History has shown that DAP can work with 'ketuanan' system - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, May 06, 2021
Malaysiakini : If a political party does not have its foundation in the
determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then
it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower
| DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke made a couple of strange points
in the press recently. He said: "The debate on the direction of DAP is
small and concerns only party members” and “While we are pluralistic in
our thinking, we have never said that we must give up our cultural
Both these points are part of a larger narrative that has plagued the DAP for decades and are the talking points of Malay uber alles political operatives.
the direction of the DAP does not only concern party members but should
be of concern to all Malaysians. How DAP’s internal politics and how
members vote will determine the kind of political party that non-Malays -
and let us be honest, non-Malays are the DAP’s base - would be asked to
The internal politics of the DAP would not be an issue
if whoever led the DAP subscribed to the foundational ideas of the DAP
instead of the propaganda and toxicity that has replaced such ideas and
Therein lies the rub. The foundational ideas of the
DAP and such ideas that were once promulgated by the old warhorses of
the DAP, which Lim Kit Siang is perhaps the best example of, are no
longer considered sacrosanct in the DAP.
It became about the
vacuity of saving Malaysia, 1MDB and ejecting kleptocrats by working
with political operatives who the DAP once accused of being the biggest
thieves in the country. Blame shifting has replaced self-reflection any
time the DAP is at a crossroads.
DAP's Honest Broker
I have no idea what “cultural roots” means? Is it the “Chineseness”
that Ronnie Liu was admonished for and how do these cultural roots jive
with the Bangsa Malaysia malarkey that a certain section of the DAP
likes to go on about?
These two points neatly fold into what Umno
veteran Shahrir Abdul Samad said about the DAP not having a history of
working well with “conservatives” because the DAP is intent on pushing
secular values. Now, it is pointless quibbling when politicians use
terminology and concepts that they are not familiar with.
about the terminology for a minute, but what Shahrir said is factually
wrong. The DAP has a history of kowtowing to Malay power brokers and
mixing politics with religion.
They have political operatives who
use their faith as the foundation of their political beliefs and use
religious talking points while campaigning or rejecting egalitarian
policies when it comes to LGBTQ rights, for example, and pandering to
religious policies all the while admonishing the base for rejecting such
policies (in the name of compromise) because, at one time, the DAP
rejected them too.
The reality is that DAP has bent over backwards
to support pro-Islamic and pro-Malay policies, not to mention pro-Malay
political operatives, all while being subject to the anti-Islam and
anti-Malay propaganda that they should have tackled decades ago, instead
of playing the victim card while engaging in the same behaviour they
accuse the MCA of.
I would argue that Umno's propaganda that DAP
is "anti-Malay" and "anti-Islam" was beneficial to the DAP because
non-Malays flocked to their banner under the mistaken impression that
secularism and egalitarianism were the bedrock on which DAP pursued
This is why no matter what the DAP does, no matter
how much they bend over for the Malay political establishment, it will
never be enough. This is why we have these tensions within the DAP. The
identity politics in the DAP, like most forms of such politics, is
Why? For years, the DAP demonised the MCA for colluding with the “ketuanan types”, only to practice the same kind of power-sharing when it was their turn in the hot seat, however briefly.
DAP set the bar so high that any attempt to navigate through the
corridors of Malay power were futile because the folks who voted for the
DAP as a “secular” alternative to the race-based power-sharing model,
become disappointed by the way how DAP fit so snugly into the role they
politicised for decades.
2012, when debating with MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek, DAP
secretary-general Lim Guan Eng claimed: “We should not bow to fate and
have the right to equality. We should not kneel and beg. We should be
brave enough to stand and ask for it.”
Now, remember those words
the old maverick said when defending his Malay bona fides: "We still
have to give them, but what we gave to them was very small (compared to
what the Malays got). But we could not say it then because then the
Chinese would be angry."
Or remember the time when Lim arrogantly
told MCA that its time was up, totally oblivious to the reality that his
government was funding Malay-only institutions, the religious
bureaucracy and Malay-only outreach programmes.
And he, as then
finance minister - a castrated finance minister - was feuding about
giving spare change (compared to what was given to assuage Malay
grievances) to a Chinese educational institution.
politics is part and parcel of the democratic process and the expression
of which takes many forms. What is detrimental to the democratic
process is when political parties do not stand for anything but engage
in personality politics and single-issue campaigns to gin up the base.
is all this talk of not going at it alone, but this is a strawman.
Nobody is asking for the DAP to go at it alone. What the base wants,
what they should want, is a party that, at the very least, attempts to
conform to principles that could very well save this country, instead of
pandering to political structures and all the while gaslighting its
All these issues get conflated and
then expressed as ideas of race (Chineseness) and personality politics
(the anti-Lim movement) and what we end up with is a DAP which is
defined by its political opponents and not by its secular and
Hamid Bador had nothing under control - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, May 03, 2021
Malaysiakini : “It is all under control; I know who they are and what they are doing and I will take action.” – Abdul Hamid Bador
| You have to give it to Abdul Hamid Bador, he is going out with a
bang. You have to wonder - with the way the PDRM is conducting business
these days and investigating certain people who exercise free speech -
if the former inspector-general of police will be on the PDRM’s manure
I have no idea why people would even ask what Hamid’s
motives are for spilling the beans at this moment. What an absurd
we have the top cop of the country attacking the political apparatus,
making allegations against the home minister and political frogs,
questioning the legality of the appointment of his successor and some
people think that the big takeaways are his motives?
to think he is revealing all now because he ”…. was busy trying to fix
internal issues”, but the fact that he held a press conference of this
nature is evidence of his failures. When he first talked about the
“cartel” which was out to topple him, he reassured everyone that he
could handle them.
Read his statements here,
where he said that he was going to handle the problems in the house and
that there was no need for an RCI (royal commission of inquiry), as if
the state security apparatus was exempt from public scrutiny and legal
processes - "I have explained it, that it is within my control. Why I
shared this issue with the public is because I want the public to know
that I know what they know (about issues plaguing the force)."
is not for the IGP of this country to “handle” a group of rogue cops out
to topple him and in the process engage in possibly criminal
The fact that de facto Law Minister Takiyuddin
Hassan publicly stated that these allegations should be handled “in
house” is also the kind of political interference that the IGP has
railed against before - but now seems to think is an acceptable outcome
for rogue police officers whom he claims he wants off the force.
collusion between the state security apparatus and the political
apparatus as an extension of political power is not new, of course.
Hamid laments the power-hungry nature of certain political operatives,
the interference of the political apparatus which oftentimes undermines
the manner in which the security apparatus discharges its duties is
actually mainstream in this country.
What Hamid did was merely
confirm – and yes I give him credit for that, whatever his motives –
that the political apparatus is aligning itself with state security
personnel for mutual gain. Nobody says “our boy” without the underlying
understanding that profit (political or otherwise) and cooperation, are
the foundation of such promotions.
You can bet that “our boy”
would be more amenable to anything the political class wanted and all
these pesky talks about independent police commission and any form of
public accountability would be thrown out the window. In other words,
what the rakyat are left with is a political apparatus and a state
security apparatus, which are beyond political and public oversight.
what you like about Hamid, but at least he entertained such ideas. The
PDRM these days seems more interested in going after someone for causing
animosity between the police and the public, which is strange because
the public has always been sceptical of the PDRM, even more than they
are of the political class.
Police corruption was not something
Hamid was afraid to talk about and this put him far ahead of other
police potentates who ignored the issue or scapegoated an entire
community, like the Terengganu police chief did with his ideas of race and crime.
rightly raised the issue of corruption in the police force and he does
deserve credit for doing more walking than talking when it came to this
But of course, the beast (system) was more than Hamid
could contend with. Either he overestimated his influence or
underestimated his adversaries.
Not that the nature of the beast
was hidden. When two high-ranking and retired state security personnel
wage a very public war accusing each other of corruption and
malfeasance, you have to wonder whether it is a miracle that this
country did not become one of Donald Trump’s "shit hole" countries a
long time ago.
What we were witness to was the power play that
went on between two former high-ranking police officers, which no doubt
crossed from the bureaucratic to criminal, if the allegations and
counter-allegations are to be believed.
