Rest In Peace, Kugan a/l Ananthan

Posted in Malaysia, Society with tags , , , on January 23, 2009 by jaredsdad

Another sad day for Malaysians in general. Today marks the violent, brutal and inhumane death, presumably at the hands of the police, of Kugan a/l Ananthan. Kugan, who was nabbed in connection with a luxury car theft syndicate was being questioned at the Taipan police station in USJ, Subang Jaya when he “suddenly collapsed”. Selangor police chief Khalid “I swear we didn’t arrest them while Negaraku was being sung” Abu Bakar insisted that Kugan died of “liquid in his lungs”. One certainly cannot be blamed for questioning the authenticity of this audacious claim of this proven liar. Read more about the entire episode here. The following pictures taken of Kugan’s injuries after his family barged into the Serdang Hospital mortuary tells us a different story altogether. It doesn’t look like “fluid in the lungs” to me. Second guesses, anyone?

The following pictures may be too graphic for some. Viewer discretion is advised.


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Level playing field? My foot!

Posted in Malaysia, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2009 by jaredsdad

I wish to take you back to the recent days where the Royal Malaysian Police Force were regularly seen to be flexing their muscle against peaceful vigilers and demonstrators including those from Hindraf and the anti-ISA protests in PJ. Needless to say, these heroes were mistreated, abused and even jailed, much to the furore of the educated and non-partisan public. Somehow, as recently as December 20th 2008, the Malaysian police have seemingly lost all trace of their dual male reproductive glands, more commonly referred to as balls! Alternatively, they may just be corrupt as hell. Who’s to say there isn’t a bit of both? Let the following pictures speak for themselves; as they apparently speak more than a thousand words in this case.

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Now, how does one justify this event as being legal in any way. It must have been legal, for if not, the Royal Malaysian Police Force would have intervened and apprehended the perpetrators ever so stylishly, no? I bet our ever illustrious Home Minister will have something intelligent to say to us. I have confidence in this, as he has never let us down before. Pray tell, Syed Hamid Albar. Doesn’t this legal gathering stoke racial fires and cause unrest among the multiracial citizens of Malaysia? Doesn’t this constitute sedition? For what it’s worth, I’m convinced the peaceful demonstrators pictured above would have certainly obtained permits not only from the police but from the fire department as well. They burned effigies of pigs, for crying out loud!

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PJ Candlelight Vigil – 12 conditions in police permit

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , , , , on November 21, 2008 by jaredsdad

First and foremost, my sincere apologies for not being able to update my blog as regularly as I wish due to reasons beyond my control. My last blog posting is dated October 8th 2008. It has been almost a month and a half since I’ve updated my blog. In that time, however, a lot has changed in the Malaysian sociopolitical scenario. Among the positives, RPK’s release from prison is by far the highlight of the month. Fuel prices have also come down to RM2.00. However, the negatives far outweigh the positives, as is always the case with Malaysia. This leads me to believe that not much has changed afterall, looking at the bigger picture. Najib will be unopposed in the upcoming UMNO elections and will eventually take over as the premier; at least he thinks so. The Home Minister, Syed Hamid Albar has been constantly shooting himself in the foot by making absolutely idiotic statements in the government controlled press. How this idiot got his law degree still baffles many a Malaysian. Abdul Razak Baginda was acquitted of the Altantuya murder, as we all expected; while his fall guys, the two UTK officers have been left behind to face the music. Needless to say, no appeal has been made by the prosecution, in far contrast to the obsessive appealing made by the prosecution in the Anwar sodomy trial. Tun Dr Mahathir continues to make senile statements, no matter how irrelevant he may seem to be.
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The one that takes the cake for me is the latest controversy regarding the regularly held PJ candlelight vigil in support of the dismantling of the Internal Security Act (ISA). The Malaysian police and Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) were quick to arrest the vigilers by force while they were singing the national anthem and had the cheek to deny doing so even with video evidence available. The reason given by the police was that no permit was given for the assembly (like permits were given to the numerous illegal protests held by Pemuda UMNO with now subdued Khairy Jamaluddin at the helm of things). Then again, the police force comes under the jurisdiction of the Home Ministry, need I say more?

