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Thu 2012-Oct-25 @ MYT 09:30:32 am

Blogger’s anti-Jewish article gets federal govt
endorsement in Information Ministry booklet

… we will clarify it objectively, clearly and factually…the focus should be on its content which allows readers to understand the facts behind many issues. — Rais Yatim, minister of information
» THE FACTS: Compare the articles side-by-side below

The federal government’s use of an anonymous blogger’s two-year-old article in an official Information Ministry booklet, appears to be a clearcut cast of plagiarism, besides being out of place in a government publication as it is clearly a party political attack on an opposition politician.

The booklet is called a “guidebook of current affairs” — but it raises a 15-year-old issue, about Anwar Ibrahim as finance minister in 1997, the Asian financial crisis, and the split in Umno leaders about whether to receive aid from the International Monetary Fund.

The blog posting is from the anonymous pro-Barisan Nasional blog Bicara Kelantan. The government did not name the blog or attribute the article: for all extents and purposes, the federal government has plagiarised the posting.

It is possible the blogger is an Umno person known to the Information Ministry, or that an information ministry person fed material to the blogger. Umno’s network of bloggers write on instruction from high-up Umno leaders.

It also reflects the politicisation of the Information Department staff.

The guidebook is produced by the Information Ministry's special affairs department — which is headed by a two-term Selangor assemblyman and executive councillor, Fuad Hassan, who also heads a government-fundedsupported private think tank called the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI). Fuad Hassan is also the brother of retired Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan.

Here are the two articles side by side. Spot the plagiarism..

Anonymous blogger

23 June 2010

Govt of Malaysia

17 September 2012

Bicara Kelantan

2. Apakah peranan ICG di arena antarabangsa, dan hubungannya dengan George Soros?
• International Crisis Group (ICG), merupakan sebuah badan yang ditubuhkan bekas Timbalan Pengerusi Bank Dunia Mark Malloch Brown yang juga merupakan Timbalan Pengerusi Soros Fund Management, dan Open Society Institut milik George Soros.
• Selain menyumbang dana kewangan melalui badan Open Society Institut kepada ICG. George Soros juga merupakan Ahli Majlis Eksekutif badan itu.
• ICG yang mendapat bantuan negara-negara barat dilihat memainkan peranan penting di peringkat antarabangsa
sebagai badan perisikan maklumat bagi membantu Amerika Syarikat, dan negara-negara barat menangani konflik dan krisis di arena global.

Information Ministry

2. Apakah peranan ICG di arena antarabangsa?

• International Crisis Group (ICG) merupakan sebuah badan yang ditubuhkan oleh bekas Timbalan Pengerusi Bank Dunia Mark Malloch Brown yang juga merupakan Timbalan Pengerusi Soros Fund Management, dan Open Society Institute milik George Soros.
• Selain menyumbang dana kewangan melalui badan Open Society Institute kepada ICG George Soros juga merupakan Ahli Majlis Eksekutif badan itu.
• ICG yang mendapat bantuan negara-negara barat dilihat memainkan peranan penting di peringkat antara bangsa
bagi membantu menangani konflik dan krisis di arena global.

Bicara Kelantan

3. Benarkah Anwar Ibrahim Merupakan penasihat dan Ahli Majlis Eksekutif ICG?
• Mengikut Laporan Maxim News, selain Bekas Menteri Luar Israel Shlomo Ben-Ami, dan ahli Senate Amerika Syarikat Nancy Kassenbaum Baker, Anwar Ibrahim merupakan antara Ahli Majlis Eksekutif ICG yang dilantik pada 29 June 2006.
• Selain itu juga Kerajaan Amerika Syarikat mempunyai perwakilan tersendiri dalam ICG, yang diwakili oleh bekas Setiausaha Dalam Negeri Amerika Syarikat, Morton bramowitz, Kenneth Adelman Pengerusi Kawalan Senjata Api Amerika, dan Zbignew Brzezinsk Bekas Penasihat Pertahanan Negara President Amerika Syarikat yang bertanggung jawab terhadap peperangan menentang terrorism di Afghanistan, dan Iraq.
Selain Anwar Ibrahim, kesemua mereka yang dinyatakan termasuk George Soros, dan pengasas ICG Mark Malloch Brown berbangsa Yahudi.

