Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hindraf rally opening the eyes of more Malaysians

A seemingly ridiculous protest by Hindraf has now turned into an eye-opener as more Malaysians of all races realised the significance behind the rally. The issue was not the memo which was to be submitted to the British High Commissioner. The issue was more about the Malaysian Indian minorities and how they have been sidelined by the ruling government after 50 years of independence. The issue was more about how their own party which was supposed to be helping them have failed for the past 50 years. The issue was more about how the ruling party has chosen to ignore their interests all this while. The issue was about their frustrations and how nobody listens to them anymore. The issue was about how no one will listen even now.

Read Dr Toh Kin Woon's view on the rally.

Read Dr Khoo Kay Peng's views

Read IHT's report - "A Cry For Attention"

Read Time's report - "We fight for the future of our children"

Read the Malaysian PM's callowed response - "They want to kiss the orang putih"

Malaysian Minister Nazri's response - "Don't be samseng"

See who is the real samseng (gangster) here:

Monday, November 26, 2007

Malaysia still in a state of Emergency (2) ?

Unfortunately for the Malaysian government, Thierry Rommel's observation (which was strongly objected by them) has proven true again. This time it is the Hindraf rally on November 25. A seemingly innocent (and ridiculous, some might add?) protest against the British government for its treatment of Indians brought to Malaysia during its pre-independence days, again given the baton and water cannon treatment by the Malaysian government. Is this just an attempt to serve the British government a class action lawsuit or is there more to it?

And why are the Malaysian government so afraid of protests? Surely this is another sign of a weak government unable to handle protests and objections in a rational manner. One can only ask if all the Police violence were necessary. Luckily for Mr Rommel he was not a Malaysian!

The pictures speak for themselves:

Pictures from The Star and Jeff Oois' blog.

Report from The Hindu

Saturday, November 17, 2007

UK local council turned their noses down on Malaysian Ministers

It would have been a great plan. Convert an old research center in Brickendonbury into a "sports center for Malaysian athletes" using the money from Malaysian pockets. The public protested, but Najib turned his nose down on mere public. The press protested (knowing fully well that it is a waste of public funds, RM 490 million and the project will only benefit a certain minority of Malaysians) but the Ministers were not listening. They were fully determined to get their "second home" in the UK.

Finally it had to come from the British local council whom were as unconvinced as the Malaysian public. Who were the Ministers trying to fool? Certainly not them. To use public funds (Malaysian funds) to renovate the research center to train a football team from a third world country? A team who couldn't even beat a group of Eskimos with their snow shoes on? Malaysia's football team (as in the case of our Universities) are ranked in the 3 figures category, if you must know.

So, thank you very much from the Malaysian public to the East Hertfordshire district council. You have helped us save a lot of money which would be better spent improving our education system, public sanitation, roadworks, etc. all of which are in pretty bad shape. But of course our Ministers prefer to spend our money elsewhere. Somewhere where they could use exclusively for themselves. God Save the Queen.

Read the Star Report and the NST Report.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Malaysians turning to the internet as its government tries to hide reality

More and more Malaysians are turning to the internet for information as the Malaysian government strives hard to "protect its citizens from receiving bad news about the government". Last week's rally shows that the Malaysian people are now smarter in the sense that they know that NOTHING will be shown on the state controlled media and so they turned to the internet and their satellite TVs for the truth.

This is what is being capitalized by the Opposition parties as they hoped that more and more Malaysians will turn off the government controlled TV stations and instead look on the internet and international news agencies for the truth about their country.

The Malaysian government which prides itself in utilizing "E-Knowledge" now finds itself at the other end of the gun's barrel. And it is definitely not coping well as seen by the half-witted response from the Information Minister to Al-Jazeera's televised coverage.

Read more from ZDNet

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The 3 Wise Men To Be Judged

First we have a panel, then we have a panel to decide on the panel, next maybe we can set up a tribunal to decide whether the panel's decision on the earlier panel needs to be judged by another panel...?

The Star, 15 Nov 2007:- Three senior ministers have been appointed to study the three-man panel's report on the videoclip purportedly showing a lawyer brokering judges’ appointments during a phone conversation.

The three, appointed by the Prime Minister, are Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, Home Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad and Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

Nazri said they were given the task by the Cabinet due to their legal background and also because all three had been in charge of law affairs in their ministerial portfolios.

JR: Why didn't they ask their good friend Lingam to join the panel? He is a lawyer too...

Read more

Latest: Govt agrees to setup Royal Commission after 58 days of pussyfooting

Malaysia still in a state of Emergency?

Reuters, Nov 13 - Malaysia is living under an effective state of emergency, an EU envoy said on Tuesday, after police used tear gas and water cannon at the weekend to break up the biggest anti-government protest in a decade.

"Today, this country still lives under emergency," the European Commission's envoy to Malaysia, Thierry Rommel, told Reuters by telephone on the last day of his mission to Malaysia.

Rommel's remarks, extraordinarily blunt for a diplomat, chime with a chorus of criticism from opposition parties and some non-government groups about the way the government handled the protest, which it called an illegal assembly of troublemakers.

Police had set up road blocks around the capital to prevent protesters converging on Kuala Lumpur for Saturday's rally, but despite these measures and heavy rain, around 10,000 people thronged the city centre to call for electoral reform.

Police later moved in with tear gas and water cannons, which fired jets of water laced with a chemical irritant, to break up the crowd. There were no reports of any serious violence.

Read the full article

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

If you are NOT a Malaysian you shoudn't be watching Al-Jazeera

The Star Nov 13:-
Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin has strongly criticised satellite television station Al Jazeera’s coverage of Saturday’s illegal gathering here.

Describing the coverage as biased, unfair and confusing to people living overseas...

JR: You should be watching Malaysian TV where NOTHING was shown

“The police only used water cannons and tear gas and did not shoot anyone,” he said.

JR: Did Al-Jazeera mentioned that the protestors were shot??

Zainuddin said Al Jazeera should use its base in Malaysia as an opportunity to strengthen bonds with the West rather than to portray Malaysia as anti-West.

JR: I thought the protestors were ANTI-GOVERNMENT??

JR: I really wonder who is more confused - Zainuddin or Al-Jazeera?

Read the article

Is this why Zainuddin is so mad?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Video Reports of Mass Rally in KL

The peaceful Bersih rally on November 10 shot down by Malaysian police:

Malaysians gathered for mass protest shot by water cannons

The Bersih Rally went on as scheduled and the protesters were faced with a wall of red helmeted police and their water cannons.

Malaysians protest

Where it is happening

Read the BBC Report

Latest report from

Monday, November 05, 2007

If you are a Malaysian, you shouldn't be reading this...

You shouldn't be reading about the news of police officers with automatic rifles charging at a 100 year old Hindu temple and its devotees to demolish the building. Many were injured as a result and one victim is apparently in a coma. Some 14 persons were arrested including a 15 year old boy.

On the eve of October 31st 2007, 4 lawyers - P Uthayakumar, M Manoharan, V Ganabathy and Vethamoorthy went to Shah Alam police station to lodge a police report over the above incident.

Unbelievably, based on witness statements, they were denied entry into the police station at the gates. Shouting began and a small fracas soon followed with one of the lawyers pushed to the ground.

Finally, the lawyers were allowed in to lodge their report over the afternoon temple demolition incident. However shockingly, the Deputy OCPD then appeared and had the four lawyers handcuffed and arrested!

You shoudn't be reading this since no English newspaper is publishing this, but if you have to know then go to Tony Phua's Blog

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