Incitement is not press freedom

(Bravo Terence of the Sun, the first journalist to speak up against the irresponsible incitement for a culture of hatred, violence and terrorism in Malaysian politics – Chamil Wariya’s inexcusable, intolerable and unacceptable attack on MP for Seputeh and Selangor Senior Exco Teresa Kok in Chamil’s cerpen Politik baru YB J published in Mingguan Malaysia on Sunday. Terence has given me hope that all is not lost among Malaysian journalists, that there are still many honest and honourable newspaper men and women in the country)

Incitement is not press freedom

The Sun
Friday October 17 2008
by Terence Fernandez

IT IS uncommon for newspapers, media organisations as well as their journalists to criticise one another’s editorial policies or reports. Call it journalistic etiquette if you want.

However, there are the few but significant times when this decorum is disregarded. And this usually occurs when a member of the Fourth Estate breaches the norms and values of responsible journalism and risks bringing acceptable standards of reporting down to the recesses of gutter journalism. Thus when this happens, it is incumbent upon the press fraternity to speak up.

If we don’t do our house-cleaning, we are seen as condoning and even supporting the words and writings of those who use “freedom of the press” and their media tag as a façade to incite, provoke and inflame.

It does not take a heart surgeon to draw parallels between the main character in Chamil Wariya’s short story in Mingguan Malaysia on Sunday to a very real and sitting Member of Parliament. He wrote about a fictional controversial Member of Parliament who meets her end at the hand of an assassin. The events leading to her murder is eye-brow-raising similar to those experienced by the real MP. The similarities are too uncanny not to be deliberate. If anyone denies this, it is just a pitiable and cowardly attempt to hide from the truth.

The story depicts one YB J (Josephine), second term MP for the fictional constituency of Alam Maya and her push for non-race based politics which makes her out to be a chauvinist and racist who is against a certain community.

While being driven to a function where she is to meet 500 fellow young countrymen who had studied abroad, she has a monologue on the perception that she is a racist and seeks clarification from her driver Ahmad. He tells her that she “may or may not” be one, leaving her even more confused. Ahmad has his own monologue, which are imbued with images of suicide bombers and angels.

At the function, YB J is approached by a participant who assassinates her and takes his own life. On the assassin’s body is a note that reads it is better to end YB J’s life to ensure that this multiracial country continues to experience the peace and harmony it has enjoyed for so long.

Drawing parallels again, the story mentions the ruling coalition losing its two-thirds majority, ISA detentions, Molotov cocktail attacks and changing of street signs. Sheer coincidence? You’ve got to be kidding!

While we are all allowed (and in some cases guilty of using) creative licence, there are boundaries to observe – what with sedition laws, defamation suits and show-cause letters. Even so, I have yet to come across a journalist who in all sense of the word incites murder! This is definitely deliberate and deserves the highest condemnation from all members of the press and decent Malaysians who strive for peace and harmony.

And to think that this comes from someone with more than 35 years in the media business, having held key positions in media organisations and press groups is a stain on the journalistic community.

If Chamil Wariya wants to use his position to curry favour with certain individuals or groups or to push a certain agenda, that is his business. But when one uses his pen to even suggest taking a life, this brings us to a whole new level of sewer journalism – the likes which we have not yet seen in this country.

The biggest tragedy of all is that he is the CEO of the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) – an organisation which among others preaches responsible journalism as an integral component of press freedom.

Apart from awarding the nation’s highest annual journalism honours, it also conducts courses for journalists young and old. So is this the kind of journalism espoused by the MPI to cadet reporters other media organisations entrust it to train and develop?

The MPI has often been accused of being partisan and a retirement home for out-of-work editors.

It is thus incumbent on the institute to ensure the reputation it has built (and salvaged) is not further tarnished by one of its highest office-bearers. What it should do now is to deliberate on Chamil Wariya’s association with the MPI. Turning a deaf ear or blind eye is merely sending the message that the country’s highest media establishment condones incitement to murder.

(Terence, who has just taken down his MPI award from the mantlepiece, hopes he will once again be able to display it proudly.)

  1. #1 by hiro on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 11:54 am

    Malaysia is a very fragile democracy, simply because the institutions of governance are corrupt and partisan when they should be professional and independent. With the power of incumbency, it is up to the whim and fancy of the executive power to silence all opposition. There are precedents before and it won’t be surprising if it is done again. It seems however, that these days they have stopped using the bluntest of all instruments like mass ISA arrests, but no less they have been deploying surreptitious methods of dealing with criticism of failure of governance and endemic corruption. It is rumoured that private investigator Bala has been paid lots of money and entire family shifted to India, never again to implicate the DPM. This Utusan article is probably another piece of tool to divert attention from DPM’s scandals.

    With the PM on the way out, we are already seeing the resurgence of power, if not legitimacy of UMNO. We now will likely have an UMNO linked CJ, there will be SSC instead of IPCMC, and chances are the judicial appointments commission and commission for anti-corruption will remain subservient under the PM’s final flight of reform fantasy. DNA bill will likely pass, Anwar may well be convicted and incarcerated for a long time.

    I fervently hope that when enough Malaysians do stand up against gross abuse of power and deal an undisputable electoral defeat on BN, we won’t end up like another Myanmar regime. Pakatan is the only beacon of hope and its component parties must hold together in what must be the darkest hours to come.

  2. #2 by kftang on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 11:54 am

    It takes a lot of courage and commitment to say his piece. Remember, The Sun was given a show-cause letter not too long ago. Kudos to Terence Fernandez!

  3. #3 by Godfather on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 12:00 pm

    The return of Mahathirism means that straight-talkers like Terence and Nades will soon be silenced. Beware of a number of pro-Mamakthir journalists like Rocky Bru and Kadir Jasin who owed their meteoric rise in their previous careers to Mamakthir, and who are already celebrating the return of the old fox.

    There is no chance now of any check-and-balance, especially with the impending appointment of an ex-UMNO lawyer to the highest judicial post in the land – and one with a rather colourful history of chasing skirts.

  4. #4 by Godfather on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 12:02 pm

    Kasim, my Ali-Baba bisnes partner, “check-and-balance” does not refer to the balance in your chequebook account – contrary to what everyone in UMNO thinks.

  5. #5 by givemeliberty on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 12:04 pm

    Chamil Wariya is completely irresponsible. As the CEO of MPI, he should set a good example to all journalists. I am a former journalist and I find Chamil’s conduct despicable for inciting murder.

    Sadly, he is also not original in his poor attempt in writing a short story as he had used the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by a fellow Hindu as his story line. He is really half past six!

  6. #6 by Evenmind on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 12:08 pm

    They now know thier antics has been exposed and now they are stooping so low , in resorting to such joumalism, even the pariah dogs in malaysia has got much more standard than these sub human creatures.

  7. #7 by baochingtian on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 12:11 pm

    this is where the authority allows poison pen targetted at people posing a threat to their positions. Such social “education system” will only instil hatred among the rakyat. Harmony is hard to come by. Govt should take action against the author, otherwise, drop the Pelajaran Moral that one has to score A in SPM to qualify for any JPA scholarship.

  8. #8 by seage on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 12:57 pm

    With someone like Ahmail Ismail enjoying the fresh morning air in the open and RPK breathing rat’s pee odour in Kamunting, I don’t expect to see any action from the government. Even if there is, it would probably be to award this Char Mee a CEO post in a GLC company or the likes.

  9. #9 by goodtimes on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 1:03 pm

    Thank you ,Terence.Good piece of work.

    The sad thing is , Syed HAlbar and the lot may not understand what you’re saying.The lack of intelligence of the Home Minister & others ,just simply amazes me.This ,I judge, by most of his stupid

    Hoping their own stupidity knocks them out of power by next GE or
    earlier, God willing.

  10. #10 by monsterball on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 1:07 pm

    Malaysia needs more journalist…like Terence Fernandez.
    Anything against UMNO…will get usual treatments.
    Just look at Hindraf..and UMNO’s reasons to ban that movement.
    Is it…to protect Malaysians or protect UMNO..any simple Malaysian can conclude.
    That’s the level of so call freedom of speeches and rights…..Malaysians are enjoying.
    It’s continuous one sided news and must favour UMNO….in everything said and done.
    Sun is already second largest English newspaper .Does that not shame Straits Times?
    So get rid of Sun…and be second to Star again?
    And if MCA pull out from BN…just watch what will happen to Star.

  11. #11 by goodtimes on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 1:08 pm

    sorry,not complete sentence..(2nd Para last line)

    This ,I judge, by most of his stupid replies /analogy on any question asked of him.

  12. #12 by Bobster on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 1:09 pm

    We are turning into racist and terrorist state and the ruling coalition doing nothing about it.

    Wiraya sounds like an Indo name. Is he real Malaysian? Hope not else no doubt you have just witnessed the new fanatical breed product of the ruling coalition namely Toyo Breed (TB) that’s going to sink the country faster.

  13. #13 by k1980 on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 1:11 pm

    A SHORT STORY By Chamil Wariya published in Mingguan Malaysia 12th Oct 2008. Judge for yourself whether the ISA needs to be applied to this rabble rouser

    Restless morning. YB Josephine, who is more fondly known as YB J was fidgety. All along the journey to the Cha People’s Assembly Hall in the capital city, her thoughts were troubled. The accusations that she was anti-Islam and anti-Malay really haunt her from the previous night. Why only now she was like this, she herself did not know. She was also not sure whether her driver, Ahmad, was aware of her of her troubled spirits at the time. Even if he knew, so what?, she whispered to herself.

    The driver was already aware of her political stand regarding her ethnic community’s interests vis-a-vis the Malays. And she knew Ahmad respected her views, even if anti-Islam and anti-Malay, as basic rights of living in a democratic nation. Were not fundamental freedoms guaranteed by Article 5 to Article 13 of the Federal Constitution? However YB J acknowledged that the democracy was less than perfect and often abused by the authorities. However this fact did not hamper the people giving the opposition a place in the Dewan Rakyat. YB Josephine was one of them.

    Ah, the accusations that she was anti-Islam, anti-Malay were pointed and reckless, and appeared to consume her. The accusations were also baseless, her inner voice told her. She was convinced that the statements that she made in the name of diverse ethnic communities to champion the interests of her own community, were not racist. Amnesty International, the international human rights organisation would agree. Also with the United Nations. The Opposition Leader, in Parliament also never viewed her as racist. Those who viewed her as racist were only the Malays in the Malay People’s Party (POM).

    “I am also not anti-Islam. I am not anti-Malay” the two-term YB who represented the People’s Action Party felt. She had been a party member since being a student even though the Universities and Unversity-Colleges Act forbade students from being involved directly in any political organisation. In any event, the enforcement of the law was inconsistent. Moreover, this was an archaic law, YB J said.

    She felt “I am only championing the interests of my ethnic community, just as the Malay leaders in POM fought for the interests of their community, the same way the leaders of the Muslim People’s Party (POI) fought for their community using the cover of religion.

    Indeed, YB J felt her boldness in championing the interests of her community had help her win her parliamentary seat for the second time. This time with a bigger majority. What made her prouder was her cause which was viewed as anti-Malay and anti-Islam now was supported by Malay voters in that electoral constituency. Initially, she herself was surprised when told that a large portion of the Malay voters who represent 20 percent overall of the registered voters in the Alam Maya parliamentary constituency had voted for her.

    “This was an extraordinary development. It is not possible that they supported me”, she felt. But when she was informed by her party workers that the Malay voters of all ballot boxes had switched to supporting her, she accepted this with an open mind. Very good if the Malays supported her ‘New Malaysia’ struggle.

    Not content with the monologue with her own feelings, YB J spontaneously turned towards Ahmad, her driver who was all along focussing on his work.

    “You think I am anti-Islam, anti-Malay?


    Ahmad who was approaching retirement did not answer, as if he did not hear the question. His eyes were fixed on the road. His job was to ensure that YB J got safely to the gathering that she wanted to attend. And punctually. This gathering was important as YB J would dialogue with the younger generation of her ethnic community who were studying overseas but happened to be in the country on vacation. Ahmad himself was unsure if the student who had ridiculed the anthem Negara Ku while studying in an overseas university was in the group. Even if he was, YB J’s driver was not bothered. The boy was rude. Was it right that Negara Ku was deemed Negara Kuku (cuckoo in English) meaning mad? His rude action was rationalised with creativity. Only Ahmad felt that if everyone was allowed to debase the National Anthem with lyrics that ridiculed the lives of Muslims in the name of creativity, there will be a negative impact on race relations.

    Ahmad did not know what really bothered his boss from earlier on. She was rarely like this. Ahmad could sense that YB J was different that morning. He could read the restlessness and listlessness of YB J. As if there was something not right although he was unsure what was churning within YB J. As far as Ahmad remembered, YB J had never discussed politics with him, much less current issues – other than giving instructions relating to a trip or work schedule. YB J also did not ask if he voted for POM or whichever party in the recent elections.

    Usually, all along a journey, whether to the office or to other official or unofficial functions, YB J would spend her time reading the newspapers or study files. But that morning, YB J was just different. She look listless. Restless. Her thoughts seemed clouded. Whatever she did seemed not right. Now, she would study the key address to be delivered shortly, analysing the ‘New Malaysia, New Politics’ plan that she pioneered. Then, she would read the newspapers that as a rule, accompanied YB J wherever she went.

    Ahmad tried to guess at the possibility that YB J’s restlessness was connected with the national political temperature that was heating up. The heat was felt everywhere. POM itself was faced with a serious leadership crisis. Different party factions were struggling. If not for the weakened government political position after the loss of the two-thirds majority, likely an Operasi Lalang such as that of 1987. would long ago have been carried out. Possibly, under the present leadership, the government took a more liberal view of its critics.

    Ahmad also thought of the possibility that YB J’s feelings were disturbed by the action of unknown persons in throwing petrol bombs into the family home of the Member of Parlimen of Sepohon Beringin, Su Lan. Maybe, Ahmad thought, YB J was worried that a similar incident may happen to her or her family.

    Who knows, his boss, YB J could be the victim, after Su Lan’s family. And what were thrown were really bombs. Even exploded. Isn’t YB J doomed? Suddenly, Ahmad thought of the suicide bombing incident that occurred at Damascus, Syria that he watched on the TV3 Prime Bulletin a few days ago. If the incidents that were a daily occurrence in Iraq, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza or Afganistan spread to this country, how unfortunate this blessed counrty would be. We need the protection of 44 angels, Ahmad felt in his heart.

    But Ahmad thought, it is dangerous if the warning was not heeded. He remembered the story of what happened on 13th May 1969. His father told the story of the tragedy after the 10th May elections how Malays and Chinese killed each other. The fight to deny the Malays and other Bumiputra races their special rights as guaranteed by the Federal Constitution, was unacceptable to them. The inappropriate and insulting words used by the supporters of the opposition parties while having their huge victory celebration processions in Kuala Lumpur and other major towns after the 1969 elections could not be stomached by the Malays anymore. Machetes that had been left blunt all these years were sharpened. In this terrible scenario, strife broke out that resulted in Parliament being suspended and emergency rule declared. The country was placed under curfew. Ahmad himself was not born yet. Not long after, power was transferred from Tunku Abdul Rahman to his deputy, Tun Abdul Razak.

