Lawyers accuse judge of racism November 26, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Asian, Card, Chinese, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Malaysian.
New Zealand – Auckland lawyers are aghast at comments made by a District Court judge as he denied bail to an Asian man. They are accusing Judge Thomas Everitt of racism, after he refused bail to a man facing methamphetamine and ecstasy charges.
The judge said the defendant would be able to get false travel documents, because “in New Zealanders eyes people of Chinese extraction or race are difficult to identify, facially and by name”.
Auckland QC Peter Williams says the comments are not acceptable coming from a judge and are not appropriate anywhere in the judicial system. Mr Williams say judges have to set an example to the public, and the comments lack discretion.
Mr Williams says Chinese people generally come to New Zealand to work hard and integrate. He also notes the accused man is actually Malaysian rather than Chinese, and has lived in New Zealand for three years.
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Malaysia Rejects Bid To Stop Discrimination System August 15, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in big fat no, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, ethnic Malays, free trade agreement, Malaysia, Malaysian, Racial, racial privilege, Racism, Racist, Rafidah Aziz, Rejects, socio-economic, sovereign, System, Washington.
Malaysia said it would reject any bid to have their system of discrimination in favor of ethnic Malays canceled.
Malaysia and the United States are now in the process of negotiating a free trade pact which will cover Malaysian government procurement awarding profitable contracts to Malays or bumiputera.
The country’s Trade Minister Rafidah Aziz said that Washington knew Malaysia’s necessity to keep its policies for Malays, who comprise about 60 percent of the population, as its sovereign right.
“If government procurement in transparency is what is required, no problem. But if anybody, the U.S. or anybody, wants to impinge upon our rights to put forward or to implement a particular type of policy, that’s no go,” she told AFP.