Posts Tagged ‘Government Enslaved Media (GEM)’

Newspaper Banned After Publishing Frontpage Coverage of Anwar Ibrahim Black 14 Rally

April 17, 08


Above from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters.

UPDATE 25 April 2008: Permit has been renewed.

Just in case you thought anything really changed about Barisan Nasional after their walloping at the hands of displeased voters during the General Election 2008…

From Malaysiakini English (subscription required to view full):

Tamil daily Makkal Osai banned

The Home Ministry today rejected the renewal of Tamil daily Makkal Osai’s publication permit, a move believed to be related to the widespread coverage given to the opposition.

  • GM: No reasons given
  • To file appeal tomorrow


Translated from Malaysiakini BM:

(Header and first four paragraphs translated to English by me):

‘Voice of the people’ newspaper banned

The Home Ministry has banned popular newspaper Makkal Osai after it gave frontpage coverage to the rally for PKR’ advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim recently.

Today (photo below), the Tamil newspaper gave coverage to the police investigation of PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and two of its leaders regarding the rally.

Previously, the paper published long articles regarding the party, including the former Deputy Prime Minister, and Opposition activities.

The influential daily newspaper faced difficulties in renewing its permit (Printing Presses and Publications Act) since October last year.


Original article in Malay:

Akhbar ‘suara rakyat’ diharamkan
Apr 16, 08 4:48pm
Kementerian Dalam Negeri mengharamkan akhbar popular Makkal Osai selepas memberikan liputan muka depan perhimpunan penasihat PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim kelmarin.Hari ini (foto bawah), akhbar berbahasa Tamil tersebut turut memuatkan liputan siasatan polis terhadap presiden PKR Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail dan dua lagi pemimpin kanannya susulan perhimpunan itu.makkal ossai anwar ibrahim black 14 160408Sebelum ini ia memuatkan artikel-artikel panjang tentang parti itu, termasuk bekas timbalan perdana menteri itu, dan gerakan pembangkang.Akhbar harian berpengaruh itu menghadapi masalah memperbaharui permit sejak Oktober tahun lepas. Ia bagaimanapun terus beroperasi dengan harapan permit penerbitan tahunannya akan diperbaharui selepas pilihanraya umum 8 Mac, seperti nasib sebuah harian berbahasa Cina, Oriental Daily.Pengurus besar Makkal Osai S M Periasamy mengesahkan kementerian telah mengeluarkan surat hari ini yang menyebut permohonannya “tidak akan dipertimbangkan.”Surat itu tidak menyatakan sebarang sebab pengharaman tersebut.Pemilik akhbar itu – yang dikaitkan dengan bekas pemimpin kanan MIC Datuk S Subramaniam – telah memohon permit baru sejak Julai, kira-kira tiga bulan sebelum tarikhnya tamat.

Sementara itu Oriental Daily masih tidak diperbaharui sejak permitnya tamat Disember lalu. Ia beroperasi sepanjang pilihanraya umum lalu dengan garis panduan khas dengan harapan lesen itu diperbaharui.
Difahamkan akhbar Cina itu tidak mempunyai halangan untuk mendapat sambungan permit walaupun setakat ini tiada surat rasmi dikeluarkan.

Akhbar Tamil itu memberikan liputan meluas pada Makkal Sakthi (kuasa rakyat) selepas demonstrasi besar 25 November yang digerakkan Barisan Bertindak Hak-hak Hindu (Hindraf).

uthayakumar new look taiping hospital 090408Sumber-sumber dalam syarikat media itu memberitahu, Kementerian Dalam Negeri juga tidak senang dengan penyiaran muka depan foto tokoh Hindraf dan peguam P Uthayakumar – kini ditahan bawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) di kem Kamunting, Taiping – di hospital daerah itu minggu lepas.

Harian terbaru itu, diterbitkan mulai 2005, menyertai dua lagi akhbar  untuk etnik India, Tamil Nesan dan Malaysia Nanban.

“Kami akan memohon rayuan esok,” kata Periasamy.

Makkal Osai, yang berpejabat di Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, menggajikan kira-kira 100 kakitangan.
Nasib mereka belum jelas akibat pengharaman ini.
Makkal Osai atau “suara rakyat” – diterbitkan sebagai tabloid mingguan sejak 1990 selepas Tamil Osai tidak lagi beroperasi – diedarkan sebanyak 52,000 naskhah sehari.