It also highlights
the shadowy nexus between organised crime and law enforcement with
added racial overtones, which is naturally par for the course in this
Hamid has in past pressers made allegations of
former senior officers, including former police chiefs, engaged in acts
that destabilise the integrity of the police force. All this is a matter
of public record.
The public has a right to know what
exactly is going on and the measures being taken to correct the systemic
dysfunction in the state security apparatus.
the public knows that nothing will ever come of these allegations. We
have a history of not doing anything and for handling things "in-house".
is the milieu political, racial and religious that Hamid was operating
in, and we are to believe he wanted to reform. The fact is that whatever
political plays he made in service of those goals failed.
And yes, when you are the IGP, politics plays a very big part in the job. It is the same in any functional democracy.
problem is that we were a dysfunctional democracy, and now, because the
PN government does not think we need to resume Parliament anytime soon,
we are not even a democracy.
As for his comments on the Indira
Gandhi case, blaming NGOs for the lack of will on the part of the PDRM,
is laughable, but I suppose par for the course when it comes to the
racial and religious dynamics at play.
Ultimately, Hamid could not tame the beast and now he shouts impotently at it, while out of time.
For Israel, It’s Time to Recognize the Armenian Genocide
Saturday, May 01, 2021
Jihad Watch : The recognition by the United States of the Armenian Genocide now
puts more pressure on those nations that have yet to do so, and
especially on Israel, that has until now refused, for reasons of
misplaced — and increasingly nonsensical — realpolitik.
A report on why
Israel has for so long refused to recognize the first genocide of the
20th century, and the moral cost of that refusal, is here: “Why has
Israel not yet recognized the Armenian Genocide?,” by Jeremy Sharon, Jerusalem Post, April 25, 2021.
The mass murder of an estimated 1.5 million
Armenians from 1915 to 1917 by the regime of the Young Turks in Turkey
is widely seen as the first genocide of the 20th century.
It is also an event that has for long pricked at the
conscience of the Jewish people, which suffered the horrors of the
Holocaust, the worst genocide of the 20th century and of modern times.
Despite the mutual experience of genocide, the State of
Israel, ever since its founding, has shied away from recognizing the
Armenian experience, a state of affairs that activists decry but others
assert has been and continues to be a necessary aspect of the Jewish
state’s delicate diplomatic and security position….
A few hours after this report was published at the Jerusalem Post, Joe Biden did recognize the genocide, which the U.S., and Israel, too, ought to have recognized many years ago.
ONE MAN who has struggled for decades to advance
this cause is Prof. Israel Charny, whose new book, Israel’s Failed
Response to the Armenian Genocide, details how and why the Jewish state
has refrained from acknowledging the atrocities as genocide.
The genocide itself was preceded by a failed Turkish assault
during the First World War against Russian forces to its east, and
Turkey’s attempts to capture the Azeri city of Baku.
The Young Turk regime subsequently blamed Armenians in
eastern Anatolia for betraying Turkey and accused them of being a fifth
column in the country seeking independence.
As a result, Armenian soldiers in the Turkish army were
disarmed and then systematically murdered by Turkish troops, and
irregular forces then began committing massacres of Armenian civilians.
proximate cause of the Armenian genocide from 1915 to 1917 was Turkish
fury at having failed to prevail over the Russians in World War I, and
the scapegoat was easy to find: the Ottoman Empire’s Armenian minority.
But it did not take a defeat in a war to let loose the hatred of the
Muslim Turks for the Christian Armenians. Already, between 1894 and
1896, there were the Hamidian massacres of up to 300,000 Armenians, who
were killed because some of them had dared to protest their treatment by
the government of Abdul Hamid II. Other Christians, too, were the
victims of the Turks at the same time, for no other reason than that
they were Christians: at Diyarbakir, 25,000 Assyrians were slaughtered
along with Armenians. The Turks did not need much of a reason in 1894,
or in 1915, to start mass-murdering Armenians, and what we carelessly
describe as a “cause” of the Armenian genocide ought to be called more
accurately an “excuse” for those killings.
In May 1915 the Turkish parliament authorized
mass deportations of Armenians from eastern Turkey to the south,
alleging their presence was a national security threat, and under the
oversight of civil and military officials, hundreds of thousands of
Armenian citizens were then marched to desert concentration camps.
Many were massacred along the way while others died from starvation and dehydration in the Syrian desert….
More than a century has passed since that genocide of 1915-1917, and
Turkey continues its policy of denying it, claiming that the numbers of
dead have been greatly inflated, that many of the Armenians who died
were killed by typhus and other diseases, that others died in pitched
battles between Armenian and Turkish soldiers.
Turkey has threatened to
reduce cooperation, and to downgrade or cut altogether diplomatic
relations with, any country that recognizes the genocide. It has been
quite successful in that effort: only in 2001 did France, despite its
large Armenian population, recognize the genocide, nor did the Soviet
Union, despite having Armenian SSR as one of its constituent republics,
until the Russian Duma did so in 1995, nor did the United States, with a
large and politically active Armenian population, until 2021.
are 32 countries that have recognized the genocide. Many of them,
weighing the likely consequences of a worsening of relations with
Turkey, took a long while to do so.
But now, with the momentous American
recognition, a diplomatic dam has burst and one can expect another
dozen states to soon follow suit.
Sedition probe against Fahmi Reza result of broken Harapan promise - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, April 26, 2021
Malaysiakini : "In fact, they were all justifying the use of the Sedition Act and now we pay the same price again.” - Former Malaysian Bar president K Ragunath.
COMMENT | When I see all these activists chanting
“Free Fahmi” and “Political satire is not a crime”, all I can do is
shrug. Well, yeah kids, it is a crime here in Malaysia and you know that
when Pakatan Harapan had a chance to ditch such laws, they chose not
It is convenient to blame the Perikatan Nasional (PN)
government for problems this country faces, but when Harapan promised
solutions to these problems, they never delivered. As always,
blame-shifting and deflection will define how Harapan handles issues
is pointless laying the blame on PN because, ultimately, it was
Harapan’s responsibility to repeal these laws because, for the Malay uber alles government, sedition laws were always tools in their box of dirty tricks.
only did Harapan throw free speech advocates under the bus, never mind
the citizens of Malaysia, who think that such issues are important, they
were toying with the idea of ditching the sedition law, but replacing
it with another. One form of repression for another. Is this the best
Harapan has to offer?
When Ronnie Liu was hauled up by the then
Harapan state under sedition laws for posting pictures of Thais
protesting against the Thai monarchy, you have to wonder, if Harapan
could have prevented this by repealing such laws.
But wait, under Harapan, a woman’s march was investigated under sedition laws, then there was the preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin and of course who could forget the persecution of Fadiah Nadwa Fikri.
Keep in mind that these are the stories that made the news cycles. Meanwhile, the Harapan state was also considering
laws that would make news portals responsible for readers comments,
which was taking the stifling freedom of speech to a whole new level.
better believe that these issues are important to me because, in
countless pieces, I have been warning that these laws that Harapan
chooses to waffle on will come back and bite them on their behinds, but
more importantly, the average rakyat who does not have the luxury of
being politically connected, or have a social media presence, will feel
the full brunt of these laws when speaking up on issues that affect
These laws are enacted to muzzle the public but,
more importantly, are vital tools in the “fear box” to remind the public
that whatever they say or do against the state is always under
You can never tell what you say or do is seditious or
illegal because these laws are there for the convenience of the ruling
elite, rather than any kind of traditional normative values or reasoning
of a functional democracy.
So, of course, when Harapan was in
power, there was all this waffling because suddenly they realised that
having these instruments makes it easier to restrict dissent. This is
why the world's smallest violin was playing – at least in my mind – when
Amanah vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa questioned why he was being investigated under the Sedition Act for questioning the legitimacy of the current prime minister.
Lawyer Syahredzan Johan, who is also the political secretary to Lim Kit Siang, said in 2015:
"We are saying that we have certain principles that we adhere to as a
democracy. Freedom of speech and expression is part of our DNA, so we
hold on to these values. If we don't say something because we are afraid
they will come after us, then we are saying that these values are not
that important to us. Do we want to be the kind of society that allows
the authorities to do as they please because we fear getting into
To be fair to Syahredzan, he was always on the side
that wanted these laws abolished and he was sceptical of tinkering with
the reality is these laws were used on the opposition and activists for
years and those same people who felt the oppression of these laws chose
instead to commit to some sort of political pacts with fascists instead
of their commitment to repealing such laws.
