Nadeswaran reacts to Zahid Hamidi’s remarks

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Citizen Nades has voiced the sentiments felt by many Malaysians upon hearing Zahid Hamidi’s recent remarks.

This article was published by theSun today.

The foot is in the mouth … again

Posted on 8 October 2013 – 08:22pm

R. Nadeswaran

WHEN mobile telephones and their related technology landed on our shores more than two decades ago, they were deemed as “telecommunications equipment” which enabled the people to stay in touch with each other without the need for telephone exchanges, wires and the other trappings of a land line.

Some of them at that time appeared to be weapons of destruction, one of which was the size and weight of a brick! Over the years, with the advent of modern technology, they have become smaller and have a host of applications.

The technological advancement has not stopped. What could be classified as an innovation today could become obsolete the next day. Instead of just being used to make calls, the mobile telephone can be used as a camera, a voice recorder and even a video player. And images and voices can be sent out at the press of a button to hundreds of people instantaneously.

It is because of this that certain countries chose to ban certain brands and applications because of the threat of abuse and for security reasons.

Many holding positions and those in high office take cognizance of these existing and innocent-looking gadgets and choose to be guarded when speaking in private knowing very well that the mobile telephone has other uses.

That was perhaps what Home Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi did not take into account or deliberately chose to ignore when he made the threat of closing down newspapers in a speech last Saturday.

Unknown to him, someone in the audience had made a complete recording of his nonsensical tirade and his innocuous links to a secret society which had been banned by none other than his own ministry.

That audio recording has now gone viral and no one is paying any heed to his threat and the Chinese Newspaper Editors Association has urged Zahid to retract his threat.

The threat aside, what was more shocking was his endorsement of the Tiga Line underworld group, calling them his friends and urging them to do what they needed to do.

Tiga Line, he thundered, weren’t thugs and were in fact some form of benevolent gangsters that only turned up at festivals.

“I tell our Tiga Line friends, do what should be done,” he can be heard in the recording, which has now been made available in several internet sites.

His remarks drew loud cheers from the room, and he took it further by taking a racist line when he declared that Malays were the usual victims.

“The largest drug dealers are Chinese, the smaller ones are Indians and the users are Malays. In internet gambling, the bosses are Chinese, operators are Indians and patrons are Malays.

Therefore the victims are Malays,” Zahid is heard saying, adding that he is home minister due to Malay support that made him Umno vice-president.

It is understandable the minister is in the race for a senior party post but to take a racial stance on victims of crime is certainly the bottom of the pits.

Using crime to pit one race against the other is not acceptable. Crime has no race barrier. Using imagination and not foresight, the minister has chosen to conjure his own reasons without any facts or figures, just to win a few brownie points for the sake of his career and political expediency.

It is obvious that he has little respect for the law; pays no heed to common sense; lacks good judgment and has no self-esteem by resorting to such levels of disgusting popularity-gaining efforts.

Besides, the threat to close newspapers goes against the basic grain of the prime minister’s promise of easing up on press freedom. What message are we sending out to the people when the minister openly defies and derides the country’s No. 1 and his own plans for a fully-developed nation?

How will the PM face an international audience when a member of his own cabinet makes such unwarranted threats and attacks? How will he be able to defend his policies when renegades start putting their foot in the mouth?

I am writing this article from the heart – fully aware of the consequences. I am well aware that a fellow journalist was arrested for “her own protection”. I very well know that I could incur the wrath of the Lord and Master.

Silence is no longer an option for those who choose to call themselves journalists. For our dignity and pride, we have to stand and say our piece on those who choose to ride roughshod over us.

Politicians should no longer be allowed to use journalism as cannon-fodder for their actions or the lack of them. Or for that matter, for political gain and political glory.

If we want to practise good journalism to serve as the eyes, ears and mouths of fellow Malaysians, we cannot be practitioners with the Sword of Damocles hanging over our heads.

R. Nadeswaran believes that bullying and threats have to stop to allow journalists to practise their craft. Comments: [email protected]

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Ed G

Many actions of our police force simply defy sensible logic. I just come to understand of late that Sanjeevan, the victim of an attempted murder, is being investigated for some purported cases of extortion while nothing has come out of the investigation on his shooting after several months. Likewise, the police went to seize the samples of Kugan’s tissues that was sent for laboratory test by Kugan’s family while they did not take similar action when Kugan’s body was still in the mortuary under their custody. They allowed their 2 ‘comrades’ implicated in a robbery case to roam freely and… Read more »

JOSEPHINE

zahid, why not start 1 LINE.

semuanya OK kot

Another classic case of foot-in mouth disease.

Most of the gangsters supposedly arrested (for how long?) were Malays folowed by Chinese followed by Indians. This is strange because (a) our guardians announced that most of the gangster were Indians (b) most of the gang names are Chinese.

OWC

The fact that Zahid Hamidi could one day be a DPM or PM is a very scary thought indeed.

Yang

And it will be the support of ISA and death in custody especially people like Kunan and many other Indians without transparency

Yang

In Malaysia it is kulitfication not qualification that make many leaves. If it is not kulitfication then it will be cronification.

sakariye

No wonder many malaysians are leaving ….

“Recruitment consulting firm Kelly Services has revealed recently that 20% of Malaysia’s highly educated population now opted to leave the country for richer economies, frustrated by the lack of opportunities at home.”

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysias-got-talent-but-theyre-being-driven-away-mostly-to-singapore-world

Gopala Eli Rai Ananda Kimivelo Anendi Nathan Kumar

We support Datuk as future PM !!!

Gopala Eli Rai Ananda Kimivelo Anendi Nathan Kumar

Just to reconfirm that Tiga Line is not a gangster. Don’t spread lies !!!

rajraman666

Even PDRM admit Bintang 3 is gangster and the identify few of them.

rajraman. Only PDRM never catch this benevolent Bintang 3 because …..i don’t know why?

Gopala Eli Rai Ananda Kimivelo Anendi Nathan Kumar

Just comment to show me and my friends support to Datuk Zahid stand. We support you Datuk.

OWC

keep your comment within the circle of NST and Utusan.

rajraman666

OWC,
Lets some colorful people opinion from UM no side gives their comments here.
rajraman. After that we whack them in writing, not like (others) whack people until dead in custody.

Another Warlords Shahidan Kasim also support Malay gangster.The line connected. UM no .(seems to be) connecting all Malay gangster as their members(?) 3 line will connect UMno underworld(?)

Gopala Eli Rai Ananda Kimivelo Anendi Nathan Kumar

Is this an UMNO bashing blog ???

rajraman666

Gopala Eli Rai Ananda Kimivelo Anendi Nathan Kumar – what’s a great name.Is that name stated in your identification card?
This blog bash Pakatan also.

rajraman. Your future PM as you want him to be a loose canon. Today he ask PDRM shoot first – and ask question after dead? Later he (might) use cannon when he become PM.(if)

Want to play a game Gopala Eli Rai Ananda Kimivelo Anendi Nathan Kumar?

We can be racial but can’t be racist at our own home Mr.Home Minister.

Batu Ferringhian

you ought to be careful when you say statements like that. implying that “All Malays” are in favor with what umno/bn preaches is wrong. there are a lot of malays who would love nothing more than to abolish racially discriminating policies and have policies base on merit instead. after all, we are ALL Malaysian kan? 🙂

Ah Beng

The under-world (allegedly) have close links with the top brasses of men in blue and ruling party politicians, otherwise they would not have been able to thrive and operate. Like they say crime has no race barrier!

Super Spontan

UMNO flag to do away with keris and replace by 3 stars ???
Zahid no need to raise keris to win support like Hisha but his alliance with binbtang-bintang is his strength ???

bigjoe99

My frustration is not with Zahid Hamidi or what the said or Ali Rustam etc etc. My frustration is the critics themselves themselves falls far far short. Zahid Hamidi and the likes are PUBLIC MENACE and yes also MORONIC. But the truth is the bigger problem is UMNO worshipped them and Najib appointed them. They are delusional and delirous minority hordes that control this country. Journalist have to stand up? Do they even know really? UMNO BROKE THIS COUNTRY. THEY ARE WHAT TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN, THE MOST GENEROUS OF HUMAN BEING, WOULD NOT FORGIVE EVEN IN HIS DEATH-BED. We are… Read more »

sakariye

bigjoe99
may be many have not seen the video of Tunku Abdul Rahman weeping the moment he knew the country under UMNO Baru will create what fast forward we are witnessing today.

anyone with such video (youtube?) do post it for others to understand that Tunku seemed to know what Bankrupt Nation is all about !

Yang

You can retort or rebut or even scold Zahid for his brainless remark but the most important thing is the dumb PM must act. As we can see since the last GE, we have a dumb PM who thought that keeping quiet will solve the problems but instead it is getting worse.

najib manaukau

While I agree that the rights of the police and the victims are also to be protected, but the sad and unfortunate thing is the police has, over time, proven to be the aggressor rather than what they are supposed to do and that is to protect the people. Also so many people die, easily the worst in the world, while in the custody of the police are proved that the police have lost their rights as police officers. These victims were there to be protected by the police but sad to say they became the victims. Aren’t they supposed… Read more »

rajraman666

Mr.Nades,

All Malays are fed by Chinese and Indian crooks to destroy their morals(?) Only um NO is the Savior for Malays rights and morals(?) Najib will keep his red lips shut as Mr.WHY and MIC.

rajraman. Bintang “3” is halal for UMno(?) Maybe .. the chief of “BINTANG 3” and his supporters who cheers him maybe all of them is * and shining example UMno going to new era of leadership. It’s run by thugs(?) “Bintang 3” already infuriated UMNO officially(?)

We can be racial but can’t be racist in our own “HOME” MR.Home Minister.