Posts Tagged ‘New Economic Policy’

New Selangor MB Khalid: NEP Only Benefits UMNOputras

March 18, 08

What were we all saying  (and Lee Kuan Yew was saying back in young Malaysia) about who actually benefits from the NEP (Nepotism Economic Policy)?

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From The Star 18 March 2008:

Khalid: NEP execution has deviated

SHAH ALAM: The implementation of the New Economic Policy has deviated from its original intentions, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said.  

He said the policy was intended to help all Malays but, in the 1990s, it started benefiting only certain groups.  

“You discriminate within the race as you have to be within the inner circle of Umno to benefit. What is the use of having such a policy?” he said at a press conference at his official residence yesterday. 

He said the NEP was an affirmative action plan and he supported it, but stressed that it should reach the whole community and not just a select few and their agents. 

He said the PKR-DAP-PAS coalition wanted a policy that continued to help the people, regardless of race. 

Khalid said they wanted the Malays to develop businesses that could go global, the Chinese to penetrate the China market, and to provide training for Indians so they would be prepared when their estates are turned into townships 10 years from now. 

“The rakyat, too, want us to implement a system meant for everyone,” he said. 

Khalid said there was no reason to worry that any group would miss out as there was enough in a rich state like Selangor for all to have a share. He, however, said there would only be enough for all if the state was run efficiently, without corruption and abuse. 

He said the state government would also look into the unemployment issue as there should not be any shortage of jobs in a state where 30% of its current workforce constituted foreign workers. 

PKR’s de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was also at the press conference, said there was a need to separate business from politics to ensure a select few did not abuse the system to amass riches in the name of Malay economic progress. 

“We want to reach out to all the people. We will protect those at the bottom and we will protect all programmes to help them, including Barisan supporters,” he said.  

Penang: Massive Illegal UMNO Street Mob Protests Anti-NEP

March 15, 08

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Above is Poster #3 from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters

Hey Super-Najib, where are you! Aren’t you supposed to pop your head up and decry street protests as ‘not Malaysian culture’ right about now?

Oh, I forgot… You’re a documented racist who’s super biased towards your UMNOputra mob!

Which is making a ruckus over nothing… See the second news report for why.

See also this post for how UMNO-led race baiting is likely causing all of this unrest. And they have the nerve to call Lim the racist! Cuh!

  • Jeff Ooi: Utusan and Bernama – The Utusan-Bernama ruckus started when Guan Eng announced all government procurements in Penang will be through open tender — something that the NEP did not address and went on to create cronies and entrench corruption in the system. I hope the next time Umno leaders took to the streets to stoke people’s sentiments along racial lines, you know who is to blame.

UPDATE 16 March 08: Even Gerakan’s Koh notices the hypocrisy of UMNO!!! See third news report. Trying to rebuild Chinese confidence in his failed party?

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From The Star 15 March 2008:

Lim’s remarks spark protest

Street protest in Penang 

PENANG: A big crowd, comprising mostly Umno members and supporters, took to the streets around Komtar after Friday prayers yesterday to protest against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s remarks on the New Economic Policy (NEP).  

Chanting slogans, the protesters marched towards Komtar in Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong at about 2.30pm. 

Angry crowd: Umno members and supporters protesting in front of Komtar in Penang yesterday over Guan Eng’s remarks on the NEP.

The protest was held in response to Lim’s statement that DAP-PKR would run the government “free from the NEP that breeds cronyism, corruption and systemic inefficiency.” 

Speaking to reporters, Bukit Mertajam Umno division chief Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir said the state Umno would hand over a four-point memorandum to Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas next week in protest of Guan Eng’s statement. 

Tanjung Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ibnihajar denied the protest was led by the state Umno and claimed the Malays had gathered in response to Short Message Service texts which were circulated yesterday. 

He said the DAP-led government had not respected the rights of the Malays and that the Penang Malays “wanted them out.” 

Voicing their concern: Protesters holding banners outside the state mosque in Shah Alam yesterday.

At 3.30pm, George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid advised the protesters to disperse, using a loud hailer.  

They only left when five trucks, including one equipped with water cannon from the Federal Reserve Unit arrived 30 minutes later. 

Acting state police chief Senior Asst Comm (I) Datuk Salleh Mat Rasid said no untoward incidents were reported but two men were brought back for questioning. 

