(Full PDF version: PRESS STATEMENT – arrests of malaysian activists and opposition politicians)
CCM IS GRAVELY CONCERNED ON ARRESTS OF MALAYSIAN ACTIVISTS AND OPPOSITION POLITICIANS
The Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) is gravely concerned about the arrests and re-arrests over the past week, of Malaysian activists and opposition politicians. It is a disturbing development that our nation has not seen in decades.
Expressing disapproval and dissent is a fundamental element of a democratic process and of democratic governance. Citizens have a fundamental right to call for public demonstrations to show their dissent, as long as there is no use or call for violence. It would be wrong to assume that challenges to authority immediately translate into anarchy and violence.
The Home Ministry and the Police should be circumspect in handling dissent, which should be the hallmark of a government that claims a mature democracy.
The CCM holds in prayer those who have been arrested for expressing disagreement or for organizing peaceful dissent. The CCM also prays that the power bestowed upon the government of Malaysia, will be tempered by justice, patience and goodwill towards all Malaysians.
BISHOP PHILIP LOK OI PENG, President
REV. DR. HERMEN SHASTRI, General Secretary
29 May 2013