Malaysia: Bush Convicted of War Crimes in Absentia


George W Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld — leaders of the group of now-convicted war criminals. Barack Obama, Bush’s successor as President of the US Empire, with a growing list of war crimes of his own, prevented the investigation and prosecution of his predecessor criminals in the US. But Malaysia has forced the issue internationally.

by Yvonne Ridley

Kuala Lumpur,
May 12, 2012

­ It’s official; George W Bush is a war criminal.

In what is the first ever conviction of its kind anywhere in the world, the former US President and seven key members of his administration were yesterday (Friday) found guilty of war crimes.

Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia.

The trial held in Kuala Lumpur heard harrowing witness accounts from victims of torture who suffered at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They included testimony from British man Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee and Iraqi woman Jameelah Abbas Hameedi who was tortured in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

At the end of the week-long hearing, the five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered guilty verdicts against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their key legal advisors who were all convicted as war criminals for torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

Full transcripts of the charges, witness statements and other relevant material will now be sent to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as the United Nations and the Security Council. Continue reading

Over 1,600 arrested during Malaysia protest

Sunday, 10 July 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon and made over 1,600 arrests yesterday during clashes with protesters who defied government warnings to rally in the capital for electoral reform.

Leaders of opposition parties were among those detained during a massive security operation but it failed to thwart the outlawed demonstration, which saw 50,000 people take to the streets of Kuala Lumpur, according to organisers.

With elections expected to be called early next year, demonstrators were demanding changes to the voting process including eradication of vote buying and prevention of irregularities which they say marred previous polls.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently on trial accused of sodomy, said he suffered bruising to his head and a cut on his leg after he was knocked down in the pandemonium when police fired tear gas.

“They shot directly (at us)… I could hardly breathe and stand up at the time,” the former deputy prime minister said from a hospital bed, where the 62-year-old said he will be kept overnight and was on painkillers. Continue reading

Kuala Lumpur: Putting a nice face on state repression

[The Inspector General of Police in Kuala Lumpur is instructing cops that, no matter what they do, do it with a smiley face; put the iron fists in velvet gloves. — Frontlines ed.]

Be good to look good

KL: A more approachable police force
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 10:50:00

INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar was recently reported to have said good-looking police officers would be assigned to give the force a friendlier look.

We should be aware we are always communicating through our facial expressions, posture and gestures, without saying a word.

When talking to others, our visual appearance has greater impact than our tone of voice. Surprisingly, what words we use matter less than how we use them.

Therefore, it is essential to look good to others rather than to just be good-looking. Even those with good looks can appear uglier when angry. Continue reading

Kuala Lumpur: Police To Detain Instigators, and will seize seditious shoes and trousers

June 29, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 (Bernama) — The police will detain anyone who uses words or displays symbols to instigate the people to join the illegal rallies planned by several groups in the city on July 9, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said today.

“Not only attire, but cars, buses, shoes, trousers and anything at all that smacks of sedition can be seized under the law,” he told reporters at Bukit Aman here Wednesday.

As such, he advised the people to stay away from the illegal rally for the sake of peace in the country. Continue reading

Malaysia: Orang Asli protest law taking away their ancestral land

300 Orang Asli from 5 villages protest clearing of their land

Battle Over Indigenous Groups’ Land Rights Shaping Up

By Baradan Kuppusamy

KUALA LUMPUR (IPS) – As the tabling in Parliament of a proposed law affecting their ancestral land draws near, Malaysia’s Orang Asli or ‘original people’ are gearing up anew for moves to challenge it.  Earlier this year, about 5,000 Orang Asli, who make up only 0.5 percent of Malaysia’s 27 million people, marched in protest against the pending legislation in Putrajaya, which is this South-east Asian country’s administrative capital.

Instead of softening their stance, however, proponents of the proposed law – which would have the Orang Asli renouncing their ancestral rights over vast tracks of forest and semi-forest land – seem to have ramped up efforts to get it approved.  Copies of the proposed legislation have also yet to be shown to the public, even though lawmakers say it is likely to be scheduled to be tabled in Parliament this December, approved in January, and then enforced by March 2011.

Experts say that once this happens, the country’s indigenous people would lose nearly 80 percent of their customary land acreage, which would be used for new townships, as well as for industrial and recreational development, including factory sites and golf courses. Continue reading

Some 5,000 foreign workers in Malaysia protest against employer

Smokescreen: Foreign workers running for cover after setting up a smokescreen by burning rubbish at their enclave in Tebrau industrial area in Johor Baru

August 16, 2010

Some 5,000 foreign workers from a computer hardware plant in Tebrau, a sub-division of the Johor Bahru district, held a protest against their employer Monday.

The protesters not only went on strike at their hostel, but also demolished a guard post and threw items including glass bottles, water bottles, iron cabinet, shoes and chairs onto the roads.

They even used fire extinguishers to spray the building, shocking people in the vicinity as they thought either fire was set on the building or tear gas was fired to disperse the crowd.

Meanwhile, the workers, mainly from Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, India and Bangladesh, also set up blockade at the main entrance of the hostel to prevent outsiders from entering the building.

At noon, several high-level officers from the factory were seen discussing the matter with several police officers while tens of the foreign workers approached the main building of the factory, believed to be talking to representatives of the employer. Continue reading