Rhetoric behind human rights in Malaysia

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In Malaysia, human rights is all about lip service. There is no commitment on the government's part to assure people of their fundamental rights. As such, Dec 10 held little meaning for Malaysia, to be precise for the country's so-called leaders. Dec 10 was World Human Rights Day and 2008 marked the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This information, however, holds no meaning for the country's ‘powers that be’. Instead, Malaysia's politicians have spared no effort in ensuring the human rights of the people are trampled upon, that too to advance the former's political agenda.

While citizens of other nations take to the streets to fight for their fundamental rights, Malaysians on the contrary are constantly threatened with the Internal Security Act (ISA) and prohibited from fighting for their basic rights.

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