The DAMAI MALAYSIA Declaration 6 December 2007

 

Over 395 NGOs, which include 95 non Malay NGOs, representing all the major ethnic groups and interests from all over the country converged in Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur this morning for the same cause, called ‘DAMAI MALAYSIA: Gabungan NGO Prihatin Malaysia’; to give support for the initiative to reject and urge the Government to take stern and decisive action against illegal assemblies and street demonstrations.

Former Court of Appeal Judge Dato’ Mohd. Nor Abdullah addressed the attendees of this one day conference non-partisan on the importance and significance of understanding Constitution of Federation of Malaysia and laws enacted, through Parliament by democratically elected representatives, is actually to protect the interests of the majority and it should be adhered to, unconditionally.

This was Bernama.coms report:

December 06, 2007 23:28 PM

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 (Bernama) — Almost 400 non- governmental organisations (NGO), representing various races from throughout the country, gathered at the Sultan Sulaiman Club in Kampung Baru here to condemn street demonstrations that could disrupt order.

The 395 NGOs described certain quarters as being insolent when they accused the government of ethnic cleansing when in fact, all races are treated fairly.

Over 600 NGO leaders who called themselves the “Damai Malaysia” (Peace Malaysia) movement, gathered for over three hours before coming up with a joint statement on their strong stand against street demonstrations, to be handed over to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Damai Malaysia coordinating secretary, Mohd Nardin Awang said the movement wished to remind all that the right of expression, as provided for under the Federal Constitution, should be exercised in accordance with the law and through permissible channels, and not through illegal demonstrations.

“The gathering today is to voice out the wish of the people who want peace and are against street demonstrations which have created many problems for the nation,” he told reporters.

The joint statement said the NGOs, among other things, opposed the use of race and religion to sow hatred among the people.

They also condemned individuals or organisations who/which deceive, slander, and incite or perpetrate racial feelings, and drag in outsiders to interfere in the country’s domestic affairs.

“Damai Malaysia is committed to strengthening tolerance and cooperation among the races for the sake of the country’s future,” said Mohd Nardin.

Among the NGOs present were the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (Macma), Selangor 4B Youth Movement and Ampang Indian Association.

Macma president Ridhuan Tee Abdullah said the people should know how to exercise their rights under the law and not to go overboard to the extent of creating tension among the people.

Jimmy Mesir Mohamad Yusof, who represented Selangor 4B Youth Movement, said the people should voice out in defence of the government and to stand solidly behind the prime minister in tackling the issue.

— BERNAMA

A declaration was unanimously formed, signed and adopted, with their respective organizations’ stamps, to show their united commitment on:


MUKADIMAH

Kebebasan, kemakmuran dan kestabilan yang kita kecapi selama ini adalah aset terpenting hasil perjuangan pemimpin terdahulu yang diasaskan kepada dasar tolak-ansur, hormat-menghormati berlandaskan kepada budaya Melayu diikat oleh Kontrak Sosial yang telah dipersetujui bersama oleh semua kaum sebagaimana termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan Negara.

Dasar tolak-ansur, muafakat dan perkongsian kuasa antara kaum yang telah terbukti berjaya menyatupadukan semua kaum merupakan teras utama yang wajib dipertahankan. Sebarang tindakan yang boleh menjejaskan kestabilan Negara merupakan satu ancaman yang wajib dihentikan segera.

Sebagai sebuah Negara yang mengamalkan sistem Demokrasi Berparlimen ;

· Hak bersuara semua golongan perlu dihormati tetapi perlulah berlandaskan kepada undang-undang dan saluran yang dibenarkan

 

· Rakyat boleh menentukan kepimpinan Negara melalui pilihan raya di mana setiap individu mempunyai hak mengundi. Penggunaan kekerasan serta tindakan mengundang campur tangan kuasa luar merupakan satu pengkhianatan kepada Negara.

 

· Setiap rakyat Malaysia mempunyai kebebasan untuk mencari kekayaan dan pendidikan tanpa sebarang diskriminasi dan sistem kasta yang membezakan mereka dari segi keturunan dan fahaman agama serta bebas menjalankan kehidupan tanpa sekatan

Atas keyakinan ini maka,

 

‘DAMAI MALAYSIA’ sebagai sebuah gerakan massa rentas fahaman politik, rentas perkauman, rentas sempadan dan rentas kepentingan diri mengambil ketetapan :

 

1. Terus memperjuangkan hak kebebasan bersuara mengikut lunas-lunas perundangan yang telah diperuntukkan sebagaimana yang diamalkan selama ini

 

2. Bertekad memperkasakan semula semangat perpaduan dan kerjasama antara kaum

 

3. Komited kepada usaha menolak sebarang budaya dan amalan yang mampu merosakkan suasana harmoni antara kaum

 

4. Memastikan Malaysia kekal sebagai sebuah Negara yang aman dan progresif

 

5. Mempertahankan kestabilan politik dan semangat perpaduan yang terus membawa Malaysia ke arah kegemilangan pada masa akan datang

 

6. Menolak sebarang usaha untuk membincangkan isu sensitif yang melibatkan kaum dan agama secara terbuka termasuk melalui demonstrasi politik jalanan

 

7. Memastikan Malaysia yang kita cintai akan terus hidup subur

 

DEKLARASI / KOMITMEN

 

 

“DAMAI MALAYSIA”

  • Akan terus komited meneguhkan amalan toleransi dan kerjasama antara kaum untuk masa hadapan Negara

 

  • Akan terus menjadi pendokong kepada budaya ‘demokrasi yang bertanggungjawab’ khasnya di kalangan generasi muda Malaysia

 

  • Akan terus bersama kepimpinan Negara untuk bersama sama menyumbang kepada pembinaan Negara

 

Kami atas nama “DAMAI MALAYSIA” dengan ini bersepakat

1. Terus menjunjung Keluhuran Perlembagaan

2. Menolak sebarang Demonstrasi Politik Jalanan

3. Menentang penggunaan isu agama dan perkauman sebagai alat untuk menambah kebencian sesama sendiri

4. Mengutuk mana-mana individu/persatuan yang menggunakan penipuan, fitnah, hasutan dan mengheret kuasa luar untuk mencampuri urusan dalaman Negara

5. Mengutuk perbuatan biadap yang menuduh kepimpinan Negara yang dipimpin oleh orang Melayu sebagai melakukan ‘penghapusan kaum’ sedangkan semua kaum mendapat layanan yang sama rata

 

Some significant community leaders attended which include the CEUPACS President and Muslim Converts Association renowed preacher Ridhuan Tee. It is expected that this declaration and resolution, would be forwarded to the Prime Minister, the soonest opportunity available for actions to be taken.

It is good and progressive effort for a Malaysian civil society that the rakyat themselves, through these non partisan NGOs, came out and expressed their deep dissatisfaction for the illegal assemblies and street demonstrations, which affected their daily lives directly and indirectly and unanimously adopt a call to adhere the laws enshrined in the Constitution of the Federation of Malaysia and the practice of the rule of law.

This is indeed a significant moment in Malaysian history.

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