Bully boys – MCMC and Khalid vs the citizen

MCMC reaches for the guillotine without asking for a correction

MCMC reaches for the guillotine without asking for a correction

The Multimedia Commission’s investigation into the Malaysian Insider amounts to nothing less than bullying tactics by the government — no different from the bullying by deputy IGP Khalid Abu Bakar threatening police action against Facebook users.

If the Malaysian Insider was wrong and had bungled its report, the MCMC had a simple first resort: complain to the editor, point out the errors, and demand remedial action

Instead, it went immediately into bully boy mode and started a criminal investigation. For what?

False reporting by the Insider? Bollocks. The MCMC is talking through its stupid arse, just like the deputy IGP is talking through his fat arse threatening Facebook users just to save face.

The press makes mistakes all the time, sometimes from carelessness, sometimes from a lapse of judgement, sometimes from sheer incompetence and bungling, most often from rushing to get the story out. Almost no one goes out deliberately to mislead — except when politicians and policemen use their “authority” or “friendship” or blackmail to get journalists to lie to the public.

Most Malaysian Insider staff are experienced journalists who have gone through the mill. They know their reputations rest on the credibility of the stories they run. They would be extremely stupid to risk that just to make the Malaysian government look stupid.

There is no need for journalists to try to make the government look stupid. You do very well on your own every day.

Just days before MCMC stupidity, Khalid Abu Bakar behaved like a bully, yet again. Is that standard operating procedure in Bukit Aman? Saving face comes before saving the citizen or serving justice?

aminulrasyid-smKhalid is the policeman who said schoolboy Aminulrasyid Amza was a gangster and had a parang in his car, after 14-year-old Aminul was shot dead by police when he took his sister’s car for a joy ride late at night in Shah Alam.

Police fired a total of 21 shots. Aminulrasyid is dead. No “parang” was ever produced. (Almost every time policemen kill someone, news reports have related that police said “a parang” was found in the car.) There was no evidence that schoolboy Aminul was a gangster. One policeman was charged in court. He was acquitted.

No one in the police force has taken responsibility for a child’s death by a police bullet.

Khalid Abu Bakar, who tried to cover up for his policeman, was promoted to deputy IGP. And from his higher position he is again threatening ordinary citizens to make the police force look good.

Stupidity is not a crime. But police stupidity and police bullying should be made a crime.

Citizens who get angry and say stupid things on Facebook are no different from citizens who borak at coffee shops and say stupid things about stupid bloody policemen and stupid bloody politicians.

Insider reports on NYT's reportThe MCMC is behaving like a bully, like Khalid, by reaching for the guillotine. If the Insider bungled and made a hash of it by rehashing the New York Times, tell the Insider they were wrong, give the facts and ask the Insider to correct their report.

Then, if the Insider refuses to do anything, few would fault the MCMC for carrying out an investigation.

But the open question is: does Malaysia spy on its citizens?

The MCMC, if it wishes to serve the citizen, should ALSO give the Insider the full facts about whether the Malaysian government (including the police, the military, and the Barisan Nasional) does indeed spy on citizens through the Internet.

I wouldn’t be surprised if most people said Yes they do.

From personal experience, I would definitely say Malaysia spies on its own citizens repeatedly, all the time, and with impunity.

If the MCMC wants to be believed, they and the police and the military can start by not being stupid, and by asking government politicians to stop being stupid.

Stupid talk by citizens is not a crime.

Stupidity by politicians, police, military and government agencies is criminal.

 

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Police get away with Bersih violence against journos

Guang Ming reporter Wong Kin Onn assaulted while covering Bersih. Guang Ming photo

Guang Ming reporter Wong Kin Onn assaulted while covering Bersih. Guang Ming photo

from Malaysiakini

» Cops acquitted of Bersih 3.0 assault of pixman

Hafiz Yatim
3:52PM Nov 30, 2012

Two police officers charged with assaulting a Guang Ming Daily photographer during the mega Bersih 3.0 rally last April have today been acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court, without their defence being called.

Corporal Mohd Khairul Asri Mohd Sobri and Constable Shahrul Niza Abdul Jalil were acquitted after Magistrate Nurulain Abdul Rahim found that prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case when she ruled that photographer Wong Onn Kin (left) and the other witnesses had testified that they could not identify Wong’s attackers.

A total of five prosecution witnesses, including Wong, had been called in to testify.

“Following this, the court acquits both the accused without their defence being called,” Nurulain said.

The two were represented by counsel Salim Bashir and Halim Ashgar, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Kalmizah Salleh represented the prosecution.

During submissions, Salim pointed out that the photographer also gave conflicting testimony with the report he had lodged.

The duo were charged under Section 352 of the Penal Code for using criminal violence against Wong, together with two others still at large, at the junction of Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Raja between 5.20pm and 5.30pm on April 28.

Khairul, 28, is attached with the Tanjung Malim police station while Shahrul Niza, 25, is stationed at the Dang Wangi police station.

It is learnt that they are the only police personnel charged thus far in relation to widespread allegations of police violence at the pro-electoral reform rally held on April 28.

 

My father, the Special Branch cop

TALES OF THE DARK DAYS – XII

A former NST reporter confronts the truth about her father and Operation Lallang

By Tracey Chin

I was in the midst of leaving Malaysia for a new life in Hong Kong when Operation Lallang happened: it did not affect my life directly then, but it was a coming-of-age for me as I confronted the truth about my father, his work and his role in it, and the ramifications on our family.

It had come at a time of personal tumult while wrapping up my life in Malaysia and leaving for a new job on a flight previously booked for Oct 28. My father almost missed my departure: we said an odd farewell at the airport, emotions kept in check, so much left unsaid.

While flying to Hong Kong, I found out about the momentous events of the previous day. Looking at the dramatic headlines and front page of The Star, I was filled with foreboding: my father was in the Special Branch and would have been a key player in the planning and execution of the arrests.

At the airport, he had been inscrutable. I realised then where my father had been in the past few days: he had almost missed my departure as he was obviously in the thick of the action.

I was shaken to the core: I saw him as an instrument for the government’s oppression and was not proud of what he had done.

The realisation was devastating: his whole life had been a blank to me, and in the past year or so while he lived with me in Taman Tun Dr Ismail after being transferred to Shah Alam for his final pre-retirement assignment, we had gone about our daily lives without any small talk about work, current affairs, or shared opinions.

My father had spent his entire working life, some 40 years from 1950, in the Special Branch, his career encompassing some of Malaysia’s definitive moments, and a major role in national security and defence.

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Two policemen charged with criminal violence on Guang Ming journo

L/Cpl Mohd Khairul Asri Mohd Sobri of Tanjung Malim police and PC Shahrul Niza Abd Jalil of Dang Wangi police, KL, at the magistrate’s court on Friday. [NST photo]

Two policemen have been charged with using criminal violence in assaulting Guang Ming Daily photojournalist Wong Kin Onn at the Bersih mass public rally in Kuala Lumpur on April 28.

Lance Corporal Mohd Khairul Asri Mohd Sobri, 30, of Tanjung Malim police and Constable Shahrul Niza Abd Jalil, 24, of Dang Wani, Kuala Lumpur, claimed trial and were allowed bail at RM3,000 each.

They were charged with using criminal violence under Section 350 of the Penal Code. The maximum penalty is three months’ jail and/or a RM1,000 fine.

The KL magistrate’s court was told that the decision to prosecute them was made only that morning.

Khairul and Shahrul Niza and two others still at large were accused of attacking Wong at the junction of Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Raja between 5.20pm and 5.30pm on April 28.

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Journalists petition for apology, compensation and fair inquiry

Kuala Lumpur, 12 May 2012

A protest petition by journalists demanding a public apology, a fair inquiry and compensation for the violent assaults against reporters and photographers covering the Bersih 3.0 rally is expected to be delivered to the Government on Monday.

The petition, addressed to the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the Inspector-General of Police, says “the journalistic community is shocked and deeply saddened by the violent and targetted assault on members of the community”.

It expresses outrage at the unprecedented injuries and distress caused to journalists on duty, the loss of images erased from data storage cards, and the confiscation or damage to equipment.

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NUJ rejects ex-cop to head cop brutality inquiry

The NUJ, representing newspaper journalists, has rejected the choice of a former Inspector-General of Police to lead an inquiry into the many reports of targeted police assaults, use of violence and acts of intimidation against reporters and photographers on April 28.

Guang Ming reporter Wong Kin Onn on duty at the Bersih rally on April 28

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IGP tries to be nice with editors at ‘breakfast’ talk

Four days after a dozen journalists were assaulted and photo equipment damaged, police public relations at Bukit Aman invited — or pleaded with or cajoled or harassed — editors to meet the Inspector-General of Police this morning for what was described as a “breakfast meeting”.

It should be going on at the time of writing (10am Wednesday).

