Bank islamstatement 2013.01.17-53g & 107i


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Civil Society Statement In Solidarity with Azrul Azwer, Chief Economist of Bank Islam who was suspended for predicting an opposition victory in the coming elections.

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Bank islamstatement 2013.01.17-53g & 107i

  1. 1. Civil Society’s Joint Statement – 17 January 2013Bank Islam acts unprofessionally and unjustly in suspending Azrul AzwarWe, the undersigned organisations and individuals, call on Bank Islam to reinstate its Chief Economist,Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin, who has been suspended for presenting an analysis based on computersimulation which projects a probability weighted base-case scenario of Pakatan Rakyat’s victory in the th13 general elections.We hold that Bank Islam has acted unprofessionally, unjustly and without any basis by reportedlypunishing Mr Azrul Azwar for his professional opinion, presented at the Regional Outlook Forum onJanuary 10, 2013.We understand that the economist had also generated a best-case scenario of a Barisan Nasional’snarrow win and a worst-case scenario of the ruling coalition’s big loss. For the record, no party hasproduced any methodical rebuttal to his analysis.Consistent with the view of financial regulators and academics worldwide, we stress that informationfreedom is pertinent to the resource allocation mechanism of the financial markets. Freedom ofexpression and freedom of information are the best way to expose and correct any falsehood ormisinformation. Analyses on elections and their economic and financial consequences are clearly ofparamount importance for the markets and the country.Hence, biased information results in unjust allocation and distorts the integrity of the markets.By allegedly suppressing Mr Azrul Azwar’s professional opinion that was unfavourable to BarisanNasional, maliciously labelled as “political comments”, Bank Islam is admitting that the Bank has apolicy of reporting only Barisan Nasional favourable news.It cannot be argued that Mr Azrul Azwar’s behaviour is reckless as his analysis has had no marketimpact and the FBMKLCI has barely moved – closed at 1684.57 on 10 January 2013 and 1682.95 on16 January 2013. Besides, the basic tenet of banking and finance is assessing risks (be it political,economics), and that was what Mr Azrul Azwar did.We call upon Bank Islam to immediately reinstate Mr Azrul Azwar to his position and manage itsbusiness professionally.We also urge the BN government to join our call for Bank Islam to reinstate him. This will provebeyond doubt that the BN government has not pressured Bank Islam to suspend Mr Azrul Azwar andPM Najib Razak is genuinely committed to reform.Endorsing Organisations 1. Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran) 2. All Womens Action Society (AWAM) 3. Anak Muda Sarawak (AMS) 4. Bersih 3.0 Bangkok 5. Bersih Geneva 6. Bersih London 7. Bersih Melbourne 8. Bersih Singapore 9. Bersihkan Malaysia Perth
  2. 2. 10. Borneo Youth Revolution (BYR)11. Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)12. Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI)13. Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (Bersih 2.0)14. Community Action Network (CAN)15. Gabungan Profesional Malaysia Timur Tengah (GPMTT)16. Himpunan Hijau (HH)17. Humanity Library Kuala Lumpur18. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)19. Japan Graduates Association of Malaysia20. Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)21. Kill The Bill (KTB)22. Knowledge and Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces (KRYSS)23. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)24. Kuen Cheng Alumni Association25. Lawyers for Liberty (LfL)26. LLG Cultural Development Centre27. Malaysia Youth & Students Democratic Movement (DEMA)28. Malaysian Youth against Public Hazards29. Malaysians for Beng Hock (M4BH)30. Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (MAFREL)31. Mama Bersih32. Muslim Professional Forum (MPF)33. National Indian Rights Action Team (NIAT)34. Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH)35. Northern Green Youth36. Penang Forum37. People’s Green Coalition38. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM KL & Selangor39. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)40. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)41. Persatuan Sains Sosial Malaysia (PSSM)42. Pertubuhan Gabungan NGO Kelantan (Coalition of Kelantan NGOs)43. Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia44. Projek Dialog45. Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)46. Pusat Komas47. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)48. Sisters in Islam (SIS)49. Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham)50. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)51. Sunflower Electoral Education (SEED)52. Tenaganita53. Writer Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)
