Sunday, July 29, 2007

Gotcha! Raja Petra

Reproduced from Publius Melayu

I’m almost taken by what Raja Petra has been claiming these past few days following his questioning by the police at KL’s Dangi Wangi station.

For one, lets take a look at his explanation that all the profanities posted against Islam and the Yang DiPertuan Agong were done by the co-called UMNO ‘cyber-troopers’.

What begs to be answered now is, if it is true those dastardly deeds were ‘penned’ by UMNO mercenary scribes, why have they now almost come down to a trickle if not stopped suddenly in their tracks? Given that the battle zone that is politics would most likely never see any let up in subversion, offensives, counter-offensives and psy-war efforts, it would be a most lame excuse for Raja Petra to point his fingers to an unsubstantiated and groundless claim such as that.

However, I, being a regular follower of Malaysia-Today and other SOPO blogs, would agree to a certain degree of subversion by some over-enthusiastic, albeit childish and shallow attempts by UMNO ‘cyber troopers’ to try some clearly futile attempts at flooding the website’s server with hundreds of repetitive postings as well as the alleged ‘planted’ comments that have become the bone of contention presently.

If the alleged cyber-fifth columnists do really exist and occasionally succeed in posting their uncouth and criminal comments and, given their ability to cause quite a disquiet on both sides of the Malaysian political divide, I wouldn’t think that they will stop.

I would think that the reason for the sudden disappearance of the bulk of such postings is because they were not carried out by the people that Raja Petra strongly alleged. They were actually carried by some over-zealous cyber-anarchists aligned to the blind (blinkered) spirit of Raja Petra’s claim to social and political righteousness.

As such, following Raja Petra’s clear advice before his being summoned for questioning by the police last week that he would appreciate if the readers of Malaysia-Today would refrain from posting profanities and anti-Islamic comments, the attacks suddenly came to a slower pace and almost zero.

In most probabilities this may be attributed to the culprits taking heed of his appeals as well as the unfounded fear that by continuing to do so would cause what they perceive as their only channel of free speech to come to an end.

Another possibility is the fear that by persisting in maintaining the momentum of profanities and vulgarities, they may cause their scapegoat, i.e. Raja Petra to be arrested, hence losing their presumed anarchic alter ego.

So based on all these, Raja Petra’s contention that the attacks were carried out wholly by the so-called UMNO cyber-troopers does not carry any weight. This theory becomes even more plausible – even real, given that earlier he had admitted he could not control such postings that came from abroad,and in yet another instance, that he should not be held responsible for those were just comments made by others and not himself as the operator of Malaysia-Today.

After going through the three ‘defences’ mentioned above, Raja Petra suddenly zeroed in on the ‘wholly-carried-out- by- UMNO-cyber-troopers’ scapegoating stance. And with that he felt that he was treading solid ground as almost all his blind flock of followers would unhesitatingly jump on the bandwagon and go on an all out counter-offensive to re-direct the blame to external forces.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sila Halusi Teguran Ahli UMNO INI

Dipetik dari blog Publius Melayu.

Saya tertarik dengan luahan kekecewaan dan kekesalan seorang ahli UMNO yang tersiar di laman KMU.

Surat Terbuka Kepada Tan Sri Muhamad Muhamad Taib)

Saya amat menghargai keutuhan negara ini selain rasa begitu bertanggung-jawab terhadap kedaulatan agama dan bangsa. Saya seorang ahli biasa UMNO yang tidak pernah mengenali mana-mana 'kroni' pun sebelum ini. Saya tidak meminta apa-apa balasan selain melakukan perjuangan siber ini secara sukarela dari dulu lagi. Saya amat terkilan dan berasa malu dengan apa yang didakwa (dan kononya juga dibuktikan) bahawa pihak UMNO di PWTC telah mengupah penulis "mercenary" untuk membantu menafikan segala tohmahan dan pembohongan yang tersiar di internet.

Usaha itu murni. Sebagaimana pihak pembangkang dan aktivis politik bersayap kiri bergiat di alam siber dengan penuh yakin, begitulah juga hak pihak UMNO mempunyai ruang untuk menggunakan pletform maya bagi mempertahankan diri.

Jika benar wujud pasukan siber itu dan juga benar mereka cuba menyamar di laman-laman blog yang disasarkan, saya rasa telah tiba masanya untuk dikaji semula strategi berkenaan.

Paling penting ialah bagi segala usaha penangkisan terhadap tohmahan dan propaganda ditangani dan jawab secara profesional dan berhemah.