Information Ministry

3. Siapakah dari Malaysia yang terlibat dalam ICG?

• Mengikut Laporan Maxim News selain Bekas Menteri Luar Israel, Shlomo Ben Ami dan ahli Senate Amerika Syarikat Nancy Kassenbaum Baker, Anwar Ibrahim merupakan antara Ahli Majlis Eksekutif ICG yang dilantik pada 29 Jun 2006.
• Selain itu juga Kerajaan Amerika Syarikat mempunyai perwakilan tersendiri dalam ICG, yang diwakili oleh bekas Setiausaha Dalam Negeri Amerika Syarikat, Morton Abramowitz, Kenneth Adelman Pengerusi Kawalan Senjata Api Amerika dan New Brzezinsk bekas Penasihat Pertahanan Negara Presiden Amerika Syarikat yang bertanggungjawab terhadap peperangan menentang terrorisme di Afghanistan dan Iraq.

• Sebahagian besar dalam ICG adalah berbangsa Yahudi.

Who are the people in the ICG board of trustees

FORMER HEADS OF STATE: Ricardo Lagos (Chile), Martti Ahtisaari (Finland), Micheline Calmy-Rey (Switzerland), Benjamin Mkapa (Tanzania) UNITED NATIONS: Kofi Annan, Louise Arbour, Mark Malloch-Brown, Asma Jahangir, Jean-Marie Guéhenno; EUROPEAN UNION: Emma Bonino; NATO: Wesley Clark; FORMER PRIME MINISTERS: Mark Eyskens (Belgium), Wim Kok (Netherlands), FORMER FOREIGN MINISTERS: Gareth Evans (Australia), Pär Stenbäck (Finland); Micheline Calmy-Rey (Switzerland), Joschka Fischer (Germany), Lena Hjelm-Wallén (Sweden), Javier Solana (Spain), Igor Ivanov (Russia), Lalit Mansingh (India); FORMER CABINET MINISTERS: Lykke Friis (Denmark), Carla Hills (US), Larry Summers (US), Sandy Berger (US); FORMER DIPLOMATS: Tom Pickering (US), Mort Abramowitz (US), Cheryl Carolus (US), Liv Monica Stubholt (Norway), Wu Jianmin (China); ACADEMIA: Ghassan Salamé (Paris), Wang Jisi (China); JOURNALISM/MEDIA: Sheila Coronel (Columbia University), Yoichi Funabashi (Asahi Shimbun), Wadah Khanfar (Al Jazeera), Moisés Naím (Foreign Policy magazine), Joanne Leedom-Ackerman (PEN, journalist), Nahum Barnea (Yedioth Ahronoth); BUSINESS: Maria Livanos Cattaui, Frank Giustra, Josh Fink, Laurence Parisot, Paul Reynolds, Lionel Zinsou; OTHERS: Ayo Obe, lawyer (Nigeria), Cheryl Carolus, ANC secretary general; George Soros, Mo Ibrahim, philanthropists

» SEE FULL LIST: » ICG board » Senior advisers (former board members)

Bicara Kelantan

4. Benarkah ICG mendapat bantuan kewangan daripada badan-badan Yahudi?
• Mengikut laporan daripada laman web ICG sendiri,
Sarlo Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund,
Ford Foundation,
Carnegie Corporation of New York,
United States Institute of Peace,

• Merupakan antara badan yahudi yang membiayai aktiviti ICG.

Information Ministry

4. Benarkah ICG mendapat bantuan kewangan daripada badan-badan Yahudi?
• Mengikut laporan daripada laman web ICG sendiri, badan-badan berikut merupakan antara badan Yahudi yang didakwa membiayai aktiviti ICG iaitu:
o Sarlo Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund,
o Ford Foundation,
o Carnegie Corporation of New York,
o United States Institute of Peace,

Finances of the International Crisis Group

From the web site of the International Crisis Group

Governments and government aid agencies: Australia; Austria; Belgium; Canada; Czech Republic; Netherlands; Denmark; European Commission; Finland; France; Germany; Ireland; Japan; Luxumbourg; New Zealand; Liechtenstein; Norway; Slovenia; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; UK; US » List of foundations

