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Another gem of an interview from BN November 26, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.
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[Youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlWmafBG1Mo”%5D Just when we thought we were in the clear (Minister ka-Zam apparently is abroad) – re: statements that embarrass our country internationally – here’s another GEM from a BN MP from Cameron Highlands on al-Jazeera.My favourite line, apart from “Hello? Hello?”, was:- 

50 years of nationhood has been great”    

(Thanks to MadDruid‘s hard work transcribing it)  

Al-Jazeera: Joining us now for some reaction on the phone from the Malaysian state of Pahang is S.K. Devamany. He is a Member of Parliament for the Malaysian Indian Congress which I should point out is part of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition government. Sir, can I ask you to begin with, why is it appropriate for the police to be using tear gas and liquid chemical to disperse a peaceful crowd? 

S.K. Devamany: Hello…?

AJ: Yes, sir. I’m just asking you why is it appropriate to use force?

SKD: Yes… I think that… Hello? Hello?

AJ: Sir, I’m asking you Why is it appropriate for the police to be using tear gas and liquid chemical to disperse a peaceful crowd?

SKD: First of all, this country Malaysia has been independent for 50 years. And peace has been order of the day. And we have brought tremendous development to this nation. And I must tell you that if this gathering has been orchestrated by people who are not responsible, then it is no good for nation building.

AJ: But…

SKD: 50 years of nationhood has been great.

AJ: …but sir, the, the protest was proceeding peacefully. You said it was illegal but for all intent and purposes, it was a peaceful protest. So, why react with force?

SKD: So, probably the last protest also was reacted in the same manner. If the crowd was probably not… — also unprecedented. And I am not there to see how the police is actually handling the situation. But I must tell you in Malaysia, we don’t have a culture of protest this way. We are a democratic country, people can [unclear] through their ballot boxes, their patrons for candidates, and other presentations.

AJ: Why then—

SKD: And then… [unclear]…

AJ: why then if there is a democratic process in place do you not allow protest to take place. These people had requested for a permit and you turned it down. Why is that necessary

?SKD: I think the intention was… was wrong. I think because religion [unclear] used and religion issue is very sensitive in this part of the nation. [unclear] multi-religious nation and things can go out of place when emotions are flaring.

AJ: But hold on…

SKD: [unclear] very careful when we are dealing with emotion.

AJ: …you seem to be suggesting that the protesters were causing the violence but in fact that was not the case. It was—

SKD: [unclear]

AJ: —clearly the… the police that were taking the aggressive stance by firing tear gas and spraying chemical through water cannon. They—

SKD: [unclear]

AJ: —were not provoked by the protesters.

SKD: [unclear]. We have to see the type of people who came for the demonstration. I am not there, but I wish that the demonstrators are mature and know how to handle themselves—

AJ: Sir, what do you mean by… what do you mean by type of people? …

SKD: —[unclear].

AJ: … Are you referring to the fact that these people are of.. are of Indian ethnicity? Is that something the government cannot accept, Indians taking to the streets?

SKD: No, no. I don’t think so. I don’t think so. The PM Prime Minister has been giving tremendous allowances for openness, and feedbacks from the people, the press has been given freedom, legislatively, the freedom has been given the last 4 years.

AJ: Okay.

SKD: And the result of [unclear] because of the openness. And I think the reaction could be instigated by one or two incidents which could have been overshot, overblown. And that is a reason. A layman doesn’t know exactly what is being done.

AJ: Alright. S.K. Devamany on the phone. I’m afraid we have to leave it there. But we do appreciate you giving us your comment

SKD: —if you asked me, my, my… [unclear].

AJ: S.K. Devamany from the Malaysian Indian Congress.

Comments»

1. libraa2 - November 26, 2007

Let the world see the ‘type of people” we have in Parliament.
I was wondering why AL Jazeera did not call any member of Hindraf for an interview.
Were they warned not to?
This fellow can expect to have some rotten eggs thrown at him.

2. polytikus - November 26, 2007

hahahaha. i actually haven’t seen this one but our politicians sure are one eloquent lot. such clowns to entertain all of us 🙂

3. toyolbuster - November 26, 2007

What the viewers missed when Semi snatched the phone from Zam wannabe Devalman and……

AcNe World News (AnW): Yes, sir. I’m just asking you why is it appropriate to use force?

Semi Value (SV) : Helo Helo. Wat Wat Oh Yes In malaysia we like to use force. We like it rough. Our ladies say NoNoNo but they like it rough too.

AnW : Sir, I’m asking you Why is it appropriate for the police to be using tear gas and liquid chemical to disperse a peaceful crowd?

