雪梨勝啦!

今天值得慶祝:勞勿金礦起訴雪梨誹謗案敗訴了。

争取環境正義、司法公正、言論自由是漫長艱難的馬拉松長跑。

我都忘了這幾年來我為了這幾起誹謗案件跑了多少趟的律師樓、錄過了多少次的口供和資料分享?

外人真的難以想像當事人的壓力和律師的工作是多大呀。謝謝在這抗爭道路上一起努力的夥伴。

真的希望這些勞民傷財的案件(當今大馬的案件將在23/5下判)快快結束。正義得以伸張。

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起诉武吉公满居民诽谤败诉

金矿公司须赔两万令吉堂费

勞勿澳洲金矿公司起诉反山埃委员会副主席丘雪梨诽谤败诉,吉隆坡高庭今日撤销该公司的诉讼,并谕令赔偿2万令吉堂费予丘雪梨。

法官杨惠婵指出,由于起诉人劳勿澳洲金矿公司无法证明,答辩人丘雪梨的言论恶意诽谤该公司的名义,高庭基于“既然性权衡”(balance of probabilities)原则,宣判撤销案件。

她在长达45页的判词写道,欲证明此案存有恶意诽谤,起诉人须确立3件事项:

1. 丘雪梨(见图)所刊登的文章,有关劳勿澳洲金矿公司言论的部分不实;
2. 这些文章是出于恶意才刊登;

3. 刊登这些文章,直接与自然造成特定损害(special damage)。

“……起诉人并未致电383名居民任何一人,以鉴定在起诉人使用山埃採金时,他们的健康未受影响,因此未能证明答辩人所读出的调查结果(山埃不利居民健康)不实。”

“……起诉人并未传召曾采访过答辩人的记者为证人,以证明答辩人确曾说过这番话。因此,言论不实一事,并不存在。”

读出结果并非恶意中伤

杨惠婵续说,丘雪梨是反山埃委员会副主席,而该组织是关切武吉公满居民健康的利益团体,她只是说出委员会的调查结果。

“答辩人在记者会读出调查结果一举,不能证明她恶意中伤起诉人。”

正因如此,杨惠婵表示,起诉人未能确立丘雪梨所言不实,且其指控丘恶意刊登文章中伤劳勿澳洲金矿公司,特定损害一事也不存在。

丘雪梨的代表律师为傅协祥,而劳勿澳洲金矿公司律师则是逊尼尔(Sunil Abraham)。

终于可恢复正常人生活

稍后,身穿“生命高于利润”反山埃绿色T恤的丘雪梨,在庭外受访时,心情愉悦,脸上一直挂着笑容。

“这个判词对我们太好了。放下心头大石了。可以过正常生活了。”

“之前为了这个困扰,四处奔波,一直担心如果判决不利,我们会受到影响,为社会带来负担,现在终于不用担心了。”

居民承包巴士到场打气

早在清晨5点多,武吉公满居民即承包巴士,从劳勿赶赴吉隆坡,为丘雪梨打气。丘雪梨的丈夫、父亲、妹妹等人也到法庭支持。

案件捎来喜讯后,近40人在庭外举起反山埃手势,高呼“禁止山埃”口号,个个皆露笑颜。

金矿公司连连起诉多人

2013年9月,澳洲劳勿金矿公司不满丘雪梨、反山埃委员会主席黄金雄和秘书丘惠豪三人,在《当今大马》和《自由今日大马》的两篇报道中,发表针对该公司的诽谤言论,因此兴讼索偿 。

不过,黄金雄和丘惠豪相继为自己言论道歉,而金矿公司也撤销针对他们的诉讼。惟丘雪梨坚持不道歉,其案件因而进入审讯程序。

在此案之前,金矿公司也于2012年9月入禀吉隆坡高庭, 起诉《当今大马》和《自由今日大马》两家网络媒体诽谤。其中,起诉《当今大马》的案件将在下周一(23/5/16)下判。

原文出處:http://m.malaysiakini.com/news/341757

307 Kita Lawan

I love this photo most, 3 complete strangers (and thousands at the back) from different ethnic groups stood together for the same cause: Stop the political persecution! Najib undur !!
Najib, did you hear what 10 thousands people shout on the street? Najib Undur
With Ban Cyanide group before the rally start. We were at every big rakyat assemblies in the town. Our struggles have not over yet!

