THIS ARTICLE BY ASIA SENTINEL IS PROBABLY THE MOST DARING PIECE EVER PUBLISHED BY ANY "INDEPENDENT" NEWS PORTAL IN THE WORLD ALLEGING THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT OF, AMONG OTHER THINGS, MURDERS, CONSPIRACY TO COVER MURDERS COMMITTED BY MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT, AND OTHER CORRUPT PRACTICES INCLUDING STATE-SPONSORED SODOMY. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, THE MALAYSIA TODAY, OUR OWN "INDEPENDENT" NEWS PORTAL, DOES NOT COME ANYWHERE NEAR. EVEN HINDRAF'S MEMORANDUM TO PRIME MINISTER GORDON DID NOT ACCUSE INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE ALLEGED "ETHNIC CLEANSING" AGAINST HINDU TAMILS IN MALAYSIA.
I came across the article at DSAI's blog, here. I'm sure I know the bloke who founded Asia Sentinel once upon a time and if it's the same person then I must say he has come a long, long way. And if I'm not wrong Jed Yoong was its Malaysian correspondent. I'm not sure if she still writes for the Sentinel.
By Our Correspondent Monday, 26 October 2009
It’s best to be connected to the ruling national coalition
On July 16, according to the testimony of a Thai pathologist, Teoh Beng Hock, a 29-year-old aide to an opposition politician, was probably beaten during a marathon questioning session, sodomized, strangled unconscious, dragged to a window of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission in Kuala Lumpur and thrown to his death.
The country’s law enforcement establishment maintains that Teoh committed suicide by leaping from the MACC building after the inquiry was concluded into irregularities in his boss’s accounts. But it is far from the first “suicide” in custody and what happened to Teoh happens all too frequently when the luckless collide with the powerful in Malaysia. His real killers are unlikely ever to be identified. As many as 350 people have died in custody since 1990. The privileged are rarely brought to trial.
The most infamous recent case before Teoh’s is that of Altantuya Shaariibuu, a 28 year-old Mongolian translator who was murdered in 2006 by two bodyguards of then-Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. Altantuya had been jilted by Najib’s best friend, Abdul Razak Baginda, and was demanding money from him.
Although numerous witnesses and evidence connected Najib to the affair, he was never questioned or put on the witness stand, nor was his chief of staff, Musa Safri, who Baginda said in a cautioned statement he approached about getting Altantuya from ceasing her harrassment. His two bodyguards were convicted of the murder although one, in his confession, said the two men were to be paid RM100,000 to kill her. The court never asked who would pay the money. The confession wasn’t allowed in court. Baginda was acquitted without having to put on a defense and promptly left the country and Najib was eventually named Prime Minister.
Such questionable cases go back to at least the early 1980s when Sultan Mahmud Iskandar of Johor was dubbed the “killer king” by the British tabloids after he shot a trespasser to death on his property. He also reportedly assaulted and killed a golf caddy who was said to have laughed when the sultan missed a golf stroke and he maimed the caddy’s brother. He later was alleged to have assaulted and injured a hockey coach, kicking off a constitutional crisis that led to former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s removal of legal immunity from prosecution for all of Malaysia’s nine sultans, although Iskandar was never either arrested or jailed.
There are plenty more. In 1988 an attractive young woman named Mustakizah Jaafar, who owned a video rental business in Malacca, was found hacked to death by unknown assailants. Mustakizah reportedly was pregnant at the time of her death. She was believed to be having an affair with Megat Junid Megat Ayob, the onetime UMNO deputy home affairs minister, who died in January 2008 of cancer.
No one was ever charged with Mutakizah’s murder. The widespread gossip about Megat Junid’s connection with Mustakizah didn’t do his political career any harm. He was ultimately named Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister in 1997 although he lost his parliamentary seat two years later and retired from politics.
In 2002 the decomposed body of Haslezah Ishak, the attractive young second wife of Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa, second in line to the throne of Perak, whom he had met in a karaoke lounge, was found under a bridge, clad in a bra and jeans. Four men, including a palace aide, a bomoh or witch doctor, a fisherman and a carpenter were arrested and jailed for the murder. No one was ever arrested or questioned for hiring them to kill her although suspicion fell on the prince’s wife, Rajah Mahani, who had been publicly consulting witch doctors over her suspicion that Haslezah had put a spell on her husband.
In 2003, another attractive young woman, Norita Shamsudin, was found murdered in an apartment in a Kuala Lumpur suburb. A night club guest relations officer, Norita had been rumored to be having an affair with Shahidan Kassim, then chief minister of the state of Perlis. Although another individual was arrested and charged with the murder, he was later declared not guilty and no one else was ever charged. According to local news reports, the inspector general of police, Mohd Bakri Omar, classified the case under Malaysia’s Official Secrets Act and no details were ever released.
Earlier this year, authorities finally completed an inquest into the 2007 death of beautiful ethnic Indian actress Sujatha Krishnan, who also worked part-time as a secretary to S.Vell Paari, chief executive officer of Maika Holdings and the son of S. Samy Vellu, the head of the Malaysian Indian Congress, a component of the ruling national coalition. Sujatha died in a hospital in a Kuala Lumpur suburb of Klang three days after she had been rushed in for treatment. Her body was cremated almost immediately after her death. The coroner ruled she had died after poisoning herself by drinking poison. The family vainly requested an investigation into her death.
For those at the bottom end of Malaysia’s power spectrum, life can be considerably tougher if suspicion falls on them. According to the reform organization Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET), a distressing number of suspects have died in custody. “Relying merely on data provided by the government, it has been disclosed that there have been 150 deaths from 1990 until 2004 (10.7 per year), 108 deaths between 2000 and 2006 (18 per year), and, 85 deaths between 2003 and 2007 (21.25 per year),” the organization said.
According to a 2003 report by the Asian Human Rights Commission – the same year Norita was killed ? statistics released in Malaysia’s parliament in October of that year by the Home Ministry, showed 23 people died in police custody between 2002 and July 2003. Of those, 16 died in 2002 although according to the report, other figures indicated that 18 had died in custody in the first nine months of 2002 alone. Parliament was told in October 2002 that a total of 34 persons had died in police custody since 2000 ? six in 2000, 10 in 2001 and 18 from January to September 2002.
According to the report, then-Deputy Home Minister Chor Chee Heung denied that methods of torture used to obtain information from suspects led to their deaths. He claimed that the majority of deaths were the result of attempts to escape from police custody. Typical seemed to be the case of Hasrizal Hamzah, who had been detained on suspicion of murder in October of 2003. According to a senior assistant police commissioner, Harizal confessed to the murder and then, as he was being moved to a new location, supposedly shoved the accompanying policeman aside despite being handcuffed, and leapt over a balcony to his death.
Earlier this year, the Indian community was enraged by the death of a 22-year-old named Kugan Ananthan who was detained on Jan. 15 on suspicion of stealing luxury cars. He reportedly collapsed during questioning and died on Jan. 20 from “acute pulmonary edema,” or fluid in the lungs. However, after his body was released to his family, an autopsy found that he had suffered from internal bleeding in his heart, left lung, spleen, kidneys and scalp area. The soles of his feet had been beaten and the back of his neck and spine area were bleeding. His back was covered with contusions, beating marks and bruises. He had sustained more than 10 serious burn marks, probably as the result of being burned by a heated v-shaped iron bar. He had also been starved during the entire time he was being tortured, allegedly by as many as seven police officers, his family charged.
“There is a clear lack of supervision, medical care and concern for the general well-being and rights of suspects while under police remand,” the Human Rights Commission said in its 2003 report. It does not appear that anything has changed. The odds are that the cases involving both Kugan and Teoh will end up the same way scores of others have.
