- Fitnah Jahat Bersiri Menjelang Pilihan Raya Umum ke 13
- BERSIH3.0: Sambutan Perpaduan Dan Kebangkitan Demi Kebebasan
- Police Arrest PKR’s Thanggam in Bid to Pin Bersih Blame on Azmin And Anwar
- Anwar: Bersih 3.0 Victims Made Villains
- BBC Signals Outrage Over Malaysian ‘Censorship’ Of Bersih 3.0 Coverage! – EXCLUSIVE
Posted: 01 May 2012 04:57 AM PDT
Saya mengecam sekeras-kerasnya fitnah yang ditohmah ke atas diri saya bertujuan untuk mengaibkan saya dan keluarga. Fitnah jelek ini disebarkan oleh media yang dikuasai UMNO yang memetik sumber blog pro UMNO.
Fitnah ini memaparkan seorang lelaki yang mereka tohmah sebagai saya bersama seorang wanita di dalam tandas. Saya menafikan sekeras-kerasnya fitnah tersebut. Ianya adalah fitnah ulangan menggunakan modus operandi yang sama yang digunakan terhadap Dato? Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Saya amat kesal memandangkan tindakan ini adalah fitnah bersiri terhadap saya dan keluarga selepas fitnah jijik ke atas isteri dan anak saya, disusuli dengan dakwaan pemilikan saham kemudiannya saya dituduh menghina Raja-Raja Melayu dan baru-baru ini saya ditohmah mencetuskan provokasi dalam Himpunan Aman Bersih 3.0.
Sebelum ini saya dan isteri serta anak kecil saya telahpun melakukan ujian DNA sebanyak dua kali dalam bulan Julai 1998. Kedua-dua keputusan ujian tersebut menempelak fitnah ke atas saya, isteri dan keluarga. Hasil ujian jelas menyebut serta mengesahkan saya dan isteri merupakan ?biological parent? kepada anak kami. Ujian DNA tersebut sekaligus memelihara maruah saya dan keluarga.
?The results from all three genetic loci show that the donor of blood specimen marked ?X? (putative father) is the biological father of the donor of the blood specimen marked ?Y? (child). ?Namun UMNO masih mengulangi fitnah kejam tersebut sepanjang 14 tahun ini walaupun bukti sudah jelas lagi nyata bahawa tuduhan mereka terhadap saya dan keluarga merupakan pembohongan semata-mata.
Setelah kesemua fitnah tidak berjaya, mereka mengulangi skrip usang fitnah seks yang memualkan untuk mengaib dan mematahkan semangat saya. Fitnah jahat seperti ini diulang- ulang untuk membentuk persepsi rakyat terhadap maruah dan kredibiliti saya menjelang pilihan raya.
Munculnya fitnah ini tatkala UMNO dihimpit krisis keyakinan dan menjadi sasaran kemarahan rakyat selepas perhimpunan BERSIH adalah untuk mengalih pandangan rakyat dari isu sebenar iaitu isu penipuan pilihan raya dan penyelewengan dana awam. Saya ingin menegaskan bahawa saya tetap tuntas dengan perjuangan membawa obor reformasi demi rakyat. Saya menyeru kepada pimpinan UMNO supaya menghentikan budaya politik fitnah yang boleh menghancurkan negara dan masyarakat. Saya akan terus bersama-sama pimpinan KEADILAN dan Pakatan Rakyat untuk menjana perubahan dan membawa kemenangan rakyat dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke 13.
Mohamed Azmin Bin Ali
Posted: 01 May 2012 01:58 AM PDT
28 April 2012 akan terpahat dalam sejarah negara sebagai Hari Merdeka Rakyat apabila 300,000 rakyat behimpun menuntut sebuah pilihanraya yang bebas dan adil. Wanita, anak muda serta rakyat Malaysia dari pelbagai peringkat umur hadir kerana cetusan kesedaran untuk menuntut keadilan dari penguasa yang bobrok. Mesej mereka tidak boleh disalahtafsir - mereka mahukan sebuah negara yang bebas tidak boleh diperhambakan lagi. BERSIH3.0 mewakili harapan dan impian semua rakyat Malaysia bahawa kesahehan politik mana-mana kerajaan pada masa hadapan hanya boleh dicapai melalui proses demokrasi yang tulen.
