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Interlok: Chock Full of Insults Against Chinese Too (and Lots of Unsavoury Material)

February 22, 11

I’ll flesh out my position on the matter of Interlok that I gave to Yeah.

Despite not having read the book in full, I am currently opposed to Interlok because I perceive it as being too racially sensitive. This perception has been formed by various comments on the book, especially by HartalMSM’s coverage which includes excerpts and scans of the most objectionable parts.

However, I am completely open to changing my mind. All it will take is for a supporter of the book to cite excerpts which argue the case for its suitability for racial harmony – basically, the exact opposite of what HartalMSM is doing. Yeah did indeed post one comment citing several plot instances that fit the bill.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of arguments for Interlok I have seen run along the lines of ‘It’s by a Sasterawan Negara’, ‘This and that authority has reviewed and approved it’, and ‘You are idiots who have not read the book so shut up’.

Is it unfair for laypeople to pass judgment on a book they haven’t read? Admittedly so, but let’s be practical here – they don’t owe it to anyone to be sold on an idea (e.g. that Interlok is suitable for school studies). It is the responsibility of Interlok’s supporters to convince the populace on the merits of the book.

Heck, how many PSAs and ads do we see out there imploring the populace to do things such as stop smoking, drive sober, and not play with fire? Honestly it should be common sense and their own responsibility for their own benefit, yet the govertment and NGOs have accepted that people need to be sold on even the most basic of good practices.

Similarly, we both have blogs where we continually defend the good name of our respective beliefs. Sure, we could complain that polemics are unfairly smearing our beliefs with all sorts of lies. But as a practical matter, we accept that they aren’t going to stop, and thus we actively post material as counters to their accusations.

In short, if you all are really so supportive of Interlok, isn’t it the least you could do to give a strong effort to convince the masses? That is what HartalMSM is tirelessly doing for their point of view.

I’ll be straight up on this, trying to get people on your side by telling them how stupid they must be if they don’t join you does not work.

– Me, summarizing my position in a comment

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“Have you forgotten what a typical high school is like? I bet you that in no time, students will be calling one another penipu Cina Panjang or si pariah tak guna or bodoh macam Pak Musa as insults.” – Me, in reply to a comment

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“Why is hartalmsm silent about Rama or Yew Seng? Why is hartalmsm silent about Maniam who helped Seman. Why is the part on Malini speaking up to the white tuan not highlighted? Didn’t Cing Huat tried to befriend Seman too in the end? Didn’t Rama tried to free Mak Limah? Didn’t Lazim regret supporting the Japanese? Didn’t Yew Seng let him go to avoid death in the hands of KMT? Didn’t Poh Eng saved Maniam? Kim Hock took whatever honest jobs he can to support his family, is that disgraceful?” Yeah on why when taken as a whole, Interlok is a commendable effort at building racial unity

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Abdullah Hussain’s credo is simple: A character one like Maniam who loves the Malay is a good guy. All the Chinese are bad guys and villains except Yew Seng who, but what else, loves the Malay and in order to integrate with the Malays, is willing to turn his back on his own father (who scolds the prodigal son ‘sui tu’).

If you’re willing to follow in Yew Seng’s footsteps, and quarrel and break with your dad, and leave your family home (because you sympathize with the Malays and despise your dad’s prejudice that Malays are lazy), then you can also be a Cina Baik in the World of Interlok. So who says all the Chinese are portrayed negatively in the novel? – Second of two of hartalmsm‘s responses

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Okay, at first I was of the opinion that both sides of the Interlok debate were being stubborn.

On one side, just strike out the word pariah and use one of many synonyms instead of arguing how vital it is to use that exact word. Or use another book – there are plenty other local offerings.

On the other side, the p-word isn’t being used specifically in reference to social castes. Just accept that it’s a common usage word in today’s world.

Now my opinion has been totally changed.

Spotted at Malaysia Today, from Hartal MSM‘s coverage of the book, here’s some combined excerpts of what you find in Interlok’s unabridged version:

If you thought ‘pariah’ was the worst insult there is in the novel ‘Interlok’, you’re mistaken.

It is filled with every conceivable racial stereotype of Indians and Chinese that you can think of, applied hodge-podge but in over-abundance to the main characters.

Page 151: Kim Lock is tempted by the bad guy Paman Kok Leng to sell Cing Huat. Because Cing Huat is a boy, the father has qualms. However, he would consider the proposition if the child was a girl.

Cing Huat, now a father himself, is portrayed by Abdullah as someone who is in turn prepared to trade his daughters (for boys) without second thought.

‘Interlok’ is filled with the same characterizations of Chinese — prostitutes, womanisers, gamblers, cheats, scumbags, opium addicts, and more.

Page 119: Kita minta sedekah. Kita curi. Kita tak punya anak perempuan. Kalau ada anak perempuan kita boleh jual.”

Page 177: Dia hanya fikirkan bagaimana dia dapat mencari wang dan menjadi kaya lekas.

Kim Lock’s mistress Mei Hua has been selling her body since young. – the Chinese characters are indeed portrayed in the most unedifying terms by Abdullah Hussain.

51. Dipandangnya muka Yew Hock, dilihatnya matanya yang sepet itu merenung tepat ke matanya

61.Tetapi dia tidak tahu kepada siapa dia mesti marah, kepada bapanya atau kepada Cina Panjang yang gemuk, buncit perut, bermata sepet itukah

134. Matanya yang kecil sepet, liar dengan liciknya.

229. [Cing Huat’s children] Rambutnya kejur, matanya sepet, hidungnya pesek, kulit mereka putih kuning.

The scenario of the cruel and cunning Chinese man cheating the naïve Malay is paraphrased in proper BM on Page 92: “Waktu bapanya masih hidup, kita semua tahu, bapanya tu ada banyak membeli tanah. Tanah sawah, tanah kampung dan tanah kebun dekat kuala dialah yang beli. Tetapi alih-alih waktu dia mati kata Seman tanah itu semua sudah digadai pada Cina Panjang tu, dan orang Cina tu pun dah suruh Seman ini keluar dari kampung tersebut. Seman ini buta huruf, tuk penghulu, alif sebesar batang kelapa pun dia tak kenal, mata tongkang, jadi saya tak berapa pasti apakah betul atau tidak, ataupun orang Cina itu mau perdaya dia saja.”

How would you feel when you’re forced to digest the ‘lu’, ‘gua’ Cina Pek mimicry, and mockery of stereotypical Chinese pronunciation, e.g. “Gua mau kasi olang lain mikin kalija.”

The Chinese character painted above by Interlok author Abdullah Hussain is the ‘bad’ Chinese. Abdullah’s ‘good’ Chinese is the one who sides with the Malay and turns his back on his own [Chinese] people.

As we know from previous excerpts from the novel, the Chinese have been portrayed as the scums of the earth. The Malays on the other hand have been portrayed as most kind and noble.

Page 95: Through this way, our [reserve Malay] land that is protected by law is mortgaged to a foreign race. We are unable to do anything.

Page 101: “Titak apa,” ujar Cina itu kemudian. “Kalau lu titak mau keluar pun titak apa. Tapi lu mesti bayar sewa sama gua.” [Wow, that’s a really super Cinapek accent the writer slaps on there!- Scott]

Abang mereka Yew Hock hampir serupa sahaja dengan bapanya, tidak mahu tahu tentang keadaan di sekelilingnya, mereka hanya mahu mencari wang …

Ah, but not all of the negative portrayals are aimed at Chinese. To be fair, see what torridly negative things Interlok has to say about Malays:

Huan na (Malays). Malas, tak tahu cari duit. Gua tak mau lu jadi macam mereka

Oops, actually that’s what a horrid, intolerant Chinese person thinks of Malays! So it’s actually another jab at the Chinese who are so bigoted that they stereotype Malays as lazy and financially inept.

Darn those uppity Chinese! Darn them I say! With hardcore racists like these buck toothed, slant eyed Chinks infesting the nation, how can tolerant and loving UMNO bring about 1 Malaysia harmony? /sarc

And not overtly racist, but still highly unsavoury material totally unsuitable for school students:

“Dan, alangkah terperanjatnya lagi demi dia melihat orang tergantung dalamnya dengan lidah terjelir keluar” [describing a suicide scene]

On pages 337-8, there is the scene of the bad guy Suppiah raping Malini, wife of the main Indian character Maniam. She struggles, her sari is torn. Her coli is torn. His hands grope her breasts.

