Datuk A Kadir Jasin‘s resignation as head of media and communications for the Council of Eminent Persons was purely his decision – he wants to continue writing. He stepped down June 9 following criticism of his views on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
30 November 2018
The following article is sent to the editorial of Malaysia Gazette by Stanley Ruburn
It is absurd to see Kadir Jasin rebuking Waytha Moorthy in what appeared to be a sort of reprimand on the Minister’s joint action with other Ministers, Deputy Minister’s and MPs on the conduct of the police in handling the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple fiasco.
Firstly, it was madness that the Chief Police of (CPO) Subang Jaya issues a statement stating that the fight on the first night involved two groups of Indians which was a complete bluff as proven by the statement of the Deputy-Inspector General of Police and subsequently by the Home Minister.
Secondly, the police department knew that the developer was going to enforce the writ of possession as there were already instruction for the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) to be present in the temple at 6.00 a.m. in the morning of 26 November 2018. Therefore why the reaction so slow in reacting to distress call from the devotees since early dawn and how the mobsters were able to trespass the temple premise?
Something is amiss here because a few weeks ago, there was already an attempt to obtain possession by the police department and the developer and it was halted due to the public protest. Thus, the police cannot claim ignorance on the possible peaceful resistance by the protesters.
It is impossible that the police did not know of possible resistance and it appeared that they reacted late, allowed destruction of over 22 vehicles and various injuries to the Malay and Indian community due to the affray that took place within the temple vicinity.
The joint statement announced by Minister Waytha Moorthy and their concerns that the CPO had incorrectly stated that the fight involved two Indian groups had actually doused the highly charged Indian community on such previous misrepresentation by the police chief.
If Kadir Jasin is upset that the Ministers are raising genuine concern by speaking out the truth as opposed to protecting the police force where there were clear flaws, then he is wrong because we want Ministers who question the civil service and ensure that public interest is protected at all time. We want to get rid of the UMNO culture embedded in the civil service by swiping everything under the carpet.
Kadir Jasin is a veteran newsman or rather a retired newsman who has forgotten the basics of journalism, which is get YOUR FACTS RIGHTS. He did not even bother reading Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s statement two days ago and today at parliament.
The former Deputy Prime Minister had pointed out that those people who entered the temple were hired hands. The Home Minister had also said that the police would come down hard on the perpetrators of violence. It is a wonder why Kadir Jasin did not dig on this further.
He is supposed to be the Prime Minister’s media advisor. Now this makes us wonder if Kadir Jasin is feeding all the wrong information to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. If Kadir could not get these basic facts right, how is he going to advice the PM on more complex issues as they arise.
Furthermore, being the PM’s special media advisor, is it proper for him to write a comment piece condemning his boss’ Cabinet members?
Tun Dr Mahathir is not a fool when it comes to picking people into his cabinet. He knows each cabinet member’s strength and weaknesses. Kadir should know better than to slam Ministers via comment pieces.
In essence, Kadir Jasin is the one who should go back to school and not bring the old UMNO style in running of the Pakatan Harapan government.
By: Stanley Ruburn
Editorial note: The views expressed are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysia Gazette
29 November 2018
PETALING JAYA: Veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin has rebuked federal minister P Waytha Moorthy over his conduct in the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple issue.
In a blogpost made in his personal capacity, Kadir said Waytha was the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of unity and social well-being, yet his recent actions had helped strengthen neither.
Kadir, the media adviser to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, also said Mahathir had already “advised” Waytha. However, he did not say what the advice was.
“But our prime minister is kind-hearted and even when he is angry, people may not realise it. Waytha, who has not known Mahathir for a long time, should not be so gung-ho and comfortable with his position.
“Remember, you were not chosen by the people. You are a senator appointed by the king and made a minister by Mahathir. Please do not embarrass our king and prime minister,” he said, inviting Waytha to leave a comment in his blog if he was unhappy with his words.
The temple relocation saga has seen a lengthy legal battle, protests and chaos, including burned vehicles, mob violence, an attack on the temple and damage to property.