Guan Eng said Umno leaders need not take to the streets as they can always meet him on issues affecting Penang Malays. 

PKR has lodged a police report on Thursday night over an attempt to incite people to protest against the new state government. 

“There were irresponsible people spreading rumours and we want to make it clear that PKR is in no way involved. 

“Clearly it was meant to create racial tension among the people. As far as PKR is concerned, we accept and support the new state executive council appointments,” PKR Bayan Baru information chief Annuar Ismail said after lodging the police report. 

In SHAH ALAM, another group marched from the state mosque to the state secretariat building here to stage a similar protest. 

The crowd gathered at the roundabout near the mosque just after the Friday prayers.  

They stopped in front of a line formed by police Light Strike Force personnel about 150m from the main entrance to the building, continued with their protest and left peacefully about 20 minutes later. 

Shah Alam Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Mohd Shariff Abdul Wahid said police were aware of the planned gathering and confirmed that no permit had been issued for it. 

Meanwhile, Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok, which the SMS had purportedly said to have called for the abolishment of the NEP in Selangor, denied ever saying such a thing. 

“I have never asked Tan Sri Khalid to abolish the NEP in Selangor,” she said.  

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To clear things up about ‘abolishing the NEP’, read the following:

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From The Star March 15 2008:

Support from Muslim NGOs

PENANG: Twentytwo Muslim non-governmental organisations have expressed support for the state government’s call for transparency in implementing the New Economic Policy (NEP). 

Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM) Penang adviser Dr Danial Zainal Abidin said representatives from the organisations met Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday morning and realised that the state government was not against the NEP. 

Cordial meeting: Lim greeting the representatives from the 22 Muslim non-governmental organisations in Penang yesterday.

“Lim told us that he had no intention of throwing away the NEP. He, however, mentioned that it had been tainted with cronyism and corruption, and that is what he wants to throw away, not the entire NEP. 

“So, if that is the idea, then we agree with him,” he said after a dialogue session with Lim at Komtar yesterday.  

Lim had on his first day as Chief Minister said he would practise an open tender policy for the awarding of contracts and projects to prevent cronyism and corruption. 

Dr Danial said Islam stressed on transparency and justice not only for Muslims but also for all religions and races and that the NGOs want the government to be transparent and clean.  

“I think YAB has listened and agreed to what we said. If he can fulfil these, then it is in line with Islamic regulations and rules,” he said. 

Dr Danial said the NGOs were concerned about the fate of Penang Malays and Islamic institutions after hearing talk that the new state government might curb their activities. 

He said the NGOs had asked Lim on the state’s policy concerning mosques, suraus, Sekolah Agama Rakyat as well as on the problems faced by the Malays in Tanjung Tokong. 

“Lim has answered them well and we hope he can fulfil the state’s promises,” he said. 

When met by reporters later, Lim told the people to stop listening to rumours that the Penang Malays would be marginalised under the DAP-PKR coalition rule. 

“Before being sworn-in as Chief Minister, I went to Tanjung Tokong to find out about the problems faced by the Malays there. 

“So, I wish to reiterate that we are a government for all Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion and background,” he said. 

Meanwhile, JIM’s women wing chief Dr Harlina Halizah Siraj believed that the Malays were ready to compete on a level playing field with the other races if the NEP were to be abolished. 

“The change in the political landscape is a wakeup call for the Malays. They should be showing that they deserve certain positions based on merit, and not on the Malay quota.  

“That is the message that should be conveyed to the younger generation of Malays. On one hand, the Malays are happy with changes, but on the other hand, they are shocked with the consequences,” she added.  

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From The Star 16 March 2008:

Koh: Street demos not proper way to convey views

PENANG: Barisan Nasional component parties must keep to the stand that street demonstrations are not the proper way to convey views and express feelings, Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said. 

He said this was especially important in a multi-racial society. 

The former chief minister said this has been the stand of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Barisan top leadership. 

“We have to be consistent,” he said when commenting on Friday’s street demonstration by Penang Umno members and supporters at Komtar. 

Dr Koh said street demonstrations may serve to allow people to vent their grievances or feelings. 

“However, as often pointed out by Barisan’s top leaders, such acts may heighten tension and even lead to conflicts if they get out of hand,” he said. 

