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UMNO Eats Humble Pie PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

What is the most unpalatable pie in the world? It is not apple pie, nor it is “Popeye”. It is “humble pie”. This is a lame joke. Once upon a time, the Western elite would finished all the meat they hunt. Meanwhile, the remaining viscera would be made as pie eaten by the servants. Of course, the taste is bad, but they still had to eat it. Therefore, we have the proverb “humble pie”.

The BN has also eaten “humble pie” under the current Terengganu political situation. They have been complacent and overlooked the attitude of the palace. They thought it is such a matter of course for Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh to continue in his position as the state’s Menteri Besar.

The delay of Idris’ appointment is already a warning. However, the BN didn’t do anything to solve the problem. By the time the palace decided to appoint Datuk Ahmad Said, the BN was caught unprepared.

“The BN can’t afford to lose the sixth state.”

The BN showed a tough stance and wanted to strip of Ahmad’s UMNO membership. At the same time, they claimed that they have received the necessary support from the Terengganu state assemblyperson.It seems the BN is strong and wanted others to follow them. However, they were actually bluffing and did not have much to go on with. They should have know that they are hopeless. The palace’s strategy is comprehensive and foresighted. They moved forward steadily and knew that they will win.

The party membership is no longer important after Ahmad was appointed as the Menteri Besar. Even though he may be expelled from the UMNO, he is still the Menteri Besar.

He has 90 days to rope in PAS and BN state assemblyperson to join the state government under his leadership. With the support from the palace and the position as exco member, surely some people will change their mind and support Ahmad.

Of course, the BN still has the trump card. They can deny Ahmad through their votes during the state council meeting. The question is, are they able to pool enough votes?

Even so, the palace and Ahmad are able to face it readily. Ahmad may request the Sultan to dissolve the Executive Council to hold another state elections.

Does the BN have the courage to face another elections after a great setback? Moreover, Terengganu UMNO has been divided. It is not easy to win the state elections. The BN can’t afford to lose the sixth state.

Perhaps they can take the risk. They can declare emergency so that the central government could takeover Terengganu. This practice had been used in Kelantan.

However, a emergency declaration requires the approval from the Sultan or the Regent Advisory Council. I’m afraid that the problem will be more complicated.

There is no way for them to forward or backward. They are helpless and can only eat humble pie. (Translated by LEE MEI NYEE/ Sin Chew Daily)


Wake Up Call to Mainstream Media: Back to Basics or We will boycott You–Din Merican

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Fauwaz Abdul Aziz

March 29, 2008

The newspapers have to go ‘back to basics’ in terms of journalistic and professional ethics if they are to remain relevant in Malaysian society today, said a report by three media watchdogs. If they do not heed the message made clear by voters on March 8 – that voters had not been taken in by the powerful pro-BN media machinery – the newspapers would risk losing the last remaining shreds of credibility and relevance that they enjoy, the report added.

Launching the report today, Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) executive director Gayathry Venkiteswaran said this return to the fundamental role and purpose of journalism includes doing away with government-prescribed ‘ratios’ that determine how many ‘pro-Barisan Nasional’ (BN) versus ‘pro-Opposition’ reports are published.

“(The general election) really showed how irrelevant the kind of coverage in these newspapers (was) because, despite the bombardment of these (pro-BN) articles… and ads…, the results showed otherwise,” she told a press conference at CIJ’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

“Something had happened, and I think the people had already made up their minds not to believe the newspapers and maybe the ads just went beyond the limit. People just said, ‘forget it, lah’.

“I think it’s really time to go back to the basics of what journalism is all about. That is step one. We should not have to say what is the ratio of what is pro-BN and what is pro-Opposition,” she added.

The report – a quantitative analysis of the election reporting of six English, Malay and Tamil-language newspapers – was a ‘Media Monitoring Initiative’ jointly-conducting by CIJ, Writers Alliance for Media Independence (Wami) and Charter 2000-Aliran.

