PRESS STATEMENT BY THE WOMEN’S WING OF PARTI KEADILAN NASIONAL (NATIONAL JUSTICE PARTY) ON THE ARREST OF OPPOSITION YOUTH LEADER, MOHD. EZAM MOHD. NOOR

Wanita KeADILan condemns the arrest of our national Youth leader, Mohd. Ezam Mohd. Noor and nine others who were detained on Tuesday night, March 6, 2001 at Jalan Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.  The arrest of Ezam and all other nine persons is indeed a violation of fundamental rights of  leaders to inform the people on issues of corruption, of abuse of power and of mismanagment of the finances of the country and of people's money.

Wanita KeADILan recognizes the rights of women and of all people to know whether the current regime under the leadership of Dr. Mahathir Mohamed is accountable, transparent and responsible in managing the country, its finances and its resources.  Thus the national campaign on "Save the People's Money" is an effort by Party KeADILAn, led by the Youth wing to create a conscious polity, to ensure accountability and good governance. 
This is indeed very much lacking in the current Barisan National led government.

In the absence of a free and democratic mainstream media which is controlled by various draconian laws like the Printing Presses and Publication Act or the Sedition Act and the continued repression of the right to freedom of expression, this campaign can only be realised through public peaceful gatherings and ceramah.

The arrest of Ezam arising from the Utusan Malaysia headlines of Party KeADILan wanting to topple the government through violent means, further accompanied by a police report by UMNO Youth is nothing but a well orchestrated  strategy to divert the people's attention from the core concerns and national crises confronting the country and Malaysians today.

Dr. Mahathir and the Barisan Nasional have constantly attempted especially during the last one year to create fear among the people and thus attempt to sustain an environment of subservience and control.

Wanita KeADILan demands that Dr. Mahathir and the current Barisan Nasional leaders to be accountable and reply to the people of Malaysia to the following core issues:

HAJJAH FUZIAH SALLEH
KETUA WANITA keADILan
March 7, 2001