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This time around, the police has granted a permit for the PJ candlelight vigil but have imposed their 12 conditions, whereby if they’re not met, the permit applicant will be held responsible; in this case, Petaling Jaya city councillor Richard Yeoh. The 12 conditions are listed below:

• Organisers are responsible for the safety of the participants.

• Permission to use the venue is the responsibility of the organiser.

• Crowd must not spill onto the road and cause traffic obstruction.

• No form of political or racial speeches allowed.

• No use of fireworks or explosives, unless explicitly allowed by the police.

• No use of dangerous weapons.

• Organiser must ensure that there is no burning of candles to protest the ISA.

• Organiser must ensure that participants do not wear clothes which call for the abolishment of the ISA.

• Organiser must not hold any activities which show support for ISA detainees.

• Banners and fliers calling for the abolition of the ISA are forbidden.

• The police are free to make audio and video recordings of the event.

In my opinion, the police should have never drawn up certain conditions which are beyond their jurisdiction. For example, what the vigilers chose to wear and choose to say are none of their concern. This is indeed a gross violation of Article 10 of our Federal Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech. The police should only have imposed conditions to monitor the public’s general safety, traffic movements, etc. Who the hell do they think they are to tell us we can’t wear or say what we want? Do they forget or are they too stupid to realise that the taxpayers who pay them their undeserved salary and not their corrupt politicians are their masters? As human rights lawyer N. Surendran so rightly put it, handling a candle or wearing an anti-ISA shirt is not a security issue.

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Now, when he was asked to comment, the issuer of the permit, Petaling Jaya police district deputy chief Mohd Shukor Sulong declined, saying that he wasn’t the right person to comment. Then why put your signature on the freaking permit, may I ask?? He went further to say that the right person to comment would be the Selangor police chief, Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar (pictured above), a proven liar I should add. He was the one who blatantly lied about the police NOT arresting the vigilers while the national anthem was being sung; and when faced with evidence proving otherwise, did not have the balls to retract his lie or apologise. What kind of comment do you think we could expect from this man of little or no integrity? Be prepared for a Syed Hamid Albarian comment, no doubt!

Enough petitions. Let’s email our support instead…!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by jaredsdad

Malaysians have tried in vain and failed miserably in terms of getting the ruling BN government to listen to our collective voice. One could be forgiven for mistaking the Malaysian rulership for a monarchy or dictatorship instead of a democracy. In an elected democracy like Malaysia, ideally the rakyat is supposed to call the shots. It’s only fair because we hold the power to vote and decide who our leaders are. Keeping things in perspective, the BN government should realise that they run the country as trustees of the very people who voted them in, making the rakyat the boss. That would, in turn, mean that the government needs to listen carefully to what the people want ahead of their own agendas. The battle cry of the HINDRAF faithful is nothing more than this very truth. “Makkal sakthi” literally translates to “people power” and this is what many Malaysians yearn for, some even silently.

Malaysians from all woks of life have collectively and strongly denounced the use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and have called for the unconditional release of it’s detainees and the abolishment of the draconian law. Several members of the ruling BN coalition have also voiced their discontent and condemned the use of the ISA, the most prominent one being the de-facto law minister at that time, Zaid Ibrahim. He was initially brought into the BN cabinet to give our judiciary a much needed reform. His call also fell on deaf ears and the gentleman subsequently tendered his resignation. If the law minister himself thinks that the ISA needs to be abolished, I don’t think a stronger indication is needed to at least review the matter. ISA detainees remain in detention without trial. Many human right watchdog groups have also called for the abolishment of this inhumane law. ISA detainees still remain in detention without trial.

