Musa and Syed Hamid Alblur, go back to school and study the fundamentals of a democratic society

Opposition banned from raising Altantuya and other issues
March 31, 2009

The opposition has been dealt with a severe blow in the run-up to the April 7 by-elections after it was barred from bringing up a number of controversial issues including the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in their electoral campaign. Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar said that the ban covers all three by-elections – Bukit Gantang (Perak), Bukit Selambau (Kedah) and Batang Ai (Sarawak)

The impact of the home ministry ban was first felt in Bukit Gantang earlier today. A state PKR leader, who had no prior knowledge of the home ministry ban, said that the police have imposed several new conditions when issuing permits for the party’s ceramah in that Parliament constituency.

Among the main restrictions were:

* No instigating the crowd by questioning the Perak sultan’s decision

* No mention of the Altantuya issue must be made

In addition, PKR must ensure that the crowd at its ceramah is confined to a specific area where the event is being held. [see below] The police have warned that action will be taken if the crowd spills beyond the permitted area, said the state leader, Lau Teck Hai, who had applied for the permits on behalf of his party.

Lau, who is political secretary to PKR’s Kuala Sepetang state representative Tai Sing Ng, was told to go to the Taiping district police headquarters yesterday where he was informed of the conditions. Other restrictions included raising racial and religious issues.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is expected to be in Bukit Gantang tomorrow as part of his campaign trail.

Ready to defy

Addressing a press conference on the matter this afternoon in Taiping, Perak PKR deputy chief Chan Lih Kang said the party was ready to defy the police on these restrictions. He also said that it would not appeal against the police decision to impose such restrictions.

“These restrictions are new. They have never been imposed before,” said Chan, who is also the Teja state assemblyperson.”We are not be appealing against these restrictions and will be not be adhering to them as well.” He said PKR is ready to face whatever action the police take against the party for breaching the conditions. “They cannot stop us from exercising our freedom of expression,” he said.

The controversial issues

However, PAS, whose candidate Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin is contesting the by-election, has not be officially told about these new restrictions. It is learnt that PAS was nevertheless told to stop its ceramah by 11pm so that this does not cause any disturbance in village areas. However with the announcement by Syed Hamid about the ban, it is evident that PAS too would be affected.

The Altantuya issue has been used by the opposition, especially the PKR, to implicate incoming premier Najib Abdul Razak in the death of the Mongolian woman, a charge which the UMNO politician has repeatedly denied.

As in previous election campaigns, several posters of Altantuya and Najib have already found their way to Bukit Gantang. Altantuya’s remains were found scattered in a jungle reserve in Shah Alam, Selangor on October 19, 2006.

Two special elite policemen, who were bodyguards to VIPs including Najib, are facing murder charge. The verdict is expected early next month. The opposition has also been highlighting the manner in which Perak UMNO, led by Najib, ‘stole’ the state government from Pakatan.

Mohd Nizar has subsequently refused to step down as menteri besar although the Perak sultan had ordered him to do so. This led to him being accused of committing derhaka (treason) against the sultan. The by-election will see a three-cornered fight involving BN’s Ismail Saffian, Mohd Nizar  and independent candidate Kamarul Ramizu Idris. It is being held following the death of PAS member of parliament Roslan Shaharum on February 9 from a heart attack.

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In the last general election on March 8, 2008, Roslan defeated Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi of BN and independent candidate M Mohganan by 1,566 votes. Meanwhile in Bukit Selambau, it is learnt that one additional restriction imposed on political parties is that all ceramah must be held indoors.

Watch what you say, warns IGP

Meanwhile in a related development, the police chief issued a warning to all political parties not to incite, provoke or utter words that are deemed to be seditious. Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan also said that they must avoid making unfounded and baseless allegations on their opponents or the party they represented.

“Police will be monitoring all political ceramah and will record them. We urge everyone including supporters not to provoke or taunt anyone during their campaigns,” he said in a statement today. Musa also added that the police would beef up security in all three by-election spots to prevent untoward incidents.

9 thoughts on “Musa and Syed Hamid Alblur, go back to school and study the fundamentals of a democratic society

  1. This what I wrote on 20/03/2009:

    What is very worrying to Malaysians now is that the UMNOputras seem to behave as if they were gods and they can turn white into black and black into white. They simply don’t feel the shame that they have done so much criminal damage to the country.

    With such blatant display of arrogance and criminality, they are now trying to justify their actions by hijacking Allah himself. Allah is now confined to a gilded cage. First non-Muslims will be prohibited from recognizing that Allah is a just, merciful and loving God. They have not even insulted Allah but have made known that Allah is the all-mighty God and yet the Hadharists have declared that they are the only people who would own God. Next even Muslims themselves would one day be prohibited from using the word “Allah” unless they are Hadhari-certified. Since the word “Allah” is being copyrighted by the Hadharists, it follows that all the attributes of God would also be the copyrighted properties of the Hadharists. Anyone, other than the Hadharists, claiming the rights of justice, mercy, truth and love will be denied.

