Another media blackout on
reports on the Negarakuku rap controversy shows country taking quantum jump
into abyss of media control, censorship and blackout completely unthinkable
when Abdullah became PM
by Lim Kit Siang
The Internal Security Ministry
ban on mainstream media from reporting the Wee Meng Chee Negarakuku rap
controversy marks a quantum jump into the abyss of media control,
censorship and blackout completely unthinkable when Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi became Prime Minister 45 months ago.
Never before has one civil servant been vested with such powers as the
Ministry’s Publications Control and Al-Quran Texts Unit senior officer Che
Din Yusof, who had last month banned mainstream media from publishing
reports discussing the unilateral, arbitrary and unconstitutional
declaration by Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak that Malaysia
is an Islamic State driven by Islamic fundamentals and was and had never
been a secular state – in total disregard of the Merdeka social contract
and Malaysia Agreement publicly reaffirmed by the first three Prime
Ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein that Malaysia is
a secular state with Islam as the official religion but not an Islamic
Where are the MCA and MCA Youth wavers of the Malaysian Constitution only
a few days ago to stand up for the fundamental rights of Malaysians,
including freedom of speech and expression to protest at the latest denial
of the basic human rights of Malaysians?
Were the MCA and MCA leaders behind the latest media ban to dampen the
public anger at the failure of MCA Ministers in Cabinet to defend Wee Meng
Chee against an orchestrated campaign by Umno and Umno Youth Ministers
leaders to demonise, criminalize and crush Wee despite a public apology?
It is shocking that as the country gets nearer and nearer to the 50th
Merdeka anniversary celebrations in ten days time, the Barisan Nasional
government is shooting itself in the foot by creating one issue after
another which make more and more Malaysians question the whole purpose of
the official celebrations.
At the rate the government is violating fundamental liberties and press
freedoms in the country, it will not be long before Abdullah follows in
the footsteps of his predecessor of being branded a “Predator of Press
Freedom” by international advocates and defenders of press freedoms.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman