I sent the following email to our Acting Prime Minister after reading news of Bersih PC disrupted, Tian Chua arrested in Malaysiakini. Thank you to Suaram FOS for providing me this template letter.
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from: Arifabdull to firstname.lastname@example.org,
date: Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 7:36 PM
subject: I strongly condemn the arrest in BERSIH’s submission of memorandum to the King
mailed-by gmail.com 7:36 PM (1 minute ago)
Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Security,
Prime Minister’s Office Malaysia,
Perdana Putra Building,
Federal Government Administrative Centre,
Tel: +603 8888 6000
Fax: +603 8888 3444
I am writing to you to express my strongest condemnation and protest against the arrests of two individuals outside Istana Negara today (15 February 2008) after the submission of a memorandum by BERSIH in relation to free and fair elections. The police stopped the delegation to hold a press conference, and in the process arrested People’s Justice Party (PKR) Information Chief Tian Chua and BERSIH supporter Jamaluddin Manaf.
This latest round of arrests comes barely a week before the 12th General Elections, casting a huge doubt over the ability of the police to act impartially in ensuring safety and order during the upcoming polls.
I strongly condemn the police’s actions to stop the BERSIH delegation to hold a press conference and the arbitrary arrests of the two by the police. To stop them from holding a press conference after they had submitted a memorandum to the King, and furthermore make arrests, clearly violates every citizen’s rights to freedom of speech and expression and access to information.
I demand that the two be released immediately and unconditionally. I further demand that the government respect Malaysian citizens’ fundamental rights, especially in view of the upcoming general elections.