UPDATE at Malaysian Joe reveals that apparently, Makkal Osai was banned because it wasn’t ‘sensitive’ enough to race and religion. YA RITE!!!

Keep on at it, BN. You’ll get totally trounced come the next election. The world has changed since you last dismissed that oddity called alternative media.

Economics Quiz – What Malaysian Political Party Are You?

January 2, 08

You earn 43.6 billion from your sales of oil. What do you do with it?

A. Spend 1.8 billion to build towers that will be the world’s tallest for 6 years, then lie mostly useless as a vertical pile of unrented office space.

B. Spend 230 million to launch an astronaut into space to wave the national flag into zero-G and carry out ‘scientific experiments’ of dubious nature and even more doubtful practical use.

C. Plan to spend 490 million to build a sports training centre 10,000 kilometres away in London, but cancel your grand schemes after massive public criticism.

D. Spend an amount that nobody is even sure of or won’t dare admit to build a massive 11,000 acre administrative capital that is mostly barren and empty due to poor planning.

E. Spend the money on improving the welfare of the citizenry, such as by lowering national fuel prices which would in turn increase productivity and boost the economy, thereby creating more wealth for all – including the government, which would then have more money to again spend on its citizens.

If you answered A, B, C or D, congratulations! You are the ruling Barisan Nasional party! Congratulate your smarmy self by spending more exorbitant amounts of money on your pet projects and lining the pockets of your cronies.

If you answered E, YOU IMBECILE!!! You are the wretched Opposition party! Don’t you know that there is no money available to subsidize fuel prices for the masses of unwashed people? The high exalted priest of Chinesebloodkeris Nut-jib Tun Razzie says so! Punish yourself by locking yourself up for sedition.


Above from The Star 31 Dec 2007.

Badawi Says: Judge Us

December 4, 07

That’s right, folks! Our PM asks us to weigh and judge for yourselves how well you think our present government is being run.

And if you don’t like it, by all means DO NOT listen to our Deputy PM who would rather we vote for his political party no matter how worthless a job it’s been doing

NOw get out there and vote your (dis)satisfaction!


From The Star 4 Dec 2007:

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PM: Judge us by level of progress brought to the people

PUTRAJAYA: The country’s progress and development have benefited all Malaysians and no one should be hoodwinked because it is there for all to see, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said. 

“Society, be it the Malays, Indians or Chinese, will gauge us by the level of progress and development we bring to the people irrespective of race,” the Prime Minister said, adding that Malaysians could not be taken for a ride (diperbodohkan) by anyone. 

He said the people would use the nation’s level of success and progress to judge how serious the Government was to further develop the country and maintain peace and harmony. 

Taking strong exception to the allegations made by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), he said the nation’s level of success was the key element to ward off the group’s “wild and insane” claims. 

Referring to the Hindraf’s allegations that the Government was carrying out ethnic cleansing and had committed atrocities against Indians in Malaysia, Abdullah said the group had gone overboard. 

“It’s hard to believe such claims. If we have been doing what they claimed, then there will not be peace and harmony, or political stability in the country,” he said at the monthly gathering of the Prime Minister’s Department here yesterday. 

Abdullah said he did not believe any level-headed Malaysian would believe such claims, “but there are those who are gullible enough to believe them and act according to their emotions.” 

He reminded police to do their best to stop such wild allegations from spreading. 

The outrageous claims made by Hindraf had angered all Malaysians, including level-headed Indians in Malaysia, he said. 

“I did not say that we have done everything. There are still poor people among us and we have managed to reduce the country’s poverty level from 50% to 5.7% within the past 50 years,” he said. 

He said while the Government was determined and committed to eradicating hardcore poverty by 2010, others seem bent on causing trouble for their “narrow political motives”. 

“This sort of chaos should not be happening in our country,” he said. 

The Prime Minister noted that the successful development efforts in Malaysia would invoke confidence among the people that the Government was serious in undertaking initiatives to develop the country for the well-being of the people of all races. 

Abdullah said that while police dealt with street protestors who were out to create chaos in country, civil servants must continue to improve the public delivery system and carry out all the planned development programmes speedily.  


The country’s progress and development have benefited all Malaysians and no one should be hoodwinked because it is there for all to see, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

That’s right, it’s very clear to see who is receiving the benefits and who is being denied a fair share. Do not be hoodwinked by anyone, by any political alliance, by any Government Enslaved Media (GEM) spin.

“Society, be it the Malays, Indians or Chinese, will gauge us by the level of progress and development we bring to the people irrespective of race,” the Prime Minister said, adding that Malaysians could not be taken for a ride (diperbodohkan) by anyone. 

Let us gauge the level of progres afforded/allowed to us by the present administration. Let us not be diperbodohkan by anyone. Let us voice our heartfelt opinion in the coming general elections.

He said the people would use the nation’s level of success and progress to judge how serious the Government was to further develop the country and maintain peace and harmony.

That’s right, we shall use the state of the nation to judge whether the Government has been developing the country fairly and maintaining peace.

Malaysian Indian Lawyer Sues Britain Over Malaysia’s Social Contract (And HINDRAF Rally)

November 22, 07

UPDATE 28 Nov 2007: What did I say about the ISA

UPDATE 26 Nov 2007: Hindraf defies court order and goes ahead with gathering.

Cops forced to use tear gas, water cannons

Youtube: Al-Jazeera coverage of the HINDRAF gathering

Youtube: Police kicking an already subdued Hindraf supporter?

What A Lulu: Lulu’s Malaysia – Let’s Not Allow Them To Get Away With It (Just like at the Bersih rally, chemical cannon and tear gas is employed again)

What A Lulu: Lulu’s Malaysia – Let’s Not Allow Them To Get Away With It (2) (Supporters rounded up into Batu Caves temple and chemicalled like prisoners of war)

Darn Malaysia: No Tear Gas And Water Cannon Used At Batu Caves Temple (Compare with the pics and the link directly before this)

Darn Malaysia: HINDRAF Rally Thwarted By Police Violence (Pics of police heavy handed tactics)

Elizabeth Wong: Hindraf rally: 500 arrested (Pics and videos)

Jeff Oii has an excellent series of coverage:

Hindraf Rally… (Ethnic) Minority Report 1

Hindraf Rally… (Ethnic) Minority Report 2

Hindraf Rally… (Ethnic) Minority Report 3

Hindraf Rally… (Ethnic) Minority Report 4

Hindraf Rally… (Ethnic) Minority Report 5

Hindraf Rally… (Ethnic) Minority Report 6

Hindraf Rally… (Ethnic) Minority Report 7

However, it is true that HINDRAF supporters reacted to police force with violence (IF IF IF, you know we can’t trust anything politically relevant the Government Enslaved Media has to say), then I am sorry to say that I cannot support their actions.

This is different from the Bersih Rally, where although there were 40,000 peaceful marchers who were attacked by police and FRU, they DID NOT respond in angry retaliation.

No matter how vicious the government’s tactics, by responding to police actions with rioting – and apparently, even premeditated violence as the reported Molotov cocktail attack shows – the ralliers this time would have quickly lost the moral high ground IMHO.

But on that purported Molotov razing of a bus… As Lulu saysNONE of the more than a dozen Government Enslaved Media drones who covered the events and reported the fire attack has even ONE picture of the allegedly charred bus!!!

See also Haris Ibrahim: Why I will not walk this Sunday and why the walk must not proceed.

Assuming the violent protestor response is true (but how can we really believe anything the Government Enslaved Media prints anymore?), it will be that much harder to gain public sympathy and support for HINDRAF now.


UPDATE 23 Nov 2007: Hindraf legal advisor arrested under Sedition Act


Also covered in the following:

Rasuah Sudah Parah: Hindraf legal adviser Uthayakumar arrested 

Malaysiakini covers it at the following links, but requires subscription to view:

Malaysiakini: Hindraf legal adviser Uthayakumar arrested

Malaysiakini: Hindraf chairperson arrested (Waytha Moorthy is arrested)

Malaysiakini: Restraining order on Hindraf supporters

Malaysiakini: Supporters throng police HQ (Hindraf supporters show up to protest)

Malaysiakini: Dismantle roadblocks, police told

UPDATE 24 NOV: The Star: Lawyers Charged With Sedition

What did I say about the ISA in my post below? The HINDRAF people were arrested ostensibly for planning and organizing a demonstration at the British High Commission. Apparently, that’s seditious.

I insinuate (as readable below) that the real purpose of the lawsuit is actually to highlight the unfair policies in Malaysia, and that the authorities here know that that is the real purpose, thus have arrested the men for being a ‘seditious’ political threat.

