassy's minister-counsellor Win Myint. Some of the NGOs linked to Barisan Nasional were led by Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin. They marched from Jalan Ampang to Jalan Ampang Hilir to hand over their protest note at the Myanmar embassy here yesterday.
Khairy said the memorandum touched on aspects such as economic development, political stability as well as oppression of the people in Myanmar.
He said there should be a peaceful, developed and free Myanmar through the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, who had been democratically elected but denied powers by the military junta.“We want the junta to stop immediately any act that oppresses or attacks the people of Myanmar.”
He also called on Malaysians to join the coalition to help the Myanmar people's cause.The memorandum was delivered by a group of six people representing the 16 members of the coalition.
They were Akademi Belia Ma- laysia chairman Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Gerakan Youth chief Datuk Mah Siew Keong, Gerakan Belia Bersatu Malaysia vice-president Ng Lok Sai, Young Malaysian Movement president Ng Chin Loong, Malaysian Indian Youth Council president Raja Ratnam and the coalition co-ordinator Stephen Doss.
The coalition also conveyed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's call at the recent United Nations general assembly for the junta to stop violence against civilians.
Also present in front of the embassy were members of the opposition parties.Besides carrying posters and signs criticising the junta, coalition members also released doves as a symbol of freedom and placed flowers at the embassy to mark those who died during the peaceful demonstration in Myanmar recently.
Exhibition tells of nation’s growth and achievements
15 September 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: On Malaysia Day tomorrow, take a journey through the country’s achievements in the last 50 years. An exhibition called "We are the children of Malaysia" will be held at the lower ground level of Berjaya Times Square here."It is a journey through history, dating from the Malacca empire, to the rise of nationalism, independence and post-independence," the exhibition’s organiser, Stephen Doss, said.
Fourteen exhibition panels in red and white, which feature the country’s story, connect to the largest indoor Malaysian flag measuring 50 feet by 50 feet which hangs from the ceiling."There are not enough programmes or emphasis on Malaysia Day, although it is a day to recognise everybody.
"We can see from the exhibition that people of different races and religions were involved in achieving independence."Doss, who is the head of Gerakan’s non-governmental organisation and youth bureau, said the exhibition showed the party’s commitment to a multi-racial Malaysia.
The exhibition, which ends on Sept 30, was organised by the bureau and the National Youth Association of Malaysia, of which Doss is president. Acting Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, who is also Penang chief minister, will launch the exhibition on Sunday at 3pm. In conjunction with the event, 150 college students from around the country will attend a workshop to discuss the country’s direction in the next 50 years, after which they will present the roadmap to Koh.
Source: The NST Online