“Police reports have been lodged in Penang, Perak and Negri Sembilan [on Aug 9] against the Utusan Malaysia for its inflammatory, incendiary and seditious campaign which are (sic) calculated to foment racial ill-will, religious hatred as well as undermine national unity,” said Lim Kit Siang in his press statement.
- In George Town, police report by Ng Wei Aik and Zairil: “clearly done [by Utusan] with the intention to spark religious and racial sentiments”
- In Ipoh by DAPsy: “induce racial and religious sentiments”
- Seremban DAP MP John Fernandez said Utusan could be charged under the Sedition Act for causing ill will between different races.
‘Haram sokong DAP‘ — “cheap politics” of Umno, claim DAP
Lim Kit Siang called on Najib to explain why the prime minister authorized Utusan’s “despicable/seditious ‘Haram Sokong DAP’ campaign”.
Did the Komtar squad bug Najib’s office, tap his phone or place a spy in the Utusan top management for Kit Siang to get this intelligence?
Kit Siang also asserted “10,000 Umno/Barisan Nasional cybertroopers have been raised to spin and spread lies and falsehoods”.
Strange. Not a single one of the 10,000 showed up at my posting ‘Aiyoyo, irama ‘Janji Ditepati’ macam lagu gereja Indonesia?‘
On the other hand, my Aug 10 posting ‘Logo Hari Merdeka Pakatan ada elemen-elemen Kristian‘ – which is symmetrical to the ‘Aiyiyo’ Aug 1 posting – drew battalions of the combined forces (DAPster and PASter) of God’s Army.
If we were to go by the experience of this blog, it seems more like a legion of Army of God foot soldiers have been raised by Pakatan instead.
Look at the Twit Meter readings rapidly reaching 50,000.
Pointing finger squarely at Umno
Kit Siang said in his press statement:
“There seems to be a conspiracy to prove Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad right with regard to the former Prime Minister’s prediction in June that the next general election will centre on race as ‘Malaysia has become more racial than ever’!”
Why take a swipe at Dr M when it is DAP and DAPsters who are all the time shouting “racist!”?
Kit Siang further accused Utusan of “scraping the bottom of the barrel in the most irresponsible and unprincipled politicking trying to fan racial ill-will and conflict in a multi-racial and multi-religious society”.
In a follow-up statement, he reiterated that the Utusan coverage is “calculated to create racial and religious distrust and ill will as well as to undermine national unity”.
And below, Kit Siang manages the remarkable feat of squeezing 78 words into a single jumbled sentence:
“It is clear that these Umno/BN lies, falsehoods and hypocrisies are not working, and Malaysians regardless of race, religion, region, class, age or gender are rallying to the Pakatan Rakyat call for change to create an united, democratic, just, incorrupt, competitive, prosperous and progressive Malaysia that Umno leaders have decided to plunge for the most divisive, incendiary and seditious racist and religious card with screaming front-page headlines for the second consecutive day in its ‘Haram Sokong DAP’ campaign.”
Permusuhan dengan rakyat bukan Islam
One UIA lecturer Dr Maszlee Malik’s letter to the editor (pdf here) was reproduced in Kit Siang’s blog.
Dr Maszlee writes:
- “Di zaman ini, warga atau rakyat bukan Islam yang tinggal bersama umat Islam tidak dikira sebagai kafir harbi.”
- “Pengkelasan Abdullah Sama’ah bahawa DAP adalah kafir Harbi adalah tidak tepat sama sekali, malah membahayakan. Beliau seolah-olah memberikan lampu hijau untuk umat Islam memerangi parti DAP dan membunuh ahli-ahli dan kepimpinannya.
Dr Maszlee is concerned about the implications and repercussions of the ‘fatwa’:
- “memberikan konotasi bahawa umat Islam di Malaysia sekarang hidup dalam suasana peperangan dan permusuhan dengan rakyat bukan Islam”
- “membuka jalan bagi para ekstrimis bangsa dan golongan subversif untuk menumpahkan darah ahli-ahli DAP”
- “menggerakkan para penggganas di atas nama Islam untuk bangkit melancarkan jihad membunuh ahli-ahli DAP”
He adds: “Sudah tentu kita tidak mahukan pertumpahan darah berlaku di antara kaum di Malaysia.”
There is however the flip side to Dr Maszlee’s worry.
Violent and vicious reactions
I’d earlier blogged about the chant “Someone please kill the bitch” – referring to me – appearing in the Lowyat forum, and that the thread has been deactivated.
Another Yeopie put up an ad hominem discussion on the board AGAIN this morning, this time targetting me in a personal attack.
The Lowyat moderator has similarly taken it down. Some unstable Yeopies in Lowyat and other online fora popularly populated by the Army of God are on a vindictive vendetta.
Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, the chair of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission explains why the government has need to revise the Evidence Act:
“People assume that you can do things on the internet without accountability. That cannot be. No-one thinks about the victims. Many [are] subject to slander, libel, cyber persecution, cyber-bullying [and] harassment, and it’s very difficult for law enforcement to ignore that part of society.”
For the record, although I’m against the recent amendments to the bill, I can see what had prompted the legislators. The victims are, as the MCMC chief correctly noted, indeed subject to slander, libel, cyber persecution, cyber-bullying and harassment.
Since it is clear that Yeopies have no qualms in calling out for “someone [to] please kill the bitch”, Dr Maszlee should realise that the other side have already “membuka jalan bagi para ekstrimis bangsa dan golongan subversif untuk menumpahkan darah” sesiapa yang mengkritik idola DAP atau yang menentang parti kesayangan mereka.
The screenshot on the right is of Raja Petra Kamarudin’s Aug 11 column showing reader’s comments. Other stuff that still see print in the pro-opposition holy watering holes are many times the magnitude of provocation and insult in Malaysia Today.
Needless to say I do not condone Utusan portraying DAP supporters as kafir harbi. If my mother was still alive, she’d have voted DAP too in GE13.
The Utusan article says that supporting DAP is haram.
Don’t a number of new media readers declare that supporting Umno is haram too? Furthermore, the ABU campaign signals the same message with much greater ferocity.
Utusan additionally implies that DAP is kafir harbi. Taking the cue from their party leaders and the ABU-ists, DAPsters shriek that Umno is syaitan.
So how come nobody has, in parallel to Dr Maszlee Malik, voiced a concern that the ABU-DAPster-PASter fiery rhetoric akan menggerakkan para penggganas di atas nama Taksub kepada Pakatan untuk bangkit melancarkan jihad membunuh para penyokong BN dan golongan pengkritik pembangkang?