The report provided a quantitative breakdown of newspaper articles in relation to BN component parties and BR parties (PKR, DAP and PAS). According to the report, The Star was the most partial among English newspapers in terms of elections reporting in favour of Barisan Nasional (BN) with 63.12 percent its election reports being ‘pro-BN’.

Various pro reports

The daily was also found to have had the smallest proportion (5.5 percent) of pro-Opposition reports, while 31.3 percent of its stories were ‘neutral’.

‘Pro-BN’ and ‘pro-Opposition’ reports refer to those that put the BN coalition or opposition party in a positive light.

‘Neutral’ reports, on the other hand, are those that provide space for the various parties concerned to give their side of the story. Neutral reports also pertain to those stories which do not contain any clear ‘persuasions’ in favour of or against one coalition or party, said Gayathry.

Not far behind The Star in terms of partiality towards the BN was New Straits Times (NST), Gayathry said further.

While the NST had slightly more space (5.9 percent) for pro-Opposition stories than the Star, it had only slightly more (31.31 percent) of neutral stories.

In terms of pro-BN stories, the NST is up there with The Star as having 60.29 percent of its stories being in favour of the ruling coalition.

The Sun was found to have dedicated the most space (40.87 percent) in its pages to ‘neutral stories’. Just over 16 percent of its stories, furthermore, could be described as pro-Opposition.

Pro-BN stories, however, still dominated the “free” newspaper with just under 43 percent.

Other than the English newspapers, the three broadsheets covered by the Media Monitoring Initiative were Malay daily Utusan Malaysia, and Tamil dailies Malaysia Nanban and Makkal Osai.

Utusan Malaysia had allotted about 83 percent of its pages for pro-BN reports, and only 1.89 percent for pro-Opposition reports.

Of all six newspapers, Malaysia Nanban and Makkal Osai contained the most space for pro-Opposition stories.

While 23 percent of Makkal Osai’s election reports were ‘pro-Opposition stories, Malaysia Nanban carried pro-Opposition reports that took up 19 percent of its pages.

Makkal Osai’s pro-BN stories took up 66 percent of its pages while 70 percent of Malaysia Nanban’s stories were pro-BN.

Gayathry said the report could not provide a quantitative analaysis of the Chinese-language newspapers as there were not enough human resources to conduct the monitoring exercise systematically and regularly.

Ensure justice is done

In addition to the internal reforms of newspaper organisations, the government needs to allow for the emergence of more publications and media houses so that the ensuing increased competition can ensure the justice is being done to the journalism profession, the report recommended.

“For this to be done, the laws that govern the licencing of media need to be relaxed while anti-monopoly regulations (should be) introduced to create a healthy market of ideas and information.”

Restoring the people’s faith in the existing print media houses also require the doing away of laws that impede the growth of diverse, plural and credible media, the report said further.These include the Printing Presses and Publications Act, the Communications and Multimedia Act, the Internal Security Act, the Official Secrets Act and the Sedition Act.

“In their place, there are more effective models of self-regulation that will ensure that rights and responsibility grow hand-in-hand.

“The media bosses need to take the challenge to set aside ringgit and sen differences and to take on board the task of demanding that these laws be dismantled. The governing parties at the federal and state levels should know it is in their interest to support this move.”


There is a strong message in the above report to the Managing Editors and their teams in The New Straits Times, The Star and Utusan Malaysia and those in TV3. In this list, I would personally include BERNAMA which is headed by a Badawi bodekist, Dato Anuar Zaini. They should take notice of the findings in this report, stop being lapdogs of the Government in power, learn the basics of good journalism and television, and behave like a true Fourth Estate.

We need accurate, balanced and careful coverage based on the principle that a well informed public will make intelligent choices. Malaysians are increasingly Internet savvy, and can also find their own information. Otherwise, our mainstream media will face serious consequences.