SV : Yes Yes we are very peaceful loving people, We so happy we cry, you see our bollywood movie, we put liquid to cry. but we like to cry. Yes yes.

AnW : but sir, the, the protest was proceeding peacefully. You said it was illegal but for all intent and purposes, it was a peaceful protest. So, why react with force?

SV : Correct Correct Correct, we have 50 years of independence and we Indians are very happy. we come to celebrate malaysia 50 birthday and visit malaysia 2007. We enjoy the water festival like in thailand.

AnW: why then if there is a democratic process in place do you not allow protest to take place. These people had requested for a permit and you turned it down. Why is that necessary

SV : helo helo ah yes correct correct correct, we do democratic procession to demonstrate our love for Malaysia and our PM and our king, we build new palace you know. RM650m. yes yes.

AnW: Alright. Semi Value on the phone. I’m afraid we have to leave it there. But we do appreciate you giving us your comment even though we don’t know what the F you are talking about—

4. Winston - November 26, 2007

With the ministers that we are having, is it any wonder that our bloggers can have a field day blogging for the next fifty years?
Happy blogging!

5. monsterball - November 26, 2007

I like what he said..praising Pak Lah and best is …papers are free and fair. But he still needs to learn from his master ..Samy…how to talk ..carrying balls of UMNO with style and smooth way to talk… ..especially praising PM……to speak with a voice more convincing that what I heard….not smooth and forceful enough. He needs to have a thicker skin.
Then he should write a love poem saying we will sink or swim with Pak Lah…..like what Samy wrote to Mahathir….then ignore….and now…new love poem to protect Pak Lah from Mahathir’s accusations to his new master. Learn that art. It’s important for MIC to survive under UMNO.
No use to comment on same idiotic responses to avoid the real questions. Have we not all heard enough?

6. Paul Warren - November 26, 2007

You think this was bad….then you should read what Deputy Internal Security Minister Mohd Johari Baharom said “”very confident that the organisers had bad intentions in calling for the gathering.”

“We must see what had attracted thousands of Indians to gather on Sunday. They were there because they were given false hopes by the organisers.

“These people go to the rural areas and lure people by saying that they will get money, and of course the people will attend the gathering because they were tempted with money,” (Hindraf ‘manipulated’ the innocent – Malaysiakini 261107)

I think the next rally to be called has to be one that asks the Agong to have the oath taken by these useful idiots changed so that they will swear to lynch themsleves the first time they say something that shoots themsleves in the foot! Trouble is we may end up with only all those MPs of BN who don’t talk at all.

7. Marla - November 26, 2007

I can trust the Al-Jazeera tv news it gives the real picture but the national TV gave the a different kind of picture to the public. they pictured the Indian as gangsters and hooligans …..With the foreign media we can see more clearly what has happen and we can make our decision. Thanks again Al-Jazeera!!!!!

8. kl chong - November 27, 2007

Hi Pals,
Seem like all our BN congressman dont know what the fuck are they talking. From Fucking Nazri to Idiot Khairi now even a fucking joker from MIC Devamoney (they want money) what a laughing stock to show the world the leader we have in malaysia. I really hope atleast the Tun Mahathir era can bring much more glory to us. Not the ABB and his fucking team.

9. monsterball - November 27, 2007

kl chong…..You 4 letter words to everyone..except Mahathir.
Are you for real?
TDM..you say? Have we not enough of him?
Oh I see….he cheats and at least we all don’t suffer…is that it?
Well..TDM is real smart…..and have another smart man to advise him…Diam. Now all f..ed up…he blamed it on Diam too.
Enough is enough of UMNO.
Lets give someone new a chance to F…us up…..okay?
Afterall we have been f..up for50 years….be a sport…vote others.
What can be more worst?

10. Winston - November 27, 2007

This government has everything wrapped up in the palm of its hands.
The judiciary, the police as well as the EC.
They even changed the constitution recently to enable the head honcho of the EC to remain in office for another year when he should have retired at sixty-five.
This guy must be completely indispensable to the BN to obtain another term in office.
Perhaps this step was taken after the recent events showed that its grip on power may be loosening! That’s why it pressed the panic button.
But in doing so, it revealed that there may be more to the electoral process than meets the eye!
The recent march by Bersih was therefore very timely.

11. Ina - November 28, 2007

What I’ve just seen here has only served to remind me how out of touch I am with current affairs back home. Frankly I’m just numb and not sure how to react to this. Is that wrong? I’m grateful that I’ve found my old friend here, she has shed some new light. I’m definitely keeping my finger on the pulse hereon. Take care xxx

12. rsere manipato - November 29, 2007

what a prize of an ass this one is….these are questions supposed to be answered by the internal security minister…..who is this dumb ass to accede to an interview request ?


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