Najib Waving Mongolian Flags…ah, only in comics

Comic mag with Najib waving Mongolian flag seized
/ Salhan K Ahmad
Aug 25, 09

The Home Ministry today confiscated 408 copies of humour magazine Gedung Kartun which featured a caricature of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak waving a Mongolian flag and shouting Merdeka on the front cover of its inaugural issue.

The 10.45am raid was carried out by the ministry’s Publication Control and Al Quran Text division at the publisher Sepakat Efektif Sdn Bhd in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

According to ministry officials, the bi-weekly magazine, which specializes in political satire, was being published without a permit thus violating Section 5 (1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

Magazine editor Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, better known as Zunar, said a written approval has been granted by the Home Ministry for the publication.

Did not expect this treatment

“We went ahead with publishing the magazine without getting the black and white due to government bureaucracy – it takes three months to obtain the letter.

“We definitely didn’t expect this kind of treatment. We expected a warning letter for the content,” said the former editor of PKR party organ Suara Keadilan.

Marketed as an ‘alternative comic magazine’, the publication touched on many current affairs.

Among the issues featured were the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, highway toll prices, teaching of science and mathematics in English, the Internal Security Act and the Port Klang Free Zone scandal.

Other than cartoons, the magazine includes various articles and political satires written by notable writers such as Hishamuddin Rais, Pyanhabib and Rahmat Haron.

Though normally associated with more serious publications, national laureate A Samad Said and political scientist Farish A Noor also contributed articles to the first issue.

A total of 10,000 copies were printed for the inaugural issue which cost RM4 in Peninsula Malaysia and RM5 in Sabah and Sarawak. Copies have already hit newsstands.

‘Get your license first’

Meanwhile, Publication Control and Al Quran Text division acting director Zainal Abidin Osman confirmed that the raid was conducted because Gedung Kartun did not possess a publishing permit.

He said the magazine was not allowed to be published even though it has obtained a publishing permit number (PP).

“It is not just a formality. If you don’t have a (written) permit, please don’t publish yet. Once it is official, then you can print.

“The written permit is like taking a driving test. Once you pass the exam, you still can’t drive until you obtain a license,” he said when contacted.

Menteri betul tidak faham…

Mansuh ISA!

Abolish ISA!


Thursday, August 20, 2009

ISA, Police Act amendments to include freedom of assembly

By Neville Spykerman – The Malaysian Insider

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says the ISA is only used against threats to national security and stability. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — The government will table amendments to the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Police Act during the next Parliamentary sitting, with changes in the laws to include the freedom to assemble in specific areas without the need for a permit.Home Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein said today that among other provisions that may be relaxed is the initial 60 days detention period of the ISA.

The amendments are part of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promised reforms.

But it is likely to fall short of demands from the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and other activists who want the ISA repealed.

“There may be only time to hold a first reading in October but hopefully the amendments can be debated by the end of the year,” said the minister

Hishammuddin denied claims that the law, which was passed in order to counter the threat of the communist insurgency in the 1960s, had ever been abused.

However he said each provision of the ISA is being reviewed along with other restrictive laws and the Police Act, in order to make them more relevant in today’s landscape.

He pointed out the ISA was still relevant and cited the example of the prevention of terrorism.

The Home Minster was speaking to the press today after chairing a special meeting on national security issues with Minster in the Prime Minster’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz and Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.

He added the government is considering holding an “aggressive” nationwide campaign to explain their stand in reviewing the ISA and their determination not to abolish the controversial law, which allows detention without trial.

The planned campaign will provide a comprehensive explanation on the various provisions of the ISA, so people will understand the law is not draconian or used arbitrarily.

He said the awareness campaign is to inform the people that the government was serious in overcoming the weaknesses in the ISA and were moving to ensure there is no room for the law to be abused, to prevent further allegations.

“We want the people to understand that the ISA is a preventive law to protect the country and its multiracial communities.”

When asked if the ISA would still be used against politicians, he said the Home Ministry had been consistent and used the law against any threat to national security and stability.

He added the right of the majority deserved equal protection.

Today’s meeting was held following a Cabinet decision which called on the Home Ministry, the Prime Minister’s Department and the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry to co-ordinate the roles of the various agencies under their jurisdiction.

Hishammuddin said while there would not be censorship of the internet, existing laws and agencies will be used against those who commit sedition, including against bloggers who touch on sensitive issues such as religion and the royalty.

He said the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will work more closely with the police and the Attorney-General to ensure cases are dealt with more effectively.


Posted by barred at 8/20/2009 02:49:00 AM

100++ hari Najib yang tercemar

2009年7月13日 星期一

Pengacara ntv7 Diberi Amaran

“Tak Wajar Menilai Najib”
Pengacara ntv7 Diberi Amaran

Oleh Wong Shu Qi

Eksklusif Pengacara rancangan isu semasa ntv 7 , Point of View, Florence Looi menerima surat amaran kerana meminta ahli panel undangan untuk meramal kemungkinan Najib membuka ruang demokrasi. Secara kebetulannya, salah seorang ahli panel memberi penilaian yang rendah ketika menjawab soalan tersebut.