“By then, Malini could not resist any longer. It has been three years since Maniam (her husband) left her. She was still young and when the secret places were aroused, she no longer possessed the willpower to fight (her body’s urges) anymore. She knew it was wrong, but how could she summon the strength to fight. Suppiah’s solid body was not only a weapon to defeat her resistance but also the tool to weaken her will.”

Malini hangs herself from a belimbing tree in shame when she becomes pregnant as a result of the rape. In the student edition, Malini dies in bed from fever.

On pages 457-8, a lecherous old communist guerrilla Teck Hock attempts to rape P0h Eng, Cing Huat’s daughter. It’s described how he pins her down and embraces her. “Teck Hock was on top of her body.” “Are you mad? screamed Poh Eng. “Gua anggap lu seperti gua punya bapa.” “I’m not your father,” he replied. “I’m just an ordinary man …”. Both rape scenes have been taken out from the student edition.

Oh, so the rape scenes are out then? Phew, now Interlok is totally suitable for secondary school boys and girls! /sarc

Scanned pages at Hartal MSM, which promises more revelations to come.

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Okay, so it’s a fictional story reflecting past times that’s trying to be gritty and realistic, sure.

But as per my usual methodology of “Why don’t you try it the other way around and see if you still find it so acceptable”, what if school students were forced to read a book where the majority of Malay characters were portrayed as lazy, ignorant, arrogant and prone to violent and hateful rhetoric? Think Ridhuan Tee would be defending the book then?

Besides, there’s already plenty of racist hatemongering in the school library’s daily subscription to Spew-tusan. Can’t students be indoctrinated in modern, up to date bile and venom instead of outdated, old-fashioned 40-year old slurs? Interlok is so passe, just slap together a compilation of hypocritical yet self-righteous diatribes thinly-veiled, vicious hate-mongering openly and shamelessly seditious incitements to racial strife insightfully delightful short stories from Spew-tusan’s thick cache laaaa!

Innocent young students not yet acquainted with the weekly, real-life demonstration of the worst stereotypes imaginable by certain parties (ummmmmmmm noooooooo… I won’t say which parties, sorry) would read Interlok, and come away with the ingrained perception that Chinese are generally greedy, sexist, ethicless and (hypocritically coming from this book!) prejudiced to boot.

In other words, they’ll be filled with all the worst stereotypes of Chinese people.

Heck, impressionable Chinese kids might start to think of their race and culture that way too! All the better for the stealth-protelyzing in schools to make them into a new generation of Ridhuan Tees, yes?

Or as Hartal MSM puts it:

The BTN subtext to indoctrinate

What are the impressions to be drawn from Abdullah’s storytelling above?

That the Chinese are a nasty, cheating race whom anyone decent would shudder to have as his neighbour.

The Chinese characters are most unsympathetic and scarcely have any redeeming graces. They have no loyalty to the country (we’ll cover the ‘unpatriotic’ aspect another time).

This book is a less-than-subtle vehicle to knock into the heads of young students (who have to study this novel for their exam) that the Chinese pendatang — referred to repeatedly in the book as “bangsa asing” — must be grateful for the opportunities given by Malaya. It parallels the ‘pariah’ theme with regard to the Indian characters.

What if they remove all the objectionable material? But then again, why even pick such an unsuitable book in the first place when there are so many other candidates? It’s akin to choosing 28 Days Later or The Exorcist and editing out the scary, gory and mature themed parts so that it becomes suitable for kindergarten cartoon time – wouldn’t picking The Care Bears Movie have been more sensible?

And remember, they wouldn’t even deem to change the word pariah:

Federation of National Writers Association (Gapena) executive secretary Abdul Aziz Mohd Ali said the body supported the ministry’s decision to use Interlok as a textbook.

He said the only acceptable change that could be made to the novel was to add a glossary for the word “pariah” to better explain it.

Actually, the book was already highly edited as mentioned by Hartal MSM here.

So good luck changing anything that would affect the story about disgusting, reprehensible Chinamen:

“I believe we have enough time to make the detailed amendments so that there will not be any more disputes over the novel.” Muhyiddin said the decision was made after taking into account the views of various parties that Interlok was a good novel to nurture and strengthen unity among the multireligious and multicultural population in Malaysia.

“As such, the decision to retain the novel with amendments is the best solution. We will ensure that any amendments made will not affect the storyline of the novel and the noble message that the author wants to convey.”