  3. 3. Endorsing Individuals(Disclaimer: The institutional/organizational affiliation of individuals is for identification purpose onlyand should not be taken to imply endorsement by their institutions/organisations). 1. Prof Abdul Rahman Embong, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) 2. Prof Diana Wong, University of Science Malaysia (USM) 3. Prof Edmund Terence Gomez, University of Malaya (UM) 4. Prof Francis Loh Kok Wah, Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran) 5. Prof James Chin, Sarawak 6. Prof Lim Teck Ghee, Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI) 7. Prof Norani Othman, Sisters in Islam (SIS) 8. Prof Rajah Rasiah, University of Malaya (UM) 9. Prof Wan Manan, Malaysian Academic Movement (MOVE) 10. Prof Woo Wing Thye, Penang Institute (PI) 11. Prof Zaharom Nain, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus 12. Assoc. Prof Abdul Halim Yusof, University of Science Malaysia (USM) 13. Assoc. Prof Bridget Welsh, Singapore Management University (SMU) 14. Assoc. Prof Mustafa K. Anuar, University of Science Malaysia (USM) 15. Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) 16. Dr Ang Sze Wei, University of Hong Kong 17. Dr Azly Rahman, WorldWise Frontiers 18. Dr Charis Quay Huei Li, Université Paris-Sud (Orsay) 19. Dr Cheong Kee Cheok, University of Malaya (UM) 20. Dr Helen Ting, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) 21. Dr Johan Saravanamuttu, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) 22. Dr Khoo Boo Teik, Aliran 23. Dr Khoo Gaik Cheng, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus 24. Dr Lee Hock Guan, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) 25. Dr Lim Kim Hwa, Penang Institute (PI) 26. Dr Lim Mah Hui, Penang Institute (PI) 27. Dr Ong Kian Ming, UCSI University 28. Dr Subatra Jayaraj, Bersih Bangkok 29. Dr Subramaniam Pillay, Aliran 30. Dr. Thillainathan Ramasamy, University of Malaya (UM) 31. Dr Toh Kin Woon, Penang Institute (PI) 32. Dr Wong Chin Huat, Penang Institute (PI) 33. Dr Wong Yee Tuan, Penang Institute (PI) 34. Dr Yeoh Seng Guan, Monash University Sunway Campus 35. Dr Yolanda Augustin, University of London 36. Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bersih 2.0 37. Dato’ Dr Musa bin Mohd Nordin, Damansara Specialist Hospital 38. Dato’ Yeo Yang Poh, Bersih 2.0 39. Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, Proham
  4. 4. 40. Adibah Jodi, Sisters in Islam (SIS)41. Alan Tee Boon Tsong, Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)42. Altaf Deviyati Ismail, Penang Institute (PI)43. Andrew Cheng Yang Chong, Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)44. Andrew Khoo, Bersih 2.045. Angela M. Kuga Thas, DCI Candidate, Queensland University of Technology46. Anil Netto, Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)47. Azareena Abdul Aziz, Sisters in Islam (SIS)48. Azrine Razak, Sisters in Islam (SIS)49. Bala Chelliah, Bersih Geneva50. Chan Wei See, Sunflower Paper51. Chaw Teck Long, Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)52. Che Afandy Che Yusof, Penang Institute (PI)53. Chin Pok Yap, Bersihkan Malaysia Perth54. Chom Lee, Bersihkan Malaysia Perth55. Colin Rajah, Bersih San Francisco56. Dahlia Martin, Flinders University57. David Teoh, Bersih Melbourne58. Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, Suaram59. Greg Lopez, Australian National University (ANU)60. Ho Yock Lin, All Women’s Action Society Malaysia (AWAM)61. Jerald Joseph, Pusat Komas62. Jordan Sugunasingam, Bersihkan Malaysia Perth63. K. Arumugam, Suaram64. Kartina Mohd Sobri, Sisters in Islam (SIS)65. Kean Wong, Bersih Washington DC66. Koay Seng Beng, Penang Institute (PI)67. Koay Su Lyn, Penang Institute (PI)68. Koh Wee Sun, Mama Bersih69. Lau Chee Boon, Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH)70. Lee Chyi, Penang Institute (PI)71. Liau Koh Fah, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)72. Lim Chee Han, Hannover Medical School, Germany73. Lim Hong Siang, Sunflower Paper74. Mandeep Singh Karpall Singh, Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)75. Maria Chin Abdullah, Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)76. Masjaliza Hamzah, Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)77. Maxine Carr, Penang Institute (PI)78. Mohideen Abdul Kader, Consumer Association of Penang (CAP)79. Nazreen Nizam, Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)80. Ng Yap Hwa, Malaysians for Beng Hock (M4BH)81. Ngeow Chow Ying, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)82. Noorulhuda Mohd. Noor, Sisters in Islam (SIS)83. Ooi Heng, Political Studies for Change (KPRU)84. Ooi Pei Qi, Penang Institute (PI)
  5. 5. 85. Pam Wong, Bersih Auckland86. Ratna Osman, Sisters in Islam (SIS)87. Raymond Cheong, Bersihkan Malaysia Perth88. Rozana Isa, Sisters in Islam (SIS)89. Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan, Aliran90. Ser Choon Ing, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)91. Soon Yee Yap, Bersihkan Malaysia Perth92. Stephenie Aloysius, Pusat Komas93. Steven Sim Chee Keong, Penang Institute (PI)94. Stuart MacDonald, Penang Institute (PI)95. Suriani Kempe, Sisters in Islam (SIS)96. Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia97. T. Rajamoorthy, Regional Council for Human Rights in Asia98. Tan Hui Chun, Humanity Library Kuala Lumpur99. Tan Woen Tian, Kill The Bill100. Tang Ah Chai, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)101. Teoh Lee Lan, Malaysians for Beng Hock (M4BH)102. Th’ng Bee Fu, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)103. Tricia Yeoh, Pakatan Rakyat104. Wang Lay Kim, University of Science Malaysia (USM)105. William de Cruz, Bersih Sydney106. Wong Tack, Himpunan Hijau (HH)107. Zairil Khir Johari, Penang Institute (PI)