Dalam Point of View yang disiarkan pada 5 Julai, sebelum rancangan sampai ke penghujungnya, Florence Looi telah meminta ahli panel untuk meramal kemungkinan Perdana Menteri yang ke-6, Najib Abdul Razak membuka ruang demokrasi di Malaysia. Soalan ini telah menyebabkan Florence menerima surat amaran.

Menurut sumber dalaman stesen televisyen tersebut, surat amaran itu dikeluarkan atas sebab ” Florence Looi tidak harus meminta ahli panel undangan untuk menilai (grade) Najib. Ini tidak selaras dengan panduan dalaman stesen tv.”

Point of View yang disiarkan pada 6 petang, 5 Julai ini merupakan episod terakhir untuk musim ini. Ahli panel yang dijemput ke rancangan ialah kolumnis, Syed Akbar Ali dan editor Malaysian Insider, Leslie Lau.

Leslie menilai : C atau D

Ketika ditemuramah merdekareview, Leslie Lau berkata bahawa dirinya tidak mengetahui apa-apa berhubung isu Florence Looi menerima surat amaran. Beliau tidak pasti sama ada C atau D diberikannya kepada Najib ketika menjawab soalan yang diajukan oleh Florence Looi.

Menurut Leslie, seorang lagi panel, iaitu Syed Akhbar Ali tidak menjawab soalan tersebut. Selain soalan tersebut, perbincangan dalam rancangan hari itu berkisar pada prestasi Najib dalam 100 hari pertama beliau menyandang jawatan Perdana Menteri.

Point of View adalah rancangan perbincangan isu semasa dalam bahasa Inggeris, mula disiar sejak 9 Januari tahun ini, dijadualkan pada jam 6 petang, setiap hari Ahad di saluran ntv7.

Florence Looi Diturun Pangkat?

Sumber maklumat dalaman memberitahu merdekareview, selain menerima surat amaran, Florence Looi yang asalnya memegang jawatan Assistant Assignment Editor, tidak perlu membuat liputan di luar (pejabat), kini diminta memikul semula tugas sebagai wartawan, dengan alasan “tenaga kerja wartawan tidak mencukupi”.

Walau bagaimanapun, salah seorang sumber maklumat dari ntv7 juga memberitahu, kontrak asal antara ntv7 dengan Florence Looi adalah “wartawan penyiaran”. Florence Looi telah dinaik pangkat kemudiannya, namun stesen televisyen tersebut tidak memperbaharui kontraknya. Dengan kata lain, syarat lama yang terkandung dalam kontrak sebagai wartawan penyiaran diteruskan.

Sumber ini mengesahkan, apa yang benar adalah, Florence Looi telah menerima surat amaran. Namun, beliau enggan komen sama ada Florence Looi “diturun pangkat” kerana peristiwa ini.

Isu Khir Toyo

Selain itu, merdekareview juga dimaklumkan, setelah rancangan Point of View melabuh tirai, ada cadangan supaya disusuli dengan rancangan isu semasa dalam bahasa Cina. Namun, setelah perbincangan dalam pasukan produksi, mereka memutuskan untuk tidak mengisi slot selama 13 minggu ini.

Sumber maklumat menjelaskan fikiran pasukan produksi, “Daripada membuat satu rancangan Cina yang tidak bermakna, lebih baik tidak buat.”

Ini dipercayai setelah Najib (gambar kanan) mengambil alih tampuk pemerintahan, ruang yang ada di stesen televisyen semakin mengecut. Pasukan produksi yang enggan menjadi sasaran serangan, lebih sanggup untuk melepas tangan.

Minggu lalu, Malaysiakini melaporkan isu banglo bekas Menteri Besar Selangor, Khir Toyo telah diharamkan di stesen televisyen. Sama ada ADUN Sekichan Ng Suee Lim yang membongkarkan kes ini, mahupun Khir Toyo yang berada di posisi untuk membela diri, kedua-dua tidak menjelma di skrin televisyen.

Pengamal media yang mengendalikan buletin televisyen memberitahu, walaupun ruang kebebasan bersuara bukannya disekat secara keterlaluan sejak Najib berkuasa, namun dalam isu-isu tertentu, mereka memilih untuk mengendalinya secara low profile.

“Pandai-pandailah,” katanya.

Tafsiran Pengamal Media Berlainan

Pada 6 April, Najib berucap di Majlis Malam Wartawan Malaysia sebagai PM yang baru. Menurut laporan Nanyang Siang Pau, Najib menekankan bahawa pentingnya laporan yang bertanggungjawab. Beliau menjelaskan bahawa tanggungjawab ketika membuat laporan bukan bermakna memihak kerajaan, tetapi memperluas dialog politik ke seluruh pelusuk negara.

Beliau mahu media tidak gentar untuk memantau kerajaan dengan laporan yang berasas.

Walau bagaimanapun, tafsiran pengamal media berlainan. Secara terus terang, seorang pengamal media mengaku kepada merdekareview, “apabila pemimpin membincangkan soal profesional, kebebasan bersuara, itu bukan perkara yang baik. Seolah-olah ada orang dengan sengaja berkata, ‘saya mahu lebih terbuka, kamu boleh bincang dengan saya’.”

“Akhirnya, sesiapa yang pergi berbincang dengannya, tidak tahu bagaimana dia di-sudah-kan,” jelas beliau.