Friday, September 26, 2008

Political Prisoners : Malaysia and The UAE

The UAE values freedom of expression and has safeguarded it by banning imprisonment of journalists.

While Malaysia government under UMNO/BN leaders has been using all sorts of draconian acts to repress and detain its political opponents and critics, a senior UAE security official confirmed that there are no political prisoners in the UAE and no political crimes have been registered.

You may have doubt about this statement. For one, I have no idea on political movement here as well as do not really care, UAE is a free country with enough wealth to provide good life for all its natives. I am only an expatriate trying to earn enough money for living. My concern is about my own beloved country.

We need strong government which will not abuse its powers to opress its rakyat for some politicians survival.

There are no political crimes or prisoners in the UAE: official

"There is not a single person imprisoned in the UAE because of his opinion, and no political crimes have been carried out here... Our government supports all UAE nationals in their search of an honourable life in their country," Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police, told a press gathering during a Ramadan Majlis held on Monday night. It was organised by Dubai Press Club.
Al Mazeina was commenting on some reports in the international media which raised the issues of political prisoners and the restrictions on the freedom of expression in the UAE.
"What has been reported by some foreign media organisations might have been raised to serve the interests of some parties with certain orientations, therefore we do not pay much attention to these claims, and because we believe in the freedom of expression we do not put restrictions on what they write," said Al Mazeina.

Al Mazeina pointed out that a clear indication of the importance the UAE attaches to press freedom is the decree issued by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to not allow the imprisonment of journalists.
"There are some reporters and news editors who have their own interpretations of the rules and these interpretations make them not publish reports on certain labour protests and we are not concerned with such interpretation as we do not oppress the press and they merely state their interpretation," said Al Mazeina.

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