UMNO Youth's "preparedness" to have a
dialogue with malaysiakini journalists on press freedom undoubtedly the
political joke of the year, besting even Keng Yaik's "political joke" on
Sunday that Gerakan wants clean electoral rolls before next general election
by Lim Kit Siang
UMNO Youth's "preparedness" to have a dialogue with malaysiakini journalists
on press freedom is undoubtedly the political joke of the year, besting even
Gerakan President, Datuk Seri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik's "political joke" on Sunday
that Gerakan wants clean electoral rolls before the next general election.
UMNO Youth's record on press freedom is a history to suppress and stifle the
freedom of speech, expression, opinion, information and a free press and not
to help widen the frontiers of freedom for a responsible and independent
press or expand space for free speech and expression.
I challenge UMNO Youth to state what it had done to stand up for free speech
and a free press, for its record is a total blank as it had done nothing for
freedom of speech, expression, opinion, information and a free press.
What UMNO Youth has is a catalogue of human rights violations in trampling
on freedom of speech, expression, opinion and a free press, the latest
violation its police report against malaysiakini resulting in the
high-handed police raid on the Malaysian internet news site and the removal
of its 19 computers to try to effectively shut down its operation.
It boggles the imagination that one of the "white knights" for democracy,
human rights and national harmony is none other than the UMNO Youth deputy
chief, Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir who accused malaysiakini for publishing
letters "very dangerous to the harmony of the country" when Abdul Aziz had
led a gangsterish, extremist and chauvinist UMNO Youth demonstration and
threatened to burn down the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in August 2001 in
their protest against Suqiu's 17-point electoral appeals before the 1999
general election which had then been supported by the Chinese-based Barisan
Nasional parties and accepted in principle by the Cabinet.
Up to now, police reports lodged against Abdul Aziz, including under the
Sedition Act, have not been investigated by the police - highlighting police
double-standards, political bias and inability to be an independent and
professional police force committed to the upholding of law and order,
without fear or favour!
Lim Kit Siang, DAP National