Malaysians have signed numerous petitions to the government demanding the release of all ISA detainees. Judging from the government’s reaction, it would not be unwise to suspect that those in the corridors of power might not have even read these petitions. We Malaysians are a peaceful and civilised lot. We want to be civil in making our pleas and demands. Instead of taking violently to the streets and bringing the country into unprecedented chaos, we have resorted to writing petitions to our so-called “leaders”. These petitions have been ignored.

Malaysians have, once again, resorted to peaceful protesting. This time around, we are sending emails directly to those we want to reach. In this latest show of support, emails will be sent to our Home Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister and YM Raja Petra Kamarudin himself. This move has garnered amazing support thus far. More than 50,000 emails have been sent. All you have to do to lend your support to this noble cause is click here. You do not need to go through the hassle of writing a long email to get the message across. A letter has already been drafted. You just need to fill in your name and remember to click the “send” button for all four recipients. It’s as simple as that.

Let’s all do our part as good, decent and responsible Malaysians and send out these emails to the people out there who have the power to make these decisions. Once again, you can do so by clicking here. RPK and the HINDRAF five have sacrificed too much for us. I make this plea to one and all to show them that they are in our thoughts and prayers and that we are forever indebted to them for their role in the imminent reforms that Malaysia is about to undergo. Show them we care. Show them we are greatful. Show them they are not alone.

Comments & replies…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2008 by jaredsdad

Quite sometime ago, I wrote my last post on September 18th 2008 entitled Kickdefella Arrested for Sedition. I have been unusually busy of late attending to various matters pertaining to work and family, resulting in my lengthy absence from blogging. It caught me by surprise when I received an unexpected comment on that very article by a friend and former senior of mine from the Royal Military College by the name of Syahrizal S with regards to my resentment towards the BN government. In fact, he linked his comment on my post to a post of his own in his blog called the Drill & Grill. You can read the post on his blog here.

In his comment, Syahrizal maintained that race-based politics is also rampant in Pakatan Rakyat as opposed to Barisan Nasional. Furthermore, he implied that BN is not a “racist” party if their continued success in the history of Malaysian GEs is anything to go by. By his logic, if BN was a “racist” party and Malaysians have always voted for BN to be in power, that makes all Malaysians racists. Read his comment and my subsequent reply to his comment here.

I am not offended by his comment by any means. In fact, as I mentioned in my reply to his comment, I am honoured that he had made the time to comment on my supposedly “biased” article. In fact, it is exactly this kind of open discussion and objective and constructive criticism that we bloggers wish to indulge in at any given time. Ironically, this is also something that the current BN goverment does not condone wholeheartedly. They’re policies are far too evident with their constant chastising of bloggers who re perceived as “anti-BN”.

To Syahrizal and all other bloggers and visitors to my blog, I wish to say I may be wrong and that I will stand to be corrected. That is the whole point, we must not fail to see. Everyone should be open to comments and brickbats just the same. Most bloggers reserve the right to moderate the comments shown on their blogs. However, some bloggers fail to approve negative comments on their blogs and this should certainly not be the case. Take for instance, Tun Dr Mahathir’s blog. You will never find a comment made against his views. This is the case with many bloggers, sad to say. Forgive me for singling out Dr M but his blog comes to mind at this point of time.

For me, it is very simple. Live and let live. Blog and let blog. Just as is the case in most developed democracies, freedom of speech should be enshrined in our constitution. Malaysia should look towards the West and adopt this attitude. The attitude of the ruling government must change, for a better Malaysia. As for all the bloggers, we are set in our collective attitude. With the right amount of pressure and patience, we will realise this Malaysian dream. A Malaysia for all. A Malaysia for Bangsa Malaysia.