Civil Society Groups—the Fifth Estate— led by Haris Ibrahim of The Peoples’ Parliament, Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Institut Kajian Dasar Executive Director Khalid Jaffar are now leading the campaign to boycott the mainstream media and advertisers and companies who use them. Anwar Ibrahim specifically called for the boycott of Utusan Malaysia and TV3. Let us hurt their pockets by supporting the call to boycott the mainstream media.—Din Merican

Ole Blue Eyes is Back

Guys and Gals,

Ole Blue Eyes Frank is back to entertain you for this weekend. This time he sings one of my favorites, That’s Life”, followed by “My Way”. Have a lovely and swinging Saturday night with the one who is truly cares. Treat her or him nice. Forget this week’s messy politics and focus on having a good time. Take care.—Dee Jay Din Merican


Here is Dean Martin too.



Dr M: Ask the tribunal to apologise

March 28, 2008
“Ask the tribunal to apologise.”

This was the direct retort of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad to calls for him to apologise for the ‘wrongs’ surrounding the 1988 judicial crisis.

lingam tape inquiry day 4 170108 mahathirIn remarks written by him which was published today by English daily The Sun, Mahathir said the dismissal of former Lord President Mohd Salleh Abbas and Supreme Court judges Wan Sulaiman Pawanteh and George Seah were not his doing.

He, therefore, feels no obligation to apologise.

If any party were to apologise, it should be the members of the tribunal led by Hamid Omar which sacked Salleh, said Mahathir.

Mahathir also said he was open to the authorities investigating his person for any “misdeeds” during his 22 years as Prime Minister.

“Unless there is a frame-up, I think there should be nothing to pin on me,” he said.

Moving on to the suggestion by DAP national chairperson Karpal Singh that he apologise for the 1988 debacle – which many regard as ‘the darkest moment’ for the judiciary – Mahathir said on this point his conscience was clear.

“Even other accusations against me, including the dismissal of judges, were not my doing and I do not feel obliged to apologise. Ask the tribunal to apologise,” he said.

Being more correct than correct

Taking a potshot at Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Zaid Ibrahim – who had asked for the government to apologise for the sacking and suspension of the five judges – Mahathir said the lawyer had “forgotten” that he had supported the then-government for its actions.

judiciary forum lingam tape 171107 salleh abbas palace of justic“The person asking that the government should apologise for what happened to Tun Salleh Abbas may have forgotten that as President of the Muslim Lawyers Association, he fully supported the action that was taken,” said Mahathir.

“He castigated the Bar Council for condemning Tun Hamid Omar over the dismissal of judges. Now he wants to be more correct than correct. I wonder why,” he added.

In 1988, Mahathir had convened the special tribunal to try Salleh on charges of misconduct and for questioning constitutional amendments that seriously eroded the powers of the judiciary.

Supreme Court judges George Seah and Wan Sulaiman – who had ruled that the tribunal was convened unconstitutionally – were also sacked after being found guilty of misconduct by another tribunal.

Three other judges – Azmi Kamaruddin, Eusoffe Abdoolcader and Wan Hamzah Mohamed Salleh were suspended.

Probe misconduct in Terengganu

In his article, Mahathir also suggested investigations – preferably by “credible foreign agencies” –  should be conducted to look into allegations that abuse of power and misconduct had led the Teregganu royal palace to reject Barisan Nasional’s (BN) initial choice for menteri besar (MB).

According to him, rumour has it that various “unnecessary and wasteful” state projects worth billions of ringgit had been contracted to outsiders behind whom are members of ‘the first family’.

abdullah ahmad badawi and idris jusoh and ahmad said and terengganuIt was also alleged that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had “influenced” former MB Idris Jusoh who was responsible for such a state of affairs and from which he had “benefitted financially”, said Mahathir.

“These are all rumours. It will be quite impossible to prove anything as the perpetrators are skilled in hiding themselves,”he said.