If you doubt my conclusions, just compare:

From Findarticles: Asian Political News:


These protestors in 2003 also gathered at a foreign embassy, and even burned a flag on the streets. They were not preemptively arrested for ‘sedition’. They were not even chided after they actually carried out the demonstration.

Double standards? DUH. Welcome to Malaysia.


Malaysian Indian lawyer Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy is suing the British in London’s Royal Courts of Justice.

He’s demanding 1.9 trillion British pounds in compensation for the British bringing Indians to Malaya as indentured workers, whose 2 million descendants are now deprived of opportunities because of Malaysia’s pro-Malay policies

Moorthy alleges that the British failed to safeguard the rights of Indians when they granted Malaya independence in 1957, and it only got worse with the New Economic Policies implemented after the May 13 incident.

Seems quite a load of nonsense, suing the Brits for something done ages past? He’s unlikely to get this case to court, let alone win, let alone be awarded the massive amount of cash he is claiming.

But what I think he’s really trying to do is to highlight the unfair policies so prevalent in Malaysia. Think about it, if a case like this causes raised eyebrows in Britain, wouldn’t a case filed against racial inequalities be thrown out of a Malaysian court immediately… Followed by quick Internal Security Act detention?

What Moorthy is trying to do is stir up international attention to the true state of Malaysia’s much-touted ‘racial harmony and religious tolerance,’ in a way guaranteed to make headlines due to its sensational phrasing.

Does anyone know if Malaysiakini or out local Government Enslaved Media picked this up? I was busy distracted by the Bersih Rally coverage.

The article below says that the Malaysian media ‘trumpeted his story’, but if that’s true, then why didn’t I catch any of those headlines?

Maybe it’s just like the Bersih rally that was totally, intentionally sidelined as inconsequential by the local Government Enslaved Media (GEM).

By contrast, the foreign media and local bloggers revealed a massive peaceful crowd that had gathered, and was subsequently attacked by police and FRU units using disproportionate violence.

Following which, our ministers and their Government Enslaved Media whitewashed and justified the police brutality during the event.

More info on terms used and related links at bottom of this post.


From Yahoo News, 21 Nov 2007 (bolding is mine):

Malaysian sues Britain over ethnic Indians’ woes

By Clarence Fernandez Reuters – Wednesday, November 21 11:29 am

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – An ethnic Indian in Malaysia is using an audacious strategy to highlight the plight of his mostly impoverished community by suing Britain, the country’s former colonial ruler, for $4 trillion (1.9 trillion pounds).

The Malaysian government dismisses the case as baseless, but lawyer Waytha Moorthy is determined to pursue it, even vowing to appeal to the Queen to appoint lawyers for the Indian community, which he says is too poor to find its own.

Moorthy wants Britain to pay damages of 1 million pounds to each of Malaysia’s 2 million ethnic Indians for rights abuses he traces to colonial-era labour schemes that brought their ancestors to Malaysia as indentured workers.

“We are seeking compensation because we were permanently colonised during British rule, and now, under the government of the ethnic Malays,” Moorthy told Reuters.

“We have lost touch with our roots and have been suppressed so far,” said Moorthy, who accuses British officials of failing to honour their responsibility to protect ethnic Indians when they granted independence to Malaysia in 1957.

In colonial times, many impoverished Indians and Chinese flocked to work and settle in Malaysia, drawn by government schemes meant to attract cheap labour for the country’s then lucrative rubber estates and tin mines, he added.


Some might feel that Moorthy, who paid court fees of more than 2,000 pounds to file his case in London’s Royal Courts of Justice, has already got a run for his money from the Malaysian newspaper headlines that have trumpeted his story.

But the episode highlights a very real dilemma: after 50 years of independence, ethnic Indians, most of whom are Hindu, own just 1.5 percent of the country’s national wealth.

The group, which forms about eight percent of Malaysia’s 26 million people, says a decades-old affirmative action plan for the country’s Malay Muslim majority has deprived it of opportunities, and the government has done little to improve living standards.

The affirmative action plan, adopted after deadly race riots in 1969, favours politically dominant Malays in housing, education, businesses, jobs and state contracts. Ethnic Indians say the policy is discriminatory.

Poor education further cripples their chances of upward social mobility, forcing them to continue being labourers, although some are now losing out to cheaper foreign workers.

“Indians have suffered under the Muslim-majority Malay government and also during British government rule for the past 200 years,” said Moorthy.