When P Waytha Moorthy,
then minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said this in 2019 –
"However, I do agree that there are elements within the Sedition Act
which should remain, which I believe may be applied in the Penal Code
and so on." – you have to wonder exactly what other pernicious laws
that Harapan political operatives thought beneficial to them when they
were in charge.
This would make their rejection of these laws
hypocritical because when in power they suddenly see the benefit of such
instruments, just not when the other party uses these laws.
course in typical wonky Harapan thinking, RSN Rayer (Harapan-Jelutong)
said this: "Is there a proposal, before repealing the Sedition Act, to
enact a new law that keeps the aspiration of the Sedition Act while
ensuring that it cannot be abused?" This is absurd because the
aspiration of such laws is, as Syahredzan rightly pointed out in 2015,
is to "imprison the minds of citizens" and as such, abuse is the very
definition of such laws.
If you really want to see the kind of
legalese that the Harapan state was engaging in, you should read the
spat between lawyers for Wan Ji and the Attorney-General's Chambers. In
the same article, then AG Tommy Thomas said:
"Upon assuming office on June 2018, I decided, with regard to
alternative laws in our statute books (including provisions in the Penal
Code), to only turn to Sedition Act as a measure of last resort.”
have no doubt that problems like these will continue to boil over, and
tragically it will be lost on many that Harapan had the solutions but
failed to implement them.
Germany: Muslim migrant murders man, police protect the perpetrator and harass the victim’s father
Friday, April 23, 2021
Marcus Hempel and Karsten Hempel
Jihad Watch : “A scandal,” says Hempel. Although he was the victim of a violent
crime as the father of a murdered child, he was “treated like a
perpetrator” – and the real perpetrator Sabri H. was “classified as a
“Police scandal: Syrian kills 30-year-old – then police persecute the
victim’s father,” translated from “Polizei-Skandal: Syrer tötet
30-Jährigen – dann verfolgt Polizei Vater des Opfers,” by Göran
Schattauer, Focus, April 15, 2021 (thanks to Medforth):
In 2017, a young Syrian killed the son of Karsten Hempel
(56) in Saxony-Anhalt. After the perpetrator was sentenced to probation,
the police prosecuted the victim’s father for alleged plans for
revenge. According to FOCUS-Online research, the investigators used
illegal methods. Hempel calls for clarification.
A new police scandal is looming in Saxony-Anhalt. According to
research by FOCUS Online, the Dessau-Roßlau police inspection tried to
protect a convicted violent criminal from Syria and took illegal
measures against a German father whose son had been killed by the
Syrian. Police suspect that the victim’s father has plans to revenge against Syrians
Specifically, it is about a “threat approach” to the 56-year-old
Karsten Hempel from Wittenberg. The resource is usually used by
right-wing extremists, Islamists or hooligans in order to dissuade them
from potential acts of violence at an early stage. Hempel’s case was
about alleged plans for revenge against the now 21-year-old Syrian Sabri
Background: On September 29, 2017, the then-17-year-old Sabri H. had
an argument with Hempel’s son Marcus, right in front of a shopping
center in Wittenberg. Sabri H. struck him with his fist, the 30-year-old
victim fell and died a little later from his head injuries. The wound
on the lower jaw was caused by a blow that was “carried out with
considerable force,” noted the forensic doctors in the autopsy report.
Verdict against Sabri H .: two years probation. Sabri H. was convicted for the brutal act in March 2020. Not for
murder, not for manslaughter, but for “bodily harm resulting in death.”
Two years probation, plus 120 hours of work – the juvenile criminal
chamber at the Magdeburg District Court considered this to be
appropriate. So Sabri H. stayed at large. And he still is today.
At the end of 2020, the police said they had verbally received an
informant’s tip that Karsten Hempel wanted to take revenge for the death
of his son and wanted to do violence to Sabri H. To this day, the
father vehemently denies the alleged plans. “Dangerous speech”: Police officers came straight into the office
Nevertheless, two criminal investigators visited him in December 2020
at his place of work and held a “threat approach.” Hempel, who works as
a construction manager, found himself pushed into the role of a
criminal. His colleagues witnessed the strange situation, even if the
actual conversation took place in a separate room.
The aim of the visit was to “prevent disruptions to public security
and order,” said the police. Hempel should refrain from “commissioning
or inciting persons” to “harm Sabri H.’s health or threaten him.” He,
too, should refrain from acts of revenge. If he did, he was threatened
with “further security measures,” including imprisonment. Karsten Hempel: Memories of gloomy GDR times
Hempel couldn’t believe his ears and was reminded of the darkest
conditions of the GDR (East Germany). “I thought the Stasi method had
ended 30 years ago,” he told officials. It was common practice in the
East that the state reacted to unfounded denunciations from citizens and
thus plunged innocent people into misfortune. But in a democratic
constitutional state? When asked who the whistleblower was, Hempel
received no answer.
However, the 56-year-old had suspicions. He assumed that the “tip”
came from the circle of the convicted violent criminal Sabri H. – or
even from the Syrian himself. Because it is true that father Hempel
sought contact with Sabri H. in the aftermath of the criminal
proceedings in order to inform him that he intended to have him
prosecuted under civil law – with success. Civil lawsuit against Sabri H .: More than 25,000 euros for father
A civil chamber of the Dessau-Roßlau regional court sentenced Sabri
H. in July 2020 to reimburse Hempel for all damage he suffered “from the
killing of his son.” Specifically, the court awarded him 20,000 euros
for survivors’ benefits and 5300 euros for legal fees. The sums
stipulated in the default judgment are “enforceable” according to the
Karsten Hempel’s attempt to have the money due to him seized failed.
At the beginning of December 2020, Sabri H. claimed to a bailiff that he
had no savings, furniture or other valuables.
He also stated that he did not live at his regular registered
address, but with a friend’s family. According to the probation order,
he would have had to report this “move” to the Magdeburg district court,
which he had not done. Karsten Hempel’s lawyer then asked the public
prosecutor to investigate a possible violation of the probation
Hempel filed a criminal complaint for “false suspicion” It is obvious that Sabri H. felt disturbed by Karsten Hempel’s
legitimate research. The fact is: at some point the State Criminal
Police Office of Saxony-Anhalt received the information that father
Hempel supposedly wanted to take violent revenge on the Syrian.
Immediately afterwards there was the “threat approach.”
Hempel did not want to accept the unfounded and from his point of
view illegal police measure. He lodged an objection and filed a criminal
complaint against unknown persons – for “false suspicion, defamation
and pretending to be a criminal offense.” Police admit mistake: measure was “illegal”
According to information from FOCUS Online, the father’s fight was
worth it: the police had to officially admit the mistake. By decision of
March 1, 2021, the Dessau-Roßlau police station informed Karsten Hempel
that the police measure against him was “unlawful” and therefore “will
The reason given in the letter was that “there was no evidence of a
sufficiently specific risk situation in the present case.” Thus, “the
prerequisite for issuing a prohibition order (addressing the person
causing the risk) was not met.” Internal police mails: “Get a cow off the ice”
From internal police e-mails FOCUS Online, it emerges that those
responsible were aware of the legal problems early on. The Head of Legal
/ Personnel at the Dessau-Roßlau Police Inspection noted that one
should “bake very small rolls” and try to “get the cow off the ice” as
quickly as possible. In their assessment, the addressing of the threats
went “far beyond what is permissible in this context.”
Another letter states that at the time the threat was addressed,
there was “no sufficient probability that damage to … Mr. Sabri H. will
occur in the foreseeable future, which would be attributable to the
appellant (Hempel).” “A scandal”: father feels treated like a criminal
Putting it plainly, the police in Saxony-Anhalt never had a reliable
suspicion against Karsten Hempel. Just because of a completely
unsubstantiated “informant tip,” he was accused of plans for vigilante
justice – and he was subjected to an illegal measure. “A scandal,” says
Hempel. Although he was the victim of a violent crime as the father of a
murdered child, he was “treated like a perpetrator” – and the real
perpetrator Sabri H. was “classified as a victim.”
