March 26, 2011
The New Unholy Trinity’s Sex Video: Stop This Gutter Politics
by Din Merican
It seemed so timely; the Sarawak State elections was announced on Monday. At the same time, editors and senior reporters from the government controlled mainstream media and also the alternative media were invited to a film screening by Dato T. The screening was actually a public display of pornography.
The New Unholy Trinity: Rahim, Eskay and Shuib G-Trio
And it turns out that Dato T stands for a trio of personalities comprising former disgraced Melaka Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik, a frustrated businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and a misguided former Senator Dato’ Shuib Lazim from Merbok, Kedah, more like an Unholy Trinity. This Unholy Trinity was soon joined by other colorful personalities to chastise Anwar Ibrahim who is purportedly the actor in that sex video.
More colorful personalities came out to vociferously condemn Anwar Ibrahim of immoral acts demanding that he stepped step down for the country’s sake. The most notable is one arm of that Unholy Trinity, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik. Another is the MCA President Dato’ Seri Chua Soi Lek. Let’s just look closely at these two characters and think.
Sir Galahad Lim Guan Eng punished
Rahim was implicated in a statutory rape of an underaged girl while still occupying the office of Chief Minister of Melaka. To deflect his guilt and with the help of then Prime Minister , the young girl was portrayed as a loose girl who had sex with multiple partners. In the end, some youngsters were charged, the girl was placed in a reform home and Sir Galahad Lim Guan Eng spent 3 years behind bars for standing up for the girl’s rights. Rahim Thamby Chik went scot free.
“Politik Balas Dendam” enters Malaysian Political Lexicon
To this day, that dastardly act still stains the Melaka Chief Minister’s office, literally and metaphorically. Literally, because at that time, reports had surfaced of seminal stains found in that office. That gave the impression that there were other activities that were carried out beyond just the normal business of government. It made the office of the Chief Minister of Melaka like a brothel instead of the seat of government.
Rahim blamed Anwar for causing him to lose his political office which till today he has failed to regain. While Rahim clearly used this opportunity as pay back time, many would agree with me that with such a background, Rahim Thamby Chik is the most inappropriate person to talk about character and morality.
Porn Star MCA President
Then we have Chua Soi Lek. This former Minister of Health seemed to carry out his role as a doctor beyond just examining a patient. He behaved more like Dr Love and appeared rather proud that he did not do too badly when caught performing sexual acts in a hotel in Muar. That was why he was brave enough to admit being the actor in that pornographic CD.
Although he stepped down as Health Minister, that did not seem to matter to the Malaysian Chinese Association when its members rejected Ong Tee Keat as President and made Chua their leader. The pornography CD– on YouTube– which was widely circulated may, in fact, have made him a hero amongst the Chinese men obsessed with sexual prowess. Otherwise, how else does one explain his victory against the more sedate and suave Ong.
Ong Tee Keat is the Good MCA Apple, says Robert Phang
During his recent talk at Sooka Sentral, Tan Sri Robert Phang gave a very apt description of the two men when explaining why at that time he took out newspaper advertisements to support Ong . Phang said – “It is not that I support Ong Tee Keat. I don’t know him very well. It was this simple to look at these two men: one is a good apple and the other is a rotten one. How can I or the Chinese people bite and swallow a rotten apple?” Today, Chua Soi Lek is President of MCA, the most important of the BN’s component parties. That is the quality of our political leadership today.
It is audacious that people of such backgrounds could now ride the moral high horse to demand for a royal commission of inquiry into the sex video. While the identity of the actors in the recent pornographic video are still uncertain, what is certain is that Dato’ Trio have committed the following offences:
a) Section 5 of the the Film Censorship Act 2002 provides that “no person shall have in his possession, control or ownership of any film material which is obscene or against public decency and that no person shall circulate, exhibit or distribute these film materials, and anyone guilty of it can be jailed not more than five years or fined between RM10,000/- and RM15,000/- or both;
b) Section 292 of the Penal Code, which is similar to Section 5 of the Film Censorship Act but with a lighter imprisonment of up to three years, or a fine, or both;
c) Section 499 of the Penal Code for criminal defamation since it is to cause disrepute against the Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim;
d) Section 503 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation since Dato’ T have clearly stated that they wanted Anwar Ibrahim to quit politics.
IGP Ismail Omar: Do What is Right
Given these clear provisions of the Law, I would like to see some action and genuine legal advice from A-G Gani Patail to IGP Ismail Omar. Already Ismail Omar has failed the first test when he opened his mouth to make this no brainer retort to reporters - “What offence (did they commit), you tell me?” when asked why the Trio were not arrested.
Last week I asked Ismail Omar to wake up and do the right thing. Obviously Ismail Omar needs some guidance on the provisions of the Law as to the kinds of offences that this case can come under. Granted that an IGP may not know all the Laws of the country. However, Ismail Omar is a law graduate himself and the Penal Code is the principal Law of the country for criminal offences. Thus, I find it alarming that the IGP does not know these basic laws. So, I will ask Ismail again- Please wake up, the Rakyat is watching you!
I would like to conclude this piece by reproducing the Press Statement by my friend, Anti-Corruption Crusader Tan Sri Robert Phang. Once again, I call on our leadership – Stop this Gutter Politics!
BY TAN SRI DATUK ROBERT PHANG
ON March 25, 2011 ON DATO’ T Video
“I had issued an offer of a RM100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand) reward to anyone who is able to provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of one “Datuk T” for rumour mongering and causing public unrest.
