Friday, November 09, 2007

FREE Publicity for Kit’s “goblok” Blog –Sensational comments published;Bersih sabotage by “irresponsible & undesired elements”?

Malaysiakini fully supports Bersih and highlighted

International rights group: Let M’sians rally Nov 9, 07 12:23pm and

Bersih gives point-by-point rebuttal to police Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Nov 9, 07 1:32pm

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Zam is till seething with anger and wants to further embarrass the DAP leader. DAP leader has taken pains to highlight the Mat Rempits issue in Parliament and he has taken a light view of the matter – so the comment was to highlight further the issue to the Minister that unless he is a victim, he would not realized the seriousness of the problem. And he has taken offence to this.

Now that Bersih has been denied the permit for "fear that there are irresponsible groups and undesired elements who will take the opportunity to create disorder through provocations which would eventually lead to street demonstrations and rioting"

And if the police are aware of these people, they can use the 4000 personnel against this small group, peace will be assured and prevail in the peaceful gathering. But they dare not because who are these people? They are from the unruly crowd most probably under the control of that SIL. We have seen this scenario all too often; the article 11 meeting disruptions

“The police have said no, yet they still want to proceed. In that case, surely something bad is going to happen,” warned Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi” - at the UMNO Closing address
Yes if his SIL is also going with his gang to cause trouble & disturbance
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November 09, 2007 21:44 PM
Saturday's Illegal Assembly Challenges Country's Laws – Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said initiators of tomorrow's illegal assembly here are actually challenging the nation's laws rather than the government or its leadership. Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister, said he was saddened by the attitude of the organisers who claimed that they were hosting the assembly under the guise of democracy whilst their actions constituted a blatant disregard for the law that could only lead to chaos and hardship for the people. He said the group was also challenging the people who wanted to see continued peace, security and stability in the country.

"The police have informed me about the planned gathering, that no permit has been issued. But based on reports that I'm hearing from various sources, the organisers are going ahead with their plans," said Abdullah, who is also Umno president, in his winding-up speech at the conclusion of the Umno General Assembly here today. Abdullah ticked off the group for their stubbornness, saying that they were indulging in "street democracy" and not genuine democracy practised by the people who respected the rule of law and cherished their rights to participate in elections. "I'm saddened (by this turn of events). Do they want to challenge the government and the leadership? They're actually brushing the law aside. They're challenging the law as well as the people who want to see peace, security and stability prevail in the country. "That's what they're challenging, not me, but I never refuse a challenge," he said to applause from Umno delegates who packed the Merdeka Hall at the Putra World Trade Centre.

The prime minister said he and the Barisan Nasional (BN) government were not afraid to face the general election and that it would be held when the time was right. The assembly organisers, who identified themselves as "Bersih" or "Clean", planned to hold the gathering at the Merdeka Square purportedly to ask the government to hold a fair and transparent election. Abdullah expressed concern that such a gathering could trigger chaos as seen in Terengganu recently when hundreds of people believed to be opposition party supporters rioted after being told to disperse from an illegal gathering in Batu Burok. "Usually, when the police say no but people still want to proceed (with their plans), something bad is bound to happen. Look at what happened in Terengganu recently, you're aware of it and so do I.

So there's no need for me to remind you again (of the incident). "It was an unacceptable episode, an uncivilised incident. It was not our way, not the Malaysian way. It wasn't how democracy is practised in Malaysia. We're totally against street democracy. It's not the way to institute changes," he said. Abdullah said that police would have to act against those who break the law and this may lead to chaotic scenes, with the police having to shoulder the blame in the end. "When the police ask them to stop, untoward incidents may occur. They'll run helter skelter, budging into shops and so on. Things can happen... they'll become angry with the police, (saying that) the police are to blame and (in the process) arouse people's anger towards policemen. "But they are the ones who (usually) trigger such incidents, not the police," said Abdullah. The prime minister said that those who wanted to introduce changes in the country should do so through the proper channel, namely the electoral process. "But what kind of changes are they talking about?

Let's wait for the election, we’ll see who'll emerge victorious. What's there to be scared about?" he said. Abdullah said if it was true that previous elections had been unfair and controlled by the government, then the opposition parties would not have won a single seat, but this was not the case. He said those who questioned the fairness of the Election Commission (EC) should realise that the opposition parties too had won seats in previous elections. "They have won many times in Kelantan as well as in Terengganu and Sabah. They're capable of winning. If we control everything, their chances of winning may be slim," said Abdullah. The prime minister said that BN's electoral fortunes showed that Umno and the ruling government coalition believed that it was the people who should decide who were to be their leaders. "The people of Kelantan have rejected us (BN) for so many years. What are we to do? We respect the outcome of elections. The same Election Commission has been conducting our elections all this time," he said. Abdullah said Umno and the BN respected the people's decision but the opposition parties had the tendency to blame the EC when they felt that their chances of winning were slim. The prime minister said Umno and the BN were always prepared to face elections and had never made excuses not to hold election.

He asked the people to reject those who championed street democracy by not attending tomorrow's planned gathering. Abdullah later told a press conference that police would know what to do should the organisers proceed with the planned illegal gathering tomorrow. "Of course, if there's a clash, people will not be very happy. That's the thing that we're trying to avoid. That's why we say if you want to have a gathering, get a police permit [but it would be issued]," he added. He also said that Malaysia should not be likened to Myanmar as any crackdown on demonstrations here would not be that extreme. To a question, Abdullah said the people were free to say things about him. "There're so many `mosquito' newspapers, there are other publications, books, and I never stop them (from writing about me)," he said. Meanwhile, Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the movement would expose those behind the gathering to enable the people to know individuals who were out to create chaos in the country.

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November 09, 2007 16:10 PM

Info Ministry Will Publish Kit Siang's Sensational Comments - Zam

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 (Bernama) -- The Information Ministry will publish sensational comments posted on Lim Kit Siang's blog through the website of the ministry and its agencies for the people to evaluate them. Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin (ABOVE) wants the people to assess whether the parliamentary opposition leader's blog adhered to genuine journalism ethics.

The ministry's official website can be surfed through "This will enable the people to evaluate Kit Siang's comments whether they are suitable for publication by any media in line with the free, transparent and liberal press as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. "Having access to the comments, the people can conclude whether is this the kind of freedom they wanted, especially in a plural society like in Malaysia," he told reporters on the sidelines of the Umno General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre. Zainuddin said the people's evaluation would determine whether Kit Siang, who is also Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timur, was part of the group whom the minister called "goblok" blog writers. "Goblok" means stupid in Indonesian language.

He said the DAP adviser, a former journalist, had brought down the level of press freedom in the country. The minister said recently Kit Siang's blog carried a reader's comment that he (Zainuddin) and Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin should be killed by Mat Rempit (illegal road racers). Zainuddin said such comments can be forgiven if the blog was operated by ordinary individuals as they are not professionals and did not have journalism ethics. "But what was posted on the opposition leader's blog was the voice and policy of a political party. "Kit Siang's blog must be more responsible on the prevailing social harmony among the people and political stability in the country," he added.

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November 08, 2007 19:38 PM
Don't Attend Saturday's Assembly, Warns IGP

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 (Bernama) -- Inspector-General of Police (ABOVE)Tan Sri Musa Hassan reminded members of the public not to attend the gathering planned for Saturday at the Dataran Merdeka here as it is capable of creating chaos and disturbing public order. He said as the proposed gathering did not have a permit; police would not hesitate to take stern action to break up the assembly. Musa said although some claimed that it would be a peaceful gathering, police were doubtful of its real objective. "This is because they (the organisers) are found to have announced the gathering widely, whether at ceramah functions, forums, via SMSes, websites, through the distribution of handbills and so on for the past few months," he said in a statement Thursday. At the same time, he said, they had also issued tips to members of the public on how to face the police in the websites.

