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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PRESS STATEMENT OF MATTHIAS CHANG, 31st MARCH 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 11:39

PRESS STATEMENT


My conviction by Justice Noor Azian Bt Shaari is a clear example that judges are above criticisms, no matter what they say in court – making snide remarks, belittling counsels, denigrating their integrity, being rude and offensive to litigants and lawyers and conduct calculated to intimidate.

Judges do so knowing that they are immune from any legal action. Additionally, they have the weapon of “Contempt of Court” to ensure that any opposition to their obnoxious conduct will be put down as being disrespectful to the court.

A case in point – a former Federal Court judge in delivering his judgment made defamatory allegations against a former finance minister who was not a party to the proceedings. It was a grievous wrong. It was only when the former minister, at great expense in engaging senior lawyers, applied to have the statements expunged, that the wrongs inflicted on him were somewhat put right. However, no action was taken against the judge. But of the millions who read the defamatory statements published by the mass media, how many knew that the statements have been expunged and the judge had no business whatsoever to defame the former minister?  A man’s reputation and integrity has been smeared beyond repair. For those who cannot engage a lawyer, their fate is buried in the memory hole.



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YOU HAVE MY SYMPATHY WITH FULL SUPPORT FOR YOUR CASE & WILL ATTEMPT TO DO THE NEEDFUL - LOKEMAN SARDON PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 10:51

Dear Matthias,

You have my sympathy with full support for your case & will attempt to do the needful.

I am in total agreement with Mr. Niloufer Bhagwat's comments in support of your "Unfortunate" case.

He has repeatedly mentioned....

"In view of your high profile public positions in particular on the issue of corruption and financial and economic policy during the administration of the previous Prime Minister, you have been directly targeted by vested interest with connections to that adminisration . As of now, since two or three heads are better than one strategise with the  Counsel appearing in contempt proceedings.....

And you are a high profile target in view of your incisive  economic and financial analysis of the global economy and financial decision making in Malaysia as elsewhere in the world , with no one as upto date....."

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We must accept finite disappointment, but must never lose infinite hope.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

My best wishes to you & take care.

Lokman Sardon



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I JOIN THE PEOPLE IN SUPPORT OF YOUR PROTEST AGAINST THIS UNJUST TRIAL. I WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A LOT OF STRENGTH IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES - DIRK ADRIAENSENS, MEMBER, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, BRUSSELLS TRIBUNAL, COORDINATOR SOS IRAQ PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 08:50

Dear Matthias,

In Kuala Lumpur at the conference, you already told us that the “establishment” was looking for an occasion to get rid of you. You were afraid the judges would not be impartial and you would not have a fair trial. You were proven right. As Niloufer says, this looks like a set up. I join the people in support of your protest against this unjust trial. I wish you and your family a lot of strength in these difficult times.

And remember we’re behind you all the way, brother. You are the driving force behind the Kuala Lumpur conferences and tribunal. Peace-loving people all over the world owe you and everyone at PGPO a lot. What you contributed to bring the dreadful situation in Iraq in the spotlights, can not be underestimated.

In solidarity.

Dirk Adriaensens
Member Executive Committee BRussells Tribunal
Coordinator SOS Iraq



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