Bicara Kelantan

6. Benarkah Anwar Ibrahim yang merupakan Penasihat ICG mempunyai hubungan yang rapat dengan George Soros?
• Semasa Krisis Ekonomi Asia Tenggara 1997, Anwar Ibrahim selaku bekas menteri kewangan pada masa itu menyokong, dan menyarankan Malaysia menerima bantuan kewangan daripada IMF. Walaupun mengetahui impak negatif bantuan tersebut yang telah dialami negara Asia Tenggara yang lain.
• Selain itu beliau juga begitu tegas mempertahankan Soros dan spekulator mata wang asing dan peranan mereka. Walaupun jelas tindakan George Soros mengundang krisis ekonomi Asia tenggara 1997.
• Anwar Ibrahim berpendapat bahawa sejajar dengan konsep Free Market Economy ( Dasar Ekonomi Bebas) pakar-pakar spekulator tidak harus disekat dan perlu diberi kebebasan penuh.
• Kenyataan yang dibuat Anwar Ibrahim dalam Asian Wall Street Journal itu masih dipegang kukuh beliau sehingga hari ini .
• Manakala semasa Anwar Ibrahim di penjara atas dakwaan salah guna kuasa, George Soros begitu lantang mengkritik tindakan Kerajaan Malaysia, dan tangkas membela Anwar Ibrahim.

Information Ministry

5. Siapakah yang menasihati Malaysia menerima bantuan kewangan dari IMF?

• Walau pun Malaysia mengetahui impak negatif bantuan IMF seperti yang dialami oleh Negara-negara Asia Tenggara yang lain, Anwar Ibrahim selaku bekas Menteri Kewangan menyokong dan menyarankan Malaysia patut menerima bantuan kewangan daripada IMF.
• Anwar Ibrahim berpendapat bahawa sejajar dengan konsep Free Market Economy ( Dasar Ekonomi Bebas) pakar-pakar spekulator tidak harus disekat dan perlu diberi kebebasan penuh.

• George Soros mengkritik tindakan Kerajaan Malaysia dan membela Anwar Ibrahim semasa didakwa atas salah guna kuasa.

Bicara Kelantan

7. Benarkan Anwar Ibrahim mendapat sokongan kewangan George Soros semasa kempen Piliharaya negara?
• Kenyataan itu disokong sendiri oleh Raja Petra Kamarudin. Dalam artikelnya yang ditulis pada 12 Febuari 2010 dalam lawan web Malaysia Today bertajuk “Anuar Shaari, dan George Soros”, penulis kontroversi itu mendakwa …
• I then called back the US and told my contact that the four people who were there are legitimate. I also gave him the names of the four people and my US contact confirmed that I was right.
• It is important that I confirm that these four are authorised to act on behalf of the Free Anwar Campaign, my US contact informed me. Then he asked me another question. “Is it true that the opposition is very short of money and that if they had a few million Ringgit then the opposition has a better chance of winning the next general election?”
• “That is true,” I replied.
“Okay,” my US contact told me. “Then we will help arrange something for them. Ten or twenty million Ringgit is no problem for us. We can handle that.”
• I found out later from a very senior party leader that the money came from George Soros (see more here: http://www.georgesoros.com/). The four in fact personally met Soros in his office.
And I was even told who had arranged for the meeting and the subsequent funding.
• Jelas di sini mengikut kenyataan Raja Petra, Anwar Ibrahim didakwa mendapat sokongan kewangan yang besar bagi kempen pilihanraya beliau daripada rakan karibnya di ICG yang juga merupakan individu yang bertanggungjawab menjatuhkan ekonomi rantau Asia Tenggara.

Information Ministry

6. Benarkan dakwaan bahawa Anwar Ibrahim mendapat sokongan kewangan dari George Soros bagi menghadapi kempen Piliharaya?
• Kenyataan ini disokong sendiri oleh Raja Petra Kamarudin. Dalam artikelnya yang ditulis pada 12 Febuari 2010 dalam lawan web MalaysiaToday bertajuk “Anuar Shaari, dan George Soros”, penulis kontroversi itu mendakwa
… I then called back the US and told my contact that the four people who were there are legitimate. I also gave him the names of the four people and my US contact confirmed that I was right.

It is important that I confirm that these four are authorised to act on behalf of the Free Anwar Campaign, my US contact informed me. Then he asked me another question. “Is it true that the opposition is very short of money and that if they had a few million Ringgit then the opposition has a better chance of winning the next general election?”

“That is true,” I replied. “Okay,” my US contact told me. “Then we will help arrange something for them. Ten or twenty million Ringgit is no problem for us. We can handle that.”

I found out later from a very senior party leader that the money came from George Soros (see more here: http:// http://www.georgesoros.com/). The four in fact personally met Soros in his office.

