Amnesty International, International Commission of Jurists, International Parliamentary Union and the Bar Council among bodies expected to send observers to the Federal Court appeal on Lim Guan Eng’s case

Media  Statement
by Lim Kit Siang  

(Petaling Jaya, Friday): National and international attention will be focussed on the Federal Court on Monday, August 24, when it sits specifically for the final appellate hearing on the conviction and 36-month jail sentence handed down by the Court of Appeal on DAP Deputy Secretary-General, DAPSY National Chairman and MP for Kota Melaka, Lim Guan Eng for offences under the Sedition Act and the Printing Presses and Publications Act.

Among organisations which are expected to send observers to the Federal Court appeal on Monday are Amnesty International (AI), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Bar Council.

Forty non-government organisations, including ABIM, Aliran, Suaram, JUST, MTUC,  TENAGANITA, AWAM, Perak Consumers’ Association, COAC, have also expressed their concern about the Federal Court hearing, expressing their disappointment and grave concern at the rejection of Guan Eng’s application for a nine-man bench at the Federal Court hearing on August 24, in view of the importance of the case and its far-reaching public policy implications.

I call on the  Chief Justice of the Federal Court, Tun Mohd Eusoff Chin, to  reconsider Guan Eng’s applicaton for a nine-man bench to hear his  appeal against conviction and sentence for offences under the Sedition Act and the Printing Presses and Publications Act at the Federal Court in view of the intense national and international concern firstly over the decision at prosecution, secondly the circumstances and background of the case, thirdly, the conduct of the case, fourthly the conviction and sentence and fifthy, the far-reaching public policy issues involved.

Malaysians and international opinion are united in their belief  that Guan Eng is a victim of selective prosecution. On August 24, it is not only Guan Eng who will be on trial, the system of justice in Malaysia will also be on trial - not only in the eyes of Malaysians, but also in the eyes of the world.

I hope the Chief Justice could reconsider and grant  Guan Eng’s application for a nine-man bench in the Federal Court appellate hearing of Guan Eng’s case on August 24, and if time does not permit for the full constitution of the nine-man bench for a Federal Court hearing on Monday, that the appeal date should be postponed for such a quorum to be formed first.

  With the day-by-day countdown for Guan Eng towards the Federal Court appeal on Monday, August 24, there has been a new flood  of email, from both inside and outside the country, expressing support, sympathy and solidarity for Guan Eng.  A sample of these emails are:

Last night, party leaders, members and supporters had a deeply-touching gathering  in Malacca in Support, Sympathy and Solidarity (SSS) with  Lim Guan Eng with the theme  "Keep Justice Alive, Keep Guan Eng Free".

On Sunday night, the Lim Guan Eng Support Group is organising  a finale gathering of well-wishers to "Keep Justice Alive, Keep Guan Eng Free" at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Kuala Lumpur at 7.30 p.m which is open to members of the public who want to have a final chance to show support, sympathy and solidarity with Lim Guan Eng - on the eve of the Federal Court hearing.

This will be occasion for Malaysians to express or share the pain at the injustice meted out to Guan Eng. Among guest speakers/presenters are:

 and others


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong