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tmi-nKUALA LUMPUR, July 19 — Umno-controlled newspapers, Berita Harian and Mingguan Malaysia, today slammed critics for demonising the country’s graft-busters over Teoh Beng Hock’s death, with one suggesting there is an agenda to weaken Malay-controlled institutions.

Both newspapers accused the opposition of politicising the political secretary’s death on July 16, with Mingguan saying the federal opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) was using the incident to divert attention away from internal problems and weaknesses.

But Berita Harian suggested the agenda was to weaken Malay-controlled institutions in the article, “Kematian Teoh timbulkan pelbagai spekulasi politik”, written by the New Straits Times group managing editor Zainul Ariffin Isa.

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I am utterly disgusted by the editor’s comment, as he is still indulge in race politics after 52 years of independent.

berita2Here we have a Malaysian dead while in the custody of a government agency and suddenly this propagandists in Utusan and Berita Harian start to spin it into a racial issue. Not one report before this that I read regarding the death spoke about race until these papers start to spin the actual facts. People are just concern on the circumstances surrounding the death regardless of the deceased race. Malaysian just wants the truth and nothing but the truth. Why spin the story and make it so racist?

Is this what the new 1Malaysia about? Other races can’t question any government agency and if by doing so, means weakening Malay-controlled institutions? What an idiotic journalism is this? The people are not anti-Malay-controlled institution but the action and manner of MACC questioning “witnesses”. I believe that there are a lot of good people in MACC but certain blacksheeps are the real culprits who have actually tarnished the institution. These balls-polishers are just too eager to play ‘god’ and  to please their master even if it means ‘eliminating subject’. Just look at how they made a witness stand 4 hours during interrogation demanding that he confess for things that he did not do. Remember the police report made by one Zul, A Simpang Renggam Municipal Council administrator and the 46-year-old UMNO division leader from Maran, Pahang on how they were physically abused? Come on lah…these are two are also Malays lah. Are they weakening the Malay-controlled institution when they made the reports? The Berita Harian did not say so at that point of time. Now that the dead is a Chinese and people question and demanded answers, they say it is weakening the Malay-controlled institution! The whole point here is that Malaysian knew how impartial and incompetent the MACC is.

How can we Malaysian can ever live as Malaysian if this kind of journalists are continuing to raise racist issue. Each time an issue of this magnitude surfaces, these UMNO controlled paper will bring in the race card to intimidate the other races and try to galvanize one race.

Shouldn’t the police steps in and charged these people who fan anti-sentiment among the people. Maybe ISA-ed them or is the ISA is also meant for certain race only?

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The Malaysian Insider, IPOH, May 26 — Despite the arrest of five workers and the police “takeover” of the tent where the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) hunger strike was to take place, the three-day hunger strike has been launched by ousted Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin. Earlier, the light strike force officers moved in at 7am, arresting two local and three Burmese workers from an event management company who were putting up the tent and a giant balloon. The balloon was also confiscated. The officers then occupied the tent to block PR from continuing with their fast, which was meant to be part of a move to press for fresh Perak state elections. As at 9.30am, the riot police were still under the tent just outside the DAP headquarters here and having breakfast. A total of 40 policemen, two jeeps, four police cars, two vans and seven trucks were seen in the area. Police tried to remove the tent at one point but DAP’s Ngeh Koo Ham negotiated with them. The police said the tent was an illegal structure but the DAP members present pleaded with them “not to take sides”, saying there were many other illegal structures in the town. In the end, the police stood down and allowed the launch to take place.

Really unfair…..those arrested are just doing their job for an event management company. They are just a few innocent labourers earning to put bread and butter on the table for their families. WHY ARREST THEM??

Will not this kind of action backlashed  the government. This I’m sure will make our fellow citizens in Perak angrier. The police seems to put fear among the people but what irk me is the double-standard in carrying out their duties. While  Khairy Jamaluddin a.k.a  KJ could demonstrate with impunity, those outside BN are arrested over anything.

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Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim told a 20,000-strong rally that he had the numbers to form a new government and wants to meet with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to discuss a handover.

“Tomorrow is the D-day. We are ready to form the government. We have the numbers and we are ready to announce tomorrow.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 people.jpg“Tomorrow, we are ready. But the best time (for the takeover), I tell you, is when we meet the prime minister.

“A peaceful transition is paramount,” he added, conceding that there will not be a change of government tomorrow as he had promised earlier.

According to him, Pakatan Rakyat has submitted a letter to Abdullah today seeking a meeting for a smooth transition of power.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 anwar.jpg“We have the numbers but we want to meet with Abdullah, show him the evidence and work out a handover because we want a peaceful transition,” he said to the jubilant cheers of the crowd.

The opposition leader also did not provide more information on how many MPs Pakatan has in the bag and the number of government defectors.Anwar will need at least 31 defectors from BN and perhaps over 40 for a stable Pakatan government.

“I believe that the government will fall in the next few weeks,” he told journalists after the rally.

The massive crowd had earlier gathered at the Kelana Jaya stadium in Petaling Jaya to celebrate Pakatan’s ‘Hari Malaysia’ celebration.

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Anwar, who began his 45-minute speech at 10.45pm, also emphasised the importance of Sabah and Sarawak to Malaysia.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 stage.jpgHe criticised the ruling Barisan Nasional for pursuing a divide-and-rule agenda at the expense of the two east Malaysian states.

“This is the first time ever a celebration of this scale is being held to recognise that we are one – that Sabah and Sarawak are part of Malaysia,” Anwar told the crowd.

He added that he would declare Sept 16 a national holiday when he takes over the government.

Anwar also slammed the Abdullah-led government of practising racial politics, which he said led to last Friday’s arrests of three people under the Internal Security Act.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 big screen.jpgHe urged the majority Malays not to be swayed by BN policies.

“The Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) benefitted only the rich and elite Malays, not you,” he said.

Anwar also said that he would reduce fuel prices by 70 sen the very next day after forming the government.

Most of those in the crowd are at the stadium tonight in the belief that Anwar would make an important announcement on the formation of a new government, which the PKR leader has repeatedly claimed he would do by tomorrow.

High expectation

Earlier, Anwar entered the venue at about 9.40pm to thunderous chants of ‘Reformasi!’ and ‘Merdeka’.

Many Pakatan leaders were already at the stadium, most of them also believing that Anwar would make an important announcement at the rally.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 leaders.jpgPenang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, when asked if there would be a surprise announcement, merely said: “Wait for Anwar”.

Guan Eng and DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang had earlier entered the stadium to loud cheers.

Many people on the ground whom Malaysiakini spoke to also expressed confidence of an impending change.

“He may reveal the first batch of defectors and maybe on how they will approach the king. I think they will wrap it up and form a new government by the end of this month,” said retiree G Maniam.

‘I am surprised at how fast things are changing,” said another Pakatan supporter at the stadium, Anthony Tong.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908 crowd.jpgThe 52-year-old accountant from Cheras said that he would not be disappointed even if Anwar managed to seize power by the end of this year.

“What Anwar has said will happen soon as all the people are backing him. The change of government will happen very soon now,” said Nursikin Bahrom, a 23-year-old student.

“Anwar has promised us a new beginning and we will support him when the battle begins on the 16th… he is our new prime minister and the BN should realise this,” said businessman Abdul Aziz Rashid, 36.

Don’t invite police, military

Meanwhile, PKR information chief Tian Chua said the three-member opposition alliance had already secured a simple majority in parliament and that more government lawmakers would defect later.

pakatan rakyat sept 16 gathering crowd waving flagBut he said there were concerns that the coalition – which has ruled since independence from Britain 51 years ago – would stoke conflict in order to justify a crackdown to keep itself in power.

“We want Abdullah to assure us there will be no repressive force used, like involving the police or inviting the military to take control,” he told AFP.

Tian said the opposition’s push had been helped by the detention of an opposition politician, a prominent blogger and a journalist under draconian ISA.

pakatan rakyat 916 gathering kelana jaya 150908f flag.jpg“Abdullah’s final crackdown made people lose hope that he is ever going to be a liberal reformer, which he promised,” he said.

Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar defended the detentions but said it was a police operation and not his idea – comments ridiculed by the opposition, which said he and Abdullah must be held accountable.

Spirits were high at the stadium, which was adorned with Malaysian flags and posters demanding the release of the opposition politician and the blogger – who remain in custody while the journalist was freed.

At the rally, Anwar set out an agenda to fight corruption and protect the rights of all citizens in Malaysia.”The Pakatan Rakyat government will uphold justice, a free judiciary, a free media and a professional police force,” he said.

(Merican Din)

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