Priority duty of Hishammuddin as Home Minister is to give full support to Suhakam inquiry into Bersih 3.0 rally and dissolve the Hanif Panel instead of kicking off a video war to support official version of what happened on “428”

The Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has announced that a compilation of videos on the Bersih 3.0 rally would be uploaded on the Home Ministry website today for public viewing to enable people to see the events that occurred during the rally.

He said: “With the video recording, the people can make their own judgement based on facts and not other consideration.”

This is a most deplorable development post-Bersih 3.0, as it is continuation of the vilification and demonization campaign launched by the Barisan Nasional government against Bersih 3.0 and Pakatan Rakyat after April 28, like the 30-minute documentary “Bersih 3.0 itu Kotor” telecast on TV1 on Sunday, 13th May which only antagonised and turned off the hundreds of thousands of Malaysians who had gathered peacefully in Kuala Lumpur in support of the Bersih 3.0 call for a clean election.

The priority duty of Hishammuddin as Home Minister is not to be accused, judge, jury and executioner all in one but to give full support for an independent, impartial and credible investigation into what actually happened at the Bersih 3.0 rally and establish what went wrong which marred a great historic event of peaceful people empowerment uniting Malaysians transcending race, religion, region, class, age or gender for a common national cause with incidents of violence and brutality, regardless of whether the victims were police personnel, media representatives or peaceful protestors.

What Hishammuddin should do is to give full support to the Suhakam inquiry into Bersih 3.0 and dissolve the Hanif Omar “independent advisory panel” now that two of the six members, former Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Steve Shim and Petronas corporate affairs senior general manager Datuk Medan Abdullah have withdrawn from the panel rather than to launch off a video war to support the government version and its conspiracy theory of what happened on April 28.

Hishammuddin’s insistence to upload the video compilation of what happened on April 28 only confirmed suspicions that the Hanif panel’s real objective is to produce a finding to match the government script, particularly when Hanif is on open record as supporting the wild and baseless allegation of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak that Bersih 3.0 rally was an attempted coup d’etat by the opposition to topple the government.

I fully agree with Suhakam Commissioner Muhammad Sha’ani Abdullah who said that Hishammuddin’s uploading of the Bersih 3.0 video compilation is against the government objective of setting up the Hanif panel, as it could only be interpreted as a form of pressure to influence both the investigation and outcome of the inquiry.

Two days ago, Hanif said his panel had been shown over 43 minutes of footage of videos on the April 28 rally out of a total of 73 hours of clips available.

If Hishammuddin is prepared to let the public draw their own conclusions on what happened at the Bersih 3.0 rally, is he prepared to upload all the 73 hours of the video clips on Bersih 3.0?

How can Hishammuddin expect the public to have faith and confidence that he would discharge his duties as Home Minister fairly and impartially when he is not prepared to give full support for a credible, independent and impartial inquiry such as the Suhakam inquiry instead of the Hanif inquiry?

For a start, is Hishammuddin prepared to withdraw completely from playing any part or role in the vilification or demonization campaign of Bersih 3.0 rally so as to allow a credible, independent and impartial Bersih 3.0 inquiry by Suhakam to carry out its task?

  1. #1 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 12:13 pm

    Malaysiakini: S’pore ex-civil defence chief charged with sex for favours
    “The former head of Singapore’s civil defence force was today charged with accepting sex for favours in the most serious corruption case involving senior government officials in almost 20 years.”

    Reminds me worst things happened in Malaysia. The corrupt C-4ed Altantuya after getting everything including sex with her.

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 12:15 pm

    I will not watch Hisham’s doctored video – it only wastes my time.

  3. #3 by bumiborn on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 1:53 pm

    Every time I see Hisham’s name, the image of him brandishing keris just pop up in my head! So threatening. I will not vote for the warlord!

  4. #4 by gofortruth on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 2:29 pm

    Like the police who took the law in their own hand beating people up even after arrest, so also this home minister is taking the law in his own hand by publishing “his” version of Bersih 428 before a proper probe/inquiry is completed. Shame on him trying to bulldoze his way to bully the rakyat!

  5. #5 by drngsc on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 5:16 pm

    In the court of public opinion the BN government and H-shame-mudin has lost. 200,000 people in 428 saw it themselves. Our problem is how to tell the kampong folks. I kampong vote equals 6 urban votes. How to get the lampong to see this very very bad government who will brutalise his own people.

    We need to change the tenant at Putrajaya. GE 13 is coming soon. If no significant electoral reforms, first to Bersih 4.0, then to GE 13, then to Putrajaya.

    Change we must. Change we can. Change we will.