His suit also asks the British courts to declare the Malaysian constitution void for not safeguarding the rights of ethnic Indians, and seeks British citizenship for the group.

Moorthy said he was gathering 100,000 signatures for a petition to the Queen to appoint lawyers to represent the Indian community, which was too poor to pay its own legal costs, which he estimated would reach a million pounds.

“We only want justice in the United Kingdom courts,” he added. “Whatever justice is given to us we will accept.”

(Editing by David Fogarty)


The above is also covered by The Malaysian: Britain Sued Over Malaysian Indians.

The social contract in Malaysia

May 13 1969 Incident (the Malaysian race riots)

Malaysian New Economic Policy (in response to the May 13 incident, allegedly to ensure more ‘fair’ distribution of wealth)

Ketuanan Melayu (Malay dominance)

Article 153 of the Constitution of Malaysia (which safeguards the special rigths of Malays)

Article 160 of the Constitution of Malaysia (defines what a Malay is – not at all related to racial lineage or genetics, but he or she must be a Muslim)

Internal Security Act of Malaysia (used to detain without trial for anything deemed a ‘security threat’ to peace and stability)

Sedition Act of Malaysia (prohibits any discourse deemed to be seditious – where ‘seditious’ can be defined however those in power wish to define it)

Religion in Malaysia

HINDRAF (Hindu Rights Action Force)

Najib Tun Razak Says Street Demonstrations Such As Bersih Rally Not Part of Malaysian Culture, Conveniently Forgets Malayan Union Protests

November 21, 07

Hypocrisy Meter from theblogprof.

In response to the Bersih Rally, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister said to The Star that ‘Malaysians should not go to the streets to voice their dissent, as street demonstrations were not part of Malaysian culture’.

From The Star 12 Nov 2007:


Soooooo… Okay. According to the second highest authority in the current Malaysian leadership, ‘Street demonstrations are not part of Malaysian culture’.

O RLY?????

Then what do you call this:


Begging for SPCA donations? Advertising for Maxis? (Since Digi-man is yellow and therefore must be supporting Bersih. See bottom of my Bersih Rally post.)

The very un-Malaysian street demonstrations against the Malayan Union were what gave birth to the Federation of Malaya to replace it, and the Federation was later succeeded by Malaysia.

So perhaps Najib can be said to be correct – Street demonstrations are NOT part of Malaysian culture.

Instead it’s the other way around, Malaysian culture IS PART OF street demonstrations, since the street demonstrations against the Malayan Union gave birth to Malaysian culture!

By the reasoning of the Deputy PM, the protests against the Malayan Union were also therefore ‘not part of Malaysian culture’.

Zainuddin would then have added that the UMNO marchers opposing the British should have been broken up with tear gas and water cannon, and the movement smeared as illegal and unsupported by the people in the then Jawi-language-only Utusan Melayu. (See video links in my Bersih Rally post.)

As a result, Malay special rights would not have been preserved. Go on Najib, I dare you: Denounce the anti-Malayan Union demonstrators as traitors to ‘Malaysian culture’. I can tell you that it won’t be Chinese blood soaking your keris after the UMNO gang-bangers catch up with you.


Above is Poster #4 from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters

Related posts:

2007 Bersih Rally – Super Cover Up Job by Government and Mainstream Media

The Star Whitewashes Police Violence at the Bersih Rally as ‘Tact and Finesse’

Megaton Punch! UMNO Supporters Punch Guangming Daily Press Photographer

Ambush Mount Everest Hits From Malaysiakini

November 21, 07

20 November 2007 is my most hits ever day! So far.


2750 hits! Just look at that Mount Everest steep incline, ambushing the gentle meandering river of moderate  hits like a Richter 9.0 quake that births new mountain ranges! The majority of which came from Malaysiakini’s blog tracker.


As you can see from the above stats, the three main culprits were my posts on recent government/police/UMNO bullying:

2007 Bersih Rally – Super Cover Up Job by Government and Mainstream Media

The Star Whitewashes Police Violence at the Bersih Rally as ‘Tact and Finesse’

Megaton Punch! UMNO Supporters Punch Guangming Daily Press Photographer

Malaysiakini caused my previous most hits on 1 November 2007, the smaller mountain worth 1671 hits.


That one was due to new comments on my old post Malaysiakini: Are US News Agencies Biased Against Palestine?

And long ago, I already posted in No, I’m Sorry, Your Blog Isn’t Really That Popular – It’s Just Malaysiakini and 200 Hits For My Green Carrot on the relationship between mentioning Malaysiakini on a blog, the Malaysiakini tracker listing that blog, and that blog’s hit spiking suddenly and temporarily.

Thus, I notice, the trend of various bloggers to include Malaysiakini in the Tags of their posts, even if the post has nothing to do with Malaysiakini.

Dishonest jacking up of hits? But since it works both ways, free advertising for both the blog and Malaysiakini, I suppose it’s ‘fair play’. But I won’t resort to that artificial tactic.


But anyway, thanks Malaysiakini auto-blog tracker, and all the curious doods and doodettes who clicked on the link to my (curiosity-ticklingly titled) posts.

UPDATE: 1713 hits on the following day.

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The Star Whitewashes Police Violence at the Bersih Rally as ‘Tact and Finesse’

November 20, 07

In an insipid comment piece on the recent Bersih rally, columnist V.K.Chin at proves that The Star is truly Government Enslaved Media (GEM).

In fact, it’s such a lamely argued article, that I suspect poor Mr Chin was forced to churn out this Government-apologist piece to appease the Print License Overlords.

From The Star 20 Nov 2007. Read especially the parts I highlight in red:

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And here are the sickeningly partisan parts that make up most of the article, with my refutations to them.

Police handled protest with tact and finesse

Their fear is justified, even with peaceful ones, since there will always be elements making use of such occasions to start trouble, with people getting hurt and property damaged.

In the case of the Bersih rally, no one started any physical altercations and no one got hurt… Until the police opened up with tear gas and chemical-laced water cannon on the nonviolent marchers.

For starters, people were not interested in the group’s objective of calling for a fair and just election since they have other more serious problems to worry about, such as personal safety due to an increase in criminal activities.

And who is to blame for not controlling the increase in crime? Why, the government of course, duh! The police are obviously better at abusing peaceable citizens than they are at scaring off impudent criminals.

What people were relieved over the latest protest is that there was no violence, and this was due mainly to the way the police dealt with the incident.

Uh, Earth to Government Enslaved Apologist? The police themselves were the source of the only violence during the rally!

The organisers, foreign media and critics would have been disappointed that there were no broken heads or shots fired, which would have made good television coverage.

Many foreign media people and observers were convinced that the police would use force to disperse the crowd. However, the only ‘weapons’ used were water cannons and tear gas, standard equipment for crowd control.

O RLY?????

Then what do you call using a shield to bash an unarmed, frightened and retreating rallier over the head?


A walking aid? A prophylactic, perhaps? Video evidence at 1 minute 27 seconds into the link. I wonder how much more un-broken the victim’s head was after that vicious strike.


Above from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters.

Credit must be given to the police for their tact in handling what could have been an explosive situation. They were not provoked nor attacked by the protesters.

So there was no need to use any force to disperse the crowd and only those who had refused to obey were taken to the police station to have their statements recorded, and they were released within hours.

Absolutely correct! It was the POLICE who provoked and atatcked the protestors, at the behest of their Government masters! The only reason it all didn’t turn explosive was the self-control (and understandable fear) of the Bersih supporters.

As the comment piece says, the polcie were not provoked or attacked by the protestors. So if there was no need to use force since the protestors were nonviolent, then WHY the use of water cannons and tear gas as mentioned a mere two paragraphs earlier in the piece?

On the whole, it was a setback for the organisers in many ways. They could not accuse the police of brutality and using excessive force to deal with peaceful protesters.

But that is exactly what the police did use – the tear gas, chemical cannons and shield blows constitute brutality and excessive force, when the protestors were not even the least bit threatening.

The organisers must also be disappointed because they did not get members of the public to take part in the protest. In fact, they lost the goodwill of traders who had to close their premises for fear of damage to their goods and property.

It’s like saying that the 5-year old child must be disappointed, because no one feels sympathy for her after her abusive step-father beat her with a non-lethal rattan cane although she didn’t even fuss or throw a tantrum!



Credit for tact and finesse should be given to the Bersih ralliers, not the police or the government. For although they had done nothing aggressive when they were attacked by the police, they did nto allow themselves to be provoked into retaliation. There are not even any reports of marchers striking back at the police.

The writer’s use of ‘the people’ is intentionally meant to give the implication that most Malaysians think and feel the same way about the Bersih rally as the Government Enslaved Media.