Oleh itu, tindakbalas pihak berkuasa terhadap perhimpunan tersebut, yang diwakili ratusan ribu orang dari seluruh negara sungguh mengecewakan. Ia adalah kaedah klasik sebuah rejim otoritarian menggunakan media kawalan mereka untuk melabelkan orang ramai yang menjadi mangsa penindasan serta kekejaman sebagai penjenayah.
Saya menjadi saksi kepada kebangkitan politik rakyat tatkala saya berarak bersama mereka dari Masjid Negara. Perhimpunan tersebut adalah zahir dari kesedaran, peremajaan dan harapan. Ia sebagai simbolik sebuah perhimpunan aman, sambutan kebebasan dan perpaduan dalam erti kata sebenar. Ini adalah satu pencapaian BERSIH3.0 yang akan kekal sepanjang zaman.
Rakyat akan menyambut 28 April 2012 sebagai hari Malaysia bangkit dan berarak demi sebuah kebebasan.
Posted: 01 May 2012 01:31 AM PDT
It looks like Umno is finalizing its trap to nail Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Azmin Ali for the enormously successful Bersih 3.0 rally for free and fair elections.
PKR Rasah division leader Thanggam Raju, who is now in the police lockup at the Balai Polis Jinjang, is due to be remanded. No details are available yet.
Thanggam is the ‘Indian man’ that Umno bloggers have accused of opening the barricade gates after receiving instructions from Azmin and Anwar.
“They are linking him with the breaking of the barricade and using him to get to Azmin,” PKR vice president N Surendran told Malaysia Chronicle.
“Thanggam’s arrest is a propaganda move by the BN to portray Pakatan Rakyat as the agressors at the Bersih 3.0 rally. I expect they may be more such unlawful propaganda arrests.
But why haven’t the police been made accountable and punished?
If true, then this is the umpteenth time Prime Minister Najib Razak and his administration have resorted to unscrupulous and strong-arm tactics to blame the Pakatan.
After all, whoever it was who opened the barricade’s gate, it still does not absolve the police from their excessive, dangerous and overly brutal response.
In the July 9 Bersih 2.0 rally of 2011, there was a similar pattern of denial and obstruction. A classic case was the police firing tear gas into the grounds of the Tung Shin Hospital, but refusing to admit it.
MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai, who also the Health minister, and Chua Soi Lek, the MCA president, were roped in to help in the charade to defend the police. Eventually, Liow was forced to apologize but the police were unpunished.
It looks like history is now repeating itself, with the drama and noise turned to the maximum to direct blame at Anwar and Azmin, while delecting attention that nearly 300,000 Malaysians had spoken up against Najib’s rule.
“Why has no policeman been arrested for the criminal attacks upon the public on April 28. Why no action on the arrests ad assaults of journalists. BN is acting like the Nazis,” said Surendran.
Making use of the press and City Hall
At their post-Bersih press conference held on Monday, Anwar and Azmin had condemned the police violence and rebutted accusations that they were the ones who gave the signal for the crowd to breach a police barricade.
One of the journalist present, however, stood up and said he heard Azmin say, "Dataran Merdeka…can enter..can enter".
"Lies", Azmin immediately refuted the allegation.
Some have called the current finger-pointing a ‘blame game’ but that might be a bit too naive.
During the height of the Datuk T sex DVD scandal against Anwar, it was found that top editors of the mainstream media were not only briefed about the scandal, but they had actually helped Najib’s media advisers concoct the conspiracy aimed to destroy Anwar’s credibility.
But the plot failed and Anwar and his Pakatan Rakyat coalition is now rated as being poised to wrest the federal government. As such, the likelihood is high that Najib has once again made full use of the mainstream media and its staff to pursue his political ambitions.
Indeed, just a day ago, Surendran revealed that Najib’s cousin – Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein – had called a meeting of top editors, waring them not to report on the police violence.
Nonetheless, Hisham’s order could not stop furious rally participants from bombarding You Tube and the Internet with thousands of photos and video clips that showed the police did really over-react. In many instances, the police were caught going after their quarry in groups of 7 to 8 – often versus only a solitary and unarmed victim.
Deflecting attention that 300,000 came to protest Najib’s rule
The press was also warned to downplay the size of the Bersih 3.0 turnout as this could affect voter confidence in Najib’s BN coalition, which is still trying to hold snap polls as early as possible. More than 250,000 people – i.e. hundreds of thousands – had come to the main rally centre in Dataran, five other states in the country, and 71 cities in 29 countries.
Yet, the national news agency reported only 25,000 had turned out, another news portal reported 50,000 while others conceded that ‘tens of thousands came’ which carries the implication that the turnout was less than 100,000.
In defending the police violence, Najib has insisted it was due to a group of overzealous participants breaking through a barricade that prompted the severe lash back. He accused Anwar, Azmin and PKR MP for Batu Tian Chua of giving the signal to the group and instigating the people to defy the police.
However, Najib was panned for his over-simplistic explanation that does not answer why then, was the violence not limited to that spot or section of the vast rally? There are news reports and hundreds of eye-witness that police had inexplicably chased participants for several kilometers all over Chinatown, creating some panic and confusion.
Najib was also ridiculed for his explanation that City Hall had refused to allow the rally to be held in the Dataran because it feared a long-term Occupy Wall Street-type of situation. But throughout the weeks of negotiation with Bersih’s Ambiga Sreenevasan and Samad Said, not once did Najib or City Hall mention this reason. Moreover, if long-term occupation was part of the Bersih 3.0 plan, their supporters could have sat and occupied the roads nearby to the Dataran instead. But the crowd dispersed and went home.
Preplanned attack: Demand for liberation heard loud and clear
In the aftermath of the police violence, the 58-year-old Najib has been fishing for excuses to wriggle out from a nasty and sensitive political situation. The police have always been subservient to his Umno party, and he cannot be seen to punish them without losing their support eventually.
Signs are indeed emerging his administration had pre-planned the police attack with the intention to turn the tables on Anwar and Pakatan even though such a ruthless move would have to come at the expense of public safety. True or not, Najib also received a helping hand from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the mainstream media.
However, against startling and horrific video and photographic evidence, public opinion is still with the Bersih 3.0 organizers, Anwar and the Pakatan Rakyat.
While addicted to politics, Malaysians have tended to be timid, hardly daring to speak out against the establishment. But the April 28 rally appears to be a key turning point in the nation’s history, with Malaysians finally breaking out from their shell. If anything, they are now raring for more. Anwar himself has noticed this and said so.
“The rakyat (people) will commemorate 28 April 2012 as the day Malaysia woke up and marched for liberation in one voice,” said Anwar in a statement out on Monday.
“We shall not be intimidated by continuous lies spawned by the state media. We have a much potent and effective media in our hands as the 300,000 rakyat carry the messages of Bersih 3.0 and liberation to every corner of the nation.”
Boomeranging, Najib’s headache set to become a migraine
At the end of the day, it is hard to believe Najib expects Malaysians to believe in his ‘version’ of who and what instigated the reprehensible police crackdown.
Right from the moment Hisham said that Bersih was not a threat to national security, to City Hall immediately banning the use of the Dataran, suspicion had swirled. The 11th hour strong-arm tactics of getting a court order that effectively legitimizes police action if the crowd tried to get into the Dataran was taken as further confirmation that bad faith was in the air.
According to Tian, the attack was pre-planned. It was manipulated with the aim of smearing Anwar and Pakatan, and there was also conspiracy between Najib’s advisers, the City Hall, the police and the BN-linked media, the PKR vice president said
True or not, it is already boomeranging. Bersih supporters who were there are already gathering visual and audio evidence that prove there was indeed a heinous plot to create public disorder – the purpose of which appears to be to discredit Anwar and the Pakatan.
If Najib succeeds in capitalising on the police attack to whittle down the Opposition Leader’s credibility, some say he might immediately dissolve Parliament and call for snap polls.
Pundits have warned, the longer Najib waits, the more likely he is to create even more blunders. Hence, it might be prudent to have the GE-13 sooner rather later while the BN can still hope to garner a simple if slim victory.
However, even that might be too late. Already, a video put out by the Najib administration claiming that it was Anwar who gave the green light has been found to have been ‘edited’ for the purpose of intentionally creating a false picture.
Additionally, as more whistle-blowers emerge, Najib will soon find his Bersih 3.0 headache becoming a roaring migraine.
But if he did indeed endanger the safety of people for his own vested interests, then he more than deserves it!
Posted: 01 May 2012 01:27 AM PDT
The state-owned media has once again moved to portray peaceful protesters who were victims during Bersih 3.0 as villains, says Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
This, he said in a statement today, is the typical characteristic of an authoritarian government.
