How petty can you be, Shabery?

All the newspapers reported on the front pages that Anwar Ibrahim would be sworn in as MP for Permatang Pauh today and that the swearing-in will be telecast live over RTM, which airs the first 30 minutes of the daily parliamentary sittings from 10 am.

It will be no exaggeration to say that since the introduction of the 30-minute parliamentary live telecast by RTM since April, there has never been such greater national interest in the RTM live telecast as this morning to witness the historic return of Anwar to Parliament after a decade-long enforced absence because of political persecution and victimisation.

I did not realise that there was no RTM live telecast of Anwar’s taking his oath as MP until I was asked about it by the press when I came out of the Chamber about an hour later and I received angry reactions by Malaysians who felt “cheated” of the live RTM telecast.

How petty can you be, Information Minister, Datuk Shabry Cheek that you should indulge in such puerile tactics as to veto RTM from proceeding with its live telecast of Anwar’s swearing-in?

Why are the Barisan Nasional Ministers and leaders so afraid of one man that there should be a ministerial directive to veto the live telecast of Anwar taking his oath of office – after the live RTM telecast had been announced and reported in all the newspapers today?

Shabery should offer the nation a personal apology for such petty and puerile behaviour.

Or did the directive to veto the RTM’s planned live telecast of Anwar’s swearing-in come from the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi himself or through his Putrajaya Fourth Storey mafia?

Abdullah should explain what role he played in RTM’s last-minute cancellation of its live telecast of Anwar’s swearing-in, and he should discipline Shabery including his dismissal as Information Minister if the veto had not come from him or the Putrajaya Fourth Storey.

It is also most deplorable that there was such low attendance of Barisan Nasional Ministers (only three Ministers were present) in the House when Anwar took his oath as MP – to the extent that there are those who described it as a sort of “boycott” by BN Ministers and MPs!

This reflected most adversely on the BN Ministers and MPs and not on Anwar. Shame on them!

The above is the video clips of Anwar’s swearing-in, the empty BN Ministerial and parliamentary benches and the “BN Government the present-day Titanic” episode.

  1. #1 by PHUAKL on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 2:49 pm

    Err .. YB Lim

    I think he is the Disinformation Minister, not the
    Information Minister.

    Phua Kai Lit

  2. #2 by trublumsian on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 2:54 pm

    bn said the pp election showed they respect the democratic process and it is all well. why then the no show at anwar’s swearing in??

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 2:56 pm

    UMNO is still not repentant despite Tsunami 308 and Tornado PP. They still control the main media to suit their whims and fancies.

  4. #4 by Godfather on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 2:56 pm

    Shabery Cheek had his cheek slapped by Anwar at the live debate last month, so he thinks that he has learnt his lesson.

    The more they speak, the more they act, the rakyat gets more convinced that there has to be change in the federal government. The rakyat is now convinced that the tsunami started on March 8 has to roll on – all the way to Putrajaya.

  5. #5 by boilingmad on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 2:59 pm

    The sour grapes all have petty minds.

    At the same time, we should not underestimate their ‘intelligence’ … pretending to be stupid on the one hand, and stealing all our money on the other.

  6. #6 by kennykhooks on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:01 pm

    tis cheeky guy, must be a bad loser eh? alternatively, as always be, in denial mode…….
    must be foaming again………?

  7. #7 by PureMalaysian on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:02 pm

    After many talks here and there – now the serious question is: DOES ANWAR REALLY HAVE THAT 30 BN MPs WHO WILL DEFECT BY 16 SEPT??

    I think we are all really still kept in the dark on this issue! ;)

  8. #8 by somaris on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:05 pm

    thank you permatang pau.
    contratulation YB ANUAR IBRHIM
    Hope to see you make the changes for the people of all races.
    there”s go our new era.

  9. #9 by william62 on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:07 pm

    it’s so insulting and shameful!

  10. #10 by eloofk on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:08 pm

    There must be a directive from the mafia chief, who has not learnt his lesson with the trouncing of his selected candidate at PP. By directing most of the cabinet ministers to stay away from his nemesis oath-taking swearing-in, what else is there for him to hide from the ratyat, stooping so low as to prevent the live telecast. This action will rile further the perception of the ratyat that leaders of the gomen are so ignorant of the their (ratyat’s)intelligence.

  11. #11 by waterfrontcoolie on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:15 pm

    PureMalaysian, please grow up!!
    As to the refusal to telecast DSAI at the Parliament, it is a slap to all Malaysians whom the MOI thought that they would not know what they don’t see!!!??? I believe BN has not learned the lesson, the harder you make it for the public to peep, the more they will try to peep. Your action has indeed reflected your sign of weakness. you have already given up the fight even before the begin of the battle. As I have noted, sometimes the unspoken actions or signs are sure indicators of the REAL state of mind. there is no need to go on harping on their actions or inaction, they have literally given up!!!!

  12. #12 by same chong on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:18 pm

    The wise one will not do it. The unwise one will not do it. The one who has got nothing else to do will do it.

  13. #13 by eloofk on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:24 pm

    Or is it that they’re afraid to face the one man who’s going to open a can of worms when he becomes the PM because of their guilty conscience?

  14. #14 by milduser on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:25 pm

    What are they afraid of? They have been pressuring DSAI to swear and now he is ever ready to swear yet none of those who has been forcing the swearing issue is present. What a shame on these people. Or should I say they have lost all shame – making this nation a land of sodomee with children all asking what kind of mee was that that DSAI “took” that give him so much “stomach” pain?

  15. #15 by Elwin Heng on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:38 pm

    Irrespective and cannon IM!
    Honesty, reputation and responsibility equaled to nothing!

    Personal apology highly demand, sincere says “I’m sorry” to MP for Permatang Pauh, En. Anwar Ibrahim, P44 voters, 308 voters or qualified rakyat (exclusive of phantom voters)!

    Hope you, IM understood and respect to rakyat, Malaysian!

    Thank you, P44 voters, voted to En. Anwar and not Arif!

    Warmest regards.

  16. #16 by Orang Malaysia on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:38 pm

    Let the BN people do whatever they wish because they just cannot see that the more they ‘do’, the worse it becomes for them. Citizens are getting fed up with their tactics and where we may once have wanted to believe what they said, now it becomes harder and harder since they are so desperate to prove whatever it is they need to prove.

    The thing that really angers me is that the BN is now spending more time on finding ways and means to attack the PKR than on running the nation properly. We gave these people the role of being our government to manage the country, not to play politics all the time and certainly not to enrich themselves! Is it any wonder that many aspects of our country are going to the dogs?

  17. #17 by wanderer on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:40 pm

    How come this guy Shabery is still around? Did’nt he say he will resign, if he lost the debate!
    YB, ask for a written apology, if you insist on a verbal apology, we may see form forming at both sides of his mouth again.. a disgusting sight.

  18. #18 by yhsiew on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:44 pm

    Sorry to digress.

    Malaysia-today website is now at:

  19. #19 by Yee Siew Wah on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:49 pm

    That strawberry idiot do not have the flare and proficiency to be there in the first place. AS a matter of fact, BN has ran out of qualified people running any ministry. Just take a look at the Home, Info, Education, Finance etc.. they are all run by half past six b_ms. Some are arrogant, dum dum etc.. and to some extent some do not even know what port folio they are holding.
    Please send that strawberry guy to Cameroun H’land to pick strawberries. Perhaps he was too embarrassed to have his mentor appear on TV. Remember he lost his debate to our DSAI last time. What a sore loser. As usual BN style guy.

  20. #20 by kurt82 on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:50 pm

    Really funny on how this BN people act, they make us looks like a fool, sending phantom voters, DSAI live telecast also wanna remove.

    Tomorrow papers sure that CHEEK bugger say, “Really? I also did not know about it.”

