IGP's Xmas hit - You better watch out by Mariam Mokhtar
Monday, December 02, 2013
From Malaysiakini : I am on the waiting-list for membership of the exclusive ‘Sedition
Club Uniting Malaysians’, (SCUM) which has several distinguished members
like Adam Adli, Haris Ibrahim, Tian Chua, Tamrin Ghafar, Safwan Anang
and Zunar. I don’t think many people know the criteria which makes one
eligible for membership.
Who would have realised that a
well-meaning article ‘One Idealogy, Two Reactions’ about the need to be
compassionate to Malaysians, regardless of their political leanings or
social background, would have upset the inspector-general of police
(IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar?
Does Khalid (right) suffer from an inferiority complex or was he under extreme pressure to explain his involvement in the Lahad Datu debacle?
importantly, he wanted to divert attention from the terrible handling
of the Siti Aishah Abdul Wahab story, by the Malaysian government and
himself. They probably thought they would capitalise on the story of
Initially, the Metropolitan police in
England refused to divulge the identity of the Malaysian woman who had
been “freed”, but Khalid jumped the gun and blurted out her name before
the English police were ready to make this public.
Kamar Mahtum and Hishamuddin Rais arrived in London, the IGP was already
boasting about the welcome they would give Aishah on her return, home.
Khalid said she would not be arrested as her “crime” was in the past.
Meanwhile, the women’s minister talked about providing counselling.
was like a couple expecting their first child, preparing the nursery to
receive the baby, except the ‘baby’ - Aishah - refused to come home.
information trickled back to KL, the IGP was probably told that Aishah
had not deviated from her ideology. She had not been enslaved, as was
previously reported. She had no intention of returning to Malaysia. She
was not remorseful, nor did she want to resume ties with the land of her
birth. Sources also allege that the reunion between Kamar and Aishah
was far from cordial.
If Aishah really wanted to flee from her captors, she would have.
Khalid and the government realised, too late, that Aishah had outsmarted them. Aishah did not follow the Umno Baru script.
IGP and Najib Abdul Razak probably wanted to give Aishah a heroine’s
welcome at KLIA. Then, after a six month religious rehabilitation at one
of the indoctrination centres, arrange a photo-shoot of Aishah kissing
Najib’s hand, renouncing her previous ideology, giving up her Marxist
beliefs, and praising Najib’s government as the saviour of her body and
The penny must have dropped as Kamar and Hisham passed
through passport control at Heathrow, on Saturday morning to return
home. So, Khalid had to divert attention from the government’s terrible
handling of the Aishah story. A distraction had to be found. Me! The
rest is history.
A means to intimidate the public?
Khalid, in a moment of madness, lose his judgment and decide to abuse
his position and utilise the publicity machinery of the state, and use
me as a means to intimidate the public?
He was foolish to think I
would be intimidated. Perhaps, he wanted me to be cowed and cower under
the bed, as a certain politician, who was caught in flagrante delicto
in Port Dickson, was alleged to have done.
Khalid believes that
writers for the alternative media write, merely to get hits. They don’t!
One would like to ask the IGP if his men have been given orders to use
their weapons, just to score hits, on their victims?
understand that one of the reasons the mainstream media is failing the
public is because they are economical with the truth. They manipulate
facts and tell lies to incite hatred.
If Khalid were to talk to former Utusan journalists,
he would learn many painful truths. Those who joined the exodus, in
2007, have alleged that their wages have not been paid. Another
journalist alleges that the paper is losing money, because Umno Baru
takes out full page advertisements in Utusan, and then fails to pay the paper.
loses revenue, and Najib, the president of Umno Baru knows that the
party is bankrupt. So, he urges the government-linked companies (GLCs)
to place advertisements in Utusan Malaysia.
is to continue informing the public and stimulate them to ask questions
of their parliamentarians and people in positions of responsibility,
like the IGP. What are Khalid’s good points? People have lost faith in
the police because of leaders like Khalid.
One would have
thought that Khalid would have understood the nuances of my article.
Surely, someone could have explained them to him, before he was allowed
to shoot his mouth off.
It was Khalid who incorrectly mentioned
race as the reason for the different treatments meted out to Chin Peng
and Aishah. Perhaps, he would like to tell us why the dead Malaysian
terrorists like Dr Azahari Hussein and Noordin Mat Top, the masterminds
of the Jakarta and Bali bombings, were allegedly given the VIP
treatment? Not many dead Malaysians would be returned to Malaysia at the
taxpayer’s expense, in an RMAF transport.
Khalid warned me via a Bernama report that, “She (Mariam Mokhtar) had better watch out...”
his failings, we should praise Khalid for his ‘1Malaysia’ spirit.
During his visit to multicultural and predominantly Christian Sabah, he
has kicked off the Christmas season with the classic song ‘You’d better
watch out’. Most readers may know it by its original title, ‘Santa Claus
is coming to town’. A Malaysian makeover
apologies to the original songwriters, J Fred Coots and Haven
Gillespie, whose song made its debut in 1934, I have given the song a
Malaysian makeover, and substituted the words ‘Santa Claus’ with ‘The
The older generation may recall Fred Astaire, Dean Martin
or Frank Sinatra singing this song. Khalid and younger Malaysians may
prefer Miley Cyrus’ catchy rendition on YouTube.
Oh! You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I'm telling you why: The IGP is coming to town!
He’s making a list, He's checking it twice, Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. The IGP is coming to town!
He sees you when you’re sleeping, He knows when you're awake. He knows when you've been bad or good, So be good for goodness sake!
So...You better watch out, You better not cry You better not pout, I’m telling you why. The IGP is coming to town.
Who knows? The Khalid inspired song, ‘You Better Watch Out’, may prove to be this year’s Christmas hit.
was wrong to attack and intimidate members of the rakyat. This
harassment should be our catalyst for real, meaningful change. It is
Khalid and Umno Baru who had better watch out! MARIAM MOKHTAR
is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the Green Bean Army
and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation (PLO).