For comparison, a letter to Malaysiakini points this out (excerpt):

Let’s look back at the case of the book Hikayat Munshi Abdullah, from the first Malay literary author, father and pioneer of modern Malay literature, which was once a reference book in 1958 for Bahasa Melayu.

The author in the work had described the Malays as lazy, gamblers and so on. He was also critical about the Malay rulers of that time, whom he had described as selfish and that the rulers had treated the Malay subjects dismally and that those sultans did not want the Malays to become well-educated and gain profession.

Because this book was insensitive to the Malays the book was removed as a reference book in Malaysia although it is still being used in Indonesia.

Either the people in charge of choosing suitable books did a lousy job of vetting, or (IMHO and in the opinion of Hartal MSM a much more likely scenario) they intentionally chose this piece of garbage that fits their own bigoted, narrow-minded, condescending views and were likely giggling to themselves over their insidious/seditious prank on Malaysian students.

A decision on this book’s use in schools needs to be made, promptly and firmly. It will be compulsory to read as part of the BM subject.

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KUDOS: For undeserved mention by Lim Teck Ghee is his letter carried at Malaysiakini, Lim Kit Siang’s blog, Malaysian Mirror, Centre for Policy Initiatives, Human Rights Party Malaysia, and Human Rights Party Malaysia again.

And mentioned as well by Hartal MSM.

Shameless Utusan Melayu Says Teresa Kok Defamed Them

January 14, 11

Recall that Spew-tusan Melayu has in recent memory carried out the following unwarranted attacks on Teresa Kok:

Without any trace of humility, repentance or shame (as if any of us expected that from Spew-tusan) they’re pressing charges against Teresa Kok for defaming them:

Utusan vs Teresa Kok court case on March 21

KUALA LUMPUR — The High Court here fixed March 21 to hear the suit filed by Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad (UMMB) against Seputeh member of parliament Teresa Kok for allegedly making defamatory statements about the daily.

Deputy registrar Nor Azlin Othman fixed the date in chambers today when the case came up for mention.

In February 2009, UMMB served the writ of summon and statement of claims on Kok, whose real name is Teresa Kok Suh Sim, 47, for allegedly uttering defamatory statements about the newspaper.

In its statement of claims, UMMB said the alleged defamatory statements were made on Sept 22, 2008 when Kok claimed that the daily had distorted her statements to the national media and in her own blog about the food served to her while being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in 2008.

The plaintiff, among other things, is seeking an order to remove defamatory articles, words, quotes or comments from the blog.

The plaintiff is also seeking an injunction to restrain Kok, whether by herself, her agents or servants from further publishing or causing to be published the defamatory words.

UMMB is seeking general, special, aggravated and punitive damages as well as costs and any reliefs deemed fit by the court. (Bernama)

Yes, the very same ISA detention that Spew-tusan got Teresa Kok thrown into!!! Can you believe the gall of these [insert the most insulting swear word from your native tongue here]?!!

And as additional evidence, recall that this disgustingly racist, partisan, religiously bigoted, sorry excuse of overpriced bird-cage poop-lining previously insulted Indians with racist slurs and stereotypes, libeled DAP as insulting Islam (for not groveling on the ground to admit that other religions are inferior to Islam!), and then had the gall to cry that Malaysiakini rouses tensions.

Oh wait, is Utusan going to sue me over my remarks? I apologize in advance, I am in no way advocating abuse of pet birds by exposing them to such bile!

(See also more structured version that appeared on Malaysia Today.)

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UPDATE 9 May 2011: Now they’re targeting Malaysian Christians with their hit jobs!

UPDATE: 13 May 2011: Teresa Kok wants Spew-tusan’s license to spew revoked! She of all people know what kind of unethical, lowlife spew they are capable of!

Burning Photos and Effigies of Politicians is Not Asian Culture

December 2, 09

Hypocrisy Meter from theblogprof.

From The Star 2 Dec 2009:

MPs: Stepping on photos of people not Asian culture

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of Parliament from PKR have turned on their Pakatan Rakyat partners DAP, condemning their act of stepping on photographs of politicians. They also hit out at the act of burning photographs of politicians.

“This is not what Asian culture is all about. For the Malays, even when you touch someone’s head, it is considered rude, what more stepping on pictures of their faces,” said Bayan Baru MP Datuk Zahrain Mohd Hashim.