    Thank you for making us 101% sure of our votes!

  21. #21 by jjireh99 on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 3:54 pm

    these idiots must be taught a lesson! Never mind-lah, better no one is around! If you ask me, pm as the head should first resign, then dpm, then sil, then nazri, albar, rafidah, m2m, ali rustam, toyol, musa, patail, strawberry, bung, ezam and rais! Then, we’ll go to Sabah and Sarawak to decipher!!! Can’t tolerate any of them!!!!!! I intentionally left out tdm’s son as he is no longer a remembered name to me! Heck, the whole bunch should actually resign! We want a fresh breed of “intellectuals as government over the rakyat! I’m sure DSAI has got plenty names to recommend!!! We, the rakyat give our whole hearted approval to you DSAI!!!!! Appoint anyone you wish as we the rakyat is paying their salaries!!!!!!

  22. #22 by parameswara on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:05 pm

    Misinformation Minister

  23. #23 by oknyua on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:11 pm

    YB Lim KS, I am laughing at the sheer stupidity and childishness of our minister of misinformation. How long can they hide Anwar? Remove all blogs, now blackout. What next?

  24. #24 by AsalUsuLMalaysiaHacked on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:12 pm

    Actualy, its hard for them to take this lol…

    A bunch of hypocrite, let them be. Lock yourself pretend ur not shacking ya right, enough said.

  25. #25 by Mr Smith on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:15 pm

    Small minds. They will never grow up.

  26. #26 by vchi on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:16 pm

    I look forward to those videos, YB Lim!

  27. #27 by ihavesomethingtosay on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:17 pm

    Strawberry Cheek still sore from loosing the debate.

    A debate which was telecast live on TV ,showing him frothing at his mouth like some rabiddog.


  28. #28 by PHUAKL on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:20 pm

    Dear YB Lim

    Allow me to propose the
    “Fourth Law of Malaysian Politics” i.e.

    “The greater the degree of decline in
    popularity, the greater the tendency for BN Ministers and
    politicians to regress to childish/juvenile behaviour”

    Phua Kai Lit

  29. #29 by limkamput on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:22 pm

    This is the third world tribal myopic leader who can never achieve greatness for himself or for the country. For a while I thought he was different and willing to engage in debate and open discussion. Well, he is just another small mind phua tang sai.

  30. #30 by Mr Smith on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:24 pm

    I am also sure this ceremony will not even be flashed in the newspapers tomorrow. The editors may have got orders from the fourth floor boys.

  31. #31 by gofortruth on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:26 pm

    Judging from the video clip above and if the manner in which Nazri conducted himself represents the overall stand of BN, then I can sadly say that there has been no change in UMNO on the single word that had caused the fall of BN in the 12th GE & the PP by election – ARROGANCE! They will continue to SINK!

  32. #32 by Emily Pratt on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:30 pm

    Most of the soon to be Ex-Minister has some SH1T on them, and is terrified of Anwar exposing their SH1T.

    That is why they dare not show their face.


  33. #33 by akarmalaysian on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:31 pm

    these sore losers.i wonder how many will be behind bars if bn were to be perished once and for all.these idiots still think they own malaysia to themselves.they are too big headed to admit defeat.some people are born that way.its been too long they have been feeding and cheating on the peoples money.i cant wait for the day all these sssholes are put behind bars.

  34. #34 by oknyua on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:33 pm

    This is the “reform” promised by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Hup..hup..horray!!!

  35. #35 by Toyol on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:33 pm

    My fellow Malaysians
    This shows that we were not wrong in wanting change. With small minds like this clown and many others in Bodohwi’s cabinet, M’sia will go to the dogs. Whether or not DSAI is a better choice remains to be seen but certainly, we cannot continue with a govt like this. We have to change now for better or worst but at least we show to the powers that be that people’s power is the ultimate power.