    “Mat, am I anti-Malay and anti-Islam?,” YB J abruptly repeated her question when there was no answer from her driver.

    Ahmad, who thus far had been silent answered impassively: “Perhaps not, YB.” He gave a veiled answer. His meaning: Perhaps so, perhaps not, depending on the beholder.

    “What do you meant perhaps not?”

    “This is a question of perception, YB”. That’s the perception. The fact is YB does not hate Malays nor hate Islam. YB is merely fighting for the interests of YB’s community. It is not wrong for YB to do that. If YB did not fight for the interests of YB’s community, then for whom? But YB’s ways are perhaps misunderstood”.

    “You mean …?” asked YB who was still unclear.


    “Yes, this depends who’s evaluating. Not only amongst Malays but also amongst non-Malays. YB should remember that even amongst non-Malays, not all accept YB’s ‘New Malaysia’ politics. If not, how is it that a monoethnic party such as the Chinese People’s Party (POC) is still sustaining?”

    “What do you mean… I am not so clear?”

    “Yes, to YB, your fight is for all ethnic communities. However, by YB’s actions, it is not obvious that you are fighting for all. YB wants to eradicate the Jawi script and replace that with Chinese characters. To others, this is not a fighting for all ethnic communities. This is fighting for one ethnic community. If it is true that YB is fighting for all, YB should defend the Jawi script”, Ahmad answered, emboldened.

    Sensing that his boss wanted to hear more of his views, Ahmad said: “If YB really wanted to fight for all ethnic communities, the interests of Malays should not be cast aside while YB is focussing on the interests of the Chinese community. YB should fight for both ethnic communities at the same time. I am sure the response would be different. YB would be seen as wanting to protect the interests of YB’s ethnic community but at the same time without denying the rights of the Malays.

    That was the fight of the POM and POC, YB J “grunted” in her heart. I am fed up with this Ahmad, she told herself. I am pioneering new politics and do not want to be bound to an old political framework, she told herself.

    YB J’s conversation with her driver ended there. She did not wished to hear her driver’s nonsensical views anymore. She wanted to pander to her feelings. I believe in the ‘New Politics’, the ‘New Malaysia’, she reiterated to herself. Every citizen, regardless of origin, should be given equal rights under the law. No ethnic community should be given special treatment. No citizen should be given second class status. We are all Malaysian people.

    YB J did not want to entertain Ahmad anymore. Instead she studied the Utusan Malaysia newspaper which was officially boycotted by her party. Her attention focussed on an article entitled “Don’t Erase the National Legacy” that was written by a younger generation Chinese who rejected the ‘New Politics, New Malaysia’ thesis.

    Ah, another propaganda to despise my ethnic community, YB J felt. Perhaps this article was written by a Malay. They still consider my community as immigrants. The new generation is “useless’, YB J felt. Her heart told her: It is true. My forebears travelled to this blessed land to seek their fortune, to free themselves from poverty and miseries of life in China. That was then. Present generation Chinese were Malaysian citizens and they should be treated as Malaysian citizens.


    As YB J was immersed in her daydreaming, she was aroused by her driver’s voice that said, “We have arrived, YB”

    Waiting outside for her were the organisers of the dialogue that would soon commence. One of them opened YB J’s car door, greeted her and introduced her to other members of the organising committee. Accompanied by them, YB J proceeded to the stage. According to her estimate, there were about 500 people in the hall that morning. She was proud that there were so many people of her ethnic community who were keen to meet her. It was a source of great pride to YB J that these people studied overseas on their own funds, not with government aid.

    After the welcome speeches were over, YB J was invited to give her speech. This was the moment that YB J had waited for. Her ‘New Politics, New Malaysia’ plan would be announced to the world. She remembered Kee Thuan Chye’s book entitled “March 8th – The Day Malaysia Awoke”. The momentum of the Malaysian people or more correctly, the non-Malay Malaysian citizens who had awoken must be enhanced. That morning, she was determined to do so.

    But, unbeknownst to YB J, amongst the 500 younger generation people, there were some who did not agree with her political views. One of them was determined to correct YB J’s political deviation in his own way.

    When YB J stood up to go to the speaker’s rostrum, a young person from backstage walked calmly towards her direction. YB J smiled at the youth. She thought the young person of her ethnic community wanted to accompany her to to the rostrum or to greet her.

    YB J extended her hand. All of a sudden, YB J was bewildered and stood frozen. She could not believe what she was seeing. Gripped tightly in the hands of the youth who appeared be intent on embracing her outstretched hand was a pistol of the Revolver type that was aimed directly at YB J’s chest.

    Without uttering a word, the youth released a few shots. One of the shots hit YB J’s heart exactly. She collapsed to the floor.

    The audience started to panic. Those on the stage were also bewildered to see what had happened. The situation became confused and chaotic. The organisers who had not expected this unfortunate incident did not know what to do. A few police personnel in civilian clothes, who were uninvited guests at the function, dashed towards the stage. Their uniformed colleagues who were on duty outside rushed into hall.

    But before they could do anything, a few more gunshots were heard. This time, it was the youth who collapsed.

    When the police arrived at the place of the incident, both of them – YB J and the neatly-dressed youth were dead.

    While the body of the unknown youth was being examined, found hidden on the body was a note, neatly typed in the national language.

    It read: YB Josephine is a threat to harmony. Better that her life be ended so that the multi-ethnic people can live in peace in this blessed land. I sacrifice for the future

  14. #14 by taiking on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 1:23 pm

    We chinese being the majority homogeneous race of malaysia demand an immediate retraction of the article and an apology from the author.

  15. #15 by homeblogger on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 1:23 pm

    Bobster Says:

    Today at 13: 09.26 (8 minutes ago)
    We are turning into racist and terrorist state and the ruling coalition doing nothing about it.


    What do you mean? They ARE doing all of this. Do you really expect them to stop this? This is EXACTLY what they WANT to do. The only way the TUANS can keep their money rolling in is to divide and conquer – to use the race card.

  16. #16 by melurian on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 1:27 pm

    this really blown out of proportion. after 3 days cool down, it came to me it’s just a “cerpen” after all and misintepreted. it turns to be no bad faith at all and innovative story telling, taking cue of actual scenario of martin luther king and lincoln. you have a “racist” politician, and a emo fanatic, you expect the outcome both of them will shake hand and give bodyhug. the story serves case study (just like american history x and malcolm x) and self-reflection to both ignorant politician and extremist that malaysia should not succumb to this state. and this parallel with “freedom of speech” as advocated by voltaire….

  17. #17 by OrangRojak on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 1:41 pm

    I’m beginning to wonder if part of the reason why so much that happens in Malaysia is confusing to me is that people keep calling your political system ‘democracy’.

    As has pointed out in more than one comment on this blog, the government is in power because it got the most votes – it had popular support. And regardless of the strength of negative feeling expressed in some online forums, those feelings are expressed by a tiny minority of voters. Those of us who might wish for a ‘sky change’ could go on wishing until our veins burst: without popular support, wishing will continue to be fruitless.

    Wikipedia (that well-known source of democratically established ‘fact’) claims:

    “… there are two principles that any definition of democracy includes. The first principle is that all members of the society have equal access to power and the second that all members enjoy universally recognized freedoms and liberties.”

    I don’t believe the first applies to Malaysia. I can dream of a Malaysia where Michelle Yeoh is PM (just like Ronald Reagan in the States, right?), but does she have equal access to the PM’s job? I am actually ignorant on this matter. My gut feeling is that she is not, even if she were willing and qualified by support. If someone more knowledgeable could put me out of my misery on the prospect of Prime Minister Yeoh, I’d be grateful. It would be marvellous, wouldn’t it? Think of the good it would do for Malaysia’s profile overseas!