He added that the freedom of assembly should be used wisely and effectively. 

Dr Koh said that holding forums and seminars, and presenting memorandums with concrete proposals supported by facts and figures, would be a more fruitful way.  

Hypocrisy Meter from theblogprof.

Barisan Nasional Lost 5 States, Now on to The Smearing

March 14, 08

[BUMPED 15 March 2008. Original posting date 14 March 2008.]  

It really riles me up that as soon as the BN got over its shock, mourning and self pity at being rejected by the voters, it goes straight to flinging smears and accusations of ‘racism’ at the DAP-PAS-PKR coalition which trounced them at the GE.

Just who are the ‘racists’ in Malaysian politics? I’d have to say it is Barisan Nasional’s members. After all, UMNO has long shown that it despises those ‘inferior little brothers’ in MCA and MIC.

And just look at the way they think in these recent excerpts from the news, my comments in [square brackets]:

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Penang: Massive Illegal UMNO Street Mob Protests Anti-NEP

Click link to learn full story.

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14 March: Ong: Perak voters cheated

DAP has cheated its voters as a PAS state assemblyman will be sworn in as the Perak mentri besar today, Perak MCA chief Datuk Ong Ka Chuan said. 

Ong, who is also the MCA secretary-general, said DAP should apologise to its voters, saying it was sad to hear that Perak PAS secretary Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin will be the mentri besar.

He said Mohammad’s appointment went against the wishes of voters, especially non-Muslims.

“Having a mentri besar from PAS creates fear among non-Muslims. This also creates political instability.”

[The only one causing fear and instability is YOU, Mr. Lost-to-DAP Ong, with your intentionally inflammatory words. Just because you are comfortable with lying facedown on the floor for UMNO to trod all over you, doesn’t mean the rest of the Chinese enjoy it too.

See next excerpt too.]

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Oon Yeoh: Ong Ka Chuan puts his foot in his mouth

Ong Ka Chuan in his eagerness to criticize the DAP for accepting a PAS MB for Perak has inadvertently (albeit indirectly) insulted the Sultan and the Regent of Perak.Ong, who is also the MCA secretary-general, said DAP should apologise to its voters, saying it was sad to hear that Perak PAS secretary Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin will be the mentri besar. “Having a mentri besar from PAS creates fear among non-Muslims,” he says. “This also creates political instability.”As one reader points out, the decision to appoint Mohd. Nizar Jamaluddin (as MB) was at the discretion of the Sultan. Having exercised their discretion, you are questioning this appointment and therefore, an apology is forthcoming.

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14 March: DAP decision will affect all Malaysians, says Hisham

The DAP’s decision to abolish the New Economic Policy (NEP) could cause national instability, said Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said in a statement that the NEP had played a crucial task in equity distribution among the rakyat and their economic role, successfully eradicating poverty in many areas since it was introduced in 1971 after the May 13 riots.

Hishammuddin was responding to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s decision to not practise the NEP. 

Lim had on Tuesday told reporters that the DAP-led state government would not practise the NEP after his swearing-in as the new Penang Chief Minister, citing the policy as a source of cronyism, corruption and inefficiency.

Hishammuddin said the move would not only negatively affect the Malays, but all Malaysians as well.

“Such irresponsible actions from DAP will only worsen the economic disparity of our multi-racial country.

“All the while the NEP has served to maintain balance in such issues.

“We cannot allow a large part of the country’s economy to be ruled by the minority races while the majority race is abandoned without representation,” he said. 

Hishammuddin also urged the DAP to be responsible and accord respect to the country and its people. 

[There they go again, threatening vague ‘unrest’ and invoking May 13 whenever anyone questions the status quo.

So maintaining the NEP – which is based on race – is good, but attempting to revoke it is considered RACIST.

To me, this is like someone shouting to my face “You bladdy Chinese pig! You f****** Cina babi!” and when I ask him to stop insulting me, I get arrested for stoking racial tensions. WTF??!!!

And on who benefits from the NEP, to paraphrase Lee Kuan Yew in Parliament before he got Singapore kicked out of Malaysia: “How exactly do racial quotas on the boards of big business help the poor Malay farmer, fisherman and villager?”

