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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Reactions - Bersih Demonstrations; IGP: Children as Shields; ADAN: Use ISA; RAFIDAH: Investors Don’t Care ZAM: criticizes Al Jazeera Praises CNN
The IGP must have been seething with anger that despite the 4000 strong police call up from everywhere, tens of thousand went through and being denied the Dataran Merdeka Rally marched on to the Istana. And now to find further faults with the organizers he is looking into the Children Protection Act – 2001 .
But are there any children below 18 there?Perhaps they tag along with their concerned fathers And Zam reactions were expected. And another Riot in Batu Buruk tomorrow?See warning below
Hell has no greater fury than Zam being scorned. Not satisfied, he is also writing a warning to Al Jazeera perhaps to close it later.
And that Pahang Adan must be crazy to suggest the use of ISA.Is it another Operation Bersih he wants to clean up?Rafidah must have been out of the country too long traveling for “trade promotion” to even realize there was a Walk for Justice and noticed what was PM Abdullah reaction to the Bar Council were about investments being affected. = == = = =November 13, 2007
Police Warn Of Stern Action Against Use Of Children In Illegal Assemblies
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- The police will take stern action against people who use children as human shields in illegal assemblies, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan (ABOVE) said today. He said the use of children in such circumstances was against the Child Protection Act 2001. Speaking to reporters after attending the handing over of duty of the Deputy IGP at Bukit Aman here, he said the police would investigate allegations that childrenwere used in the illegal assembly at Dataran Merdeka on Saturday and warned that stern action would be taken if this was verified.
"We will investigate the people responsible for the assembly and action will be taken against them for causing chaos. "The police advised the people not to participate in the assembly because it would inconvenience the public and we told the crowd to disperse but there were some who challenged us," he said. Asked about talk that there would be another assembly in three weeks' time at the same venue, he said the police were prepared for
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 12, 2007): Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin (ABOVE) Maidin today again criticised international broadcaster Al-Jazeera over the way it covered and reported on last Saturday (Nov 10)'s rally for a clean and free election. Zainuddin accused Al-Jazeera of unfair reporting and of conspiring with the Opposition to paint an untrue picture of the situation in Malaysia. He alleged that the TV station had a "pre-conceived" mind and also exaggerated the number of the people who attended the rally. He said the misreporting made the country looked like Myanmar."It (Al-Jazeera) should not conspire with the opposition political parties to report on the rally, but it should first learn about the country's background and history," he said. "Al-Jazeera should thank the Malaysian government for allowing it to operate here."
Al Jazeera, which is funded by the Qatar government, is headquartered in Doha but has regional broadcasting stations around the world, including Kuala Lumpur.Zainuddin said the public was only dispersed by water cannon and tear gas but the TV station's reporter reported that police brutality took place."The police used minimal force to disperse the crowd with just water canon and tear gas. They did not even use their batons on the people."Malaysia's Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) had also stated that the police acted according to the rules in controlling the crowd," he tolda press conference today. Zainuddin said the action taken by the police was "polite" compared with other developed countries in handling illegal rallies.He said the TV station even invited a blogger who is a DAP member to talk about the rally, using the identity of a journalist.Zainuddin also said the TV station should not follow the democratic-reporting style from CNN(see Below, what is the difference? & why CNN is praised??but should employ journalism ethics used by the BBC, which did not promote Americanism in the country."It should also respect the government here, which was elected by the people through a democratic process, and not take sides," he said.
Asked why RTM had used footage from Al-Jazeera in its news bulletin, Zainuddin said it was done to show the people how Al Jazeera had falsely reported last Saturday's rally.Al-Jazeera has been banned from several countries in the Middle East for its critical reports on the powers that be.It has also been accused of being pro-terrorists because of its decision to broadcast videotaped statements by Osama bin Laden and footage taken by militant kidnappers in Iraq.When contacted, Al-Jazeera executive news producer Derl McCrudden said the TV station had made every effort to present an impartial and fair report on the rally."We have made every effort to get the views of the government official, police and Umno on the rally, and we are delighted to have the (information) minister to talk to us on the rally," he said. "We have our duty to our audience to be impartial. We simply do not take sides."
= == = == == and the democratic-reporting style from CNN according to Zam Teargas used on rare Malaysian Demo
(CNN) — The largest political protest in nearly a decade erupted in Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, Saturday with riot police aiming water hoses and tear gas at thousands of protesters gathered to demand electoral reform.Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur to demand electoral reform. Opposition parties and civic groups demonstrated against alleged fraudulent activity in the electoral process and demanded an overhaul of Malaysia’s electoral commission ahead of general elections widely expected for early next year. Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had vowed to suppress the demonstration, and on Saturday police had erected roadblocks and ramped up security in an attempt to close down the city’s center. Nevertheless, in defiance of a government ban, between 30,000 and 40,000 demonstrators massed outside the royal palace in Kuala Lumpar, according to media reports. Opposition group leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim put the number much higher, claiming more than 100,000 people had gathered in the streets.One witness said police fired tear gas and jets of “chemically-laced water” at hundreds of demonstrators who sought refuge in the city’s Jamek mosque and in commercial buildings. “Squads of police are chasing hundreds of protesters along alleys and on the city streets,” the witness said, speaking on condition of anonymity. He said blockades had been set up around the city to hem in demonstrators.Photos of the crackdown showed protesters dressed in yellow t-shirts and head scarves shielding their heads as water from cannons blasted down on them. New York-based Human Rights Watch slammed the rally ban and urged the government to support free speech ahead of elections expected to be called early next year.
“If Malaysia wants to count itself a democracy, it can begin by upholding constitutional guarantees of free speech and assembly. The way the system works now, only the ruling coalition can get its messages out,” it said.Human Rights Watch said Malaysian elections have been sullied by vote-buying, the use of public resources by the ruling parties and accusations of bias against the Election Commission. Malaysia has had only one party in power since 1957. Speaking to CNN after briefly addressing the opposition-backed rally, Anwar said “we are demanding that the (election) process be cleansed. There are no such thing as fair elections in Malaysia at the moment.”He said a memorandum detailing allegations of corruption by the commission had been handed to Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia’s constitutional monarch.Malaysian law stipulates the sultan must give his royal assent to the commission after it has been appointed by the government. = = == = = Tuesday November 13, 2007 Adnan: Use the ISA to stop those who promote ill will
KUANTAN: Deterrent measures, including enforcing the Internal Security Act, should be taken against those who promote ill will and hostility, said Pahang Umno chief Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.(ABOVE, survival at stake?) Referring to last Saturday’s illegal gathering in Kuala Lumpur organised by Bersih to demand for “clean and fair” elections, Adnan said national security took precedence over the demands raised by the opposition. “National security is of utmost importance, more than legality or human rights,” he said. “I am not prepared to see a society broken. If they have to use the ISA, then do so,” he added. Adnan, who is the Mentri Besar, said there was a need to put to a stop all the unruly behaviour that only caused hardship to the people. On the strong protest expected from the international media and opposition if Malaysia were to impose the ISA, he said: “Why must we take into consideration their views? Our own survival is more important.“We can just ignore what they have to say about us.”
In KUALA LUMPUR, Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz (ABOVE, in distress?) said the international business communities were neither concerned with nor interested about the street demonstrations held by the opposition. The International Trade and Industry Minister said the demonstrations had not altered foreign investors’ perception of doing business in Malaysia. She said that during her many trade trips overseas, the business communities there had never asked about the opposition.
In TANGKAK, Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib said if elections in the country were not clean, then opposition candidates would not have won any seats. The senator added that PAS even managed to win over Kelantan and Terengganu to form the state governments.
In Parliament yesterday, opposition leader Lim Kit Siang told a press conference that Malaysians had the right to appeal to the King to intervene in the people’s petition for electoral reforms. “The Yang di-Pertuan Agong (ABOVE, praying for save pilgrimage for those on the Haj ) symbolises the fountain of justice in Malaysia and it’s completely within constitutional norms for Malaysians to appeal to the King for intervention,” he said
= == = == form theSUN Nazri: Bersih organisers suffering from 'short circuit'
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 12, 2007): Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz described Bersih (Coalition for Clean and Fair Election) organisers as people suffering from "kepala wayar putus" (short-circuit wire in the head). "There is no other way to describe the move by Bersih and opposition political parties such as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and DAP for organising and participating in the gathering, he said in reply to a supplementary question from Che Azmi Abdul Rahman (BN-Kuala Nerus) in the Dewan Rakyat (Parliament) today.
"How can we say that there is no fairness? I can understand that if (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim lost the election and said that it was not fair. This is after winning and yet he says it is not fair. "That is why I say that they are suffering from 'wayar putus' in their head."Nazri said the gathering was organised by the Opposition as a "smokescreen to their expected loss in the next (general) election".
"They are going to lose, and they are going to lose badly in the next elections," he said."So, when they lose later, they can blame the Election Commission for not being fair."Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur), in a supplementary question, said the demand of Bersih and the opposition parties was serious and did not amount to playing politics."This was in regards to the shortcomings of the electoral list and the postal votes which are unfair," he said. He said the gathering involving thousands showed their commitment to democracy and their love for a just and democratic system.
"Will the government look into the demands and come out with a positive response instead of an irresponsible response?" he asked. "We can be sympathetic to the protest by the Buddhist monks in Myanmar. Here, why are they afraid when it comes to being fair?" Nazri retorted: "That was an illegal gathering. That is a man who is suffering from 'wayar putus' who is talking and who is irresponsible." He said that in Myanmar, the Buddhist monks were protesting for the restoration of democracy in a country where the people are being oppressed."Here, there is democracy," Nazri said, stressing that the democratic principles in this country are practiced through the electoral process.
"It is unfair for the opposition to drag the King into the picture. Don’t drag the king into the picture," he said "The King supports us. The rakyat supports us, that is why they (the Opposition) are afraid of facing the upcoming election." To the original question from Che Azmi, on whether the government will promulgate a law to make it compulsory for all citizens who have reached the age of 21 years to be automatically registered as voters, Nazri said by virtue of Provision12 (2) of the Electoral regulations (Voter Registration) a Malaysian citizen who wishes to register as a voter would need to make an application by filling in Borang A. "To date, the EC has no intention of changing the law for automatic registration to be implemented, as it is not appropriate to be implemented." He said this was because a major portion of Malaysian citizens who have moved from their permanent address did not inform the National registration Department of the change.=
= = == == =and Muhyiddin asking Malaysians not to dream of a "White Christmas" in Malaysia November 12, 2007
Pas Is Dreaming Of King's Support, Says Muhyiddin
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- Umno vice- president Tan Sri Muhyiddin (ABOVE) Yassin said PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is dreaming when claiming that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong backed the memorandum calling for electoral reforms submitted to Istana Negara during an illegal assembly here on Saturday. "It wasn't the King who received it, only a palace official. His majesty was not even there when the memorandum was submitted. How could he say that the Agong supports him," he told reporters here today.Hadi had said the fact that the memorandum was received by Istana Negara showed that the King supported the protest against the country's electoral system.
Muhyiddin said Hadi was indulging in political play-acting in his attempt to mislead the public on what actually transpired on Saturday. In Kuantan, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said he believed that Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin would not be easily ensnared by such tactics.He suggested that the Internal Security Act (ISA) be invoked against participants of illegal assemblies as their action could undermine internal security and public order.Adnan also claimed that an opposition leader orchestrated the gathering to cover up his own weaknesses.
= ===== = == = == = November 12, 2007 Police Warning Over Tomorrow's Gathering At Batu Buruk
KUALA TERENGGANU, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- Terengganu police today warned the people against attending a gathering to be organised purportedly by an
opposition political party in Batu Buruk tomorrow night. State police chief Datuk Ayub Yaakob said police had not issued any permit for the gathering and added that it would be an illegal assembly and those attending it would be committing an offence.He said Terengganu police had received an application to hold a gathering and "ceramah" (talk) at Batu Buruk tomorrow night. "After looking into all the aspects, the police find the place unsuitable as a venue for the gathering and ceramah," he told reporters. He said the police had invited the organiser for a discussion but was made to understand that the organiser was adamant about going ahead with the gathering, which was expected to be attended by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PAS vice-presidentMohamad Sabu and the leaders of several non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
= = == == = =Coming Next Post, local "experts" in the Lingam Video Clip are NOT qualified and gazetted as "expert" and if Government Sponsored, how can they be independent.? They came out with a possibility the the 8-min Video Clip is "unauthentic"
CyberSecurity Malaysiasenior digital forensics analyst Mohd Zabri Aidil Talib,(ABOVE) 28, said his company is a private companyfunded by the Government under the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry. To questions from Hazman Ahmad, counsel for C/Insp Azilah Hadri, the witness said he was neither gazetted to testify as an expert nor was the agency accredited by any independent body - Revealed on DAY 57 Trial, 12 Nov 07