Saturday, 20 September 2008

blogger released from police custody

blogger kickdefella has been released today at 4.30pm. again, no reasons are given why he was released or why he was arrested under the Sedition Act in the first place. if the police wanted to ask him for more info, they can always call him up in the first place, not arrest someone under Sedition Act. but that is the way those in power thinks.

again, if they think now they are being nice by releasing syed, think again. they would have been nicer if they did not use the Seition Act in the first place!

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http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/20/nation/20080920170533&sec=nation

KOTA BARU: Blogger Syed Azidi Syed Aziz - better known as Sheih Kickdefella - was released from custody at about 4.30pm on Saturday.

Syed Azidi, 38, an employee of Kelantan Mentri Besar Incorporated, was detained on Wednesday for posting alleged seditious statements on his blogsite.

It is believed that the investigations revolved around his posting calling for people to fly the national flag upside down as a sign that the nation was “in distress.”

Syed Azidi took up the state government’s offer to develop its Internet media production some years ago, having been a film director before.

He is regarded as among the pioneers of the Malaysian blogging scene.

Upon his release, he immediately posted at his blog with a message:

Hi folks, sorry for all the unreleased messages and comments. As you know, I have been away on holiday in Lokap Balai Polis Kota Bharu and Lokap Dang Wangi. I tried to check in at Pudu Prison but was turned away because not enough qualification.
I wished to thank all for the supports and prayers.
The police has treated me well and most of the time, beyond the call of duty. I made lots of friends too.
A PC is arrange for me at 5.30pm today for me to bare all. Hehehe if any.

Friday, 19 September 2008

teresa released from ISA but so what? doesn't change anything

the news is out. mp teresa kok has been released this morning. she will hold a press conference at 3pm this afternoon.

(while many people will rejoice over this, so do we , but there'll be some stupid people from the coalition parties who will now say the government is very understanding, and will profusely thank the PM ... blah-blah-blah. 

bullshit, the reb say. the reb still says that teresa should sue the police for misusing the ISA, for unlawful detention, for causing hurt etc. sue the pants off the police. demand payment for damages and hurt etc for rm 10 million ringgit and divide and distribute to each state under Pakatan rm 2 million ringgit to use for the rakyat. after all, the rm 10 million ringgit will be paid by the government if the police do not have the money and the money with the government is from the rakyat and now it goes back to the rakyat but of course to Pakatan rule states. teresa is Pakatan, not BN. a modern tale of robin hood but robbing the dastardly to give to the worthy)
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nst online reports that a mosque official from bandar kinrara was called up to the police station at 1.30pm to give a statement on the azan issue. 


(if you think think the police are going to be applauded for this, you are dead wrong. this is more than a week's late. the polic should have done this before even detaining teresa. another classic case of putting the cart before the horse! police's brains took a week to respond. no surprise here as this is like many of our country's leaders)

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and coming into the picture, our former PM who is trying to score some points but won't: 

Dr Mahathir said Kok’s arrest was not justified as there was no security reason at the moment but the Government could arrest her later for such a purpose if necessary.

He said if Kok was involved in trying to stop the azan (call for prayers), there should be an explanation that the subject was not something she should talk about.

Asked if he would agree for the ISA to be amended, he said there was no amendment during his time as the people who were enforcing it refused to amend it.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/19/nation/2069691&sec=nation

(the reb says he won't score his points. who is he trying to bullshit too? that he wanted to amend the ISA during his time but others prevented him from doing it? that others were enforcing it but not him? it is 'safer to trust a rabbit to deliver a lettuce' than trust our former PM's words. do you know how many people did he detain under ISA?)

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2 released but raja petra and the Hindraf five and other political detainees still under ISA. 64 more to go!!

sign the online petition if you have not done so.

http://www.petitiononline.com/isa1234/petition.html

so, do we hartal ISA? read harris's blog on what is hartal ISA:

http://harismibrahim.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/hartal-isa-on-standby-mode-many-hands-make-light-work/

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read the wall street journal report on malaysia:

18 Sept, 2008

WALL STREET JOURNAL ASIA

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced this week that he has enough parliamentary support to unseat the current government, led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. If he does, Abdullah's lacklustre economic management will be largely to blame.

The prime minister has not introduced any substantive reforms during his nearly five years in office, preferring to rely instead on opening up the government purse. Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan announced in 2005, he expanded public-sector spending to RM200 billion annually from RM160 billion. In his Midterm Plan Review this year, he increased this outlay to RM240 billion. The national debt now stands at RM285 billion, up from RM192 billion in 2004. The official fiscal deficit has risen to 4.8% of GDP this year, from 3.2% last year. Revenue is being spent faster than it is coming in.

It's hard to argue that these outlays have served the broad public interest. Much of the funding has been channelled to elites in the majority Malay community, under the country's pro-Malay affirmation action programme. That has created discontent with many Malay who don't see the full benefits of the programme, and among the minority Chinese and Indians, who are excluded from it altogether.

Abdullah's stewardship has had a real impact on the economy. Capital flight has risen sharply; Malaysian investment abroad now exceeds inward foreign investment. The Kuala Lumpur stock exchange has lost almost one-fifth of its value this year to date. Malaysia's currency, the ringgit, saw its biggest one-month loss last month since the end of the dollar peg in 2005. Although GDP growth has averaged a robust 5% annual growth under Abdullah, that record is now under threat. Inflation reached a record 8.5% this summer. Job creation has reached record lows, as unemployment, particularly among young majority Malays, remains high. Ironically, only the opposition-led state governments are attracting new foreign investment — and without the federal government's help, no less.

Abdullah's 2004 attempts to promote growth and investment —such as through the promotion of the biotechnology and agricultural industries — have failed. He also fumbled discussions with the United States on a free trade agreement, which have now stalled. What Malaysia really needs is education reform and the liberalisation of its labour markets to improve its economic competitiveness.

The political opposition, in the form of Anwar and his Pakatan Rakyat coalition, have seized on these issues. They have promised to root out corruption and to implement a new economic policy to address the concerns of all ethnic communities in Malaysia. Their platform aims to move beyond populist spending to introduce structural reforms in government procurement programmes and in the management of government-linked companies.

When Abdullah assumed office in 2004, he inherited an economy in need of structural reform. Malaysians have had to pay for his poor stewardship through higher prices, stagnating wages and growing private sector debt. Soon, Abdullah may have to pay the political price for that record.

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in teresa's own words:

Besides, it is nonsensical for the police to detain me under the ISA merely based on the unsubstantiated article written by an irresponsible columnist in Utusan Malaysia. How can they regard that article as the gospel truth without investigating the writer in the first place? How canUtusan Malaysia publish it without verifying the facts?

I wish to ask the police whether they have called Zaini Hassan andUtusan Malaysia’s editors for questioning before and after my detention.

I know that the imam of Bandar Kinrara mosque has publicly denied that I got involved in the Puchong residents petition against the azan of his mosque on Sept 13. I am also quite surprised to read in the New Straits Times dated Sept 19 that the official of the Bandar Kinrara mosque was called by the Dang Wangi police for statement recording only yesterday afternoon. Why did the police do it so late, one week after I was arrested? Why didn’t they check their facts first before they arrested me and put me behind bars?

I have been made scapegoat in the internal squabbles of Umno.

I see my detention as a ploy by Umno to try to cover up the embarrassment and the outrage of the racist statements made by Ahmad Ismail in Penang. I wonder why did they choose an innocent person like me as I have never made any racist statements or racist speeches in the past?

I lodged a police report on Sept 17 against Utusan Malaysia, Zaini Hassan and Dr Khir Toyo for criminal defamation. I would therefore urge the police to investigate Utusan Malaysia’s editors, those racist bloggers and Dr Khir Toyo under the Penal Code.

As I have mentioned in my previous lawyer’s visit, I will sue Utusan Malaysia, Zaini Hassan and Dr Khir Toyo. I have also instructed my lawyers to sue the Malaysian government for my unlawful arrest and detention.

(teresa did one better - sue the government too for unlawful unrest and detention. include syed hamid, include abdullah badawi, the police, khir toyo, zaini hassan, utusan malaysia, the whole lot.  yes, sue their pants off. have a field day)




Thursday, 18 September 2008

to cross over or not to cross over


from the mp for selayang on the morality of corssing over.

The morality of crossing over
William Leong Jee Keen | Sep 17, 08 8:12pm

The Bar Council, Harris Ibrahim and Sean Ang are reported in theNew Straits Times on September 10 to have said that members of parliament crossing the floor to join another party is legal but immoral.

It is therefore necessary to draw the attention of the public to several fundamental principles with regard to the issue on the morality of MPs crossing the floor.

Crossing the floor to sit as a member of parliament in another political party is nothing new in parliamentary democracies. It has been described as the height of treachery. It has also been praised as the stuff which parliamentarian heroes are made of.

The great Sir Winston Churchill is perhaps the most famous parliamentarian to cross the floor and switch allegiance on more than one occasion.

There is no dispute that crossing the floor for money or personal gain is both immoral and a betrayal of the voters’ trust. However, when the MP crosses not for personal gain but in the interest and welfare of his constituents then he should be commended.

The argument that crossing is immoral is that the MP was elected on his erstwhile political party’s ticket and that is amounts to a fraud on his voters. This argument is founded on two assumptions. The first is that the MP’s seat belongs to the political party. The second is that the MP was voted in based on his party’s platform and policies.

The assumptions are wrong and the argument has failed to take into consideration several objectives and purposes of certain fundamental principles of a parliamentary constitutional system.

to read the rest of the article, click the link below:


Wednesday, 17 September 2008

another blogger detained under sedition act

another blogger detained this time under sedition act. 

read the news from online star:


KOTA BARU: Police on Wednesday detained one of the pioneering bloggers in the country, Syed Azidi Syed Aziz, better known as Sheih Kickdefella, for posting allegedly seditious statements on his portal.

According to his wife Bariah Ishak, her husband who is an employee of the Mentri Besar Incorporated firm, was picked up from their home in Demit here around 5pm Wednesday by three plainclothes police officers.

”We were informed that the police were looking for us on Tuesday and we waited for them but they didn’t show up. We thought the worst was over but (on Wednesday), they came looking for him and so he surrendered.”

They informed that Syed Azidi was being detained under the Sedition Act but Bariah, 37, said she is confused as they did not produce any warrant of arrest which is the normal procedure for those detained under the Act.......

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the government is trying to flex its muscles. in desperate times, especially when a dying man will try to grasp and pull down whatever he gets his hands onto, this looks the government's last moments to stay afloat. this time, it will be different. many will be willing to pay the price for freedom. the cost is high. sacrifices are to be made. when it comes, are we ready? the reb is ready! for the price of my freedom and speech but for the sake of my children and for all our children in malaysia and their children in the future, the price is worth it. 

LeHayim!! (To Life!!)

still got time to play musical chairs

from malaysia today

In a minor Cabinet reshuffle today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi named his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak as finance minister.

Abdullah, who was the finance minister, will take over Najib's defence ministry portfolio. He said he may step down sooner than 2010.

The swap was announced after today's Cabinet meeting.

Najib has also been made deputy chairman of Khazanah Nasional.

Today's announcement comes amid widespread speculation over a transition plan hammered out between the country's top two leaders for Najib to take over power in 2010.

Said Abdullah today:' "The transition is flexible. It is up to me. It will be no later than 2010 but it may be sooner."

Abdullah added that he would also offer himself as a candidate to be Umno president while Najib would stand as deputy president at this year's Umno elections.

Najib, who was also at the press conference, said: "I would like to thank the prime minister for his confidence.

"Giving me this post shows he is magnanimous, it shows his sincerity in picking me as his successor."

Sources said Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is also expected to be named de facto law minister to replace Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who quit this week over the Internal Security Act (ISA) arrests of DAP leader Teresa Kok and two others.

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the reb's comments: if all the talk about the submarine deal and najib is true, this means more opportunities for you know what. and the wife will be also very happy -  more shopping in store? and we all know what will happen - the rakyat's money will disappear fast. and badawi as defence minister? is he going to call up the army to ensure he stays on? 



Tuesday, 16 September 2008

another clown join the circus

here is the new straits times online report yesterday by the deputy IGP on the reasons for the detention of raja petra, teresa kok and tan hoon cheng. looks like we got more than one clown apart from the Home Minister. can anyone in his/her right mind seriously believe in these reasons given to justify the use of the ISA? read for yourself (and the reb's rebuttal in bold):

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KUALA LUMPUR: Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was released after police verified that she was no threat to public order and national security.

(exactly what everyone is already saying. she was never a threat. so, why use ISA on her just to verify she was not a threat? properly do your investigation work first and you will already ascertain that she was never a threat. a classic case of putting the cart before the horse!)

Breaking their silence on the recent Internal Security Act blitz, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said their investigations showed there were no grounds to detain her further under the ISA.

(as usual, in malaysia, it takes a jolly long time to break the silence. either it is a case of these guy's brains taking so long to crank up and start thinking or there was no answer to give in the first place)

In a three-page statement released yesterday, Ismail explained an arrest under the ISA was only made when police strongly believed that certain acts by individuals posed a serious threat to public order and national security.

(whose acts?  the reporter who reported the racist remark or the one who uttered and defended the racist remark? or the other guy whpo threatened the reporter? which act is the real threat to public order? the police are confused themselves over who is the victim and who is the perpetrator.)

(Tan had written the article where the then Bukit Bendera Umno division head Datuk Ahmad Ismail had referred to the Chinese community as immigrants in a campaign speech during the Permatang Pauh by-election.)

The ISA blitz saw police picking up Tan, Malaysia Today news portal editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok in separate raids on Friday.

Tan, however, was released 18 hours later following which Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar told a press conference that the reporter was detained under the ISA as "police believed her life was under threat".

(if her life was under 'threat', offer round-the-clock police protection as the reb has argued earlier. you don't use the ISA to 'protect' people. it is malai fides)

Syed Hamid's reasons for the reporter's detention had drawn flak from various quarters.

(serves him right. as Home Minister, he should know what he is doing and everyone now knows he really does not know what he is doing or saying! now the police have joined him in this circus)

Ismail yesterday justified the use of the ISA saying it was to prevent racial and religious tension from escalating.

He pointed out that in recent weeks, there had been an escalation of racially insensitive, seditious and disparaging acts and remarks by individuals and organisations.

(if the police is so concerned about the situation, so arrest the perpetrator of that racist remark. he started the whole thing. now he is roaming free in the country. arrest the other guy who publicly threatened the life of the reporter. he is also scot-free. why no action is taken on them? the pilice says the investigation is already done. so, there is no case for these 2 guys? no more bull-shit)

"Our actions were based on intelligence reports and observations that certain acts by the individuals concerned were detrimental to national security."

(obviously, very faulty intelligience reports. like the americans before 9-11. who are those guys preparing the reports? have they really asked teresa first for her view on the rumours? did they go and ask the mosque committees? did they ask the originator of the peoples' petition in puchong for his opinion? if the police never asked these 3 persons and groups. how did they come to the conclusion that she was the one who was responsible? who are the ones providing the intelligience reports? obviously, they failed here and should be sacked. teresa should also sue the police here for their shoddy intelligient job because she was detained under ISA based on shoddy intellgience work. sue the police with punitive measures)

Ismail explained that an arrest under the ISA provided police with the means to investigate and verify whether the intelligence received could be substantiated. 

(one could have gone and ask yb teresa to provide more details. she would have told the police her side of the story. you don't need to arrest someone with the ISA just to get the information here. she is no terrorist or communist. it is a case of using an elephant gun to shoot a fly!) 

Ismail added that police needed more time to investigate Raja Petra and Kok, on their alleged involvement in acts that could be consi-dered prejudicial to the national security.


(if you need time, do your police work first. only when you have the correctly ascertained facts and the proof you need, then arrest those involved and charge them with the appropriate acts.)


Monday, 15 September 2008

telling the future


'Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid said he did not order the arrests of the three people under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
He said the action was taken by the police themselves under Section 73(1) based on their assessment of the current situation as they had “strong and good reason” to believe that conflict could happen and public order could be jeopardised.'  (star online)
 
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So what is this Section 73 (1) of the ISA that the Home Minister is telling us? 

let me quote section 73 in full below:- 

73. Power to detain suspected persons.

(1) Any police officer may without warrant arrest and
detain pending enquiries any person in respect of whom he
has reason to believe -

(a) that there are grounds which would justify his
detention under section 8; and

(b) that he has acted or is about to act or is likely to
act in any manner prejudicial to the security of
Malaysia or any part thereof or to the maintenance
of essential services therein or to the economic life
thereof.

(2) Any police officer may without warrant arrest and
detain pending enquiries any person, who upon being
questioned by the officer fails to satisfy the officer as to
his identity or as to the purposes for which he is in the place
where he is found and who the officer suspects has acted
or is about to act in any manner prejudicial to the security
of Malaysia or any part thereof or to the maintenance of
essential services therein or to the economic life thereof.

(3) Any person arrested under this section may be
detained for a period not exceeding sixty days without an
order of detention having been made in respect of him under
section 8:

Provided that -

(a) he shall not be detained for longer than twenty-four
hours except with the authority of a police officer of
or above the rank of Inspector;

(b) he shall not be detained for more than forty-eight
hours except with the authority of a police officer
of or above the rank of Assistant Superintendent;
and

(c) he shall not be detained for more than thirty days
unless a police officer of or above the rank of Deputy
Superintendent has reported the circumstances of
the arrest and detention to the Inspector-General or
to a police officer designated by the Inspector-
General in that behalf, who shall forthwith report
the same to the Minister.

(4) - (5) [Repealed]

(6) The powers conferred upon a police officer by subsections
(1) and (2) may be exercised by any member of the
security forces, any person performing the duties of guard
or watchman in a protected place and by any other person
generally authorized in that behalf by a Chief Police Officer.

(7) Any person detained under the powers conferred by
this section shall be deemed to be in lawful custody, and
may be detained in any prison, or in any police station or
in any other similar place authorized generally or specially
by the Minister.

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Based on this interpretation and exercise of Section 73 (1), the police should be the one explaining the use of the ISA under Section 73 (1), not the Home Minister since he himself deny he was the one behind the detentions.

in the newspapers, the police are shown standing besides the Home Minister as he explains on their behalf. why can't they explain it themselves? the acting IGP is also there in the picture. can he not give all of us the 'real' reasons behind the arrest of teresa kok? or is it that the Home Minister really knows what he is doing and the police are just there to carry out his orders? 

so, are there 'sufficient grounds' to justify taking action? or was it merely based on hearsay? or just because utusan malaysia published the rumour? or acting because khir toyo started the rumour in the first place? the police claims to have sufficient grounds to take action. so what are these? don't hide behind vague excuses.

or is it that she has 'acted or is about to act or is likely to act in any manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia'? what act has she done or is likely to do that can be prejudicial to the security of Malaysia?  even the hearsay rumour of her supposedly asking the mosques to tone down their azans surely cannot be constituted as 'prejudicial to the security of malaysia'? wake up. this outdated act was meant for the communists and their threat to undermine the security of the whole nation. it may be use to tackle terrorists today but to tackle a duly elected representative of the parliment as if she was a communist or terrorist?



the police can evoke the ISA based on the person being 'likely to act in any manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia'.  that reminds of the movie by tom cruise called 'minority report'. in the future, people can be arrested for crimes before they actually commit it. friends, looks like the future is already here in malaysia. the police can determine that a certain person is 'likely' to act and therefore they should preempt that likely act first. 


in the movie, there were 3 'clairvoyant' girls who had the ability to 'foresee' what could happen. i wonder who the malaysian police and the Home Minister have who claim to foresee what could happen!!! can they really foresee what the reb is likely to do next? what will he be blogging about? would it be an act that is 'likely to be prejudicial to the security of Malaysia'? oh, the reb would also like to know!! tell me please!!

Sunday, 14 September 2008

fooling people all the time?

looks like the reb was right. the english newspapers today came up with denuciations from various peoples and organizations of our home ministers' reasons for the 3 detentions. there are people out there who can't be fooled by such 'illogical logic'. 

It was Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President, who once said, 'You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all the time'. So it looks like whatever short-term plans these guys had are backfiring.

Yet, don't be entirely fooled. there are hidden agendas behind such actions. some 'brains' are definitely behind all these. look at the timing. some people think it is deliberately to provoke tensions between chinese and malays using religion as the tool. others think it is to create racial tension so that a wider use of the ISA can be used and to thwart sept 16th takeover by PKR. whatever the motives and hidden agendas, the rakyat has to treat warily and not into any traps and give further excuses for these guys to act.

below are some links to read:

a statement by the muslims professional forum speaking out aganist the use of the ISA:


a statement in malay by JIM (jamaah islah malaysia) posted on tony phua's blog which express their rejection of the use of the ISA as well as denying any role by Teresa in the azan controversy:


you can join the 1 million people against teresa kok's ISA detention:


or sign the online petition against the ISA and free teresa (when i signed up, there were over 2,200 names so far):


a sms from father o.c.lim, the priest at st xavier's roman catholic church, where teresa worships:

Our country enters D phase of naked display of aggression.  When a regime is morally bankrupt it will use immoral means 2 hold on 2 power.  We might B weak but we still have D power of prayer & silent witnessing.  After Mass this PM 13 Sept @ SFX there will B silent adoration until 2morrow AM.  come pray B 4 D Lord.  D Unjust may break our bones but they can't break our spirit. Please send this D Catholics + people of goodwill. Father O.C. Lim

go to this link in youtube to see the video message by raja petra's wife, marina:

and some photos of the candlelight virgil outside bukit aman: