Archive for October 19th, 2017

Even more shocking than KJ’s aide giving the Malaysiakini report the boot is…

The Malaysiakini report “KJ’s aide gives M’kini the boot” is most shocking, but I find a greater shock when I read the report.

The Malaysiakini reporter was asked to leave a Youth and Sports Ministry event in Putrajaya today, and the person who gave the marching orders was the Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s aide, who had solicited questions from reporters before a press conference.

Following this, the aide returned to the reporters’ desk and asked the Malaysiakini reporter to leave the venue.

The aide said: “I apologise. YB does not want to answer questions from Malaysiakini, nor are you allowed to be here.

“I have to ask you to leave. I apologise.”

This was indeed most shocking, and doubly shocking is that it should come from Khairy Jamaluddin, the UMNO/Barisan Nasional’s icon for the Malaysian youths of today, representing the new hopes of the young generation for fresh air, openness, tolerance, freedom and justice – someone who had wanted to be Prime Minister before he was 40 years old!

But what was trebly shocking was the following paragraph in the Malaysiakini report:

“The practice of press secretaries or aides approaching reporters for questions before press conferences by government officials is not unusual in Malaysia.” Read the rest of this entry »


Have the “kleptocratic chickens coming home to roost” caused Malaysia’s defeat for election to UN Human Rights Council?

Malaysia suffers ignominy in the latest defeat for election to the United Nations Human Rights Council, being the only country to lose out as there were 16 countries vying for the 15 seats, and even more pertinent, the only country to lose out among the five countries which competed for the four Human Rights Council seats allocated to Asia-Pacific region.

It is a terrible setback for Malaysia’s human rights record that the country should lose out to countries which are regarded as definitely greater human rights offenders than Malaysia, like Pakistan, Qatar and Afghanistan in the region or countries like Congo and Angola in the world.

This is Malaysia’s third bid for a seat on the council after two stints, from 2006 to 2009 and from 2010 to 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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