 

 

 

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This is where we started : Masjid Jamek with Boon Hooi and BCAC gang

 

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This is where we ended: KLCC with me regular demo friends 🙂
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The scene after the organizer declared demo end! at 6.30pm

 

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On the way to KLCC. Thousands are with us

 

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Waling towards KLCC, the rain cannot stop us

 

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OK, we are almost there

 

Save Baram Fund Raising Luncheon

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http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/279214

These are the most encouraging messages I received when I woke up this morning.

“I read that 峇南水坝工程动工在即,峇南约2万名原住民家园危在旦夕。非政府组织“当今峇南”将举办一场筹款午宴,为反水坝社运分子筹款,协助他们长期到峇南,提升原住民对峇南水坝危害的醒觉意识。How can I donate!”
“慧君,我購買5張餐券,不多,不好意思"

“I have some spare times next week, how can I help you on the fund raising drive?”

Thanks friends. U all warmed up my heart.

Yes, I am leading a fund raising drive with Baramkini members to raise funds to support Baram, Sarawak local residents to carry out their outreach programme to visit Baram’s remote longhouses to explain the impacts of the mega dam’s construction, social employment issues arising after the relocation, ethnic livelihood and environmental impacts arising, education and improving inland residents basic knowledge about human rights.

Baramkini hopes such a project will empower the local residents of Baram to protect their ancestral lands, their culture and their rights to self-determination.

You  are welcomed to purchase a luncheon ticket (priced at RM50 per ticket, VIP seat is RM200 per ticket), be our sponsor, be our volunteers or donate directly.

U can directly bank into
BARAMKINI CULTURE ENTERPRISE
Bank :HONG LEONG BANK BERHAD
A/C NUMBER :04000103570
SWIFT CODE :HLBBMYKL

Many many thanks.

For more details, read here and here

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NEGARA-Ku

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“NEGARA-KU”: A PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT TO RECLAIM OUR NATION

 10 July, 2014

 

WHY?

On a daily basis, we are confronted with serious challenges that have begun to undermine the very foundations of our Nation. The peace and harmony of our multi-ethnic, multi-faith and multicultural society are under threat.

Ethnocentric and race-based politics and communally-minded politicians continue to derail the process of inclusive nation building and the formation of a Bangsa Malaysia national identity. Importantly, religion is now increasingly used as a main marker of identity, and as a boundary maintenance mechanism to polarise the people.

There are political parties and their affiliates that are not focused on nation building, rather on building their respective power bases. These parties on both sides of the divide pursue their agenda that are transactional and short-term, not transformational and long-term.

The mobilisation and manipulation of race, ethnicity and religion have resulted in increasing intolerance, bigotry and extremism. There is also an emerging sub-culture of political violence. These are symptomatic of dangerous under-currents in our society.

The State, by default or design, has failed to address these pernicious developments. The State has also failed to play the role of an honest broker in managing conflicts in our society.

WHAT?

We believe the majority of the People want to end this brand of divisive ethno-religious politics.

We want to take ownership, fully cognisant, that Malaysia is a nation where her people are inextricably bound by a shared history, commonweal and destiny.

We have to act before our society descends into the abyss of instability.

The “NEGARA-KU” Coalition aspires to mobilize and empower the People:

  • To resist all forms of intolerance, bigotry, hatred, extremism, and violence;
  • To oppose all forms of discrimination, oppression, persecution and injustice;
  • To strive for a socially inclusive society;
  • To exhort the State and its lnstitutions to respect, adhere and uphold the Rule of Law; and
  • To demand adherence to the principles of stewardship, integrity, accountability and transparency in all aspects of governance.