    The second clearly doesn’t apply to Malaysia. Unless…. ‘universal’ means the Malaysian universe, in which case freedoms and liberties are well publicised here, even if they are not the same for all citizens. Rather, it appears to me that citizens here have been directed into voting blocs through a steady erosion of freedoms, liberties, education quality and access to critical comment. The largest bloc gets to choose the government – the goverment more or less choosing the blocs’ political predilections for them. With the freedoms and liberties that are available inside the Malaysian universe, relative bloc sizes are unlikely to change without unprecedented changes in immigration controls or fecundity.

    Of the erosions mentioned above, I believe the one that can most likely be repaired from outside government is ‘critical comment’. The risks are apparent, and potentially severe, however. I have the utmost respect for any journalist prepared to make a reasonable stand against the tide of abuse.

    Talk is cheap on online forums, it costs money to print and distribute newspapers and pay journalists. I hope all reasonable Malaysians will support responsible Malaysian journalism and ‘put hand to pocket’ for a copy of the Sun. Who knows? Examples of 21st Century rational Malaysian journalism might be worth something one day, on eBay, especially if this is the first and last example. Every cloud has a silver lining!

  18. #18 by Mr Smith on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 1:44 pm

    Well done Terrance.
    In fact NUJ should have taken up the issue as well. And all the journalistic fraternity. And bloggers too.
    This scum should be condemned but these are ones given immunity from the law.

  19. #19 by max2811 on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 2:11 pm

    Can somebody pls put Chamil’s pic on the net. Thanks.

  20. #20 by kftang on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 2:30 pm

    To our friend max2811, better NOT! The devilish look will haunt you and you will have nightmares!

  21. #21 by Samuel Goh Kim Eng on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 2:30 pm

    When you’re truly fighting for a worthy cause
    You may not fully count the total cost
    As long as you faithfully stay on the right course
    There’ll be no fear that you’ll be ever lost

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 171008
    Fri. 17th Oct. 2008.

  22. #22 by OrangRojak on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 3:33 pm

    The newsagent tells me I’m very lucky – only one copy of the Sun, and it was brought back by someone who ‘changed their mind’!

  23. #23 by grace on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 4:43 pm

    Dear Terence,
    You kust give allowance for journalists who are empty upstairs.
    Some write without thinking . Anyway those journalists can only survive in Boleh Land. If placed them in world class situation they would be relegated to mere clerks or typists

  24. #24 by baochingtian on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 5:04 pm

    This bolehland is going nowhere …. as the leaders are having minus zero mentality…

  25. #25 by shortie kiasu on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 7:57 pm

    That guy I do not know him but I do know he is bankrupt of ideas with pea brain to write such ‘story’ with no ‘taste’ or low ‘taste’ in his style of ‘journalism’, as aptly put above ‘sewer’ journalism.

  26. #26 by One4All4One on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 9:40 pm

    Malaysia is a very disturbing place of late. Very disturbing indeed even to the most patient and calmest of citizens.

    One distasteful spark is unleashed after another, revealing the dirt and indescribable lowliness of character and hypocrisy hidden under the outwardly pleasant looks.

    So, can it similarly be said of Malaysia, that she is only projecting a front all this while which is in actual fact misleading and evil? All that it makes itself out to be is only as good as dirt and filth? I hope not. I just wish that my thoughts could not get that low and unthinkable.

    When the nation prides itself, and being uncharacteristically so, as one which adopts Islam, a Great Religion, as its official religion, one would only expect that those who profess and preach It would display morals, values and virtues which are second to none.

    I embrace my Muslim friends and brethren with open arms and heart. Likewise, my friends of other Faiths are similarly embraced. And, it is done without hidden agenda, prejudice, discrimination, motives, or hypocrisy.

    We are in God’s Land, and it is with sincerity that we consider all as our brothers and sisters. Just that we happen to be handed a different book to read and follow; they are all the same in message and intent. Peace. Love. Care. Honesty. Integrity. Accountability. Humility. Industry. Etc., etc.

