Hope Awards by myHarapan and Human Rights Award by SUARAM.

Hope Awards “honour(s) and showcas(es) the legions of inspiring individuals and organisations in Malaysia as well as the forward-thinking companies that support them”.

Standing alongside Himpunan Hijau 2.0: Langkah Lestari (which is our favourite to win it this year), Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) and Save Rivers (the Murum and Baram communities) as fellow nominees for SUARAM’s Human Rights Award is an honour by itself.

In the words of mover Pang Jo Fa(b) on Facebook:

Oh OH! UndiMsia is also nominated for SUARAM’s Human Rights Award! Double nomination for a first year movement. Not bad. Really appreciate the encouragement!

Thank you for the nominations. We are spurred to greater heights. For a better Malaysia. For more active and informed citizens.

We must be doing something right, are we not?

Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) is a non-profit based in Kuala Lumpur with the mission of promoting active democratic participation and human rights awareness.

6 replies on “UndiMsia! Nominated For 2 Awards: Hope & Human Rights”

  1. It was almost a full house yesterday (10 Dec) at KLSCAH for SUARAM's Human Rights Day celebration which included the launch of their Civil & Political Right Report Overview and the 2012 Human Rights Awards.

    A copy of the report can be downloaded at http://www.suaram.net, but the general feel one gets from the report is that most changes in terms of legislature have been cosmetic and some have actually curtailed our rights and freedoms even more. In terms of processes and procedures related to law enforcement agencies, the status quo still remains. Death in custody still remains a serious problem and there are still people being detained without trail, even with the abolition of the ISA. Over 2 dozen people are still being detained under the ISA and SOSMA concurrently.

    For those who have gone through #IdolaDemokrasi, you will know that this is a systemic problem and change through politics will be near impossible. But don't let that stop you from voting in the 13th GE, whoever your choice is.

    The second part of the event was the SUARAM Human Rights Awards. The 4 nominees were Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia, UndiMsia!, Himpunan Hijau and the Murum & Baram communities (who are fighting the building of mega dams in their respective areas).

    3 of the 4 nominees used Non Violent Direct Action (NVDA) to achieve their goals and to bring their message to the national stage, which may play a part in the coming elections as election issues. Both sides will milk it, but the people need to be able to look past and through the rhetoric on both sides to make informed choices on what kind of environmental, energy and social policies we want, and have the energy and tools to bend the power structure to our will.

    At a time when 40% of our population is struggling to get by, many rights and freedoms are chucked aside simply because we need to make a living and pay the bills. So even basic rights and needs such as clean water, basic education & healthcare are a luxury for some people. While keeping this in mind, don't forget the big picture and 'higher' freedoms and rights – the right to privacy, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure , a continuous process of improving the processes of governance to include social, economic and cultural rights – have to be fought for as well.

    UndiMsia did not win – which is fine, but being nominated (thank you whoever did it) is a great morale boost. The joint winners were Himpunan Hijau and the Murum/Baram communities – congratulations to them both.

  2. Thank you Becca and Yi Leong who represented us, and for these photos at Hope: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.52764432

    At SUARAM's Award event where Lim Ka Ea and Long Seh Lih represented UndiMsia! (nominated for 'empowerment work and capacity-building among youth'), Himpunan Hijau and the Murum/Baram communities were joint winners – congratulations to both of you who are deserved winners!

    Salam perjuangan!

  3. UndiMsia! was nominated for the Hope Awards alongside Hospitals Beyond Borders and Epic Collaborative. Although we did not win the grand prize (Epic Collaborative did), at least we were runner's up! The theme yesterday night was funky/retro. UndiMsia! mover Lau Yi Leong who dressed up as PSY, won best dressed. Overall it was a fun night and although no grand prize, UndiMsia! and her movers walked away with two smaller prizes and that is just as awesome!

  4. Congratulations to UndiMsia. Simultaneously nominated for these two prestigious awards is testimony to its distinguished contribution to the cause of restoring democracy and human rights to this country. Do soldier on, we are proud of you.

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