Archive for August 5th, 2012

Malaysians should do a Sherlock Holmes to find out the “who, when and what“ about the origin of the canard of “urination” at the flagpole of the Selangor Mentri Besar’s house provoking May 13 riots in 1969

Yesterday, I categorically denied the preposterous claim which had appeared previously on the official Facebook page of the May 13 movie, Tanda Putra, that I had urinated on the flagpole in front of the then Selangor Mentri Besar’s residence during the May 13 riots in 1969.

The facebook had carried a photo portraying me being manhandled, with the caption:

“Lim Kit Siang telah kencing di bawah tiang bendera Selangor yang terpacak di rumah menteri besar Selangor ketika itu, Harun Idris, (Lim Kit Siang had urinated at the foot of the flagpole bearing the Selangor flag at the then Selangor MB’s Harun Idris’ house)”

The photo was posted in the album in the Facebook titled ‘Peristiwa-peristiwa yang dimuatkan di dalam filem ini’ (Events depicted in this movie).

Although the photo and caption have since been removed from the movie’s official page, Malaysiakini had captured a screenshot of the earlier posting.

I noted two very pertinent postings from the 69 comments since Malaysiakini reported my denial, viz:

RealSoldier witness513 its simply absurd to accuse LKS performing such despicable act because the flagpole is not freely accessable to the public as it is located within the compound of the MB’s house which is fenced and manned by a jaga. BY accident I was at the MB’s on that fateful day from 3.00am to 5.30am on 514 following rescue operations by the security forces.

FREE The picture of LKS being grabbed and manhandled by officers was taken at the Kota Kinabalu old airport terminal. Those officers in white-shirt uniforms were immigration officers when Harris Salleh ordered the deportation of LKS from Sabah. This writer was inside a plane and saw from the window LKS being put put in a wheelchair and wheeled to the plane for deportation back to KL.

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BN’s promise: Tribespeople, idiots or citizens?

— Rama Ramanathan
The Malaysian Insider
August 05, 2012

AUG 5 — Why am I so disgusted with the Barisan Nasional (BN) government?

I take my citizenship seriously. I was born in Malaysia. My siblings were born in Malaysia. My mother spoke only two languages: her mother tongue, Tamil and Malay. My father was a civil servant for decades. I’m a Malaysian.

My school friends are in Malaysia. My parents were cremated here, their ashes loosed in the waters off Port Dickson. My siblings, my wife’s siblings and most of our friends live in Malaysia. I desire to live nowhere else. I am entrenched.

My upbringing and my beliefs cause me to think of everyone as my neighbour. I take seriously God’s command to love Him with my every breath, thought and action, and that I should love my neighbour as myself. I’m a citizen.

I remember daily the story the Messiah told in answer to the question: Who is my neighbour? In the story of the Good Samaritan, the neighbour is the one in need, the downtrodden everyman, to whom I am to show mercy.

I recognise that government and leadership are necessary. Without “people in charge,” such as police, lawmakers and government officials, we’ll have anarchy: bandits will reign; our cities will be like Baghdad, Beirut, or Bogota.

Those cities exemplify what happens in the absence of good government: the strong, the well-funded, and the bigots will suppress the unarmed. Mubarak did it in Tahrir Square. Najib did it in Merdeka Square.

The purpose of a government is to create, maintain and promote conditions of equity, harmony and equality through the right use of authority. A government is judged by how it treats the weak. How shall we judge the BN government? Read the rest of this entry »


Isu royalti minyak Kelantan: Perjanjian yang tidak dihormati

— Aspan Alias
The Malaysian Insider
Aug 04, 2012

4 OGOS — Semalam (Jumaat) Menteri Besar Kelantan, Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat, telah menerima surat dari Perdana Menteri Najib meminta kerajaan Kelantan menghantar wakil untuk berbincang tentang royalti minyak yang menjadi tuntutan rakyat negeri itu sejak beberapa lama yang lalu.

Jumlah tuntutan tertunggak ialah sebanyak RM7.4 billion dan sampainya surat ini menunjukkan bahawa rakyat Kelantan merupakan rakyat yang faham tentang apa yang mereka inginkan sebagai rakyat sebuah negeri yang menjadi sebahagian dari sebuah negara Persekutuan ini.

Saya secara peribadi menerima berita ini dengan perasaan yang agak lega walaupun kita belum tahu lagi keputusan perbincangan itu jika ia benar-benar diadakan. Kita berharap perbincangan ini benar-benar melaksanakan slogan “Janji Ditepati” yang juga dengan rasa tidak malu menggunakannya sebagai slogan hari kemerdekaan negara tahun ini.

Jika berjaya pun perbincangan itu, pembayarannya mesti berlaku sebelum pilihanraya ini kerana jika persetujuan untuk menghormati perjanjian yang ditandatangani di antara Petronas dan kerajaan Kelantan pada 27hb Mei 1975 dahulu. Perjanjian itu ditandatangani oleh Tengku Razaleigh yang mewakili Petronas dengan Menteri Besar PAS, Datuk Mohammad Nasir. Read the rest of this entry »