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    Law & Order: Home Minister - with criminals, we shoot first

    1. Watch out for blow-back,
    2. How do the police know they are criminals without a proper identification?

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    But Tiga Line are our friends, declared Zahid. With such a Home Minister, we don't need enemies.

    Home Minister reported saying underworld group “not real thugs”, calls them “our friends”

    BY LEE SHI-IAN
    OCTOBER 07, 2013

    In a video clip uploaded by a news portal, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) appears to have endorsed the actions of the Tiga Line underworld group, despite adopting a tough stance on gangs.

    The Tiga Line group was on a list of 49 secret societies released by the Home Ministry in August amid promises by authorities to crack down on these groups.

    However, news portal Malaysiakini reported that Ahmad Zahid appears to have a soft spot for the Tiga Line group, calling them "his friends and urging them to do what they needed to do". It also uploaded a video clip of Zahid making the claims.
    Ahmad Zahid allegedly made these remarks at an event in Malacca on Saturday. He also warned journalists, who were there and then told to leave, not to report his statements.

    The journalists were allegedly told that their respective organisations would be closed down if any of his comments were published.

    However, Malaysiakini managed to obtain a 20-minute recording of Ahmad Zahid's speech, in which he was addressing Umno delegates at a government function.

    The event was held at the Malacca International Trade Centre (MITC) in Ayer Keroh and entitled "Security briefing ceremony with community leaders".

    It was also attended by Minister in the Prime Minister's department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

    Ahmad Zahid started out by declaring that police were colour blind in their anti-gang operations.


    "Police have checked out 178,217 Malays, 77,104 Chinese, 73,505 Indians and 55,517 other races in their crackdown on the underworld," Ahmad Zahid reportedly said.

    Of the total number checked, 14,511 were found to be members of secret societies.

    It was then that Ahmad Zahid's words reportedly took a strange twist as he focused on Tiga Line and declared that the group members were not really thugs.

    "Of the 14,511 who were secret society members, 6,171 were Malays but they are not real thugs. They are Pekida members and part of the Tiga Line group, Gang 30 and Gang 7.

    "I tell our Tiga Line friends, do what should be done," Ahmad Zahid said to loud cheers from his audience.

    Ahmad Zahid apparently referred to Tiga Line on a first person basis, saying: "We are not evil, I know. I have checked, we gather during festivals with our siblings, we gather when there are projects.

    "I see here, the candidates here, all four of them are Tiga Line," Ahmad Zahid reportedly said while laughing.

    In his speech, Ahmad Zahid apparently referred to Umno supreme council candidate Shahidan Kassim as the biggest Tiga Line gangster, in jest.

    After his Tiga Line moment, Ahmad Zahid resumed his tough talk against criminals, claiming he had initiated the crackdown against the underworld as he felt insulted by the daily shootings.

    He apparently also took a racial stance on crime, declaring that Malays were the usual victims.

    "The biggest drug dealers are Chinese, the smaller dealers are Indians and the users are Malays," Ahmad Zahid allegedly said.

    "On internet gambling, the bosses are Chinese, the operators are Indians and the patrons are Malays.

    "Therefore the actual victims are Malays," Ahmad Zahid allegedly said, adding that he was the Home Minister because of Malay support which had carried him to an Umno vice-presidency.

    When Ahmad Zahid became aware there were journalists present in the audience, he initially told them to omit some of his words midway through his speech.

    However, he later backtracked completely and declared the event to be a closed-door function.

    Members of the media were then unceremoniously told to leave with other members of the audience heckling and shouting at the reporters.

    The event organisers later told journalists that the entire incident was a misunderstanding.

    Ayer Keroh state assemblyman Khoo Poay Tiong, who gave Malaysiakini a copy of Ahmad Zahid's recording, rubbished Ahmad Zahid's assertion that it was a closed-door event.

    He said that the media seating area had been prepared but journalists were suddenly threatened and told to leave at the end. – October 7, 2013.
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    What is Zahid hiding?



    Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi uses aggression to try to intimidate reporters, but he was hiding something behind the bully-boy mask which he wore at the press conference on Oct 4.
    If Zahid thinks he can use his altercation with Malaysiakini to pursue an agenda which will curb press freedom, then he is seriously misguided.

    It is amazing how much Zahid has changed in 15 years. At the Umno-Baru assembly in 1998, Zahid attacked former PM Mahathir Mohamad for corruption, cronyism and nepotism. By 1999, he was practically eating out of Mahathir’s hands and referred to the then-premier’s remarks as “advice from a father to his son”. Then, he vowed to back the party leadership, but today he shows little concern for the way in which our money is mis-spent.

    No one could accuse this writer of spinning; not with video footageshowing Zahid bringing rudeness and thuggish behaviour to an art form. This is not the first incident of unbecoming behaviour from Umno-Baru politicians, or their supporters, against members of the media.

    A few months ago, Zahid was embroiled in a court case in which he was alleged to have assaulted a businessman. Zahid is not known for his powers of reasoning. His preferred mode of problem-solving is to threaten people and order those who are dissatisfied with the state of the country, to emigrate.

    Zahid should realise that attributing the loss of the police weapons to human error, is too glib. In all probability, neither he nor the inspector-general of police (IGP) knows what became of the weapons. If they have the information, then why are they withholding it?

    Zahid started a running dialogue with Malaysiakini, when he should have been fielding questions from reporters. This diversionary tactic was a ruse to waste time.

    Having beratedMalaysiakini, he made a hasty retreat, just like a coward. Zahid’s (right) body language showed that he was keen to avoid further questioning.

    Umno-Baru spends hundreds of millions of ringgit on its elections and on foreign consultants to spruce up its image. Why does it not spend money for its politicians to attend classes in civility and manners? How about educating their politicians to answer reporters’ questions properly?

    As taxpayers, we want to know the measures the Home ministry or the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) will take to stem further wastage. What specific forms of human error does Zahid think could account for the loss of the weapons?

    Zahid claimed that none of the losses were from “a breach of trust, deviant acts or elements of bribery”. How does he know? Did someone file a police report and were detailed investigations conducted?

    Zahid denied that carelessness and mistakes made in the line of duty were to blame. What exactly does he mean? If the system is at fault, then he should say what remedial steps he or the IGP will take to rectify the mess.

    Carelessness and error?

    In August, it was reported in a daily newspaper that a policeman’s pistol and ammunition had been stolen as he lay sleeping in his car, with his window wound down, in a lay-by in Shah Alam. It was odd that he had just returned from a funeral, carrying his gun, passport and lots of cash.

    Is this the sort of carelessness and error Zahid referred to? Was this policeman punished? Did he sell his gun to a syndicate? How do we know either man is telling the truth?

    Zahid’s curriculum vitae states that before venturing into politics, he worked for two banks, OCBC and Bank Simpanan Nasional. Any bank staff member will confirm that at the end of the month, every sen has to be accounted for and no one is allowed to leave the bank and return home, until the books are balanced. Zahid may not have started his banking career as a teller, but this practice is drummed into every bank employee.

    The video clip of Zahid’s infantile and childish behaviour at the Oct 4 press conference shows him acting like the school bully in a playground. He is verbally aggressive and he knows he can use his powers as home minister to make reporters compliant.

    His angry outbursts are a means of showing off. He attempts to shame anyone whom he accuses of doing something wrong. He is fiercely argumentative when anyone tries to make a point. He threatens to punish and tries to humiliate in public anyone with whom he argues. This is not spin, but is accurate reporting. Zahid is damned by his own words and actions.

    Zahid likes reporters who publish only what Umno-Baru want them to say. Incredibly, Umno-Baru is the only political party which bansMalaysiakini from covering its functions, especially its supreme council meetings. This action compromises freedom of speech.

    Many people will have noticed the steady build-up, since GE13, of harsher laws. Mahathir came out of the woodwork to support stricter laws, claiming that the streets were no longer safe; not that he would know or care.

    Zahid claims that amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) will be used to punish criminals, but cynics suspect that these draconian provisions will be used to gag opposition politicians, activists and reporters. We appear to be returning to the bad old days of restricted freedom.

    The amendments were forced through Parliament and Zahid would be foolish to think he can broaden this latest attack on Malaysiakiniinto an attempt to gag the media, but the indications are that he is heading that way.

    A day after the attack onMalaysiakinijournalist Lawrence Yong, Zahid was at a security seminar for community leaders in Malacca, where it was alleged that he had made “sensitive remarks”.

    Upon the discovery of the presence of journalists, Zahid banned them from publishing what was discussed and he followed this with a threat that he would have their newspapers shut down. The audience booed the media representatives, who were then forced to retreat.

    Would Zahid have dared to humiliate, finger-wag and slap the shoulders of a foreign correspondent?

    Perhaps, his rude behaviour is reserved for Malaysian reporters because he can gag them and punish them, with the laws at his disposal. A bully boy attracts loyalty by fear. If Zahid harbours ambitions of becoming prime minister, he should tread warily.

    MARIAM MOKHTAR is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the Green Bean Army and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation (PLO).
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    Zahid spins out of control in land of endless possibilities



    COMMENT The wise warn that if a person finds himself going deeper into a hole, he should cease digging. And it would be wise for our home minister, who is now somewhere close to the earth's core, to heed this advice and put down the shovel.