On Sunday, the Perak DAP an­­nual convention in Ipoh saw its members walking over a large poster of three elected representatives which was laid like a big doormat at the entrance of a hall.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, however, avoided stepping on the poster which featured the images of former party comrade Hee Yit Foong; and former PKR members Mohd Osman Jailu and Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi.

On Monday, a poster of Lim was stepped on and burned during a demonstration by Penang Barisan Nasional Youth in George Town.

At the Parliament lobby yesterday, nine MPs from PKR including Zahrain held a press conference to condemn the behaviour.

“This is also a bad influence on the younger generation,’’ said Zah­rain, adding that the such and act was childish, uncivilised and reflected ill-breeding.

Tell that to these guys:

  • Gaza Under Siege: Malaysia condemns Israeli atrocities – The protesters, under the banner of Coalition of Malaysian NGOs Against Persecution of Palestinians (Complete) carried the effigies of US President George W. Bush and Israeli President Shimon Peres. The crowd, which earlier burnt some effigies and Israeli flags on their way to the embassy, did the same again after the handover. In Kota Baru, Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat launched a fund for the Gaza people, before setting alight posters of Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • Signs of a growing antiwar movement in Malaysia – On March 21, an antiwar protest of 7,000 took place in the northeastern state of Kelatan, where PAS controls the state government. Demonstrators burnt effigies of Bush and Blair and chanted “Destroy Bush” and “Long Live Islam”.

See? I don’t just point out UMNOpocrisy. I’m neutral, fair and objective about bashing ANY double-faced idiocy.

See also this letter complaining about burning of an effigy of a minister.

However, see also another ‘not so-and-so culture’ remark for comparison.

For the record, the warmongering, Iraqi-babykilling Bush the above guys are protesting saved 750,000 Iraqi lives with his evil imperialist invasion.

PM Najib Says Only One or Two UMNO Leaders Utter Racist Comments

November 2, 09

From The Star 2 Nov 09:

Najib: Disregard racist remarks from certain leaders

KUALA LUMPUR: Racist comments from “one or two Umno leaders” should be ignored because the majority of members in the party are not racists, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Umno president stressed that the party’s policies had always been fair, inclusive, democratic and open.

“Umno is not a racist party. From the beginning, we wanted a multiracial society. Don’t listen to one or two leaders talk; that’s different. Any party has leaders like them. But look at our policies from Day One,” he said at the opening of the Gerakan national delegates conference yesterday.

Umno, he said, derived its strength from the country’s racial diversity.

“That’s our uniqueness. We can celebrate our diversity,” he added.

This, he said, gave Malaysia a strategic advantage in developing diplomatic and economic ties with countries such as China, India and those in the Middle East and Asean.

Funny, I counted at least eight UMNO leaders who utter racist comments.

And if UMNO is not a ‘racist party’, then where do its title of ‘United National Malays Organization’ and focus on championing Malay supremacy fit it?

And while we’re on the subject of UMNO deriving ‘its strength from the country’s racial diversity’, can anybody tell me exactly how many non-Malay members there are in the party? Doesn’t PM Najib mean Barisan Nasional deriving strength from racial diversity? (Or perhaps, trick question: BN is basically UMNO and various lackey hangers on, so no practical difference between BN and UMNO!)

And don’t UMNO’s ‘policies from Day One’ include such totally non-discriminatory, non-racial, ethnically colourblind gems as Article 153, Article 160, the NEP and Ketuanan Melayu?

Serious, Mr. Najib… Quit trying to hammer home the ‘fact’ that UMNO is not race based. At least until you guys even bother to change the name and vision of the party! The more you try to spin it, the more nauseous we feel.

PM Najib Says UMNO, Champion of Malay Rights, is Not Racist

October 15, 09

From The Star 15 Oct 2009:

Umno is not racist: Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has warned political parties to not simply accuse Umno of being racist.

Najib said parties which accused Umno of being racist should look at themselves and the reality of the racial composition in their own parties and check if it truly reflected the openess they have been espousing.

“If the Malays are truly racist as alleged, we would not have accepted the cultures of other ethnic groups which are being practised here.

“We would also not have allowed vernacular schools to be established and it would have been impossible to cooperate closely with other component parties within the Barisan Nasional over the decades,” he said in his maiden presidential address at the party’s 60th annual general assembly here on Thursday.

Najib warned those making such accusations not be so arrogant as to claim that they were multiracial parties which practised moral purity and intellectual sincerity.

Reflecting on the May 13, 1969 tragedy, Najib said Umno leaders would have chosen not to continue with democracy which had been suspended and would have instead set up a single-party government or supported a military coup d’etat.

“However, that never took place,” he said.

He said the fact that Umno had worked hard to restore democracy within 18 months from that incident clearly showed that it was not power crazy and was far from being a racist party.

Najib said the true meaning of racism would be like apartheid practised by South Africa in the past.

Even in the United States, he said blatant racism was the norm until the mid-1960s where schools, washrooms and even sitting arrangements in restaurants and buses were segregated.

“In Malaysia, the situation is different as the Malays are inclusive in nature. It is obvious that if the Malays were racist, they would not have allowed Malacca to be a prosperous entreport in the 15th century,” he added.

Um, hello… United Malays National Organization?

Committed to being protector and champion of ketuanan Melayu?

Party of Ahmad ‘Pendatang’ Ismail, Kerismuddin and various other race baiters?

In fact, didn’t Najib himself recently condemn UMNO, MCA and MIC as ‘ethnic prisons’?

And as for the much ballyhooed South African apartheid:

African Bumiputra

Above from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters

Pew Pew! Opinion in The Star Shoots Mahathir’s Hypocrisy on University Racial Mix

October 8, 09

Wah ka ka ka! I actually mulled over it but decided not to blog about Dr. M’s latest selectively amnesiac ranting learned opinion.

From The Star 8 Oct 09 Opinions:

Dr M did not practise what he is preaching

HOW very refreshing to read the call by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for Malay students to enrol in institutions of higher learning with equal racial breakdown if they want to gain a competitive edge.

How right he is that if Malay students wish to attain superlative academic achievements, they must compete with others.

I wish Dr Mahathir had preached and practised this principle when he was Education Minister and then Prime Minister for 22 years.

I remember how I was chided for being “politically incorrect” and “acting against national interest” when I had used the same argument in advocating that a mere 10% of non-Malay students be admitted into my university’s Matriculation programme in the late 70s.

DATUK SHAROM AHMAT,

Penang.

Don’t act surprised, Datuk Sharom Ahmat!

Dr. M is a renowned hypocrite on plenty of things.

But you can probably get away with blasting him in the media due to your status, ke ke ke!

PS. Meanwhile, another reader complains about the price of imported cars… Another poke in Mahathir’s eye!

NationalCarMotiva

ComatoseTigerMotiva

Posters #11 and #12 from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters

Tut tut, The Star… Just because the days of Ops Lalang are over! Ha ha ha!

Why Do Malaysian Cops Move in On Only Certain Protests?

September 7, 09

From The Star 7 Sept 2009:

Koh: Cops need to be fair and consistent

PETALING JAYA: Police should have a standard procedure to deal with public protests to show it is consistent and fair in its actions, said minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

He proposed that police do not immediately arrest those protesting peacefully, but to record the demonstrations instead, to identify the perpetrators to take action later.

“If the police act harshly even before there are signs of aggression, not only would this bring displeasure to the group demonstrating but also to the public who will view this as being unfair,” said the Gerakan president after opening the Selangor Gerakan AGM yesterday.

Speaking to reporters on the recent cow head protest in Shah Alam, Dr Koh said the incident had raised many doubts and unhappiness.

In his speech earlier, he said the police must be sensitive to public perception and not just carry out their duty as the image of the police is a reflection of the Government.

Dr Koh pointed out that people have started questioning why the cow head protesters were not arrested on the spot during the demonstration but 16 people were arrested at Dataran Merdeka on Saturday for carrying out a candlelight vigil.

“People who carry out candlelight vigils and people who are sitting in mamak shops wearing black clothes are arrested. I think that is not correct,” he said drawing laughter from the delegates.

Dr Koh asks: Why are peaceful protestors arrested, while a mob vehemently insulting the Hindu religion (and collaterally insulting Guan Yin followers) is let off?

Answer: Look at the subtext in the poster below, which I’ll keep bringing up:

StreetProtestMotivat

Why weren’t they arrested either, when the Bersih protests were met with chemical-water cannon, tear gas and shield bashes?