The 56-year-old emphasized to FOCUS Online that it was always about
law and justice, not revenge. That is why he is not satisfied with the
police’s withdrawal notice. He wants to see the entire investigation
file on his case, including the sections that have been blacked out so
far. Lawyer: If necessary, action for unredacted files
There, Hempel suspects, the police noted the name of the “informant.”
Hempel’s lawyer has already informed the investigators that his client
is entitled to “learn about horse and rider.”
If necessary, the complete
files will be “sued for at the administrative court.”
The sexual predators whom we call school administrators by Mariam Mokhtar
Malaysiakini: COMMENT | The latest menstrual "period check" scandal
is nothing more than control of women and state-sanctioned sexual
harassment against them. It has nothing to do with religion or school
So, how much more of this sexual abuse will
the Malay community tolerate? How much more public humiliation and
mental torture can the Malay woman accept? Her shoulders may be broad,
her patience may be as good as any saint's, and her temper kept in
check, but perhaps, the time has come for her to be more proactive and more vocal about the abuses against her peers.
"period checks" being conducted on schoolgirls to see if they are
really menstruating has nothing to do with religion. In Islam, a
menstruating woman is not allowed to perform the ritual prayer, nor to
fast. The religion does not force checks
on people to see what is stopping them from praying. It does not force
you to pray if you do not want to. It does not encourage others to pry
into your affairs.
this begs the question, does the perpetrator really know Islam? Or are
the perpetrators using religion to play out their sexual fantasies?
to see if the girls are wearing sanitary pads or having their panties
checked is nothing more than sexual harassment. Snide comments, such as
"Are you desperate for a penis?", were allegedly reserved for the girl
who did not use sanitary pads but preferred tampons. Have some Malays
lost their self-respect?
Why do we allow sexual predators to run
wild in our schools? The chances of them being found out are low and
they are probably never punished, even if they are exposed. It has taken
20 years for this scandal to be revealed.
The menstrual period check does not seem to be an isolated incident because the reports came from former pupils from a wide range
of schools, races and religions. Both boys and girls were subjected to
humiliation. Some boys alleged that their genitals were groped to see if
they were hiding mobile phones. The practice continues today.
is unlikely that officers in the Education Department were oblivious to
the workings of the schools. They must have been aware of this
abhorrent practice. The ministers may not have been aware of these
period checks, but the school heads must. Did they think it was right?
If they did, one wonders what sort of other abuses go on under their
Do the teachers who took part in the period checks not
realise that they are wrong? If that were the case, how badly educated
are our teachers when they cannot differentiate between right and wrong.
How well do they understand their religion - Islam?
period checks part of an unwritten SOP, or is something concrete written
in the manuals held at the ministry? How widespread is the practice of
period checks in government or Mara schools? What about the unregulated
tahfiz and religious schools? What other sexual abuses do they get up
If we had sex education
in schools and proper religious education, these things may not have
happened. Girls would be better informed. Still, many of these girls
realise that it was sexual harassment.
a Penangite and a former director of social services in a London
borough with many years of working with troubled youths, said, "It's
unbelievable that any person or any institution could sanction a
religious diktat which allows the gathering of evidence by frisking
“This is an institutional abuse of children
in public and a crime against young people. (In UK) if girls were to
report this to social services, it would be investigated. If it goes on
in British establishments, inspectors would come in, close it down if
evidence came out. If there is strong evidence, it would become a
criminal case. Such practices are not tolerated in Britain. It’s a
The fear and shame of public groping and show of panties
force some schoolgirls to break the taboo of prayer whilst menstruating.
One man who condoned period checks tweeted, "How else are you
going to check if girls are menstruating or not?" Are period checks a
common aspect of Malay family life, in this new era of Islamicisation?
education in schools needs an overhaul. Will the Education and
Religious Affairs ministers scrutinise what is being taught? What is the
quality of our teachers?
Will the period checks in Malaysian
schools be stopped? Will the ministries of Women, Family & Community
Development, and Education act immediately to protect our girls? Will
the perpetrators be brought to justice?
the ministers silent about the period check? One wonders if anything
will come from this latest scandal. When religion is involved, the
authorities are impotent.
As Muslim Who Killed Jewish Woman Won’t Be Tried, Macron Promises to Change Law on Criminal Responsibility
Jihad Watch : The killer of Sarah Halimi will not be tried for murder. He’ll spend a
short time in a mental institution, treated for his cannabis use, that
supposedly led to a “psychotic episode” during which he killed Halimi,
and then be set free.
This decision by the Cour de Cassation, France’s
highest court of appeals, to not bring Kobili Traoré, the Muslim
murderer of Halimi, to trial because he had been under the influence of
marijuana when he beat her nearly to death and then threw her out of the
window of her Paris apartment, has provoked indignation and fury among
French Jews and many non-Jews.
According to Traoré, he had been troubled
by Ms. Halimi’s mezuzah, which “amplified the frantic outburst of
hate,” according to one psychiatric report. But the Court noted in its
ruling that under French law, “a person is not criminally responsible if
suffering, at the time of the event, from psychic or neuropsychic
disturbance that has eliminated all discernment or control” over the
French President Macron was quick to express his own indignation, and
his intention to have that law relied on changed. His response is
reported on here: “French President Macron Seeks to Reassure Angry,
Disappointed Jewish Community After Top Court Decides Against Trial of
Accused Antisemitic Killer,” by Ben Cohen, Algemeiner, April 19, 2021:
French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a change
in his country’s laws on criminal responsibility, following last week’s
decision by France’s highest appeal court to excuse from trial the
accused antisemitic murderer of a Jewish woman on the ground that his
intake of cannabis supposedly rendered him temporarily insane on the
night of the killing.
Speaking to the newspaper Le Figaro on Sunday, the French
president was asked about last Wednesday’s decision by the Court of
Cassation not to try Kobili Traoré for the brutal murder of Sarah Halimi
in April 2017. The court argued that since Traore had imbibed what it
termed an “acute delirious puff” on a marijuana joint that eliminated
his “discernment” — or self-awareness — he could not “be judged
criminally even when his mental state was caused by the regular
consumption of drugs.” Macron argued that the use of narcotics should not be a reason to remove the criminal liability of an offender.
In American law, a defendant charged with the use of narcotics or
alcohol before committing a crime does not remove or limit criminal
liability; if anything, it is likely to increase the punishment.
What we know about the killing is that it was an antisemitic crime:
Sarah Halimi was Jewish, and her killer knew that. He hated Jews. He
identified her with “Shaytan” (Satan).
She was the only Jewish person in
the entire apartment complex. That was all her killer needed to know
about her. Had she not been Jewish, he would not have murdered her. He
was particularly enraged, remember, by the sight of her mezuzah. He had
grown up, as a devout Muslim, taught to hate Jews. He knew about the
from his holy book, the Qur’an. As Robert Spencer notes, “the Qur’an
depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the
wellbeing of the Muslims. All about Jew Hatred here....................
Traoré was both a drug dealer and a habitual user of cannabis. He
was, in other words, used to it. He led the life of a normal criminal
and welfare crook, battening on all the benefits the French welfare
state lavishes on its migrant population, so many of whom are Muslim.
received free or highly subsidized housing, free medical care, free
education (not that education mattered to Kobili Traoré; he left school
as soon as it was legally possible), and welfare payments.
his revenues by drug dealing. The day he killed Sarah Halimi, he had
smoked marijuana, as he did most days. He was angry after a family
dispute, and went looking for someone to take it out on. Whom to blame
for that dispute and every other aspect of his wretched existence?
Certainly not himself.
Of course: Jews, they were to blame for his
Muslim misery. They were the worst, they were the enemy, they were of
the party of Satan. He knew that Sarah Halimi was the single Jew who
lived in the building. Traoré displayed not “temporary insanity,” but
malice aforethought, as he cunningly managed to gain entry to her
apartment. He first entered the apartment next to hers, frightening its
inhabitants to hide in a bedroom, then climbed through one of that
apartment’s windows onto the balcony, and from the outside entered
another window giving onto Sarah Halimi’s apartment.
He wasn’t mentally
ill, but consumed with an antisemitic hate, a hate that the Qur’an
inculcated. Sarah Halimi was a Jew; she placed that mezuzah beside her
front door – how dare she? – that so infuriated Traoré. She was, like
all Jews, the “greatest in enmity” to the Muslims. While beating her
Traoré could be heard uttering the Muslim supremacist war-cry of “Allahu
akbar” (“Our god is greater than yours”), and he declared after her
defenestration that “I have killed Shaitan (Satan).”
There are many such
murders of non-Muslims — Jews, Christians, Hindus — by Muslims
following what they believe are Muslim teachings; no one thinks of
charging them with “temporary insanity.”
“Deciding to take narcotics and then going ‘like
crazy’ should not in my eyes remove your criminal responsibility,”
Macron stated during the interview. “On this subject, I would like the
Minister of Justice to present a change in the law as soon as possible.”
Macron also sought to reassure France’s Jewish community that
they had his understanding and sympathy. Jewish leaders reacted
furiously to the court’s decision, with Francis Kalifat — president of
Jewish representative body CRIF — tweeting, “now in our country, we can
torture and kill Jews with impunity.”
“It is not for me to comment on a court decision, but I would
like to tell the family, relatives of the victim and all our fellow
citizens of the Jewish faith who were awaiting this trial, my warm
support and the determination of the Republic to protect them,” Macron
said. “In the Republic, we do not judge citizens who are sick and no
longer have discernment, we treat them. But deciding to take drugs and
then becoming ‘like crazy’ should not in my eyes remove your criminal
During a visit to Israel in Jan. 2020, one month after a lower court
deemed that Traoré was unfit for trial, Macron told a group of French
Jews in Jerusalem that when it came to the Halimi case, “the need for a
trial is there.” This remark earned him the rebuke of the Court of Cassation’s top
officials, who reminded Macron that “the independence of the judiciary
is an essential condition for the functioning of democracy.”
In a separate development on Monday, Sarah Halimi’s brother confirmed
that lawyers for the family would try to appeal the case before the
European Court of Human Rights. “I will continue fighting, our family will continue fighting,” William Attal said in an interview with broadcaster I-24.
It was not smoking cannabis – which was a regular part of his
routine, and he was long inured to being high — that led Kobili Traoré,
upset about a family quarrel, to quite deliberately seek out Sarah
Halimi. This wasn’t a sudden crazed outburst. There was calculation;
there was malice aforethought. Once inside, he proceeded to beat her and
then to throw her out the third-floor window.
This was not the act of a
brain-addled “temporarily insane” drug addict. There was calculation in
gaining entry to her apartment, there was malice aforethought in
choosing the victim. It was the act of a Muslim who, in his
long-accustomed marijuana high, and his blood boiling because of a
family quarrel, had decided to take out his fury on the only Jew he
could find, the sole representative in his building of the “Jews” he had
been brought up to hate.
It was not Kobili Traoré’s inhalation that day of the cannabis that
caused him to murder Sarah Halimi, but his inhalation, since childhood,
of the antisemitic passages in the Qur’an.
The US should consider “restricting military aid from
being used in the occupied territories,” Sen. Elizabeth
Warren (D-Massachusetts) said Monday.
“We should talk about the elephant in the room: America’s military
assistance to Israel,” she said at J Street’s virtual conference. “I
said earlier that I am committed to Israel’s security, and I am. I
support military assistance to Israel.
Except that she actually opposes it.
Warren is going beyond past calls to restrict foreign aid by tying
them to settlements, e.g. Bush I and loan guarantees. This isn’t a call
to end civilian foreign aid, but military foreign aid.
Most of our foreign aid relationship with Israel is military. That
means joint development projects, Israel buying US weapons, US defense
contractors incorporating Israeli weapons programs, etc…
Israel has two major military threat vectors today. That’s Iran and
the PLO/Hamas terrorists operating inside its own borders. Those
terrorists are operating largely in the West Bank and Gaza: parts of
Israel that Warren falsely refers to as “occupied territories”.
Most of Israel’s current military activity involves fighting to contain those terrorists.
Warren’s move would effectively shut down most cooperation with the
Israeli military including, potentially, the various anti-missile
programs which are meant to be used to intercept projectiles coming in
from the so-called “occupied territories”.
The leftist politico then unleashed the usual lies.
“The West Bank is ruled by a corrupt and increasingly
authoritarian leadership under [PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas. While he
has shown a genuine commitment to nonviolence, he has also consistently
failed to take real risks for peace.”
Abbas has shown zero commitment to non-violence. That’s why the
Taylor Force Act was passed to stop funding the PLO’s Pay-to-Slay
But Warren has made it clear that she wants to turn the money spigot
back on to the terrorists while preventing Israel from fighting them.
There’s clearly one billionaire that the fake Indian and fake class warrior loves.
While acid attacks are commonplace in certain Muslim countries, they
were not normative to western ones. Until immigration reshaped the UK.
Acid attacks in London rose from 162 in 2012 to 454 last
year. There have already been 199 acid attacks this year. Five acid
attacks just happened in London in the space of little more than an
Newham is the London borough with the highest number of acid attacks.
It also has the second-highest percentage of Muslims in the UK. 398
acid attacks occurred in 5 years in the area named as “the most
ethnically diverse district in England and Wales”. 33% of Newham
consists of non-UK passport holders.
But surely that’s some sort of random coincidence.
Except that the place with the third-highest number of acid attacks
is Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets is a Muslim no-go zone. It has one of
the smallest native British populations in the country. 35% of the
population is Muslim. Most of those are Bangladeshis with a healthy
sprinkling of Somalis.
There were 84 acid attacks in what has been dubbed “The Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets”. Also, entirely by coincidence, Bangladesh has the highest rate of acid attacks in the world.
As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reports, Nafiah Ikram is bravely speaking out after an incomprehensible attack. On March 17, as she arrived home from work, walking from her car, she
saw a man watching from the corner. He ran up to her and threw a cup of
liquid in her face.
“I started to cry and, like, I was panicking. I was like, ‘Dad,
someone threw something in my face!’ And he was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s
acid,’” Nafiah said. Acid burns are seared into her Arlington Avenue driveway, as are burns in her eye and throat.
“She was in the hospital for three weeks, and she’s still not able to
eat properly. She can’t see anything good. Only one eye is working,”
said her father Sheikh Ikram. “I can just see colors, but that’s it,” Nafiah said.
“It’s been a horrible nightmare for us,” said her mother Sherina Mohammed.
The attack is not incomprehensible. It’s horrifying and evil, but
commonplace in Muslim countries.
The media keeps feeding the idea of a
hate crime, but acid attacks are not how Americans commit hate crimes.
This particular methodology, a cup of acidic liquid in the face, is
typical of acid attacks in Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc… and is generally
done to young women by men for reasons that are horribly evil, but not
especially obscure. The media obviously doesn’t want to go there. It’s much easier to
keep suggesting that it’s Islamophobia rather than there might be
something wrong with cultures where acid attacks are commonplace.
What is Bangsa Malaysia? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Malaysiakini : “Colour is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality.” - James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time.
| Lim Kit Siang recently asked Malaysians to ask themselves one
question – “who is the 'Other' in the Malaysian context?” His answer to
this question, his point of self-reflection if you will, was this:
the 'Other' the Chinese and Indians to a Malay Malaysian, the Malays
and Indians to a Chinese Malaysian, and the Malays and Chinese to an
someone who has spent a decade attempting to figure out what it means
to be “Malaysian”, I have to say this is the kind of propaganda I have
been opposing all this time. Come one, in this context, like it is in
many places of the world, the "other" is what the state defines.
binds us as a society, the rules of engagement if you will, are the
policies, rules and ideas that we subscribe to as a collective, even
though we may subscribe to individual or community ideas of culture that
Hence, it is not a question of how individual
ethnic groups view each other but how the state views diverse
communities and how those communities interact with the state. Hence, if
we subscribe to policies based on a value system we all share
(regardless of ethnicity) and this is reflected in the governance of the
state, it does not matter how each community views one another.
when politicians ask us to ask ourselves questions, this really means
that they do not have constructive answers for questions already known. I
am not saying that Kit Siang is doing this, but generally, when you
have to ask people who vote for you why race relations in this country
are the way they are, then you, as a political operative, are part of
And it is a pity because, for decades, Kit Siang was part of the solution. I was disappointed when I read his piece because it presents false equivalencies at every turn. Take this passage for instance:
"Not only the various races feel threatened, Islam feels threatened and the non-Islamic religions feel threatened."