    What we see of late in the press is something which is uncouth, to say the least. All done in the name and excuse of literature!

    The powers that be have to come down hard in all fairness on those who abuse their positions to disseminate hatred, prejudice, malice, untruth, evil, discrimination, violence, terrorism, racialism, and all other excesses which are not acceptable to our society.

    On top of that, society at large have to be mobilized to denounce such depravity which if left unchecked would bring about other evils which would hound and do untold damage to our country and community. The consequences would be one which is unfathomable and scary indeed.

    Let’s nip the problem in the bud, lest the monster be allowed breed its ugly head.

    God save Malaysia!

  27. #27 by drrafick on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 10:47 pm

    Read another political satire in the same mode of “Politik Baru YB J” at which is under the heading of “Politik Kampung Tok Kamil”

  28. #28 by drrafick on Friday, 17 October 2008 - 10:48 pm

    sorry it should be

  29. #29 by UzMiNoOnist on Saturday, 18 October 2008 - 1:21 am

    Where is the mother f##@35 Botak, he should hail this chauvinistic half past 6 good for nothing MPI CEO under ISA.

  30. #30 by lbl on Saturday, 18 October 2008 - 7:31 am

    Dear Moderator of YB Teresa Kok’s blog, now you are seeing the problems you have caused to YB TK. Your arrogant attitude in deleting messages which does are not in praise of YB TK is paying off. Also banning writers who do not praise YB TK in her blog.
    Probably you could apply your method to offensive articles written about YB Terasa Kok by other newspaper? Try deleting their articles? Probably you should use your words to them:HAVE YOU FINISHED YOUR RANTING?

  31. #31 by limkamput on Saturday, 18 October 2008 - 8:03 am

    This Chamil Wariya @ dog sh!t brain is just another apparatus, period. Look at the broad picture.

  32. #32 by chengho on Saturday, 18 October 2008 - 1:49 pm

    malaysia do not have this problem before 2004 . this is the impact of when AAB experiment with his perestroika .
    the old guard politician like sammy ,karpal, nik aziz ,hadi and lim kit siang should vanish in march 09 together with aab. let have new generation of leader from both side from next year .

  33. #33 by One4All4One on Sunday, 19 October 2008 - 1:55 am

    My apologies for a digression…

    The Way Forward

    The aftermath of the 2008 March GE and the subsequent developments, speeches, revelations, opinions, thoughts, insights, reasonings, wisdom, inputs from all quarters, considerations, soul searching, racial and religious card games, mind games, etc., etc., point to one very important and urgent issue which should be given serious, critical and urgent attention for the wellbeing and survival of the nation.

    The issue is that Malaysia needs a total overhaul of its constitution, and social-political-economic policies to correct whatever faults, weaknesses, improprieties, imbalances, partiality, oversight, untenable demands, fallacies, unreal objectives, etc., etc., in order that a NEW ORDER which is realistic, practical, sensible, achievable, equitable, morally acceptable to all, pragmatic, and enduring be created for the benefit of ALL MALAYSIANS regardless of colour or creed.

    The revamp and reconstruction of all instruments of the nation is necessary for the emergence of a NEW MALAYSIA acceptable to all Malaysians and which would be enduring and progressive and which would launch Malaysia into the next level national development.

    All Malaysians of every inclinations be it religiously, politically, or ideologically, would have to cast aside their differences and come together to deliberate and draw up a master plan which would chart the path for the nation to achieve the objectives of a NEW MALAYSIA.

    It seems like this is the one and only sensible course of action which the nation should take to ensure her optimal survival. Any other paths taken, short of total sincerity, impartiality, integrity, accountability and sensibility, would be unworkable.

    It needs wisdom, resolve, commitment, sincerity, and a true desire to see the birth of a Malaysia which is modern, progressive, competitive, peaceful, beautiful, and viable on all counts.

    God bless Malaysia.

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