The most poignant question is not addressed: If the Bersih marchers were not behaving violently, then why did the police start using painful crowd control tactics meant to quell violence?

If the siuation was as potentially explosive as the Government Enslaved Media portays it, with the marchers painted as thugs and hooligans ready to riot at any time, then wasn’t the unneeded use of force akin to throwing a match into the dynamite storehouse?

Or did the Government actually intend to rouse the marchers into a (arguably justified) angry, physical response? Then their attack dogs could be fully unleashed to teach the protestors an unforgettable and painful lesson – SLAVES MUST NOT MESS WITH THE MASTER.

And the result of all this rationalizing and approving of ruling party sponsored violence against opponents? Grassroots ruling party members start taking violent oppression into their own ‘hands’ too.


PS. The article above is still nowhere as insipid as this piece of trivial fluff:

   WhoNeedsBersihWhenCanHaveFacial1   WhoNeedsBersihWhenCanHaveFacial2

But The Sun shows that it, at least, is not wholly cowed by the Government:


Megaton Punch! UMNO Supporters Punch Guangming Daily Press Photographer

November 20, 07





As the story goes, reporters from various media were at press conference held by Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai to higlight UMNO’s alleged misuse of government funds, building UMNO centres instead of multi-purpose halls in KL.

Then, to quote Malaysiakini:

Midway through the press conference, a few Umno members came out from the party’s office and told Tan’s group that they should not be gathering in “their private property”.”They also hurled vulgar words at us and demanded that I retract my statement,” he said.

According to Tan, the Umno members, which by then have surrounded him and his supporters, tried to push him.

According to Koh, a man in the Umno group had shouted “Move, move. Don’t snap pictures. Just go away from here.”

“I responded by telling him there was no need for him to shout at us. That led to another man in the group punching me,” said Koh.

Any wonder when the ruling party has previously used dispropotionate force against peaceful citizens – including tear gas and chemical-laced water cannons?

And what does our fair and biased Government Enslaved Media (GEM) have to report about this bit of scrimmage? Why, it paints it as an ‘accident’ that is also to be blamed on the person who invited the media!

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In other words, if someone starts some serious fisticuffs at the next UMNO rally, we can all blame the UMNO men who should be held responsible for the safety of the invited press. But if that ever happened, would they be held responsible?

‘Course not. The police warrant would be issued solely for the ones who threw the punches. In fact, if UMNO members punched nonUMNO civilians at an UMNO gathering, it would predictably be blamed on the nonUMNO provokers.


For more info, other bloggers have covered this shameful event:

Sagaladoola: An ” Accident ” to Press Freedom

Jeff Ooi: Violence against journalist… Umno style (with links to Chinese press coverage)

Jelas: Guangming Employee Punched by Umno, Slapped by MCA

Rocky’s Bru: A (real) blow to Press freedom

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Above posterizing from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters

And one more time…


             UMNO Miracle Special Ultra Super Megaton Punch!!! 
                 Who is this mysterious masked marauder???

2007 Bersih Rally – Super Cover Up Job by Government and Mainstream Media

November 15, 07

UPDATE 9 DEC 2007: 10 BERSIH people arrested 

I go off to Miri and Mulu a few days, and a mega event like this happens.

And I don’t know about it till late, because the mainstream newspapers superbly downplay and discredit it! Well, they have their print licence to think about… One wrong word, and no more The Star, New Straits Times and so on!

On Nov 12, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak tells the press that street demonstrations are not-part of Malaysian culture… Conveniently whitewashing the history of Malaysia that was strongly influenced by UMNO street protests.

Then on Nov 20, Government Enslaved Media mouthpiece The Star praises the police violence as ‘handling the protest with tact and finesse’.

But it must be said that The Sun bucks the trend by printing this response:


to this piece of trivial fluff:

   WhoNeedsBersihWhenCanHaveFacial1   WhoNeedsBersihWhenCanHaveFacial2

Fair elections > Facials!

Meaning, if we didn’t have blogs and online independent news… We wouldn’t know about goings on in our own capital city!

Methinks it has VERY MUCH to do with the embarassment to the establishment that not everyone in Malaysia supports the status quo over the concept of justice-and-fairness-for-all.

That and the over-the-top police brutality against unarmed, orderly, peaceful civilians.

Here are some links for info on this event:

UPDATE 28 Nov 2007: What did I say about the ISA?

