Raja Petra arrested under ISA

Raja Petra arrested under ISA

Malaysiakini news by Andrew Ong


Controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin was arrested today under the Internal Security Act for allegedly being a threat to security, peace and public order.

 

According to Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar, the 58-year old father of five would be detained under Section 73(1) of the ISA, which allows for detention of up to 60 days.

“The police will do an assessment during this period and if they feel he should be held more than 60 days, the police will then refer to me,” Syed Hamid was quoted as saying by The Star.

 

The minister also confirmed that the Sin Chew DailyThe Sun and Suara Keadilan were issued show cause letters. “They have been given a week to reply,” he added.


Raja Petra’s wife Marina Lee Abdullah (right) earlier told

Malaysiakini that 10 police personnel from Bukit Aman came to their home in Sungai Buloh at about 1.10pm to arrest him.

 

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Syed Hamid tells why Malaysia Today was blocked

UPDATE from Malaysiakini

Dr M slams gov’t for banning blog site

 

 Mahathir Mohamad today condemned the government for reneging on its long-held promise of not censoring the Internet – a policy in which he was the architect.

mahathir hulu langat 120408 press conference“When a government makes a promise to the country and then reneges on its promise, then not only will the government lose credibility but also any respect that the public may have for it.”

The former premier, who implemented the no-Internet censorship policy in the mid-1990s, said the government’s action shows “a degree of oppressive arrogance worthy of a totalitarian state”.

 

“I do not often agree with Malaysia-Today.net and (website editor) Raja Petra Kamaruddin. He had been sometimes quite irresponsible,” said Mahathir in hisChedet blog. Continue reading

Money, power and sex: what motivates man

Money, power and sex: what motivates man

Raja Petra Kamarudin

One of the more successful international trading companies is 3M. It is one of 30 companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. 3M’s sales for 2007 touched US$24.462 billion while its net income was US$4.096 billion.

3M used to be called Minnesota Mining and Minerals before its name was shortened to 3M. They did the same for IBM, LBJ, JFK, etc. Eventually, when all these people or companies became famous, people started referring to them by their initials and no longer by their full names. This is the ‘culture’ in USA, which itself is the initial for the United States of America. Now, of course, a simple US will suffice as everyone knows who you are referring to.

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Bravest Internet Hero of our time

Bravest Internet Hero warrior of our time

 

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We must not forget the truth that any HERO would definitely be seen by the people on the other side of political divide as a Villain.

 

In any war, our Heroes would be the worse enemies of our opponents.

In the true sense of the word, a warrior is a man/woman_

  • who has a clear and guiding moral code of honour
  • and is someone who serves others in the interests of social justice
  • and who normally stands up unfailingly for the cause of righteous justice,
  • fighting in a noble and measured way when required,
  • and doing so with wisdom and a tenacious quality of strength
  • that somehow is able to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and odds. Continue reading

OH, IT’S SO DIFFICULT TO GIVE UP THE POWER

OH, IT’S SO DIFFICULT TO GIVE UP THE POWER

Posted by Super Admin in Malaysia Today

Now, it is not fair to suggest that only Myanmar SPDC Junta leaders are very reluctant or find it difficult to let go of power. It’s the same all over. Politicians have not been described as possessing animal-like behaviour for nothing — that’s why we have the term ‘political animal’.

Adapted, edited and Burmanized from Paul Sir’s article in The Borneo Post

IT seems that we are in the season of power transition in the country.

Now, let’s take an honest view about these so-called power transition being bandied about in the country. The first question to ask is — did these political leaders step down voluntarily or were they pressured to do so?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Now, it is not fair to suggest that only Myanmar SPDC Junta leaders are very reluctant or find it difficult to let go of power. It’s the same all over. Politicians have not been described as possessing animal-like behaviour for nothing — that’s why we have the term ‘political animal’.

  • Like the tigress jealously guarding her cubs or the viper protecting its territory and ready to put its life on the line, those with political power behave in the same manner.
  • They are very protective of their own space and will fight with whatever means to prevent others from entering.
  • History has shown how despots had even gone to the extent of committing mass murder and alienating the entire population just to cling on to power.
  • Sadly, we still have such kind of sick political animals in our midst today. Just think Robert Mugabe. 

