Excerpts below from The Star‘s report on Haris Ibrahim.
- “ABU will be peacefully observing voters”
- “safeguard the sanctity of the electoral process”
- “approach dubious-looking voters at polling centres and ask them for their ICs”
- “Squad members will also ask questions like place of birth, or school to confirm that the voter is not a foreign national voting illegally.”
- “Malaysia belongs to its rakyat, and any attempt to cheat us of our most fundamental right – namely, the right to vote – will not be tolerated”
- “Haris added that the Squad Tahan would act in a polite and respectful manner.
- “Over the last two months, ABU has been distributing warning flyers to foreign nationals” warning them against voting in the coming elections.
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Reporter yang otaknya di kepala lutut
This Tashny Sukumaran of The Star is the same reporter responsible for promoting the anti-BN twits that I’d blogged about earlier.
(1) “peacefully observing voters”
Watch the Haris Ibrahim ‘ABU Message’ video.
Haris says the ABU Tahan squad will “deal with” the voters they consider as looking “dubious”. He emphasized, “again, take this warning seriously”.
(2) “approach dubious-looking voters“
What is the ABU criteria to judge someone as “dubious-looking”? Isn’t this racial profiling?
Haris is the founder of Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia. SABM shouts from the mountain top that it is rises Beyond Race. The SABM mascot is Hannah Yeoh who preached ‘Look Past Race‘ in The Star‘s Merdeka Day special feature.
And now Haris and his ABU Tahan squad want to detain voters based on how they look (going by facial features, skin colour or is it the Benetton brand apparel that they wear?) Not about RACE, meh?
(3) “ask them for their ICs“
Do the ABU Tahan squads think that they’re the police?
(4) “Squad members will also ask questions like place of birth, or school”
Why should anyone feel compelled to give a response to their questions?
(5) “act in a polite and respectful manner”
Does the leader of ABU in his video delivering the ABU message for polling day sound polite and respectful or does he sound threatening?
(6) “warning flyers”
The ABU flyer warned that if the targets of the vigilantes show up at the polling stations, they will be “confronted with the wrath of the rakyat”.
(7) “cheat us of our most fundamental right – namely, the right to vote – will not be tolerated“
Who is preventing whom from voting? Who is the one being intolerant?
The Star in its glowing report doesn’t even question these glaring anomalies that any casual reader can see, and which I’ve listed above.
Gunting dalam Lipatan
Therefore what is one to make of The Star article on Haris which is tagged ‘GE13’?
What is the paper trying to do during this heated campaign period by publishing the report the mindless way it is written?
Don’t you think that the MCA should be held accountable for what The Star is doing?
‘Ambiga, get real‘ — response in Haris Ibrahim’s blog
Malaysiakini (9 April, 2013) reports Ambiga as saying that the ABU video is “offensive”.
Haris’ blog has published a reply to her (excerpts below, capitalized by this blogger):
“Do you mean peace at all cost even in the face of the most blatant cheating this country has ever witnessed?
Peace even at the cost of the rakyat being cheated of their ‘voice’ at the polls?
Would you shout out ‘peace’ to a ROBBER WHO BREAKS INTO YOUR HOUSE intent on stealing your hard-earned belongings or worse still INTENT ON RAPING you?
You say, Ambiga, that the proper way to ‘address anything suspicious at the polling stations is to note it down for further action via election petitions and not play vigilante’.
Would you do that to the WOULD-BE ROBBER OR RAPIST? […]
What material difference is there when BN cheats its way to victory and in the process prolong its PLUNDERING FROM AND RAPING of the rakyat to the case of the WOULD-BE ROBBER AND RAPIST?
Do you have first-hand knowledge of the suffering of the rakyat, particularly those marginalized and who have had to endure decades of abject poverty, suffering and discrimination?”
Hannah Yeoh in The Star
In yesterday’s interview with the Subang Jaya incumbent, The Star quoted Hannah Yeoh as calling for “a fair election and campaign process”.
The Star also said “it does seem likely that the people of Subang Jaya could see the return of Yeoh”. The MCA-owned paper had nothing to say about the MCA candidate who would be challenging Hannah for the seat.
PKR’s Wong Chen, who is tipped to contest the Kelana Jaya Parliamentary seat (under which the Subang Jaya DUN falls), is reported by The Star as saying he and Hannah Yeoh had something in common, that is two young children.
“We will be fighting for the future of our children, not only in terms of economic prosperity but for basic human rights. I have been to Indian estates in the country and seen for myself people living in extreme poverty. It is hard to imagine this kind of situation in our country,” The Star quoted him as saying.
The Star report on Hannah sounds like the Haris Ibrahim blog posting quoted above.
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ABU threatens Hindraf pula sekarang
It is ironical that while the Haris blog posting talks about the “suffering of the rakyat, particularly those marginalized and who have had to endure decades of abject poverty”, at the same time is posted a statement against Hindraf, the group most involved with solving the problems of the estate Indians.
Attributing the demand to four men involved with some Hindraf activities in Kedah in 2007-2008, the Haris blog posting requires that Hindraf must commit itself to removing Umno from power.
It gives Hindraf chairman Waytha Moorthy “48 hours to renounce BN” or they will act. (Another threat? ish, ish, ish)
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Lee You Hin (tweet above) is the MCA Kelana Jaya Youth chief who is a possible candidate for the Subang Jaya seat
Hannah ‘Vigilante’ Yeoh
But back to The Star and Hannah.
Hannah Yeoh is displaying the same vigilantism as Haris.
In her press statement, Hannah said:
“Our residents and supporters in Subang Jaya have been placed on high alert and will be monitoring the streets right up to polling day.”
She also accuses BN Kelana Jaya of “dirty campaigning”.
What The Star didn’t ask Hannah
Pictured above is the The Star reporter who spoke to Hannah Yeoh yesterday. Like her colleague Tashny whose otak is located in the kneecap, Tan Karr Wei is similarly guilty of the most shoddy ‘journalism’.
She only got Hannah’s side of the story and neglected to interview the MCA potential candidate(s) for Subang Jaya whose teams have been alleged by Hannah as engaging in “dirty campaigning”.
Don’t the MCA candidates deserve the right of reply to Hannah Yeoh’s accusation, especially in a paper belonging to their own party?
“We will not tolerate”
Hannah Yeoh had also said that “we in Pakatan Rakyat will not tolerate anything less” than clean elections. Shouldn’t the Star reporter have asked Hannah Yeoh to clarify what exactly she planned to do to enforce their intolerance?
The Star article portrays the DAP and PKR as “fighting for the future of our children, not only in terms of economic prosperity but for basic human rights”. It alludes to the need to ‘Ubah’ for the sake of our children’s future as well as mentions Hannah Yeoh’s two young children.
The MCA-owned paper further praised Hannah who is “back at work barely two months after giving birth to her second daughter”.
Since The Star itself brings up the subject of her delivery, why didn’t the reporter ask Hannah Yeoh what is the race of her second daughter? Biasa lah. Bad news for the DAP is good news for the MCA is no news in The Star.
It really looks like MCA is complicit in all of The Star‘s shenanigans. What else is one to make of the two Star articles cited above?