Bukan calang-calang orang yang mampu berdiri teguh berjuang di medan pertempuran siber ini. Saya tabik kepada beberapa suara 'moderate' yang tidak berasa malu mengakui sebagai ahli UMNO dan ketara diterima dalam komuniti blogger pembangkang, termasuk Malaysia-Today.

Bagaimanapun, sejak kebelakangan ini dengan pencerobohan dan suara kasar kebudak-budakan cetek beberapa orang 'counter-blogger', senario keterbukaan telah menjadi kecoh. Kecoh bukan kerana blog-blog pembangkang dan aktivis bersayap kiri tergugat, tetapi kerana langkah sumbang 'pejuang' mentah kita sendiri.

Ini hanyalah pendapat peribadi saya. Diharap pucuk pimpinan parti terimalah secara terbuka kerana misi UMNO sentiasa murni. Kemurniaan inilah yang saya pegang dan bukan disebabkan kerana beberapa pemimpin digugat pelbagai tuduhan di alam siber. Itu semua perlu dijawab dan diperbetul sendiri secara telus.Ia juga tidak bermakna seluruh ahli UMNO yang berhati mulia dan berintegriti akan meninggalkan perjuangan parti dan bangsa disebabkan segelintir pemimpin itu.

Pada kami UMNO tetap UMNO dan segala-galanya perlu diperbetulkan secara dalaman dan terbuka dan dalam pada itu segala perjuangan terhadap ancaman ini tetap diteruskan.

Saya dan beberapa rakan seperjuangan akan sentiasa berjuang untuk mempertahankan kedaulatan agama, bangsa dan negara. Oleh itu saya memohon supaya segala-galanya dilakukan secara berhemah kerana akhirnya yang paling berkuasa ialah rakyat dan ribuan ahli UMNO yang begitu mengharap.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

PAS Akui Terdapat Blogger Yang Melampau Terhadap Islam

Ahli Dewan Negara dari Parti PAS Senator Wan Ubaidah Wan Omar mengakui ada blogers yang membuat kenyataan melampau, mengancam dan membuat fitnah serta boleh merosakkan akidah umat Islam.

Bercakap ketika membahaskan Rang Undang-undang Aktiviti Kerajaan Elektronik 2007 di Dewan Negara semalam Wan Ubaidah menyebut tentang laman blog Murtad Malaysia di mana orang-orang Melayu yang murtad memberi kenyataan menyatakan kenapa mereka mahu keluar Islam dan sebagainya.

Sementara itu, Senator Mumtaz Md Nawi berkata, kerajaan seharusnya mengkaji sama ada betul atau tidak apa yang ditulis oleh mana-mana blogers sebelum mengambil apa-apa tindakan.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

An Early Observation of the Police Report Against RPK & Malaysia-Today Fiasco

Reproduced from Fifth Columnist

Its quite beguiling to read about the fiasco surrounding the police report lodged against Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK) and Malaysia-Today.

For one it sure looks like RPK was so piqued that his sense of objectivity and balance seemed to have gone to the dogs in this instance. Just look at his challenge to UMNO Information Chief Muhamad Muhamad Taib which was published in Malaysia-Today today.

RPK kept ranting about his being not an ordinary prince but a Bugis Prince at that. A strain that is assumed to bring shudders down the spine of his detractors, especially Muhamad Muhammad Taib—never mind that his claimed royal genealogy leads back to some historic nation of yore far away from our shores.

At times his staccato outlash against his detractor made me laugh out loud. I laughed because of the almost childlike response from RPK and no less the way Muhammad Taib tackled the matter, to subsequently turn it into a virtual circus of sorts.

Already RPK has indicated that he had not the faintest idea of what UMNO or Muhamad Muhamad Taib was harping on. If it was over a certain posting or comments that he had allegedly humiliated the Yang DiPertuan Agong and Islam, RPK said there was none to be had on that stated date of July 11.

I am not partisan to RPK, Malaysia-Today or the person who made the report vicariously or otherwise. But the point is that both sides may be equally at fault or loss, whichever way you look at it. For UMNO and Muhamad Muhamad Taib who wanted to nab the perpetrators of the alleged attack on the Yang DiPertuan Agong and Islam, you should have made sure that all proper evidence and documention are at hand. This is very important. Although RPK himself had tried (although not draconianly) to ensure certain civility and decorum in Malaysia-Today, he nevertheless had clearly failed in this.

As for his own postings over alleged corruption and what not, why not garner the help of the legal community and start by making police reports and fight for it through proper channels? Truth and honesty will not fail a mission ultimately. However, by taking this route of among other things, allowing subversive elements to partake of the ‘free’ platform that he has provided via Malaysia-Today, he has turned himself into a victim – again.

RPK should have closely monitored all postings that appear on Malaysia-Today. Readers and commentators can critically discuss anything by all means, but do please keep emotions in check for want of certain decorum of civility as sensible citizens – citizens because most of the focus is on bringing about change, a better standard of democracy and higher level of integrity in the Government and country.

Without close monitoring this is what happens. Well, to some of the opponents of the system, reaction (the harsher the better) in any form is deemed as progress, either in the way of ‘martyrdom’ for the protagonist or at least to deflect attention to the assumed ‘misdeeds’ of the authorities in trying to enforce certain laws.

As for RPK, instead of coming forth with a more sensible set of answer backs, he got carried away with allegations of misdeeds and indiscretions of Muhamad Muhammad Taib that ranged from corruption to disrespect to the Yang DiPertuan Agong.

Having said almost everything that I presume rushed to his mind at the spur of the moment, he concluded his piece by challenging Muhammad Taib to a duel with kerises. What gives?

This, I see as RPK’s weakness. Earlier on in one of his postings on the so-called establishment of UMNO cyber-troopers to take on the opposition bloggers through the open medium of the internet, he even had the audacity to stoop so low as to describe his opponents (UMNO cyber troopers) as country bumpkins who did not even know how to use cutlery at a formal dinner. He wrote off this people upon this presumed shortcomings, adding that their inability to speak proper English placed them at station below his so-called noble upbringing. So much for freedom. It sure reeks of certain vestiges of Middle Age feudalistic outlook.

Yes, of course I also see that on the part of UMNO the counter attacks by these mercenary cyber warriors or what not clearly had failed. On the main they have not been successful in engaging the opposition. This has been easily picked by RPK and the rest to turn it against them.

As a mere observer I can see that if RPK’s arch nemesis, especially UMNO, had put more thought into their fight back strategies, they will find that there are a thousand and one ways to succeed – there are many ways to skin a cat, as the saying goes.

However, this early showdown between UMNO, Muhammad Muhammad Taib dan RPK seems to have fallen flat on its face.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Laporan Polis Terhadap Malaysia-Today

Dipetik dari blog Countergrain

Menurut laporan awal daripada beberapa blogger termasuk Jeff OOi dan Rocky satu laporan polis telah dibuat di Balai Polis Dang Wangi hari ini tadi terhadap laman web alternatif Malaysia-Today yang dikendalikan oleh Raja Petra Kamaruddin.

Countergrain sudah lama menghitung hari ekoran tindakan begitu ramai blogger dan pembaca laman berita alternatif Malaysia-Today mengeposkan komen-komen tanpa beralas. Yang saya maksudkan ialah komen berunsur hasutan dan kecaman terhadap beberapa isu sensitif, terutama yang ketara menghina agama Islam dan Nabi Muhammad.

Ada di antara blogger yang sengaja menggunakan laman Malaysia-Today bagi meluahkan kata-kata lucah terhadap masyarakat Muslim dan agama Islam -- ini tidak patut disiarkan tanpa penapisan oleh pihak editorial.

Berikutan kegagalan Raja Petra menangani kepincangan itu, ramai di antara masyarakat Islam di negara ini berasa begitu terhina.

Tidak kurang ramai juga yang menasihatkan Raja Petra(termasuk countergrain sendiri) supaya segera menapis pos-pos sedemikian rupa tetapi beliau pada mulanya gagal berbuat demikian, hinggalah sejak beberapa hari kebelakangan ini apabila beliau akhirnya memberi amaran kepada pembaca Malaysia-Today yang beliau akan mula menapis segala posting selain mengenakan syarat bagi menyertai laman tersebut.

Kita patut mengambil iktibar daripada keadaan ini. Tanpa menyebelahi mana-mana pihak saya rasa memang tepat masanya bagi laporan Polis dibuat.

Jika diperhatikan daripada satu sudut, Raja Petra yang begitu mendaulati kebebasan ekspresi dan bersuara, terutama di internet, telah dijadikan mangsa oleh anasir-anasir yang sengaja menggunakan laman Malaysia-Today sebagai saluran.

Dari penjuru lain pula kita perlu melihat senario ini dari aspek toleransi.Dalam konteks ini, toleransi yang maksudkan ialah sikap kesabaran beberapa pihak dalam kerajaan yang sengaja tidak mahu menambahkan minyak kepada api hasutan yang dinyalakan oleh anasir-anasir subversif di laman Malaysia-Today. Daripada ini kita dapat mentafsirkan samada kerajaan sengaja menindas suara pembangkang atau sebaliknya.