Does Islam feel threatened in this country? How? Have there been
unilateral conversions that have ended up with kidnappings? Have there
been religious figures who have disappeared? Have public and private
spaces been intruded on by non-Islamic religions? Have non-Islamic
religions banned certain words for Muslims?
the thing. Someone like me (and I am sure there are many people out
there who feel the same way), I do not like the idea of vernacular
schools. Never have. But over the years, the way racialism and religion
have entered our public schools, folks have no choice but to send their
kids to schools where faith and race may not intrude in a way in which
we have ample examples.
Even the old maverick said that there was too much religion
in schools. He did not do anything about it, of course, but then again
neither did anyone who claimed that they wanted to save Malaysia.
then there is this: "Every community is made to believe that its
culture and ethnicity is facing an existential threat. But who is
creating all these threats to all racial groups in the country?”
is creating all these threats? Well, the same people who for decades
promulgated such racial and religious policies and the same people who
claimed to be against such policies but folded when they sat on the
political hot seat. Of course, we voted in successive BN regimes so yes,
we also share the blame.
I’ll give you an example of how disingenuous this kind of propaganda is. Here is Liew Chin Tong, describing the rise of Bangsa Malaysia, in the early days of Pakatan Harapan rule:
is a need to define what the 'New Malaysia' stands for. For me, it
should at the least mean we see ourselves first and foremost as
Malaysian citizens. For instance, I may be Chinese culturally but
politically I participate in public life as a Malaysian, not as a
Political life in the Malaysian context is defined by
constitutional provisions that are manipulated by Malay power structures
to maintain racial and religious hegemony at the expense of the
minorities. To claim that one participates in political life as a
Malaysian is absurd when the majority ethnic group in this country
participates in politics as Malays.
Never mind the lunacy of such a
claim when the DAP made it very clear that the reason why they joined
forces with Bersatu’s Dr Mahathir Mohamad was because they needed the
“Malay” vote to save Malaysia.
point is that “political life” was defined along racial lines,
political strategies were endorsed along racial lines and the outcome of
the 2018 election was because the majority Malay community was
politically fractured. There is a reason why Liew talks about the
majority of Malaysians that were happy with the results. The reality is
that a majority of Malays did not vote for the Harapan coalition.
is why when Malays hear all this talk about “Bangsa Malaysia” they
either think it is horse manure because the actions of its promulgators
are completely at odds with their rhetoric or so narcotised are they by
indoctrination programmes that they view it as an existential threat to
Of course, this is why the establishment fears the
youth vote because young people have too many problems of their own
attempting to survive in a society and economy which was created to
benefit a specific class of people while they are living under a shadow
In a recent piece,
Kit Siang said, “One, however, must be realistic in that we must work
with like-minded political leaders from other political parties who
believe in the 'Malaysian Dream' for Malaysia to be a world-class great
nation as the DAP cannot on its own form a federal government in
I do not think anyone from other political parties
believes in the "Malaysian Dream" as the way the DAP has defined it.
Perhaps the problem is that even the DAP does not believe in the
The irony, of course, is that back in the day
when the DAP was considered a "Chinese" extremist party, it fearlessly
defended the rights of all Malaysians regardless of race and religion.
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | I am prompted to do a stock-take of my ethnicity because of DAP's Sungai Pelek assemblyperson Ronnie Liu’s term, “Chinese-ness.”
He used it
in reference to his party, saying "The party need not dilute its
Chinese-ness just because of the criticism from our political enemies.
We have to safeguard the culture of the party.”
That drew charges from party colleagues of him being a toxic chauvinist, which in turn led Liu (above)
to trot out the usual “misinterpretation” motivated by prejudice
retort. This was followed by so-called party grassroots standing
straight and tall holding signs that note that the DAP is for everyone.
An ideological and personal squall, not gripping drama, it will pass.
really, Liu, to throw into the mix of your ideal society and party more
Malay-ness and Indian-ness, Iban-ness and Kadazan-ness, it’s too many
“nesses” for me to take in.
I think I have enough of a problem with qualifying for sufficient “Chinese-ness.”
from the start, I was at a disadvantage. Dad was Hokkien. Mum spoke
Hakka at home, and she was home-tutored in Mandarin. Cantonese was their
shared dialect, so this Hokkien boy grew up speaking Cantonese, my
Hokkien restricted to about two dozen words or so, a few of them not to
be said in the presence of adults.
In the 50s, the academic bar to
pass for better employment prospects was the Form Five Senior
Cambridge, so I was enrolled in an English-medium primary school close
to my home.
As my first grounding in the English language, when I
was about five, dad also paid 30 cents a week to the Indian newsagent
who delivered the daily copy of The Straits Times, for weekly copies of Beano and Dandy.
Every Friday morning, I was up in the dark before dawn, dashing
downstairs to look for the comics folded within the newspapers…
occasionally distraught when the weekly shipment from England had been
first “story-book” was a collection of Aesop’s Fables, that imprinted
on this impressionable mind the terms “dog in the manger,” and “sour
That led to Enid Blyton, Arthur Conan
Doyle, my uncle’s complete collection of Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan,
Dumas, my father’s Agatha Christies.
My secondary school was named
after a fusty, musty English queen, and the regimen was an English
public school with a large strapping of Gordonstoun-like tough physical
challenges. Excel or be caned. Excel and be caned anyway, call it
At the University of Malaya, I majored in
English Literature, but was not allowed to take Chinese Studies as a
minor. Why? Because I would have an unfair advantage over the
non-Chinese in the courses. What advantage? I am illiterate in Chinese.
Denied an opportunity to add to my “Chinese-ness,” because the borang said I was Cina, and that’s all they needed to know.
So, on physical facts of “Chinese-ness”, I am shamefully lacking.
ancestry is as Chinese as it can get. Both my grandfathers were
immigrant labourers from China at the beginning of the 20th century.
Grandpa, on my maternal side, struck it rich in the tin lodes and veins
in Kepong and Kampar, and sent for a child bride from China, my grandma.
died young, an aunt suggesting that a contributing factor could have
been governing his family of five wives and 18 concubines, 21 sons and
If grandpa was an over-achiever in the virility
stakes, I am underwhelming. Marrying late, my wife and I decided I was
too old to learn how to change diapers.
But back to my grandpa.
For those who are paranoid that they are not standing up in the world
anymore, my mum told me that every night, in Ipoh or in Kuala Lumpur,
before he left for his carousing at the opera and houses of repute, mahjong game, his dinner would include a pot of shark’s-fin from a restaurant delivered in a trishaw.
Yes, I can finally claim some “Chinese-ness” in my fondness for food. (I had a food and drink column “Fats” in The New Straits Times
in the 80s.) It’s a truism – Chinese will eat anything that flies,
swims, and prowls. Many species are threatened with extinction from the
voracious appetites of over a billion Chinese who find life profuse with
Poach the dwindling numbers of awesome, sexually
reticent rhinos for their horns because in simplistic minds the
up-thrust horn means they can karaoke Lionel Ritchie’s “All Night Long.”
This culinary crime is committed for what is overgrown rhino nostril
hair glued together by snot.
The most ludicrous example of
Chinese appetite adventure is some Chinese forefather, in a lost time,
venturing into a pitch-black cavern, feet squelching and sinking into
aeons of pungent guano and bird droppings, with swarming cockroaches and
beetles, and possibly, a few poisonous reptiles underfoot, feeding on
fledglings falling out of nests from the dark heights, rigging together
several long bamboos, shinnying up it, avoiding a feathery winged rush
of disturbed bats and birds escaping the intrusion, waving a flaming
torch onto the walls of the cavern, seeing small plaques of coagulated
phlegmy bird spit, splattered with organic cultures, matted with fluff
and twigs, and say, “I think that will make a sweet dessert boiled with
rock sugar, and it can be sold for a lot of money as a tonic for good
I am stopping this stock-take of my “Chinese-ness.”
Depressing. I am not much of a Chinese. I will have to settle for being
more of a Malaysian.
