Minum kopi semua jadi ,
Minum teh Malaysia Boleh ,
Hmm . Maybe that is why we like to go out to the shops and cafes especially mamak stalls to 'yumcha' ! To be honest , I think all stories , conspiracies , discussions , brainstorming , fairy tales , criticisms and whatever you can think of are given birth in coffee shops in Malaysia . Visit a coffee shop and you can hear many stories ( fiction and non fiction ) . That is one of the wonders of Malaysian lifestyle . Sembang - sembang kopitiam !
During Dr Mahathir’s tenure as PM , he did not allow his kids to take a major role in politics . His sons were merely members of the ruling component party , UMNO . In this new era , we see a rise of course in the kids of former Ministers and Prime Minister e.g. Ling Hee Leong (MCA) , Mukhriz Mahathir (UMNO) , Lim Sai Pin (Gerakan) .
Some might say that they are young capable ones but some of us won’t deny the fact that their fathers’ influence and supporters are now backing them and pushing them up the ladder of politics . In UMNO now however , we see the superstar rise in Khairy Jamaluddin (more popularly known as KJ) . He was booed in the UMNO Youth General Assembly when Datuk Seri Hishammudin ‘gave the nod’ for him to be the Deputy Umno Youth Chief .
Many believed at that time that Khairy was up there because of Seri Perdana’s influence , directives , intervention , whatever you can name . He was booed when he walked to the podium to give his speech in the assembly . As time passes by , he went around to grassroots and garnered ‘support’ . Genuine or not , I am not sure . But of course these are the things we read from the printed media controlled by the government .
Being a fair and just person , I decided to read from the free media (internet version) like Malaysia-today.net and Malaysiakini.com as well as Agendadaily.com . The portal Malaysia-today.net has frequent articles called The Chronicles of Khairy . What a name for a fairy tale of a young upcoming UMNO man . Inside this Chronicles , I read about the political analysis of KJ who is said to be the man in power of Malaysia at the moment and it is said that he placed many of his pals in strategic positions of power in major institutions , firms , organizations in Malaysia .
Freedom of Media and Journalism
I used to believe the printed media and the manifestos that the press guys are now enjoying more freedom than the era of Dr Mahathir’s administration . The press is probably having a freedom that has never been seen in Malaysia before today . But this naive believe of mine was put to a stop due to the recent spat between Dr Mahathir and Pak Lah .
Read my article of NST’s poor journalism ethics and refusal to admit mistakes on factual reporting of Dr Mahathir’s meeting with Pak Lah at a hotel during the Nikkei Conference in Japan . I wrote it a few weeks back . It shows clear bias or writing , editing and reporting . Are we sure that the press is having more freedom now ? I doubt it .
Why there are no parties or individuals that raise the issue of cronyism in this administration ? As far as I remember , there were many accusations of cronyism in Dr Mahathir’s administration ! Hmm . Many still remember the case of published caricatures of Prophet Muhammad by a local daily in Sarawak , which was suspended for a period . NST did the same . Dr Mahathir commented that the same punishment should be given to NST . However it was not done . NST was let off with a warning , simply with the excuse by the government that NST published a front page apology . Mind you . NST published the caricatures after the Sarawak daily did . Cronyism ? Favoritism ? What is happening ? Not sure .
Traitor Among Us !
But one question bugged my mind for a long time . It was a question for Tun Dr Mahathir at a recent interview . It is in Malay however . The following is the extract from the transcripts of his recent interview with journalists :
Pada waktu Tun jadi Perdana menteri dulu…Tun Ghafar jadi timbalan…ada seorang pegawai yang mendapat vetting daripada Special Branch (SB)... dia ni sikit sebanyak dikatakan jadi ajen pada satu kuasa asing.Mengapa orang ni tak diambil tindakan ISA pada waktu itu masa Tun berkuasa dulu?
CATATAN: DIPERCAYAI SOALAN ITU MERUJUK KEPADA SESEORANG YANG KINI DIKATAKAN BERPENGARUH DI SEBUAH AKHBAR TEMPATAN.
Dr Mahathir : Kita bukan ambil tindakan ISA dengan begitu mudah hanya kerana dia berminat dengan sebuah negara lain…itu tidak menjadi kesalahan.
Tapi kalau kita ambil dia jadi ' pemerintah' ..itu salahlah..itu orang yang tak ada kesetiaan kepada negara kita…kita bagi dia jadi ' pemerintah' tu salah.Sebab tu kita tak bagi dia pegang jawatan itu. Tapi tentang diri dia nak syok dengan siapa..itu dia punya hal lah.
Hmm . Who is this man ? Why didn’t they newspaper publish this astonishing , stunning , shocking and heart stopping piece of news ? Where are the journalists , check – and – balance heroes of Parliament , law makers , government inquiry , Special Branch , Police force ? Catch the traitor of the country , that is what I demand !
Now I can roughly catch a glimpse of why Matthias Chang had a personal press conference and attacked Datuk Kalimullah and Khairy . He even labeled Datuk Kalimullah as a traitor and stuff like that if my mind is not as forgetful today as it could usually be .
Is he the one ? Is he not ? Who is it ? Catch the man , reveal the man . Special Branch has all the information and intelligence reports . The media should bring this issue up and tell us the truth ! Dig it , find it , nab him !