Bagaimanapun, apabila keadaan menjadi begitu serius apakah salah bagi sesuatu dilakukan untuk menanganinya demi kesejahteraan semua penduduk negara pelbagai kaum ini?

Pemuda MCA Memberi Ketua Pemuda UMNO Nasihat Keras

Dipetik dari Publius Melayu

Pemuda MCA telah menyampaikan nasihat keras kepada Pemuda UMNO supaya jangan terlalu taksub dengan keadaan. Sayap Pemuda MCA itu dilaporkan berasa tidak senang dengan gesaan Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Dato Hishamuddin Tun Hussein supaya MCA berhenti daripada membuat kenyataan berhubung andaian bahawa Malaysia negara sekular.

Berikut surat terbuka daripada Pemuda MCA kepada Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO yang bertarikh 22 Julai 2007:

Surat terbuka kepada Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO

Kami, ahli-ahli muda MCA, menyokong penuh pendirian dan usaha murni MCA menyumbang kepada pembangunan negara dan rakyat Malaysia.

Kami membidas tindakan Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO yang memberi “Amaran kepada MCA” melalui akhbar Berita Harian (tajuk utama, Sabtu 21 Julai 2007) yang meneruskan politik polemik mengintepretasikan semula perlembagaan persekutuan Malaysia.

Ini berlaku walaupun pada hari Khamis 19 Julai, 2007, Kementerian Dalam Negeri telah mengarahkan media arus perdana supaya jangan menyiarkan sebarang berita mengenai Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara Islam. Perbuatan Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO langsung tidak menghormati larangan yang telah dikeluarkan oleh KDN yang mewakili kerajaan negara.

Kenyataan Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO terhadap pemimpin MCA yang merupakan rakan kongsi utama BN, tidak membawa manfaat kepada sesiapa kerana ia tidak membawa kebaikan kepada mana-mana pihak.

Kami memberi nasihat ikhlas kepada Ketua Pemuda UMNO supaya mengingati semangat BN yang telah menjadi teras kerjasama dan muafakat selama 49 tahun Malaysia merdeka. Perbuatan mengeluarkan amaran terhadap sesebuah rakankongsi seperjuangan BN juga memperlekehkan semangat toleransi, hormat-menghormati dan bermuafakat.

Kami menyarankan pihak yang berkenaan seupaya melihat Perlembagaan Persekutuan Malaysia secara menyeluruh, bukannya mengambil sesuatu fasal atau fakta secara terasing kerana ini tindakan pihak yang jahil mengenai latar belakang, semangat dan kesefahaman yang telah dipersetujui di antara semua rakyat Malaysia yang menjadi teras membawa kepada pembentukan negara Malaysia yang merdeka.

Leadership Development Bureau
MCA Bangsar/22 July 2007

Komen Publius Melayu: Dalam menangani isu ini, saya kira eloklah kedua-dua sayap parti komponen BN itu berusaha menyelesaikannya secara rasional dan tertib. Di pihak Hishamuddin, sekiranya amaran beliau berhubung kenyataan Ong Ka Chuan itu terlalu keras, sudah tentulah reaksi daripada pihak lain juga akan diajukan secara lantang.

Ini adalah perkara yang boleh diselesaikan sekelip mata. Pandangan peribadi almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman dan kemudian disusuli mendiang Tun Tan Siew Sin adalah tidak lain daripada tafsiran berdasarkan 'pertuturan' dalam perlembagaan yang boleh dilihat dari pelbagai sudut.

Dalam pada itu, saya juga mempersoalkan tujuan Ong menimbulkan isu tersebut. Apakah manfaatnya? Apakah ia hanya sebagai modal cetek bagi menarik perhatian penyokong?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Anwar, Nat & Konspirasi Barat

Dipetik dari Fifth Columnist

Polis Bukit Aman menahan Nathaniel Tan (Nat), pembantu Anwar Ibrahim dalam Foundation For the Future, pada 13 Julai 2007 di pejabatnya di Phileo Damansara 1, Petaling Jaya.

Pada mulanya ramai yang mengsyaki penahanan pada 4.45 petang itu bersabit kesalahan di bawah jenayah siber seperti yang dijelaskan seorang anggota polis apabila ditanya. Bagaimanapun, sebab sebenar tidak dapat dipastikan.

Berikutan penahanan itu, seperti yang diagak, rata-rata masyarakat blogger pembangkang melenting dan melemparkan pelbagai tuduhan terhadap pihak polis dan kerajaan. Mereka tidak berlengah untuk memanipulasikan isu tersebut. Dakwaan polis bertindak secara kuku besi, membelakangkan prosedur undang-undang dan dakwaan bahawa penahanan itu dilakukan berikutan arahan daripada pihak atasan berhembus kencang.