We will strive to do this by returning to the basics:-

  • The Federal Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land;
  • The Malaysia Agreement; and
  • The Rukunegara as the guide for national objectives and values.

By this process of engagement and empowerment we endeavour to “HEAL THE NATION’’ and “RESTORE HOPE” in our future.

Follow Negaru-Ku on Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Negara-Ku/334341786690921?fref=ts

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Negara-ku attracted a lot of feedback and attack immediate on its formation on 10 July 2014

Here are the related news and responses :

http://www.malaysia-today.net/why-form-negara-ku/

 

民间“另类旅游团”深入砂州 亲身了解原住民反水坝斗争

Photo by Han Choo
Photo by Han Choo

砂拉越州政府在过去数十年来以发展为名,不理会当地原住民反对而执意兴建霸级水坝,导致原住民失去家园,甚至面对诸多文化与环境摧毁的问题。

于是,原住民陆续发起反水坝运动以捍卫家园。然而,除了社运份子和国际社会,原住民的抗争基本上难以引起大部分城市居民的注意,无法提高斗争过程的共鸣。

为了缩小城市人和原住民在反水坝运动上的认知鸿沟,民间团体开始带团组队,率领主要来自西马半岛的城市人拜访原住民部落,让他们亲身接触与了解,霸级水坝如何给原住民带来一场又一场的浩劫。

去年6月,一批社运份子创办名为“当今峇南”(Baramkini)的非政府组织,以砂州美里内陆的峇南为主要范围,透过游走探索的方式,带领更多人走进原住民区,希望能增加东西马之间的交流,提升国民对反水坝的醒觉。

去年中开始带团进峇南

当今峇南负责人廖天才(右图)表示,他从去年6月开始带团到遍布在峇南县内的各个内陆地区,让随团人与原住民共同在长屋生活约10天,从中了解他们的丛林生活如何被霸级水坝工程逐步摧毁。

“参与者在亲身体验和掌握更多具体资料,他们当中回到西马后,会以不同的方式把这样的信息流传开来,让更多人知道原住民反水坝的实情。”

他举例,有些参与者在峇南的旅途中拍下不少的照片,然后在雪隆区举办多个摄影展,也有人办分享会和讲座会,向大众传达反水坝运动的讯息。

昨天,廖天才就在隆雪华堂主持一个题为“砂州内陆另类旅游”的分享会,邀请3名曾加入游走团的人士分享心路历程。他们是自由撰稿人刘嘉美、民主学堂讲师陈逸飞和环境及工业安全顾问陈慧君。

砂州准备兴建峇南水坝

主讲人除了向50多名出席分享他们峇南之旅的经验和趣事,也道出当地原住民在捍卫家园时所面对的局限,包括在内陆地区的颠簸山路和交通不方便,在缺电缺水缺通讯设备的情况下,如何与其他村庄的原住民联系以凝聚更大的动员力量。

在砂拉越州再生能源走廊(SCORE)计划下,州政府总共要兴建12座水坝,其中已完工并运作的水坝是巴当艾(Batang Ai)和巴贡(Bakun)水坝,穆仑(Murum)水坝在蓄水,而第四水坝峇南(Baram)则最近开始动工。

兴建水坝过程中,政府征用大片原住民土地,世世代代与大自然共同生活的原住民基于政府没有给予合理赔偿,奋起展开反水坝抗争。

峇南原住民在7个月前展开封路行动,之后更在基地建立名为“拯救巴南村庄”(Kampong Operasi Selamatkan Baram)的新甘榜,准备长期抗战,继续日常监督,防止砂拉越能源公司(SEB)再次闯入,建造峇南大坝。

