30 Oct 2020
1. I am indeed disgusted with attempts to misrepresent and take out of context what I wrote on my blog yesterday.
2. Those who did that highlighted only one part of paragraph 12 which read: “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
3. They stopped there and implied that I am promoting the massacre of the French.
4. If they had read the posting in its entirety and especially the subsequent sentence which read: “But by and large the Muslims have not applied the “eye for an eye” law. Muslims don’t. The French shouldn’t. Instead the French should teach their people to respect other people’s feelings.
5. Because of the spin and out of context presentation by those that picked up my posting, reports were made against me and I am accused of promoting violence etc on Facebook and Twitter…….. etc etc ……
1. When in a hole, the advice goes, stop digging.
2. However, some arrogant political types find it impossible to ever back down, say sorry, admit fault or just shut up.
3. Despite his other qualities ex-PM4/7 has amply proven himself to be in that category by this petulant blaming of everyone but himself for his own ill-timed and inappropriate comments that were crassly designed to curry favour with Muslim groups.
4. Instead of issuing a clarification and gracious apology for those remarks he has now moaned he was meanly ‘misinterpreted’.
5. Dr Mahathir has criticised the US President over just this form of behaviour, but fails to see it in himself.
6. Right thinking people, including Muslims, are therefore embarrassed and appalled.
7. There is only one way to respond to an outrage such as took place in a church and on the street in France, which is to issue a SHORT statement of respectful condolence and to condemn violence against unarmed civilians for which there are no excuses.
8. Everyone knows that. Except, it appears, this self-important old fellow who decided it was the moment to treat the world to in depth lectures from himself about perceived historic injustices that may or may not underpin this incident, but will NEVER justify such vile acts.
9. Next advised step? Hire a decent editor and issue thanks to Twitter for intervening to warn against your inappropriate remarks.
10. Better still, retire.
Twitter has hidden former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s tweets regarding developments in France for supposedly glorifying violence.
When retweeted, the offending post is replaced with the message that reads “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.
“However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
The message from Twitter also provides netizens links to either “unhide” Mahathir’s tweet, or read more about its public interest exception policy….
The offending tweet was part of a series of tweets by the Langkawi MP, which contains the same content as Mahathir’s blog post regarding French President Emmanuel Macron.
Many Twitter users expressed alarm and condemnation over Point 12 of Mahathir’s post, where he said, “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
Points 1. – 12. of the lecture by Malaysia’s former PM, which appears to seek to justify the recent spate of beheadings (including an innocent woman attending church) in the name of religion in the streets of France, are not a recommendation for his desire to return yet again to the helm as PM9.
This list from an opinionated, offensive and outspoken old politician, who nonetheless seeks to silence the views of others, is perhaps best answered by a shorter list of well known proverbs:
1. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
2. Two wrongs do not make a right.
3. Sticks and stones may break ones bones, but words will never hurt me.
4. There is no fool like an old fool.
5. Blessed are the peacemakers.
Malaysians needs a leader who will not embarrass them after all the country’s been through.
Ronnie Liu has been released on police bail after being questioned over his Facebook post which is suspected of containing seditious elements against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
News of his release was conveyed by DAP national deputy chairperson Gobind Singh Deo this afternoon.
Liu, who is the Sungai Pelek assemblyperson, was detained when he went to the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters to have his statement recorded this morning.
The arrest was to facilitate police investigations under the Sedition Act and the Communications and Multimedia Act.
Yesterday, federal CID director Huzir Mohamed said police were investigating the DAP assemblyperson and three others for their social media posts.
In his posting, which Liu said was made two weeks ago, the latter had published photographs of the protest in Thailand, with the caption: “Now in Bangkok. They are saying no to the king.”
In a democracy a voter must be entitled to an opinion and be free to discuss it. Otherwise, informed debate and decisions cannot be achieved. Nor can the purpose of freedom.
This fellow is entitled to his views about ‘saying no to monarchs’ or even to disagree with monarchical government. He may in fact think a republic to be a better form of government that Malaysia should consider.
There are many in Britain who express this view, however they are argued into a minority largely owing to the overall perceived good conduct of the ‘ruling’ family. The British Queen NEVER presumes to engage in politics and policies.
Such views are not seditious they provoke useful thought and debate, which might pave the future if need be. What IS SEDITIOUS is to attempt to by-pass the Constitution, the agreed principles of elected government and the rule of law by attempting to illegitimately snatch power and impose authoritarian solutions on the country.
The people who have been doing that over the past days are clearly not the opinionated observer of events Ronnie Liu, but rather the rebel leaders fronting Malaysia’s present backdoor government who attempted to impose an unconstitutional bogus State of Emergency on the country to keep in power.
These are the individuals that the bovine bullies at Bukit Aman ought to be questioning – they will have plenty of evidence to pull together a string of cases under these outdated and draconian laws.
Perikatan Nasional has called on politicians to cast aside their differences and pursue kesatuan (union) with the people to address the Covid-19 crisis.
“PN calls all quarters – especially political leaders – to go beyond their differences and immediately embrace kesatuan with the rakyat in the battle against Covid-19 and restore the economy,” said PN information chief Azmin Ali in a statement today.
This is the first public sign by PN that it was ready to reach out across the floor since taking power in a controversial fashion in March.
PN has come under intense pressure in recent days after its leader and prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, failed to secure a proclamation of emergency, amidst talk that he was losing the support of some Umno MPs.
Meanwhile, Azmin stated PN’s reverence for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s recent decree which recognised the “success” of the federal government in handling the Covid-19 crisis.
So, Azmin says all politicians must now unite – behind himself.
He tried this originally, of course, by attempting to blitzkrieg through a bogus and illegal State of Emergency, based on suddenly inflated Covid figures that are now widely subject to considerable doubt.
This having been rejected by the rulers, instead of resigning as a discredited minority ought, Azmin is now plugging his ‘Plan B’ for PN.
Plan B involves seeking to intimidate his opponents into supporting his minority bid for absolute power by saying the Agong has “Decreed” everyone should unite – which he interprets as being behind himself. Agong’s of course do not issue decrees to politicians, they have only a capacity to advise.
Azmin’s problem is that there is only one thing that DOES completely unite just about every politician and all people of Malaysia and that is the general loathing of Azmin himself.
A cross party government of unity that excludes Azmin Ali is therefore probably the only prospect for presently uniting Parliament and it is more than likely to be the resolution to this crisis that was after all initiated by the ambitions of Azmin Ali!