    Then again, the dictionary's definition of the term "wise" makes it an impossible task for even the most accomplished of writers to use the word in the same sentence with Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in a positive sense.

    And his recent verbal tirade against aMalaysiakinijournalist lends credence to this.

    The incident also served as a stark reminder of how important ministerial portfolios are being entrusted to the hands of those who happen to be the human equivalent of a dodo bird. No offence to the memory of the extinct flightless creature over the unflattering comparison.

    The minister's nostrils flared when the journalist quizzed him on the scores of firearms that the police had somehow lost, as detailed in no less than the Auditor-General's 2012 Report.

    Flustered, Zahid turned the spotlight on the journalist, accusing him of working for a news portal that has perfected the art of spinning reports to paint the government in a negative light.

    Quite the contrary: it is cerebrum-fused ministers like Zahid who spin the government's reputation to the point of incurable dizziness with their antics, ushering the ruling coalition closer to the grave of deceased political empires.

    Who's the master of spin?


    The Auditor-General's Report 2012 revealed that the police had lost firearms, handcuffs and vehicles in the period under audit. Soon after this, the police chief saw his credibility drown when he offered a leaky hypothesis that the weapons could have fallen into the sea.

    With common sense being bludgeoned and mutilated to death, does Zahid really think that Malaysiakini needs to swim the extra mile to supposedly further spin an episode that has already spun out of the peripheries of logic?

    In countries where accountability is practised, heads would have rolled over the auditor-general's revelations. But then again, this is Malaysia, the land with a prime minister who believes in endless possibilities.

    Furthermore logic has never been one of Zahid's strongest points, as exemplified by his diametrically-opposed-from-sterling contribution to the recent high-profile debate over the ashes of a former communist leader.

    In that exchange with MCA, he defended the government's decision to allow the remains of two Muslim terrorists to be buried here because unlike Chin Peng, the pair did not kill Malaysians.

    This justification had even left MCA, which often defends the indefensible, with jaws agape in horror.

    Then again, perhaps Zahid in this latest fiasco was attempting to turn the tables on Malaysiakini's reporter in a calculated move to sidestep the issue of missing firearms.

    Anticipating that the matter would be raised and aware that there was nothing he could do but appear foolish should he attempt to cover it up, the minister decided to train the missing guns on the journalist instead.

    No laughing matter

    On the same note, it was also disheartening to see other journalists giggling in the background when Zahid unleashed his salvo.

    These journalists failed to understand that the joke was on them and their profession. Instead of baring their teeth in delight, they should have sank their fangs into the minister for the insult.

    Trained in news organisations propped up by political paymasters, these journalists, it seems, have been reduced to becoming stenographers, whose main task is to record and regurgitate the statements of government demagogues without scrutinising the content or holding politicians accountable.

    As for Zahid, he should remember that he is a minister in a government that has received only 47 percent of the popular voter support.

    Perhaps the 51 percent who voted against BN have concluded that the so-called spin generated by news portals is far more convincing than the tasteless twists that come from Zahid and Co.


    RK ANAND is a member of the Malaysiakini team.
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    Will PM Najib exert leadership over errant minister Zahid? - Kim Quek

    OCTOBER 08, 2013




    Swashbuckling Home Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has delivered a speech so atrocious against common decency and the fundamental tenets of law that it is bound to rock the already scandal ridden Barisan Nasional government.


    He advocates shooting of suspected criminals on sight in a speech that is filled with racist slurs that would raise racial animosity, pitting the Malays against Chinese and Indian Malaysians. Zahid's recorded speech was uploaded in Malaysiakini website on October 7.


    In a briefing session on security matters for community leaders that turned out be nothing but an Umno party election campaign meeting to introduce candidates at the Malacca International Trade Center at Ayer Keroh on October 5, Zahid disclosed that out of 40,000 gang members identified, 28,000 of them are Indians and he said there is nothing wrong in arresting them. He then asked:





    "What is the situation of robbery victims, murder victims during shootings? Most of them are our Malays. Most of them are our race. I think the best way is that we no longer compromise with them. There is no need to give them any warning. If we get the evidence, we shoot first."


    Shoot to kill policy?


    This is a clear endorsement of a "shoot suspects without warning" policy (unless convicted, they are known as suspects) that may well be in existence for some time, and also could well have explained the many suspicious police fatal shootings, in particular, the gunning down of all five suspected Indian gangsters in an apartment in Penang in August.


    Shooting to kill suspects without warning is murder under Malaysian laws and a breach of international law under auspices of UN. Hence, Zahid has to explain why he should not be investigated for complicity in such murder.