  6. #6 by sotong on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 5:20 pm

    “Bersih 3.0 itu Kotor” telecast on TV1 on Sunday, 13th May “.

    The timing of the telecast, May 13.

    The date of the darkest and most shameful history is used to create fear for political advantage….these people are very sick in their minds.

  7. #7 by monsterball on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 5:41 pm

    He is not qualified to be a Minster at all…let alone be Home Minister.
    He is nothing but a big mouth…keep blowing hot air all the time.
    He s one Home Minister where people at home ignore whatever he says.

  8. #8 by Winston on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 5:57 pm

    #5 drngsc, you’re right.
    If the PR can somehow get the message to the rural folks of both East and West Malaysia and make them wise to the ploys of the UMNO/BN government, it will be a great development in the battle for votes in the next GE.
    That’s like using their own gerrymandering to fight them!
    That’s the key to demolishing them with their own weapon.

  9. #9 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 6:39 pm

    DAP video on BERSIH 3.0 gives a fair & unadulterated shots of police brutality.

    Now, Kerismuddin, I wish your father, Tun Hussein could see it all.

    Din, Tun Hussein would have given you 2 very tight slaps. Would he have kicked you in the head & stomped on your stomach? No. But yr men in police uniform did that to innocent Malaysians.

    Din, may God forgive you.
    Din, may God have mercy on your poor soul.
    Din, may God still keep a place somewhere in Hell for you. You deserve it.

    God bless you Din…in hell.

  10. #10 by Loh on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 7:06 pm

    ///He (Anwar Ibrahim) pointed out that within PR there exists three-member “shadow committees” tasked to take on a variety of specialised issues “It is difficult for us to name the shadow Cabinet because we do not know which party gets what and how many seats “The representation in Cabinet will be reflective of our performance in the election ” he explained.///–MalaysianInsider

    Anwar should think out of box. The representation in the cabinet should be on the capability and suitability of the persons concern and not on which party got what based on UMNO’s formula. UMNO talks about power sharing, that is sharing of power for personal gains. If Pakatan is given a chance to rule, it should think in terms of national interests, and not anything else. The people are sick of BN because of UMNO bullying others, and equally because of the rampant corruption. (Najib now can choose a few Malays to inherit money-making GLCs, in the name of raising Malays equity. Isn’t the equity share of GLCs represent the racial profile in the country, and why should Najib play God to make his proxies rich? The SLTR Sdn Bhd is an example)

    If representation in the Cabinet represents performance in terms of election results, then Pakatan Rakyat is playing politics in governance. Anwar should not repeat UMNO mistake in Pakatan Rakyat.

    AAB was given a chance to move Malaysia away from racial politics; that was why he got a strong mandate in 2004. The sleepy head AAB has his SIL to blame for producing the 2008 Tsunami.

    If Anwar is given a chance to be PM, he should move the country away from racial politics. He should outlaw race-based political parties.

  11. #11 by negarawan on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 7:45 pm

    I think most of us will shed tears after watching these video footages of what BN has done and how it try to mislead the public on the truth that happened during Bersih. Please come up with an English version as the international community needs and wants to know the truth as well. I will never vote for BN, not in this generation, and my children will never vote for BN in the next generation. BN is the party of the devil himself……

  12. #12 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 8:40 pm

    Keris-mudin, withholding Home Ministry Bersih 3.0 video is the right thing to do. But do you think that your father will still not turn in his grave to see what his dear son has done? I bet you my last dollar, knowing Tun Hussein’s character, that he would weep buckets over your folly.

    Enough said, and now to make amends, can you view DAP’ s Bersih 3.0 video and take action against the police. THey behaved like a gang of thugs, street samseng, not law-enforcers. Please-lah, don’t tolk-kok.

  13. #13 by Loh on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 8:42 pm

    ///In a tweet today, the health minister says he had received word from RTD that he need not pay the RM24,200 bidding price he had offered.////–Malaysiakini

    Why then should the Sultan of Johor pay to get the number? If bidding adds to the government budget, and if the minister can be exempted from paying, why should the others pay?

  14. #14 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - 9:51 pm

    I weep for tun Hussein Onn. I know he loves the nation.

    I don’t weep for Hishammuddin. I don’t even know what he loves….money? power?

    I also weep for Malaysia and Malaysians… to have PM like Najib (sigh!) and Home Minister in charge of a bad-bully police force (deep sigh!)

    I weep for Malays who are suckered by UMNO, who are cheated by “UMNO-aristocrats” who are ravenous wolves in UMNO clothing, who enrich themselves at the expense of pitiful poor Malays.

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