Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I think the logo for the reality TV will probably look like this.
COPS is a very popular TV show in the US.
And a scene from the show will look like this:
Original Mkini photo here.
Hey, what about these flags:
Original images from Birds Talking.
Photo by TV Smith.
Oh, forgot to add. 80% unemployed and lying females are strongly encouraged to apply. :-)
Remember, you saw it first on The Sensintrovert. ;-)
Monday, July 30, 2007
the law of the junglethe way in which only the strongest and cleverest people in a society stay alive or succeed. I was brought up on the streets where the law of the jungle applies, so I soon learnt how to look after myself.
,which simply means - no protectionism. Which in turn means...
...not to win a post uncontested.
...buying shares to a company without insider connections.
...buying iPhones using own hard-earned money.
...not to pester FIL to bring favourite football team to come.
...paying off traffic fines on time, and without given any discounts.
...need not protected by mineral water bottles.
and most importantly,
...saying NO to Never Ending Protectionism.
Does he really understand the 'law of the jungle'?
Sunday, July 29, 2007
After 'Professional/Non-professional', ZAM Has A New Label For Political Bloggers - 'Goblok' (B. Indonesia For Tolol/ Stupid)
Since when did we appoint him to be our blog labeler?
For all I know, as much as people hate labels, socio-political bloggers are commonly known as So-Po. There's even a directory dedicated for them.
Here's what goblok means.
The last time the 'goblok' term was used, Taiko used it to describe the toll-ol cash cow.
Earlier in May, he wants to classify bloggers as pro and non-pro:
Then he said nobody reads or gives a damn to blogs and bloggers memang syiok sendiri:
Scan by Doc Mave.
Just a few days back, he wants Malaysians to 'maintain openness'. But he is against cyber-dissidents today.
Awww....poor thing. He's totally clueless, ain't he?
Memang goblok pun.
"There are no laws in the cyberworld except for the law of the jungle. As such, action must be taken so that the "monkeys" behave," he told reporters after opening the Papar, Kimanis and Sipitang Umno Youth annual delegates conference here today.
Now, here's the interesting part on why he had not taken any action against his Chronicles:
He said this when asked about Malaysia-Today webmaster Raja Petra Kamaruddin being called by the police for alleged seditious comments posted on it.
Khairy added that he too had been slandered on websites but had yet to take legal action because the case might take a long time to be settled.
The rest of the news is here.
Meanwhile, El Balachi boasts that they have won Round Two.
I'm rubbing my hands gleefully for Round Three.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Facing & Surviving the Internet Clampdown: Our Liabilities, Rights and Responsibilities
With the authorities' upsurge of threats regarding the internet, there is a growing need for the public to know its rights, responsibilities and liabilities with regards to what they write online.
Recent cases have also shown that since even the innocent are likely to be targetted, it is also important for those working towards change in Malaysia to be prepared for all eventualities.
Being fully aware of one's legal rights and a familiarity with proper police and legal procedure could make all the difference in the case of wrongful arrest or detention.
This discussion will explore these issues with the aim of educating the public as to how to stay on the right side of the law, and what to do if the 'law' comes after you anyway.
Lawyer R. Sivarasa will briefly discuss laws that apply to internet writers as well as the legal procedures surrounding arrests and detention, activist S. Arutchelvan will talk about what the police can and cannot do to people under their custody, while blogger and journalist Soon Li Tsin will share some experiences regarding activism in the face of wrongful arrest. Recent arrestee Nathaniel Tan will moderate this discussion, which will be largely informal and be more of a dialogue in nature.
We will continue to see if other experts in this field will like to come by and share. An open invitation is extend to Raja Petra Kamarudin, who has been the latest target of the authorities.
Members of the public who are concerned both about knowing as well as safeguarding their rights and fundamental freedoms are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the discussion.
If you can leave a comment at jelas.info to indicate your attendance, that will also be most helpful. Thank you!