  36. #36 by PSM on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:34 pm

    Bro Kit,

    This is the typical behaviour of UMNO that we all know all too well. So, does it surprise us? NOOOOOOOO.
    The UMNO (MIC, MCA & Gerakan are a waste of time & space) PMs are all shitting (pardon my French!) themselves silly!!!!! They don’t know how to handle DSAI. They know that he is going to make them look even sillier than they usually are! They still have not learnt & by all counts, they are never going to change!
    Let’s give UMNO some more rope…they will hang themselves eventually.

  37. #37 by bystander on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:49 pm

    when 1 has a pea-sized brain 1 tend to be petty.

  38. #38 by k1980 on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:50 pm

    Perhaps umno is hoping that the low attendance of Barisan Nasional Ministers witnessing the swearing in of Anwar would itself invalidate the ceremony

  39. #39 by Loh on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 4:50 pm

    The budget speech by PM AAB might not be telecast live tomorrow so that people cannot see Anwar in Parliament. If it is, it would only show the government side of the house.

  40. #40 by Captain on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 5:00 pm

    He was so busy ‘milking the cow’ he forgot to wakeup the sleeping cameraman and the RTM team there.

    Maybe balas dendam from loosing the debate…

  41. #41 by pastaman on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 5:29 pm

    This is JUVENILE Politics in action (inaction rather!) Shame on all the so called Ministers that represent the rakyat.

  42. #42 by Kathy on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 5:40 pm

    Our family was one of those actually turned on RTM to try to catch the swearing-in of Anwar but alas, none was shown. It looks like BN really wants to blackout all news regarding Pakatan Rakyat.

    Shame on all these BN Ministers. They should not represent the Rakyat. For those that voted for them, wake up now and vote for Pakatan Rakyat representative instead.

  43. #43 by riversandlakes on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 6:01 pm

    Shame on Barang Naik government. But did we really expect otherwise? Transparency is equivalent to pigs flying for this What Lah’s government.

  44. #44 by pinkdolphin on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 6:56 pm

    typical bunch of LOSERS!!

  45. #45 by Samuel Goh Kim Eng on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 6:59 pm

    If anything on earth deemed ‘sensitive’ is blocked
    Then all blockheads should be the first to be blocked
    Often when the door is wrongly closed
    There’ll be a window still left exposed

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 280808
    Thu. 28th Aug. 2008.

  46. #46 by carboncopy on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 7:23 pm

    Shabery has the cheek to say this,

    “Why must we provide special treatment for just one MP? When 222 MPs were sworn in, there was no live telecast, so why must we break the tradition now?”

    Just to prove the “petty and puerile” behaviour of Shabery Cheek.

  47. #47 by ktteokt on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 9:07 pm

    They are so scared, their pants have dropped!

  48. #48 by private_undergrad on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 9:47 pm

    lol again Uncle Lim you should have replied to the Minister Nazri that when the next ‘tsunami’ or ‘Titanic’ comes, you would be sitting on the other side of your current position, or on the next govt side .

  49. #49 by Samuel Goh Kim Eng on Thursday, 28 August 2008 - 11:45 pm

    Get to feel the pulse of thinking people through their blogs
    Rather than to stifle the bloggers with any foolish block
    Daily read their blogs carefully and then take good stock
    To avoid getting from the intellectual bloggers any hard knock

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 280808
    Thu. 28th Aug. 2008.

  50. #50 by IloveDAPforever on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 12:18 am

    As expected, sleepy head still finds it hard to accept that DSAI is back in Parliment as opp leader. Therefore all his cats & dogs have been ordered to stay out of the swearing in today.

    And Mr Strawberry is still pretty sore with AAB over the debate & trying to show off his power at media control.

    Not to worry, their actions have shown the rakyat that they are nothing but a bunch of lousy losers.

    Congrats to all who believe in DSAI & Pakatan & together we have crossed the first hurdle.

  51. #51 by IloveDAPforever on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 12:22 am

    Apologies.. typo error..Mr Strawberry should be pretty sore with DSAI not AAB.

