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Why I cry for our beautiful Malaysia
|I write this with a extremely heavy heart. I have never been patriotic to Malaysia at any point in my life. I have never recited the Rukunegara. But today, after years of reading about the injustices that happen in our country, from politicians lining their pockets, the awarding of contracts to cronies, senior officials being charged with corruption and the mud-slinging between Anwar and Najib, my heart truly aches for our country Malaysia. Our failure lies in the fact that when we gained independence, we got it at a price, the price of racial segregation. Politicians used our race to polarise us. They told the Malays that they would be given privileges but only to lull them into a false sense ownership. Instead, they enriched a select group of Malays. They used race politics to keep us all in fear that if anyone talked about it, there would be bloodshed. Instead of governing, they allowed corruption to become so imbedded in our society that today, almost nothing is done without money having to change hands. We are heading down the path of self-destruction. The root of our problems lie with our politicians. They become politicians not to serve the people but to enrich themselves. When they are suspended to investigate alleged wrongdoings, they would rather quit. Why? In any developed and transparent society, when you are accused of something, you are usually put on leave while an investigation takes place to determine your innocence. |
No one is suggesting that you did something wrong but all politicians have to understand that you are elected to serve the people. You have to hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone else. You cannot even be seen to be corrupt or involved in any wrongdoings and if you are, you should step aside and let your name be cleared and then return to your post. There are so many things that are fundamentally wrong with Malaysia that I am pretty certain that we cannot reverse the slide we are heading towards. The basic things that any government should be able to provide are not provided. Education to all, clean water, electricity, hospitals, road and public transport to name a few. I ask you to name one thing in Malaysia that actually works? I can’t really think of one (maybe I'm cynical so I can’t see it). Darwin's theory of evolution is on-going in Malaysia. Look at Singapore, a society that helps the best has become a developed nation while we have devolved by holding back our best with racist policies and laws. If anyone wants to know why we are where we are, just look at what we have done wrong for the last 50 years and reverse it, then maybe we might have a chance. Vietnam which was a communist country in the 70s now brings in more FDI than Malaysia. Where do you think we are going to be in 10 years? Which is why I cry for our country, Malaysia. Our beautiful Malaysia that is slowly bleeding to death while we can only stand and watch helplessly..
Source - http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/86692
It's not about DNA, it's about credibility
|‘… Anwar Ibrahim should not worry about giving his DNA samples if he were interested to seek the truth behind the sodomy allegations against him, said Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar.’ ‘…among the options the police were looking at was to bring in a DNA expert of Anwar’s choice so as to dispel any notion of a conspiracy involving the police.’ ‘…DNA does not lie. Give your sample and let the expert read it," Syed Hamid said.’ (Read: DNA doesn’t lie. Anwar refuses to co-operate in a DNA test. Therefore Anwar must be guilty). Disingenuous, or (willfully) ignorant, or both?|
If it wasn’t clear to the Home Affairs Minister, then Sivarasa Rasiah, Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyer (and a geneticist to boot) has just reiterated that it was not the accuracy or reliability of DNA test results that were at issue: it’s the credibility, impartiality, and professionalism of the Malaysian police that is in question, as they proceed with their investigations and collection of evidence.
PAS’ leaders evidently didn’t need foreign DNA experts to understand this. In other words, a DNA match with a sample taken from Saiful’s orifices or stained garments or mattress proves nothing to the politically savvy ulama, for the reasons spelt out by Sivarasa Rasiah The political purpose of this charade is not to establish the factual truth of the matter, which will unavoidably be contestable as long as the possibility of planted DNA samples cannot be ruled out. Since the matter cannot be resolved unequivocally, the political purpose rather is to resuscitate and to prolong in the minds of some, the plausibility that Anwar might be a sodomist (irrelevant to me, but still a salacious detail that titillates my mee suah vendor who is a Pakatan Rakyat supporter and regularly engages me in coffee shop talk as he did today). Dr Mahathir of course has an interest in encouraging this having conveniently forgotten the dictum of the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels: a lie, no matter how outrageous when repeated often enough eventually acquires the appearance of truth (or plausibility, which may be good enough). It's astonishing for instance that a simple detail like Anwar's state of dress during his medical examination while in custody (was he stripped naked?) can remain a matter of ambiguity for the public record, amidst the media spin and the (seemingly) contradictory statements of the parties directly concerned. Syed Hamid Albar has declared that his remarks to the press on the ongoing police investigations ‘were aimed at preventing confusion among the people’. On the contrary, I believe.
The way things are going, would it be surprising if at least some are persuaded that when nothing is certain, anything is possible, if not plausible. Like patriotism, ambiguity and confusion can be a convenient refuge for scoundrels. In between mouthfuls of mee suah and kopi o, we eventually agreed that it’s not so much about forensic science or evidentiary truth. It’s about politics, and perception and its manipulation, i.e. about strategies of persuasion and power.
Source - http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/86486
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|I say this with a heavy heart. I am a supporter of Anwar. Since 1998, I have known in my head that this man has been persecuted and prosecuted, not for the reason of "carnal intercourse against the order of nature", but because he has become a force to reckon with by the current government who have different agendas. And now, 10 years later, just when we simple Malaysians are standing at the brink of a better Malaysia under a more transparent future government, another enforcement and judiciary fiasco occurs. Another allegation. With the same victim; Malaysians. Many Malaysians like myself had great plans for our future in Malaysia, if Pakatan Rakyat takes over. You see, only when the government is willing to deal with a stern hand against corruption at all levels and injustice, will we simple Malaysians make a difference in our own little niche. We just need a government, enforcement and judicary that we can trust to carry out the correct actions against corrupt officials. But no. That will never happen. If someone as visible as Anwar Ibrahim (and perhaps very soon, Raja Petra as well) gets arrested for some weird sodomy allegation (by the serious crime division no less!), thrown into jail, whacked out of shape and sent into ISA without hope for trial, what chance do we simple Malaysians have against such a kerajaan kuku besi?|
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|Click here to watch the video..10,000 strong for Anwar|
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim spoke at a 10,000-strong rally tonight to fight back over allegations of sodomy that he said were orchestrated by the government to keep its grip on power. Anwar, who spent six years in prison before a stunning return to politics in elections in March, has lodged a defamation suit over the allegations - the same charge that put him behind bars in this Muslim-majority nation in 1999.