13 June 2018
What an irony! Will Utusan Malaysia agree that it should be charged in court under the Sedition Act for inciting hatred by peddling the lie DAP wants to abolish the system of constitutional monarchy and turn Malaysia into a republic? – https://goo.gl/nWERoi
What an irony! Will Utusan Malaysia agree that it should be charged in court under the Sedition Act for inciting hatred by peddling the lie DAP wants to abolish the system of constitutional monarchy and turn Malaysia into a republic?
Today, the UMNO mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia carried the front-page headline “Akta Hasutan perlu dikekalkan – MASIH RELEVAN” quoting two former Inspector-Generals of Police, Tun Hanif Omar and Tan Sri Musa Hassan who want the Sedition Act to be continued, not to curb freedom of speech but to avoid tensions and feelings of ill will between races and religions.
Three days ago, in the Mingguan Malaysia weekend column, Awang Selamat, which is the name for Utusan Malaysia’s editorial voice, violated the Sedition Act and incited racial and religious sentiments with the dastardly lie that the DAP wants to do away with the system of constitutional monarchy by turning Malaysia into a republic!
This is a downright, malicious and seditious lie.
The massive, highly-funded and demonic UMNO campaign to paint the DAP as anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Rulers failed miserably in the 14th General Election, for the DAP had proved for over five decades that DAP is a patriotic Malaysian party dedicated to the betterment of all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region and committed to the fundamental principles of the Constitution.
No one can be loyal and committed to the fundamental principles of the Malaysian Constitution if he is anti-Malay or any racial group in the country; anti-Islam or anti any religion in the country; or anti-Malay Rulers or the institution of constitutional monarchy.
Our greatest challenge in a New Malaysia is how to reach out to them, the Chinese living in a completely in the Chinese world, Malays living in a completely Malay world, Indians living in a completely Indian world, to share with them a larger Malaysian picture and perspective – to share our ideals that this beloved Malaysian nation belongs to all of us, that we have a shared destiny.
Can this spirit of oneness as Malaysians transcending race, religion, region or party politics prevail in our country so that we are not distracted from our Malaysian Dream to build a great Malaysia for all Malaysians?
How do we nurture the bond of oneness among Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or even party politics and stop the rise of intolerance, hatred, bigotry and extremism in our plural society through lies, fake news and false information?
This is our greatest challenge as Malaysians in a New Malaysia to reset nation-building policies and directions.
Utusan Malaysia and its ilk stand opposed to this Malaysian Dream, enunciated as far back as 61 years ago by Bapa Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, for the plural nation to be “a beacon of light in the disturbed and distracted world”.
I will like to end with a question – as Utusan Malaysia wants the Sedition Act to stay, quoting the two former IGPs, will Utusan Malaysia agree that it should be charged in court under the Sedition Act for violating the Sedition Act and inciting hatred by peddling the lie DAP wants to abolish the system of constitutional monarchy and turn Malaysia into a republic?
(Media Statement in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 13th June 2018)
12 June 2018
Utusan is wrong, majority of Malays support Pakatan
MOST Malay-Muslims have given the thumbs-up to the new Pakatan Harapan government and the return of Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister.
This was the finding of two think-tanks which refute the claims of pro-Umno daily Utusan Malaysia that Malay-Muslims have soured towards the new administration.
The regret, said political analyst Hisomuddin Bakar, is among Umno members who abandoned the party and the Barisan Nasional in GE14.
Hisommudin of Ilham Centre said these Umno members ditched the party in GE14 to teach its leaders a lesson but were shocked at the consequences of their actions.
“They are shocked that they lost federal power. They just wanted to protest against their arrogant leaders. They are the ones regretting it.
“Ordinary Malays are comfortable with PH since they no longer have to the pay for the goods and services tax (GST),” said Hisomuddin, who has interviewed both Malay voters and Umno supporters post-GE14.
His counterpart at the Merdeka Centre, Ibrahim Suffian, echoed this finding, saying the think-tank’s survey showed that a majority of Malay voters are satisfied with the new government.
“They have also accorded high approval ratings to Dr Mahathir,” said Ibrahim, of the 92-year-old who has started a historic second term as prime minister.
The smooth and peaceful of transfer of power between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan was also critical in debunking a popular myth spread by Umno while also strengthening Malay confidence in PH.
“They saw that there was no violence and no chaos. Things went on as usual but with the added plus of no GST. So Malay businessmen especially were very appreciative,” said Hisomuddin.
10 June 2018
Malays already regretting voting against Umno, says Malay daily
THE anger that the Malays feel for Umno is a passing emotion, and those who voted against the party in the general election are beginning to feel the loss of the party, said Utusan Malaysia, a Malay daily owned by Umno.
Awang Selamat in an editorial column in Mingguan Malaysia wrote that “recent issues” affecting Muslims and Malays have led many Malays to regret the lack of a strong party to defend their causes.
“With all the recent issues which have affected the Muslims and Malays, the need for Umno and PAS to be a source of support is increasing.
“The loss of power by Umno is now felt and regretted by many Malays,” wrote Awang.
The editorial did not state which issues it was referring to.
Utusan on the appointment of new Attorney-General Tommy Thomas.
Utusan had recently come under fire for carrying articles deemed to be inciting racial and religious discord in its coverage of the recent impasse over the appointment of new Attorney-General Tommy Thomas.
In response, the paper’s editor Zulkiflee Bakar had said Utusan will continue to voice out against issues perceived to be a threat to Malays and Muslims.
The paper had slammed the selection of Thomas, who is non-Malay and a Catholic, by prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and had warned that the new A-G’s appointment would erode the rights of Malays and Muslims.