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Dear all,
The following initiative is by Dr. Andrew Aeria and Dr. Lee Hwok Aun and your support as a public intellect (individual) is appreciated. Please send your endorsement by this Thursday directly to Andrew Aeria whom I'm copying here.

Yock Lin

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andrew Aeria <>

Dear Friend

Below is a statement in support of Assoc Prof Dr Azmi Sharom who has been charged under the Sedition Act 1948.

If you wish to be a signatory (in your individual capacity) to the statement, please send us your endorsement by way of:

a) your name (with or without honorific); 
b) your profession; and c) your city. 
(e.g. Andrew Aeria, Academic, Kuching)

Please reply to either Lee Hwok Aun ( or Andrew Aeria ( by 12 noon, Thursday, 4 Sept 2014 which is our cutoff time.

After which, we shall compile all names endorsing this statement before releasing it to the media.

Apologies for cross-posting.

Best wishes
Andrew Aeria and Lee Hwok Aun


We Stand With Dr Azmi Sharom

We, the undersigned public intellectuals, stand united and in solidarity with Dr Azmi Sharom whose only alleged ‘crime’ is to think and to publicly share his considered opinion on matters related to his professional expertise as a law professor.

Reportedly, all Dr Sharom did was to caution the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat to not resort to the Court of Appeal’s ‘landmark’ ruling of effecting a transition of government and Menteri Besar in the Perak case but to revert to the universally accepted convention of testing its support and its candidate for Menteri Besar in a vote of confidence in the state assembly. What’s so seditious about that?

Charging Dr Azmi Sharom with ‘uttering and publishing a seditious statement’ only shows up the hypocrisy of this government. After all, does not this same government also employ Dr Azmi Sharom to teach students about our legal system, to undertake research, to study judicial pronouncements and to opine what constitutes justice within a democracy? Does it not defeat the very purpose of his work and indeed the work of thousands of other academics within a nationwide university system if he is to be summarily hauled up for merely doing his duty as an academic?

Charging Dr Azmi Sharom with ‘uttering and publishing a seditious statement’ for his informed views reveal the lack of respect this government has towards the universal principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression. By its actions, this government reveals it is led by politicians who are unable to appreciate civilized democratic values nurtured by enlightened universal education. Prime Minister Najib Razak’s on-going mantra of commitment towards academic excellence, democracy, government and economic transformation rings hollow.

We are of the view that, as long as one does not espouse violence or promote hate, there is no law in our modern world that can justify the criminalizing of thought and public speech. Indeed, the colonial-era Sedition Act 1948 under which Dr Azmi Sharom is being charged only indicates a painful irony, namely after 57 years of Merdeka we remain shackled and oppressed by the very government that claims to have freed us from British colonial rule.

There is no place in a modern, progressive and democratic Malaysia for an archaic, backward and oppressive law that is the Sedition Act 1948. It is a repugnant law and must be repealed. It runs afoul of our fundamental liberties as enshrined in our federal constitution. It runs afoul of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And it runs afoul of our nature as enlightened human beings with thinking minds.

Free Dr Azmi Sharom from this perversion of justice, now! Free Malaysia!

Ambiga Sreenevasan 

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