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Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) Calls for Immediate Cessation of the Massacre in Egypt

Media Statement For Immediate Release

Gabungan Bertindak  Malaysia (GBM) Calls for Immediate Cessation of the Massacre in Egypt

16 August, 2013

GBM calls on all Malaysians to condemn in the strongest possible way the massacre of innocent civilians in the latest violence unleashed on opponents of the illegitimate government of Egypt.

We deplore the international community’s apathy and silence on the coup d’état and earlier killings which has led to this round of horrific killings.

The failure of the international community to uphold the basic tenets of democracy and human rights in Egypt has been directly responsible for this bloody massacre.

The role of some nations in the west and the petro-monarchies of the Gulf who have bankrolled this military carnage deserve special condemnation.

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) urges:

All nations and people who believe in free and fair elections and the legitimacy that democracy brings, to rally in support of the opponents of the military regime in Egypt and to help bring about the restoration of democracy. The killings to be stopped immediately and the Army to return to the military barracks. The democratically elected president to be reinstated immediately. The parliament and elected lawmakers to immediately re-assume their legislative duties to uphold the sanctity of the Egyptian constitution.

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) calls upon the Malaysian government to:

Condemn the military carnage in Egypt and call for the cessation of killings and atrocities against peaceful protestors. Denounce the coup d’etat and the illegitimate government and urge the reinstatement of the democratically elected president and lawmakers. Influence the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) to review Egypt’s membership. Urge the UN Security Council to expedite international efforts to end the massacre.

Issued by the Executive Council of Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia

**Note: GBM comprises of the following 25 civil society organisation members:

  1. Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) 吉隆坡暨雪兰莪中华大会堂
  2. Aliran 国民醒觉运动
  3. Tamil Foundation 淡米尔基金会
  4. Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM) 马来西亚回教革新理事会
  5. Majlis Perundingan Malaysia Agama Buddha; Krisitian; Hindu; Sikh dan Tao (MPMA-BKHST) 马来西亚五大宗教理事会
  6. Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH) 森美兰中华大会堂
  7. Penang Chinese Town Hall (PGCTH) 槟城华人大会堂
  8. The Federation of Chinese Associations Johore State (FCAJ) 柔佛中华总会
  9. Lim Lian Geok Cultural Development Centre (LLG)林连玉基金
  10. United Chinese School Alumni Associations of Malaysia (UCSAAM) 马来西亚华校校友会联合会总会
  11. Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) 穆斯林专业论坛
  12. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) 人民之声
  13. Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (KOMAS) 社区传播中心
  14. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) 马来西亚之子
  15. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (Permas) 雪隆社区协会
  16. National Indian Rights Action Team (NIAT) 全国印裔权益行动组织
  17. People’s Green Coalition (PGC) 马来西亚人民绿色联盟
  18. Anak Muda Sarawak (AMS)砂拉越青年之子
  19. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) 妇女行动协会
  20. Partners in Community Organising (Pacos Trust) 沙巴社区伙伴信托组织
  21. Persatuan Bekas Siswazah Universiti dan Kolej di China, Malaysia (Liu-Hua) 马来西亚留华同学会
  22. Nanyang University Alumni Malaya (Nanda) 马来亚南大校友会
  23. Japan Graduates Association, Malaysia (JAGAM) 马来西亚留日同学会
  24. Gabungan Persatuan Alumni Universiti Taiwan Malaysia (GPAUTM) 马来西亚留台校友会联合总会
  25. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) 回教复兴前线组织

‘Her words drew me to Islam’ – New Straits Times

NST coverage of the talk last night organised by Muslim Professionals Forum MPF

(original article: http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/her-words-drew-me-to-islam-1.115511)

STRONG FAITH: Blair’s sister-in-law feels a sense of peace

Social activist Lauren Booth says she was born to worship Allah

KUALA LUMPUR: LEARNING humility from the generosity of the Palestinians and the act of fasting have pulled Lauren Booth closer to Islam.

The sister-in-law of former British prime minister Tony Blair said she was attracted to the strength showed by the people of Palestine, despite their hardships.

“During my visit to a refugee camp (in Palestine), I was bringing food for the poor families (during Ramadan). I met this woman who has the most beautiful smile, lit from within from joy and hope.

“I was sure that her house is like the Taj Mahal, unlike some homes that have nothing. But, when I went in, she had nothing,” she told more than 200 people who had gathered last night to listen to her talk on how she had discovered Islam.

Booth admitted she felt angry at Islam at first after seeing the woman’s poverty.

“I asked her, why do you fast in Ramadan? You said your God loves you, but He makes you hungry. You said He loves you, but He makes you thirsty.

“The woman replied: ‘Sister, I fast in Ramadan to remember the poor’.

The words stay with me because it was clear this woman who has nothing did not see herself as poor. At that moment, I told myself if this is Islam, I’m in,” said the social activist.

Booth described her discovery of Islam had created the sense of peace in herself and with those around her.

“I know now why I was born, that is to worship Allah. Every act of worship brings rewards. Every pronunciation of bismillah and alhamdulillah creates a cotton wool of protection around us. When you come to Islam, you feel it every day.”

Booth also shared how her two daughters, Alexandra Darby, 11 and Holly Darby, 9, had reacted when she first told them of her intention to embrace Islam.

The two girls, she said, had asked her three profound questions, namely whether she would still be their mother, and whether she would drink alcohol and dress the same way when she embraced Islam. Booth had told her daughters that she would become a better mother to them and would not touch alcohol, receiving the girls’ approval.

The third question, however, had startled Lauren. “(They asked), when you are a Muslim, will you still show your chest in public?

“I said: ‘Why did you ask me that?’

“Alex and Holly said: ‘Because you are always showing this part (patting her chest) in public and we find it very embarrassing. Stop it’.

“After telling Alex and Holly that she would cover herself from head to toe, the two girls gave their consent and began to love the Islamic faith.”

Global March to Jerusalem

Salams, Peace & Blessings

Join us for the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) 30 March 2012
Checkout this MalaysiaGMJ (myGMJ) youtube of the GMJ

For starters superbikers in big big bikes have voluntered to hoist the flags of the 131 countires who have recognised the state of Palestine and will converge with marching Malaysians to an open public space with a backdrop showing Jerusalem, al Aqsa mosque and the Church of Nativity.

Watch this space for more information on where Malaysians will converge on 30 March 2012

Jom March!

Dr Mohd Tahir Abd Rahman
Chairman myGMJ
Board of Trustees, Aqsa Syarif

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
Deputy Chairman myGMJ
Chairman Viva Palestina Malaysia