Now, what number is Malaysia in Human Rights record?ReplyDelete
I personally believe that BN will make sure they win the GE13 by hook or crook. We are not united as one people and one nation yet. By the time we unite, UMNO will be ruling this country again for the next 52 years or so. We can stop all killing done by getting rid of UMNO by hook or crook. By crook i mean, by force.We have to storm the BASTILLE. I know people will scoff at this idea but common, we are not on a level playing field. If they use guns we have to use machine gun on them. We also must unite to get rid of the SULTANS. They are scumbags who thrives on our Tax money and yet have the audacity to ask for KESETIAAN. My foot. Malaysia must become a REPUBLIC.
Penang laksa, Satay Kajang, Terengganu Keropok Lekor,ReplyDelete
Anthony Mus Friday Oct30 11PM.ReplyDelete
My advice to you. Dont give up fighting. Peoples Power will triumph over money power. Look at Marcos and suharto...what are they now. Toppled by Peoples Power.
Look at our own backyard...Kelantan, Penang, Selangor, Perak, Kedah....Gone to PR because of Peoples Power. Remember UR1 VR2. Together we stay focus, we can kick UMno out of Putrajaya (Putrajaya is a very sexist name. Why Putra not Putri???
This first time I call you comrade, that is one brave call you made, I hope they don't come down hard on you with charges that makes you to be unheard of in this blog. As a friend my advice, control yourself from going to armed revolt, because trust me, it's not worth it for that is what they want us to do, giving them the all the excuses to annihilate the opposition rakyat.
Don't forget they are in control of the military and the police and the para military and other militia elements. That was how the Serb had been prepared to launch genocide on Bosnians because they had that military option.
We cannot even gather 1000 people to make a demonstration unlike in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philipines. It's better if we can gather tens of thousand people to stage a big demonstration in one day that will attract world attention than staging a futile armed revolt.
Forget it, better take a bath comrade and rest the night out till your mind is at peace again.
Just to remind ourselves...just with the Police they are able to do what they want with us...can you imagine what they could do with us if they call the Army out? and they have done so during the May 13th of 1969 - and these guys cannot be reasoned with !ReplyDelete
If one were to review the youtube video on the demonstration in Ipoh immediately after BN seizing power, one would be able to understand the general malaysian feelings as regards to taking up arms against the government. It is not in our blood to do so.ReplyDelete
In that demonstration, at one stage the FRU was practically being swarmed by the demonstrators and the FRU individuals were walking among/ alongside with the demonstrators without being harrassed or assaulted. This is the highest respect that I gave to the demonstrators for not being violent against the uniform personnel.
We have to maintain this attitude at all cost and cannot allow our country to be another Somolia where warlords reign and destruction to lives and property.
Fight against the government, yes but we have to be rational in our thinking. Are we going to destroy all what we have, certainly not but through the peaceful means, "the ballot boxes".
u guys are a bunch of shitheads, the way u all are ranting and buggering the lampposts and insulting the Malays and the Monarchy. Pak HH, I see that your responders are the same 4 or 5 people in almost all your postings. U write quite a bit, rambling about your connections in MCKK and your Lipis days. And u also reprint a bunch of items from other peoples’ blogs. I asked some friends from MCKK and they said that you was a non-entity arsehole while u were there. They used to call you “Baching”, cause you pee in your pants always. Some claimed that you were one of Anwar’s jambu. Probably that’s why you were pissing after he left da bomb in you. Is that true? You were just a wheeler dealer who did not make good while you were in KL. So now u are squatting in Adelaide and making a nuisance of yourself. I asked Megat about u and he just laughed. Are u looking for justice?? Justice because you missed the boat??ReplyDelete
Anon Saturday, October 31, 2009 1:51:00 AM CSTReplyDelete
I think you are a donkey just like all umno goons. See the true picture. It is based on past events taken place.
Bodoh semacam. Jika perkara telah berlaku ianya adalah benar.
Patience and perseverence are the keys to victory over UMNO/BN.ReplyDelete
I don't buy all these 'hook or by crook, the army will take over' crap.
As long as we stick to the law, democracy and ahimsa(non-violence)
we will get there.