And what the **** is he blabbering on about ‘minority races’ abandoning the ‘majority race’? Helloooooooooo, not everyone is as RACIST as yourself, Keris Man!]

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13 March: Penang CM slams PM, denies stoking racial tension

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has vehemently refuted Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s claim that he was stoking racial tension over the issue of dismantling the New Economy Policy (NEP) in the island state.

In a sign that could signal the start of a rocky relationship between the federal and the state governments, Lim has instead slammed Abdullah for seeking to provoke racial tensions with his allegations.

“I said we will have an open-tender system (in Penang). What’s the problem with that? Unless Abdullah doesn’t like open tenders but corruption, cronyism and inefficiency.

“I don’t understand what has it (abolishing the NEP) got to do with marginalising the Malay or the Indian community. I think he is not right, (he’s) going on the wrong facts and trying to provoke (racial) sentiment,” Lim told a press conference after witnessing the swearing-in of 10 of his state excos at the Dewan Sri Pinang today.

Yesterday, Abdullah expressed his dismay over the plan by the DAP-led state government not to practise the NEP, an affirmative action policy which favours the bumiputeras.

“Do not marginalise the Malays. I want to ask Lim Guan Eng what are his plans for the Malays in Penang. What are his plans for the Indians in Penang. What are his plans for other minority groups in Penang?” said Abdullah.

[Like I said… A racially-determined policy is considered not-racist by BN, while questioning the policy’s racially-determined basis is condemned as racism. Bizarro World much, Badawi?] 

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15 March: Be careful with statements, Pak Lah tells Opposition

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wants Opposition parties to be more responsible when making statements in order not to jeopardise racial harmony.”

“They must be careful and not make statements to gain popularity among certain races only. Whatever they say, must be done carefully,” he said in an interview with Bernama TV at his official residence Seri Perdana here tonight.

In the 30-minute interview, he advised opposition parties in power in some of the states not to allow any community to feel marginalised and to think hard if they wanted to change policies.

He said this when asked what advice he had for Opposition parties which now have raised several issues that slighted the feelings of certain communities, like the New Economic Policy (NEP) and the special rights of Malays.

“Think it over again and again. When making statements on the NEP, they must consider the meaning conveyed. If you do as you like, it will cause a backlash.

“This is something very important they must understand. Becoming the government is not the same as being the Opposition. Both have different roles, and now they will know it is not easy (to be the government),” he said.

[HYPOCRITE!!! You are stoking racial tension and pandering to Malay sentiment with every utterance, yet you warn DAP-PAS-PKR to wtch their words?!!!]

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15 March: Lawyer lodges report against Penang CM

A lawyer lodged a police report against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over his statement that he would run the state administration free of the New Economic Policy (NEP). 

Abu Backer Sidek Mohamad Zan, 40, lodged the report at the Jalan Patani police station. 

He told reporters that in his statement he had asked the police to investigate Lim under the Sedition Act and to take action against Lim if he continued to make seditious and racist statements. 

“I believe that the statement is seditious, racist, irresponsible and may endanger public peace and national security,” he said.

[Another disgusting hypocrite!!!!! May your eyes be stabbed by the very logs within them!!!!]

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15 March: Anwar: I’ll make sure plight of Malays not ignored

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that, being a Penangite, he will not allow the DAP-led state government to ignore the plight of Penang Malays.

Dismissing allegations that he was a traitor to the Malay race, Anwar said he would ensure that Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng stuck to his pledges and did not marginalise the Malays.

“Some irresponsible people are trying to fan the fire alleging that I have betrayed the Penang Malays whose plight was not looked into under the previous administration.

“We will not overlook the problems of Malay petty traders,” he said after paying a courtesy call on Lim at the Chief Minister’s office in Komtar yesterday.

“Those who made allegations against me actually want the Malays to feel uneasy so that they can fulfil their agenda,” he said.

“These people are merely sore losers, he said, and urged them “not to stir up the hornets’ nest.”

Anwar said the DAP-PKR coalition state government would also ensure that the welfare of Chinese and Indians were well taken care of and that the state government would take a new approach to help them.

[That’s telling them, Anwar! SORE LOSERS!!! You are the real traitors to the malay race, intent on keeping them dependent and subservient to the UMNOputras forever!]