DAP should not fall for the 'extremist' gambit - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Malaysiakini : "It merely goes to show that I will never kowtow to racists and
religious bigots who intend to deprive Malaysians of their fundamental
human rights." – P Ramasamy
COMMENT | The always-reliable P Ramasamy, in his retort
to the old maverick’s claim that he is an extremist, said "For Umno
leaders like Mahathir, DAP Chinese or Indian leaders should behave like
the sycophants in MCA, MIC or Gerakan”, which neatly sums up the problem
with non-Malay political operatives in this country.
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has, of course, fallen out of favour with the Pakatan Harapan vox populi
but the reality is that he always had a hold on non-Malay power brokers
who viewed him as someone who would lead them to the promised land of
Observe how Mahathir’s rhetoric of some DAP leaders being “extreme” has been seized by the ketuanan crowd who are using it and the forthcoming DAP elections as some sort of referendum on the direction of the party.
central committee member Ronnie Liu is right. This means the Malay
establishment is trying to cause friction within the DAP and the
punchline is that the DAP is helping their cause by propagating the
Bangsa Malaysia kool-aid.
It is easy to lay the blame on the Malay
political establishment for the extreme religious and racial politics
of this country, but this would be disingenuous. For years the majority
of the voting public voted for BN and endorsed all sorts of religious
and racial policies.
All sorts of excuses were made for not voting
“opposition” and the DAP, in particular, were dismissed by the average
voter as not having anything to offer to mainstream Malaysians, when in
fact the DAP's commitment to those principles which would save
Malaysia, was probably firmer during their "extremist" days than it is
When Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim was ejected out of Umno
paradise, what he did, maybe not intentionally, was redefine the
discourse on how non-Malays interacted with Malay power structures and
this caused great distress in the Malay political establishment.
Remember what Ambiga Sreenevasan said during a forum
titled "Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) Report: Why the
Secrecy?": “So I don’t recognise some of these people who have gone into
the government and are now so afraid of the people who put them there. I
find all that a little bit alarming.”
So concerned with how they would look, non-Malay power structures chose to concentrate on the superficials of so-called "Muhibbah"
practices and became willing sycophants to Malay politicians. The idea
that non-Malay participation in the political process reflects a sort of
equilibrium seems, to me, more placebo to calm non-Malay anxiety than
any real reforms to the system.
Read statements made by political
operatives before the Big Lie – that’s my term for the last general
election – and read their statements during and after. Ambiga is right,
there was fearlessness but now we know that it was all horse manure.
questioned on the abandonment of progressive policies and ideas, they
blamed the system, the deep state and even those questioning them,
always backed by online mobs more interested in sustaining power than
progressing reforms. The Malay political establishment did not do this,
the non-Malays did.
When Bersatu attacked Liu and
the DAP joined in on the attack, what was his crime? Forget about the
fact that some claim he was merely carrying water for Anwar but look at
his piece again, and what, Liu the so-called Chinese extremist, was
saying. All he was calling for was Harapan to fulfil its campaign
promises and pursue the progressive agenda it was voted in for.
Now, I had my thoughts on Liu's piece and laid out
why his take on Mahathir was only half the problem. The other half was
this – “Liu writes that Mahathir thinks he is all-powerful. The reason
why he thinks this way is that nobody - certainly not from the DAP - has
checked his power. They are too afraid that the coalition will break
up. They are too afraid that Umno/PAS will take over the government. Or
maybe, they are too afraid to lose power.”
how someone like Ramasamy is vilified whenever he brought up the fact
that Harapan needed to be consistent on its stand when it comes to human
rights, religious freedom and freedom of the press. These were issues
that Harapan was supposed to hold sacrosanct and what we got were the
further entrenchment of totalitarian values in the guise of maintaining
religious and racial equilibrium.
When it comes to racial
politics, minorities squabbling for the political interests of
majoritarian stakeholders is painful to watch. Malays from either side
of the political divide, at least sometimes, can meet halfway on those
politically designed issues of race and religion.
culture and you have Malay power structures at war, but not tearing each
other’s eyes out like how the non-Malay component parties do in the
service of gaining political power for their Malay overlords.
you wonder why the Malay uber alles government, or any type of
hegemonistic government, is afraid of the youth vote? Because they know
that the old strategies only work if they control the current
electorate. This is the same reason why they fear freedom of speech and
Demand more from the people who claim they want change and hold them to the high standards they claim they have.
DAP should not fall for the extremists trap set by, as Ronnie says,
their political opponents, and instead offer in policy and rhetoric what
those political enemies fear most - a more just and equitable Malaysia.
| In calling DAP central committee member Ronnie Liu "a Chinese
chauvinist", Damansara MP Tony Pua is using the same term used by DAP's
political enemies that the always pugnacious Liu was talking about.
have no idea what Liu means by "Chineseness", which is fine because I
have no idea what Pua and friends mean by "Bangsa Malaysia" or even
"multiracial". I do know that neither is mutually exclusive when it
comes to Malaysia.
do not see the contradiction in Liu statements as reported in the press
of the DAP sticking to its "Chineseness" while sticking to its
multiracial political stance.
Otherwise, I would have to see the
contradiction in DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng issuing his
statement to the Tun Razak Exchange in Malay, English and Chinese. Then
doubling down with a Chinese-only statement
defending his original tri-lingual statement, as reported in the press
saying: "Lim had defended issuing a trilingual statement, stressing the
If Lim famously said he is not Chinese
but Malaysian, then why concern himself with issuing statements in
anything other than the national language? Well, because maybe being
"Malaysian" means embracing our diverse languages and keeping the rakyat
informed by any means necessary.
Of course, it also means
defending the diversity of our languages and culture from encroaching
totalitarian and hegemonic power structures, which is what the state
always attempts to do, claiming it is the will of the majority.
couple of years back, I wrote of a Chinese student and her email that
urged me to write about the suspension of the Chinese Language Society
by University Malaya.
young student wrote eloquently about what the society meant to her.
While she did not elaborate on what dialect she was referring to when
she wrote about the society, what she did make clear was how much she
learnt about her culture and community and how it enriched her life. She
was adamant that the society did not intentionally skirt whatever
regulations they were in breach of, and she was extremely upset that the
society was suspended."
Now is this young woman being
"chauvinistic" in her outlook? Or is that term reserved for non-Malay
political operatives who cause trouble to the Bangsa Malaysia group
think, which states that non-Malay political operatives cannot talk
about race unless it is the "Bangsa Malaysia" bunkum? Or is it only to
be used by far-right hacks who demonise the DAP?
'Culture of the party'
problem with the "multiracial" or "multicultural" narrative as espoused
by the DAP is the negation of race and the hypocrisy of action(s) that
precede it. It is always better to acknowledge your ethnicity and the
reality of racial and religious politics in this country rather than put
forward a hypocritical narrative that the non-Malays have to subscribe
to in order to share power with the majority Malay community.
what is reported in the press is accurate, the important takeaway from
Liu's tirade is this: "We have to safeguard the culture of the party, as
well as the party's constitutional spirit, pluralistic and democratic
Again, I have no idea what Liu means by
"culture of the party". Maybe he means it in the same way the now leader
of the opposition and PKR president Anwar Ibrahim said during his
numerous times of attempting to get the "numbers" to counter coup the
current prime minister and babbled on about a "Malay core".
I do not notice any Pakatan Harapan, and especially DAP, big shots
calling Anwar a Malay chauvinist, it is hypocritical to level the charge
against Liu, while at the same time condoning the rhetoric and policies
which favour one community over the other in the name of political
compromise, while claiming we are all "Malaysians".
And this has
always been the problem with the DAP. It has to ignore the racialists
and sometimes downright racists policies and rhetoric of its partner but
has to police its own and ensure party apparatchiks conform to the
multiracial/multicultural horse manure, which it does not have to
Where did that get the DAP? It got them to a place where
Dr Mahathir Mohamad publicly castrated former finance minister Lim Guan
Eng and spilt the beans of giving more to the Malay community at the
expense of the Chinese community, but nobody could say anything because
the Chinese community - the DAP base - would get upset. It is all a
matter of public record.
Then the former prime minister accuses
the DAP and MCA of being extremist, and political operatives have to go
and "explain" to him why this is not the case. Never mind that his son,
Muhkriz, had publicly admitted that when he was in Umno and whenever
there were issues they could not handle, the establishment demonised the
DAP as "Chinese chauvinists".