He also said that the public was “leery” of investigations by government agencies and departments.

“The people believe, not true of course, that the government has been interfering with the work of the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), the Police and the Attorney General (A-G)’s Chambers. The say this is borne out by the results of investigations by these agencies,” he said.

As such, the job should be left to foreign experts to look into the matter, he added.

“The public cannot be blamed for not having faith in government agencies doing investigations. The public cannot be blamed for suspecting cover-ups by the government or worse still the government may be using these enforcement agencies to threaten people,” he said.

“To clear its good name, the government should get credible foreign agencies to do the investigation. Of course, they must be given full access to the documents etc,” he added.


People are trying to stop Tun Dr. Mahathir from Criticizing Badawi


Tun Dr. Mahathir, like the rest of us, has the right as a private citizen to criticise Prime Minister Badawi for being incompetent, inept and weak. I do it all the time. It is a fact that we have a spineless chief executive of our country. As a member of UMNO of good standing, the Tun can express his view that his party President Badawi is not providing the leadership that UMNO needs to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

My views of Badawi are a matter of public record. I questioned Prime Minister on many issues including his relationship with Kalimullah Hassan, Patrick Lim-Badawi, Dato Anuar Zaini (Bernama Chairman), and his award of contracts to Scomi owned by his son, Kamaluddin Abdullah, to his brother Ibrahim Abdullah with regard to catering to airlines including MAS and to Khairy Jamaluddin and his daughter Nori Abdullah. In my view, he is the father of nepotism in our country.

Corruption is rampant in our country. Crime is on the rise and the economy is slowing down.On corruption and abuse of power,he was not able to explain why he did not take action against UMNO stalwarts like Khir Toyo and the late Zakaria Ideros. Now he has yet to give a full accounting of what happened to wang ehsan funds for Terengganu and why Idris Jush is not acceptable to His Highness The Sultan of Terengganu. Why did His Highness Raja of Perlis did not want Shahidan Kassim as the Menteri Besar.

It was Harry S. Truman who said the buck stopped at his desk. That dictum applies to Badawi. He cannot pretend that as Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, he does not know what is happening. “Dunno” is unacceptable. He cannot now say he does not know that the March 8 elections conveyed a loud and clear message that we as a nation no longer have any confidence in his leadership.

The writing is on the wall and the most honorable thing he can do short of committing “harakiri” is to step down and go away. Mukhriz Mahathir, you have got guts and I admire you for that. You are not a member of UMYES.—Din Merican.


(AP) – Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad claimed Friday that people were trying to dig up evidence that he committed crimes during his time in power to stop him from criticizing his embattled successor.

Mahathir was the first public figure to urge Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign after the ruling coalition suffered unprecedented losses in March 8 general elections. Several other coalition members, including Mahathir’s son, have since echoed the demand.

Mahathir, who has repeatedly accused Abdullah’s administration of corruption and nepotism during the past two years, said he knows his detractors believe he “did worse things” when he headed the government between 1981 and 2003.

“I am aware that people are looking into possible misdeeds by me during my 22 years so as to threaten me and ask me to shut up,” Mahathir wrote in a letter to The Sun newspaper, without identifying the people.

“So far they have not found anything,” Mahathir said. “Not only have I not taken anything that was not due to me while I was prime minister, but I have given back to the government and the people everything that I had received as gifts during my tenure of office.”

He added that “unless there is a frame-up, I think there should be nothing to pin on me.”

An aide to Abdullah declined to immediately comment. The prime minister has repeatedly rejected Mahathir’s allegations of impropriety.

In his letter, Mahathir took fresh jabs at his hand-picked successor over a high-profile dispute between Abdullah and the country’s constitutional monarch, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.

Last week, Mizan dismissed Abdullah’s advice that Idris Jusoh, the former chief minister of oil-rich Terengganu state, should keep the post after the elections. Abdullah conceded defeat Thursday and accepted the king’s candidate.