The group, who identified themselves as "Bersih" or `Clean', planned to hold the gathering participated by 100,000 people at 3pm on Saturday before moving in a procession to the Istana Negara. Musa said that the group's intention to proceed with the mammoth gathering and procession could cause massive traffic congestion not only in the vicinity of the Dataran Merdeka but the whole of the federal capital. "It is not impossible for such a massive gathering and procession to become unruly and jeopardise public order. "The police fear that there are irresponsible groups and undesired elements who will take the opportunity to create disorder through provocations which would eventually lead to street demonstrations and rioting," he said. He pointed out that such a situation would create fear among the people and could affect business activities and lead to destruction of public properties.

"Public cooperation in complying with the reminder is most appreciated to ensure that public order is maintained," he said. Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Datuk Zul Hasnan Najib Baharuddin said the gathering had been banned by the Dang Wangi District Police Chief ACP Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman (ABOVE) on Nov 6. He said the request to hold the gathering was made on Nov 3 but it was rejected yesterday. "The association concerned can file an appeal, however, no appeal had been made as of yesterday. The proposed gathering is illegal," he said at a press conference at his office at the Kuala Lumpur Contingent Police Headquarters, here today.

"Members of the public found in the area to attend the gathering are committing an offence and legal action will be taken against them," he said. Zul Hasnan said roadblocks would be mounted at several points and members of the public and vehicles from outside the federal capital would be checked. He said about 4,000 police personnel would be deployed to the area to "disperse the crowd and detain those committing offences such as riotings and fights".
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November 09, 2007 21:15 PM

Those Present At Illegal Gatheri ng Can Be Arrested
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 (Bernama) -- Those present at a proposed illegal gathering planned by certain quarters at Dataran Merdeka here tomorrow would be considered to have committed an offence and could be arrested, City Police Chief Datuk Zulhasnan Najib Baharuddin said. As such, he advised the public against attending the proposed rally as it would be held without a police permit.

"The public is also advised against wearing yellow because the organisers of the gathering have told the demonstrators to wear yellow. "This is to differentiate members of the public from the demonstrators," he told Radio24 today. The organisers of the gathering, Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (BERSIH), have called on the public to gather at 3pm, and to wear yellow, after which they will march to Istana Negara. Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan advised the public not to participate in the illegal gathering for fear that it might turn unruly and threaten public order.

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November 09, 2007 20:32 PM
Many Believe Assembly Not Proper
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 (Bernama) -- Many cityfolks, especially businessmen, hope that the assembly planned for tomorrow by the group "Bersih" will not be held as it could have a negative impact. Several of them interviewed today said they were concerned because it could cause traffic congestion and disrupt public order. Federal Territory Bumiputera Traders Association president Rosli Sulaiman said the illegal assembly could cause losses to the business community. "We need peace. We do not want a repetition of the `reformasi' movement which had caused losses to traders," he said. Taxi Drivers and Operators Association of Malaysia deputy president Mohd Syahril Abdul Aziz said the assembly was not relevant because elections had been held many times before without problems. He said the fear that the election would not be conducted fairly was merely a speculation by the opposition. He asked taxi drivers not to involve themselves in the assembly. A restaurant operator at Jalan Tun H.S. Lee here, R. Suresh, 48, said he was unaware that the assembly would be held but was certain it would not result in anything beneficial. He said it was not necessary to hold an assembly because conditions in
Malaysia had improved greatly. "Our leaders have developed the country enormously. I advise the people not to involve themselves in the assembly," he said.

A local social activist, Tan Kim Wong, (who is he? anyone heard of him? an imaginary name} also said that the assembly should not be held because it could result in riots. "Problems should be voiced through the proper channels," he said and asked the opposition parties to abort the assembly. A retiree, Yassin Kasim, said dissatisfaction should be voiced through the proper channel and not by holding assemblies which could trigger riots as happened before. IT company Cosmo Infolink Sdn Bhd Chairman, Tunku Azmil Tunku Abdul Razak said assemblies or demonstrations were not the best way to voice an opinion. "The method is outdated ... It is not the proper way and it is not our culture," he added.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Datuk Zainuddin Maidin should be thanked for making everyone a celeb !

11:40 PM  

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