Thursday, December 21, 2006

Goebbels-speak (2)

Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred
- Joseph Goebbels
The following have extracted from malaysiakini:

The ruckus over a monument for slain Second World War heroes in Nilai, Negri Sembilan was a racially-charged and calculated diversion by the ruling party from problems it is currently facing, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

He said the Umno-led government was bogged by a sluggish national economy and party infighting and had made allegations that the monument was glorifying the communist to stir up racial sentiments.

Lim said this after visiting the monument at the Nilai Memorial Park today and told reporters that not a single mention of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) or communism was found among the inscriptions on the monument.

“He (Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin) should come personally to see the site before making wild allegations,” said Lim, who was also accompanied by Lobak assemblyperson
Loke Siew Fook.


  1. Historical monuments will always be viewed from different perspectives by different groups. Take for instance the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC-- the blacks and the white liberals consider Abraham Lincoln to be "The Great Emancipator". But to the descendants of the slave owners and the conferates, he would be viewed with distaste. Zainuddin Maidin's family in all probability had not suffered at the hands of the Japanese, so he has an entire different view of them compared to that of the Malaysian Chinese.

  2. Zainuddin Maidin is following Joseph Goebbels' infamous theory of propaganda:

    "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."

    He thinks he has Aryan blood (from his mamak genes) and therefore belongs to the 'master race'

  3. 1st Anon, it's not Zainuddin's attitude to the Japs we are criticising. It's his unsubstantiated irresponsible accusation that the Chinese Malaysian who have erected the memorial to war martyrs have dedicated it to communists.

    Remember, this is supposed to be the Minister of Information and he's spreading racist bullshit. Of course we know he's UMNO, but that doesn't excuse his natural political tendency.