Awang Selamat gets an ‘F’

Comment By Kee Thuan Chye
Free Malaysia Today
July 3, 2012

SINGAPORE’s ruling party, the People’s Action Party (PAP), is conniving the downfall of the Barisan Nasional government in Malaysia, and it’s doing it through its local proxy, the Democratic Action Party (DAP).

This is the most preposterous thing anyone has heard about what could happen at our upcoming 13th general election. The leaders of the PAP must be rolling on the floor with laughter.

That this piece of nonsense came out of Utusan Malaysia truly speaks badly of the Umno-owned newspaper. It is bandied about without any shred of evidence to support it. Instead, it comes with a wild allegation that the PAP has been waiting 48 years to achieve its “dream” in Peninsular Malaysia.

What “dream”? What would it benefit the PAP to see the fall of BN? And after that, what?

Whoever wrote that article (under the pseudonym of Awang Selamat) has no sense of logic. If Pakatan Rakyat wins the 13th general election, does it mean the DAP can invite the PAP to come into Peninsular Malaysia? It’s that easy, is it? The DAP’s coalition partners, PAS and PKR, would welcome the PAP with open arms?

Even schoolboys would not think that!

OK, only the DAP that helms the leadership of the Penang state government will make a pact with the PAP … but to do what? And again, its partners in the Penang administration will readily agree … to whatever it is?

OK, OK, why would Singapore want to have a stake in Malaysia? Why doesn’t Awang Selamat enlighten us on this?

He gives us nothing but circumstantial factors, like the DAP having been a splinter group of the PAP (yes, that was decades ago); that relations between the two parties have been enhanced since 2008 (pray tell, how?); that Lee Kuan Yew had visited Penang (yes, at the same time as he visited other states and also Rosmah and Najib).

Then he lamely states that he doesn’t want “to make too many assumptions but the great interest in Penang shown by Singapore begs questions”. That’s a cop-out. Does Awang Selamat really know? Or is he simply tembak-ing?

And he claims that Singapore plans to help Pakatan Rakyat in any way it can, including via “illegal demonstrations” (yes, it must be from the fuss over the presence of the three Singapore diplomats at the Bersih 3.0 rally) and other closed-door activities that will soon be exposed.

He expects us to be persuaded when he concludes: “All these should be seen as a signal (that they want to see) Malaysia’s government fall and be replaced with a new government where DAP is dominant”.

Poor track record

A student submitting an essay with this kind of reasoning would straight away get an F!

Why did he not think even a little bit before he made the allegation? Is he not aware that in having proven nothing, he will be seen as stupid?

Come to think of it, given Utusan Malaysia’s track record in the past few years of spinning lies, its Awang Selamats do seem to be stupid.

For instance, last year, how could they have thought that people would believe their lie about church leaders conspiring with the DAP to take over the government and Christianise the country?

First of all, how could the DAP take over the government when in 2008, it won only 28 parliamentary seats? Is it likely to win at least 112 seats (out of the total 222) this coming general election to take Putrajaya by a simple majority? Goodness! It may not even contest half that number!

OK, if Awang Selamat says the DAP does win Putrajaya as part of Pakatan Rakyat, that’s possible, but then how would the DAP proceed from there to Christianise the country? Would it try to get two-thirds majority to amend the Constitution to make Christianity the religion of the Federation, thus replacing Islam? Would PAS and PKR, both headed by Muslim leaders, allow it to even get to Parliament? As DAP strongman Karpal Singh might say, “Over their dead bodies!”

Also last year, who could have believed Utusan Malaysia’s lie about the DAP wanting to turn Malaysia into a republic by doing away with the Malay rulers?

How on earth could that have been possible? Doesn’t Awang Selamat know how stringent the legal process is to accomplish something like that, not to mention the emotional resistance? If the DAP were to merely suggest the idea, it would already spark an uprising; its leaders would also be locked up for sedition. The party would not even have a chance to propose the motion in Parliament. And even if it did, how would it be able to move a two-thirds vote in Parliament to remove the royalty?

Do the Awang Selamats of Utusan Malaysia live in some kind of fairyland where politicians can make things happen just by wishing for them to happen? Have they not progressed beyond primary school – or, worse, nursery school?

How does Utusan Malaysia get away with publishing such falsehood, not once, not twice, but more, without the Home Ministry taking stern action against it?

The one occasion in recent times the ministry did take some action was when it merely issued the newspaper a warning letter over its publication of the Christian conspiracy story. There was cause to slam it with sedition, since – in the words of the Sedition Act – it raised “discontent or disaffection amongst the inhabitants of Malaysia”, but the ministry chose to ignore that.

It’s sad indeed for the state of journalism in our country that newspapers do the opposite of what they should really be doing – presenting lies instead of the truth. Such practice is the hallmark of gutter journalism. It should have no place in decent society.

A desperate Umno?

How can the leaders of Umno stand by and watch what Utusan Malaysia publishes and say nothing against it?

Keeping silent is a form of endorsement, so how can they endorse such rubbish? The newspaper is, after all, owned mainly by the party.

Thus, what it does can make the party look bad. What it does also subverts Najib’s 1Malaysia. Why has he said nothing to bring Utusan Malaysia back to honest journalism?

More than anything else, Utusan Malaysia’s lying has managed to reinforce the public perception that in light of the upcoming general election, Umno must be desperate.

A confident party would not allow the newspaper it owns to resort to lying. In the end, this might actually hurt the Umno cause.

But what should concern us more is the harm articles like this can do to ordinary people, especially young students who read the newspaper. They will be exposed to lies and the practice of lying. They will be recipients of wrong values.

