Malaysia silent on Paris press killings
The Malaysian government remained silent today about the horrific killing of French cartoonists, with prime minister Najib Razak issuing a bald one-line statement that essentially said nothing.
Killing bad. Extremism not good. Moderation better. That’s what it said. It’s just a sales pitch for his campaign to be seen an a global “moderate” leader, whatever that means.
Not a word about the murderous attack on free speech or freedom of the press.
Not a word about the senseless slaughter of journalists exercising the power of their pens.
Here is the Malaysian response in all its glory:
Malaysia condemns in the strongest terms all acts of violence. We stand in unity with the French people. We must fight extremism with moderation.
Najib’s remark was just another public-relations image-building exercise for his laughable campaign to be seen as a global “moderate” Muslim leader — while the rest of his party and government, and sub-contractors of his party, are merrily attacking citizens for exercising their rights to speak and denying other citizens of their right to their own beliefs.
Citizens such as Malaysiakini journalist Susan Loone, arrested on a meaningless charge of seidition by Penang police who lack the moral fibre or courage to stand up against Umno’s sub-contracted bullies.
Citizens such as University of Malaya’s Azmi Sharom, also arrested and charged on another senseless count that basically amounts to not showing enough deference to an elite that has preyed upon the people for generations.
Not to mention all those robbed of their civil rights by the Islamisation process.
Najib’s telling statement, for what it fails to say, is merely an unstated endorsement of the Malaysian government’s longstanding attitude towards the press and free speech.
As everyone knows, the Umno-driven federal attitude is: Say nice things or else.
Take it a step further: Malaysia is making an unstated endorsement of the bullying of journalists, if not of actually killing them.
Anwar: killing journos can never be condoned
By contrast Pakatan Rakyat leader Anwar Ibrahim said the “brutal killing of the 10 journalists and 2 police officers can never be condoned”, also calling it “horrific murders” and a barbarous attack.
He also covered his bases with all religious groups, urged Muslim leaders and clerics to “denounce these acts of terrorism”, and called for continuing efforts against intolerance and bigotry.
Azmin also condemns ‘depraved’ killing
Selangor mentri besar Azmin Ali also said “we strongly condemn the senseless and depraved killing of the cartoonists and policemen in the name of Islam”, and said the killers were in reality “enemies of Islam” who must be brought to justice.
DAP’s Zairil says attack on journos ‘barbaric’
The MP for Bukit Bendera, Zairil Khir Johari of the DAP, calling it an act of barbarity, said: “Although we do not agree with the magazine’s often-questionable satire, there is nothing that justifies extremism, much less cold-blooded murder, especially against media practitioners.”