“It should be noted that this kind of thing had never happened during the premiership of the four previous prime ministers. Concerned Malaysians should wonder why,” Mahathir said.

Mahathir claimed the ruling coalition had implemented many “totally unnecessary and wasteful” infrastructure projects in Terengganu since 2004, adding there were suspicions that contracts for the projects went to those who had connections to Abdullah’s family.

Mahathir’s latest comments add to Abdullah’s troubles after his National Front coalition lost its two-thirds majority in the recent elections, though it retained power with a simple majority. The coalition also lost control of five state legislatures.

Abdullah announced late Thursday his party is delaying internal elections for top officers to December, four months later than anticipated. But he insisted he was not running away from rivals who might challenge him for the party presidency.

(source: http://www.malaysia-today.net)

Gwo Burne: Our Man in Kelana Jaya

Soon Li Tsin | March 28,2008
New Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne has dismissed rumours that his father had paid a sum of money to PKR in order to secure his parliamentary seat during the 12th general election.In an interview with Malaysiakini, the 34 year-old business consultant laughed and labelled the claim involving his father, Loh Mui Fah, as nonsense.

loh gwo burne interview 270308 02Gwo Burne also revealed he decided not to practice law in Malaysia after filming the scandalous VK Lingam video clip despite having pursued his law degree in University of Hull, United Kingdom and a masters in the China University of Political Science and Law.

Candidly labelled a ‘video maker’ after the scandal, Gwo Burne said he has no plans to be involved in politics until a Sin Chew journalist asked him what was he going to do with his fame.

Below are excerpts of his interview with Malaysiakini which has been edited for clarity.

You were easily the most controversial and mysterious candidate in the 12th general election. How do you feel about that?

Being in the unique position, I think there are advantages and disadvantages. I have been judged unfairly by some reporters. On the other hand, unlike other candidates I also got a lot of exposure from the mainstream media. Negative media is better than no media (laughs).

How did you face criticisms that anybody could have won in Kelana Jaya this elections?

The fact is before the elections, I was told that the Kelana Jaya seat was a hot potato. Nobody wanted to contest there because they thought Lee Hwa Beng was too great a mountain to climb. But after the elections, people said, “He won, how (can this happen)?” So after the dust has settled down, you can say whatever you want.

Basically (before the elections) everybody told me that I was going to lose (laughs). So I said, “Really? I don’t know but I think I’ve got a chance.” I wasn’t surprised. When I came in, I went to the ground and spoke to people and we already had 40 per cent of the support from the community before we did anything. I believed we needed to gain another 15 to 20 per cent to be safe. If I thought I had no chance of winning, why would I be doing this in the first place? (Laughs)

How did this candidacy come about? Are you a PKR member?

Obviously I am a PKR member. This was done one week before the elections. There was a chain of events. Running for elections wasn’t really on my mind but it actually started after a Sin Chew reporter asked me the question, “Now that you are popular what are you going to do?” What I intended to do at that time after the royal commission was […] everybody told me that I was in danger. I wanted to leave after this but is that what (I’m) suppose to do?

But when I met Anwar he asked why don’t I join the (party and contest in the) election? That became something more substantial as opposed to going back home and hide under my shell. I told Anwar that if you think we can contribute, then I am at your service. He said, “I think you can” so the next was to look at our areas and he asked, “Why don’t you go to Kelana Jaya?” Then I thought yeah, we can do this.

vk lingam tape inquiry 210108 loh gwo burne and loh mui fahThere are rumours that you father paid a huge sum of money to PKR to secure your seat. Is that true?

No (laughs). I don’t even know where that came from. That’s nonsense.

What have you been doing since March 8 until now?

We went around quite a bit thanking people and (I attended) some party meetings with official bodies and lots of interviews. I went back (to China), terminated my lease, packed all my stuff and got back. I anticipate getting a lot busier come April or May. So I wanted to settle everything before Parliament starts.

