NILOUFER BHAGWAT: WHAT IS HAPPENING WILL RESULT IN A SERIOUS LOSS OF CONFIDENCE IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. NO LAWYER WHO IS A WITNESS WITH A TRACK RECORD OF ASSISTING THE COURT FOR THIRTY YEARS IS JAILED IN THIS MANNER. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 April 2010 11:44

Dear Zulaiha,

What is happening will result in a serious loss of confidence in the justice system. As no lawyer who is a witness with a track record of assisting the Court for thirty years is fined and jailed in this manner for ' losing cool' or whatever else in the order.

Matthias has to be taken care of, monitored and advised correctly on the intake of fluids. I do not approve of his fast as the forces he is ranged against are too thick skinned and going to jail was adequate protest.

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad among other leaders, organizations and intellectuals should persuade him to call off the hunger strike assuring him by releasing a press statement that the Contempt of Court Act amendments will be reviewed by a public campaign for this purpose. Eminent lawyers should also be urged to associate themselves with the campaign to amend the statute and to persuade Matthias that it will  be their collective effort to move for the amendments and on the signature campaign being initiated among lawyers and members of the public for amendments  with the support of public and political organizations  his hunger fast be called off.

Please do communicate this e mail to Mr. Zainur Zakaria among others.

Niloufer Bhagwat



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COMMITTAL ORDER PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 April 2010 17:38






The charge in the Committal Order is defective in that the judge failed to state precisely what is meant by “you lost your cool”. The judge further failed to mention about the abuse on his Counsels and on Matthias Chang and the unwarranted aspersions cast upon his character without basis during the proceedings.



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PRESS RELEASE: MATTHIAS CHANG IS ON HUNGER STRIKE PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 April 2010 15:59

Matthias Chang is on Hunger Strike until Justice Noor Azian agrees not to abuse lawyers and/or litigants and the relevant authorities agree to review the draconian contempt law as provided under Order 52 1(A) of the Rules of the High Court 1980.



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DAY ONE PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 April 2010 15:34

As directed by the Deputy Registrar of the High Court yesterday evening, Matthias Chang, accompanied by his Counsels and supporters, presented himself again in Court today at 9:30am to serve his unjust sentence of one-month’s imprisonment for contempt of court in opposing the abuse inflicted upon his counsels and on him by Justice Noor Azian bt Shaari.

The Deputy Registrar came out in Open Court and handed the sealed Committal Order to the Counsels and the Police. Matthias Chang, together with his Counsels, were then escorted down by the police officers to the police station at Basement 2 of the Jalan Duta Court Complex, and subsequently taken to Kajang Prison.



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INCARCERATION OF MATTHIAS CHANG POSTPONED TO THURSDAY 1ST APRIL, 2010 AT 9.30 AM PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 19:28

At 3pm Matthias Chang presented himself at Justice Noor Azian’s Court to commence his unjust sentence of one month’s imprisonment for contempt of court in opposing her abuse of his three Counsels and of himself.

Many of his friends and colleagues were present to lend their support.

However, after waiting for one and half hours outside the Court premises, Matthias and his Counsels were told that the Judge was on leave and that the Deputy Registrar would be handling the matter and deliberations would be in chambers.

However, Matthias and his Counsels refused to enter the Deputy Registrar’s chambers on account that the said Judge on the 25th March 2010 insisted that all deliberations be held in Open Court and in full view of the public and the deliberations duly video-recorded. They insisted that as the Judge had convicted and sentenced Matthias in open court so as to humiliate him, the enforcement of the contempt order likewise should be done in Open Court. Matthias conveyed to the Court’s officials that he was fighting on a matter of principle and the matter must be heard in Open Court.

One of the largest Chinese NGOs, the Malaysian Federation of Kong Siew Association (a Chinese Clan association) represented by the President, Mr. Michael Ho and members of the Executive Committee offered to pay the fine of RM20,000 so as to prevent the incarceration of Matthias and a bankdraft for that amount was procured.

However, at the insistence of Matthias, the same was withdrawn, as he insisted on serving his sentence to expose the draconian contempt law in Malaysia and such abuses.

At the close of the day, Matthias’ Counsels were informed that as the time for paying the fine of RM20,000 only expired today i.e. Wednesday, 31st March 2010, and as Matthias has refused to pay the fine, he could only serve his sentence on Thursday, 1st April, 2010.



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