Archive for May, 2008

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Raja Petra’s arrest..who’s falling into who’s trap?

May 6, 2008

Justified or not , the Government must answer this question soon. Raja Petra has a huge following and you will never know what will happen in these few days. In just few hours after his arrest , they’ve managed to collect enough funds from netizens to bail him out ! I don’t think he will do that based own his principles. This can be the beginning of a really shocking strategy , and it is interesting how things will turn out. I have a theory regarding the strategy I’ve mentioned and I will post it later after confirming few information from my sources.

source : Malaysiakini

Highly controversial and largely influential blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin wrote himself into the annals of Malaysian history today when he became the first blogger to be charged under the Sedition Act 1948.After a three-hour delay and a switch of courts, Raja Petra finally heard for the first time what he was being accused of.
Clad in a light yellow shirt and blue jeans, the 58-year-old bald-headed writer was charged under Section 4 (1) (c) for nine paragraphs of a story which appeared in Malaysia Today on April 25.The article allegedly implied that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife were involved in the killing of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Whether it was confusion or mere inefficiency, what took a just 30 minutes in court, after factoring in a 10-minute recess called by justice Nurmala Salim, the entire matter consumed more than three hours.
During the morning session at Jalan Duta, some 100 bloggers, well-wishers and press hounds were treated to hourly briefings of how he has been victimised by the government.The flow of listeners were constant and instead of a day of sombre which is normally associated when friends or family have clashes with the law, the gathering in the morning carried an air of festivity.
Journalists had a field day collecting quotes and photographs of the notable people who had turned up to see him charged.Among the wakil rakyat who turned up to see him were Nurul Izzah Anwar, Tian Chua, Lim Kit Siang, Sallahuddin Ayub, Liew Chin Tong and Wan Azizah Ismail, who showed up at Petaling Jaya later.
Other notables include human rights lawyers Haris Ibrahim, Malik Imtiaz, bloggers Bernard Khoo, YL Chong, Yassim Salleh, Ahiruddin Attan and Nuraina Samad.Four other MPs – Karpal Singh, Gobind Singh, Lim Lip Eng and William Leong – made up his defence team alongside Jasvinderjit Singh, J Chandra and K Balaguru. The prosecution team only had Nordin Hassan.

‘He believes in his innocence’
After more than one-and-a-half hours of waiting, as the case was neither registered there nor were there any charge sheets available yet, the crowd continued their session at the cafeteria. At about 10.20am, one of Raja Petra’s lawyers, Leong, informed everyone that the case had been moved to Petaling Jaya Sessions Court.What ensued was a convoy of cars, like those you see on the highway on their way to kenduris, headed towards the modest court in PJ State.
And if the authorities thought it would be over quickly, they must have been greatly disappointed. For the royal son of Selangor did not capitulate meekly. Instead of paying bail and keeping quiet until his trial date in October, Raja Petra chose the reverse.In the courtroom, one of his lawyers had already told several reporters that his client would not pay bail because he believes in his innocence.And as the news filtered out of the small Sessions Court in Petaling Jaya of his reluctance or inability to post bail, the crowd of well-wishers, bloggers and well-wishers gasped in astonishment at the thought that Raja Petra would be jailed until October.If the authorities had expected to see him vilified and subdued, they were sorely mistaken. For instead of seeing him subjugated, the former businessman and ex-journalist is now a legend.Clasped in handcuffs like a common criminal, photographers followed his every step as he was led in and out of the court after he did not post bail.

Well-wishers shocked Meanwhile, outside the court room, Raja Petra’s wife Marina Lee Abdullah said: “This is a statement he wants to make. He feels that he has done nothing wrong and we don’t have the funds.”If we do a campaign of RM1 a person and when we raise sufficient funds, we’ll take him out as soon as possible.”
During a quick lunch at a fast-food restaurant opposite the court, I watched and eavesdrop on several conversations around me. The well-wishers who were at the court moments earlier had converged here for the same reasons as I.
But more importantly was their conversations. As instead of focusing on the charge or the alleged sedition Raja Petra is accused of, their conversations understandably revolved around the injustice he has been meted out with.
Needless to say, more was made of the fact that he will now have to linger in jail for causing Barisan Nasional’s defeat in Selangor and four states.And more will be said about how he was targetted after an Umno Youth vice leader in Petaling Jaya Utara was said to have told a meeting that “we have to arrest Raja Petra”.

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REVOLUSI SIBER

May 5, 2008

read this somewhere…

REVOLUSI SIBER MELAYU

Ledakan maklumat di internet mengalami evolusi yang tidak pernah diimpikan melebihi dari potensi yang dijangka. Tiada pihak mampu menyekat perkembangan “exponential”nya , kita hanya mampu mengukur kedudukan samada kita setara atau ketinggalan. Kerajaan Barisan Nasional dalam pihanraya ke 12 tempoh hari yang pada mulanya angkuh tetapi kini terpaksa menerima hakikat pengaruh besar media siber ini. PIhak pembangkang yang berpaksikan media alternative ini berjaya mengambil kesempatan licik yang menyebabkan senario tuding menuding jari di antara parti komponen Barisan Nasional . Kepimpinan UMNO juga dipersoalkan dan walaupun pada hakikatnya UMNO lebih utuh dari 1999 – namun pengaruh siber ini telah menggoncang perpaduan di kalangan ahli UMNO.

KONTROVERSI

Namun demikian , sejak 8 Mac 2008 petualang alaf baru ini makin berani membicarakan isu isu yang selama ini dianggap sebagai sensitif.Media-media alternatif ini mempersoalkan secara terbuka Ketuanan melayu dan tanpa adab dan segan silu mempersoalkan tindak tanduk raja-raja melayu .Yang terbaru ; isu pertembungan agama dijadikan sandaran untuk kononnya perjuangan kebebasan hak manusia. Alam maya kini ternyata menjadi satu wadah yang makin lama makin disalahgunakan. Kenyataaan-kenyataan fitnah dan berbau perkauman dihamburkan dengan terbuka tanpa rasa tanggungjawab. Api perkauman secara tidak langsung ditiup kuat dan toleransi orang melayu ternyata dicabar. Prinsip Propaganda Joseph Goebbels ( Menteri Propaganda Jerman ( 1933 – 1945 ) pernah menyatakan , sekiranya sesuatu pembohongan itu diwar-warkan secara berterusan , nescaya ia akan menjadi benar dan dipercayai.

UMNO masih tidak mengerti impak yang dibawa ledakan internet ini. UMNO masih “kampong” dulu kini dan selamanya. Walaupun blog-blog pemimpin pusat UMNO tumbuh bagai cendawan ; strategi ini sudah lapuk dalam melawan arus yang tidak dikawal olehnya. Kita harus menginovasikan dan memodenkan pola perjuangan kita. Sebagai contohnya Kongres Permuafakatan Melayu yang berlangsung 2 – 4 Mei 2008 , tidak menggunakan Internet sebagai wadah menghebahan berlangsungnya kongres itu. Walaupun ada video-video youtube yang ditayangkan ; tetapi ia sekadar melepaskan batuk di tangga. Tidak ada laman web khas yang memaparkan perjalanan kongres itu ; mahupun untuk memuat turunkan kertas-kertas kerja yang dibentangkan atau resolusi-resolusi yang diluluskan . Sekiranya kita betul-betul serius untuk mempertahankan hak dan maruah kita , kita perlu anjakan paradigma untuk berkongsi maklumat sebegini secara “total”. Kita perlu jadi LEBIH BERANI DAN LANTANG bukan hanya di hadapan orang-orang melayu tetapi seluruh RAKYAT MALAYSIA perlu disedarkan!

Mempertahankan hak kita sebagai orang melayu yang terpelihara mengikut Perlembagaan harus disusul dengan tindak tanduk kita sendiri.Sebagai orang yang mengaku dirinya sebagai bumiputera , kita mempunyai ruang dan kesempatan untuk menyatakan pendirian kita. Membuang masa sekiranya kita terus melaungkan .BERSATU..BERSATU.. kalau ia sekadar slogan di majlis forum dan kongres atau perbincangan taraf “kedai kopi” untuk mendapatkan tepuk sorak “syok sendiri”.

ANJAKAN PARADIGMA

Sebagai individu , kita seharusnya berasa bangga dengan siapa diri kita . Kita dianggap terlalu bertoleransi sekarang sehinggakan parti-parti komponen sendiri sudah “kaduk naik ke junjung”. Kita harus yakin dengan perjuangan nenek moyang kita yang bertungkus lumus memastikan kita tidak menjadi hamba di tanah tumpah darah sendiri. Buku-buku dan maklumat sejarah harus diteliti semula dan difahami secara mendalam ; agar kita yakin untuk menangkis segala tohmah dan fitnah yang cuba menghalang perkembangan kita sebagai bangsa yang berjaya. Kita harus berhujah secara fakta dan bukan sekadar emosi yang hanya memakan diri sahaja. Jangan biarkan racun yang ditabur mengaburi pemikiran generasi muda kita , bukan dikalangan orang melayu tetapi orang-orang cina , India , Iban , Kadazan dan sebagainya. Golongan muda ini sekiranya dibiarkan pemikirannya dicelarukan ; ternyata menghalang perpaduan dan toleransi yang kita junjung selama ini.

Di alam Siber , kita masih menjadi terlalu “melayu” yang penuh lemah gemalai dan ber sopan santun. Kita hanya menerima hiruk pikuk cercaan dan membiarkannya begitu sahaja penghinaan dipaparkan di laman-laman web. Orang melayu masih “malu-malu” dan disinilah sebenarnya gesaan Revolusi Mental Allahyarham Dato Senu Abdul Rahman perlu dipraktikkan. . Disini jugalah kita boleh jadi “kurang ajar” sebagaimana yang pernah ditekankan oleh Tan Sri Musa Hitam dahulu. Wadah siber merupakan satu ruang terbuka untuk kita bertarung ; dan biarlah pertarungan itu secara “offensive” ; yakni secara menyeluruh di semua blog-blog dan media alternative yang mencabar kita. Tunjukkan kebijaksanaan kita berhujah di atas pena bukan sahaja dalam Bahasa Melayu tetapi Bahasa Inggeris , Cina, India dan sebagainya . Di sini juga , saya ingin menyeru agar pemimpin-pemimpin PEMUDA UMNO di AKAR UMBI untuk menunjukkan keikhlasan perjuangan anda . Melayu memerlukan anda untuk membuktikan mengapa anda mengetuai PEMUDA di peringkat cawangan dan bahagian ! Aktifkan diri di dalam alam SIBER dan pertahankan maruah kita secara sistematik dan berpengetahuan.Biar TAMING SARI SIBER menjadi lambang keperwiraan kita. Kita perlu menguasai informasi internet kerana penglibatan orang melayu di ruangan ini terlalu halus ; dan kerana itulah kita diperkotak katikkan. Usaha gabungan individu-individu sebenarnya lebih berkesan kerana yang menggerakkannya ialah kuasa rakyat.

Saya juga berharap agar pihak BIRO TATANEGARA menganjakkan modus operandinya di alam Siber ini. Penerangan di dalam kem-kem BTN di dalam hutan tebal sudah lapuk dan terbukti tidak berkesan. BTN perlu lebih proaktif untuk mewar-warkan informasi untuk semua dan bukan mereka-mereka yang terpilih sahaja. Kumpulan sasaran perlu lebih spesifik dan efektif. Penglibatan professional Melayu perlu diterapkan untuk meninggikan kredibiliti Biro. Tidak salah sekiranya pihak BTN sendiri aktif memberi komen di dalam media alternatif ; menangkis tohmah dengan membariskan fakta-fakta hujah untuk mematahkan tuduhan lawan. Biar orang ramai menyedari kehadiran BTN di alam Siber keran wadah ini yang menjadi punca rujukan maklumat.

PERJUANGAN MELAYU ALAF BARU

Penglibatan orang melayu secara aktif “online” masih belum mencukupi. Pengkhianat-pengkhianat negara yang cuba merosakkan paksi kenegaraan dengan fitnah-fitnah yang mengaburi rakyat sedang bermaharajalela. Kita cuba menafikan pengaruh alam Siber tetapi kita silap. Namun demikian , nasi belum menjadi bubur kerana pergerakan “offensive: secara menyeluruh sebegini masih boleh dilakukan. Sekiranya kita faham erti perjuangan , saya yakin kita akan sedar apa peranan kita. Penghinaan dan cercaan di alam siber sudah di tahap maksima , dan di titik inilah perjuangan melayu alaf baru sebenarnya bermula.

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Who controls the information now

May 2, 2008

f you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
–Josph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
–Adolf Hitler

Germany became a strong order coming to world war 2 because of their propaganda modus operandi. Reading through the propaganda principles ; I guess Goebbels really thought through in creating such a psychological upheaval amongst the NAZIs.

Goebbels must be crying from the dead because he missed the Internet boom. A very powerful tool of information which fits his propaganda concepts very nicely. The Malaysian ruling government ignored the importance and paid dearly . The government-elect who capitalised on UMNO’s “kampung” mentality and the components’ atittitude ; played their sentiment right to win the votes which i can see they did not expect as well ! UMNO remained kampung literally by letting the “secret” weapon killing them softly and of course our 12GE results proved its power.

Yes , everybody is happy that the Rakyat showed what they want ; not knowing whether is it really what they want. In Malaysia our voting pattern has always been about populist issues ; how the grassroots are tackled. The generation that voted in the last election belonged to the Internet boom generation ; explaining why the components lost badly. UMNO still maintained their kampung votes ; but this is not enough in capturing the new Malaysia.

One must remember ; the generation who are reading the stuffs that we write and produced on the net at the moment are majoritily the young. The future voters , future leaders of Malaysia. They read in awe whatever we write and will take it on face value regardless of its facts. Issues and controversies stimulates the young mind and this is where netizens should assume responsibility. The mass effect of such arrogance on the net is yet to be seen.

The young minds if not guided well can sway as far as it can be. We are creating tension and suspicion amongst the young and this will be evident in their daily activities in school. We maybe digressing towards unruly Malaysia if we continue to filth the net with irresponsibility entries. Its of course nice to be able to let things out regarding the oppression and suffering , but is it worth it for the next generation ? We say we are doing all this to ensure our future generation’s prospect and potential. Seeing it from this prospective may make one think , will it be worth it ?

Do not underestimate the power of the net ; and as the old saying goes ” The pen is mightier than the sword”. I forecast catastrophy if we do not control the information properly ; dominated by the learned which may only benefit the one with access. Things can go very dirty if it starts from the mind…

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Dewan Rakyat pasar ? Hello ?!??

May 2, 2008

I just don’t get the media’s spin about the unruly behaviour of MPs in parliament during the live telecast last Wednesday. As long as I can remember ( from my personal observation as a visitor and my meetings with senior politicians ) our Malaysia Parliament has always been like that ! It was as normal as how it can be !!!

Macam tak biasa Shabery ? I believe having it live on TV can work for the ruling party if they know how to strategise.It should remain as how it is transparent. If the argument goes that the current opposition are mere opportunist and not real statesman then such accusation will be realized by the rakyat seeing them in action isn’t it ?

I don’t understand Pak Lah’s dissapointment though ; unless he was always asleep in the previous sessions lah… 🙂 Or maybe , he’s just not used to the volume of the opposing side. By the way , no Prime Minister in Malaysia have experienced such chaos as how Pak Lah had to handle last Wednesday. Sorry Tun M ; i guess Pak Lah is more “jantan” than you in Parliament !!