What specifically have you done for the constituency since being voted in? What are the main needs in the short- and medium-term?

Up till now, we have been trying to do some stuff but we’ve achieved absolutely nothing yet. For example in Desaria, people have been complaining about a U turn and I’ve been trying to talk to some people to do something about it because it is very dangerous.

Eventually we met up with the MPSJ (Subang Jaya Municipal Council) people but after a while we found that it wasn’t under their area but MBPJ’s (Petaling Jaya City Council). So there are a lot of ways and we’re still learning the ropes to get relevant bodies to get involved.

Actually we’re trying to talk to the residents and police about it. In my constituency, the crime rate is a real thorny issue. I think crimes can be reduced with more efficient policing. So we’re trying to talk to the local enforcement and find the best way to move forward. The security issue can be solved within a short period.

Another issue is traffic. It is not something that you can deal with within Kelana Jaya itself but the whole Klang Valley. Unless we change our policy and shift towards an efficient public transport system, we cannot solve the transport problem. It will take a lot of effort and willingness from the executive.

Do you think it is problem that you have absolutely no experience in handling such matters?

Well, what sort of experience do you need to raise issues? Maybe the problem is finding the right people to raise the issue to. In that sense it take you one or two days to know exactly which area this place is under. Of course our party itself is rather new. So many of us are learning the ropes and trying to get out to know exactly what to do so that would take a bit of time.

How are you coordinating with the Hannah Yeoh (Subang Jaya) and Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Seri Setia) representatives and state government?

Well, with Hannah for example, a lot of people go to her with many issues. Some of them are state issues while some are federal issues. When she gets a federal issue it is obviously beyond her scope so she comes to me. Frankly all the issues I’ve been getting are state issues (laughs). So I do get to work closely with Hannah and Nik Nazmi.

Are you setting up a service centre soon?

Yes, we’re actually in the process. Somebody found a place for us but we discovered after looking at it yesterday that, “What is Chew Mei Fun’s office doing here?” (Laughs). If I’m not mistaken, this is not within my territory. So we’ll sort it out in a couple of weeks.

I decided that we want it near Sunway because one of the two state assemblyperson’s service centre is on two sides of the LDP (Damansara-Puchong Highway) one is in Seri Setia and the other in Subang. So Sunway would be in between both of them. It would be convenient for both fo them to find me.

What kind of services will you be offering at your service centre?

I would like to say I just want to offer services as a member of Parliament but in reality people would come with an array of issues so we try to do our best even if it’s a personal thing. If it’s a state issue, we cannot ignore it as well. We’ll try our best to do it, if we cannot then we’ll just have to bug Nik and Hannah.

How are you going to brush up your knowledge on your constituency?

We’re in the process of doing that. We plan to set up machineries where we have one person in each area who will work for the party or volunteer because we don’t have any money (laughs). I hope to see them constantly, the person will bring me around. That way we hope to go to every nook and corner. If we get enough of these machineries going, I will know Kelana Jaya at the back of my hand.

What kind of issues will you be raising in Parliament?

loh gwo burne interview 270308 01Of course I will raise the five points raised by our party leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Personally, the judiciary is one of my main agendas because we have seen what is wrong with our judiciary. There are other issues like economic development. For me the national car policy is a big issue because I believe it is the cause of our traffic problems today. People want to support the national car policy and the public transportation system was made inefficient which leads to all these traffic problems and the tolls. I think everything is related.

So it is very hard to say we’ll focus on one thing but it’s related other things. The judiciary is related to corruption and when you talk about corruption then you wonder what our Anti-Corruption Agency is doing. But the ACA is under the control of the executive so what is the executive doing? What is their agenda? Also, if the government is not doing a proper job, what is the media doing? Why isn’t the media exposing all this? So it boils down to press freedom in the end.

Have you started Bahasa Malaysia lessons yet?

