May 12, 09 4:20pm
The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has joined the ever increasing chorus calling for fresh state elections to resolve the political stalemate in Perak.
In a statement today, Suhakam chairperson Abu Talib Othman noted that the situation has deteriorated to a point which required the services of the ballot box.
"It is very unlikely that the Perak issue will be resolved unless power is given back to the people. Court actions will not necessarily resolve the political situation in the state," he said.
The former attorney-general also quoted Dewan Negara president Dr Abdul Abdul Hamid Pawanchik, who said: "The political situation in Perak has reached a stage that required the people to choose again."
Describing it as a basic human right to choose the government of choice, Abu Talib noted that only a stable government would be able to ensure the right to peace and development.
The Suhakam chief also lambasted the police and civil service for "acting in concert with the government that has assumed power in controversial circumstances, showing complete disregard for human rights".
He said governments might change but those who serve in the police and administration must remain loyal to the wider interest and respect human rights rather than the narrow interests of individuals who form the government of the day.
"When the elected members of the assembly met and challenged each other in the August House, the police were busily engaged in 'maintaining public order'.
"Outside, passive demonstrators dressed in black to mourn the violation of their rights to assemble peacefully, were particularly provoked and manhandled," he said.
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