Saturday, 12 March 2016

Forum in commemoration of S. A. Ganapathy and Lim Chin Siong: Expert scholars to deliver speeches All are welcomed to attend and raise questions

Second media statement on the co-organisation of forum dated 12 March 2016

Forum in commemoration of S. A. Ganapathy and Lim Chin Siong
Expert scholars to deliver speeches
All are welcomed to attend and raise questions



Sahabat Rakyat, Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) Johor and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) Nusajaya will jointly organise a forum entitled “Tribute to S. A. Ganapathy and Lim Chin Siong: Develop the selfless devotion spirit of these eminent leaders of the Malaya labour movement”. Particulars of the forum are as follows:

Date: 20 March 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 2pm-6pm
Venue: Meeting hall at TJ Mart Kulai, Johor (Lot 5035, Lebuhraya Senai, 81400 Senai, Johor) (Coordinates: 1.633029, 103.632711)

2 scholars who have made much research on S.A. Ganapathy and Lim Chin Siong respectively accepted our invitation to become panel speakers. They promised to attend and express their views as well as provide papers for the forum. They are:

(1) Saminathan Munisamy – An active social activist from Johor. As the founder and author of malayaganapathy.com website, he has done lots of researches about S. A. Ganapathy of which led him to be a popular resource person about the hero from the Indian community in our country. The title of the paper that he submitted for this forum is “S.A. Ganapathy: From a Social Reformist to Independence Fighter”.

(2) C.C.Chin @ Chen Jian – Graduated from Nanyang University, is a historian of the Singapore and Malaysia left-wing movement. He has done a lot of research on the left-wing movement of Malaya and Singapore. He has also involved in the editing and publishing work of a number of books about left-wing movement, among those are Dialogues with Chin Peng: New Light on the Malayan Communist Party (与陈平对话 - 马来亚共产党新解), Oral History of Eu Chooi Yip, a Singaporean Political Activist, on Political Development in Singapore from 1945 to 1965 (浪尖逐梦–余柱业口述历史档案), Historical Dialogue of Communism Movement in Sarawak (砂拉越共产主义运动历史对话), Pursuing Dream in Roaring Flames - A Journey of Revolution in Sarawak (烈焰中追梦–砂拉越革命的一段历程), Anti-Japanese Movement of the Chinese in Malaya (马来亚华人抗日运动), etc. The title of the paper that he submitted for this forum is “The significance of inheriting and persisting Lim Chin Siong’s struggle line today” (继承与坚持林清祥路线的当前意义) [Note: The English title is temporary translated by Sahabat Rakyat from the Chinese language].

Another invited speaker, S. Arutchelvan, Secretariat of Left Coalition of Malaysia and former Secretary General of PSM is unable to make it to the forum as the date clashes with a pre-scheduled program in Kuala Lumpur. However, the organising committee is still trying our best to convince him to provide a paper for this forum and squeeze a little time to attend the forum. Besides, the organising committee deeply regrets that due to an unanticipated emergency, P. Waytha Moorthy, Chairman of HINDRAF, one of the co-organisers of this forum has to travel abroad and unable to attend the forum. We are also trying our best to convince him to provide a paper for the forum.

Poh Soo Kai and Dominic Puthucheary had declined our invitation via email on 10 March separately.

Panel speakers of this forum are given the choice to deliver their speeches in English or Chinese (moderator of the forum will convey key points in Chinese language). We will allow ample time for panel speakers to answer questions from the audience in Q&A session. Will the views to be put forward by panel speakers in the forum render some help to the democrats in our country to: ponder over the changing situation of political power that is currently in the phase of fragmentation and reorganization; seek for a democratic reformation programme that serves the interest and aspiration of the people in large? It will be something which many democrats in the country will eagerly want to know more about and sincerely anticipate for. This will be a forum of great significance which has drawn a lot of attention. So do not miss it. The organising committee particularly opted a suitable and comfortable venue for the forum that is convenient to NGO leaders and activists in Singapore and Johore who are keen in democratic movement to participate in the sharing face-to-face.

As usual practice, we have requested panel speakers to submit their papers (no limit on numbers of words). We will compile their papers into booklet, which will be made available to all participants. We will also forward the papers to democratic parties, organisations and media, and upload them to organisers’ blog/websites.