旅游之名避开入境麻烦

询及为何以旅游作为方式,廖天才告诉《当今大马》,有基于沙砂两州的首长都有特权下禁足令,阻止异议份子入境,因此他认为,借“旅游”为名是最圆滑和最剩麻烦的入境方法。

他解释,若以“考察团”的名义进入内陆地区,团队成员可能就会遇到麻烦,或在入境时遭官员刁难。

“我们的真正目的是要提升醒觉,让参与者有所了解和传达给更多人知道,所以我们可以非常低调地去做这种教育和开拓别人视野的工作。”

组小型八人团进入内陆

廖天才指出,游走团以小型方式进行,他平均每一次都只安排7到8名参与者,所有费用由参与者自费。

他首次带团到峇南是在去年6月,之后分别在8月、12月和今年的2月杪陆续领队,目前共带了近30人前赴峇南。

“(大家的)反应越来越好,因为参与过的人会和他们身边的人介绍。”

“我并不知道,这是不是最有效(提高醒觉)的方式,但至少整个醒觉运动正朝向正面发展。”

打破对原住民刻板印象

陈逸飞(右图)在讲座会时透露,许多人尚对原住民有着“懒惰、投国阵、排斥发展”的刻板印象,而这类深入内陆的旅程可让大家重新认识原住民。

“我还记得,在一个晚上,我们随团的人都在晚上10点睡着了,有一户原住民人家在11点出外打猎到凌晨1点,之后早上5点起床作务,之后再去打猎……你说他们怎么会懒惰?”

陈逸飞今年2月首次加入峇南之旅,并认为此行之所以有震撼力,是因为有直接与原住民交流的平台。

“很多时候,社运份子的主张和一些抗争的概念,可能保留在抽象(阶段),参与后会有更具体的了解。”

须了解原住民土地概念

刘嘉美(左图)则表示,大家有必要去理解原住民对于土地、金钱和生活价值观的概念,与城市居民存有很大的差距,参与峇南之行能让自己真正理解原住民“铁了心要守护森林”的原因。

“我们追求居住在特定的土地范围内,可能期望土地在未来的几年内增值……但原住民的土地范围概念可以是整片森林。”

刘嘉美续说,只要理解到森林为原住民的重要栖息地,就不难明白为何他们坚守家园,不惜设立路障,占领道路主要路口,阻止卡车进入内陆展开霸级水坝工程。

专家倡导改建小型水坝

另外,陈慧君(右图)则点出,大多数的国家皆已放弃兴建霸级水坝来发电,只有中国、巴西和马来西亚仍对霸级水坝“情有独钟”。

“全世界有权威的能源专家都不鼓励兴建霸级水坝了,因为它带来的生态破坏力,远比能源效益来得大。”

“他们现在提议的是,只需耗时半年就能完工的小型水坝,而只有小型水坝才能在短时间内解决能源短缺问题,反观霸级水坝平均需要长达8年的时间,这无法应急。”

她举例,北欧国家,比如芬兰,是目前发展小型水坝来发电的代表国。

当今峇南(https://www.facebook.com/baramkini) 的下一趟旅程将在今年8月展开,欲知详情,可电邮至gamltc@gmail.com

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SCORE & Renewal energy_23042014

我的演講PPT鏈接 / The link to my recent PPT presentation on renewal energy from Score perspective, welcome to use the information.  https://app.box.com/s/b2op2c8cpgdoa9x1oxnx

Encounter Orang Asal

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My last activism work for year 2013 is to accompany the Penan from Murum for a solidarity visit to Kampung Busut Baru, Banting (suku Temuan who are resettle under KLIA project) in Nov 2013. This photo was took with Usun How by Han Choo.

Penan in KL photo album (https://www.facebook.com/huichun/media_set?set=a.10202542385940262.1073741837.1214299738&type=3)

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I was the “broker” that gathered the Anti-death penalty activists (Fifa was not in the picture), Human Rights activists, Environmental activists, the photographers (Han Choo left earlier), the artists….. and the most importantly gathered a group of kind hearten beautiful people who determine to work for a better tomorrow.

And I will remember these fond memorials  and people for very long time.