Threats and overreaction; more than meets the eye July 10, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Art & Visuals, Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.
Threats of Action Against Tian Chua Unable to Address Public Doubts
Monday, 09 July 2007
Suaram expresses grave concerns over the threats of action by UMNO leaders against Tian Chua, the information chief of the People’s Justice Party (PKR) for a satirical photo that was posted in his blog, depicting the deputy prime minister, Najib Razak in a dinner setting with two other persons.
We are further concerned over the calls by a number UMNO Youth leaders who have been reported by a number of newspapers who respectively called for the use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and repeated the threat to kiss the keris again in public.
We view these threats as a form of intimidation and suppression of freedom of expression on a topic of public interest.
In what way does this photo of a ‘Dinner-for-3” defame Najib Razak, as alleged by UMNO leaders? Tian Chua did not claim that the photo was real nor did he allude that the woman in the photo was the late Altantuya Shaariibuu, the Mongolian woman who was murdered in the cruelest way in Malaysia last year. It is entirely up to the readers to make its own interpretation or to reject the photo outright.
Unfortunately, the overreactions from UMNO leaders only further reinforces the doubts in the public minds and the international community on the possible link of deputy prime minister in the case of Altantuya’s murder, in view of the many pertinent unanswered, such as:
1. How did Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK) personnel, the special police force of the government get involved in the murder, considering every move of the UTK has to be logged and approved? Who has command over this special force?
2. How did C4, an explosive kept by the Defence Ministry, of which deputy prime minister is in charge of, leak out to be used in the murder of Altantuya?
3. How could immigration entry records into Malaysia of Altantuya and her friends be mysteriously deleted and missing from the immigration system?
All these unresolved mysteries warrant an independent and thorough investigation to bring those who have abused their powers to book. To threaten actions against Tian Chua will certainly not address the many questions playing in the minds of the public and the international community. In fact, the threats and overreaction suggest there is more than meets the eye.
Suaram calls on the public prosecutors to probe the above raised questions and get to the bottom of these issues. This is a litmus test to the integrity of the government, the justice system and the membership of Malaysia in the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Yap Swee Seng