MATTHIAS CHANG FREED FROM JAIL PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 08:54

Matthias Chang, the ex-political secretary of former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who has been incarcerated at the Kajang Prison for 12 days, was freed on Monday.

This follows the granting of an ex-parte order for his release by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Sulaiman Daud pending the hearing of an appeal against the High Court's refusal to issue a discharge order for Chang's release despite the fine imposed by the High Court being paid by Salahuddin Hashim.

An interim order was also given to stay the High Court's decision in refusing to issue the discharge order.

Chang was released at about 6.30pm from the Kajang Prison and was received by his lawyers, friends, and supporters. His lawyers obtained the release order at about 4.30pm.

Chang, who looked weak when approached by reporters, said: "I'm okay."

Chang, is now recuperating at the Sime Darby Medical Centre, Subang Jaya.



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MATTHIAS CHANG ENDS HUNGER STRIKE PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 April 2010 17:51

Friday, 9 April, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, Fri. - Matthias Chang today agreed to end his hunger strike following a plea from former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In his appeal to Chang, conveyed by his officer, Dr Mahathir said Chang needed to end his fast as they had a lot of struggle ahead of them.

They needed him to continue with his struggle for justice for the Palestinians and Iraqis.

Dr Mahathir who is currently abroad, also said to his former political secretary that he would make every effort to have the unjust law repealed or amended and he needed Chang to advise him on it.

Chang who went on hunger strike since April 1, agreed to end the 9-day protest after Dr Mahathir's appeal was relayed to him.

He had refused to take any solid food since his incarceration which took effect on Apr 1.

His health took a turn for the worst forcing the Kajang Prisons authorities to admit him to the Serdang Hospital on Monday where he was put on drips. Chang had then still refused to take any solids.

Friends who were concerned over his health initiated to pay the RM20,000 fine on Monday which was accepted by the court but an application for a discharge order was rejected by High Court Judge Noor Azian Shaari on grounds that such application cannot be made by a third party.

Justice Noor Azian had prior to that sentenced Chang who refused to pay the RM20,000 fine, to a one-month prison for contempt.

Chang was discharged from hospital on Wednesday and returned to the Kajang Prisons and persisted with his hunger strike.

His condition worsened and family members and friends, fearing the worst, kept appealing to him to end his strike.

Chang remained adamant and only agreed to end it today following Dr Mahathir's appeal.



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UPDATE NO. 10 - DAY SEVEN PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 April 2010 23:17

Matthias Chang is discharged from Serdang Hospital this morning and is now back at Kajang Prison. Chang requested to be discharged from the hospital on his own free will after his condition stabilised this morning. He would like to thank the doctors and all the hospital staffs for taking good care of him.

Today, Mr. Ho Sai Chong, the President of the Federation of Kwong Siew Association of Malaysia visited Matthias together with Counsel David Ho to persuade him to call off his hunger strike due to his present deteriorating health condition.

Matthias Chang will continue with the Hunger Strike.

Matthias Chang also said that he will establish the "Centre Against Judicial Abuse" after he has served his unjust sentence.

"Power Corrupts - Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely"

"If the Sultan can be sued in Special Court, why are Judges enjoying absolute immunity?"



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JUSTICE NOT A CLOISTERED VIRTUE - REFLECTING ON THE LAW - BY PROF. SHAD SALEEM FARUQI, THE STAR, WEDNESDAY 7 APRIL 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 April 2010 13:07


THE STAR, WEDNESDAY, 7 APRIL 2010, VIEWS, N39


Justice not a cloistered virtue

Reflecting on the law

By SHAD SALEEM FARUQI


Summary convictions are a violation of the twin pillars of natural justice that no person should be a judge in his own cause and that no person should be condemned unheard.

PROMINENT lawyer Matthias Chang was convicted and fined RM20,000 or a month’s jail in lieu by High Court judge Noor Azian Shaari for contempt of court over a breach of contract and defamation case in which he himself was the aggrieved plaintiff.

His vehement protest and refusal to pay the fine landed him in jail for one month where he went on hunger strike to protest against the manner in which he alleges he was treated.



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UPDATE NO. 9 - DAY SIX PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 April 2010 18:17

During my time of incarceration, I have contemplated on the actions I have taken, and after reading the Bible and specifically the Sermon on the Mount, I am more determined than ever to continue my struggle. I invite the Judge, Justice Puan Noor Azian bt Shaari likewise to contemplate on her actions and examine her conduct whether it was becoming or unbecoming of a Judge and whether her conduct in the circumstances was exemplary of a Judge, and the discharge of her duties.

It is said that a good tree bears good fruits, and a bad tree bears bad fruits. Likewise a good Judge bears fruits of humility, compassion, kindness, and justice. And a bad Judge bears fruits of arrogance, conceit, ill-temper and injustice.

It is my belief that humility is a pre-requisite for justice, for without humility, no Judge can be kind and compassionate in dispensing justice.

Till now in the confined environment of Kajang Prison, I see in their eyes, of every officer who has charge of my incarceration, kindness, empathy, decency, and understanding.

Likewise, I find the same kindness and decency in all of the prisoners in my cell block. While they may be prisoners and committed grievous wrong or crime, yet they display such brotherly love and decency that is, to me, most extraordinary. One would have thought in such environment, survival is critical and selfish display would be prominent. On the contrary, the spirit of sharing and looking after each other is so common. How refreshing! Unfortunately, in my one experience before this Judge, I did not see such basic qualities of kindness and decency.

How sad!

How very sad!

But life goes on. And it is my hope that those who are responsible for my incarceration will really examine their motives and behaviour on the 25th of March 2010.

Such ill-will and arrogance that was displayed is beyond me. I can only say at this moment in time that they will the strength of their character to right the wrong that they have done to me.

Finally, I thank all my friends and colleagues who have stood steadfast by me and words can never express my gratitude to my family, my brothers and sisters, my cousins. I thank them for their love and prayers. They have been an inspiration to me.


Matthias Chang
6th April 2010




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