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Blog standard: Politics on the web. Authoritarian governments can lock up bloggers. It is harder to outwit them

Blog standard: Politics on the web

Malaysia Today Friday, 27 June 2008

Authoritarian governments can lock up bloggers. It is harder to outwit them

From Egypt to Malaysia to Saudi Arabia to Singapore, bloggers have in recent months found themselves behind bars for posting materials that those in power dislike. The most recent Worldwide Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters Without Borders, a lobby group, estimates their number at a minimum of 64.

The Economist

WHAT do Barbra Streisand and the Tunisian president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, have in common? They both tried to block material they dislike from appearing on the internet. And they were both spectacularly unsuccessful. In 2003 Ms Streisand objected to aerial photographs of her home in Malibu appearing in a collection of publicly available coastline pictures. She sued (unsuccessfully) for $50m—and in doing so ensured that the pictures gained far wider publicity.

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MY HEROES !

MY HEROES !

 

Edited the extracts  from Antares’ blog

I do not wish to elaborate about my two greatest HEROES of my life:

General Aung San of Burma and his daughter Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

The other HEROES are_

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has got what it takes to steer this floundering ship back on course. And what it takes is intelligence, courage, stamina, adaptability, good humor, experience, and most importantly, ethical sense.

His resilience has been proven over the last ten years by_

  • his capacity to transmute tragedy into triumph,
  • transforming himself from victim to victor 
  • and all the while maintaining his dignity, clarity, and focus.

 

Whatever his early political agenda, the Anwar Ibrahim of 2008 has been

  • forged in the furnace of personal pain and endurance.
  • In 1998 he could have taken the money and run –
  • become an academic or corporate CEO.
  • But he didn’t.
  • He stood up to Mahathir and fought like a man.
  • That’s how he gained my respect and admiration and trust. There are very few in our midst today that I can describe as “heroic.”

 

Nobody can match what Anwar Ibrahim has accomplished: he has led us through the Chapel Perilous of racial politics and now, for the first time since Merdeka, we can look around and appreciate the beauty of our own diversity and say, “Vive la difference!”

 

DSAI, more than any other political icon in the country, succeeded in transcending his own childhood prejudices

  • to embody the universal values that will unite rather than divide us as a nation.
  • That is indeed the mark of a hero.
  • Let us honor this hero (who nearly became a martyr) by giving him what he fully deserves – the chance to serve as prime minister (at least till he tires of it or we tire of him).

 

There has been a systematic attempt to undermine Anwar’s credibility by those who recognize that he is indeed the most intelligent, adaptable, and charismatic leader to emerge.

 

DSAI’s_

  • 6 years of humiliation,
  • imprisonment
  • and intense suffering was the furnace that remolded the man into a prime ministerial candidate.

The so-called experts who move in power circles are all suffer from the disease: hero-envy!

  • They all are secretly envious of Anwar because
  • he has the capacity to reinvent himself –
  • from victim to victor within 10 years.

Remember those images of Anwar from early 1999,

  • with black eye,
  • frogmarched around by policemen,
  • in constant pain from a spinal injury,
  • attending his mother’s funeral in a wheelchair,
  • not allowed to seek medical treatment in Germany.
  • .. slowly poisoned by arsenic mixed into the paintwork of his Sungai Buloh cell.

Look at him today. I for one am very impressed and will publicly name him a national hero. He showed Malaysians you can defy a powerful dictator and live!

DYMM Raja Petra Kamaruddin

 

DYMM Raja Petra Kamaruddin stood by Anwar Ibrahim in the early days of his rebellion against monumental odds and was arrested under the ISA for his efforts. He was a tireless webmaster for the official Reformasi website and that subsequently led to his launching Malaysia Today – a “no holds barred” local news portal that has played a crucial role in exposing the dark side of Umno-BN and gained an immense readership. Indeed, RPK grew to be such a thorn in BN’s backside a police report was filed against him by an Umno hatchetman and he was interrogated for eight hours. He threw his energy into the Opposition campaign as a featured speaker at many ceramahs (political rallies). Although a bona fide prince, RPK has always been accessible, down-to-earth and his finger is firmly on the pulse of the people. A large part of the credit for what happened on March 8th must go to RPK.

 

Mr Steven Gan

 

Mr Steven Gan is the managing editor of Malaysiakini, who stuck to his guns as a political journalist and quit The Sun when he rubbed the establishment up the wrong way. In 1999, at the height of Reformasi fervor, Steven teamed up with Premesh Chandran to launch Malaysia’s first news portal. Over the years Malaysiakini has survived several police raids and the confiscation of its computers. For invaluable services rendered to truth-loving Malaysians, this news portal deserves a standing ovation – and a thousand-fold increase in subscribers!