Monday, November 20, 2006

Big Brother Is Watching You

Journalists, be afraid. Authors of political books, be afraid. Producers of politically-charged DVDs, be afraid. SMS senders, be afraid. (Certain) Editors, be very afraid.
"There is a Chinese newspaper which raises issues that can create alarm among the people." - Mohd Johari Baharum, Deputy Internal Security Minister.
And we were told that the media are freer now. Click here for Big Brother Jo's take on your freedom.


  1. Anonymous1:02 pm


    What can I say. This is freedom of speech as defined & understood by the current administration.

    Freedom to praise the current leader sky high. By all means you are encouraged to do that.

    BUT dont anyone DARE say anything against "His Holiness" Mr Clean or "His Holiness's" SIL or next-of-kin.

    Keterbukaan, ketulusan, kebebasan -these are words which this Johari guy doesnt seem to know the meanining of.

  2. Anonymous1:50 pm

    Guys, taking about big brother, have you seen pix of the winner of the Terengganu Cup in the NST? The victor: The Equine Capital Team led by no less than Patrick Badawi.

    That guy really sailing into the big time with friends like Dato Kalimulah and KHairy.

  3. Gerakan President's Remarks Invites Polemics, Says Zahid

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (Bernama) -- Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zahid Hamidi considers Gerakan President Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik's dissatisfaction with the language used by some Umno delegates when debating Malay interests at the recent Umno General Assembly as inviting polemics among the communities.

    "Umno spokesmen will not say anything if Gerakan or other parties, representing the Chinese community, do not raise the social contract and Malay special rights issues," he said in a statement to Bernama here.

    Dr Lim Saturday expressed his dissatisfaction with the tone of language used by the Umno delegates when debating at the assembly that ended on Friday.

    He had said that the delegates should have not attacked or offended other races when expressing their opinions on the interest of a community.

    In line with this, Dr Lim wanted Gerakan to prepare debate guidelines for the party's National Delegates Conference next year to avoid stepping on the toes of other races.

    Reiterating Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's reminder that the feelings of the Malays must not be hurt, Zahid said if this line was crossed, then the reactions, as expressed by several Umno leaders during the assembly, would emerge.

    "I urge all leaders of Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties to be mindful of the sensitivity surrounding the Malay issues, and not to dispute the social contract that had been agreed by previous leaders," he said.

    Zahid, who is also an Umno Supreme Council member, said the Prime Minister's message at the assembly, reminding members not to be extremists, must be followed by all Malaysians.

    The friendship and consensus spirit in BN must be defended, and no one should voice opinions that could bring conflicts, he said.

    Zahid said he hoped Abdullah as the BN Chairman would immediately explain all the issues raised by Umno to BN leaders to prevent any misunderstanding.-- BERNAMA

    I think we should watch out for 'The Return of Zahid Hamidi'. He is suddenly barking out aloud like an 'over-grown puppy' (AKJ's term)released from a filthy kennel.

    Maybe the previous 'over-grown puppy' has been caged for having returned to its doggy senses.

    Where are the dog-catchers??

    I wonder... is the country is going to the dogs or is it the other way around?

  4. Anonymous2:49 pm

    This Ingrate-Kacang-lupakan-kulit-shameless-corrupt-pendusta- Zahid Hamidi is competing with Johnny Aziz and the rest of the ball polishers/carriers for the Greatest A*se Licker Award.

  5. Anonymous3:16 pm

    mr wonderful, small brother of Big Brother, is watching us. so be careful of what we say or joke.

  6. Anonymous3:23 pm

    rock, you forgot...

    "bloggers, be very afraid."

  7. Anonymous4:46 pm

    The Umnoputras dangerously stupid...waving the keris n spouting "bloody" rhetorics.

    And Jo baharum wants to clamp down on others. Tutup dulu mulut dia orang yang biadap tu. Orang lain pun ada mulut gak.

    Kalau kawan biadap, janganlah harap yang mendengar tu nak duduk diam.

  8. Anonymous4:52 pm

    Do you think there's going to be a crackdown on blog-owners like your goodself?
    You bet! Question is, how are they going to do it?

  9. Anonymous5:16 pm

    Johari has every right to warn otherwise he loses his job. But he has to define seditious as opposed to slander. Books by RPK and AJK were not allowed to be distributed. These books unfurled multitudinous revelations that would otherwise been swept under the carpet. If slanderoous the authors can be charged. I am for action against actions and writing that are seditious. Inciting someone to make full use of the kris is seditious.The ceremonial kris has now been bastarsized, looks like. But it seems to be ok because you say it in your own "house"!!!! If I say I wish somebody would do somebody in and that happens...I might be hauled up for "intent" and complicity. I aint no lawyer, but I know I should not utter such threats. Editors, be brave. Sock it to them, but do not taint your ink with blood.Zorro.

  10. Quote:

    "PUTRAJAYA, 20 Nov (Bernama) -- Ketika menjawab soalan mengenai Perhimpunan Agung Umno yang berakhir Jumaat lepas, Najib yang juga Timbalan Presiden Umno, berkata Majlis Tertinggi parti itu akan mengkaji semula keputusan membenarkan keseluruhan perbahasan pada mesyuarat itu disiarkan secara langsung menerusi siaran televisyen kerana ada pihak berpendapat langkah itu tidak wajar kerana ucapan anggota perwakilan boleh disalah tafsirkan".

    Petikan di atas bukannya gambaq, but it tells more than a thousand words.

    Zaman Tengku, apa pun salah silap dia, kempen pilihanraya sampai 1 bulan. Perikatan boleh buat rapat umum, pembangkang pun boleh buat rapat umum di tempat yang sama. Polis datang bukan nak sembur gas atau pukul orang kampung yang datang dengaq ceramah (Mat Bukit, Mat Guni, Man Sireh, semua mai. Kadang2 mai pakai kain ja.. Kadang2 seluaq dalam pun tlupa nak pakai. Tengah ralit dok dengaq cramah, tau2 kena gas, kena pukui). Zaman Tunku, polis mai nak tulong jaga ceramah pembangkang tu supaya berjalan aman.

    Tunku cuti sebulan untuk kempen betui2 sebagai Presiden Umno dan Parti Perikatan, bukan sebagai Perdana Menteri. Sanggup jual tanah untuk berkempen seluruh negara guna duit sendiri.

    Hari ni, sapa kata kita tak bertuah!? PM kita kata "tegur Lah!" (maksudnya, Assalamu'alaikum Pak Lah... Apa habaq...? Cukup tidoq ka hari ni...?)

    Tapi ada masa, kalau kita tegur Lah, kita akan kacau Lah. Kita hanya perlu buaikan dengan suara selembut sutera, "tidur Lah".

    Kesian Lah, sebab tu la saya sentiasa pujuk Lah;


  11. Anonymous8:00 pm

    Era Tun Mahatahir ke, era Pok Loh ke, menteri KKDN kerjanya beri amaran, pantau, gantung permit, tarik balik permit, tidak perbaharui permit dan .... dan ... pun*ek!

  12. Anonymous9:33 pm

    Not all political books, I am sure. Only those against Pak Lah, Khairy, Khamal, Kalli and Noori.

    I was at PWTC during Umno's annual puji-pujian and ampu-mengampu last week.

    Politically-correct books about Pak Lah, Najib and Hendon are on the sold. But I didn't see too many people buying.

  13. Anonymous9:35 pm

    Big Brother Johari is an instrument of the police state that Dr Mahathir spoke about.

  14. Anonymous11:08 pm

    They have every reason to worry about the internet (is there a relationship with the pathetic performance of TM in rolling out broadband?).

    But short of a disastrous (from a PR perspective) attempt to restrict ala China style, the internet is still the medium they have yet to either engage or fully understand.

    To help them, perhaps they can take a leaf from the British Shadow Chancellor George Osborne, who seems well informed about the impact the net will have on politics.

    “With all these profound changes - the Google-isation of the world's information, the creation of on-line social networks bigger than whole populations, the ability of new technology to harness the wisdom of crowds and the rise of user-generated content - we are seeing the democratisation of the means of production, distribution and exchange.

    This new democracy is a good thing.

    It is challenging our existing sources of authority, in the media and in politics, and so it should.

    For our population is disengaged from our political process, apathetic about its outcomes and - I am afraid to say - equally distrustful of the politicians who participate in it and the media that reports it all.

    People are no longer prepared to sit and be spoon fed.

    They are taking matters into their own hands through their blogs and on-line networks and user-generated content.

    They are organising political campaigns and building coalitions based around common interests.

    They are spreading news and information to one another on a scale never before thought possible.

    They are the masters now.”

    Now you know why they worry.

  15. Anonymous12:46 am

    Bro Rocky

    Big brother watching who? They should be watching those UMNOputera who was making seidtious statement to the extend that Gerakan President Lim Keng Yaik could not tahan.

    If Keng Yaik cannot stand those statement how could we the Rakyat can tahan??

    So Johari pleae look at your UMNOputera before finding otehr races for scapegoat!!!

    Please remember, your Mr CLean and confuse PM can psotpone UMNo elections but he cannot postpone the General Elections. Even teh Gerakan and MCA are very worried with the speeches and behavious of the UMNOputera recently. If they kept quiet they will be wiped out in the coming Genral Elections.

    So bro Rocky, we better start to praise Mr Confuse, Khariy, Kalimulah and Kamaludin then we will all be safe b ut the Rakyat already knew about their non-sense because Tun already told the nation.

  16. Anonymous6:46 am

    The show (rhetoric) must go on. When it stops it's curtains down for UMNO.

    The theme is the same, race and religion. How boring, and the marginalized poor across ethnic divide especially the Malays will wake up one day. Lets hope its not too late by then.

    The "haves" and the elite UMNOputeras are already well planned with oversea assets for insurance.

  17. "I urge all leaders of Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties to be mindful of the sensitivity surrounding the Malay issues, and not to dispute the social contract that had been agreed by previous leaders," he said. contract that had been agreed by previous leaders...can someone enlighten me if 'our previous leaders' agreed to give away our country? ...sell away?...give 70%? Allow UMNO Putras to raise the kris and threaten to spill blood? (If that is what is to believed from the newspapers)...wait a minute. Thats not all...if I go on, then there will be no space for other comments!

  18. Anonymous5:04 pm

    A killer stabs someone to death.

    A reporter reports the news. The public is alarmed.

    The reporter is arrested for making people worried, while the killer remains un-prosecuted.

    What kind of logic this is?

  19. ///"There is a Chinese newspaper which raises issues that can create alarm among the people." - Mohd Johari Baharum, Deputy Internal Security Minister.///

    Obviously that newspaper did not ask the people to walk the street as mobs. The most the newspaper had done was discussing government policies which are ridiculous and racist in character. It could have informed the readers what UMNO leaders have said about the non-Malays in the UMNO GA, and made comments accordingly. That is just a way to disseinate information so that the people are better informed to vote in the next GE. When there is no elaborate campaign to inform the people, how do the government expect the people to vote with knowledge of who to choose? Is it not the objective of democratic election where people have the right to cast their votes. Quite obviously the UMNO government has a lot to hide from the people, but one cannot claim to practice democracy and deny the people to know the truth, the fraction of the whole truth that were disseminated through the press after all the self censor.

    The chinese newspaper in question could not have said what was said by a UMNO delegate at the UMNO GA who asked Kerismuddin when he was to use the Keris. That was a clear case of inciting hatred and violence, which was live telecast. If the Deputy Minister does not take action on this specific incident, then he has lost the moral authority to make the remark against the Chinese press. That would be selective persecution based on race, an action by racist.


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