  52. #52 by lopez on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 7:12 am

    for first 30 years we practice a system tailored for a new nation, we were trained, coached and educated in a system that is the pride of the commonwealth of nations.

    Some of us the offsprings of such a system, speaks and write a language which has now evolved into a variant called international english.

    And many of our good standing politicians are in this class. People being humans tends to become selfish and once have enough they becomes arrogant and tyrannical.

    We have many of these too in this small nation.

    Ironically some of these people has becomes too wildly obssessed with the power and wealth being entrusted upon them.

    The curtain is coming down for them, there are in desperation, they might just advocate for stand down, lock down, clamp down, as similar to the traffic mania by 1 st generation botak of bolihland.

  53. #53 by Jeffrey on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 9:41 am

    Information Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek said there is no need for RTM to accord new Permatang Pauh MP Anwar Ibrahim any ‘special treatment’, among other round-ups from the House today. “Why must we provide special treatment for just one MP? When 222 MPs were sworn in, there was no live telecast, so why must we break the tradition now?” he asked.

    Short answer : rest 221 MPs have not gone on circuituous route (being incarcerated & now facing Sodomy II) to make a historical come back to Parliament marking acomplete political rehabilitation!

    What RTM does not do, Al-Jazeera gave DSAI international media intention. Will CNN’s Talk Asia be next?

  54. #54 by Damocles on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 1:45 pm

    Each succeeding BN cabinet is worse than the one before.
    So, it follows naturally that the current Information Minister is worse than his predecessor!
    Nothing unusual!!

  55. #55 by smashchye on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 3:30 pm

    before anwar won the pp seat, BN was saying that BN will win the seat and they were so sure they will get the seat and making a big deal out of it..after anwar won, they say the winning wont affect the govt (tutup malu la tu) and it means nothing… erkssSS???????????

  56. #56 by imranj78 on Friday, 29 August 2008 - 11:25 pm

    Lets look what is the purpose of the 30 min TV telecast – to show the question and answer session. This is to allow the rakyat to see the parliamentary debate themself and see how their wakil rakyat performs. Isn’t this the most important thing? DSAI is just another politician being sworn in. Was the swearing in off the other 200+ wakil rakyats shown life on TV? I dont think so.

    You guys are making a mountain out of nothing. Look at the bigger picture and the more important things!

  57. #57 by swee_ann_tweety on Saturday, 30 August 2008 - 10:21 pm


  58. #58 by simon041155 on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 - 8:03 am

    The last-minute cancellation of RTM’s planned live telecast of Anwar’s swearing-in, and the low attendance of Barisan Nasional Ministers is a clear testimony of Anwar Ibrahim’s stature today as a politician. We don’t expect the Barisan Nasional to welcome Anwar with open arms, do we? For all we know, these MPs are so ashamed to witness the swearing in because it reflects so poorly on themselves. Even with their massive control of the mass media and a huge government machinery behind them, they still lose to a man whom they thought they had broken long ago.

    The last-minute cancellation of RTM’s planned live telecast of Anwar’s swearing-in is good for the Opposition. In any case, the ceremony is actually a boring event to most people. You see one, you see all. But a last-minute cancellation helps boost interest and heighten the drama.

    I believe (as most other people do) that in the 2008 general election, the Opposition won by default because the rakyat simply refuse to vote for the Barisan Nasional anymore. It’s the beginning of the end when they keep shooting their own foot and no one believes in their lies anymore. Every time I see a Minister talking, my first response is, “What is this liar trying to bluff this time round.”

    The latest ISA arrests are nothing more than a manifestation of BN’s desperation. And the more desperate they are, the more oppressed they become. And the more oppressed they become, the faster they go. Looking at the ways things are moving, it seems that BN is heading for the big longkang. Whatever it may be said of Mahathir, he seems to be the only one with the brains to reverse this development. But fortunately for the Opposition, he has retired.

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