Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
The De Profundis takes its name from the first two words of the psalm in Latin. It is a penitential psalm that is sung as part of vespers (evening prayer) and in commemorations of the dead. It is also a good psalm to express our sorrow.
Suhakam faces an imminent downgrade in status from A to B if the human rights body fails to be in compliance with the Paris Principles on Human Rights. Status A allows Suhakam and
“Status B denies these rights and reduces the country virtually to the category of an outcast on human rights,” according to a Suhakam commissioner
The Human Rights Council went through a long litany of complaints against
Aside from the ISA “to silence the opposition and bloggers”, mention is made of “a whole raft of emergency ordinances which undermine fundamental rights and liberties such as freedom of assembly, expression, the right to due process”.
Also brought up was the dubious role of the half million strong untrained Rela (People’s Volunteer Corps or Ikatan Relawan Rakyat) in arresting undocumented workers and criminals, and the lack of protection for domestic workers.
The Human Rights Council has since recommended that
The State Department annual 'Trafficking in Persons Report 2009', which examined efforts in more than 173 countries to combat trafficking for forced labour, prostitution, military service and other purposes, has Malaysia sharing the blacklist with 16 other countries.
Among the 17 countries on the blacklist are
It is a crying shame. In things that are most important to us, the agencies commissioned have only done a lot of paper shuffling and a lot of talking.
It is a crying shame that as we approach developed nation status, we are sliding, not imperceptibly but perilously.
It is a crying shame that we are lumped in the company of renegade states like
It is a crying shame that it is now proven that commissioned and Royally appointed agencies are toothless and impotent.
It is a crying shame that they do not resign when they cannot perform.
It is a crying shame that the world looks down on
Can we take the laborious climb up the slope of acceptability? We can if we have these agencies report to Parliament and not to the Executive. We need to take away this pervasive overt protection that the Executive employ for their own preservation.
These two down-gradings are a slap in the face to our Sovereign who appointed these on the advise of the PM. In short, the Agong has been wrongly advised.
The donkey, it has been said, came about because too many committees were appointed to design a horse.