I think I’m starting tomorrow. I can understand Malay, I’m just not very good at it. I can go the stall and buy stuff, order food in a mamak stall. I can actually converse and understand basic Malay. But if you’re asking me to give speeches, that’s totally different.

Right now it’s seriously touch and go so I need to get my Bahasa up to speed. Hopefully in a month’s time I can at least manage (the language). My plan it to get somebody to teach me and another person to follow me around and talk to people with me. So hopefully that would push me along much faster. I think anybody can do basic Malay but doing the oratory stuff in Parliament or on stage is the problem.

Have you seen how Parliament debates work? Do you think you can emulate them and speak BM as fluently?

Yes but the parliament debates I’ve seen, I don’t want to emulate because they are shouting profanities. Whenever I look at the parliament debates, they are shouting nonsense and the language used is not befitting of a people’s representative.

Can you give directions from the Kelana Jaya LRT station to SS18 in Subang Jaya?

Directions? Oh, I’m very bad at that (laughs). One of the problems with me is that I never remember the name of the roads. You go down the LDP, before you reach the toll you take a U turn to get to the other side of the LDP. Turn into Sunway when you see Sunway Pyramid on your left and go straight down. After how many flyovers then you’re at SS18 already, right? You just turn in left or right. (Laughs)

Would you declare your assets for the sake of transparency to prove you are clean and corrupt-free?

I can declare my assets right now. I actually do not own any fixed assets. So I have nothing to declare (laughs).

Do you have any liabilities?

No. I have nothing. No assets and no liabilites (laughs).

How did the transition happen – from studying for your masters in China to doing business consultancy work in a chemical company?

Actually after I got back from my masters degree I was considering going into law. Not long after that I took the video. Call me a romantic but I believe in certain ideologies. I mean honestly if you were a law student and just graduated, would you see what I’ve seen and heard, would you still want to go into law?

So you decided not to practice law because of the incident which you filmed?

loh gwo burne interview 270308 03It’s not like I didn’t want to practice but I didn’t want to practice in this environment.

Does this mean you knew what you were filming at that time?

Of course. When it started out, I was trying to take picture of the vase. But I decided to continue because I knew what was going on. I did not fully follow all the things they were talking about. At that time I did not know who Tengku Adnan (Tengku Mansor) really was. I couldn’t follow some of the conversation.

Given this environment, you can have all the best lawyers in the world but you will lose the case simply because the case has been fixed. So what’s the point? For me that was the rule of the game in Malaysia and I don’t subscribe to this game. I would rather play different rules, so no, not here.

Do you have a message to those who have criticised you and thought you should have lost in the elections?

(Laughs) Well different people have different opinions. So there are people who like me and those who do not. Fortunately, more people like me than not so here I am. Since I’m here, regardless of criticisms or just opinions, that is immaterial right now because it is me sitting in the parliamentary seat for this area at this point.

So I would do my best to represent everybody whether they support me or not, whether they like me or not. Even if a person came to me and said, “I hate you, I despise you, I did not support you, I will never support you but I have problem and I need you to solve it” I will still do it because that’s my duty.

Will you be giving up your seat for anybody?

Right after the elections we had a gathering among the candidates at Anwar’s house and he declared he would not be taking his seat from his wife or daughter. So I thought that would be a real pity because it would be much more interesting with Anwar in Parliament. Actually, I told him that if required, he can have my seat but he said ‘no’ (laughs). He thinks that we’re credible candidates and he would not want to take the seat from his own party members.

Do you intend to run for a second term?

At this point we will have to see how things go. I have to try to do a job, I believe I can do it but if people say I’m ineffective and I’m just not good at this then I would not want to be hogging the seat for personal reason. If there’s somebody else better at this and is more effective, I would simply move aside but I don’t intend to quit halfway through my term. People who voted me expect me to do my job for that duration of time and I wouldn’t want to let them down.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com