The working committee cordially invite people of Malaysia and Singapore of different ethnic communities, different religions and different classes who are concerned of and working on democratic and human rights movement to be with us at this forum. Admission is free. For more information, feel free to contact:

1. Y. Mohan (019-7102895), HINDRAF Johor
2. Choo Shinn Chei (017-7721511), Sahabat Rakyat
3. Silvarajah Erusam (016-7334469), PSM Nusajaya

Above is the picture of representatives from Sahabat Rakyat, Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) Johor and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) Nusajaya taken at the press conference held at South Johore Chinese Press Club. From left: Yong Siew Lee, Nyam Kee Han, S. Balakhrishnan, M. Kumaradevan、Silvarajah Erusam, Y. Mohan, Choo Shinn Chei, Cheng Lee Whee and Ang Pei Shan.

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1. First media statement "Tribute to S. A. Ganapathy and Lim Chin Siong: Develop the selfless devotion spirit of these eminent leaders of the Malaya labour movement"

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人民之友 对我国下届大选意见书
(华 巫 英)3种语文已先后贴出

作为坚守“独立自主”和“与民同在”的立场的一个民间组织,人民之友在今年9月24日对即将来临的第14届全国大选投票,发表了一篇以华文书写的“意见书”,题为:投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!

这篇意见书的英文译稿(标题是:Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”!)已于10月22日张贴在本部落格。马来文译稿(标题是:Undilah "calon yang membantah pengislaman negara": Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Mencegah puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa!)也已接着在11月13日在此贴出。

此外,人民之友也将通过电子邮件、微信、WhatsApp等方式,尽可能向全国各民族、各阶层、各行业、各宗教的团体和个人,传送我们的这份“意见书”供参考。我们欢迎跟我们对下届大选的立场和见解一致的团体和个人,将这份“意见书”传送到更多的人手中去!

我们希望,我们在意见书内所表达的对下届大选的立场和观点,能够准确而又广泛地传播到我国各民族、各阶层的人民群众中接受考验,并接受各党派在这次全国大选斗争和今后实践的检验。


Pandangan Sahabat Rakyat terhadap PRU akan datang telah diterbitkan dalam tiga bahasa (Melayu, Cina dan Inggeris)

Sebagai sebuah pertubuhan masyarakat yang berpendirian teguh tentang prinsip "bebas dan berautonomi" dan “sentiasa berdampingan dengan rakyat jelata”, Sahabat Rakyat telah menerbitkan kenyataan tentang pandangan kami terhadap Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 yang bertajuk "Undilah calon yang menentang Pengislaman Negera: Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Jangan benarkan puak Mahathir kembali memerintah! " (投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!)dalam Bahasa Cina pada 24hb September 2017.

Penterjemahan Bahasa Inggeris kenyataan tersebut yang bertajuk Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”! telah diterbitkan dalam blog kita pada 22hb Oktober 2017 manakala penterjemahan Bahasa Melayu telah diterbitkan pada 13hb November 2017.

Selain daripada itu, Sahabat Rakyat juga akan menyebarkan kenyataan ini seluas mungkin kepada pertubuhan dan individu semua bangsa, strata, profesyen dan agama seluruh Negara melalui email, wechat, whatsApp dan pelbagai saluran lain. Kami amat mengalu-alukan pertubuhan dan individu yang berpendirian dan pandangan sama dengan kami untuk turut menyebarkan kenyataan ini kepada lebih ramai orang!

Kami berharap pendirian dan pandangan kami berkenaan pilihan raya kali ini yang dinyatakan dalam kenyataan tersebut dapat disebarkan dengan tepat dan meluas untuk diuji dalam kalangan rakyat semua bangsa semua strata sosial melalui penglibatan mereka dalam amalan pelbagai parti politik dalam pertempuran pilihan raya umum kali ini mahupun amalan masa depan.


The Chinese, English and Malay renditions of Sahabat Rakyat’s opinions about next election have been published consecutively

As an NGO which upholds “independent and autonomous” position and "always be with the people" principle, on 24 September 2017, Sahabat Rakyat had released a Chinese-written statement of views with regard to the voting in the upcoming 14th General Election, entitled “Vote for candidates who are against State Islamisation: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent the return to power of Mahathir’s faction!” (投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!)

The English rendition of this statement entitled "Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”!" and the Malay rendition entitled "Undilah "calon yang membantah pengislaman negara": Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Mencegah puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa!" had been released on 22 October and 13 November respectively.

Apart from that, Sahabat Rakyat will also make every effort to disseminate this statement as widely as possible to organizations and individuals of all ethnic groups, religions and all walks of life throughout the country via email, WeChat, WhatsApp and other channels. We welcome organizations and individuals with the same position and views to spread this statement to more people!

We hope that our position and views pertaining to the next General Election expressed in the statement will be accurately and widely disseminated and also examined by the popular masses of various ethnicity and social strata through their involvement in the struggle of the next General Election carried out by various political parties and their practices in all fields in future.

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