Press Statement: DROP THE SEDITION PROBE AGAINST FADIAH NADWA FIKRI; THE POLICE OUGHT TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRATIC SPACE IN THESE TRYING TIMES

 

 

 

PRESS STATEMENT 2 MARCH 2020

DROP THE SEDITION PROBE AGAINST FADIAH NADWA FIKRI; THE POLICE OUGHT TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRATIC SPACE IN THESE TRYING TIMES

The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) calls upon the Police to drop all investigations against activist Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, for allegedly participating in a public rally during the week of intense political turmoil in our country.

Fadiah is a lawyer, an activist, and a member of our dynamic team. She is completely dedicated to the reforms agenda involving good governance, human rights and anti-corruption initiatives.

Her speech cannot be considered seditious by any proportions, given the political treachery and conspiracy that has taken place, over the last week, but rather an expression of disappointment and betrayal by our politicians who put personal interest over national interest.

The investigation against Fadiah and other activists that took part in the peaceful protest a few days ago is being seen as an act of intimidation and a warning to all peaceful Malaysians in voicing their objection towards the political treachery and the forming of a backdoor government.

C4 Center also calls upon the Police to step up its role during this time of murky and dirty politics and protect demonstrators and the public alike.

The police instead of working to stifle public dissent during this very challenging time for Malaysia, should instead facilitate and help ensure security for the peaceful acts of dissent. It is paramount that politicians with treacherous intentions be held to account, by the people.

Gathering to voice our dissatisfaction and objection towards the forming of the backdoor government, is a necessary outcome. The right to assembly is clearly stated in the Peaceful Assembly Act, and further enshrined under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution.

It is of utmost importance now above all, that the democratic space must be upheld for all citizens as they express their loss of confidence, betrayal, and abandonment of many of their MPs in undermining their vote, and the trust of the Malaysian people.

Police action in investigating Fadiah and other activist for this matter, does not conform to the rights of Malaysians as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

As such, C4 Center calls upon the Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador to intervene and drop all probe against Fadiah and other activists singled out for organizing public gatherings the last few days.

We urge Malaysians to join  in a solidarity gathering with Fadiah outside of Bukit Aman gates (lake gardens entrance) tomorrow 3/3/2020 at 11am. We urge members of the public who are concerned with this abuse of power to join her in act of solidarity.

 

 

Released By

 

Cynthia Gabriel, C4 Center Founding Director