The ugly propagandisation of Adib's death - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Abasir : Parts of what I had commented elsewhere may be worth repeating here. I did not know the late Adib or how he would have taken his unintended "martyrdom". But let me tell you how I feel about this shameless utilisation of a dead man by unscrupulous, self-serving muslims. Hundreds (or is it thousands) of innocents were mercilessly killed by marauding mobs 50 years ago between May 13-16 1969 and they remain unknown and unmourned except by close family and friends.
While the exact number of those butchered has been buried by those who actually enabled the rampage and profited politically by it, none of those cruel deaths then evoked the same (or any) kind of high profile, televised and mass-communicated mourning we witness for Adib today. Instead what followed then were sponsored "durian parties" organised to kill off the stench of the blood and gore in and around KL. As for today's serialised grieving which has become de rigueur for politicians and their well-heeled benefactors to demonstrate, could it be they, as well as those inclined to follow rabble rousers into the streets, have all developed a deep sense of moral outrage and have become that much more empathetic and moved to a steady stream of tears by man's inhumanity to man? Or is the truth slightly less dramatic and more plausible? Would I be wrong to declare that the ethnicity of the fallen Adib and his alleged tormentors have as much to do with this spasmodic lamentation as the absence of any such weeping following the death of Teoh Beng Hock when in the custody of his Malay captors? Or the six Indians killed by Malay hordes in Kg. Medan in 2001? Or should we assume that in Bersatu's "New Malaysia" such ostentatious expressions of photographed grief will now be the new norm regardless of who is killed by whoever? Seriously, the country is sicker than it has ever been and this charade is the best indicator of the inglorious end that's in store.
Falcon : Perhaps Commander sir, we should also ask these self appointed political race based bourgeoisie fascist narrators what about those missing pastors? Is that question not important as well in their self serving self righteous world?
Malaysiakini : “This inquest is a good thing and it can bring justice for Adib, in fact, that is what we want, justice for Adib.”
- Mohd Kassim Abdul Hamid (Adib's father)
| While the father of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim approves of the inquest
into his son’s death, numerous parties have chosen this opportunity to
propagandise Adib's death in furtherance of racial and religious
agendas. Acting Umno president Mohamad Hasan, for instance, criticised
the move for this inquest claiming rather bizarrely that an
investigation into the cause of death was not the same as figuring out
who killed Adib.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Lawyers
Association of Malaysia are puzzled over this need for an inquest and
took the opportunity to claim that attorney-general Tommy Thomas was
“confused”. Did movers and shakers on the far right – including those in
Pakatan Harapan – show the same concern for those firefighters who
drowned or the boys who were brutally killed in a religious school? Of
course, while everyone claims that this case is not about race, the
reality is that it is. The propagandisation of the death of this
firefighter brings up some uncomfortable questions. For instance.
Adib or his family approve of the racist remarks against a minister in
the cabinet? Would Adib or his family approve of that hateful rally
on Christmas day? Would Adib or his family approve of the provocateurs
using the memory of Adib to incite hatred against the other communities
here in Malaysia? Please keep in mind that the statements made by
Azwanddin Hamzah are in reality waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan
Agong. Because that is what threatening to attack
a police station is. What do you think the “Royal” in PDRM stands for?
Then, of course, there is the Arabic text of “Allah” and “Muhammad” in
the flag plus the insignia of the PDRM which means that by attacking a
police station, Azwanddin is also symbolically attacking, disrespecting
or inciting rebellion against the state-sponsored religion which is
What do Umno or the Muslims Lawyers' Association
think of this? When P Uthayakumar made statements which were deemed
treasonous against the state, he was hauled up and jailed. Why isn’t
Azwanddin (below) being investigated for waging war against the Agong and why not for sedition too since nobody seems interested in the moratorium
Harapan has imposed on this law? I guess activists are easy targets,
but when someone actually threatens attacks against a royal institution,
we should just let this slide.
hasn't the palace made a statement condemning this attack against its
sovereignty and “advised” the state security apparatus to take action? I
have no idea if Adib or his family approve of these things. I have no
idea beyond the pathetic attempts by politicians to use Adib’s death to
either wage war against the Harapan regime or to demonstrate that the
Harapan regime – especially non-Malay political operatives – sympathise
with the family and the sacrifice of this young man.
I would like
to think that like any decent Malaysian, Adib would not have approved of
people using his name as a means to spew racism against a current
cabinet member. I would like to think that like any decent Malaysian,
Adib would not have approved of a mob using the religious holiday of a
minority to spread fear and hate. I would like to think that Adib, like
any other decent Malaysian, would not approve of his name being used to
wage war on the PDRM, which is waging war on the king, and insulting the
You useless politicians
this is Malaysia. We have Bersatu which claims that only it can protect
Malay rights. When people say that Adib is a hero for all Malaysians,
the question becomes, are all Malaysians equal in this country? Heroes
transcend the banalities of race and politics, the truly great ones
anyway - so let's not play this game.
Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Geras) president Abu Bakar Mohamed said that he did not agree
with the treasonous and racist speech made by Azwanddin. Really? If you
did not believe in it, why hold this rally on Christmas Day? Why demand
the resignation of a cabinet minister when there are no grounds for his
dismissal? Why use race and religion as a pretext to wage war against
Harapan when the fact is that the Harapan regime is desperately
attempting to contain this situation?
the people who attended this rally really care about Adib? They
obviously do not care about the PDRM because they were willing to attack
a police station if their demands were not met. When Azwanddin made
those threats and the people cheered him on, they all became terrorists
attempting to attack an institution of democracy.
Here is an
important question. If the "rioters" at Seafield USJ25 are being hauled
up and charged, why not those who endorsed the attack on a police
station? Why weren't there numerous arrests of people who attended that
Look, I do not care if this terrorist (Azwanddin) used racist language against de facto
unity minister P Waythamoorthy. He can say whatever he likes. He can
demand the resignation of Waytha and he can certainly hold a rally on
Christmas Day when he knows that people are celebrating love and
fellowship. What he cannot do is wage war against the king. What he
cannot do is threaten to attack our democratic institutions. What he
cannot do is demand the government accede to his wishes or he will
attack a police station.
But maybe he can do this. Maybe he can
wage war against the Agong. Maybe he can threaten the safety of police
officers. Maybe he can threaten death and destruction and get away with
And what would happen if these rebels attacked a police
station? What would happen if the personnel in the police station
defended themselves against this attack? What would happen if lethal
force was used and some of these agitators were killed? Whose
responsibility would this be? Would Azwanddin take responsibility? How
would Adib's family feel about their son’s name being used for an attack
on a police station? Or would people just blame the Indian minister?
useless politicians, you created this mess. When Bersatu and the other
morons demanded the resignation of Waytha, you validated the beliefs of
people like Azwanddin who are confident enough to wage war against the
king by threatening to attack a police station.
All these Malay
political operatives and activists who use Adib’s name to further their
racist agenda, do they really care about the state of our firefighters?
They threaten to attack police stations but do they really care about
the level of training, the sometimes dire facilities and systemic
problems facing the PDRM and the emergency services? They do not give a
hoot about all of this, only that they would use the name and memory of a
dead firefighter to advance their fascists agendas.
No matter how
you try to spin it, the legacy of Adib, especially among rational,
thinking Malaysians, is one of divisiveness and political opportunism.
The Malay far-right, with the assistance of Bersatu and other Harapan
political operatives, in attempting to make him some sort of martyr, saw