PoliceRestraintMotiva

Answer: Look at the subtext in the first poster again.

All posters from Malaysian Politics Motivational Poster.

PM Najib’s Merdeka Message: My Predecessor Had Shoddy Nation Construction Skills

September 1, 09

From The Star 31 Aug 2009:

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister has called on Malaysians to “repair the bridges and tear down the divisive walls” that exist among the races.

Bridges and races eh? Where have we heard that before?

Oh yeah. From just a year and a half ago.

From The Star 14 Jan 2008:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, specially invited to the First Alliance of Civilisations (AoC) annual forum here from tomorrow will explain how Malaysia was able to bridge the religious and racial gaps among its people.

I guess that to UMNO/BN, anyone else making gains during an election constitutes a devastating deterioration in the foundations of the trans-racial bridges.

Which is funny – considering that the PM himself considers the core parties of BN as part of an ethnic prison, less support for Bn should be indicative of strengthening bridge foundations.

Well, at least he acknowledged that there are bridges to repair in the first place.

(Just snarking an observation, everyone. Happy Merdeka!)

Hishammuddin’s Merdeka Message: UMNO and I Will Pay Dearly For Creating Racial Tension

September 1, 09

Hypocrisy Meter from theblogprof.

From The Star 31 Aug 2009:

Hisham:Create racial tension and you’ll pay dearly
By LOURDES CHARLES, FLORENCE SAMY and WANI MUTHIAH

SHAH ALAM: The Home Ministry will take stern action against any group that tries to create racial tension, says minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said the security of the people and peace far outweighed any other issues in the country.

”Friday’s incident, if left unchecked, will lead to more conflicts and tense situations,” he warned.

“This is a very sensitive matter,” said Hishammuddin. “I am issuing a stern warning to any party or group not to resort or act beyond the confines of law that can be detrimental to the security and peace of the country.”

The Government, he added, would not bow to any pressure in matters involving race and religion.

A group of more than 200 people had marched to the Selangor state secretariat after Friday prayers to protest the relocation of a Hindu temple in Section 23, here.

The group had left a cow’s head at the entrance of the building.

Hishammuddin also suggested that Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and his exco members should meet the disgruntled group to sort out the matter amicably instead of leaving it to the local authorities.

He said the decision to relocate the temple was made by the excos and they should be held responsible for the move.

He also warned those instigating the Hindus through articles posted on the internet that the Police and the Malaysian Commission and Multimedia Communication, together with the Attorney-General’s chambers, were monitoring such actions.

Meanwhile, Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said there was no room for extremism in Malaysia.

Expressing regret over Friday’s incident, Dompok said such action would divide the people, not unite them.

To date, more than 50 police reports have been lodged at the Shah Alam district police headquarters over the protest.

So… How much are you charging yourself ‘dearly’ for this:

Kerismuddin

And how much are your charging them ‘dearly’ for these:

Ah Pek, sit down and keep quiet!”

“I’m talking about Muslims, not keling.”

– Badruddin Amiruldin ( Deputy Permanent Chairman of UMNO)

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“Datuk Hisham has unsheathed his keris, waved his keris, kissed his keris. We want to ask Datuk Hisham when is he going to use it?”

“Force must be used against those who refused to abide by the social contract.”

– Hashim Suboh (Deputy Chief of UMNO Kangar)

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“Malays will kill Chinese, Chinese will kill Malays, Indians will kill everybody else.”

– Tengku Adnan (Tourism Minister under Barisan Nasional, Setiausaha Kerja of UMNO)

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“Burn down the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.”

– Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir (Deputy Leader of UMNO Youth)

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“Revoke the citizenship of those who opposed the Malay rulers.”

“May 13 has begun.”

“Soak it (the keris) with Malaysian Chinese blood.”

– Najib Tun Razak (Prime Minister under Barisan Nasional, President of UMNO)

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“The Jews robbed the Palestinians of everything, but in Malaysia they could not do so, hence they do this, depress the ringgit.”

“Today the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them. They invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong so they may enjoy equal rights with others.”

“1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews.”

– Mahathir bin Mohamad (Former Prime Minister under Barisan Nasional, UMNO member)

Civil Servants in Street Demos Will Be Sacked

August 24, 09

Hypocrisy Meter from theblogprof.

Even these guys, right? Hello? Right?