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14 March: Call to scrap mega projects

The state Umno will “persuade” the Federal Government to scrap all the mega projects in the state in view of the people’s clear rejection of Barisan Nasional.

Since Penangites do not want development, the Federal Government should not force it on them, said state Umno liaison committee secretary Datuk Azhar Ibrahim. 

He said that this was not Penang Umno taking revenge “but we are actually giving the people what they want”.

“They voted for change, so let us see what the DAP can do,” he said after the party’s emergency meeting at Menara Umno yesterday.

Azhar, who is Penaga assemblyman, was appointed the state Opposition Leader at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Umno liaison committee deputy chief Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdullah hit out at the new administration for its decision not to practise the New Economic Policy (NEP). 

[That old threat of withholding development if the people don’t vote for BN again.

Well here’s news for you: The common people DON’T WANT your mega-projects like launching twin towers into space to serve as the new administrative capital at the cost of $$$gajillions. All that does is put the rakyat’s oil money into your fat pockets anyway.]

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14 March: Nazri: We may see end of NEP

The election results signal the beginning of the possible demise of the New Economic Policy (NEP) and special rights for the Malays, said Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

The Umno supreme council member said it appeared that the Malays, especially in the town areas, had become more confident now and felt they could compete with the other races on a level playing field.

“We (Umno) have to really sit down and think. It looks like the educated Malays do not care about Malay rights anymore,” he said when contacted. 

“The Malay doctors, lawyers, engineers feel they have made it on their own merit.

“It looks like the NEP is not something that can be used to persuade the Malays to support the Barisan Nasional. 

“The Malays are saying ‘you can’t scare us by talking about us losing our rights, because we are here on our own merit’.” 

Nazri said it looked like some Malays felt that the NEP was unfair, and questioned why special rights should be given to the Malays.

He described the new confidence among the Malays as good for the Malay psyche.

[See? 45 years after LKY said it in front of the entire Malaysian Parliament and got quickly removed by TAR, the common folk are starting to realize it too – the NEP is unfair to nonMalays and non-UMNOputra Malays.

Scrap that ineffectual NEP. Replace it with a new policy that doesn’t merely enrich the big businessmen and political-footsie-playing Datuks.]

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14 March: Leaders still think along racial lines

The MP for Gua Musang stated that it was not only a disaster for Umno and BN but also a disaster for the nation. How can we conclude that the people’s choice of electing members of the Opposition party in certain states equate to a national disaster? 

I personally think having fresh faces in Government, be it BN or the Opposition, is always a good thing, especially since the people of Malaysia are clearly frustrated with practices in the past administrations in which corruption, cronyism and sheer incompetence were rife.

Datuk S. Subramaniam has called on all Indians in the nation to unite with the objective of revitalising the MIC, while MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting is now committed full time towards rebuilding the MCA and winning back the support of the Chinese. 

In Penang, the Chairman of the Malay Chamber of Commerce has requested that the DAP-led government appoint Malay state assemblymen as state executive councillors as they could deal with the problem of the Malays.

Why can’t the BN move towards a unified political party platform and have Malaysians deal with Malaysian issues, regardless of race, gender or religion? 

We must stop viewing everything in this country through an ethnic prism. Instead, we should start working together as Malaysians, period. 

The BN’s biggest component parties are Umno, MCA and MIC – all of which are political organisations based on ethnicity. If we are to succeed as a nation moving forward, we must do away with this structure and have a true multi-racial BN, and not a BN coalition of multiple races. 

The success of PKR and DAP in the recent election proves that the people of Malaysia want this.

Malaysia must move forward by having a truly multi-ethnic political framework and do away with political parties drawn along ethnic lines. 

We must view the future of our nation not through an ethnic prism, but a human one that is blind to race, religion and gender, if we are to succeed as a nation.

VIJAYANDHRAN VALAYATHAM,
Petaling Jaya.

[Here’s some sensibility, but NOT from a BN guy… It’s a letter from a regular citizen.]

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And on a final note:

If the DAP-PAS-PKR coalition (the entity formerly known as the Opposition) is a ‘marriage of convenience’, then I must say that a pragmatic marriage is better than a shotgun wedding.

Or – dare I say it – enslavement.

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.

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

   HindrafLegalAdvisorSedition 

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

RUN FOR HIS MONEY

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)

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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)


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