Mourning for Beng Hock and other victims of torture, For the 24 hours beginning from 12am on August 31, let us wear black clothes and put on a white flower for 60 minutes, anytime and anywhere that are most convenient for us
August 29, 2010
A Solemn Celebration of Independence Day with White Flowers
The Malaysians for Beng Hock campaign fully support the call by Teoh Lee Lan, sister of the late Beng Hock, to mourn Beng Hock and all Malaysians died from torture and strive for a torture-free society while celebrating and appreciating the nation’s Independence.
The nation’s independence must mean that the citizens are free not only from foreign domination, but also from repression and fear coming from within the country. The state should ensure the security and freedom of every citizen is protected. No one – be it suspect, witness or bystander – should suffer torture at the hand of law enforcement agencies.
Unfortunately, even after a year, the truth of the Beng Hock’s death is yet to be unearthed. And many more have died in custody in this past one year. As long as torture is still tolerated, all of us are actually living in fear of torture, whether or not we are aware of it.
Regardless of ethnicity, faith, class, gender, age, political preference and lifestyle, everyone – including you and me – may simply become the next victim of torture. Your loved ones may just become another Lee Lan.
For the sake of Beng Hock and other victims of torture, for the sake of our own human rights, let us all Malaysians stand united to pursue a torture-free society. No religions and civilization condones injustices and the violation of human dignity.
Let us express our mourning for Beng Hock and other victims of torture, our reflection on the meaning of Merdeka and our resolve to strive for a torture-free society in a simple yet solemn way.
For the 24 hours beginning from 12am on August 31, let us wear black clothes and put on a white flower for 60 minutes, anytime and anywhere that are most convenient for us, without noise. This is what something everyone can do, and it is very safe.
Let the 53rd anniversary celebration of Merdeka be the starting point of a torture-free, truly independent new Malaysia. Let our mourning and reflection be the starting point of change.
Chong Kok Siong
Malaysians for Beng Hock Campaign