    Equally disturbing to Zahid's apparent murderous trait, is his despicable attempt to incite racial animosity to gain populist racist support.




    Stirring racist emotions


    In the same speech, Zahid disclosed that of the 14,511 identified as secret society members, there are 6,171 Malays; 1,701 Chinese; 3,685 Indians and 2,954 other races. He said:


    "The 6,171 Malays, they are not real thugs, they were Pekida members and were part of the Tiga Line group,Gang 30, Gang 7 - these are festivities (kenduri-kendara) gangster. I tell our Tiga Line friends, do what should be done."


    Zahid then went on to refer to Tiga Line on a first person basis, saying: "We are not evil, I know, I have checked. We gather during festivals with our siblings, we gather when there are projects, never mind. I see here, the candidates here; all four of them are Tiga Line."


    These statements contain lies, racial prejudice and admission of criminalities.


    In the first place, saying all the 6,171 Malay triad members identified, who are from Tiga Line, Gang 7 and Gang 30 are good people is tantamount to saying that all Malay gangsters are innocent while gangsters of other races are criminals, because Tiga Line, Gang 7 and Gang 30 are the only three Malay-based secret societies in the list of 29 outlawed secret societies in Peninsula released by the Home Ministry on August 29. Besides this claim being manifestly false, the claim of benevolent activities of these gangs also contradict the Home Ministry statement on August 29 that described their activities as drug trafficking, extorting protection money and seizure of cars.


    As if such false assertion to play up Malay racial sentiments is not sufficient, Zahid painted the Malaysian crime world as Malays being the victims while Chinese the beneficiaries. This is again another unfair and false claim. The truth is: triad criminals thrive across racial lines.


    Umno’s possible involvement in triads


    Apart from such vile attempt to instigate racial hatred with lies, Zahid had also incriminated himself and his colleagues with his open admission that he and the four candidates for Umno's supreme council in the imminent party elections, namely, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah and Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, are part of the outlawed Tiga Line group.


    Realising that his no-holds-barred speech had revealed devastating and self-incriminating illegalities, Zahid later asked journalists to leave the hall, and ordered them not to publish a word of his speech with threats to shut down their newspapers otherwise.


    Since such apparent breach of law has implicated not only Home Minister Zahid and his ministry, but also the police, it is imperative that a high-power and independent body overarching home ministry and police such as a royal commission of inquiry be set up immediately to probe and ascertain the veracity and extent of the following possible breaches with a view to prosecution later:


    1. Possible murder and complicity in murder under the "shoot suspect without warning" policy mentioned by Zahid, involving the home minister, home ministry and the police.


    2. Breach of the Sedition Act 1948 in Zahid's vicious endeavour to incite racial hatred and animosity among races with falsehood (referred to in Section 3, Clause 1 (e) of the Act).


    3. Possible criminal involvement by Zahid Hamidi, Shahidan Kassim, Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, Shamsul Anuar Nasarah and Nur Jazlan Mohamed in the outlawed Tiga Line group.


    4. Abuse of power by Zahid in miss-using government resources when he turned a government function completely into an Umno party election campaign.


    5. Zahid's Illegal intimidation of journalists not to publish his speech with threats to shut down their newspapers otherwise.


    PM Najib must exert leadership


    Home Minister Zahid Hamidi's arrogant trampling of the Constitution and law, coming on the heel of the passing of the draconian amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act, which he claimed in his speech to have single-handedly engineered and rammed through in parliament, has cast a dark shadow over the future of rule of law in this country.


    This is the time when Prime Minister Najib Razak can no longer remain silent, as he has chosen to be over many swirling controversies in recent days, and must speak to the nation loud and clear where he stands with regards to the errant minister.


    Failure to exert leadership over the heretic conduct of minister Zahid, at a time when the country have been drifting in chaotic and pilot-less political leadership for some time, will only plunge the country into a crisis of confidence and cause irreparable damage to Najib's premiership.


    * Kim Quek reads The Malaysian Insider.


    * This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
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    Why Umno leaders are singing such a vile tune these days

    NEWS ANALYSIS BY THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
    OCTOBER 08, 2013

    File photo of the Umno annual assembly in Kuala Lumpur in November 2012. A recent poll found that about three-quarters of Umno members don't want the party to give in to demands by non-Malays. – Reuters pic, October 8, 2013.
    If Malaysians are offended by the vile garbage being spewed by the likes of Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and other Umno politicians auditioning for the Umno party polls on October 19, there is more distressing news.


    A recent poll of 600 Umno party members and their supporters by the respected Merdeka Center has revealed a disturbing picture of a party contented with itself and angry with just about everyone else.


    A clutch of questions was asked to gauge the current perception about the ruling party by its own cadres.

    In response, just under three-quarters of them said Umno should not give in too much to demands by non-Malays.
    Nine out of 10 believed Umno should focus its energy on building up more support among Malays for the next general election.

    And here is a real shocker. After all that has been written about the decrepit state of the party, the paucity of leaders with integrity and the hubris which resides in every pore of the party, only 17% of party members and supporters felt that the public was disgusted with Umno because its leaders had strayed from the original goals.


    They basically think Umno is in good shape and only needs some tweaking here and there. And that tweaking is focused on generating more support from the Malays.


    Two-thirds, or 67%, did not think that Umno is focusing too much on the Malay agenda. Only 16% felt that winning over non-Malays is Umno’s biggest challenge, believing that the priority should be getting older leaders to make way for younger ones and increasing support of Malays for the party.


    In GE13, Umno/Barisan Nasional snagged 61.6% of the Malays, thanks primarily to the strategem of creating fear among Malays with the bogey that non-Malays are aiming to wrest political control of the country.


    Since the general election, Umno politicians have unleashed two streams of rhetoric: that Malay voters should be rewarded for returning BN to power and that opposition supporters must be punished.


    Every candidate for the Umno elections has tried to play the race card, knowing well that there is a ready and receptive audience among party delegates for the blame rhetoric.


    It is much easier for the party – from the top to rank-and-file – to blame ungrateful Chinese or belligerent Christians for their dismal electoral performance than to focus on the real reasons for losing more parliamentary seats and the popular vote, compared to 2008.


    Against this backdrop, it is much easier for Ali Rustam to spout racist garbage today and blame everyone but himself for his defeat in the general election.Just listen to him.


    "The Chinese want everything. We have treated them well. The Malays have been good to them... when the Chinese want help, request to build schools, scholarships, the government gave it to them. But when election time came, they forgot all this.


    "All that is important is that they take over the Malays and turn them into pendatang," he told a gathering of 100 people at an event by Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad yesterday.


    Naturally, the crowd responded in a manner only Umno can, by asking the Chinese to go home.


    He should be charged with sedition but that will not happen because the police are no longer honest brokers in Malaysia. Don't even expect him to be reprimanded by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the champion of moderates everywhere but in his own country.


    He and others in Umno feel that since the next general election is five years down the road, they can say anything and trample on non-Malays and play every race and religious card in their playbook. They don't care if your sensitivities are offended or if you think they are stupid, corrupt and lazy.


    They have the floor and they can say anything they want. So what if some Malaysians are offended? So what if Chinese or Indians or Kadazandusuns are angry?


    In the minds of Najib, Zahid and gang, they cannot be punished for any transgression. That is why Zahid can say the most damning things and just ignore the uproar. He can defend a criminal organisation like Tiga Line, support a shoot-to-kill policy and even condone the killing of Indian gangsters as some kind of racial payback and not care one bit about a downside.


    Why? Because there is no downside in Umno for any politician who stokes the fire of racism, who speaks the language of an uncouth thug. None whatsoever. He is merely preaching to the choir. – October 8, 2013.
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    DON'T SAY WE DIDN'T TELL YOU SO: Umno members want to be RACIST, M'sia belongs ONLY to them!



    Full article: http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/in...#ixzz2hBvFrvUN
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    If Malaysians are offended by the vile garbage being spewed by the likes of Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and other Umno politicians auditioning for the Umno party polls on October 19, there is more distressing news.


    A recent poll of 600 Umno party members and their supporters by the respected Merdeka Center has revealed a disturbing picture of a party contented with itself and angry with just about everyone else.


    A clutch of questions was asked to gauge the current perception about the ruling party by its own cadres.


    In response, just under three-quarters of them said Umno should not give in too much to demands by non-Malays.


    Nine out of 10 believed Umno should focus its energy on building up more support among Malays for the next general election.


    And here is a real shocker. After all that has been written about the decrepit state of the party, the paucity of leaders with integrity and the hubris which resides in every pore of the party, only 17% of party members and supporters felt that the public was disgusted with Umno because its leaders had strayed from the original goals.


    They basically think Umno is in good shape and only needs some tweaking here and there. And that tweaking is focused on generating more support from the Malays.


    Two-thirds, or 67%, did not think that Umno is focusing too much on the Malay agenda. Only 16% felt that winning over non-Malays is Umno’s biggest challenge, believing that the priority should be getting older leaders to make way for younger ones and increasing support of Malays for the party.


    In GE13, Umno/Barisan Nasional snagged 61.6% of the Malays, thanks primarily to the strategem of creating fear among Malays with the bogey that non-Malays are aiming to wrest political control of the country.


    Since the general election, Umno politicians have unleashed two streams of rhetoric: that Malay voters should be rewarded for returning BN to power and that opposition supporters must be punished.


    Every candidate for the Umno elections has tried to play the race card, knowing well that there is a ready and receptive audience among party delegates for the blame rhetoric.


    It is much easier for the party – from the top to rank-and-file – to blame ungrateful Chinese or belligerent Christians for their dismal electoral performance than to focus on the real reasons for losing more parliamentary seats and the popular vote, compared to 2008.


    Against this backdrop, it is much easier for Ali Rustam to spout racist garbage today and blame everyone but himself for his defeat in the general election. Just listen to him.


    "The Chinese want everything. We have treated them well. The Malays have been good to them... when the Chinese want help, request to build schools, scholarships, the government gave it to them. But when election time came, they forgot all this.


    "All that is important is that they take over the Malays and turn them into pendatang," he told a gathering of 100 people at an event by Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad yesterday.


    Naturally, the crowd responded in a manner only Umno can, by asking the Chinese to go home.


    He should be charged with sedition but that will not happen because the police are no longer honest brokers in Malaysia. Don't even expect him to be reprimanded by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the champion of moderates everywhere but in his own country.


    He and others in Umno feel that since the next general election is five years down the road, they can say anything and trample on non-Malays and play every race and religious card in their playbook. They don't care if your sensitivities are offended or if you think they are stupid, corrupt and lazy.


    They have the floor and they can say anything they want. So what if some Malaysians are offended? So what if Chinese or Indians or Kadazandusuns are angry?


    In the minds of Najib, Zahid and gang, they cannot be punished for any transgression. That is why Zahid can say the most damning things and just ignore the uproar. He can defend a criminal organisation like Tiga Line, support a shoot-to-kill policy and even condone the killing of Indian gangsters as some kind of racial payback and not care one bit about a downside.


    Why? Because there is no downside in Umno for any politician who stokes the fire of racism, who speaks the language of an uncouth thug. None whatsoever. He is merely preaching to the choir.

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    Wednesday, 09 October 2013 01:28
    DID ZAHID ORCHESTRATE "APPALLING SPEECH"? Look into your conscience, urges Nurul

    Written by Nawawi Mohamad, Stan Lee, Malaysia Chronicle

    Full article: http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/in...#ixzz2hBwErOzB
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    KUALA LUMPUR - The silence from Umno leaders over the shocking speech made by Home Minister Zahid Hamidi in Malacca is deafening . Party insiders say their strategists are trying to find a way out for Zahid to "save face", simply because he cannot be allowed to fall.

    One of Umno's 3 vice presidents, Zahid plays a key role in Prime Minister Najib Razak's behind-the-scenes power tussle with former premier Mahathir Mohamad.


    "How many people get to be appointed Home Minister? By allowing him to replace Hishammuddin, Najib has sent a message to the party that he trusts and regards Zahid very highly. It cannot get clearer than this. So forget about getting Zahid sacked or even reprimanded, that just isn't on. This is Umno, we make the 'laws' in this country," a veteran Umno watcher toldMalaysia Chronicle.


    The Umno veteran was referring to the public outrage over Zahid's comments and the growing calls for him to be sacked from the Cabinet. Many Malaysian citizens as well as civil society leaders also want him to be investigated for his speech which they alleged was aimed to drive up Malay hatred for the Chinese and Indians.


    The under-performing Hishammuddin Hussein, who was mentioned by the veteran, is Najib's cousin. Najib, who is also the Umno president, had swapped Hisham out of the Home Ministry into Defense, which had been Zahid's portfolio.


    Saddening

    That Zahid will be allowed to escape unscathed, without his explanation called for, is not really unexpected.


    This despite the Bar Council being the latest to issue a written condemnation of his "appalling speech" and stating clearly that the Home Minister may have committed an offense under the Sedition Act.
    "I urge the Home Minister to look deep within his conscience and retract his position. We are ready to engage with him on the matter of national security. If anything, I am just deeply saddened with his views which have not only tarnished him but has deep ramifications for all Malaysians," Opposition MP for Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah told Malaysia Chronicle in a text message.

    "I am speechless at what the Home Minister said in Malacca. It shows he has no understanding of, or respect for the rule of law. He is supporting police who are trigger happy. I am very disturbed by the shocking racism and racial profiling in his speech which portrayed Malays as victims of all crimes and non-Malays as the perpetrators," former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan told Malaysia Chronicle.


    Huge wave of sympathy votes for Zahid anticipated


    But despite the mountain of serious complaints, Prime Minister Najib Razak is unlikely to take any action that will jeopardize Zahid's chances in the Umno election slated for October 19, as to do so would be akin to Najib slapping his own face.

    According to the Umno watcher, Zahid, Rural affairs minister Shafie Apdal and Hisham have already been "ordained" as the winners by the Najib camp.


    Challengers Mukhriz, who is Mahathir's youngest son, former Malacca chief minister Ali Rustam and Felda chairman Isa Samad will not be able to make it, he added.


    "Even the order in which they will win in terms of the number of votes they get is more or less figured out. It will be Zahid with the most votes, followed by Shafie and Hisham last. Mukhriz, Ali Rustam and Isa will miss the boat," said the Umno watcher.


    "You see the Umno side keeping quiet now. They are waiting for the machine gunfire from the Opposition and the non-Malays to get hotter and then they will start to swing the sentiment back to Zahid. He will surely get a huge amount of sympathy votes for putting his neck on the line for the Malays. He will be Umno's hero. The Malays' hero. In fact, if you think about it, he would be smart to have orchestrated it - no?"

    "Of the 3 incumbents, Zahid is now the shoo-in to win. For the challengers, their only hope is to get the Umno disciplinary board to suspend Zahid for campaigning at an outside event but I don't think they can get past Najib on that. The biggest casualty may be Mukhriz because he has been advancing very strongly. But how to beat Zahid now? However, Hisham is not yet safe, so there's some chance."

    Appalling speech



    In Zahid's 20-minute speech, he boasted to the audience that it was he who rammed through draconian amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act so that the government could protect the Malays from the non-Malays, whom he further alleged were the chief felons and criminals in the country.

    Zahid revealed how he had sought the help of both the Speaker of Parliament and the Secretary to ensure the amendments were passed against the objections from the Opposition.

    Zahid also shocked the nation when he appeared to condone the police shooting at suspects without warning. He said the majority of gangsters were Malaysians of Indian descent, that the victims were mostly Malays and there was therefore nothing wrong in arresting or shooting them.


    He then remarked that a criminal group known as Tiga Line, which has been declared unlawful by his own Ministry, were in actual fact benevolent gangsters and encouraged them to continue with their activities.


    Current Bar Council president Christopher Leong pointed out that the Home Minister had previously promised to produce data and statistics to Parliament and the public to justify his claim that the spike in serious crime was due to the repeal of the Internal Security Act 1960 and the Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969.

    "He has failed to provide an iota of evidence to support his contention. Instead it is reported that he resorted to collusion with the Inspector General of Police and the Minister in charge of parliamentary affairs in the push for the amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959," Christopher said in a statement released to the press.

    "This is extremely worrying and irresponsible conduct by the Home Minister. The Home Minister appears to have overstepped the line and possibly committed an offence under the Sedition Act. The statements by the Home Minister are shameful and have brought the Government and the country into disrepute."


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    The Malaysian Bar is shocked and appalled by recent revelations in the media with respect to what was said by Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Home Minister, at a speech delivered at the Malacca International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh, Melaka, on 5 October 2013.


    The Home Minister was reported to have stated in effect that:-
    (a) the police are to shoot first and ask questions later;
    (b) the recent amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 providing for detention without trial was his own law; and
    (c) in the event there is no evidence or there is insufficient evidence, the suspects would be put away for two years.

    The Home Minister is also reported to have said that the majority of gangsters were Malaysians of Indian descent, that the victims were of another race, and that there was therefore nothing wrong in arresting or shooting them. The Home Minister is further reported to have said that a criminal group known as Tiga Line which has been declared unlawful by the Home Ministry to be benevolent gangsters and had encouraged them to continue with their activities.


    The Malaysian Bar deplores and condemns the statements by the Home Minister because it reveals his complete disregard for the rule of law, his indifference to human rights, and his utter lack of respect for debate and argument in Parliament. His statements could be interpreted to support extra-judicial killings by the Police.


    The Minister’s scant regard for the views of fellow Parliamentarians demonstrates that any talk about considering the views and proposals of others including non-governmental organisations and civil society is a charade.

    It should be remembered that the Home Minister promised to produce data and statistics to Parliament and the public to justify his statement that the spike in serious crime was due to the repeal of the Internal Security Act 1960 and the Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969. He has failed to provide an iota of evidence to support his contention. Instead it is reported that he resorted to collusion with the Inspector General of Police and the Minister in charge of parliamentary affairs in the push for the amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959.


    The Home Minister has also apparently threatened reporters from reporting on what was said at the event in Melaka and gone on to threaten to shut down newspapers. This attempt to silence the media is indicative that he appreciates the wrongness of his statements. It is outrageous for the Home Minister to threaten to use his official position in an attempt to cow the media and shield himself.


    His statement supporting the use of excessive force in dealing with criminals in effect encourages a shoot-to-kill policy. This is extremely worrying and irresponsible conduct by the Home Minister.


    The Home Minister appears to have overstepped the line and possibly committed an offence under the Sedition Act. The statements by the Home Minister are shameful and have brought the Government and the country into disrepute.



    Christopher Leong
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    Malaysian Bar

    8 October 2013
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    The foot is in the mouth ... again

    GUEST COLUMNISTS

    Wednesday, 09 October 2013 admin-s





    I am writing this article from the heart – fully aware of the consequences. I am well aware that a fellow journalist was arrested for "her own protection". I very well know that I could incur the wrath of the Lord and Master. Silence is no longer an option for those who choose to call themselves journalists. For our dignity and pride, we have to stand and say our piece on those who choose to ride roughshod over us.

    R. Nadeswaran, The Sun


    WHEN mobile telephones and their related technology landed on our shores more than two decades ago, they were deemed as "telecommunications equipment" which enabled the people to stay in touch with each other without the need for telephone exchanges, wires and the other trappings of a land line.


    Some of them at that time appeared to be weapons of destruction, one of which was the size and weight of a brick! Over the years, with the advent of modern technology, they have become smaller and have a host of applications.


    The technological advancement has not stopped. What could be classified as an innovation today could become obsolete the next day. Instead of just being used to make calls, the mobile telephone can be used as a camera, a voice recorder and even a video player. And images and voices can be sent out at the press of a button to hundreds of people instantaneously.


    It is because of this that certain countries chose to ban certain brands and applications because of the threat of abuse and for security reasons.


    Many holding positions and those in high office take cognizance of these existing and innocent-looking gadgets and choose to be guarded when speaking in private knowing very well that the mobile telephone has other uses.


    That was perhaps what Home Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi did not take into account or deliberately chose to ignore when he made the threat of closing down newspapers in a speech last Saturday.


    Unknown to him, someone in the audience had made a complete recording of his nonsensical tirade and his innocuous links to a secret society which had been banned by none other than his own ministry.

    That audio recording has now gone viral and no one is paying any heed to his threat and the Chinese Newspaper Editors Association has urged Zahid to retract his threat.

    The threat aside, what was more shocking was his endorsement of the Tiga Line underworld group, calling them his friends and urging them to do what they needed to do.


    Tiga Line, he thundered, weren't thugs and were in fact some form of benevolent gangsters that only turned up at festivals.


    "I tell our Tiga Line friends, do what should be done," he can be heard in the recording, which has now been made available in several internet sites.


    His remarks drew loud cheers from the room, and he took it further by taking a racist line when he declared that Malays were the usual victims.


    "The largest drug dealers are Chinese, the smaller ones are Indians and the users are Malays. In internet gambling, the bosses are Chinese, operators are Indians and patrons are Malays.


    Therefore the victims are Malays," Zahid is heard saying, adding that he is home minister due to Malay support that made him Umno vice-president.


    It is understandable the minister is in the race for a senior party post but to take a racial stance on victims of crime is certainly the bottom of the pits.


    Using crime to pit one race against the other is not acceptable. Crime has no race barrier. Using imagination and not foresight, the minister has chosen to conjure his own reasons without any facts or figures, just to win a few brownie points for the sake of his career and political expediency.


    It is obvious that he has little respect for the law; pays no heed to common sense; lacks good judgment and has no self-esteem by resorting to such levels of disgusting popularity-gaining efforts.


    Besides, the threat to close newspapers goes against the basic grain of the prime minister's promise of easing up on press freedom. What message are we sending out to the people when the minister openly defies and derides the country's No. 1 and his own plans for a fully-developed nation?


    How will the PM face an international audience when a member of his own cabinet makes such unwarranted threats and attacks? How will he be able to defend his policies when renegades start putting their foot in the mouth?


    I am writing this article from the heart – fully aware of the consequences. I am well aware that a fellow journalist was arrested for "her own protection". I very well know that I could incur the wrath of the Lord and Master.


    Silence is no longer an option for those who choose to call themselves journalists. For our dignity and pride, we have to stand and say our piece on those who choose to ride roughshod over us.


    Politicians should no longer be allowed to use journalism as cannon-fodder for their actions or the lack of them. Or for that matter, for political gain and political glory.


    If we want to practise good journalism to serve as the eyes, ears and mouths of fellow Malaysians, we cannot be practitioners with the Sword of Damocles hanging over our heads.


    R. Nadeswaran believes that bullying and threats have to stop to allow journalists to practise their craft. Comments:citizen-nades@thesundaily.com
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