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Threats and overreaction; more than meets the eye July 10, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Art & Visuals, Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.

Press Statement 

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
Executive Director



1. wits0 - July 10, 2007

Come to think of it, why should TC apologise, considering that the Keris Opera was unapologised for. And the later hurt the feelings of more ppl than one.

2. Sherlock - July 10, 2007

Answers to the 3 Questions by Yap Swee Seng above
1. Ordered by their CO. The Minister of Defence, also the DPM

2. Taken out with or without the knowledge/approval of the armourer.

3.Get hold of the personnel in charge of the immigration entry records database and take him to court as star witness.

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth, Ah Seng!

—Quoted from Sherlock Holmes

3. xpyre - July 10, 2007

@wits0: aiyah, you must watch Yes Prime Minister, then you’ll get the logic:

See, the picture insults the national leader(s) (HOW?! nvm..), and insulting the national leader is to undermine the government of the said leader, and undermining the government of the said leader leads to a loss of confidence in the government, and hence the Ringgit will crash and the stock markets will crash and the price of everything will go up (wait a minute!…) and Malaysia will sink into the sea.. all because of a harmless little picture…

whoops! hahahahahahaha!! wait, wait.. there’s another version:

See, the picture insults the national leader(s) (HOW?! nvm..), and insulting the national leader is to undermine the government of the said leader, and to undermine the government of the said leader is to mock the voters who voted in the government of the said leader (and indeed the leader himself). so the leader looks like an idiot, the government looks like an idiot’s playground, and the voters look like grubby children mucking about in the mud and sand.

Which one you like better? hahahahaha 😀

4. Nstman - July 10, 2007

Threats, threats. Tian Chua should stand firm in the fight against stupidity, lies, idiocy, bigotry, racsim. Tell these bastards we have had enough.

5. madmonk - July 11, 2007

The message is clear. UMNO Youth candidates should not be voted in.

6. cactus - July 12, 2007

What do you expect out of some Bodohmen from the Bodohland? When the parliment can be used like a kampong for their kenduri festa! Sometimes, these guys thought we are still like our uneducated great grand parents who came to this country.

Today, most are literate, and when we flip through the newspaper to read, how could ‘digest’ what was published – being spoken and record till time in memorial – by all these ‘Bodohmen’.

If they do things in the right and fair manner, who would want to question them or ‘doubt’ their comments.

The message issued by SUARAM is the best I have read till now. If only these ‘Bodohmen’ got some common-sense like SUARAM.

EW: I’ll let the Suaram-ites know 🙂 But not surprisingly, the media (save the Chinese paper) didn’t report on the statement.

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