Monday, November 12, 2007

Transcript: ZAM-Al Jazeera Radio Interview; We are allowing Protest; Malaysia have Election, No point having protest; Police handling them gently

Malaysiakini not too long also had the wrath from ZAM at the UMNO meet being labeled as "Nonsense". Its related story on the Bersih Rally is on

Journalists attacked by riot police

theAcid rain in Masjid Jamek
is still the latest

The following is a 99% unofficial transcript of the Live Interview Zainuddin had with Al JAzeera on the Bersih Rally Day on 10th November 2007. It was rebroadcasted on RTM early Sunday Morning He avoided all questions posed on the illegality of the protest and the use of Chemical water and used the lame excuse that there is Election, so Protest is not necessary. His quotable quote is “We are allowing Protest – perhaps a slip of his tongue

And below, is the slanted write up spined by Bernama.

Of late Zainuddin has been taking the bulls by the horns and using RTM to do his thing. His recent take on DAP Leader -in "improving his image" is in the previous Post H E R E (link NOT given yet). He also made use of RTM and broad casted his Parliament Clash with Lim and boasted it was Unedited.

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Al Jazeera: Here is now joining us on the phone is Malaysia’Information Minister Zainudin Maidin. There were very violent scenes we saw earlier today. How can you justify your strength of response to peaceful protests?
Zainuddin Maidin
: That is your interpretation of violence is not violence. Your man, your journalist trying to project, exaggerate more than what actually happened; that’s it. We are laughing; congratulate your journalist behaving like an actor, very good actor.

Al Jazeera:: As you are saying that so, we are watching scenes of protesters (Interrupting: Yeah, I am watching, I hear) being sprayed with Chemical filled water?
Zainuddin Maidin
: It is not as what you have been trying to do this, to do it everywhere but in Malaysia people are laugh you, We know our Police at last have allowed the procession to go to Istana Negara, you know. Do Police, First Police might be handled them with tear gas. Police don’t, don’t fire anybody.

Al Jazeera: Our correspondent came back to our office with chemicals in his eyes
Zainuddin Maidin
: This is the way, your idea is that what you are trying to project what is your mind, you think we Pakistan, we are Burma, we are Myanmar. Your thinking

Al Jazeera: Well unfortunately when you refused to let people to protest, it does appear so
Zainuddin Maidin
: That is why we are not like you. That is why you have early perception. You come here and you want to project us as like undemocratic country. This is a democratic country.

Al Jazeera: So why can’t people protest then if it is a democratic country?
Zainuddin Maidin
: People protest. First they protest. We are allowing protest and they have demonstrated. But when we try to disperse them, and then later they don’t disperse, later our Police compromise. They have compromised and allowed them to go to Istana Negara. Police, our Police have succeeded in handling them gently, right? Why don’t you report that and you take the opposition, someone from the opposition party, you asked him to speak; you don’t take from the Government, right

Al Jazeera: Why did you not break up these protesters more peacefully?
Zainuddin Maidin
: Pardon, pardon

Al Jazeera: Why did you not break up these protests more peacefully?
Zainuddin Maidin
: I can’t hear you. I can’t hear you.

Al Jazeera: Why did you not break up these protests more peacefully?
Zainuddin Maidin
: No, we are, first this is illegal. We don’t want, normally this demonstration..

Al Jazeera:: OK, let me return to my former question: why is the protest illegal?
Zainuddin Maidin
: Yeah it is illegal. First is because (Why?) we have the election in Malaysia. No point of having a protest. We are allowing, we have an election every five years, never fail. We are not like Myanmar, not like other country. And you are helping these. You at Al Jazerra also is helping these, these forces. You know these forces who are not in fashion, who don’t believe in democracy

Al Jazeera: Many thanks for joining us.

Zainuddin Maidin: Yes that is Al Jazeera Attitude, right

= == = = == = = = Bernama’s account of the phone in interview

November 10, 2007 20:41 PM
Zam Refutes Al Jazeera's Claim Police Used Force On Protesters
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 (Bernama) -- Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin has refuted satellite television station Al Jazeera's claim that police had used force on hundreds of protesters here today. He told the station that police had tried to disperse the protesters by using water cannons as the gathering was illegal. "When they refused to disperse, the police allowed them to march to Istana Negara to hand over a memorandum demanding for a clean and fair election. "The police managed to handle the situation as best they could," he said over the phone in a live interview by Al Jazeera here.

He was responding to the illegal assembly organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections or "Bersih" comprising 26 non-governmental organisations and which also involved opposition parties, to hand over the memorandum containing their demands, to Istana Negara. Asked why Malaysia did not allow such gatherings, Zainuddin said they were unnecessary because general elections had been held without fail in this country and according to the scheduled dates. The minister also hit out at Al Jazeera for having the wrong perception when posing questions. Al Jazeera reporters had their own perceptions about Malaysia before coming here, he said, adding that "Malaysia is not Myanmar or Pakistan; it is a democratic country".
Zainuddin said many television viewers in
Malaysia were laughing at the antics of the Al Jazeera reporter who seemed to be trying to portray the situation as ugly.

"The reporter was seen shouting, so much so the situation seemed unreal to the viewers." He also criticised Al Jazeera for only interviewing journalists known to be pro-opposition but not getting the government's views.

= = == =Video Clip 3min (speed slowed down 30% for clarity)- Interview with Al Jazeera

plus inserted 2 min Clip on the Police action & the 12 sec Water cannon

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see MORE PICS of the Bersih Rally H E R E On

MORE PICS & Video – Bersih Rally Obstructed; Over 30K to Palace Delivered Memo; Tear Gas & Chemical-Water Canons Fired; 245 Arrested & Released

= == = = = Go H E R E for Links to the following Videos

Part 1 (Forum 9 min 40 s), Part 2(Forum 8min 02s) & Part 3 (Protest Demo Video, 4 in 11s ) Al Jazeera 101 East Forum on Bersih Rally

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BELOW: Part 2(Forum 8min 02s)

= = == == == = == = == = =BELOW: Part 3 (Protest Demo Video, 4 in 11s )

= == == == = =Go H E R E for the Forum Discussions from Part I & Part II


Blogger Chicken Ball said...

What a Clown!!!

...and I damn sure that I heard "Polish" a number of time! LMAO!

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are having erection. erection. lol..btw the protest is about the election and Zam says they have the election every five years thus there is no need to protest. The problem is the citizen are suspecting the election process is unfair, phantom voters etc.. which brings us to the question. How does having an suspiciously 'undemocratic' election justify the illegality of the protest? Zam is a dickhead.. who will not get erected

4:10 AM  
Anonymous nazri said...

upload lagi file2 video akan datang...

salam dari

12:53 AM  
Anonymous DeatheBair said...

It does NOT matter if the ruling body believes the gathering to be warranted, in a democracy, people are free to gather and voice their opinions. What a jack...

9:21 PM  

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