Challenge to Zainuddin Maidin
to regularly update RTM website with my blog postings to let Malaysian
public evaluate their quality and veracity
by Lim Kit Siang
I challenge the Information
Minister, Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin to regularly update the RTM website
with my blog postings to let the Malaysian public evaluate their quality
Yesterday, on the sidelines of the UMNO General Assembly, Zainuddin
announced the RTM website www.rtm.net.my
will publish selected comments from
blog.limkitsiang.com to let readers judge for themselves my blog.
He said: “From today, you can expect to see whatever sensationalized,
racist and chauvinistic comments in the blog because we will publish them
on the RTM and other agencies’ websites.”
Yesterday, the RTM website started a new “Media Baru” section which
carried a YouTube video of the parliamentary exchange between Zainuddin
and myself on press freedom and two of my blog postings, Zam - Info
Minister under coconut shell or bidding to be Mat Rempit “Godfather”?
(26th October 2007) and Zam sees red in being called “monkey” in this blog
(November 7, 2007).
Let Zainuddin state where I had made “sensationalized, racist and
chauvinistic comments” in these two blog postings.
In my Oct. 26 posting, I said that Zainuddin “has provided proof that he
runs the Information Ministry like a frog under the coconut shell
blissfully unaware that in the era of globalization and international
competitiveness Malaysia cannot turn a blind eye to complaints, whether by
Malaysians or foreigners, about misgovernance”.
This was in connection with the complaint by a visiting Canadian
consultant, Manjit Sokhai, who had complained to the Parliamentary Caucus
on Human Rights and Good Governance “about the menace of Mat Remptism, of
which he was the most recent victim”.
Manjit, 43, from Montreal visits Malaysia three to four times a year in
connection with his work. He was driving his four-wheel drive along Jalan
Rasah, Seremban at about 11pm on Oct 20, with three friends from India
when he was confronted by some 40 Mat Rempits on motorcycles, who
assaulted him and went on to damage his vehicle, smashing the rear lights,
wipers and number plate.
At the media conference at the Parliament lobby, where Manjit attended, I
cited the recent crimes of Mat Rempitism, including murder, where even
police and road transport officials had become victims, and called on the
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to give his personal
attention to wipe out the Mat Rempit menace subverting law and order,
creating fear among Malaysians and visitors about their personal safety,
giving the country a bad name internationally and undermining Malaysia’s
In my November 7 posting, I referred to the parliamentary exchange on 5th
November 2007 where Zainuddin started by accusing me of calling him a
“monkey” in my blog, but backing down when confronted and admitting it was
a comment left on the blog.
Zainuddin had distorted what transpired in the parliamentary exchange by
claiming that I had apologized for the comment. I did not apologize. I did
express regret at the language used which was brought about by the low
level of discourse caused by Zainuddin’s mischievous and irresponsible
Yes, I had said in my blog that I was surprised that the RTM on 6th
November had telecast the parliamentary exchange. Why? This is explained
by one email which I received on the parliamentary telecast:
“Dear Mr Lim:
“I hardly watch TV but made it a point to watch last night's telecast of
your debate with Zam.
“Since Zam (I presume) controls RTM, I can only conclude that he had the
debate shown as it would (he thought) make him look good.
“This really perplexes me - I would be ashamed, if I were him, to behave
like that as a Minister. He demonstrated his stupidity and shallowness of
thought to the whole country on national TV, seems to me that calling him
a monkey is less an insult to him and more of an insult to the real
monkeys in the forest, and you may quote me!
Zainuddin should stop
misleading the Malaysian public. I never called him a monkey in my blog as
he had first alleged in the parliamentary exchange, as borne out by the
Datuk Seri Zainuddin bin
Maidin: Bagaimana kredibiliti, bagaimana kualitinya DAP apa yang
ditulis tentang saya dalam DAP. Say baca….. “Zam is behaving like BN
monkey that gone bananas over nuts”….
Datuk Seri Zainuddin bin Maidin: Malu! Malu! Seorang anggota
Parlimen menulis macam ini di sini, malu!
Tuan Lim Kit Siang [Ipoh Timur]: Siapa tulis itu?
Datuk Seri Zainuddin bin Maidin: You tulis, tapi tak usahlah…you
tak usah kata you tak tulis, ini Lim Kit Siang blog.
Tuan Lim Kit Siang [Ipoh Timur]: Itu komen atau saya tulis? Bukan,
adakah saya menulis? Itu komen pelawat-pelawat.
Zainuddin should be educated
about blogs, which consist of two parts – my postings and comments from
I am responsible for every word of my own postings. As for the comments
from visitors, I accept responsibility for providing the platform for
divergent views expressed but I do not accept responsibility for every
view expressed – which will be most ridiculous when diametrically contrary
views are aired!
Just as I never called Zainuddin a “monkey”, the Information Minister was
very mischievous and irresponsible in alleging that I wanted him and
Khairy Jamaluddin to be killed by Mat Rempits.
The comment he referred to was not any incitement to kill Zam and Khairy
but an expression of disgust at their irresponsibility in ignoring the
menace of Mat Remptism whose depredations are race-blind, causing the
poster to give expression to the despair that both of them would only
realize the nefarious nature of Mat Rempitism if they themselves suffer
the criminal worst in the hands of the Mat Rempits.
Again, it is regrettable that such a comment is posted, but does Zainuddin
understand why his indifference to the menace of Mat Rempitism has driven
many Malaysians to despair?
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman