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February 19, 2010

Protest at Australian Hi Comm and KJ the chameleon

“Join us for a peaceful protest against the Aussie lawmakers’ interfering. Wednesday 17th, 10am at Aussie HiComm, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng.” invited the sms.

Twaang… struck a patriotic chord within my Malaysian soul.

It is terribly insolent to intimidate a sovereign neighbour country’s courts or influence the course of its rule of law, don’t you think? I wonder why these 50 Australian lawmakers didn’t protest earlier before the trial started. They have internet news in Australia too, you know.

And so, this blogger quickly made a few phone calls to cancel some Chinese New Year visits to relatives. The ang pows will have to give way. And not to mention, my tooth’s broken filling’s visit to the dentist.

With a gnashing pain on tongue (beware how sharp a broken filling is, ouch.) I joined the bloggers protest.

I thought it was a bloggers protest, nothing to do with political parties? Rocky said so to reporters and I believe him.

But, I was distracted by the large crowd of BN youth + a sprinkling of ladies.

MCA youth towkays not even one in sight. MIC youths were there.

Makkal Sakti Party won for the most catchy looking banners of the day. But, need to catch up on their maths.

Then I saw Khairy Jamaluddin making a speech denouncing the naughty 50 Aussie lawmakers’ action.

That’s nice, here was a BN youth leader actually demonstrating his understanding of the rule of law and sovereign rights.

Too bad it doesn’t jive with public perception of him. You remember the stories, the SIL (son in law), ECM Libra, the government interfering 4th floor image that just won’t go away even as he may have gotten over that part of oral history.

Truth be told, yesterday Khairy did good at the demo. But The Malaysian Insider is saying that Khairy’s got RM2million from Najib Razak for UMNO Youth to run some events. I hope Khairy the Oxbridge graduate realise that events only work for the moment only. Smart politicians make sure they work consistently with their publics, not just organise some events to show their concern or worse, ‘tunjuk power’.

If you dream of leaving a footprint in Malaysia politics game, Khairy, you’ve got to decide what you’re gonna be about. You’ve got to decide what principles you are going to stand up for. Rule of law? Human rights? For whom and by whom? We’ve already have one famously acknowledged ‘chameleon‘ and Malaysia is too small a country to accommodate more than that.

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February 16, 2009

2009… another sexy year with ADUN Bukit Lanjan’s Elizabeth Wong?

Malaysians are again entertained with sexy exposures with political figures…

Ain’t most of us glad for nice sexy diversion from the heavy Perak political crisis.

Brought to you for your viewing pleasure courtesy of Elizabeth Wong‘s former boyfriend who has done either following:

1. Used the handphone to take photo of former girlfriend sleeping

or

2. Downloaded it to PC

or

3. Forgot about the photo in PC or Handphone and send it for repair or sold the hardwares without erasing them photos.

Wait a minute… I’m getting a dejavu feeling here… Ah… it’s like Edison Chen‘s sexual adventure replay Malaysian version 2009 la.

or

Maybe it’s like Chua Soi Lek sex story replay Malaysian version 2009?

hmmm……

For now real politics can be forgotten briefly. Now the politicians can get busy going all moral and talk pulpit sermons. Summon the fire and brimstones on the morally loose…!!!

Even Elizabeth Wong’s friends in PKR are questioning her morality here:

“Kini timbul desakan agar beliau meletak jawatan kerana moralnya dipertikaikan.

Sementara itu, Naib Presiden PKR Azmin Ali berkata pihaknya tidak akan berkompromi dalam isu gambar bogel Elizabeth Wong. Katanya, PKR akan mendapatkan keterangan Exco itu serta laporan polis sebelum memutuskan tindakan lanjut. Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim pula berkata isu itu akan dibincang dalam mesyuarat Exco Negeri, Rabu ini.” (Agenda Daily)

I wonder if the women rights groups will come out to defend one of their sister whose rights have been sullied. Eeerrr… rights and privacy, anyone?

Media having a field day today.

Read more about it in Malaysiakini here

and The Star here

December 14, 2007

US demands due process for ISA arrests?

Filed under: Citizenry, Government, Life, Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — bananachinese @ 1:53 pm

No country is isolated from global scrutiny and compliance to civil/human rights standards nowadays.

Will mainstream papers like The Star carry this news tomorrow?

Malaysiakini carries a report from AFP on the ISA arrests of Hindraf movers below. Singapore’s The Straits Times also carry this report.

 

US demands due process for ISA arrests AFP | Dec 14, 07 10:28am

The United States demanded that Malaysia provide fair treatment to five leaders of a rights group held under a security law that allows for indefinite detention without trial.

 

The five from the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), pushing for an end to discrimination of ethnic Indians in multi-racial Malaysia, were picked up yesterday and ordered held under the feared Internal Security Act (ISA).

 

“Our expectation as a government is that these individuals would be provided the full protections under Malaysian law, that they would be given due process, that they would be accorded all the rights accorded to any other citizen, and that this be done in a speedy and transparent manner,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

 

Hindraf enraged the government of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi last month by mustering at least 30,000 people to the streets of Kuala Lumpur to highlight various issues facing ethnic Indians, including lack of economic opportunities and destruction of Hindu temples.

 

Police used tear gas, water cannons and baton charges to break up the protests.

 

“It is our firm position that those individuals who want to peacefully express themselves in a political forum or any other forum should be allowed to do so,” McCormack told reporters.

 

Human rights groups have campaigned for the abolition of the ISA, a law that they say has been abused by the authorities.

 

The ISA is currently being used to hold more than 100 people, including about 80 alleged Islamic militants.

 

Human Rights Watch, a US group, said the arrest was “outrageous.”

“We have said over and over again that the ISA should be abolished and there is no room for holding people, never mind indefinitely, without charge and trial,” said Mickey Spiegel, the group’s Asia division senior researcher.

 

Erasing Hindu heritage

The Malaysian government has always used deadly race riots in 1969 as a reason for controls on freedom, even though some groups believe that after 50 years of independence, Malaysians are matured enough to discuss their grievances openly.

 

“Malaysian authorities are obligated, like any sovereign countries’ government, to balance the need for public order with equally important need for robust and free debate of issues important to Malaysian citizens,” a State Department official said.

 

“It is our hope that the Malaysia government will allow the freest possible debate,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

 

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a US non-profit law firm that helps defend freedom of all religions, charged that the destruction of Hindu temples – some built before the start of the British colonial period almost two centuries ago – could be an attempt to erase Hindu heritage in Malaysia.

Hindraf claimed one temple was being demolished every three weeks.

 

“What I have heard from people is really that in destroying these temples, they are trying to destroy evidence of how long the Hindu faith has been a part of Malaysia, particularly in the context of advancing Islamisation and of the equation of Islam with nationalism in Malaysia,” said Angela Wu, the Fund’s international law director.

 

Hindraf has filed a four trillion dollar lawsuit against Britain for alleged atrocities suffered by Indians whose forefathers were brought as indentured laborers to Malaysia during colonial rule.

 
 

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