Dalam masa yang singkat berita penahanan itu juga dimaklumkan kepada beberapa organisasi antarabangsa, termasuk Amnesty International dan Reporters Sans Frontieres (Badan Wartawan Tanpa Sempadan). Organisasi-organisasi ini juga tidak berlengah untuk menempelak dan mengecam tindakan tersebut.

Kepantasan isu penahanan Nat dieksploitasikan oleh beberapa pihak tempatan dan antarabangsa memberikan semacam kesahihan kepada teori konspirasi yang mengaitkan Anwar menerusi dalang-dalang luar yang dikesan pertalian hingga ke Jabatan Negara Amerika dan Yahudi.

Ia dengan jelas meletakkan tandatanya besar mengenai tanggapan mantan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia itu mendapat bantuan kewangan daripada anasir antarabangsa yang menggunakan ketidakpuasaan peribadinya sebagai helah untuk campur tangan dalam sistem demokrasi Malaysia.

Kini, Nat telah dibebaskan dengan jaminan. Dia perlu melaporkan diri kepada pihak polis dalam beberapa hari bagi siasatan selanjutnya.

Dalam menangani perlekehan daripada pembangkang berhubung isu tersebut, kita berasa agak mual dengan segala imej 'kebenaran' yang ditonjolkan mereka. Tidak guna kita bertegang urat dengan mereka kerana mereka ini jenis manusia bebal yang hanya dapat melihat segala-galanya daripada perspektif sempit.

Bagi rakyat Malaysia yang lebih berpendirian rasional, tindakan itu semestinya mempunyai sebab tertentu. Terlalu awal untuk menghukum pihak polis atau sistem perundangan. Mereka tidak mungkin sebodoh itu untuk melakukan sesuatu sesuka hati di zaman globalisasi yang begitu terbuka ini.

Saya rasa walaupun terdapat landasan tertentu dalam prosedur penahanan dan tangkapan menurut undang-undang, namun keperluan semasa kadangkala memerlukan tindakan luar biasa. Tindakan diluar prosedur biasa bukan sekadar berlaku di negara membangun. Ia lebih sering berlaku di negara maju seperti di Amerika Syarikat dan Britain. Bagaimanapun, selain beberapa suara minoriti menegur perlakuan itu, ia tidak sehebat konspirasi dunia barat terhadap negara membangun seperti Malaysia -- dengan bantuan anasir-anasir dalaman sendiri.

Monday, July 9, 2007


Reproduced from Publius Melayu

Following a discussion between Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Tian Chua (PKR’s Information Chief), Selvakumaran, Haji Rahman (supporter of Khalid Ibrahim), Haji Yusof (Khalid Ibrahim’s proposer) and Khalid Ibrahim (PKR’s candidate for Ijok) at a Chinese Restaurant in Batang Berjuntai, Anwar declared that PKR was all ready and geared towards capturing Sabah and Sarawak in the coming 12th General Elections.

Within a short time Anwar’s declaration began to make the rounds in Ijok and beyond. Such bravado posed certain questions, including whether the gearing-up strategy is being prompted by directives from the CIA and the U.S. to him.

We know that Christian missionaries have for a long time been harbouring designs for a wider outreach of the faith in Indonesia, including Sabah and Sarawak. Lately there has been a marked surge in missionary activities, especially from the Protestants in many parts of Indonesia and the immediate region. Why is this so?

Words have it that PKR will ensure that voters will reject BN and that the main thrust of the strategy is de-stabilise PBB in Sarawak and UMNO in Sabah.

Anwar further claimed that the PKR leadership in Sabah and Sarawak are actively working towards ensuring the success of their plans.Meanwhile, in the peninsula cooperation between PAS and PKR will focus on:

1. Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Perak.
2. PKR will focus on Selangor, Johor, Sarawak and Sabah.
3. PKR and DAP will join forces in Penang, Perak (Chinese majority areas) and Wilayah Persekutuan.

Both Negeri Sembilan and Melaka are excluded. It makes one wonder why, given the fact that DAP had long nurtured plans to strongly contest in both states.

According to Anwar, to date more than 17,000 people have declared their intention to follow Jeffrey Pairin Kitingan in joining PKR. The thrust of the planned exodus led by Pairin is mainly centred among the Kadazan Dusun community.

Anwar told Malayan Nanban that he had different approaches for each ethnic group and that he would utilise his resources to the maximum in the face of the 12th General Elections.