    Such is the evil face of this deviationist Hadharist’s Islam that the country is now sliding fast into an abyss of hopelessness and despair.

  2. Uncle Din,

    Honestly, I am very happy that UMNO through the police banned any mention of Altantuya in ceramahs. This will only make the people see more clearly how crooked and unethical UMNO-BN is.

    The ban wont make that murder go away. And UMNO is too arrogant to understand this.

    What we are witnessing today is a desperate UMNO and come PR13, we will hammer in the final nail into UMNO-BN’s coffin.

  3. Din, what does “no mention of Altantuya’s case mean”? Does it mean unmentionable as to all aspects or only the name? Can the cowed MSM mention it a teeny weeny bit, like court decisions, dates etc.? Can allegorical references to the beautiful Altai mountains, Mongolian warhorses prancing on the steepes, Gengis’s descendants, plastic explosives etc be made? Or they think that the proverbial “katak dibawah tempurung” mentality must prevail? On the other hand, we have no fear that anyone sane will openly criticize DYMM Sultan’s decision because it is deemed socio-culturally inappropiate. Very soon the words alblur, najis, penguin, musang etc. will disappear from the Kamus Dewan. This is truly constipating…
    Menyalak-er, things are getting ridiculous. Soon they will prevent us from using the word “Ibu” or mother. We cannot mention even Rosmah. How desperate these people can get! When an order is stupid, people won’t obey. In fact, the Police are finding the pretext to lock up opposition politicians. Najib will be sworn in April 3 and then we see the beginning of political repression. He needs to demonstrate to all of us that he is in power and can do as he pleases. Both Mahathir and Badawi have failed the nation,the former by micro-managing and the latter by sleep walking.—Din Merican

  4. New Yorker Bean,

    In Malaysia, judges have become lackeys of politicians in power. As a result, the last bastion of justice, the Judiciary, is beaten to a pulp. Chief Justice of Malaysia is not Ahmad Zaki, but Syed Hamid Alblur (from Hadramawt). The latter decides and the Courts will not defy him to uphold the provisions of our Constitution which guarantee freedom of expression, speech and association (our fundamental freedoms). Democracy in Malaysia is all but dead.

    Most Malaysians are still indifferent. They think that as long as they can “cari makan”, that is fine. —Din Merican

  5. Congrats, we have sunk to a police state. Next on the banning list are; Fat mama, Rosmah, corruption, NEP, keris, murder, submarines, tanks, mahathirism, etc etc.

  6. “Cari makan” is a dirty word, Din, when it is applied to the instruments of governance. The corruption levels are sky-rocketing exponenentially especially when it comes to getting ‘loans and grants’ for the already ‘cekek-ed’ SME/I’s. Imagine a 50% kickback?
    With the ‘mandor menteri mentor’ around we can be further assured of such ‘micro-management’ and devious meddlings.
    No, the reasonable and rational rakyat are no longer looking for ‘cari makan’ but ‘cari keadilan’! Just ask anyone on the street, excluding of course, the real ‘pencari makan’ with a name tag or a uniform!

  7. Menyalak-er is right.

    When someone says ‘cari makan’ he or she means it in a sinister fashion and in a less than complimentary sense i.e. implying that he or she will have to do what he must to survive, sacrificing one’s principles along the way and allowing the corruption of our moral values so we could be better than our neighbors.

    When you apply it to the average Malaysian in an attempt to explain away his indifference or apathy i.e. his or her need to be left alone to continue with his or her life, that’s something else. One cannot deny that the average Malaysian has had it good relative to his less fortunate neighbors who have had to fight wars to win their independence and then having to struggle to dislodge dictatorial regimes, not to mention the underlying class warfare that runs parallel to it.

    But in Malaysia, with relative economic prosperity, the dynamics are slowly changing. Relative economic prosperity and political stability are no longer enough, there are still wants that need satisfying i.e. liberty, fairness and justice for all.

    To quote Jean Jacques Rousseau, “Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains”. As Malaysians we have surrendered too much of our freedom so we could live in stability and economic prosperity.

    Perhaps the weather is so dry today and everything so brittle that all that is needed is a match. UMNO-BN’s past strategy has been to respond by putting out such bush fires as and when they happen. That is no longer sufficient. By their very nature wild fires tend to get out control.

  8. Read RPK’s blog on the issue of ‘cari makan’ –

    “Prostitutes say the same thing. They open their legs and do blowjobs on their clients not because they are sex-starved or actually enjoy what they are doing. In fact, most prostitutes hate life as a prostitute and hate themselves for doing what they do. But they have no choice. It is not about the pleasure of sex. It is about the necessity of money.

    Prostitutes would willingly choose another profession if one was available to them. But they can’t get an honest job for whatever reason, mostly because they lack the education, qualification and skills. So the only option available to them is life as a prostitute.”

    Very interesting perspective.

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