Yesterday “Datuk T” surfaced to identify himself. Thus, the offer is rescinded. At the same time, I call on the police to fully investigate this matter and for the AG to prosecute the right party once an offence has been identified. Underlying this whole thing is the principle of justice and truth. No one should be maligned publicly for certain objectives- whether political or personal.
I made that offer because I had myself been a victim of such malicious rumour mongering and persecution. I am sure those who had suffered such venomous attacks would agree with me. Our Minister for Communication YB Rais Yatim was recently such a victim of false allegations of rape. There were also others amongst the top echelons of our leadership including being victims of allegations of murder. Thus, as a matter of principle we should reject such acts which would sink our country into the abyss of Gutter Politics as in the saying ” Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you.” Islam also condemns “Fitnah” (slander) as in the saying “Fitnah is worse that murder.”
The politics of this country is reflective of our mindset. Our leaders should be exemplary of how we should behave. If we are pre-occupied with perverse issues, do we want our future generation to do the same? Where will that bring our country?
The politics of governing should be based on the Rule of Law and not by the Law of the Jungle. If laws and conventions are not followed in passing laws, these are not just bad laws but also bad leadership.
Recently, a brave High Court Judge from Kota Kinabalu struck down the Constitutional amendment that permitted the Federal Govt to appoint Judicial Commissioners without consulting the YDP Negeri of Sabah and Sarawak. While the act of that brave Judge is to be lauded, that is also a reminder that our Federal Govt must respect and adhere to the promises made during the formation of Malaysia. Rights cannot just be disregarded or removed. We are constantly reminded of the Social Contract that has enabled the people of all races to live peacefully and harmoniously since our Independence. Thus, as we approach the Sarawak State Elections, I hope those vying for the people’s vote would be reminded that they would later be held accountable for all the promises they make during election campaigns.
I pray that there will be a peaceful and orderly state elections and I call upon all sides to act in accordance with the directions of the Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) which should also act impartially to ensure a Free and Fair Elections.
“HUMBLENESS IS GOOD VIRTUE, ARROGANCE SHALL FALL, THE MEEK WILL RULE THE WORLD”.
Tan Sri Robert Phang
Social Care Foundation
Terrence Netto’s Comments:
UMNO bent on puling Anwar down by the pants
March 26, 2011
Right now, for Anwar Ibrahim a bunker in Benghazi under siege from a crumbling dictator would be a safer place than any redoubt he might chance to have, either in in Segambut Dalam, where he has his house, or even Cherok Tok Kun, his village back in Permatang Pauh.
Barely had he emerged from what turned out to be a Pyrrhic victory – the refusal of the court, reversed subsequently, to allow personal effects from his brief incarceration in Sodomy II as items for DNA procurement – than he found himself bushwhacked by a sex video purportedly capturing him in flagrante delicto with a sex worker.
As if that were not enough bother for one phase of a preternaturally tumultuous life, Anwar is now under investigation for promoting religious pluralism.
A speech he delivered at the London School of Economics in March 2010 is under investigation, so said the de facto religious affairs minister, Jamil Khir Baharom, for possible religious deviancy.
If you thought that the ongoing and interminable Sodomy II, combined with his six-month suspension from Parliament over APCO, would strike his besiegers as enough to keep their quarry nicely enmeshed; apparently, this is not reckoned to be sufficient.
A sex tape and probable religious aberrancy have now been added to the bill of sundry indictments against Anwar.His adversaries’ obsession with him has bordered on the pathological just when Anwar has come through a phase when errors in his judgment with respect to PKR affairs such as its divisive internal elections and its detrimental aftereffects, leadership issues in its Sabah chapter, and to a lesser extent also in its Sarawak division – have combined to detract from his standing as a potential prime minister.
The smart money would have been on him continuing to expose his feet of clay and allowing that impression to ripple across the political terrain. But no, his adversaries are not content to wait for that. They are bent on pulling him by the pants down. That much won’t appease them either. They are now trying to divest him of his skullcap.
One will have to search hard for a precedent in modern history for this kind of treatment, except in despotisms of the right and left. We have to use a metaphor, of despotic provenance, to describe it: Stalinist.
Not since Joseph Stalin pursued his rival Leon Trotsky, whose skull was split by an assassin’s axe in 1941, has there been a feud as malignant as that between a rabid UMNO and Anwar Ibrahim.
It must be said that the vendetta is pursued mainly from one side, with Anwar the target more than reciprocal antagonist. It’s a hugely distorting antagonism that has deepened the blight to institutions – the judiciary, police force and mainstream media – that were already sliding into the decay which has given Anwar’s career its raison de’tre since 1998 when he was sacked from UMNO and the government.
But even if Anwar had not joined UMNO and the BN government in 1982, his career would be incandescent because it is linked to what has become a world-historical issue: whether Islam is compatible with democracy.
This issue has been hogging the world’s attention the way the Japan earthquake and its collateral issue – nuclear energy – have done the past month, but unlike the latter, is not likely to recede to the margins over time.
It is what is called the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times, a question that is set to be determined in this age and times. This makes the decision of the government to investigate Anwar for purveying Islamic pluralism over a speech, ‘Religion and Pluralism in a Divided World,’ he delivered at a colloquium in London a year ago an attempt to trap a bird that has irrevocably flown its cage.
Nothing gives the lie to the 1Malaysia concept of national concord espoused by Prime Minister Najib Razak as the hectoring of Anwar for, essentially, propounding the view that Islam is compatible with democracy, the line he has been purveying throughout his career.
If anything, that view would help give heft and weight to the 1Malaysia concept of the PM, if that concept ever had anything more substantive than its merely pleasant phonetics going for it. That Najib’s surrogates in party and government don’t know this marks the gulf in substance that separates them from the target of their lunatic obsession.