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Malaysia Economic Development Since Merdeka: Lessons for the Present and Future
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
25/07: I am out
Posted by: Raja Petra
I was released at just after 7.00pm tonight after about eight hours in the police station. I will write about what happened as soon as I can. In the meantime, the police are not looking at any of my articles but are focusing on the comments in the Blogs. The bottom line is, what you post in the comments section may get me sent to jail under the Sedition Act. But we shall talk more about this tomorrow.
RPK being interviewed by Jonathan Kent of the BBC. He is also seen here with DAP's Ronnie Liu. Picture from Agenda Daily.
Also, from Agenda Daily:
Bercakap dalam sidang akhbar di tepi balai berkenaan Raja Petra dengan tegas mendakwa beliau tidak melakukan apa-apa kesalahan dalam penyiaran artikel dan komen-komen di laman webnya.Katanya beliau menjawab semua soalan yang ditanya polis.Katanya polis antara lain memintanya mendedahkan identiti mereka yang menulis komen-komen di lamannya.Menurutnya beliau tidak dapat beri kerana tidak tahu siapa.Dalam pada itu beliau mendakwa komen-komen sensitif dimasukan ke dalam laman webnya oleh "cyber tropper' UMNO sendiri (pemantau web upahan) bagi mengenakannya.
Raja Petra juga mendakwa laman webnya tidak tertaklok di bawah undang-undang Malaysia kerana ia didaftarkan di luar negara.Sebelum masuk ke balai pada sebelah pagi beliau telah diinterbiu oleh agensi berita BBC. Turut mengiringi beliau ke balai polis ialah isterinya, Marina Abdullah, Ketua Penerangan DAP,Ronnie Liu, Ketua Penerangan PKR Tian Chua dan pengendali laman web Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Nathaniel Tan.Pada sebelah petang Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Husam Musa datang untuk berbual sekitar sejam dengan isterinya, para wartawan yang membuat liputan serta beberapa orang blogger yang 'berkampong' di situ.
Yes, as speculated, he claimed that the 'seditious' comments were planted. And he claimed that he is not subjected to the local laws as his site is hosted overseas.
Also, more projectile-vomiting chest-thumping quotes from Mat Tyson:
“Biarlah apa sekalipun dia nak kata tentang saya…diri saya tidak penting tetapi saya ada tanggungjawab untuk menjaga keharmonian antara kaum, mempertahankan agama dan institusi Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” katanya.
"Saya rela ditembak, dibom, demi mempertahankan negara, raja dan agama. Saya berani membuat tindakan walaupun diancam," kata Muhammad.
"Tapi kita buat sikit...kita dianggap keterlaluan.. ISA kita dikritik...tapi kebebasan ada hadnya. Sebab itu kita merdeka selama 50 tahun kita boleh bangunkan sebuah negara yang sangat maju.
"Sebab semua kaum ada sensitiviti, agamanya, kepercayaannya, asal-usulnya...kalau kita tak go over the limit maka negara kita ini akan selamat..tapi kalau kita biarkan semua pihak mengeluarkan pendapat secara bebas sebebasnya ...maka ini akan membahayakan," ujarnya.
Katanya sejak merdeka 50 tahun lampau kerajaan dari masa ke semasa tidak henti-henti dikritik oleh parti-parti pembangkang.
"Kerajaan Barisan Nasional tidak gentar dengan kritikan-kritikan seperti itu..boleh kritik," katanya.
Also, from Bernama. UMNO Youth joins in the pack of wolves in RPK-bashing.
Malaysia cracks down on bloggers
The Malaysian government has warned it could use tough anti-terrorism laws against bloggers who insult Islam or the country's king.
Raja Petra Kamarudin is the editor of a popular political website
The move comes as one of Malaysia's leading online commentators has been questioned by police following a complaint by the main governing party.
The new rules would allow a suspect to be detained indefinitely, without being charged or put on trial.
But officials insist the law is not intended to strangle internet freedom.
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak told The Straits Times that the move was aimed at getting some moderation in postings on the internet, especially on sensitive issues: "Some people feel that they have crossed the line, in making racist remarks," he said.
But the BBC's Jonathan Kent in Kuala Lumpur says the government also appears increasingly concerned about the growing online criticism of its record.
Raja Petra Kamarudin, the editor of one of Malaysia's most popular political websites, Malaysia Today, turned himself in to police on Wednesday, to answer allegations that he had mocked Islam and threatened racial harmony.
Raja Petra is known for his frequent criticism of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and other government figures.
Bloggers who insult the king could be subject to anti-terror laws
"I was alleged to have insulted the king, and also Islam and incite racial hatred, so I am going in there to reply to all these charges. I promise I'm going to give them a hell of a tough time," he told the BBC before he turned himself in.
He defended his website, saying: "Many people, especially the non-Malays in this country, do not have a forum to air their views."
"We should not deny these people a chance to vent their feelings," he said.
Malaysia Today is believed to attract around a quarter of a million visitors a day, giving it more readers than most Malaysian newspapers.The BBC's correspondent says that with a general election on the horizon, the government seems keen to send a signal to its online critics that it will only tolerate so much.
The Age puts it as less dramatic:
Malaysia's police summon political writer after government warns bloggers to behave
Police summoned a Malaysian political writer for interrogation Wednesday over Web articles lambasting the government, after a minister warned that bloggers could be jailed without trial for writing recklessly about sensitive matters such as religion.
Raja Petra Kamarudin, who runs the independent news site Malaysia Today, was told to surrender to police after the ruling United Malays National organisation filed a complaint Monday claiming his articles mocked Islam and threatened racial harmony in this multiethnic, mostly Muslim nation, said opposition activist Ronnie Liu.
Read the rest of the news here.
Also, from Monsters & Critics (UK): Malaysia threatens detention-without-trial for bloggers
Let us revisit what the de facto Malaysian Anti-Terrorism Law or the Internal Security Act is:
The Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA) is a preventive detention law in force in Malaysia. Any person may be detained by the police for up to 60 days without trial for an act which allegedly threatens the security of the country or any part thereof.
Relevant sections of the legislation are as follows:
Section 73(1) Internal Security Act 1960: "Any police officer may without warrant arrest and detain pending enquiries any person in respect of whom he has reason to believe that there are grounds which would justify his detention under section 8; and that he has acted or is about to act or is likely to act in any manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia or any part thereof or to maintenance of essential services therein or to the economic life thereof."
Sect 8. Power to order detention or restriction of persons. "(i) If the Minister is satisfied that the detention of any person is necessary with a view to preventing him from acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia or any part thereof or to the maintenance of essential services therein or the economic life thereof, he may make an order (hereinafter referred to as a detention order) directing that that person be detained for any period not exceeding two years."
Egypt’s religious adviser says Muslims can change religion
CAIRO: Egypt’s official religious adviser has ruled that Muslims are free to change their faith as it is a matter between an individual and God, in a move which could have far-reaching implications for the country’s Christians.
“The essential question before us is that can a person who is a Muslim choose a religion other than Islam? The answer is yes, they can,” Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa said in a posting on a Washington Post-Newsweek forum picked up by the Egyptian press on Tuesday. “The act of abandoning one’s religion is a sin punishable by God on the Day of Judgement. If the case in question is one of merely rejecting faith, then there is no worldly punishment,” he wrote.
Gomaa warned however that if the conversions undermine the “foundations of society” then it must be dealt with by the judicial system, without elaborating. In September, Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court is to hear the case of 12 Copts who converted to Islam and have been prevented by the state from reverting to Christianity on the grounds that it is apostasy. afp
But then he denied it:
Top cleric denies 'freedom to choose religion' comment
By Ramadan Al Sherbini, Correspondent
Published: July 24, 2007, 23:05
Cairo: Egypt's top cleric yesterday denied in a statement that he had said a Muslim can give up his faith without punishment.
Ali Goma'a, the mufti of Egypt, was quoted as saying in a posting on a Washington Post-Newsweek forum that Muslims are free to change their faith and this is a matter between an individual and God.
"What I actually said is that Islam prohibits a Muslim from changing his religion and that apostasy is a crime, which must be punished," Goma'a said.
The alleged fatwa coincides with an uproar over the case of 12 Egyptians who converted to Islam from Christianity and now want to re-embrace Christianity.
"There is a campaign by secularists to distort the image of Dr Ali Goma'a," a senior official in Al Azhar told Gulf News.
"He cannot deny punishment in this life for the apostate," said Mustafa Al Chaka of the Islamic Research Centre.
Hat-tip to Little Bird Shaik. Comments are off for this post.
This Hanief guy also has lots of videos on current events, like the bloggers demonisation and the Altantuya murder case. Check out his Youtube channel, travelling84.
Also, the video on Nat's personal account on his arrest is up, by MKini. In the US, publicists would have jumped on him to sell his story for a handsome sum already.
Watch this space.
UPDATED: Photos of the meeting, from Bernama Fotoweb.
Photo caption reads:
Mesyuarat hari pertama itu dihadiri oleh semua Sultan dan Yang Dipertua Negeri kecuali Pahang, Johor dan Terengganu.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin dan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi akan hadir pada mesyuarat itu esok.
So, yes. He is back already.
I checked the calendar. Today is indeed the 25th. I logged on RPK. He said he'll be back on the 27th. And I look at the wall clock. It's about 3 hours to this event. So, who's going to officiate it?
So, is he back? You know, he was smart enough to use the No.2 as proxy to make the '717 Declaration' at the International Conference on the Role of Islamic States in a Globalised World. And he was supposed to be at the Malaysian Press Award Night 2007 yesterday night.
Will he fong fei kei (break the date) today? Guess who he'll send as proxy this time? Nevertheless, Houdini has a serious contender. ;-)
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
C&P from Bernama. Malaih nak komen lah. Malaih nak layan orang yang tak perasan diri sendiri:
Govt Warns Of Tough Action Against Bloggers Who Disparage
KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 (Bernama) -- The government today warned of tough action against web bloggers who write on sensitive issues which include insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Islam.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the government would not hesitate to use the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 121b of the Penal Code against these bloggers.
He said the government had exercised restraint in the matter for a long time and the time had come for it to act according to those laws.
"I want to issue a warning that the time has come for us to take action against them (bloggers who make disparaging statements). We have the right and we will do it. We have been very patient," he said when winding up debate on the Electronic Government Activities Bill 2007 in the Dewan Negara here. The bill was passed.
Yesterday, Umno lodged a report at the Dang Wangi Police Station against the web portal "Malaysia Today" for publishing sensitive comments on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Islam, and of a racial nature.
Umno Information Chief Senator Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib, who had made the police report, had said that the public comments carried on the portal on July 11 violated the law and insulted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
"Such publication is deemed as likely to spark crime and incite racial and religious violence," he had said.
Muhammad, also raised the matter in the Dewan Negara today during the debate on the Electronic Government Activities Bill.
Urging the government to act against the portal, he said the contents could undermine unity as well as corrupt young minds.
"The liberal writing on the portal can cause young minds to think that there are no rules and sensitivities governing articles and that anyone can write on any matter in the name of individual freedom," he said.
"At a time when the government is introducing the system of electronic government, there are unhealthy developments in the form of publications on the web such as this, articles which can be read not only by our society but also the whole world and anyone for that matter, even children," he added.
Muhamad said there was no absolute freedom in any country and that Malaysia had its own ways to regulate the freedom, which was founded on the practice of tolerance and mutual respect among the races that had been going on for a long time.
Senator Datuk Norraesah Mohamed intervened to get Muhamad's explanation on his view that the issues raised in "Malaysia Today" went beyond criticism to attacks specifically to incite hatred among the people.
She also called for tough action, saying what had happened would not only ruin the ruling party but also touched on the integrity and stability of the country.
Nazri also hit out at the blogger for criticising Muhamad for his having lodged the police report, and described him as a blogger who was childish.
He said his officers would consider the appropriate law so that the blogger involved could be penalised as per the misconduct.
He also said that the government planned to draft an act to enable it to monitor and act against bloggers who committed offences.
"This is not aimed at eliminating the freedom of speech but to wipe out the freedom to cheat, defame and hurt people so that blogs can really be a source of correct information and sincere views and not a platform to hurl abuses at people," he said.
When replying to a question raised by Senator Ismail Kassim, Nazri said he did not rule out the possibility that full-time bloggers were sponsored by certain quarters.
The Dewan Negara also approved the Elections (Amendment) Bill 2007, Islamic Banking (Amendment) Bill 2007, Takaful (Amendment) Bill 2007 and Bills of Exchange (Amendment) Bill 2007.
It's stressful being in the news for all the wrong reasons recently, you know.
I was thrown into the spotlight in the august house recently (ironically I'm not just only needed in August). Apparently for not playing my monthly role well, resulting in 'tiap-tiap bulan pun bocor'. Well, at least Miss Chili Padi's still fertile (and I won't be out of job)!
Then my role was challenged every General Assembly, year after year. By the No.2 some more during his
Ooopsss...shouldn't have mentioned the last paragraph. Even though I need to be get rid off, I don't want to be ended up with C4, you know. It's not just worth it.
Speaking on the getting rid off me, Malaysians never learn. Mudah lupa. They throw me down the toilets. Damn those schoolgirls! And the hospital patrons! Now you all made me feel very guilty! Sob! Sob!
Oopss, I hear a gush coming. I'd better do my job now.
Saya yang menurut perintah,
The Edge Daily front-paged in their website yesterday that the policy has been approved.
But it was later denied by the Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop in Forbes.
So, old car owners (especially Japanese ones), would you dump your car for a erhmm...Proton? ;-)
Monday, July 23, 2007
Photo credits here and here.
Okay, this may come in a lil' bit late. That is because I'm gathering information and making analysis, you impatients!
The latest - from IHT. Also from Bernama. And theSun.
"I'll fight back on the Internet," Raja Petra told The Associated Press.
Well, he fought back with his latest post here.(Intermittent connection error is expected as his blog is swamped with traffic now)
The only online MSM reporting it so far. Bernama has not reported it. Yet. [Source]
And it's in the main story in the news:
Look at the crowd to make one police report!
The 'seditious' comment was read out loud in English. Looks like someone's been taking some English lessons, after claiming that he understood little English and therefore couldn't read the warnings at the immigration. He was being detained (but later acquitted) for failing to declare almost $1 million at the Brisbane airport in 1997.
Also, as seen on the Chinese news edition:
UPDATED: The examples of the 'seditious' comments are given in the UMNO Online website. Mat Taib gave the example of the 'seditious' comments on something about some commenter wanting to show his/her gluteus maximus to the King for not taking action on something. There are like gazillions of comments in RPK's blog, so I won't bother trailing the comments to find which post was it. Plus, the blog is under "Error message: "Could not connect to MySQL database" intermittent mode, and it could have been deleted already.
The main question in this post is: "Was the comment planted?" He saw it coming anyway:
With the new 25-member cyber-trooper team in place, spread out in various towns all over Malaysia, the attack started. They posted many repeat messages in the blogs, mostly very personal in nature about ‘Anwar main buntut’, ‘Raja Petra being paid by Anwar to attack Umno’, ‘Malaysia Today spinning lies and untruths’, and much more. Their strategy is to swamp Malaysia Today with so much junk that readers would get fed up with the deteriorating quality of the ‘debates’ and eventually decide to no longer read any of the postings. They hope that this disgust about Malaysia Today being reduced to a ‘gutter’ website would cause the readers to just leave Malaysia Today altogether.
Just pre-moderate your comments from now on, RPK.
In another news, the Dewan Negara is reading the Activities of the Electronic Government Activities Bill 2007 for the second time today. I'm not a parlimentarian and I'm not sure what 'activities' are included in the bills.
[Source] See? They want websites and blogs critical of the government to be listed as cyber crime in the Electronic Government Activities Bill 2007!
For a track record on RPK, here's an article back in 2002: "Royal revolutionary pays price for backing Anwar". His Wikipedia entry is here. His previous 'blog', Freeanwar.com is still up and running. And this is one of the books he has written over a decade ago.