That is something no decent person or organisation can condone. Shame on Utusan Malaysia for not taking this into account. Shame on the Home Ministry for letting it happen.

* Kee Thuan Chye is the author of the bestselling book No More Bullshit, Please, We’re All Malaysians, available in major bookstores.

  1. #1 by Godfather on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 2:27 pm

    To be clear, the “F” does not refer to “Fail”. It refers to something that we know but cannot express here as there are kids reading this blog.

  2. #2 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 2:34 pm

    ‘F’ means ‘Fairy Tales’. Or is he a ‘fairy’ ?

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 2:50 pm

    Awang Selamat’s crap-journalism made himself a laughing stock of the world.

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 4:42 pm

    Test? Awang Selamat clearly is a dropout of whatever school he did attend..

    If there is a test to be adminstered for Awang Selamat – its a blood test for hallicinogen..The man is strung out on something..

    Utusan clearly run under some sort of mind-altering abuse..

  5. #5 by mickeytiger2006 on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 4:43 pm

    utusan malaysia is the most racialist paper playing politics of races divide. This fire playing is first started by Mahatir.

  6. #6 by omeqiu on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 4:47 pm

    How many people read Utusan? How many read your article here and Free Malaysia Today? See the point in having this type of articles in Utusan? What can PR do about this mis-information? That’s the important answer!

  7. #7 by Winston on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 6:11 pm

    The very thought of PR taking over Putrajaya has driven UMNO/BN crazy.
    And this is displayed by all their actions and pronouncements through the media controlled by them.

  8. #8 by sotong on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 7:08 pm

    They have to destroy DAP to destroy PR’s chance of winning the next GE….at the same time save MCA, MIC, Gerakan etc..

  9. #9 by sotong on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 7:14 pm

    LKY is in Penang to see its threat to S’pore’s ports.

  10. #10 by PRmaju on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 8:40 pm

    All editors of major newspapers, proudly display their names in their articles.

    This awang selamat is a umno rat, that is why he can only spit out shit and lies.

  11. #11 by limkamput on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 9:55 pm

    It is easy to dismiss what was written by Awang Selamat as rubbish devoid of logic. But the reality is indoctrinating and putting fear into certain section of the population need not be based on logic. All it needs is that there are ready buyers to the concoctions. How many rural Malays read beyond Utusan and BH or watch beyond TV1. So, please don’t underestimate the potency of what they are doing, irrespective of the rationale. Secondly, for all I know, the present Singapore Government may actually prefer BN to PR. It is easier to deal with an incompetent and corrupt government than an efficient and clean one. If Singapore is really offended by Utusan’s aspersion or by the reprimand their diplomats received because of Bersih’s rally, they would make protest by now. But so far I think they are comfortable to remain silent. Singapore does not have permanent friends or nor enemies. Singapore only has her permanent interest.

  12. #12 by rockdaboat on Wednesday, 4 July 2012 - 1:09 am

    Awang Selamat must be running out of ideas, ha ha ha.

  13. #13 by PoliticoKat on Wednesday, 4 July 2012 - 10:29 am

    The person behind Awang Selamat has to asked himself if PAP even wants DAP, or for that matter does Singapore even want Malaysia to be part of Singapore.

    Mega size debts, lots of poverty, lots of corruption, a failing civil service., Malaysia is a real fixer upper.

    At present Singapore’s strong currency allow Singapore to have all the benefits of Malaysia without being Malaysia.

    So Awang Selamat or whoever he is, should wake up to the world of today, of International companies and instant communication.

    Singapore would prefer BN in government. A weak Malaysia can be controlled. A strong Malaysia would crush Singapore. We have more ports than Singapore, more people, more land and more resources. Thus we should never have been the poorer sibling as reflected by our GDP and currency exchange rate.

  14. #14 by Godfather on Wednesday, 4 July 2012 - 11:26 am

    Awang Selamat reports to Moo Hee Din. Moo will try everything to put the fear into Malays. DAP is anti-Islam, anti-royalty, pro-PAP, pro-Jews, pro-Obama, pro-hudud. The rural folks are no longer that ill-informed. They look at Moo, point out their middle finger, and say “Salam 1-Melayu”.

  15. #15 by monsterball on Wednesday, 4 July 2012 - 12:06 pm

    Every downfall or failures of the UMNO b Govt have so many reasons given that their failure are mooted or planned by Traitor and now… S’pore.
    Corrupted blighters in UMNO b keep coming out with all sorts of reasons and some of them most idiotic…to divert Malaysians attentions and voters to something else and ignore corruption issues.
    Race and religion dirty politics so successful in the past for them do not work now.
    Meanwhile Najib keep playing Santa Clause….telling Malaysians to forget he has stolen billions or possibly… the the master mind of Alantuya’s murder and see the NEW Najib…..real nice generous caring and sharing PM.
    No stop crazy nut ideas to hold on to power.

  16. #16 by on cheng on Wednesday, 4 July 2012 - 8:59 pm

    Yang bodoh tu kata, budak 8 tahun (Lim GE) pada 1969 boleh buat huruhara May 13 ??? Hanya surat khabar bodoh boleh kata macam tu !!

  17. #17 by MooMoo on Thursday, 5 July 2012 - 12:14 pm

    It is a waste of time to argue with this Selamat fella based on facts and reality as his intention is to write lies just to shore up Malay support for UMNO. Anyway, I’m indeed surprised with his courage to tell lies knowing that there is the Hereafter to contend with. He can’t say that life is not fair when the time comes.

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