‘Cowards’ and pondans August 19, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
During the MCA Youth meeting, the SIL sat there, blur like sotong, while MCA Youth chief hentam ‘certain quarters’ for waving the keris, contrasting with how they, MCA, would prefer to wave the Federal Constitution.
SIL was said to be ‘unhappy’ as some vital bits didn’t appear in the BM translation of the text, and according to Malaysiakini, when the two macho boys met after,
“The brief encounter was believed to end in an atmosphere of embarrassment.”
Meanwhile, there was no reprieve for bloggers during the Umno meeting on bloggers today. The Information chief, Mat Macho Tyson called writers of political blogs, ‘cowards‘ and ‘pondan‘.
(I think the latter term was also used in opposition chants in Ijok whenever the Umno Youth chief appeared, and that was said to have sparked off the bottle-throwing incident)
I don’t know… pretending to be illiterate in English when caught at the Australian Immigration checkpoint with bags of money seems more cowardly… no?
‘Blog Writers Are Actually Coward’ – Muhammad
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 (Bernama) — Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Mohammad Taib has described writers of political blogs, whom he says looked brave in criticising government leaders, as cowards.
“Why I say they are coward? Because they are afraid of using (web) addresses in the country but use overseas addresses to slam our country leaders. Is this the character of a man? This is not a man, this is a ‘pondan‘.
“How dare they say no one can touch them, no one can drag them to court because no laws can be used to take action on them,” he told reporters after a meeting of Umno’s information chiefs from the divisions nationwide.
Muhammad was commenting on allegations that Umno leaders were afraid to speak up and face bloggers.
He said Umno leaders were not afraid to response to all allegations contained in the blogs but were sure that despite the replies, the bloggers would not take the side of the government.
Umno Youth vice chief Khairy Jamaluddin who attended the function, said he was not afraid to face and have dialogues with political blog writers if they were ready to face him.
“To most of the allegations, I have responded before this and last year. Most of them are recycled and re-written in different styles.
“I’m not afraid… I’d answered all the allegations but were not posted in the blogs. If their minds and attitude are closed, they cannot accept any of our replies,” he said.
He said attacks on individuals were not serious and it was up to the victims to sue but more attention should be given to attacks on institutions especially the government and rulers as well as against religions and races because of the sensitivities involved.
Also present at the meeting, held behind closed doors at the Putra World Trade Centre, was Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.