StreetProtestMotivat

From The Star 23 Aug 2009:

Civil servants involved in street demos will be sacked
By SARBAN SINGH

SEREMBAN: A sacking or demotion awaits civil servants found to be involved in movements that organise street demonstrations.

They will also be charged for dereliction of duty if they leave their work stations to see or participate in such illegal gatherings.

In issuing the reminder, Public Service director general Tan Sri Ismail Adam said civil servants should always pledge their loyalty to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and the government of the day and not to be taken in by any illegal movement out to create public disorder.

“You are not allowed to use the office printer, photocopier or computers to produce leaflets on any such demonstration.

“Also, you can’t leave your workplace during working hours even if your intentions were to just see the demonstration,” he said in a directive issued on Aug 13.

He said civil servants should remember that they could not participate in any activity that disturbed the peace.

“Public sector employees are also not at any point allowed to act in a manner seen to be sympathetic towards such illegal events. You cannot put your personal interest above your duty as a civil servant,” he said.

He also reminded civil servants in the Top Management Group (JUSA) that they were strictly forbidden from being active in politics.

Ismail said those in the Support Group, who make up almost 60 per cent of the civil service, are only allowed to hold positions in political parties after obtaining written approval from the Public Service director general or the secretary-general of the ministry.

“This is important because we want to retain the neutrality and integrity of the civil service.

“This is also to ensure the civil service was stabil and impartial and not influenced by any political party or movement,” he said.

Ismail said those who violated the directive could be charged under rule 4(1) of the General Rules (Discipline and Conduct) Regulations 1993 for disloyalty against the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and country.

Cuepacs president Omar Osman said the directive was probably issued as there were a small number of civil servants involved in such wrongdoings.

“The provision is already contained in our Aku Janji (My Pledge) document which is signed by all civil servants.

“It is good that the PSD had issued the directive as some civil servants may have forgotten that it was an offence to participate in such activites,” he said.

Omar said Cuepacs had also reminded civil servants about the offence of being involved in such activities during a recent roadshow.

“We told our members not to blame anyone except themselves if disciplinary action is taken against them. As far as Cuepacs is concerned, we must at all times remain loyal to the King, country and the government of the day,” he said.

In a separate directive, Ismail said government servants in the Top Management Group who were above 40 must undergo annual medical check-ups.

“All other civil servants must also undergo a medical check-up upon reaching 40.

“This is important because we want them to be at their best to ensure we have a productive and efficient civil service,” he said.

Ismail said disciplinary action will be taken against those who refused to undergo such checks and were later found to be unhealthy.

“They may not be considered for promotions. They must abide by this directive because we want to have a healthy workforce,” he added.

From The Star 28 Aug 2009:

‘Stay away from street demos’
By SARBAN SINGH

SEREMBAN: Civil servants found participating in illegal street demonstrations, or are involved in movements that threatened public peace and security, will be demoted and even sacked.

They will also be charged for dereliction of duty if they left their work stations to see or participate in such illegal gatherings, said Public Service director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam in a circular.

Those violating the directive could be charged under rule 4(1) of the General Rules (Discipline and Conduct) Regulations 1993 for disloyalty against the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and country.

“You are not allowed to use the office printer, photocopier or computers to produce leaflets for any such demonstration.

“Also, you can’t leave your workplace during working hours even if your intentions were to just see the demonstration,” said Ismail in the Aug 13 directive.

Public sector employees were also not, at any point, allowed to act in a manner seen to be sympathetic towards such illegal events.

“You cannot put your personal interest above your duty as a civil servant,” said Ismail.

He also reminded civil servants in the top management group (JUSA) that they were strictly forbidden from being active in politics.

As for those in the support group, who made up almost 60% of the civil service, were only allowed to hold positions in political parties after obtaining written approval from the Public Service director-general or the secretary-general of the ministry.

“It is also based on the integrity concept to ensure the civil service is truly a stable service which is neutral towards any group including movements, doctrines and political parties,” the circular stated.

Cuepacs president Omar Osman believed the directive had been issued as there might be a small number of civil servants involved in such wrongdoings.

“The provision is already contained in our Aku Janji (My Pledge) document which is signed by all civil servants,” he said.

“It is good the PSD had issued the directive as some civil servants may have forgotten that it is an offence to participate in such activities,” he said.

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