No evil regime can withstand the onslaught and might of honest citizens!!
We are all of 1 race, the Human Race
Malu jadi rakyat Malaysia.ReplyDelete
Anon Saturday, October 31, 2009 1:51:00 AM CSTReplyDelete
Wow !!! ... it seems there's lot of of shitheads in the cyberspace.
I wonder how an anonymous can call the rest shithead.
Well, this anon think that it's OK to murder as long as you can keep your name anonymous and your victim anonymous too.
Hey, you must be a real dickhead that even viagra can't help and need to be spanked to stand up. Have you got nothing better to do than barking around at those who writes what you loath to hear? If you don't like it here, get the fucking hell out of this blog. Don't act like a coward guerilla ambushing from behind anon shield. Only scumbags like you will eat the shits fed by others. Come on, you are self-disgracing for not being bold enough to be yourself. You are here is the proof of Pak HH was not what you said he was. Otherwise, you would be fucked the hell off and didn't even have the chance to be heard. Just go and do what's best for you ... balls licking of your kind, the UMNO/BN dickheads and the contemptible SULTANS.ReplyDelete
Anon Saturday, October 31, 2009 1:51:00 AM CST
Hey, you must be a real dickhead that even viagra can't help and need to be spanked to stand up. Have you got nothing better to do than barking around at those who writes what you loath to hear? If you don't like it here, get the fucking hell out of this blog. Don't act like a coward guerilla ambushing from behind anon shield. Only scumbags like you will eat the shits fed by others. Come on, you are self-disgracing for not being bold enough to be yourself. You are here is the proof of Pak HH was not what you said he was. Otherwise, you would be fucked the hell off and didn't even have the chance to be heard. Just go and do what's best for you ... balls licking of your kind, the UMNO/BN dickheads and the contemptible SULTANS.
As you have been deleting some comments from appearing here, I guess you must have let it through this time with purpose for that John Doe Anonymous has been quite personal in his attack on you, I believe you enjoy it more than feel hurt at his tantrum.
I don't care what he said about you, in blog it's what you write not what you are that matters. In blog, you are what you write.
But he has a point there, he called us shitheads he meant we shit rantings and bashings on lampposts that cannot shit back at us, that's fair. We insult the Malays, that's subjective. But we insult the Monarchy, that's where we have to check for you know lah they can always blow it out of proportion and do onto your blog anything that we can imagine.
To me what is there about the Monarchy that we all do not know of. But do we need to say it out to let the 'neutral bees' come swarming on us? We leave the Monarchy alone, we just go on bashing the government and if we can change the government, we can change everything, including the Monarchy. See?
FMZam -since i started steadyaku47 I have deleted only one comment - and that was because there were more swear words then contents. Since then if there have been any deletions that is because the comments were made twice. This is a blog where I have no problems letting anybody have their say....as for the Monarchy I hear what you say bro..agreed! especially when we have a King we can be proud ofReplyDelete
I know precisely what is deep inside the heart of a king and for that matter all the kings in our country. And they know what I am going to talk for you all too know it the way I know it.ReplyDelete
In the heart of any king in our country, he is worried, so worried that the day will eventually come when this country will no longer needs kings, or will only need just one king. That will mean certain disaster to the institution though not an apocalyspe to the royal families.
In preparing for that eventuality, all the kings have ensured that they are ready to face their future world and able to survive the life of the normal citizen along with the people they once stood above all.
While they are still in time, they do whatever way possible in amassing wealth and fortune to sustain their 'life after kings'. That's why all our kings are trying to be rich kings for that obvious reason.
I need not say more about kings for you all can think that a king too is thinking about his future like we all are thinking about our own future. The people and the kings have been living here for more than 500 years to now think about who is going to be extinct. The kings know the answer because they are people too and the day will come when they have to extinct to become people.
If you think about kings, think that they are more human in them than in the people who made them kings.
happy b'day :))))ReplyDelete
dear FNZam, i think you refered the king in a game of chess.ReplyDelete