Wikipedia on Bersih Rally (intro to what the Bersih Rally is, info, pics and links), with Al Jazeera video of police violence

Darnmalaysia, Masjid Jamek police violence (Kenny Law personally recounts getting water/chemical cannoned and tear gassed despite no marchers causing trouble)

Kakiblog on Bersih Rally (first-hand testimony and pics of being tear-gassed for being not violent)

Jeff Ooi on How They Painted It Yellow

Jeff Ooi on Clean Up on police efforts to esclude marchers (since yellow is the colour symbolizing the event, anyone wearing a yellow raincoat is stopped by the police roadblocks! See pic at very bottom of this post for SATIRE!)

Whatalulu on a Bersih and a love story

Whatalulu’s personal account (contrast the official mainstream media report with the pix)

Whatalulu on security non-threats

Whatalulu on the Bersih Rally, with pics

Cherwith: BERSIH (10-11)Many Faces

Susan Loone: Bersih: What did I tell you about the King?

Susan Loone: Bersih: running dogs and angry sultans

Elizabeth Wong: Rakyat pantang dicabar!

Dr Hsu: Michael Backman on Malaysian Truth and Justice (reposted article by Michael Backman, ‘Truth and justice are no longer Malaysian way’)

Light Documents: Kuning dan Bersih

Video links:

Youtube of tear gas use (tear gas canisters fired at marchers… And flung back at police. Did anyone take a canister home as a souvenir?)

Youtube of water cannon use (water cannon unleashed on marchers)

Youtube of water cannon use on Al-Jazeera (Al-Jazeera coverage of water+chemical cannon and more, same as embedded in the chongeng link earlier)

Youtube of FRU violence (Malaysiakini montages of Federal Reserve Unit violence, including a slow-motion shield bash at 1 min 50 secs)


Youtube of Zainuddin Maidin embarassing himself (our revered Malaysian Information Minister, Zainuddin Maidin, gives an interview to Al-Jazeera. Did I say interview? I mean TOTAL RANT while on automatic gear! He rails against the foreign media for only showing the side of the protests that he doesn’t like, instead of a balanced view. Hello, sir? You already have RTM as can be seen below! His logical justification: the rally is illegal because there are elections, heavy-handed methods used because it’s illegal)

Youtube of RTM version of above self-embarassment (Malaysia’s RTM report of what transpired between Zainuddin and Al-Jazeera, in Malay. According to RTM, the police handled the protest WELL! When the demonstrators refused to leave, the police ‘allowed’ them to march on to the palace and submit their memorandum. No mention of the police violence against non-rioting demonstrators. And apparently, Malaysians are laughing at Al-Jazeera’s reporting… Not our high INT, high WIS level Minister’s performance! Followed by said Al-Jazeera interview. Much blurrier than previous link)

Home of the Shrimpy Baron!!: Another Idiot Minister makes a fool of himself and Embarasses the Country (video embed and transcript of Zainuddin’s interview, with embarassing bits highlighted. Also more examples of his previous nonsenseness.)

Berita Berita: Transcript of Malaysia’s Information Minister’s interview with Al Jazeera News on the Bersih Protest (another Zainuddin interview transcript, cleaner but less lolzing.)

And some pics from various sites, including the above links. Those don’t look like just 4000 peoples!









So who do you believe?

The official Government and local mainstream media, which portrays the Bersih Rally as illegal and thus justifying tear gas and chemically-laced water cannon, small, comprised of only Opposition parties, exploiting children and the King, troublesome for city-folk who get delayed by the marchers, largely unimpactful, and blown hugely out of proportion by the alternative media?

Or the blogs, online news and foreign media, which portray the Bersih Rally as within legal rights but denied a police permit based on political influence, comprised mostly of NGOs and ordinary concerned citizens, peaceful and orderly, manhandled by police use of disproportionate force advocated by the ruling politicians (whose police roadblocks and rescheduling of public transport were the real cause of city-folk delays), largely impactful, and covered-up, smeared and downplayed by the mainstream media?

Decide for yourself.

Meanwhile, emboldened by the silent approval of disproportionate and violent response against opponents as shown by the government-controlled police, UMNO members start taking violent oppression into their own ‘hands’ too.

From Kereta Merah via Mushroom Ali:


Translation: Do you know this man? WANTED by the Malaysian Government for being yellow.

Wakakakakaka! Yellow Coverage Fellow (aka Digi Man) should be instantly recognizable to all Malaysians. Info at here for foreigners.

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