Kickdefella arrested for sedition!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , on September 18, 2008 by jaredsdad

Most Malaysians will remember a particular blogger’s bold effort to stress the fact that Malaysia is indeed a country in distress by flying the national flag upside down. That move did not go down to well with the BN government, obviously, and he has endured much criticism at the hands of these uncouth politicians. Syed Azidi Syed Aziz or better known as Sheih Kickdefella is the latest in the growing list of high profile arrests by the corrupt BN government, although he isn’t detained under the ISA. The Sedition Act was used instead.

Apart from being a reputable blogger, Syed Azidi is an aide to YB Datuk Husam Musa in Kota Baru, Kelantan. He was detained by a police team from Bukit Aman at his house in Kampung Demit near Kubang Kerian at about 5.00pm today according to NST online. He was supposedly arrested for inciting the public to fly the national flag upside down via his blog.

This latest arrest has further ignited the public furore against the ailing BN government; a move seen as an act of desperation by many. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi seems to be digging his own grave with each passing day.

Sheih Kickdefella is also well endeared by the great majority of Malaysian bloggers who share similar ideals. Among other noteworthy contributions, he was instrumental in coming up with the “Bloggers United” logo that you see on many local blogs including mine.

These arrests may be BN’s way of threatening the questioning voices of Malaysians into submission. Little do they know that such tactics have gone stale. We are called “Bloggers United” for a reason. The government will undoubtedly have lost even more ground with these rash acts of terrorism. Every thing BN does smells of desperation and arrogance. Let it be known that Mahathirism isn’t the order of the day anymore. The latest crackdown on bloggers and other dissenting voices will not have anyone shaking in their boots, let alone these brave bloggers. BN should seriously prepare for a massive blogger backlash! Their days are numbered, and no one knows more so than BN themselves…

Free Teresa Kok! Please do your part and sign the petition…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , on September 15, 2008 by jaredsdad

Many believe the mindless detention without trial of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok under the Internal Security Act is another portrayal of sheer arrogance and high-handedness of the BN government. The recent arrests under the ISA, including those of Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng have made a mockery of democracy and showcases the vile racial tactics of a desperate government.

Teresa Kok was wrongfully accused of stirring up racial sentiments by instigating members of the public to petition against mosques in Kinrara and Kota Damansara to lower their speaker volumes. These allegations were played up by the former Meneteri Besar of Selangor, Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and the local daily Utusan Malaysia. They were clearly unfounded and deragatory of Teresa Kok, who therefore decided to sue Khir Toyo and Utusan Malaysia. To further establish Teresa’s case and make Khir Toyo look the part of the racial bigot that he truly is, the administrators of both these mosques have defended the fact that Teresa was never involved in the said events which were actually a result of a faulty PA System.

Under such circumstances, you would expect Khir Toyo to be asked to provide an explanation for his malicious attempt to incriminate Teresa Kok who is clearly devoid of any fault. Instead, our moronic government decides that Teresa is a major threat to national security and that UMNO member Khir Toyo is perhaps seen as a great asset to the Malaysian people. As a result, Teresa Kok is arrested under the ISA.

For all of us out here who see these recent events as pathetically unjust and strong-arm tactics of a very desperate and corrupt BN government, let’s do our part in voicing our discontent and disgust with their actions. Call for the immediate release of Teresa Kok and the abolishment of the Internal Security Act so no other being should be detained without trial. This, my friends, is nothing more than the BN government blatantly denying us our basic right as humans and as citizens of this great country. This petition is found on Teresa Kok’s website as well as on many other prominent blogs and websites. The current number of signatures stands at 5710.

It is up to us to make the right noise. Show the government what is meant by “People Power”. Sign the petition and call for the immediate and unconditional release of Teresa Kok and all others so wrongfully detained under the ISA. Call for abolition of this draconian law that makes it possible for our corrupt government to arrest anyone without trial who stands in the way of their twisted ambitions. Call for an immediate repeal in this practice which grossly violates human rights and our fundamental liberties as Malaysians. Sign the petition for a much needed change…