How Federal Govt distorted Raja Petra’s article

Extracts were deliberately chosen to highlight links to George Soros as funding the opposition — but it does not give the full picture, that Raja Petra was writing about how he (and presumably also Anwar, who was then in prison) had been made use of by turncoats who later joined Umno, and that tens of millions in funds were unaccounted for… But the government of Malaysia ignores those remarks and focused only on George Soros. » Full blog posting
… we will clarify it objectively, clearly and factually…the focus should be on its content which allows readers to understand the facts behind many issues.
Rais Yatim
minister of information

 

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7 Comments
  1. KTWong87 permalink
    Fri 2012-Oct-26 @ MYT 10:40:46 am 10:40

    Aiyah…. with Rais and BN… ciplak ciplak should not surprise anyone.

    I still recall the hoo-hah in 2010 over Najib’s “One Malaysia” and the threats against Anwar when he spoke up about the “One Isreal” which it has strong “resemblence” to.

    But even setting aside the (alleged) APCO-Isreal links, there is no denying that the “One Israel” coalition was set up in Israel by Ehud Barak in 1999, that was itself preceded by the “One Israel” mosquito political party founded in Israel by itzhak Yitzhaky in Nov 1980. Historical facts.

    Another historical fact: Singapore had their own “One People, One Nation, One Singapore” towards the end of 2007. Algu pun ada leh:

    One People, One Nation, One Singapore
    Uploaded by sget88 on Aug 7, 2007

    Ciplak ciplak, ciplak… biasalah.

    And while digging around, a strange tidbit surfaced. There was an undated ” Perbezaan antara 1Malaysia dan ‘One Israel’ ” item featured on the JASA (which is under Rais’ Kementerian Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan ) website tagged as “Oleh Mohd Ayop Abd Razid”

    See: Perbezaan antara 1Malaysia dan ‘One Israel’,
    http://www.jasa.gov.my/index.php/bm/media/koleksi-artikel/1-politic/227-perbezaan-antara-1malaysia-dengan-one-israel.html

    But Utusan had also published an item with a very similar title by the same writer. Only… the contents were not the same…

    See: Beza 1Malaysia dan One Israel
    Oleh Mohd Ayop Abd Razid ARKIB : 28/12/2010
    http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2010&dt=1228&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Rencana&pg=re_02.htm

    Which had me mulling over the motto featured at the top of Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas (JASA) webpages:

    “Memimpin Pendapat Rakyat”

    Leading and guiding the people’s opinions with truth and facts? Or will it be guilty of MIS-leading and brainwashing with lies, spin-doctoring and propaganda?

    • uppercaise permalink*
      Fri 2012-Oct-26 @ MYT 11:50:34 am 11:50

      Thanks. But we as citizens cannot simply shrug our shoulders and accept it as just the usual thing. Only constant exposure and constant pressure will bring any change. It’s our country too.

  2. Sat 2012-Oct-27 @ MYT 10:46:17 am 10:46

    Uppercase,

    “The guidebook is produced by the Information Ministry’s special affairs department — which is headed by a two-term Selangor assemblyman and executive councillor, Fuad Hassan, who also heads a government-funded private think tank called the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research.”

    Fuad Hassan is not on the staff list at MIER http://www.mier.org.my/staff/

    Thank you
    Freddie

    • uppercaise permalink*
      Sat 2012-Oct-27 @ MYT 11:06:32 am 11:06

      Thank you for spotting that: my error, it should have been Malaysian Social Research Institute. Proof of Murphy’s Law
      https://uppercaise.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/pardon-my-misteak-worlds-greatest-typos/

    • Sun 2012-Oct-28 @ MYT 09:37:15 am 09:37

      Uppercaise,

      Actually, I too made a misteak in spelling your moniker. I always appreciate blogs that have their owners/administrators reply to comments. More so when they freely admit to errors with no hesitation. Have a good day and thank you.

      Best regards
      Freddie

  3. Sun 2012-Nov-11 @ MYT 17:24:33 pm 17:24

    MSRI is NOT a government funded think-tank. It is a non-governmental non-profit making organization that was established in 1959. In it’s long history is has never been government-funded. All funds come from donations of individuals and the private sector. Apart from providing emergency aid, our programs are focusing on humanitarian and psycho-social support for deprived people, such as the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, and minority refugees in Malaysia. Lia Syed, ED, MSRI

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