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ZeroSOFInfinity
Sep 13th, 2008, 12:01 AM
Malaysia cracks down as opposition bids to seize power

http://sg.yimg.com/i/sg/providers/afp.gif?x=75&y=40&sig=Qd4IksStmhireWP1ArSenA-- (http://sg.rd.yahoo.com/partners/afp/SIG=10n1rur92/*http%3A//www.afp.com/) AFP - Saturday, September 13

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - - Malaysian authorities Friday arrested an opposition politician, a prominent blogger and a journalist, according to officials and reports, in a crackdown as the opposition plots to seize power.

The three were all believed to be held under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) which allows for detention without trial and has been used against government opponents in the past.

Political observers said they feared the ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition, which was humiliated in March 2008 elections and is now threatened by the opposition's plans, was planning a repeat of an infamous 1987 crackdown.

"Is Malaysia in the grip of another ISA madness, akin to Operation Lalang 21 years ago when there were mass arrests under the ISA and closure of three newspapers?" said opposition lawmaker Lim Kit Siang who was jailed in that campaign.

Malaysia's leading blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who has targeted government figures on his website "Malaysia Today", was the first to be taken into custody.

Raja Petra has already been charged with sedition and defamation after linking Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife to the sensational murder of a Mongolian woman.

Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar justified the arrest, saying the offending articles had insulted Islam and the Prophet Muhammad -- an offence in predominantly Muslim Malaysia.

"We have called him in many times and advised him on his statements but he continued until he posed a threat," he said.

Tan Hoon Cheng, a reporter for the Chinese-language Sin Chew Daily News, was also arrested after reporting on an outburst from a ruling party member who called the ethnic Chinese community "squatters".

Her report triggered a major row in the coalition which is made up of race-based parties. The leading party, which represents majority Muslim Malays, was forced to punish the member responsible.

"Her colleagues from Sin Chew Daily are shocked about the arrest," the newspaper said in a statement. "Sin Chew Daily will stand firmly by our editorial position."

The Star daily's website also reported that Teresa Kok, a lawmaker from the Chinese-based Democratic Action Party which is a member of the opposition alliance, had also been arrested under the ISA.

It did not give further details, but Kok has been defending herself against allegations that she complained about the noise of morning prayers at a mosque in her electorate. She has said the accusation is "preposterous".

The Internal Security Act, which human rights groups have pushed to have abolished, allows for renewable two-year periods of detention without trial and is normally used against suspected terrorists.

Malaysia's opposition, led by Anwar Ibrahim who is plotting to topple the government as soon as next week, condemned the move to deploy the law as "draconian and unjustified."

The Centre for Independent Journalism said the measures "bear a disturbing resemblance to the period in the lead-up to the Operasi Lalang in 1987" when dozens of activists, artists, academics and politicians were detained.

"Both incidents are similar in that it relates to ongoing political crisis within UMNO, but manifested as alleged racial tension by the government," it said in a statement.

Three Malaysian newspapers -- the Sin Chew Daily News, The Sun which is a free English-language daily, and Suara Keadilan which is published by the opposition -- were also Friday reportedly threatened with suspension.

The Star's website said the three had been issued with "show cause" letters from the home ministry, requiring them to explain their actions or face suspension.
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Bullshit! One wrote articles and reported about the corruption that's rampaging in my country - and they arrested him for publishing a "seditious" article on Islam (which is NONE AT ALL). The article is here - http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/11025/84/

The reporter stated what she heard together with other Chinese reporters at the same time. She got arrested instead of the w****r who called Chinese ppl (including me) as a "squatter" and an "immigrant" - and was only suspended for 3 years by the party.

And the lawmaker was arrested following "allegations" by a former Head of State (which is also a member of the ruling party) that she asked the mosques in her area to reduce the sounds of prayers that were broad-casted through loudspeakers.

:help::help::help:

Wannabeknowitall
Sep 13th, 2008, 01:15 AM
I'm really sorry to hear that about Malaysia.
We all should take in considerations for things that happen all over the world.

RFSTB
Sep 13th, 2008, 05:33 AM
Anywhere in the world where there is unrest, from 9/11 to Europe(UK, Spain, France, Germany, Turkey, Bosnia), to Asia (India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia), to Africa, to the middle east, anywhere where there is unrest, on one side of the equation there's always Islam. This is a fucked up, medieval religion that cannot co-exist peacefully with the modern world. It is without a doubt the most evil religion in the world.

Just read that article on MSNBC about the 5 teenage girls in Pakistan who were beaten, shot and buried alive for the mere "crime" of trying to marry the men of their choosing. The lawmakers in Pakistan are now busy justifying their "honor killings" as upholding tribal Islamic traditions. And the scariest thing is, these people have Nukes! The physicist in Switzerland aren't going to bring us down, it's Islam that will bring us the end of the world !!

Scotso
Sep 13th, 2008, 05:35 AM
Time to break out the assault rifles!

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 13th, 2008, 06:17 AM
:banana: Malaysia will be doomed. SOON.:) I don't care what happens now since I can't do anything. I just hope I won't be robbed and killed when I go out to town one day.:unsure:

wateva
Sep 13th, 2008, 07:45 AM
well, i hope they get their priorities right.
their stance on any other race other than malay being second-class citizens is truly disturbing. :scared:
besides, people may believe the whole a** poking the first time.
but use it again? it's only going to strengthen the doubts?? :o
and really, can't they find a better crime than sodomy?? it reflects so badly on the country :rolleyes:

psychoblood
Sep 13th, 2008, 10:29 AM
Ugh. BOTH parties are screwing themselves over. You can see that BOTH parties are very power hungry (Like that Opposition leader) and our PM is a snail when making decisions- no matter how good they may be, they come too late.

Too bad I'm still under the education system. 2 more years in this country. I HOPE. And NS wouldn't help either.

And I find it ridiculous that the ISA arrests the reporters, NOT the man who uttered those words in the first place.

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:17 AM
well, i hope they get their priorities right.
their stance on any other race other than malay being second-class citizens is truly disturbing. :scared:
besides, people may believe the whole a** poking the first time.
but use it again? it's only going to strengthen the doubts?? :o
and really, can't they find a better crime than sodomy?? it reflects so badly on the country :rolleyes:
Because it's the most shameful sin and also one of the biggest taboo in Muslim society?:shrug:

Ugh. BOTH parties are screwing themselves over. You can see that BOTH parties are very power hungry (Like that Opposition leader) and our PM is a snail when making decisions- no matter how good they may be, they come too late.

Too bad I'm still under the education system. 2 more years in this country. I HOPE. And NS wouldn't help either.

And I find it ridiculous that the ISA arrests the reporters, NOT the man who uttered those words in the first place.
Stay strong.:hug: Don't let these stupid things affect your studies.
and thank god I'm the one of the 'unlucky' people who didn't get to go for NS.:angel: :p

psychoblood
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:58 AM
Stay strong.:hug: Don't let these stupid things affect your studies.
and thank god I'm the one of the 'unlucky' people who didn't get to go for NS.:angel: :p

Thanks. :D I'm handling myself fine. And all we can do now is wait and see what happens.

wateva
Sep 13th, 2008, 12:12 PM
oh. the NS thing from malaysia is laughable...
i have some m'sian friends who said that their NS was the biggest waste of time.
all the things they learnt were half-baked.
it's too short to learn any skills.
besides, i think there's something very wrong with a society that deems sodomy as a biggest sin/taboo.
what about rape/murder/robbery etc?
no wonder the country has been in chaos... :o

psychoblood
Sep 13th, 2008, 12:18 PM
^ Haha, my senior said she could've fell asleep during all those 'motivational talks' and said they had to fold paper planes and dance the Chicken Dance for 'Character building'

How on Earth do you build character by doing the chicken dance?

Oh, wait, our politicans are doing the chicken dance.

rockstar
Sep 13th, 2008, 12:43 PM
oh. the NS thing from malaysia is laughable...
i have some m'sian friends who said that their NS was the biggest waste of time.
all the things they learnt were half-baked.
it's too short to learn any skills.
besides, i think there's something very wrong with a society that deems sodomy as a biggest sin/taboo.
what about rape/murder/robbery etc?
no wonder the country has been in chaos... :o

yeah, i've heard their national service/conscription is like
a) a lottery, only a few get randomly chosen
b) an 3-month outdoor retreat :p

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 13th, 2008, 02:21 PM
^ Haha, my senior said she could've fell asleep during all those 'motivational talks' and said they had to fold paper planes and dance the Chicken Dance for 'Character building'

How on Earth do you build character by doing the chicken dance?

Oh, wait, our politicans are doing the chicken dance.
:lol: That's why I'm never interested in any 'motivational talks'. :)
Not only it's boring but also it's useless, for me at least.:shrug:

yeah, i've heard their national service/conscription is like
a) a lottery, only a few get randomly chosen
b) an 3-month outdoor retreat :p
Exactly.:) But of course it's not only A FEW.:p
Some of my friends who had been chosen for it said it's actually quite fun though.:shrug: Depends on which camp site they're appointed to.;)

Qrystyna
Sep 13th, 2008, 06:07 PM
I visited Malaysia last month and I had an amazing time... it's a beautiful country, and there was so much to see and do that I definitely want to go back again... 8 days was simply not enough.

However, one funny thing that happened - there was a culture dance show at this one large restaurant we went to in KL, and it was fun, but then at the end they serenaded us with a propaganda song, that went something like this:

Three cultures, living in perfect harmony.

The essence of Asia!
The spirit of Asia!
It's truly Asia!

Malayaaaaaasia!!!!!

Then of course we hear about things like in this article.... :lol:
It's too bad about all the politics, because Malaysia is an amazing country otherwise.