The meeting is part of the government’s public relations damage control tactics in trying to be seen as caring and concerned, after police attacked journalists covering the Bersih mass public rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

Prime minister Najib Tun Razak was quick to turn up at the bedside of reporter Radzi Razak on Sunday and was said to have whispered an apology. Najib’s cousin Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who had dropped by earlier, was reported to have assured Radzi of an investigation.

The government has made no apology in public for what it has ordered and condoned, beyond the public relations exercise of the prime minister making a photo-call and the home minister quietly dropping by at the hospital.

Radzi, a reporter with the Sun, was beaten up by as many as eight police at Jalan Raja.

No one from the police has yet apologised for their actions.

The police, when questioned on Saturday for their actions, often shrugged and merely say “Arahan dari atas”.

The people who gave those arahan have said and done nothing to show they are truly sorry for what happened, but instead have exerted continuous pressure on editors to play down all reporting of injuries and injustices suffered by journalists.

 

‘Nice guy’ Koh tries nice talk with Chinese press editors

from Malaysiakini
Putrajaya has moved to soothe relations with news organisations following the aftermath of the Bersih 3.0 rally, where the police were accused of injuring at least a dozen journalists.

It is learned that Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Koh Tsu Koon, got the ball rolling during a meeting with editors from several Chinese dailies yesterday.

Also present at the meeting were Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s Chinese affairs assistant Wong Nai Chee and press secretary Joan Lai.

During the meeting, at a restaurant in Petaling Jaya, editors were asked to share their views on Bersih 3.0 and comment on the alleged high-handedness of the police against journalists.

Editors, journalists condemn violence against media

30 April 2012
JOINT STATEMENT CONDEMNING INTIMIDATION
AND VIOLENCE AGAINST JOURNALISTS

We, members of the journalism fraternity of Malaysia, appalled by the attacks on journalists covering the mass public rally on the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday April 28, and by restrictions imposed on media coverage of the rally,

• CONDEMN the use of intimidation and violence against journalists,

• CONDEMN all actions preventing journalists and the media from providing full, fair and accurate coverage of events that are of concern to Malaysians,

• CONDEMN the action of media organisations in withholding reports or being complicit in a news blackout of attacks on journalists,

• CALL FOR immediate and firm action by the Government of Malaysia, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Royal Malaysia Police against all those involved in these acts of violence and intimidation to prevent journalists from carrying out their duty and depriving Malaysian citizens of fair, full and accurate journalism; and

• CALL UPON the Government of Malaysia, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Royal Malaysia Police to give their assurance of firm action to ensure the safety of journalists at public events and to protect the right of all journalists to cover public events without fear of violence and intimidation, and without interference from the authorities. Continue reading

Police turn on press – reporters beaten up, cameras smashed

Malaysian media groups condemn arrest, harassment, violence towards journalists during Bersih rally
29 April 2012

We from Malaysian media civil society organisations condemn the arrest of two journalists and police violence towards others who were covering the sit-down protest for free and fair elections in Kuala Lumpur on 28 April 2012.

Media reports, video feeds, Facebook postings and tweets by the said journalists or their colleagues indicate at least eight such cases:

• Arif Kartono, a photographer with English newspaper Malay Mail, alleged being assaulted by six uniformed police personnel and had his camera smashed.
• Koh Jun Lin, a photojournalist with online news site Malaysiakini was arrested after taking photographs which document alleged police violence against protestors. Koh’s camera and memory card were also confiscated. He was released yesterday but only his camera was returned.
• P. Malayandy, a photographer with Tamil newspaper Makkal Osai, was allegedly assaulted by about five policemen for taking pictures of police detaining protesters. His RM7,000 camera was allegedly snatched away by the police.
• Al Jazeera correspondent Harry Fawcett alleged police violence when his crew was documenting arrests and ill-treatment of protestors. Fawcett and colleagues were reportedly shoved and held, and their camera damaged during the incident. His video feed of Bersih 3.0 after the incident was recorded using Skype from an iPad tablet because the camera could no longer be used.
• Huang An Jian, a photographer with Mandarin newspaper Guang Ming Daily, was arrested while taking photographs of the arrest of protestors and alleged police assault. He was released yesterday.
• Channel News Asia video cameraperson Kenny Lew alleged being punched by police, and had his tripod seized.
• Chen Shaua Fui, assistant editor of Mandarin news site Merdeka Review, claimed rough handling by four policemen who tried to snatch her camera, and when she produced her media accreditation card, it was kicked aside and she was threatened with arrest.
• A journalist from news site Malaysian Insider was reportedly hit by a tear gas canister aimed at the crowd. (Note: Malaysian police has been reported to fire teargas canisters at crowds of protesters rather than into the air during previous demonstrations.)
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