Never mind that in the
recent audio-gate fiasco, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says his "no
DAP" spiel was purely tactical, and Anwar, the leader of the
multiracial opposition, seemed fine with this. Now is Liu really
regressive when he talks about race and is he the person who is damaging
the DAP brand or is there something more at play?
Worst kind of spin
claims that the chauvinistic label was applied to the DAP because for
years it fought for the rights of the minority under the "brute majority"
of BN rule and "the minority, in this case, was made up overwhelmingly
of the Chinese, while the Indians made the bulk of the balance".
This is the worst kind of spin. Why?
we know that the DAP was demonised as a political tactic by the Malay
establishment. Secondly, it assumed that the rights of the minority are
no longer in jeopardy; hence there is no need to fight for it or that
the DAP needs to fight for it.
This, of course, is not true. If
anything, the "rights" of the minority are always under strain even when
Harapan was in power. As a member of Harapan, the fact is that the DAP
was complicit in whatever policies that eroded those rights make it
the young Malay leaders who have joined the party, Pua says: "Most
importantly, they have found the new generation of top DAP leaders
sensitive and cognisant of the fears, apprehensions and insecurities of
the Malay community."
Really? The Malays feel that they are under
siege, which is total bunkum, because the political establishment does
everything in their power to ensure that they are not spooked and that
entitlements programmes disproportionately favour them. These are the
so-called Malay rights that everyone keeps babbling on about.
the non-Malays fear is very real. The encroachment into our public and
private spaces. The way how the religion of the state sometimes means
children are kidnapped because of unilateral conversions. The way the
state controls the words we can and cannot use. The way the state
disenfranchises non-Malays from public education. The list goes on, Pua.
These are fears, apprehensions and insecurities grounded in reality.
Pua says that "MCA had 'Chineseness' themselves into oblivion today.
They are completely at the mercy of the whims and fancies of the
big-brothers, Umno, Bersatu and PAS who provide MCA with political
This is exactly what the DAP did when they were
kowtowing to everything the old maverick wanted, but did not have to
rely on Malay partners for the Chinese vote. So the question then
becomes is "Chineseness" the issue, or was MCA losing support because
they were bending over for their Malay political partners?
This is why when DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke says that there are moves to dislodge
"multiracial" leaning political operatives from the DAP, is the
multiculturalism narrative the issue? Or is it that those who espoused
such ideas did not stick to DAP's egalitarian, pluralistic ideas or live
up to its constitution when dealing with the party's Malay partners?
non-Malay political narrative post-May 9 has been one of backpedalling,
reversals, sycophancy and Orwellian doublespeak because the weight of
expectation collided with the realpolitik of Malay rule.
why the DAP's attack on MCA for supposedly organising a Jawi protest
does more harm to DAP than MCA because when DAP had the power, they
chose to do exactly what they claim MCA did all those years ago, which
made them "running dogs".
Liu may be inconvenient for the DAP, he
may not be what they want, but without folks like Liu and even
Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy (for example), there will be
nobody in the DAP to remind Malaysians that the emperor has no clothes.
'Audio-gate' demonstrates Harapan's hypocrisy - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, April 12, 2021
Malaysiakini : "In terms of ethics, we must think, do we want to work hand-in-glove with traitors?" - PKR president and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim
| "Audio-gate" is a prime example of how Anwar is his own worst enemy.
Everybody keeps saying there is nothing illegal in that recording and
that the “investigation” by the state security apparatus is
yes to both, but this is what the state does. This is what the state
always does. This is mainstream politics in this country. But more
importantly, it is this kind of behaviour and political norm that Anwar,
Pakatan Harapan and the “reformasi” movement were supposed to put a stop to.
Ex-senator Ezam Mohd Nor claimed there was nothing in the audio clip "which could compromise the 'reformasi'
spirit that gave birth to PKR". Really? So you do not see anything
morally dubious about two men, one under a cloud of corruption scandals
colluding with another who claims he wants to get rid of a kleptocracy?
do not see anything wrong with one man claiming the other handled the
Umno general assembly well by cutting off avenues of dissent when
Harapan and reformasi are supposed to be about freedom of speech and expression?
do not see anything wrong with the "no DAP" part of the speech which
was supposed to be "tactical"? After all, the DAP has been demonised by
the establishment for decades and when they were briefly in power and
bending over backward to their Malay counterparts, they were still
You think Anwar, a Harapan leader who was just chosen
to lead the "multiracial" coalition against a Malay uber alles regime in
the 15th general election, who seems to be going along with this
anti-DAP propaganda, does not compromise the spirit of reformasi?
mean everyone knows that portraying the DAP as “extremist” is a
tactical move, but what does it say when all these political operatives
are advising the old maverick Dr Mahathir Mohamad of how the DAP is not
extremist, but this audio, if genuine, demonstrates that the leader of
Harapan is fine with making deals with someone who continues using this
tactic to secure power?
What happens when Harapan is embedded with
these cretins? Oh wait, we already know what happens and how Harapan
dealt with the subterfuge and infighting that led to the Sheraton Move
which formed the Malay uber alles government.
understand the “no Anwar” part but to jovially scheme with the leader
of a kleptocracy to destabilise his own party in the hopes of securing
political victory does not sound like the spirit of reformasi that folks used to shout about when they were trying to “ubah” (change) Malaysia.
wonder: who made the recording? Maybe Harapan made the recording in the
hopes of further destabilising Umno? Maybe Umno made it in the hopes of
destabilising its current president? Maybe the Perikatan Nasional (PN)
regime made it in the hopes of destabilising factions within Umno that
are hostile to the PN? And round and round we go.
With regard to
that last part, the state security apparatus always attempts to project
an image of impartiality which is complete horse manure. In my piece
about Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah knowing the game is rigged, he said as
much in an interview with Sinar Harian:
Razaleigh says about not underestimating the establishment: 'Don't look
down on the government because they have power, they have the
television, radio, money and the media. They also have spy equipment.
They know more than us. They know what we don't know yet. With that
power, whether those in government will fall, I don't know.'
is an establishment politician admitting the state controls nearly
every avenue of expression and uses its intelligence services as a means
of securing political victory. In any functional democracy, this would
be verboten but here in Malaysia and perhaps Southeast Asia, this
normalising of authoritarian measures as a means of political victory
and a tool of economic and social stability is considered par for the
really, even if this audio recording is real, if the establishment
wanted to ignore it, it would. Remember when the videos implicating
Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali first surfaced, what did the old
maverick say about this?
somebody is trying to make use of me to achieve their purpose. This is
not a usual video that you see before; this is purposely created in
order to achieve certain nasty objectives to prevent somebody from
making progress in politics.”
And all this scheming is not needed.
We do not need a “big tent” coalition – although I think Harapan does
not really understand what “big tent” means – or scheming with
kleptocrats or making dubious alliances with god knows who to take down
the PN regime.
Also, when Harapan says “kleptocrats” are not
welcome, could Harapan give us a list of kleptocrats who are not welcome
in this “big tent”? This way, people who support Harapan would be safe
and secure in the knowledge they were not voting for kleptocrats or
alleged kleptocrats, even though in the last general election, folks who
were deemed kleptocrats were embraced by the Harapan faithful and
indeed one of them became prime minister.
All that is needed to
bring down this regime are MPs - no matter from which political party -
to declare if they support the current prime minister or not. At this
time, Umno is fractured to the point that various potentates and their
proxies are waging war in the press. Can you imagine any kind of working
relationship between Harapan and Umno at the moment?
Keep in mind
what the prime minister said on the campaign stump in the Sabah state
election: “The Bersatu president added that should he no longer qualify
to be the prime minister, he has two options - to step down or recommend
that the Agong dissolves Parliament.”
Aren't Harapan supporters
sick and tired of this nonsense, which only demonstrates how
intellectually and morally bankrupt the 'reformasi' movement is?
the Harapan base just wish the opposition would concentrate on
rebuilding and strengthening alliances within the opposition instead of
attempting to forge alliances with members of the old regime, like what
the Sheraton traitors did?
As long as Harapan continues playing this game, this hurts their electoral chances more than the forces aligned against them.
Lastly, I hope Anwar understands there are many in Umno who view its current president as a “traitor”, so there's that.