MPO 7 Legal Fund

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Raised by 25 people in 39 months

We are seven former musicians of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, who in February 2012, were informed that we were all being fired, effective August 2012. No reasons for dismissing us were given, and all attempts to arrange meetings and discussions with Nor Raina Yeong Abdullah, the CEO of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, were categorically refused.
Because of their actions, the orchestra has been under an international boycott since July 2012.

International Boycott of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra 

Every one of us had served the orchestra faithfully, and at the highest standard for many years (four of us since the orchestra was formed in 1998). We had all been involved in community and educational activities well beyond the scope of our contracts, and none of us had any disciplinary or artistic blemishes on our records.

Believing that our dismissals were illegal, in May 2012 we petitioned the Minister of Human Resources, who referred our case to the Industrial Court of Malaysia. On 24 August 2015, the judge returned her verdict: despite our many years of dedicated work with the orchestra, including long service bonuses and contractual retirement clauses, and despite our unblemished employment records, we were all in fact fixed-term, temporary employees, and had no right to expect continued employment. She decided that the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra had every right to terminate our employment at the end of our current contracts, without giving any notice or reason.

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Based on all the legal advice we have since received, and the case readings we have done, this decision seems to go completely against the Malaysian Industrial Relations Act, and against just about every precedent that has been set by previous cases. It affects other Malaysian musicians, including all of our former colleagues in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and seems to give Malaysian employers the right to fire their employees at will, without giving any reasons, merely by stating their "intention" to use a fixed-term contract of employment, whether genuine or not.

We believe that an injustice has been done, and are determined to exhaust all of our options to make it right. With this campaign, we would like to invite you to participate in the next stage of the legal challenges that we face. Our future earning potential has been severely affected by our dismissals, and any amount that you are able to contribute will be gratefully and thankfully received.

Donations can be made anonymously, and we pledge to be completely transparent with the use of those funds, and with our progress. Everything we receive will go to our legal fund, and at the end of the case, if we win a monetary award, we will either return your donation to you in full (if you wish), or make a lump sum donation of the full amount collected to a worthy youth orchestra.

Thank you.

Toko
Brian
Paul
Darcey
Kevin
Markus
Liu

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Dear friends,

I'm disheartened to report that we have encountered another setback in our pursuit of justice. The Malaysian High Court judge who was assigned to review our case, essentially declined to do so. Although there is as of yet no written record of his decision, he gave a brief verbal account of his "reasoning" to our lawyers, and based on his comments, it appears he didn't even read through the testimony at our trial. Apparently, even the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra's own lawyers were surprised at the outcome.

Over the last year, conditions for our former colleagues in the MPO have deteriorated further, with poorer working conditions, and reduced salaries and benefits. If our case is allowed to stand, it will only embolden the orchestra management to treat current (and future) members of the MPO with more and more contempt.

So, we feel we have no choice but to continue fighting. We have already filed our appeal, and will continue to do everything we can to pursue justice. Your continued support is a huge encouragement to us.

Thank you again for your support. We will keep you posted.
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Dear friends,

We are happy to report that our application for a review of our case has been successful. This means that the case will now be reviewed (by a different judge) and we will present our arguments for why the decision should be overturned.

Our lawyers have a long list of the first judge's errors, and we look forward to presenting it to the judicial review panel of judges.

We could not have come this far without your continued support; please accept our thanks once again.
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Dear supporters,

We are now in the final stages of discussions with our legal team, and will soon be filing the court paperwork for our review/appeal.

Although it has only been about two weeks since we officially launched our campaign, we are overwhelmed by the support we've received from all over the world.

Please continue to share our page and check back here for updates.

Thank you!
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