Monday, February 8, 2016
PETALING JAYA: Taking a philosophical view of the recent turmoil in Kedah that saw her father Mukhriz Mahathir resign as menteri besar, Meera Alyanna took to Facebook to pay tribute to the “great man” in her life.
Describing her father as a man of “integrity, perseverance and strong will”, Meera said she was sure Allah had a plan for them all.
“It’s upsetting to see the good guys lose but as someone once said to me, Allah SWT has a plan for us all,” she said of the political crisis that has since been resolved with Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah appointed as the new menteri besar.
“I know that you are a great man,” she said of her father, adding that although she did not know much about politics, she knew being menteri besar had been a “great opportunity and experience” for him and one which he “honoured greatly.”
“You were dedicated and you poured your heart and soul into your job,” she said, remarking how this invariably meant she only had a few hours a week to spend with him.
Writing about her father’s deep love for the state of Kedah, she related how Mukhriz would always encourage her to “check out local Kedahan artists and new locally made clothes.”
Meera also commented on her father’s love for football and how he was always excited about each match the state team played.
“So I would like to take this opportunity to say, you did the best you could’ve and I’m so very proud to be raised by you (and mummy)!
“And to Kedah, even though I didn’t get to say my official goodbyes, thank you so much for welcoming us and thank you for being so wonderful!”
The Perak government has left it fully to police to investigate the conferment of bogus 'state' awards and medals by unauthorised parties.
Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir is confident that the authority could investigate and solve the issue.
"We let police investigate the matter," he told reporters after visiting the family of Lin Hon Sing in Jelapang in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration today.
Zambry repeated his call for individuals who had received bogus awards with
the titles of 'Datuk' and 'Datuk Seri' from unauthorised parties to not use the titles.
Last Monday, Perak acting police chief, Hasnan Hassan in a statement said police were tracking down individuals who received awards or medals from parties not authorised by the state government to assist in the investigation.
Hasnan also urged the persons duped by the conferment of the bogus awards to lodge a police report. - Bernama
A satirical poster lampooning internet censorship may have been inadvertently mistaken for the real deal, prompting the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to deny it issued the advisory.
When contacted MCMC strategic communications director Sheikh Raffie Abd Rahman said it did not warn against spreading “shameful images of the country’s leaders”.
“This one is not from MCMC. Someone is trying to be sarcastic. MCMC will not issue such advisories,” said Sheikh Raffie to Malaysiakini.
An image of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in clown face in the background of the fake advisory should have been a red flag.
Indeed, Sheikh Raffie said MCMC does not issue advisories in such a manner.
"We wouldn't issue such instructions. We will continue to take the cases as they come in and continue to work with the police," he said.
The man behind the clown faces
The advisory started to make rounds after it was first uploaded online by activist artist Fahmi Redza on his Facebook and Twitter accounts today.
Fahmi was recently told he is under police watch for uploading an earlier image of Najib in clown face, as part of an anti-Sedition Act campaign.
This prompted other graphic artists to upload their versions of Najib in clown face, in solidarity with Fahmi.
The fake advisory today featured the same clown-faced Najib, with the MCMC logo, and urged the public to stop spreading shameful images images of the country’s leaders.
“The public is warned to stop spreading edited pictures of the country’s leaders in the form of clowns like the picture above on social media including through the WhatsApp phone application.
“It is an offence to share or spread such contents as it is against the laws especially Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act. If convicted, offenders will be fined a maximum fine of RM50,000 and/or a year’s imprisonment,” read the advisory.
Umno man falls for it
The fake advisory also found it on the Facebook page of Umno man Syed Rosli Jamalullail, who warned his Facebook followers to be careful or risk landing in jail.
This prompted consternation among his followers, some of whom were upset with MCMC for just issuing warnings without action or recirculating the clown face caricature along with the “advisory”.
Ironically, Syed Rosli was part of the pro-BN group Gerakan Merah’s entourage, when the group’s leader Mohd Ali Baharom lodged a police report over same caricature for allegedly inspiring hatred against Najib.
A check on MCMC’s official Facebook and Twitter pages, however, did not find the advisory in question.
When contacted, Fahmi confirmed that he designed the satirical poster.
“I designed it as a piece of political satire and parody to highlight the absurdity behind the warning issued by the government against spreading the clown pictures, which goes against Internet freedom,” he said.
MCMC's Sheikh Raffie said that although the advisory was fake, it was still an offence to spread such images.
“Still, they shouldn't be doing this. Issuing false advisories is also an offence,” he said, citing Section 211 and 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act. -Mkini
Police will only probe former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad 's blog postings if there are police reports lodged against it.
"In some cases we can investigate without a report but in this case we need reports.
"Whoever is not happy (with Mahathir's blog posts) can lodge a report. We will investigate to see if the the law has been broken," Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said today.
Umno information chief Annuar Musa had recently said that Mahathir's blog post on Feb 3 was seditious.
Annuar, however, did not specify which parts of the post titled 'AG to AG' was seditious.
In the post, Mahathir expressed doubt that Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali would cooperate with his Swiss counterpart on the European country's probe into 1MDB.
Mahathir's latest blog posting on Feb 5, meanwhile, repeated his calls for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to quit and that his scandals had shamed the country.
Mahathir also slammed Apandi for allegedly protecting Najib.
Apandi had two weeks ago cleared the prime minister of any wrongdoing in the RM2.6 billion donation and SRC International cases.
Khalid was speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur after attending a joint seminar between the police and Pertubuhan Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah Malaysis (Aswaja).
The seminar was held to train Aswaja members to enable them to educate the public on the dangers of Islamic State ideologies. -Mkini
Reprise : First posted on Monday, 7 September 2009, at 2:01 pm in Lim Kit Siang's blog.
The Arrogance of Power
By Hussein Hamid
When you are in power for over fifty years, every now and then there is that temptation to bend the rules and sometimes even the truth to suit the political needs of the moment. You can be forgiven if this inclination does come up once in a blue moon – though the colour of the moon can be said to be blue every month if you are powerful enough to want it to be so. So here lies the problem. When this inclination becomes the norm where does that put good governance?
Almost daily now we are subject to the painful and most uncomfortable sensation of having our leaders take us for fools. They boldly stand in front of us through the medium of their Television Stations, their Media or even at times in person and proceed to tell us what they want us to know – not what we should know. Is there nobody amongst them that can tell them that what they are doing is like peeing into the wind?
Have the educated, intelligent and rational generation of Malays all left UMNO leaving our nation without some of its best people in government even when we need them most? Najib is in a world of his own. He lacks the ability to make sense of what is happening around the country. Surviving day to day is hard enough for him. UMNO has sworn blood oaths that they will defend themselves from PAS, from DAP from Keadilan from everybody – no matter what. In desperation they have ventured into territory where they violate all democratic conventions almost on a daily basis. When we question the legality of their actions their answer is that ‘might is right’.
When the court initially finds in favor of the opposition as in Perak – they appeal its decision confident that the Judiciary is ultimately theirs to instruct and manage. When a death in custody happens the usual suspects are paraded. A commission, an inquiry, no stones unturned….and then slowly but surely nothing will come of it. They play the Judiciary as if it was their own – and why not when the Chief Justice is indeed their own. Whenever a situation arise that will give problems to them they no longer even have the decency to pay lip service to placate the Rakyat – now days it is deny, deny deny.
Deny there was ever any intention to humilate the Hindus in the cow-head incident. Deny that there was any reason to not renew the IGP again and again. Deny that there was anything wrong in the caning sentence of Kartika but nevertheless no less a person then the Prime Minister himself has asked her to appeal for a reduction in her sentence.
Arrest 16 people for carrying yellow candles and red and white roses who were seeking freedom of religion in this country and yet deny that Muslims stepping on the sacred head of a cow is doing anything to incite another race. They invoke the name of ALLAH at their whims and fancies and see no sin in promoting the very sins that Islam frowns upon. For surely corruption and greed is also corruption and greed whether in Mecca or Malaysia? That all this has become the norm for UMNO frightens me. This is the arrogance of power that I am talking about. Perhaps the most outrageous example of this arrogance is their inability to understand that there are another points of view to be considered other then their own. To them any deviations from their point of view is a conspiracy to undermine their ability to hold on to power – no matter what. I try to do this. By my writing if I can turn one person against UMNO – just one – then we are one person ahead towards our ‘brand new beginning’. Do as I do. Go talk to one person and bring him or her into our fold – then one by one we will slowly but surely build up our strength and strike down UMNO and Barisan.
Go do it now!
#2 by Loh on Monday, 7 September 2009 - 3:39 pm