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Saturday, September 13, 2008


If the act of reporting a racist remark stated by an Umno leader is deemed a crime, then what does the act of the Umno leader himself become? This has been the question going around since yesterday evening, when Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was detained under the ISA.

Along with Tan, Malaysia Today blogger Raja Petra and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok were taken in. But the major talking point has been about Tan.

The laughable thing is when Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar declared that Tan was detained under the ISA 'for her own safety'. Yeah right, bullshit. He said this today, probably after realising the government had made a mistake in detaining Tan. Well, it doesn't take a fool to see through you, mister.

In the first place, it doesn't make sense that Tan was to receive worst punishment than the Umno leader, Ahmad Ismail whose comment, calling the Chinese immigrants, sparked a ruckus amongst Chinese across the nation. Fine, Ahmad was stripped off party posts and rights for three years and suspended from Umno, but isn't being detained under the ISA a worse thing? As Martin Vengadesan of the National Union of Journalists says, this is a case of shooting the messenger.

While all this is going on, Anwar Ibrahim had been keeping pretty quiet, up til today when he suggested aloud that he meet with Pak Lah to discuss national security, linked to the recent ISA holdings. The interesting thing is whether the public will blame Anwar for everything has happened, as he is the one who has been promising to Pakatan Rakyat supporters that they will takeover the government, come September 16th.

Well, that day is coming too soon, and in my opinion, nothing spectacular to the extent of a change in government will happen. After all, so many BN MPs are still off on their 'study trip' in Taiwan. Proof of the government taking all possible measures to counteract Anwar's plan.

Every bit of support is needed for Teresa Kok and Raja Petra who remain under the jaws of the ISA. Heck, Teresa's parents don't even know where the fuck their daughter is!

Depressing, eh? Yeah, and to add insult to injury, Liverpool just added to my misery.


tikiyong said...

Forgot to mention, that Ahmad can still contest in the next General Elections - well, not like he's gonna win, anyway...

zweehohoho said...

guess what?
you're up next!