Malaysiakini - Ezam wants gov't to probe Malaysiakini, Star
Newly minted Senator Ezam Mohd Nor wants the Home Ministry to investigate Malaysiakini and English daily Star for "devious motives to undermine the royal institution" and not just that, but also for anti-Malay reporting in their news reports that "…many of the 1,000 foreign workers hired by 130 sub-contractors at the construction site of the RM800 million palace had not received their salaries for three months."
Ezam’s assertions are like those of the Israelis, who would condemn anyone pointing out their (Israeli) faults as being anti-Semitic. The aim is of course to intimidate the critics into silence.
So Ezam’s screwball logic is that if you report the dodginess of contractors who so happened to be working on the construction of a palace, you are being anti-Palace.
I wonder what Senator Ezam has to say about UMNO MPs condemning the rulers in Parliament on 10 December 1992 - see my March post this year The down and up and down of Hang Jebat.
In that Jebat-ish Parliamentary session, after PM Dr Mahathir had pulled out the royal fangs, Dr Affifuddin Omar (UMNO-Padang Terap) jumped on the PM’s band wagon to say:
"How can we continue to uphold rulers who are known to be robbers, adulterers, drunkards and kaki pukul (thugs)?"
"The rulers must be reminded that they were not reincarnations of dewa-dewa (deities). They were put in their position as rulers by the people."
"The immunity gave the rulers the status of 'half-man and half-god' and allowed irresponsible rulers to commit serious crimes which tarnished the image of the institution."
"It was about time that the 'false sense of political power' associated with rulers in this country be abolished."
"They (the rulers) must be made to realize that they do not own this country. They are not Superman but placed on their thrones by the people. "The real power did not lie with them, but with us - the representatives of the people."
"The 'syndrome of religiosity' associated with the rulers was only to cloud the people's view of who the rulers actually were."
Ho ho ho ho ho! Of course today's political expediency (think Perak!) has converted those Jebats now into Hang Tuahs.
In UMNO new brave Tuah-ish world, anti-Royalty is a convenient label to intimidate and silence critics, a devious sinister tool which is no different to those of the Israeli's bullying, hypocritical and perpetual cries of anti-Semitism.
BTW, are the contractors Malays? If not, then how would the Malaysiakini and Star reports be anti-Malay?
Whatever, Senator Ezam wants these complaints of foreign workers not being paid to cease IMMEDIATELY or else!!! Yes, YOU MUST SHUT UP!!!
… so said Senator Ezam, once the leader of the so-called anti-corruption NGO Gerak. Just see what a prefix like ‘Senator’ could do to his so-called (once upon a time but claimed) values, where his once Gerak posturing has now become Gertak (bullying) threats.