"It is classic statecraft of authoritarian regimes using the state-controlled media to turn the masses who are victims of oppression and brutality into criminals," said Anwar (right).
"I bear witness to the political awakening of the rakyat as I marched with them from Masjid Negara.
"The atmosphere was one of enlightenment, rejuvenation and hope. It was an exemplary conduct of a peaceful assembly; a celebration of freedom and unity in the truest sense."
Describing the government's crackdown on Bersih 3.0 as an "utter disappointment", the de facto Pakatan leader said the rally was to sent a message that the political legitimacy of any government in future can only be attained through a genuine democratic process.
"The women, youth and men of all races and ages who came down in full force were encouraged by a sense of justice to demand liberation from usurpers.
"We shall not be intimidated by continuous lies spawned by the state media. We have a much more potent and effective media in our hands as the 300,000 rakyat carry the messages of Bersih 3.0 and liberation to every corner of the nation," he added.
Posted: 01 May 2012 01:22 AM PDT
From Sarawak Report
The BBC in London has issued a statement saying it is urgently seeking explanations over the apparent doctoring of one of its news reports by the Malaysian satellite broadcaster Astro.
A copy of the allegedly censored report has been circulated widely on You Tube since the weekend, showing how what was broadcast to viewers on Astro differed from the original version that was shown elsewhere in the world.
The established BBC reporter Emily Buchanan had produced a two minute report on the Bersih rally, detailing the days events. This was included in bulletins offered by BBC World, one of the Channels carried by Astro.
However, thirty seconds appears to have been cut out of the doctored version on Astro, after the removal of three separate sequences, one of which showed a policeman on a motorbike apparently firing at demonstrators.
The two other sequences that were removed included interviews with demonstrators, explaining why they felt they had to take to the streets to defend the right to fair elections.
Deplorable during the week of World Press Freedom Day!
After Sarawak Report notified the BBC about what had happened yesterday the Corporation responded with a strongly worded statement signalling apparent outrage.
It is an established rule that none of its reports should be tampered with or doctored by channels carrying its News Service and the statement makes plain that this is a potentially deeply serious breach of its contract with Astro:
Not supposed to tamper with content – but it seems that Al Jazeera’s coverage of Bersih 3.0 may also have been doctored by Astro!
The BBC is believed to still be awaiting a full explanation from Astro as to what could possibly have happened during this case.
The company is apparently taking some time to respond to the urgent questions that have been put and it is believed that there may be further delay over the public holiday.
However, the quality of the editing of the package would indicate that this was indeed a professional and carefully executed attempt to put the authorities in Malaysia in a better light. If so, the exposure of such manipulation is likely to seriously backfire on both the reputation of Astro and international standing of BN.
Al Jazeera's reports 'also tampered with' by Astro!
“Our camera was kicked to the ground” – it seems Astro did not like Harry Fawcett’s account of police brutality agains protestors and censored Al Jazeera’s report as well!
Astro, the only satellite channel to be licensed by the BN Government is owned by one of the country's richest entrepreneurs, Ananda Krishnan, known for his close links with the ruling UMNO party.
Astro dishes have even been offered as a free incentive to some longhouses in Sarawak in the run up to the federal elections, presumably in an attempt to both curry favour and to influence their thinking in favour of the government.
The doctoring of the BBC's report would appear to show just how biased and subservient Astro is to UMNO's political agenda.
And in the past hours more information has started to emerge that the channel carried out a similar tampering exercise with the Al Jazeera report on the march by the reporter Harry Fawcett!
Time for more democracy and press freedom?
Journalists seeking to record scenes like these have complained over mistreatment by police and the destruction of cameras and equipment.
As the BBC pointed out in its statement, Astro channel's sneaky censoring of these objective news reports came at the very start of the week of World Press Freedom Day, May 3rd.
The action provides a neat example of just the sort of anti-democratic cheating and abuse of power that brought so many thousands onto the streets of KL in the first place on Saturday.
The Bersih movement has started to wake up the rest of the world to the fact that Malaysia's expensively crafted image as a friendly and democratic country under BN is in fact a PR sham.
What could have better summed up the autocratic and illegal tendencies of BN than this sanctioning of Astro's censorship against two of the world's most respected broadcasters, which were trying to bring viewers an objective account of this event.
What better vindication for Bersih and its call for a cleaner Malaysia!
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