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Zainuddin doing nation a great disservice in trying to play down the gravity of crime by telling the media to tone down reports on crime when he should have mobilized the Information Ministry to help free Malaysians from crime and the fear of crime instead of poisoning the minds of the people with party propaganda
Yesterday, when visiting the parents of 26-year-old hotel housekeeper Azlini Azmi who was found murdered in Sunway Mentari at Bandar Sunway in Petaling Jaya on Tuesday – found with slash wounds on her chin, neck and torso - Zainuddin said in Sungai Petani that the media should “tone down” reports on crime and violence.
He said the media should not try to create too much sensation or glorify news too the extent of getting people excited and involved in crime.
Zainuddin, who presented a RM3,000 donation to Azlini’s parents Azmi Mohd Nayan, 48 and Che Zainah Othman, 46, hoped the family would be patient during their bereavement and in “facing the realities of life”.
Is the Information Minister seriously suggesting that Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, gender or political beliefs, should accept the crime wave in the country and the fear of crime in the streets, high places and even in their homes, with resignation and patience as part of the Malaysian “realities of life” under Barisan Nasional government?
Instead of telling the media to tone down on reports of crime, he should have encouraged the media to give even more reporting on crime in the country until the message gets through to the police and the government, particularly the Cabinet, that complacency, resignation or patience is completely unacceptable until law and order is restored and Malaysians are freed from crime and the fear of crime – whether in the streets, public places or the privacy of their homes!
As Information Minister, Zainuddin should be telling Malaysians what he is doing to mobilize all the communications resources at his command in the Ministry to help the police and the people to fight crime, instead of misusing his Ministry to clamp down on information or poison the people’s minds with party propaganda.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman